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Gola Hundun Follows Kids Art and “The Path” in Napoli

Gola Hundun Follows Kids Art and “The Path” in Napoli

“It is less easy to sensitize people to the respect of nature,” says Italian Street Artist Gola Hundun, and you understand his entire oeuvre during the last decade.

Gola Hundun. “The Path”. Naples, Italy. October 2019. (photo © Johanna Invrea)

With “Sentiero”, his latest ode to pyramidic peaks that soar above the earth in Napoli for the Xenia Community Festival.

Speaking of community, Gola opened up the creative process to school children to aesthetically explore some of the themes he is most influenced by – nature, spirituality, our encounters with both. He is so moved by the collaborative drawing made by two boys named Enrico and Salvatore that he writes today to tell BSA readers about the work and the affect it had on his multi-story mural.

He shares with us the original artwork by them that he chose the sketch among many others because of its inner meaning, which he thinks is very close to own research.

“The path is represented as a thin red line, as the pathway every man should walk to reach the Knowledge shown as a golden mountain. Beside each single man there’s nature, seen as an obstacle, but is actually part of himself,” Gola tells us.

Gola Hundun. “The Path”. Naples, Italy. October 2019. (photo © Johanna Invrea)

“A rich variety of vegetation dominates the lower part of the wall, creating a multi-layer prospective effect. What is very interesting is also the chromatic scale and the way the artist uses it: simple, elementary colors, to let the pure shape of the elements to come out on a very neutral background. Gold means divine value of the nature and so the mountain becomes a golden idol in the middle of the jungle of life. The contrast between the golden mountain and the cold tones of the leaves emphasizes the allegorial message beyond it.

Gola Hundun. “The Path”. Naples, Italy. October 2019. (photo © Johanna Invrea)
Gola Hundun. “The Path”. Naples, Italy. October 2019. (photo © Vincenzo Capasso)
Gola Hundun. “The Path”. Naples, Italy. October 2019. (photo © Vincenzo Capasso)
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Day 3: General Howe’s “Battle of Brooklyn 2010”

brooklyn-street-art-gen-howw-battle-banner082010This historic week for Brooklyn and the U.S. is being marked daily by New York Street Artist General Howe at the sites where the actual “Battle of Brooklyn” took place exactly 234 years earlier. Brooklyn Street Art is pleased to bring you daily updates on the plundering of boundaries between Street Art, performance art, and historical land-marking along with live social media updates by Kianga Ellis. All week we will travel around Brooklyn tracing the troop movements as General Howe stages small-scale battle scenes to connect us with history and possibly examine the childhood pastime of playing “war”.Brooklyn-Street-Art-Battle-Brooklyn-August-24

“American Forces Dig In While Quietly Circled”

Today we followed the General to Park Slope to stage some skirmishes on the hill as a sense of doom settled in. It wasn’t just the gray rainy miasma that cloaked Brooklyn today, or the giant leafy pumpkin plants that hovered over the mini-troops, but it was General Howe’s descriptions of how the Patriots nervously tried to fortify positions while the British began to appear in new locations all the time, as they began to make their path toward the elevated hills of “The Heights” to look down upon the land.

General Howe (© Jaime Rojo)
General Howe (© Jaime Rojo)

Not only that but Washington wrote in a letter today to Putnam (his man in command) that he was pretty ticked off about the way some of the trigger-happy fools in the Patriots crew had the bad habit of shooting willy-nilly in an undisciplined way all over the place, sometimes just for the hell of it.  If you read The Battle for New York The city at the heart of the American Revolution by Barnet Schecter, you’ll find that George hated horsing around with guns because he thought it was wasteful of valuable bullets and distracting for everybody, “as we know not the hour of the enemy’s approach to our lines but have every reason to apprehend that it will happen sudden & violent, whenever attempted; we shall have our men so scattered & (more then probable) without ammunition, that the consequences must prove fatal to us.”

General Howe talks about what happened on August 24th:


The Action: Plagued by second thoughts about General Howe’s strategy, Washington reshuffles the command in Brooklyn putting the popular Israel Putnam in command. However, “Old Put” is ill equipped both experientially and temperamentally for the task. Among the American forces digging in for whatever is to come are the Maryland 400 comprised of six companies of soldiers from Maryland. This group of 400 will be the last soldiers to hold the line during the Battle of Brooklyn, providing cover while the rest of the Americans retreat.

The Landscape: Park Slope

General Howe (© Jaime Rojo)

A new wheat-paste by General Howe looks a lot like a coloring book page, while a strategically placed feather is placed over a bit of vulgar language. (© Jaime Rojo)

General Howe (© Jaime Rojo)
AWOL, lost, or just looking for some quiet time alone. General Howe (© Jaime Rojo)

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This six-day event is shared live with the public complete with historical quotes, the General’s musings, and twitpics by Kianga Ellis on

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PaperGirl Rolls into Bushwick: Gaia & Clown Soldier Play Next Door

The Free Art Paper Girls Paint a Street Art Mural in Bushwick (BK)

Radical!, Josh Boyark, Sina and James Rose (© Jaime Rojo)

Radical!, Josh Boyark, Sina and James Rose (© Jaime Rojo)

PaperGirl is bringing a new way to experience Street Art to New York this month. Originally debuted in Berlin five years ago the project also offers you something to take home, if you are lucky.

One thing that you will not be able to take home is the fresh new mural in Brooklyn that PaperGirl put up yesterday with the help of some of their participating artists. Helpfully, the map they painted on the corner of the building gives you the schedule and locations of their upcoming events, which is so handy – although not as lightweight as an iPhone. They gave the artists the chance to experience street painting whilst promoting their New York Project where they give out art to people on the street.

Radical!, Josh Boyark, Sina and James Rose (© Jaime Rojo)

Radical!, Josh Boyark, Sina and James Rose (© Jaime Rojo)
Radical!, Josh Boyark, Sina and James Rose (© Jaime Rojo)

And while PaperGirl-NY was busy with their mural, Gaia and Clown Soldier were busy with theirs on the same huge wall in Brooklyn. Gaia told us that his pieces were done and that RAMBO was going to go over them with his work. By the time BSA was there RAMBO was nowhere to be found. Meanwhile Clown Soldier had some more work ahead.

Gaia (© Jaime Rojo)
Gaia (© Jaime Rojo)

Clown Soldier, Gaia. (© Jaime Rojo)
Clown Soldier, Gaia. (© Jaime Rojo)

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Os Gemeos & Futura At PS 11 In New York City: Day One on the International Kid

Sunday was not a day of rest for the Brazilian twins and Futura as they worked on one of their “kids”. Armed with hundreds of cans of paint and two big cherry pickers they set the stage to begin work on  building a wall-sized mural over 50 feet tall.  They say it will take about a week to do the piece, which features flags from all over the world at PS 11 in Chelsea.

Seems like you just saw them in San Diego, and before that in about 10 other countries right? That’s because you did. The twins never stop. We asked Octavio yesterday during a break while he was on the ground if they ever rest. Octavio responded, “Yes we don’t rest. We like to paint and that’s what we do”.

Stop by all week to see the progress and play some hoops while they labor.  BSA will be documenting the mural’s progress as it continues to develop into it’s final shape.

Os Gemeos (© Jaime Rojo)
Os Gemeos (© Jaime Rojo)

Os Gemeos (© Jaime Rojo)
Os Gemeos (© Jaime Rojo)

Os Gemeos (© Jaime Rojo)
Os Gemeos (© Jaime Rojo)

Os Gemeos (© Jaime Rojo)
Os Gemeos (© Jaime Rojo)

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“Shred” At Perry Rubenstein Gallery

“Shred” At Perry Rubenstein Gallery

A Tight and Irreverent Collage Show Curated by Carlo McCormick

Judith Supine "Patrice " 2010 (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

In this piece for “Shred”, Street Artist Judith Supine clearly enunciates the radical psycho-sexual non-sequiturs that make Supine’s collage a powerful voice in New York Street Art at the moment. In addition to the signature acid bright template are the cigarette, the nudity, and the reference to childhood that occur often in pieces by the artist. The paper collage is scattered with raised green metallic pieces that look like broken fingernails forming smooth lumps under the resin. The artist confirmed in fact that the “finger nails” are glass jewel beetles. Judith Supine “Patrice ” 2010 (Photo © Jaime Rojo)


To curate any show well requires a finely balanced hand that can go unappreciated. If the gentle and deliberate directing of artists and their contributions is not thoughtful and focused, a show may feel off-kilter, unkempt, even ruinous. Although he denies it with humility in equal proportion to his expertise, curator Carlo McCormick displays his adept hand at collage (or assemblage) in “Shred”, the new collage show he curates for the Perry Rubenstein Gallery in New York’s Chelsea district.

In talking about the genesis of “Shred”, McCormick describes a downtown East Village scene and the concurrent Graffiti scene of the 70s and 80s that imploded messily at the end of a hyper-excited zenith. An author, editor, and speaker who is considered expert on the topic of NYC’s downtown scene at the time, McCormick knows well what the signs of our fickle obsessions can look like, “And yes everyone gets kind of famous for a bit and a bunch of money flows through it and it is over”.

Drawing a few connections, he explained he’d like to avoid the “the kind of phenomenology of that moment” that Street Art could find itself precariously hanging on the edge of.  So it is with purpose that he extends the span of this collection to broaden the dialogue about the practice of collage.

“The main thing I thought was about street art – involving the wheat pasting and it’s stenciling and it’s silk screening – is that it has inherently a lot of collage effects”. In addition to today’s adventurous street artists who are represented here by Faile, Swoon, Elbow Toe, Shepard Fairey, and Judith Supine, McCormick also includes some of their predecessors and peers, like Jess, Erik Foss, and Gee Vaucher. For final balance, he called upon three film makers who are “really ripping shit apart”.

Recognizing that “collage was not exactly invented yesterday”, McCormick stipulates that he was crafting his own message by selecting these artists. The great common denominator? “Well obviously surrealism had a great part in it. I’m looking for the more outré elements of it. I’d say it’s an attitude; there is a certain irreverence in it, and caring about the materials working with it”. Talking with a few of the artists and guests Thursday night at the opening, those elements are present in this show and were very well received.

Mark Flood "Twilight Feelings" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

An elongated mutant pop pretty boy by Mark Flood, “Twilight Feelings” 2010 (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jack Walls (Detail of an Installation of 5. Photo © Jaime Rojo )

Using photographs taken of himself by his lover Robert Mapplethorpe, Jack Walls creates optical vibrations in these recent collage pieces that span and unite both the Downtown and the Street Art explosions.  (Three of Installation of Five). 2008  Photo © Jaime Rojo )

Faile Detail "Never Enough" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Street Art Duo Faile reprise imagery from one of their recent street art stencils in this large acrylic and silkscreened piece that welcomes guests at “Shred”.  “Never Enough” 2010. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jess Untitled (Konrad Lorenz) Detail, (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

An early example of collage at “Shred”. Jess “Untitled” (Konrad Lorenz) 1955. Detail. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brian Douglas (Elbow-Toe) "Bears" Detail. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brian Douglas (Elbow-Toe) “Bears” 2010. Detail. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)



In attendance at the opening was the Street Artist known as Elbow Toe, who created one of the more mystifying images, both in it’s content and it’s thousands of hand-cut pieces that are applied in such a painterly fashion that standing a few feet away from the piece can lead a viewer to believe it was done with oil and brush.Speaking about a new series of collages based on psychological and possibly autobiographical themes that he’s exploring, Elbow Toe said, “It was the first one I’ve done….all the collage stuff is heading in a more narrative direction. And this is the first of many that are all getting much more weird, I guess.”

Leo Fitzpatrick. Untitled. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

A grouping of collages by Leo Fitzpatrick. Untitled. 2010 (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Erik Foss "Look Out" 2010 Detail. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

A seriously dog-eared commercial landscape (signed MORAN) from a 1966 suburban living room, long since faded and liberated from its frame and stained by water drops, artist Erik Foss turns it into a surreal other planetary world with clusters of owls, floating moons, and robed faceless wizards and witches dressed by the House of Stevie Nicks.  Erik Foss “Look Out” 2010 Detail. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)


“Shred” July 1 – August 27, 2010

Perry Rubenstein Gallery

527 West 23rd Street

New York, NY 10001

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Pop Surrealism? Aisle 2. French Realism? – Check the Shovels

As the lines continue to blur between HI/LOW Art, Outsider Art, Public Art, Fine Art, and Street Art, a stunning show hides in the garden hoses.




As we wandered the aisles at the new show at a Brooklyn hardware store (and garden center) that is thick in the migration of hipness between post-cool Williamsburg and wild untamed Bushwick, a lightbulb went on. BA-ZING! This show is not mere novelty! This is where we are in 2010. The walls are being torn down before our eyes.

Dave Tree "Peasants on Shovels" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dave Tree “Peasants on Shovels” (Photo Jaime Rojo)

The massive democratization of arts and culture, with tools ever cheaper and more accessible to any artist with the inclination, is handily jack-hammering the pillars of hallowed art institutions and clipping the locks on the traditional art clubby gates and their keepers.  Call it American anti-intellectualism but when you feel no sense of irony or discomfort stalled out and contemplating a tire rubber ram sculpture while next to you a couple is looking at a lawn chair and a greasy handed guy is talking to a salesman about re-wiring a lamp, we’re pierced a veil.  While meandering past two young women I overheard them discussing rather deeply their feelings about an illustrated book they had discovered on the shelf and what kind of memories it evoked.

Ji Young Ho "For.Elk 1" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

“For.Elk 1”

Ji Young Ho  (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Deatail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ji Young Ho (detail) (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

The 198 pieces by more than 140 artists are each hardware themed or inspired. Some are “crafty”, true, and others are merely clever. But a number of pieces utilize their space so well, submerging themselves in their surroundings so completely, or bending your expectations so far, that you’ll have to admit that there may be a genius in the geraniums.

Darkcloud (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

It was the same color of lightbulb that illuminated the day in the early 2000’s when I had attended a conceptual/sculptural/animation show at the now defunct Roebling Hall in Williamsburg and, in a dizzy haze I hit the street and looked at the sky. Overhead the jet stream to JFK and the planes rhythmically appearing in line every 2 minutes across the sky so closely mimicked the installation I had just seen indoors that the transition from art to artful reality was completely seamless. And no mushrooms were involved. Suddenly Street Art, this new explosion we had been documenting and exploring, seemed of the same cloth as any other art that was entrapped behind closed doors.

Chris Collicot "Manny" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Chris Collicot “Manny” (trying looking at this with your cellphone camera) (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

If you are not too suspicious or jaded, this may be one of the best shows of the season – one that feels equal parts installation and performance, one that challenges common conceptions without an accompanying 4 page exegesis on the inner workings of the mind of the curator.  Joe Franquinha is a bright gentleman of course, and it is because of his vision and wanderlust that these artists gladly participate in this show. But as you walk the aisles with your artwork guide in hand you’ll find yourself slipping seamlessly back and forth through worlds you once considered distinct, at times questioning which one you are in at the moment.  For my money, it’s a priceless view.

General Howe

Installation by General Howe (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Joel Adas (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Joel Adas (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mark Houston "Every Job;s a Nightmare" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Every Job’s a Nightmare”

Mark Houston  (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Julian Zee "Marulin Marley Will Kill Pop Art" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Marylin Marley Will Kill Pop Art”

Julian Zee  (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nomade "Bust with Burgundy" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nomade “Bust with Burgundy” (Photo © Jaime Rojo) (Silent auction piece benefiting the programs at Free Arts NYC)

Skewville (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Subtexture "Loggin Saw Sunset" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Loggin Saw Sunset”

Subtexture  (Photo © Jaime Rojo)


(Through July 30)

558 Metropolitan Ave
(between Union Ave & Lorimer St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-9521

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Images of the Week 05.23.10 on BSA featuring Banksy, Dain, Ludo, Faile and one (vintage) Dan Witz

This past week New York experienced a deluge of Street Artists getting up on the city’s famed walls. We are very lucky to live here and to capture the bounty before it disappears.

And we heart you back Banksy
And we heart you back (Banksy) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ludo’s scientific nightmare plant/technology hybrid (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Does this eyeshadow go with my bag? Because I am not leaving my apartment otherwise.” (Dain) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile on the same door seemingly moments earlier. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Everyone has something to say when Banksy comes to town. - And 6 or 7 of his pieces popped up all over NYC this week, sending photographers, fans, critics, and others scurrying to the newly hallowed sites. From those breathlessly reporting their sudden appearnce, to the debates of their authenticity, to questions about who actually executes them, to commentary on the actual quality of the work, there was no shortage of reportage, and opinion. Then there were the opportunists who jump on the Banksy gravy boat to promote their own creative skills: artwork, poetry, stickers. Finally, a semi-political stencilling campaign advocating the freeing of a local street artist who has been identified as a member of a collective called Poster Boy, who became a bit of a Cause célèbre the previous week when he was sentenced to 11 months at Rikers Island for cutting posters in the subway, or something like that. The "Free Posterboy" street-grassroots campaign (and Facebook fanpage) may have actually worked, as it is reported that he has been released from jail. The Banksy movie has certainly heightened the public's interest in all things "street art" related, and when the secretive namesake's work appears, the buzz is a force that brings excitement, derision, and a circus of colorful characters with it. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile and Celso
Faile and Celso (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile’s newest stencils look like they were influenced by the back pages of those dirty little magazines you’ve been sneaking into your bedroom when Mom and Dad aren’t looking. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Play it Loud!  I’m Green and I’m Proud! (Ludo) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sometimes a Dain looks like an appropriated whole image, other times they are clearly composited. (Dain) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pretty straightforward I think.  This is obviously about Junior’s famous cheesecake in downtown Brooklyn.  (Faile) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Hell, we’ve all done that!  Not mentioning any names here, people.  But you know who you are. (Banksy) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Just a couple of kids in love at the V-Drive In.  (Faile) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dan Witz
Dead on your feet? Have a seat! (Dan Witz) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

I have these dreams too – especially when I have had too many of those new watermelon margaritas.  (Faile) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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