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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 “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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Ready2Rumbl Races Down Roadsides in Rotterdam

Ready2Rumbl Races Down Roadsides in Rotterdam

Beep Beep! The Road Runner is a good analog symbol for the fast paced Monday that many people on the streets are throwing themselves into. No matter how fast you go there is still some guy or kid on a skateboard passing you.

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Ready2Rumbl. Rotterdam, The Netherlands. April 2016. (photo © ready2rumbl)

The aerosol mural work of Rotterdam’s Ready2Rumbl may remind you of the Road Runner because they are in motion, fully activated, fully of simple cartoonish splendor from the era of the Pink Panther, Jetsons, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Ready2Rumbl is an illustrator here in The Netherlands and brings his clean curving sharpness to the streets, skate parks, and secret neglected spots around his hometown regularly. Let’s go!

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Ready2Rumbl. Rotterdam, The Netherlands. April 2016. (photo © ready2rumbl)

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Ready2Rumbl. Rotterdam, The Netherlands. April 2016. (photo © ready2rumbl)

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Ready2Rumbl. Rotterdam, The Netherlands. April 2016. (photo © ready2rumbl)

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Ready2Rumbl. Rotterdam, The Netherlands. April 2016. (photo © ready2rumbl)

 

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Spring Has Sprung : BonBon, UNO, and OX on the Street

Spring Has Sprung : BonBon, UNO, and OX on the Street

It has been two days since the Sun was directly over the Equator and she is heading north to bring the Global North a lot of flowers and blossoms in the earliest spring since 1896. Today we have newly budded interventions from three cities in this warming hemisphere that may make you think of Spring 2016. See here new pieces from Amsterdam, Rome and Paris by sticker artist BonBon, wheat paster UNO and site-specific billboard jacker OX respectively.

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BonBon. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. March 2016. (photo © @BonBon_Art)


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BonBon. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. March 2016. (photo © @BonBon_Art)

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UNO. Rome, Italy. March 2016. (photo © UNO)

Rome-based Street Artist UNO has on his mind the Surpreme Leader of North Korea, who Vanity Fair recently contrasted with a potential US President Trump. These don’t really look like Kim Jong-un’s features nor pallor but that fabulous hair is hitting the heights like a nuclear explosion! BTW Uno puts his own two-eye logo in the wallpaper pattern in the background. And no, we do not understand any of this at all.

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OX. Paris, France. March 2016. (photo © OX)

And finally, new billboard takeovers by the minimalist conceptualist OX in Paris, whose installations are deeply sympathetic with their environment, often mimicking the colors/shapes/textures that are nearby. OX tells us, “I found these very “French!” Certainly the first one is.

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OX. Paris, France. March 2016. (photo © OX)

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Skount & Amsterdam DNA: Dutch Historical Art and an Exploded Prism

Skount & Amsterdam DNA: Dutch Historical Art and an Exploded Prism

‘Amsterdam DNA: Street Art’ at the Jongensbinnenplein of the Amsterdam Museum.

Amsterdam Museum featured Street Artists in their recent Museum Nacht on November 8 as part of an outdoor exhibition called AmsterdamDNA. As Street Art continues to make its way into museum collections, it is interesting to see this work exhibited just outside the door and in the courtyard.  The assortment of artists on display in this show curated by Streetart.nl and Roel van den Sigtenhorst were Skount, TelmoMiel, Super A, Laser 3.14, Max Zorn, Bustart & Zaira and Hugo Kaagman.

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Skount in collaboration with The Visual Brothers. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (photo © Skount)

Here we take you to a corner spot by Street Artist Skount, who created a piece entitled “Implosion, Essence of a Memory” in collaboration with The Visual Brothers, intended to look at the DNA of Amsterdam and Dutch artists in particular. Skount uses symbols and artworks that have become “part of the collective memory”, he says, “reinterpreting them through a kaleidoscopic vision in fragments.”

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Skount in collaboration with The Visual Brothers. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (photo © Skount)

Within the fragments are symbols referencing the history of the Dutch culture and milestones of fire, flood and plague. Artists and their well-known works that appear include, Van Gogh and “The Starry Night”, Hieronymus Bosch and “The Peddler”,  Rembrandt and “The Jewish Bride”, MC Escher and “Eye”, and Rembrandt’s “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp”.

“This installation represents a break into subjective memories, which may or may be, some of the characteristics that determine the nature of an ‘entity’,” says Skount.

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Skount in collaboration with The Visual Brothers. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (photo © Skount)

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Skount in collaboration with The Visual Brothers. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (photo © Skount)

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“The Peddler” Hieronymus Bosch. Created C. 1494-1516. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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Skount in collaboration with The Visual Brothers. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (photo © Skount)

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Skount in collaboration with The Visual Brothers. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (photo © Skount)

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Rembrandt. “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp” 1632. Mauritshuis Museum. The Hague, The Netherlands.

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Skount in collaboration with The Visual Brothers. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (photo © Skount)

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Sweden Starts “No Limit” Mural Festival in Borås

Sweden Starts “No Limit” Mural Festival in Borås

It isn’t just Nuart any more.

Scandinavia is taking their mural festivals seriously thanks to buoyant economies, arts programming support, and a growing global appreciation for art in the streets in general. Included in the list of recent festivals are Denmark’s Galore (Copenhagen) and We Aart (Aalborg) and Sweden’s Artscape (Malmö) as well as the more graffiti-inflected Örebro, Helsinki’s Arabia and of course the one-kilometer long graffiti/Street Art slaughter that accompanies the mammoth music festival Roskilde.

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ECB. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

This month humbly began No Limit in the small city of Borås, Sweden, and artist / curator Shai Dahan hopes to enliven the daily views for this population of 66,000 with his curated collection of international artists from street / graffiti / fine art backgrounds.

An artist and entrepreneur who moved here from New York three and a half years ago, Dahan has been rallying local building owners and government institutions to aid in his idea of mounting a show on walls in the city that emulates the success of such festivals elsewhere.

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Isaac Cordal. The small scale installations by the Spanish artist provide a welcome answer to the ever more massive tendencies of wall installations in mural programs. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

“I’ve been on quite a journey and accomplishing this project has been something I have been working on personally for over a year,” he says. With participation and funding from the city of Borås, No Limit this month invited and hosted artists from countries such as The Netherlands, Brasil, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Spain and Sweden and included artists like Natalia Rak, ETAM Cru, Peeta, ECB, The London Police, Kobra, Ollio, Ekta, Carolina Falkholt, Issac Cordal and one of the earliest Street Art stencilists, Blek le Rat.

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Isaac Cordal. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

“And best of all, we had no bad weather. The day Natalia landed (she was the first to arrive) the sun came out, and it stayed out until the very last day,” says Dahan of the festival that he deemed “phenomenal” and included guided tours for over 200 people at a time.

“After everyone left, it began raining, ” he smiles.

For countries that have a so-called “zero tolerance” for illegal art or any kind like Sweden, mural festivals like these effectively circumvent the rigid approval process that typically characterizes public art projects and many make inroads into engaging public space with art in a new way that is emblematic of a vibrant global movement. It may be a tenuous line to walk, but more cities seem willing to embrace this swing of the pendulum with art in the streets.

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The Brazillian Street Artist named Kobra created a portrait of Alfred Nobel, the Swedish chemist, engineer, industrialist, and inventor of dynamite. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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Kobra. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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The London Police began stripping because of the hot sun and of course, Jane Fonda. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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The London Police. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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Natalia Rak. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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Natalia Rak. Detail. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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The graffiti writing artist from Venice named Peeta basically killed his wall with a signature three dimensional tag that floats off of the wall. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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Simple. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Simple)

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Ollio. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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Carolina Falkholt. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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Ekta. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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Etam Cru. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

 

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Skount and his “Inner Universe Projections” in Amsterdam

Skount and his “Inner Universe Projections” in Amsterdam

Skount sent us a some images of a commercial gig he got with a small club and aspiring center of culture in Amsterdam and we thought you would enjoy seeing how his work on the street translates to indoor mural-ish work. Entitled “Inner Universe Projections”, Skount says it is inspired by a scaler field in quantum field theory. Clearly this triptych is an interweaving of traditional folk art with space exploring dimensions.

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Skount. “Inner Universe Projections” Amsterdam. August 2014. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. “Inner Universe Projections” Amsterdam. August 2014. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. “Inner Universe Projections” Amsterdam. August 2014. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. “Inner Universe Projections” Amsterdam. August 2014. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. “Inner Universe Projections” Amsterdam. August 2014. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. “Inner Universe Projections” Amsterdam. August 2014. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. “Inner Universe Projections” Amsterdam. August 2014. (photo © Skount)

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.10.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 08.10.14

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If you haven’t gone barefoot in the park yet this summer, what are you waiting for? Everybody’s doing it. Not recommended for the sidewalk in Bushwick, Bedstuy, …okay, most of Brooklyn. Limit your barefootness to grassy areas.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring AK, Bifido, Che Man, Clint Mario, Cooper, Crummy Gummy, Damon, Jilly Ballistic, Karl Addison, ME, OverUnder, Pyramid Oracle, Razo, Sean9Lugo, and Skount.

Top Image >> Jilly Ballistic blasts something out of the sky while the modern version of the Keystone Cops blasts an advertisement at unsuspecting citizenry. What’s with all the guns all the time? Jeez.(photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Che Man makes a comparison with Pancho Villa and the EZLN in Bushwick. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Overunder continues to completely blow your mind. This one for Wall Therapy 2014. Rochester, NY (photo © Mark Deff)

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And it goes something a little like this… Karl Addison for Wall Therapy 2014. Rochester, NY (photo © Josh Saunders)

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Skount at Java-Eiland. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (photo © Skount)

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Sean9Lugo making perfect sense as always. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Love in the bushes. Sean9Lugo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Here’s something from waaa-hay-hay back. Sean9Lugo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cooper (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Clint Mario and ME do a collaboration and an ad takeover. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Clint Mario and ME do a collaboration and an ad takeover. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Damon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Crummy Gummy  new installation in Detroit. (photo © Crummy Gummy)

“I recently visited Detroit, MI and created some new work while I was there. When I told people I was going to Detroit the typical reaction was “It’s Dangerous” Or “That place is dirty!” or they would just make a face about it like I’m crazy for going. After visiting I felt, yes there are some areas that are not great to hang around at, but I also fell in love with the people there and how they take a lot of pride in their city. So the two works loosely were inspired by people’s reactions to visiting Detroit using references of “crime” and “cleaning up” with my twist of humor put in them” – CG

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Crummy Gummy  new installation in Detroit. (photo © Crummy Gummy)

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AK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bifido. Cusano Talk Festival. Cusano Mutri, Italy (photo © Bifido)

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Razo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Razo feeling the pulse of the city EKG (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Razo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Brooklyn, NYC. August 2014 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 07.27.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 07.27.14

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Tragedy is grabbing world headlines again and we can’t help but be swayed by it as the downed passenger aircraft in Ukraine smells of a lawless future and the international community seems rather helpless to address it meaningfully. Simultaneously the Israeli / Palestinian crises flares for the seemingly millionth time along with international opinion, a fire now fed with large helpings of social media oxygen, buffeted by various marches in the actual streets around the world and here in NYC.

Our banner today is a relatively new collage/painting currently on view in the Italian Cultural Institute of New York by the Street Artist BR1, who depicts the strife in somewhat cartoonish exaggerated simplicity, flattening the complexity of history with two dimensional caricature. Comments some made when we ran it a couple of weeks ago for the opening of the show (before the current events had begun) made it clear that even art about the conflict seems radioactive.

Our top image this week is an actual street piece from Icy & Sot and it brought more comments on Instagram than most other photos, so strong are people’s reactions to it. As far as the Ukraine/Russia news, we haven’t seen any Street Art about that – except maybe for that Billi Kid caricature of Putin as a cowboy earlier in the year but you couldn’t really say it is directly related.

With this pall of strife filling screens and streets right now its no wonder the one image below of Ewok’s wall full of discontented people was shared so many times on our FB Fan Page this week. “Hey these grumpy faces make me happy,” said one commenter.

So anyway, here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Art is Trash, Atom, BustArt, Cold World, E.L.K., Ewok, False, GG, Gualicho, Icy & Sot, Kuma, Myth, Osch, Otto Schade, Post No Selfie, QRST, Sean9Lugo, Sebs, Sexer, Topaz, UFO907, Unvale, Wing, and Zaria.

Top Image >> Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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EWOK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sean9Lugo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Atom (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Kuma . False (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sebs (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BustArt, Zaria and Osch AKA Otto Schade . Detail. New collaboration in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (photo © Bustart)

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BustArt, Zaria and Osch AKA Otto Schade . New collaboration in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (photo © Bustart)

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E.L.K. for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The housing boom, now broke. Unvale. Bethlehem, PA (photo © Unvale)

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Wing (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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QRST (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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QRST (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Art Is Trash (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sexer is thinking perhaps you have to hit people over the head with love. At The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Post No Selfie (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cold World (and Chena, Lily, and Yusef as well). Not sure what this is about. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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UFO907 traced over UFO907 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Topaz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Myth (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Gualicho from Buenos Aires likes to merge organic with mechanic, natural with industrial, offering cross sections and diagrams from his imagination. This abstraction of a fish and water is in downtown Warsaw, Poland. (photo © Gualicho)

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Gualicho for Monumental Arts. Gdansk, Poland. (photo © Gualicho)

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GG spearing dinner for a nice fish barbecue. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. East River, NYC. July 2014 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.25.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.25.14

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We start this weeks collection of images from the street with a new piece in Bushwick by Joe Iurato, a New Jersey based Street Artist who also, as we learned via press release this week, has been selected to co-curate the newly announced Mana Museum of Urban Arts in Jersey City with another stencillist on the  street, Logan Hicks. Billed as the first museum of its kind, Director Eugene Lemay says it will be comprehensive and interactive and programming will begin as early as this September.

Mr. Lemay and co-founder Yigal Ozeri have expressed and demonstrated a sincere affinity and enthusiasm for the creative spirit since Mana Contemporary opened here in ’11 and this 100,000 square foot space represents just the audacity of hope that is demanded when building a stage for urban/street/graffiti art and its multitude of tributaries. New York and this entire scene is about 5-10 years overdue for this kind of bold development and we say, nevermind the armchair critics, let’s get going!

Here our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Art is Trash, Bast, Bio Tats Cru, Bishop203, Charlie Chaplin, Crash, Damien Mitchell, Dan Witz, Forest Ghost, Freddy Sam, Hiss, Hot Tea, Joe Iurato, King, Li-Hil, LMNOPI, Nick Walker, Olek, Paper Skaters, Shepard Fairey, Skount, Stinkfish, Tripel, and Zola.

Top Image >> Joe Iurato at The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stinkfish (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Paper Skaters (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Li Hill (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zola (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LMNOPI gives a shout out to Occupy Wall Street in this liberty lady (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Freddy Sam. in South Africa  (photo © Rorry Allen)

“Recently South Africa celebrated the 20th anniversary of freedom day commemorating the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994.They were the first national elections in South Africa in which the franchise did not depend upon race.

My mural is of a photograph taken on this day in 1994.With a flock of birds flying through the middle representing freedom.Showing that to be free we need to work together, we need to live together.

Freedom is to be human. And to be human is to be connected.

My mural is not celebrating Freedom day but rather looking at what freedom really means and how far we really have come and how free we really are within South Africa and within a global context” ~ Freddy Sam

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Damien Mitchell for The Bushwick Collective  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Hot Tea. Well, actually, just the T. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Forest Ghost (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Hiss (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tripel (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dan Witz and Olek just unveiled a new collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dan Witz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Barcelona’s Francisco de Pajaro is a resourceful performance street artist who goes by the name of “Art is Trash” or “El Arte es Basura”. He recently did a number of on the street installations with the Dusty Rebel in tow. Check out his excellent photos of the experience here. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bishop203 bursts out of the wall in this new one with The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bast is going over himself;, updating his original comment from Oh Snap! a few weeks ago to Oh Crap!.  Oh, word? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Skount did this new piece in Leiden, The Netherlands. (photo © Skount)

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A new signpost piece by KING (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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John CRASH Matos, BIO Tats Cru and Nick Walker on their second collaborative wall in the LES with an existing Shepard Fairey in the upper right corner. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. China Town, NYC. May 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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(Ready2)Rumbl in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

(Ready2)Rumbl in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Cartoonist and illustrator (Ready2)Rumbl from The Netherlands is also a graffiti artist who likes to hit up walls. Sure he has done t-shirts and even layered wood sculptures of his various characters, “But the thing I like to do most is making big murals, the bigger the better,” he tells us.  Full of movement and swooping line, his tight style keeps it light and on the move and deceivingly simple.

 

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(Ready2)Rumbl new work in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. (photo © Ready2Rumbl)

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(Ready2)Rumbl new work in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. (photo © Ready2Rumbl)

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(Ready2)Rumbl new work in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. (photo © Ready2Rumbl)

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(Ready2)Rumbl new work in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. (photo © Ready2Rumbl)

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(Ready2)Rumbl new work in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. (photo © Ready2Rumbl)

 

 

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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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