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BSA Images Of The Week: 11.05.17

BSA Images Of The Week: 11.05.17

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Welcome!

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring BK Foxx, City Kitty, Dain, Jucer, Nick Walker, Praxis REVOK, Sam Himer, Sheryo, Skount, Smells, The Yok, Turtle Caps, UFO 907, WRDSMTH.

Top image: Praxis (photo © Jaime Rojo)

BK Foxx creates this new mural on gun violence in our country, which glamorizes guns and violence in its movies, TV programs, games, and music videos. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Revok (photo © Jaime Rojo)

UFO907 . Smells (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Yok . Sheryo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dain. This one is an ad…but it makes for a nice picture…so we made an exception. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Graffiti…RULES!! (photo © Jaime Rojo)

WRDSMT (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Turtle Caps . City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jucer (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sam Heimer phone booth at takeover for Art In Ad Places. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Skount in Amsterdam for Urban Art Festival. (photo © Skount)

Entitled “Home of the emotional flow”
~from the artist

“This mural depicts the search for a state of emotional flow. The background of our emotional life runs in a way, even to the flow of our thoughts. At the bottom of our consciousness there is always some state of mind although, generally, we do not realize the subtle moods that flow and reflux as we carry out our daily routine.

To achieve the Emotional Flow State, the development of qualities and abilities of emotional intelligence is required. These are; self-knowledge, empathy in order to understand the reactions of others, sympathy, balance, optimism and self-control. The state of flow, is a state in which alone, the person manages to surpass himself in situations that generate internal conflict, and this allows him to develop more activity, thus boosting enthusiasm.

In short, to find a state of emotional flow it is necessary first to delve into the deepest of our inner self, strive to understand the situations and states that generate internal conflicts, in order to achieve a state of harmony with ourselves and our environment.”

Untitled. Sunset over the East River. NYC. November 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Skount Paints “Protection” for Future Amsterdam Street Art/Urban Contemporary Art Museum

Skount Paints “Protection” for Future Amsterdam Street Art/Urban Contemporary Art Museum

Entrepreneur and visionary Peter Ernst Coolen continues afoot with his plans for Amsterdam’s Street Art/Urban Contemporary art museum sometime next year at NDSM Wharf, and a number of artists have been preparing new works for the space and the great occasion.

Today we have a sneak peak at the huge-scale canvas by one of the streets spiritual wizard-like creators, Skount from Spain.

Skount for “Street art / Urban contemporary art museum”. Amsterdam. (photo © Skount)

“A few months ago I painted the wall called “Protection, Natural Cohesion and the Soul’s Messengers”, he says of the new mural inspired by the legends of the X ts’unu’um (Hummingbird in Maya) and the relationship of the human with nature and the celestial.

Skount for “Street art / Urban contemporary art museum”. Amsterdam. (photo © Skount)

“All the cultures that have existed in our history have bequeathed us their most intimate experience through symbolic language,” he says, spoken like a graffiti fan actually. But for Skount this symbolic language is to assist people to relate to the spiritual world, to synthesize a mystical relationship with life through the symbol, facilitating an encounter between the divine and the human.

“In this mural I have illustrated a hand (as a symbol of blessing and protection) with a drawn circle, holding a human entity, since above all the symbolic cosmos, the circle arises, like the wheel of life that spins the whole nature, with its cycles, its rhythms and its eternal movement. It is, therefore, the totality, the integrity and the realization,” he explains. Only when you see the final photo here can one appreciate the scale of the new indoor work, as well as the size of the future museum here in Amsterdam.

Skount for “Street art / Urban contemporary art museum”. Amsterdam. (photo © Skount)

Skount for “Street art / Urban contemporary art museum”. Amsterdam. (photo © Skount)

Skount for “Street art / Urban contemporary art museum”. Amsterdam. (photo © Skount)

Skount for “Street art / Urban contemporary art museum”. Amsterdam. (photo © Skount)

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Skount Depicts “The Golden Ray”

Skount Depicts “The Golden Ray”

It may look like a gold medallion doorbell, or a fingerprint scanning ID validator, or an icon to poke to open up a celestial app, but Amsterdam Street Artist Skount says it is about accessing cosmic currents of energy.

Skount. Process shot. Amsterdam, May 2017. (photo © Skount)

That may feel a little esoteric for a Thursday, but then you are painting on a roof above Antiek tattoo studios, and it seems like a good time to reflect upon the Tibetan estoteric master Djwhal Khul. This fresh piece is part of a series of murals inspired by the meditations of the Seven cosmic currents of energy, according to the artist.

Skount. Process shot. Amsterdam, May 2017. (photo © Skount)

“This wall depicts the Golden Ray,” he tells us, and explains that it is a good idea to call upon this energy when there “are groups of children that must be calmed down so they can understand more easily the subject that they are studying.”

Skount. Process shot. Amsterdam, May 2017. (photo © Skount)

Thinking of taking this idea to the local public school up the block here in Brooklyn, because these kids are going crazy due to the fact that it is May and they are more interested in the spring breezes blowing past the windows outside than anything the teacher is saying. But Skount says the flame of the Golden Ray can help. “When you need to reach a Spiritual state of mind and feel ready to receive more special instruction, invoke this Flame and Great Instructors and Divine Intelligences will escort you.”

For more about the seven rays/flames, please click HERE.

Skount. Detail. Amsterdam, May 2017. (photo © Skount)

Skount. Amsterdam, May 2017. (photo © Skount)

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Skount Peels Off “Time Layers” in Spain

Skount Peels Off “Time Layers” in Spain

“Dude how was the weekend?”

“Rad, dude! I partied my face off!”

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Skount. Almagro, Spain. November 2016. (photo © Skount)

Skount is probably depicting something slightly more esoteric than that Bro-based expression for drinking large quantities of beer and having awkward conversations with women at a party.

We’ve all been there, don’t judge.

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Skount. Almagro, Spain. November 2016. (photo © Skount)

It is notable how a few illustration-based artists on the street have been slicing or dissecting the human form and looking at the insides of us in a diagrammatic or metaphorical way, with the Austrian Nychos coming to mind as the primary experimenter. The Belgian ROA often dissects the animal world to let us see inside as well. In the case of many works by the Amsterdam-based Skount, the figure is more often used to illustrate spiritual matters and metaphysical realms.

“This mural is a surreal representation of the layers generated by the passage of time in our inner selves and that are part of out identity,” he explains of this mural when recently visiting his original hometown Almagro, Spain.

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Skount. Almagro, Spain. November 2016. (photo © Skount)

With “Time Layers”, the artist says he is referring to the accumulated information and experiences that we gather along the life path.

“Over the years, we live through different situations, both good and bad,” he says. “We meet different people, we visit different places and we draw on different emotions and feelings generated by everything around us. All of this is saved in our memory and subconscious, stored in layers that shape and draw our inner universe, forming our identity and making us who we are.”

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Skount. Almagro, Spain. November 2016. (photo © Skount)

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Flowers Growing Out of Your Eyes: Skount Finds Fertile Soil in Ruins

Flowers Growing Out of Your Eyes: Skount Finds Fertile Soil in Ruins

A lot of people like to go hiking and exploring this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere. The weather is cooler, the leaves are turning colors, and because of our proximity to Halloween, many abandoned houses and factories seem haunted with their former inhabitants.

It’s also the end of the growing season, the harvest –  and even in urban areas you have a sense of your connection to the earth.

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Skount. Almagro, Spain. (photo © Skount)

In his hometown of Almagro in Spain, Street Artist Skount went urban exploring and found a wall recently upon which he painted a piece about our relationship to nature, if through metaphorical device.

“This mural depicts a surreal connection between humans and the natural environment that surrounds us, creating a relationship between environment and entity,” he says of the piece called “Inner Flowering”.

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Skount. Almagro, Spain. (photo © Skount)

The philosophical and spiritual Skount also draws the connection between nature, nurture, and how each individual is developed. “The area around us nourishes us and gives form, comforting who we are and in turn fuses our inner selves with the space and the development of the environment around us,” he says.

“So in my opinion, it is very important to carefully select where to develop as an individual, because this is extremely linked to the environment around us.”

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Skount. Almagro, Spain. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. Almagro, Spain. (photo © Skount)

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Skount “Tempus Fugit” : Time Waits for No Person

Skount “Tempus Fugit” : Time Waits for No Person

Spanish Skount in the Netherlands wonders today about the evaporation of time, ever slipping from your fingers.

He says his new mural, of which he has done perhaps a hundred that we know of over the last few years, is inspired by a quote about time by the poet Virgil, “Tempus Fugit”

“Sed fugit interea, irreparavile tempus fugit”

(But time is lost, which never will renew).

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Skount. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. August 2016. (photo © Skount)

Somehow we have not mastered it, and time continues to wait for no one. “I painted this mural as a reflection of the time that eludes us,” the philosopher street artist tells us. “Living life as a pursuit of distant goals that can sometimes be a burden. Rather than live as a set of present moments, planned in the short term; time flies, time slips away, time is diluted and only leaves us memories in the memory.”

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Skount. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. August 2016. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. August 2016. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. August 2016. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. August 2016. (photo © Skount)

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Skount Ferries You To Hell via Amsterdam

Skount Ferries You To Hell via Amsterdam

Go to Hell!

Pay your fare!

In Greek mythology there is a ferry man who will take you there in a boat. Skount brings all of this to the beach in Amsterdam in a quick mural he put up last week.

In his capitalist critique, only the rich can afford the ride across the rivers Styx and Acheron into Hades (Hell) in this painting of the Charon (ferryman).

“A coin used to be paid to Charon for passage, usually an obolus or danake, was sometimes placed in or on the mouth of a dead person. The people who could not pay the fee, or those whose bodies were left unburied, has to wander the shores for one hundred of years,” he says.

Bon Voyage!

 

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Skount. Amsterdam. June 2016, (photo © Skount)

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Skount. Amsterdam. June 2016, (photo © Skount)

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Skount. Amsterdam. June 2016, (photo © Skount)

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Skount. Amsterdam. June 2016, (photo © Skount)

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Skount Levitates From Under an Overpass

Skount Levitates From Under an Overpass

Introverts of the World Unite!

Brother, its hard out here. Not just the economy and the evaporating social net and the haters.

But for the introverted types, and there are many in society, just having a public face and interacting with lots of people on the street and at your job or in the barber shop is work. You’d really rather be away from all of this socializing.

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Skount. “Levitation”. Amsterdam. April 2016. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

Today in Amsterdam the artist Skount shows us his concept of that sort of inner life, which he paints hidden under a bridge by himself away from the world. Many graffiti and Street Artists like these quiet places that the infrastructure of our roads and streets and train lines can afford.

“Inspired by the concept of levitation, this mural represents a state of mind, where our hidden feelings and desires from our inner universe provide an upward force that counteracts the weight of the social role established,” he says, depicting a face as a mask that is discarded and lying in a forest of some kind. Perhaps the wearer tired of it, or no longer needed it here alone in the woods with nature, away from social constructions.

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Skount. “Levitation”. Amsterdam. April 2016. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

Skount tells us that he was thinking of that middle psychological/social/spiritual realm where many people actually live in their day-to-day interactions with the world, a place where we are “keeping our thoughts in a state between what we are (identity) and the patterns of behavior that society imposes on an individual.”

Ah well, there is always another tunnel or abandoned factory to paint…

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Skount. “Levitation”. Amsterdam. April 2016. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

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Skount. “Levitation”. Amsterdam. April 2016. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

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Skount. “Levitation”. Amsterdam. April 2016. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

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Skount, Kera, SokarUno Paint Outside New Refugee Camp in Former Berlin Airport

Skount, Kera, SokarUno Paint Outside New Refugee Camp in Former Berlin Airport

The combined creative efforts of friends Skount, Kera, and SokarUno on a recent Saturday in Berlin possibly reflect the state of many recently arrived who are living near it. The historic Tempelhof Airport here was closed in 2008 after about 80 years in service and reopened as a recreational park in 2015. Now it is slated to become one of the biggest refugee camps in Europe. Already the former aircraft hangers are occupied by a few thousand refugees, mostly from Syria. By the end of the year the former airport grounds are expected to house nearly 7,000.

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Skount. Kera. SokarUno Tempelhof, Berlin. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. Kera. SokarUno Tempelhof, Berlin. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. Kera. SokarUno Tempelhof, Berlin. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. Kera. SokarUno Tempelhof, Berlin. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. Kera. SokarUno Tempelhof, Berlin. (photo © Skount)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 03.13.16

BSA Images Of The Week: 03.13.16

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Seeing these new El Sol 25 collaged figures and Stephen Powers’ new ironically worded signs posted around the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum may have given us a sense of irrational optimism this week. It also could have been the 75 degree Wednesday afternoon, the birds singing through open apartment windows in the morning or the two-for-one bagels at Hamid’s deli.

Whatever it was, lets keep this springy buzz going a minute. Can we please skip the presidential race for a couple of days please?

Here’s our our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Chagall, City Kitty, Dismist, El Sol 25, Faust, Ivanorama, Jeff Koons, Joseph Meloy, Leaf, Lunge Box, Menace, Mint & Serf, Muse in Me, Nick Walker, Reading Ninja, Reka One, and Skount.

Our top image: El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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RekaOne (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Skount’s new work in Amsterdam inspired by his recent travels. (photo © Skount)

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Faust (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mint & Serf (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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TOY (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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HATER (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ivanorama (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nick Walker. “Brooklyn Morning After”. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nick Walker. “Brooklyn Morning After”. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Guess that beats Chanel #5, doesn’t it? Muse In Me (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The cow jumped over the moon. Reading Ninja pays tribute to Chagall…maybe. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Leaf (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Joseph Meloy has some creepy company. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Lunge Box (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dismist. A collaged history of violence…(photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Menace (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Groundswell mural in progress with the help of Jeff Koons…yes THAT Jeff Koons. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Groundswell in collaboration with Jeff Koons in Chinatown. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. SOHO, NYC. March 11, 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 12.06.15

BSA Images Of The Week: 12.06.15

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A wild week in world geopolitics, terror, social crisis – interpret them as you may through the prism of art collecting and fandom – as Miami Art Basel and the Wynwood District were bursting with high prices, high emotions, high celebrity-counts, and people who appeared to be high almost all the time. There were also heavy rains, big name music performances, custom designed cocktails, luxury brands, brand fusions, and sponsored walls and events everywhere. Also a stabbing.

Once we can sort through the best photos we’ll definitely share some of the great work with you this week.

Meanwhile, Street Artists continue to create in cities elsewhere and while Miami is celebrating brands, logos and luxury, on the other side of the ocean Brandalism completed a 600 kiosk takeover in Paris this week skewering all of the above and the undue influence corporations are having in writing environmental/trade laws. On the aesthetic tip we’ve recently made a mental note that photo-realism is now reaching a critical mass. So there you are.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring A Pill NYC, Bifido, Buff Monster, Cash4, Dan Witz, Fuzeillear, Invader, Jordan Seiler, Knarf, LikMi, Luca Ladda, Østrem, Otto Schade, Persue, Pøbel, Rahmi Rajah, Sean9Lugo, Sipros, and Skount.

Top Image: Sipros for The Bushwick Collective. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sipros for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A portrait of Biggie Smalls. This was probably ripped from the ad campaign and affixed to this phone box. We call this re-porpoising and we consider it to be Street Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pøbel . Østrem for NUART in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

These two pieces are part of the NUART collection of murals painted for previous editions of the festival. They are not freshly painted but we wanted to publish them as they are calling our attention to a topic that is current and urgent and addressed by world leaders in Paris for the COP21 Climate Summit 2015 as well as dozens of Street Artists with the #brandalism campaign.

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Pøbel . Østrem for NUART in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A Pill NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jordan Seiler ad take over in the NYC Subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Luca Ledda for Festival Concreto in Fortaleza, Brazil. (photo © Luca Ledda)

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Luca Ledda for Festival Concreto in Fortaleza, Brazil. (photo © Luca Ledda)

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Dan Witz. Natural History series. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dan Witz. Natural History series. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cash4 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bifido in Napoli, Italy. (photo © Bifido)

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Sean9Lugo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Buff Monster (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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One cool thing about this piece: The plaid pattern was done by hand with gaffers’ tape – it isn’t freehand painted or stenciled or printed. It’s a 3D piece, including the silvery collar portion. There was a tag and a code at the collar but it was too faded for us to read. From what we could read the tag is #IywIkr (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Space Invader. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Otto Schade AKA OSCH in London. (photo © Rahmi Rajah)

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Persue (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Knarf in Miami. (photo © Knarf)

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Skount surprised us with this abstract piece in Gold Coast, Australia – not the style he typically does. (photo © Skount)

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Skount and Fuzeillear at Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast, Australia. (photo © Skount)

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LikMi (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Staten Island – NYC Harbor. November 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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Skount and the Projected Mask of Self

Skount and the Projected Mask of Self

Periodically it is a worthy practice to consider how many masks one wears, and why.

What are you projecting? What are you concealing? Or are you simply an open book for all to read, no constructed identity whatsoever; just a fresh wholesome apple growing on this tree ready to be picked?

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Skount. Projections – Internal Latent at 19 Karen Contemporary ArtSpace. Australia. (photo © Skount)

99%ers, Occupiers, and Anonymous activists are wearing Guy Fawkes masks to project a unifying image of breaking a corrupt system and preventing identifying individuals. In their highly produced and staged videos so-called ISIS members are concealing their identities from those who would like to know exactly who they are and who is backing them and to instill the fog of general fear. This years most talked about Halloween mask in New York was the Donald Trump mask,  perhaps as a way to express disgust and derision of the person depicted as well as to deliberately evoke our fears that such an aggressive ignoramus might win any election, let alone for, you know, President of the US.

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Skount. Projections – Internal Latent at 19 Karen Contemporary ArtSpace. Australia. (photo © Skount)

Spanish-now-Amsterdam-based Street Artist and fine artist Skount has been examining masks in his work for a few years from a historical perspective as they relate to social identity as well as in performance, theater, and the sacred. Often we observe that his figures’ faces provide opportunity to travel into space or mystic realm, his costumes rich with folk traditions and magic.

More recently he says that his examination has become more personal, with considerations of Freud’s studies a hundred and twenty years ago into the mechanisms of shielding ourselves psychologically with our constructed masks, deflecting critical analysis of our defects, projecting our virtuous aspects.

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Skount. Projections – Internal Latent at 19 Karen Contemporary ArtSpace. Australia. (photo © Skount)

In this new collection of works for Skount’s opening of “Projections: Internal latent” in Gold Coast, Australia tonight at the 19 karen Gallery, Skount is inspired by the inner self as it may be expressed via classic theater, cultural ornamentation, and our concept of deity. Using traditional painting he incorporates hand-made glass collage and even LED lights  to reflect an inner universe, invariably projected outward – an alchemy of presentation for all to see, and perhaps to hide behind.

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Skount. Projections – Internal Latent at 19 Karen Contemporary ArtSpace. Australia. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. Projections – Internal Latent at 19 Karen Contemporary ArtSpace. Australia. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. Projections – Internal Latent at 19 Karen Contemporary ArtSpace. Australia. (photo © Skount)

 

 

 

Skount Projections – Internal Latent opens today at 19 Karen Contemporary ArtSpace in Gold Coast, Austrailia. Click HERE for more details.

 

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