December 21, 2012
We’re counting down the last 12 days of 2012 with Street Art photos chosen by BSA readers. Each one was nominated because it has special meaning to a reader or is simply a great photograph from 2012 that they think is great. Our sincere thanks to everyone who shared their favorite images.
Our second entry comes from solid graff photographer and NYC resident Sabeth 718, who climbs all over these streets and roofs and tracks and doorways looking for his best shots. The photo was taken in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and we can see why he likes it so much, with the sun setting over Manhattan and peering under the bridge for just a second. As quickly as the runner goes by, the light will change too. Glad he captured it and he shares it with BSA readers.
False, Tomek (photo © Sabeth 718)
Visit Sabeth 718’s site to see more photos of his work here.
Check out the BSA Images of 2012 video here.
by Samantha Longhi
When you look after what is happening in the street art field, I realize that much of the news revolves around the one who became an indisputable yet often contested star: Banksy. How surprised I was today when I realized that I had not given any “Stencil Of The Week” to the king of stencil art! Everyone talks about Banksy everywhere, both on the street, in museums, in auction houses or cinemas… all over the world. The phenomenon continues to be fascinating and for a good reason: genius.
- Banksy in lower Manhattan (image © Sabeth 718)
Let’s look closely at one of his latest pieces in New York. We talk about British humor in general when we think Banksy, Monty Python and so forth.. but consider for a moment that Banksy could be one of the foremost theoreticians of street art to date? Making use of metaphor, he has already addressed many issues related to street art, such as branding through the rental of advertising space walls, the ongoing conflict between stencil/street art on one side and graffiti on the other, the concept of mimetic art. I can see how Banksy can be analytical at this point in his career. With his U.S. tour these past few weeks he has been able to show us that his analytical skills are sharp. Each piece is thought of in terms of its geographical location, Detroit differing from LA, etc.
Here in New York City : a doctor, his satchel in hand, is listening with his stethoscope placed in the heart of the famous logo created by Milton Glazer examining the love existing for the city of New York. This city, famous for its intellectuals, its writers, artists, filmmakers, is considered by some to be the European capital of the United States. Banksy plays with ambiguity; is the heart of the city of NYC sick or is the love we have for her wilting? In any case, Banksy reminds us how much the city continues to be a central concern of street artists.
- “Model Behavior” by Pen 1 (photo © Paul Nine-0)
- “It Happens Every Day”, Faile (photo © Sabeth 718)
"Lily", by T-Wat (image courtesy T-Wat)
"Chimp Change" by Mr. Prvt (mixed media on vintage fold-out poker table) (image courtesy Mr. Prvt)