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BSA Images Of The Week: 07.26.15 Rochester Special

BSA Images Of The Week: 07.26.15 Rochester Special

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It’s not all about the murals! A sacrilegious thing to say perhaps, especially on a Sunday, especially when we are in town to see fresh new murals at the Wall\Therapy festival in Rochester. But none of the artists will take us to task because everyone knows that the roots of Street Art and graffiti are in the un-permissioned work that happens underground in hidden spots that become revered; magnets for aerosol mark-making, veritable spray can galleries. These crumbling houses of the holy are foundational to the modern Street Art scene. After all, if the good Lord didn’t want teens to get high, have sex, and catch tags he wouldn’t have created urban decay.

Top image above >>> Freedom (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Freedom (photo © Jaime Rojo)

So it was good to get to the dirty stuff with some help from an affable Roc native named Jason who showed us around some of the darker caverns in the city this week where you can get a sense of the conversations that bubble just below the surface. These places of decay feature some old school tags, rollers, characters, bubble letters, rants, political critique – the gamut. Also, homeless people, restless hoodies on BMX bikes, and funny smelling cigarette smoke wafting past you periodically.

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Freedom (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We were really honored to speak at the museum Friday and to be introduced by the director Jonathan Binstock and Wall\Therapy founder Dr. Ian Wilson for our talk and show of a series of short films about the evolving Street Art scene globally. Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) is part of the University of Rochester and houses a huge encyclopedic collection of 12,000 works of art representing cultures from around the world and across millennia so to have the opportunity to share contemporary works from across this global grassroots art movement is especially gratifying and many in the audience came up afterward to talk about how inspiring this moment in art history is to them personally.

Typically academia and institutional support has been a few steps removed from this means of expression but the last decade and a half continues to see a shifting of perspectives by some who traditionally resisted the work in the streets. We’re just glad that we can continue to provide a platform for voices high and low, trained and self-taught, polished and in development – and the feedback we continue to get from you is that the work strikes a strong chord and we are grateful. Just to keep it real, here’s a tiny collection of work from Rochester’s organic urban art scene.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring AX, Cash4, Eder Muniz, Freedom, FUA Krew, Icy and Sot, Jeff Soto, Mr PRVRT, ND’A, OverUnder, ROA, Smear, and Thievin Stephen.

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Freedom (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Eder Muniz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Eder Muniz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Eder Muniz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Eder Muniz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Eder Muniz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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FUA Krew commenting on the bulldozing of a homeless tent city in Rochester days before Christmas in December. Mayor Lovely Warren took a great amount of criticism for her decision in the press, and here in the tunnels. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. PRVRT (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. PRVRT and a partial ROA on top. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. PRVRT and a Cash4 on top. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Overunder . NDA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Overunder . Thievin’ Stephen (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Thievin’ Stephen (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Thievin’ Stephen (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Smear (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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AX (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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AX (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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AX (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The Soto (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Rochester, NY. July 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Fun Friday 11.09.12

What a week! Have a great Friday everybody.

1. Ron English “Crucial Fiction” at Opera (NY)
2. “Museum of Curiosity” at Black Rat (London)
3. “RELIEF” – A Brooklyn Fundraiser Tonight – Helping New Yorkers with an Art Auction
4. “High Class Trash”, Dotmasters at Reed Projects
5. “The Art of Comedy Art Crawl” (NYC)
6. Know Hope and “The Weight” (LA)
7. Lara Zombie and her “Blue Bird Lobotomy (NYC)
8. Krause Gallery has a new show featuring Hanksy (NYC)
9. “Once Upon A Time in The West” at Maximillian Gallery (West Hollywood)
10. JURNE has “Keys To The City” at Klughaus Gallery  (NYC)
11. Jurne: “Keys to the City” (VIDEO)
12. OLEK “You Can’t Fool” (VIDEO)
13. Balai Seni Visual Negara (BSVN) (VIDEO)
14. HOPSCOTCH RHA RHA RHA 2012 (VIDEO)

Ron English “Crucial Fiction” at Opera (NY)

The new solo show by Ron English,”Crucial Fiction” is now open at Opera Gallery in Manhattan. The pop surrealist continues to mine the heroic and dark images of his childhood imagination and of those around him, technically masterful 3-D contortions pulsating with mischief and an attitude of play. Street Artist, commercial artist, anti-commercial artist, culture jammer, pop culture enthusiast; English continues to explore to the delight of his fans.

Ron English (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

“Museum of Curiosity” at Black Rat (London)

An unusual group exhibition titled “The Museum of Curiosity” is now open at Black Rat Projects and includes a new installation titled “Dream Reliquary” by Brooklyn based Street and Fine Artist SWOON. The show also includes American artist Butch Anthony along with Tessa Farmer, Candice Tripp, Nancy Fouts, Giles Walker, Jessica Harrison, Taylor Shepherd, Delaney Martin and Oscar Rink. A very personal show for Black Rat owner Mike Snell, you also get to see as well centuries old taxidermy and a hippo skull, among other curiosities.

Butch Anthony “CEO2LED” installation in Rossyln, Virginia. (image courtesy © Butch Anthony official site)

For further information regarding this show click here.

“RELIEF” – A Brooklyn Fundraiser Tonight – Helping New Yorkers with an Art Auction

Making Deals Zine and Trumbull Studios have teamed to put together a silent auction and raffle with the proceeds to bring relief to Sandy’s victims. They reached out to dozens of artists and friends to donate art for this cause. The event aptly titled “RELIEF” will take place today at the Trumbull Studios in Brooklyn. Please come out, have fun, purchase art and help those that are in need. Click on the link below the image for a full list of participating artists.

All proceeds from the sales will go to designated charities for the victims of Hurricane Sandy: New York Cares (nycares.org), Red Hook Initiative (rhicenter.org) and the Red Cross (redcross.org).

For further information and full artists list click here.

“High Class Trash”, Dotmasters at Reed Projects

In Stavanger, Norway the Reed Projects Gallery new show opens tonight with The Dotmasters “High Class Trash” solo show.

For further information regarding this show click here.

“The Art of Comedy Art Crawl” (NYC)

Hit the streets with Vandalog and The New York Comedy Festival, who are teamed to produce a number of murals in Little Italy in the Lower Manhattan. There will be an art crawl,  “The Art of Comedy Art Crawl” to be precise this Saturday, Nov. 10 where Street Art fans are going to be guided to appreciate the newly installed pieces by Ron English, Gilf! and Hanksy.

Gilf! in Little Italy for The Art of Comedy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this event click here.

Know Hope and “The Weight” (LA)

The Israeli based Street Artist named Know Hope has a solo show called “The Weight” opening tomorrow at the Known Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Know Hope unique characters and words come together on walls and found wood as entire poems. His art aims to lighten the burden of living, while contemplating it’s weight.

Know Hope struggles with Phlegm on the streets of Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Also happening this weekend:

Lara Zombie and her “Blue Bird Lobotomy” solo show is now open to the general public at Broome Street Gallery in Manhattan, NY. Click here for more details on this show.

Krause Gallery has a new show featuring Hanksy called “Young Puns 2 – Now With More Pun”. Now open to the general public in Manhattan, NY. Click here for more details.

The new group exhibition “Once Upon A Time in The West” at Maximillian Gallery in West Hollywood, CA opens tomorrow with new works by Andy Appleton, Mauro Caputo, John Carr, COL, COPE2, DD$, DeeKay, Dog Byte, Richard Duardo, Rene Gagnon, Gregos, Listak, Devin Liston, Septerhed, Smear, Steven Swimmer and Tazroc. Click here for more details on this show.

Klughaus Gallery in Lower Manhattan will give JURNE the “Keys To The City” at the opening of his solo show tomorrow. Click here for more details on this show.

 

Jurne: “Keys to the City” (VIDEO)

OLEK “You Can’t Fool” (VIDEO)

 

Balai Seni Visual Negara(BSVN), Malaysia for ART BOOK FAIR 2012 (VIDEO)

HOPSCOTCH RHA RHA RHA 2012 (VIDEO)

A good use of duct tape on the street in Indonesia. – And an effective way to engage the public.

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Maximillian Gallery Presents: “Once Upon A Time In The West” A Group Exhibition. (West Hollywood, CA)

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Rene Gagnon on the streets of Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Maximillian Gallery  

presents   

 

Once Upon a Time in the West  

 

Featuring: Andy Appleton, Mauro Caputo, John Carr, COL, COPE2, DD$, DeeKay, Dog Byte, Richard Duardo, Rene Gagnon, Gregos, Listak, Devin Liston, Septerhed, Smear, Steven Swimmer and Tazroc

 

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY November 10, 2012, 6PM – 8PM

Exhibition: Every Day, 1PM – 8PM, and by appointment
Maximillian Gallery, the award-winning street art gallery in West Hollywood, unveils its newest exhibit, Once Upon a Time in the West, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  The exhibit features top street and urban art by a talented roster of artists: Andy AppletonMauro CaputoJohn CarrCOLCOPE2,DD$DeeKayDog ByteRichard DuardoRene GagnonGregosListakDevin ListonSepterhedSmearSteven Swimmer andTazroc.  Once Upon a Time in the West runs through Thursday, December 20, 2012.  Also, Maximillian Gallery is pleased to now feature a selection of unique Rene Gagnon Abraham Obama lenticular prints reworked from Ron English originals.  Maximillian Gallery is open daily from 1:00pm to 8:00pm, except major holidays, as well as by appointment, inside the Sunset Marquis Hotel (1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069; 323-546-9615).  Maximillian Gallery is also often open late on Fridays and Saturdays.  For more information, please see http://maximilliangallery.com.“We are thrilled to showcase the exciting collection of cutting-edge works in the new exhibit,” says Caradoc, Maximillian Gallery’s owner and director, “The show brings together a fresh selection of work from emerging as well as established artists.”Once Upon a Time in the West -

Curated by third-generation art connoisseur and entrepreneur Caradoc, Maximillian Gallery is dedicated to showcasing contemporary art, featuring dozens of emerging as well as established artists, with an emphasis on urban, graffiti, and street art.  The gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Once Upon a Time in the West, features works by some of the most provocative and prolific artists working today.

WHAT:  Once Upon a Time in the West Art Exhibition

WHO:  Andy Appleton, Mauro Caputo, John Carr, COL, COPE2, DD$, DeeKay, Dog Byte, Richard Duardo, Rene Gagnon, Gregos, Listak, Devin Liston, Septerhed, Smear, Steven Swimmer & Tazroc

WHEN:  Opening reception Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (with some featured artists in attendance), as well as daily through Thursday, December 20, 2012 from 1:00pm to 8:00pm, and by appointment

WHERE:  Maximillian Gallery, 1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Maximillian Gallery Presents: “Summer In The Street” A Group Exhibition. (West Hollywood, CA)

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Summer in the Street Exhibition

MAXIMILLIAN GALLERY AT THE SUNSET MARQUIS HOTEL LAUNCHES
SUMMER IN THE STREET EXHIBITION, JUNE 30, 2012

Cyrcle: Life is AlchemyKnown for its roster of celebrated street artists, Maximillian Gallery at The Sunset Marquis Hotel kicks off thesummer with a hard hitting exhibition of talent, including: Richard Duardo, Desire Obtain Cherish, Cyrcle, Dog Byte, DD$, Free Humanity, Septerhed, John Carr, Smear, DeeKay, Andy Appleton, Random Act, Gregos & Emily Bradley. Maximillian Gallery at The Sunset Marquis Hotel presents a celebrated group of street artists for its Summer in the Street exhibition. Opening event is Saturday, June 30, from 6p to 8p, with some of the featured artists in attendance, and will exhibit daily from 1p to 8p and by appointment.

Granting asylum to the guerilla works that every day pounce, halt and inspire throughout the city, Summer in the Street will feature cutting edge works from several of urbanity’s most prolific street artists. With street works being removed and covered regularly, this is a rare chance to witness the street art unobstructed and undiluted.

“Maximillian Gallery’s commitment is to the art, to the urban art lovers and to the as-yet enthusiasts,” Maximillian Gallery’s founder and Director, Caradoc, explains. “Here, an ever-widening audience can experience what makes the city truly inspirational”

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WHO: Provocative street artists

WHAT: Summer in the Street Exhibit

WHEN: Opening reception Saturday, June 30 from 6p – 8p, with some featured artists in attendance,
and daily from 1p – 8p and by appointment

WHERE: Maximillian Gallery at The Sunset Marquis Hotel
1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069
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The Site Unscene in conjunction with The Loft Salon & Gallery Present: “Fringe” (Los Angeles, CA)

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FRINGE” Street Art Show featuring SMEAR, LEBA and GREGORY SIFF opens June 9th

Los Angeles, California, 2 June 2011 – On June 9th,The Site Unscene in conjunction with The Loft Salon & Gallery brings you the first in a monthly series of art shows to open during the Downtown LA Artwalk. The series will kick-off with street art show FRINGE featuring the work of Smear, Leba and Gregory Siff.

Show opens June 9th, 2011,  6pm – 10pm at The Loft Salon, 560 S. Main Street #8W, LA 90013. The event is free all night, lots of drinks, great music and amazing art.

Smear, Leba and Gregory Siff are three of the most notable street artists in Los Angeles. Each will all be presenting street influenced artwork on June 9th at the opening of FRINGE. Not allowing themselves to be marginalized by accepted norms or considered secondary to any art movement, these three artists all bring a unique voice and style to the public eye.  Never letting fear of adversity, or conformity, influence their artistic visions, these artists persist through their work for FRINGE, a curated collection playing on the concept of ‘marginalized’ society in it’s various forms.


Smear: Cristian Gheorghiu’s (aka SMEAR) visceral, highly personal style of painting emulates the messy workings of the total-information age, layering forms and images with powerful, slashing brush strokes of rhythmic, unifying mixtures and improvised, frenzied lines coupled with brilliant color to achieve a simplified language. Gheorghiu counters his free, muscular brushstrokes by loading his paintings with rags and tatters of cloth, reproductions, fragments of comic strips, and other collage elements of waste and discarded materials to convey maps of mental states. More info on Smear here.


Leba: The artist Leba has been active in the street art scene, from the West to East coast, since the beginning of last decade. He is recognized and admired for combining biting social commentary and fine art imagery into both his street art and fine art.  HE is unafraid to speak his mind with a spray can as on his highly controversial, yet loved, Census billboards and much lauded American Apparel advert takeovers.  His street art is always relevant, exploratory, skillfully crafted, and many times, politically charged. He is skilled in many mediums: sculpting, wheat pasting, stencil cutting, painting and he skillfully conforms each medium to the needs of each individual piece. It is this combination of intelligence and raw talent that has made him one of the most admired and intriguing LA artists around the globe. More info on Leba here.


Gregory Siff: is an American Pop, Street, Abstract-expressionist. He has exhibited un New York City, Los Angeles, London, Itialy, Dublin and Vancouver. His paintings have been featured in Deitch Projects Art Parades, The Standard Hotel, De La Barracuda Wall and Urban Outfitters. Gregory’s work has appeared in Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine, Paper Mag, L.A. Times, Marc Ecko’s Complex, Cool Hunting and Glamour. You can also find his art on the street and HERE.

FRINGE  is presented by The Loft Hair Salon & Gallery located in the heart of downtown LA eight stories up. The 1500+ square foot space offers the perfect view of downtown life while showcasing the best of LA art life indoors. More info here.

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