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ROA and An Orphaned Bear in Rome

ROA and An Orphaned Bear in Rome

Entirely within the character of Street Artist ROA, his new piece in Rome addresses the underlying rift between man and nature. The urban naturalist is known for his depictions and portraits of creatures who share the earth with us, often endangered or otherwise misused at the hand of man. In town for his solo show, “Suovetaurilla”, at the Dorothy Circus Gallery, ROA painted this particular bear kid who was famously orphaned this summer.

The case of his mother attacking a human hunting mushrooms in the forests of Trentino and open public deliberations about the ethics of killing or capturing her was openly discussed and debated in grocery stores, beauty parlors, and halls of government. It even sparked an online petition drive that gathered more than 120,000 signatures to protect her from being punished while behaving like a bear.

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ROA at work on his new mural in Rome. (photo © Lorenzo Gallitto/BlindEyeFactory.com)

Sadly Daniza was accidentally killed by too much anesthesia in the process of subduing her, effectively ending the debate about her fate. ROA paints here a timid orphan baby bear holding a dart similar to the one used for anesthesia.  Using his work to advocate awareness is not the first thing that comes to most people’s mind, but ROA once again subtly shows his own method of activism is very effective.

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ROA at work on his new mural in Rome. (photo © Giorgio Base/BlindEyeFactory.com)

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ROA. Rome, Italy. (photo © Lorenzo Gallito/BlindEyeFactory.com)

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ROA. Rome, Italy. (photo © Lorenzo Gallito/BlindEyeFactory.com)

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ROA. Rome, Italy. (photo © Lorenzo Gallito/BlindEyeFactory.com)

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For more on the story of Daniza the bear:

The Guardian August 22
The Guardian September 11

The Online Petition

The Daily Mail

 

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Coffee Break in a Garbage Can with Etam Cru in Rome

Coffee Break in a Garbage Can with Etam Cru in Rome

Poland’s Bezt and Sainer of Etam Cru start your week with a cup of coffee and this wall completed during late October in Rome. The soaring mural features the illustration style and palette that has distinguished their work since their beginning as students together five or so years ago and their skills have improved and evolved greatly before your eyes. The 30meter high wall piece accompanies the opening of their new show last Thursday at Galleria Varsi, entitled “Bedtime Stories”, ironically the same title of Faile’s show exactly four years ago in New York.

Special thanks to Blind Eye Factory for providing these exclusive images for BSA readers below of the new mural going up, and don’t miss their cool video at the end.

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Etam Cru (photo © courtesy of Blind Eye Factory)

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Etam Cru (photo © courtesy of Blind Eye Factory)

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Etam Cru (photo © courtesy of Blind Eye Factory)

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Etam Cru (photo © courtesy of Blind Eye Factory)

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Etam Cru (photo © courtesy of Blind Eye Factory)

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Etam Cru (photo © courtesy of Blind Eye Factory)

 

Etam Cru “Coffee Break” by The Blind Eye Factory

 Oscar the Grouch in his Trash Can singing with Johnny Cash

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BSA Images Of The Week: 10.05.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 10.05.14

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School’s back in session, the Jews just celebrated a new year, Kobra painted new portraits of Warhol and Basquiat in Williamsburg, and if you were at Brooklyn Museum last night you got to see Street Artist and muralist Don Rimx and us live – and us with markers in our hands looking completely lost.

But that’s not nearly all the action this week; Gaia was in the Rockaways, Dain showed up in BK, the old Os Gemeos was “unveiled” on Houston Street, Nychos was in Hamburg, Nick Walker was in Yonkers, Ludo was readying his big solo show in London, we marked a year since Banksy hit NYC, students were in the streets in Hong Kong, ebola showed up in Texas, banks are being cracked open by cyber hacks, the US has begun another war, the new SNL is almost unwatchable, and you better start thinking about your Halloween costume.

Other than that, not much is happening.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring $howta, Apples on Pictures, Conor Harrington, Dain, EKG, Funky13, Jack the Beard, Jeff Huntington, Jesse James, Matthew Reid, Mr. Prvrt, Os Gemeos, Pyramid Oracle, Ramiro Davaros-Coma, Sam3, Square, Stikman, and What Is Adam.

Top Image >> EKG and Stikman collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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MR. PRVRT for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Not sure if this is true. Jack the Beard (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Brazilian twins Os Gemeos are back on the Houston Wall after a long hibernation under a constructed cover that hosted Shepard Fairey, Faile, and a petite litany of others. So if you missed this the first time around and you are in NYC go and take a look before the wall comes down. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Os Gemeos. Otavio and Gustavo. They painted the mural on a hot day on July 10, 2009. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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New work from Dain has recently appeared in Soho and parts of Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A portrait of Maya Angelou; a collaboration between Jesse James and Jeff Huntington for Annapolis, Maryland’s first Street Art Festival. (photo © Jesse James)

““I think that the courage to confront evil and turn it by dint of will into something applicable to the development of our evolution, individually and collectively, is exciting, honorable.” ~ Maya Angelou ~

Facing Evil With Maya Angelou (Full Show)

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Ramiro Davaros-Coma (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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An Unknown Artist made this original piece from duct tape in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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What Is Adam? Apparently a pipe-smoking duck sailor. That’s what. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Square is back with this melting facade (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Another melting facade, this time from Conor Harrington for The L.I.S.A. Project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sam3 in Rome, Italy for Wunderkammern Gallery. (photo © Giorgio Coen Cagli)

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Apple On Pictures (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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2 Face Work (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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2 Face Work with Ai Wei Wei in the center. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Matthew Reid (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Funky13 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Reflection. Flatiron Building. Manhattan, NYC. Fall 2014. Via Instagram @jaimerojoa (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

 

 

 

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Images Of The Week: 05.04.14

Images Of The Week: 05.04.14

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Here our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Cabaio, Cern, Chris Stain, Crummy Gummy, Damon, Dylan Egon, Ebaycs, Ellis G., Hot Boys, Hot Tea, Ives One, JB, Jerk Face, Nathan Sawaya, QRST, Rambo, Serban Ionescu, Tec, and Zimer.

Top Image >> Chris Stain for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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QRST brings the family outside now that the weather is getting nice. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JB and Hot Boys collaboration in Rome, Italy. (photo © JB)

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Rambo gives a shout out to Julian Schnabel (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nathan Sawaya does an installation with multi-colored childrens’ toy blocks for Earth Day in Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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TEC strums your wayward spring heartstrings (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zimer is feeling fierce and futuristic (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Serban Ionescu and Ebaycs do a collaboration in the LES. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ives One’s new mural in Amsterdam gets a special glowing treatment in this image. (photo © Tim van Vliet)

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Ellis G has a new wall with his relatively new character Dript Dropt (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Damon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nice to know! Crummy Gummy in Las Vegas. (photo © Crummy Gummy)

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Jerk Face likes Jerry and also cheese (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Hot Tea mimics the language of the construction walls (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A simpler Cern (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Garrett Wasserman has the guys behaving as furniture in the LES. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dylan Egon combines religious icons with modern firearms for St. America. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cabaio (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Manhattan. May 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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Images Of The Week: 04.27.14

Images Of The Week: 04.27.14

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Here our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Adam Fujita, Billy Mode, Cabaio, CB23, City Kitty, Damon, Dylan Egon, JB, Li Hill, Nychos, Olek, Roma411, Tec, Un Pez Verde, and Zola.

Top Image >> Zola (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dylan Egon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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CB23 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nychos new piece in Oakland, CA (photo © Steven Ballinger)

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TEC for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Li Hill (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Un Pez Verde (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Roma 411 for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Olek does a special installation for Earth Day this week. That’s Mother Earth to you. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Balu. We are always happy to see Frida Khalo on the streets. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Balu. The same artist talking about war. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Adam Fujita for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JB strikes a “Balance” in Rome, Italy. (photo © JB)

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Cabaio. Detail. The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Caballo for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Damon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Billy Mode for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. Spring 2014 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Aakash Nihalani and “Vantage” in Rome

Aakash Nihalani and “Vantage” in Rome

Remember when we had our big group show in 2009 called “Crush”? It was the first time Aakash Nihalani did a three-dimensional piece on a backing – instead of simply applying it to a wall – effectively doing his first free-standing gallery piece.

The stylized pink tape and mirrored phallus went along with our street lust theme and it reflected the stuff he was doing on the street at that time; pulling out geometry and dimension from our every day surroundings right before our eyes. Newly graduated from college the previous year, Aakash brought his piece to us and stuck it to the wall with – more tape.

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Aakash Nihalani. Rome. April 2014. (photo © Giorgio Coen Cagli)

Five years later Aakash is an international artist and is having his first Italian solo show at Wunderkammern entitled “Vantage”. Today we take a look at a new wall he just completed in Rome in time for tonight’s opening, part of a series that has included Dan Witz from Brooklyn, Rero from Paris, Agostino Iacurci from Rome, and will be finished after Aakash by Jef Aérosol.

The new piece utilizes the fluorescent color and geometric three-dimensionalist vernacular that has characterized his work from the beginning and truly sets him apart from others who originated from the New York street art scene.

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Aakash Nihalani. Rome. April 2014. (photo © Giorgio Coen Cagli)

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Aakash Nihalani. Rome. April 2014. (photo © Giorgio Coen Cagli)

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Aakash Nihalani. Rome. April 2014. (photo © Giorgio Coen Cagli)

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Aakash Nihalani. Rome. April 2014. (photo © Giorgio Coen Cagli)

For more on the show at Wunderkammern please click HERE.

 

Aakash Nihalani’s exhibition “Vantage” opens today at Wunderkammern Gallery in Rome. Click HERE for further details.

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BSA Film Friday: 03.07.14

BSA Film Friday: 03.07.14

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. Icy & Sot “Art Pollution”
2. Stikki Peaches and Fashionable Storm Troopers
3. Shift & Shine. How to pimp your ride in Barcelona
4. Japanther x Droid “DO IT (don’t try it)”
4b. “Subterranean Homesick Blues” Bob Dylan
5. Alice Pasquini in Tuffelo, Rome

BSA Special Feature: Icy & Sot “Art Pollution”

A short lively exposure to the brothers who have been cutting stencils and hopping roofs around the neighborhood lately, this new video follows Icy & Sot as they explore new and well run territory and put their own stamp on this moment.

 

Stikki Peaches and Fashionable Storm Troopers

A one minute short of Stikki Peaches wheatpasting the helmeted and fashionable storm troopers that you are now beginning to associate with the name.

Shift & Shine. How to pimp your ride in Barcelona

A D.I.Y. take on giving your bike a facelift with stuff bought at a flea market. Upgrade!

 

Japanther x Droid “DO IT (don’t try it)”

To promote the upcoming release by Japanther, it looks like Droid had a hand at multiple sticker slaps. Sort of recalls Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues. This one features live hand drawing of all the lyrics on stickers that are then taken out into the street. See all the proper credits for this fine work on the Vimeo page.

 

Possibly the very first rap video, here’s Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” from 1965 with camera work by Bob Neuwirth and directed by D.A. Pennebaker. (Alan Ginsberg hangs out in the back)

Alice Pasquini in Tuffelo, Rome

Ever wonder what street life is like when you are painting your piece? It’s not quiet, if that is what you imagined. Every Tomazio, Shanequa, and Akim seems to come out of the woodwork to ask questions, discuss, and as you can see here, offer opinions. We always say that Street Art and public art and graffiti are all part of a conversation in the street, and here’s some evidence of that in Rome.

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BSA Film Friday: 01.03.14

BSA Film Friday: 01.03.14

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. “SOMOS LUZ” – Boa Mistura in Panamá City
2. Giulio Vesprini by Alessandro Moglie
3. Ox Alien x Spider Tag in Rotterdam
4. Borondo in Rome with some Piety from The Blind Eye Factory

BSA Special Feature: “SOMOS LUZ” – Boa Mistura

We start off the BSA Film Friday for 2014 with a newly released story about the majority.

That is, the poor. Somehow despite the miracles and wealth and technological breakthroughs of the modern age we have allowed the majority of our brothers and sisters and neighbors around the globe to live in harsher conditions and mounting insecurity.

Madrid-based Street Art quartet Boa Mistura created a project they call SOMOS LUZ when they created a transformative piece of art taking over an entire housing project building in Panamá City. Their short documentary is a thoughtful examination  that features daily scenes, observations on the political climate, the militarization of life, crime, the brutal cost of daily life.

As any mature artist will likely tell you, the work doesn’t resound so deeply until you have some skin in the game, and Boa Mistura make a serious study to learn from the people in El Chorrillo whose 50 homes they paint.

In the process, they bring a lot to light.

 

Giulio Vesprini by Alessandro Moglie

While painting a mural in Montegranaro for an event called Casa Museo, artist Giulio Vesprini was happy to have some musical accompaniment. Also, some interpretive dance to keep spirits high.

 

Ox Alien x Spider Tag in Rotterdam

With only six hours to spend in Rotterdam, Spidertag met up with Ox in December to do three collaborative works despite an ongoing spate of rain. The geometric interventions balance the styles of the two Street Artists, each preferring to let the lines do the talking.

Borondo in Rome with some Piety from The Blind Eye Factory

Two languid figures in repose are made from deliberate and raw impressionist swaths, relaxing in one anothers’ company across a large wall in composition entitled “Piedad”. See how Barondo moves along and defines the figures on this wall for the Museo dell’Altro e dell’Altrove di Metropoliz, and cross yourself.

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13 from 2013 : Jessica Stewart “The Roman Nun and the Spray Can”

13 from 2013 : Jessica Stewart “The Roman Nun and the Spray Can”

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Happy Holidays to all you stupendous and talented and charming BSA readers! We thank you from the bottom of our socks for your support this year. The best way we can think of to celebrate and commemorate the year as we finish it is to bring you 13 FROM 2013 – Just one favorite image from a Street Art or graffiti photographer that brings a story, a remembrance, an insight or a bit of inspiration to the person who took it. For the last 13 days they will share a gem with all of us as we collectively say goodbye and thank you to ’13.
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If anyone knows Rome’s Street Art scene, it is photographer Jessica Stewart, who has been capturing a side of the city not typically seen since 2008, publishing Street Art, urban decay and more from the Eternal City on her RomePhotoBlog.

With a love of Renaissance and Baroque art as a baseline her eye is trained to see lighting and angles like a painter, and in this heart of Roman Catholicism, she is familiar with the iconic. In 2013, Jessica says she knew the exact moment when she had captured just such an image with her camera.

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Skeme. Rome, Italy 2013. (photo © Jessica Stewart)

The Roman Nun and the Spraycan

~Jessica Stewart

So it’s of course incredibly difficult to think of just one photo, but when it really comes down to it, this image is the one that for me was a stand out moment of 2013.  It’s one of those times that as it’s happening, you are internally jumping for joy at the fact that you’re on hand to capture it.

Plus, I really think to myself “in no place but Rome could this happen.”

I think with the whole street art and graffiti movement becoming more commercialized and organized, you can almost forget some of the original joy behind what made you get involved in the first place.  In this case, GraffDream, one of two graffiti shops in the city, was holding it’s 6th anniversary jam in May.  Skeme was in town from NYC for the occasion and already they day was special seeing him get swarmed by young Roman kids dying for an autograph.

As is the norm here, many of the wall spaces are owned by the church and in this case, the wall used for the jam was the side of a Catholic school who agreed for the usage in exchange for a lesson in graffiti for its young students.  We were getting toward the end of the day when two of the sisters came out to collect the ladders and lock up items in the school.

I’m not sure if they were just swept up in the congenial atmosphere of the day or what, but before I know it one of the sisters takes a can and starts to pretend to work on Skeme’s piece!  The look on everyone’s faces was priceless and Skeme lit up like a Christmas tree at the sight of it all.

To capture that moment was priceless and I love this shot for how happy the sister looks with her spray paint.  Only in Rome! You don’t know how many people have asked me, “Is this photo for real?”

Yes, it is, and it is a time like this that makes you fall in love with photographing all over again.

 

Artist: Skeme

Location: Rome, Italy. 2013

 

 

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Check out our Brooklyn Street Art 2013 Images of the Year by Jaime Rojo here.

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BSA Film Friday 11.29.13

BSA Film Friday 11.29.13

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. SOFLES — LIMITLESS
2. GAIA in Rome
3. OLEK Underwater Treasures
4. Heavy Metal Progeny on the Streets
5. The Lurkers Do Sarajevo
6. Portrait of the artist Franck Duval/FKDL
7. Chatroullette Version of Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”

BSA Special Feature: SOFLES — LIMITLESS

After “Infinite” hit in June, we couldn’t imagine a better hard driving fume filled warehouse exploration but this newly released “Limitless”, shot and cut by Selina Miles, again sets a standard for graff / Street Art films.  Featuring art by Sofles, Fintan Magee, Treas, Quench, the conceptual interludes and special camera effects trickery make you laugh with glee while these guys kill one wall after another.

GAIA in Rome

“Inspired by Giorgio De Chirico, this huge wallpainting by Gaia represents the relationship between identity and function in the building process of the city. A figure from Foro Italico sits in the foreground adjacent to a bunch of rotting bananas and “The Cloud” designed by Fuksas currently under construction in EUR. In the background is a portion of Palazzo Della Civiltà Italiana and MACRO combined extending towards the horizon and an erased monument handling a pickaxe facing a horse. “- Gaia.

OLEK Underwater Treasures

Diving to new depths, the crocheting Street Artist OLEK takes us underwater to see the cammo skin undulating and gyrating beneath the surface.

HEAVY METAL Progeny on the Streets

Good to see the power of rock as it hits NYC streets.

The Lurkers Do Sarajevo

Portrait of the artist Franck Duval/FKDL

 

Chatroullette Version of Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”

The genius Steve Kardynal gets everyone's wires crossed for Black Friday in the USA.

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A Freddy Mercury Tribute in Rome

A Freddy Mercury Tribute in Rome

Italian artist John Mayho has been on BSA a couple of times over the years with his commentary about the MOB and a tribute to John Lennon. This weekend he was thinking about another western pop idol when he did his own tribute to Freddie Mercury – exactly 22 years after he passed.  The powerfully over-the-top lead singer of the British rock band Queen had many electrified performances and fans during his career and he still inspires younger fans quite possibly because he gave them the sense that anything is possible.

And of course, it’s true.

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John J. Mahyo. South Rome. November 2013. (photo © John J. Mahyo)

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John J. Mahyo. South Rome. November 2013. (photo © John J. Mahyo)

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John J. Mahyo. South Rome. November 2013. (photo © John J. Mahyo)

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Gaia Is In Rome – Studies Architecture, Palazzos, Clouds

Gaia Is In Rome – Studies Architecture, Palazzos, Clouds

GAIA, il piccone demolitore e risanatore

Here is a new piece from Street Artist Gaia in Rome, where he is studying again the built environment and it’s historical and cultural ramifications, then interpreting through painting in the public sphere.

He says his new wall painting is inspired by Girgio De Chirico and represents the relationship between identity and function in the process that a city uses when building. While in town and working with the 999Contemporary gallery, he cleverly draws a connection between historical Italian architecture and “The Cloud” by architect Massimiliano Fuksas that is currently in formation. Rotten bananas? Check. Undisturbed local throwies next to and beneath his mural? Check.

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Gaia. Rome, October 2013. (photo © The Blind Eye Factory)

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Gaia. Detail. Rome, October 2013. (photo © The Blind Eye Factory)

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Gaia. Detail. Rome, October 2013. (photo © The Blind Eye Factory)

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Gaia. Detail. Rome, October 2013. (photo © The Blind Eye Factory)

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Gaia. Detail. Rome, October 2013. (photo © The Blind Eye Factory)

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Gaia. Rome, October 2013. (photo © The Blind Eye Factory)

Curated by 999Contemporary
Supported by OIKOS, ENI, Pescerosso, Municipio Roma VIII
Supervision: Gianluca Marziani
Project Management: Francesca Mezzano
Public Management: Dario Marcucci
Photo/Video: The Blind Eye Factory

http://www.blindeyefactory.com

 

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