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BSA Images Of The Week: 04.09.17

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.09.17


Hooray! Spring is here in New York again. That means daffodils and crocuses are sprouting up among the soda cans and candybar wrappers and cigarette butts in the park’s gardens, and new proud or furtive aerosol missives are being sprayed on crumbling walls and phone booths are getting hi-jacked with posters by artists and galleries are again overflowing onto sidewalks for openings.

Our thanks to everyone who came out for the Heliotrope fundraiser this Thursday, to Swoon for being Swoon, and to her for asking us to curate the new line of prints, and to the six artists who gave their best to us all and to the Heliotrope projects in Haiti specifically:  Case Maclaim, Faith XLVII, Icy And Sot, Li-Hill, Miss Van, and Tavar Zawacki (Above). Thank you also to all of Swoon’s team for helping us mount the show.

Also saw the press preview of the new documentary about NYC Street Artist Richard Hambleton called “Shadowman” this week, which was thrilling, frightening, sickening, and beautiful. People in the room were all feeling a bit nauseous when the lights came up – but for various reasons; the commercial art world seems to suck the beauty out of things, artists can be finicky like cats, and the worship of drug culture is dreadfully overglamorized and it killed off lots of cool people and cancer (from smoking) is actively killing the artist right in front of your eyes, which he freely admits to. Also, his work is amazing.

Accurately capturing the ragged, wooly, wildly creative downtown scene in which Hambleton first came up, Director Oren Jacoby premieres “Shadowman” at The Tribeca Film Festival in NYC on April 21, 2017.

On a totally related note, we were sad to learn Friday afternoon of the death of Glenn O’Brien, influential part of the NYC “Downtown” art and cultural scene in the 1970s, 80s and much much more. We had last seen him doing an interview with Lee Quinones in Chinatown for Lee’s show two years ago.

This week we’ll be seeing you at Nuart Aberdeen! It’s Nuarts’ first foray into another city and really it’s just a stone’s throw across The North Sea to Stavanger, the original home of Nuart in Norway. The kids are on spring vacation in Aberdeen all week so we know we’ll see a lot of swag youth traipsing around to see new artworks going up by artists and thoughtful academic types attending conference lectures. Drunken types will be attending the Friday night fight at a local bar. BSA will be at Belmont theater presenting BSA Film Friday LIVE and introducing “Saving Banksy” and “Beautiful Losers” over the weekend. Come on over; can’t wait to meet you!

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring: Bifido, Chip Thomas, Chzz, Faust, Hydeon, Janz, Mdom, Nick McManus, Pyramid Oracle, Rubin 415, SacSix, Sheryo, Sonni, Swoon, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, and The Yok.

Top image: Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rubin415 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Hydeon at The Centrifuge Project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Yok & Sheryo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Janz. Ransom notes and collage. The main collaged figure in the center reminds us of the work of Richard Hambleton and the Studio 54 fixture Grace Jones. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Janz. Ransom notes and collage. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Janz. Ransom notes and collage. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh for Art in Ad Places. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Chip Thomas’ portraits of Rose and Paul at The Reservation. “Rose and Paul who have been together living, loving and experiencing lives challenges + joys together for the past 65 years” -CT (photo © Chip Thomas)

Chip Thomas portraits of Rose and Paul at Antilope Hills. “Rose and Paul who have been together living, loving and experiencing lives challenges + joys together for the past 65 years” -CT (photo © Chip Thomas)

Faust (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Indeed. And shameful. MDOM (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bifido. Mommy. “This is in a squat place. Some people occupied this space and they use it to give  Italian language courses for new migrants, to present concerts, mount exhibitions, build a study room and generally create others things for people in the district. I made this work here to support activity and the guys who every day spend their time helping other people.” Bifido (photo © Bifido)

Sonni (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Woody is riding the wrecking ball by SacSix (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A bejeweled storm trooper from SacSix (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Chzz experiments with robots in Ukraine. (photo © Chzz)

The prints of the six artists for Helitrope Prints that BSA had the honor to curate for Swoon. Form left to right: Tavar Zawacki (Above), Icy & Sot, Miss Van, Fiath XLVII, Swoon, Case Maclaim and Li-Hill. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The photographer and, in our humble opinion, performance artist Nick McManus perilously stands atop a foot stool to snap the perfect Polaroid group shot at The Heliotrope Foundation’s Pop-Up on Thursday with Swoon’s new hand drawn sketches to his right. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. SOHO, NYC. April 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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BSA Images Of the Week: 01.22.17

BSA Images Of the Week: 01.22.17

BSA-Images-Week-Jan2015Inauguration week was just as bumpy as you could have expected with an incredibly divided country discussing the outgoing president, the incoming president, the foreign interference and weird circumstances around the actual election, the nearly all white all billionaire cabinet nominees, and the Women’s March‘s that vastly overwhelmed Trumps ceremony attendee numbers while “sister” marches took place in nearly 700 cities around the world. This president, more than any one in decades, is galvanizing people to take action and get involved, just not in the way he might have preferred and we’ve been seeing a steady dialogue on the street about him since last fall.

He certainly wasted no time by signing his first executive order within minutes of being sworn in, one that aims to repeal Obamacare and that would deny health care. In the early and mid-2000s there was a lot of anti-Bush/ anti-war street art. At this inauguration George W. looked giddy and relaxed (despite a poncho battle) perhaps because he might not be the most disliked president of the century after all. Trump v. Obama inauguration numbers were pretty stark, and this week Trump’s national approval ratings have tanked, although a fresh war always tends to perk up a presidents approval numbers, so maybe he can start one of those. Not sure if his popularity would go up or down if he triggered a crisis in the financial markets, but it does feel like absolutely anything is possible with this wildcard. You can be sure that Street Art will be probably be there to respond! We’re keep our eyes open.

So here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Adline, City Kitty, D7606, Drsco, El Sol 25, Hek Tad, Homo Riot, Jerk Face, Jose Feliz Perez, Lunge Box, Meguru Yamaguchi, Michael Vasquez, Nimai Keston, Not Art, Shepard Fairey, Sheryo & the Yok, and Vicki Da Silva.

First image above: American Puppet (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Shepard Fairey (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Vicki Da Silva (photo © Vicki Da Silva)

Yeah, we didn’t know what it meant either so we looked it up. Here’s what Wikipedia says: Kompromat (Russian: компромат; IPA: [kəmprɐˈmat], short for компрометирующий материал, literally “compromising material”) is the Russian term for compromising materials about a politician or other public figure. Such materials can be used to create negative publicity, for blackmail, or for ensuring loyalty.

In other words, light artist Vicki Da Silva is referencing the apparent influence of the Russian government over the presidential election by smearing Clinton publicly with information they had found. Luckily they didn’t find any information to influence Trump in any way.

Nimai Kesten. This is the wheat-pasted mural of Ai Wei Wei before Hebru Brantley added goggles to it. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Adine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

DRSCO (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jeffrey Gibson with a quote from James Baldwin for #artinadplaces (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Homo Riot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Obey and friends in Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Some writers couldn’t resist the white huge canvas that was the Houston Wall, freshly primed for Pichi & Avo’s turn to paint on it this week. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Yok & Sheryo in Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

D7606 . City Kitty . Lunge Box collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Meguru Yamaguchi (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Meguru Yamaguchi. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Michael Vasquez . Jose Felix Perez in Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This piece of plywood was tagged several times by different artists at different times. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jerk Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Looks like Pepe Le Pew is lurking around for some lovely lady skunk to walk by so he can use his famously suave pickup lines;

“Permit me to introduce myself, I am your new lover.”

“Where are you, my little object of art? I am here to collect you.”

“Is it possible to be too attractive?”

Humans Crossing (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. January 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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BSA Film Friday: 10.21.16

BSA Film Friday: 10.21.16




Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. “What If You Fly” Sean Yoro AKA HULA
2. Herakut in Paris for “100 Walls for Youth”
3. Cleon Peterson: “Endless Sleep” at the Eiffel Tower
4. The Yok & Sheryo “Ping Pong Auto Shack” Murals In The Market 2016 /1xRUN/Detroit




BSA Special Feature: “What If You Fly” Sean Yoro AKA HULA

This is outdoor painting that tests concepts of precariousness, ephemerality, temporality.

“It’s too bad that it didn’t last but that’s the way the world works. Not everything lasts very long,” says Inuit native Jesse Mike of the experimental portrait by Hula on a floating chunk of ice.

“One of my main priorities for working outside is to interact with the environment,” says the artist lying on a small raft of snow bobbing gently in ice cold water – his painting literally mixed into the snow next to him.

This is painting in the arctic, in between the drift ice and the main pack ice. Before it melts.

Herakut in Paris for “100 Walls for Youth”

A fascinating intermingling of realism, fantasy, and poetry, the composition features a helmeted youth sees a winged horse in the sublime otherworld that children so easily inhabit. Part of the 100 Walls for Youth program just begun with Street Artist C215, this wall also neatly aligns with the upcoming exhibition of the artists at the gallery November 25th

Gautier Jourdain, co-owner of Mathgoth, tells us that Jasmin (Hera) and Falk (Akut) looked no further than the streets of Paris for inspiration. “They asked a student who passed by in the street if she would like to be a model for their painting. She said yes and they took pictures and used them for direct reference.”

For our article and photos of this installation go here:

Cleon Peterson: “Endless Sleep” at the Eiffel Tower

Cleon Peterson tells the story of how he developed “Endless Sleep”, his painting at the base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris during the Nuit Blanche festival.

The Yok & Sheryo “Ping Pong Auto Shack” Murals In The Market 2016 /1xRUN/Detroit

Those Krazy Kids from Singapore and Down Under somehow have landed in Detroit briefly and have decided to Shack Up. Sexy ladies, devils, and tattoos all mill about.

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DETROIT: Murals In The Market. Dispatch 1

DETROIT: Murals In The Market. Dispatch 1


This week BSA is in Detroit with our hosts 1XRun for the Murals in the Market festival they are hosting with 50+ artists from various countries and disciplines and creative trajectories. In a city trying to rise from the economic and post-industrial ashes it is often the dynamic grassroots energy and vision of artists that sets the tone for how the community evolves.


A Detroit lion taking form thanks to Atlanta’s Greg Mike at work on his mural. Murals In The Market – 1XRUN-Detroit-September 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This market place is known for its local based foods and community based Detroit roots. We’re getting rides in cars at the moment – it is Detroit after all – but the best way to see the murals is on foot. Of course you may discover that there are some cutty little behind the scenes organic graffiti and Street Art spots too and this city has a lot of those as well.

Also, football fans – an ocean of them having “tailgate” parties in parking lots not far from the stadium before, during, and after the actual game. An organic practice born from the counter culture with hippies and rock bands back in the 60s and 70s, the “tailgating” of today is full-blown commodified excess with tents, chairs, flatscreen TVs, and beer. Lots of beer.

The wiley, quirky artists painting walls in the Eastern Market were inundated yesterday with these fans in team jerseys looking for parking spots and mural fans following maps and snapping pictures, and guys asking for a loosie or a light. Between the clubs/cafes, the sports fans, motorcyclists, custom bike tours, and pop-up djs hanging with the artists-the neighborhood was thumping with and aural menagerie of classic rock, funkadelic, hip-hop, and many slices of dance/techno throughout the day into the night.

Here a just a few of the artists at work whom we caught in the late summer Detroit sun.


Greg Mike at work on his mural. Murals In The Market – 1XRUN-Detroit-September 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Greg Mike is getting to work on the facade of a factory-like abandoned, now refurbishing, building that is jammed with organic graffiti inside. He came from a design background and says he grew up loving old-school cartoons like Ren & Stimpy and 1960s Disney characters. “All of that stuff inspires me and I like to mix it up and kind of mash them together,” he says.

Aside from being the symbol of the Detroit football team, the lion figures into his piece because it reminds him of his iconic personal character “Larry Loudmouth”.

“The lion is the loudest animal in the kingdom … I have him speaking the language of love because it is all about living life loud but being positive with the message of love – not just being angry, you know what I mean? There’s a lot of angry people out here.”


Gregg Mike at work on his mural. Murals In The Market – 1XRUN-Detroit-September 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gregg Mike at work on his mural. Murals In The Market – 1XRUN-Detroit-September 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sheryo at work on a tattoo inside The Yok and Sheryo’s Ping Pong Auto Shack” at the headquarters. That girl is a machine! Murals In The Market – 1XRUN-Detroit-September 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Felipe Pantone at work on his mural. Murals In The Market – 1XRUN-Detroit-September 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Felipe Pantone at work on his mural. Murals In The Market – 1XRUN-Detroit-September 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Valencia-based, Buenos Aires-born Felipe Pantone is knocking out a lateral slice of optic/ hallucinatory muralage in the heart of the Market across the street from Patch Whisky and Ghost Head’s new piece.

He usually works on walls that are taller and thinner perhaps, but he says he’s throwing himself into it by assessing it’s character and shape and creating a new mural in the moment.

“Yeah I’m used to working with every kind of format.
Every time you have to think of something specifically for the work. I didn’t bring anything from home – I saw the wall and sat across the street and looked at it for a while so I made this design that hopefully works.”

Is he a little unsure of how it is going to work, but he’s not worried about it.

“Uncertainty is the very essence of romance,” he says here on the sidewalk that is broken up and erupting. “That’s Oscar Wilde don’t give me the credit! But even when you don’t know what’s happening that still is what makes it fun.”


Mr. Jago at work on his mural. Murals In The Market – 1XRUN-Detroit-September 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Jago is collaborating with Xenz on a wall and the music on this block it loud – a guy with a big grey beard and big belly just rode past blasting Foghat’s “Slow Ride,” effectively cancelling all conversation and even thoughts for a minute. Mr. Jago is himself nursing a sore shoulder, torso, head, and broken glasses from an unfortunate spill off a motorcycle recently. He moves limberly nonetheless, and keeps backing up into the traffic jam on the street, standing between cars to get some distance on his emerging composition.

“We’re going to slowly build it up I think and to add more of each other’s signature colors so they Marry,” he says of the celestial miasma emerging from the wall. He says that he and Xenz will begin with two large separate characters. “We will surround them with this sort of universe of gases and floating islands and his signature of insects and birds and make it a kind of nice place that doesn’t exist in this world.”


Pat Perry’s mural in progress. Murals In The Market – 1XRUN-Detroit-September 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Detroits’ Pat Perry is taking a huge wall to address a huge issue bigger than Detroit, yet firmly rooted in its history as a car producing capital of the oil-burning 20th century. Even though it was trade agreements that turned much of this city into a shadow of that former muscular self, Perry is also looking hopefully to the end of the fossil-fuel age which is represented here by a marching band that reaches and arc and then declines.

“It’s like a timeline of the end of one chapter a humorous last celebration of the oil age,” he says.” This is kind of a look into the eight ball of the futuristic city of Detroit”

An illustrator for magazines and online publications, he says he is really a painter who has been doing a lot of landscapes lately. Painting with aerosol is not usual for him.

“I kind of don’t like the look of spray paint and I’m trying to make it feel more painterly I think if I had endless time I would try to make this all bucket paint. But I’m learning to work with this medium – like doing the big areas with bucket paint and doing small areas with line work but trying not to have the line look so huge and thick.”


Patch Whisky at work on his mural. Murals In The Market – 1XRUN-Detroit-September 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Patch Whisky fashions. Murals In The Market – 1XRUN-Detroit-September 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“I’m from Charleston South Carolina and my buddy ghost beard lives up here so I’ve been coming here for some years now,” says Patch Whisky as we stand under a temporary tent on the street by his wall to hide from the midday sun.

His second year at Murals in the Market, Patch says the two are college buddies from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh 16 years ago and they have always had affinities for similar cultural references.

“Stylistically we are both cartoon dudes and we grew up watching those Bugs Bunny cartoons – so we both come from the same love of those characters that we grew up with.”

How would he describe his work?

“Colorful, playful, whimsical, creepy, silly.”


Murals In The Market – 1XRUN-Detroit-September 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)





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BSA Images Of The Week: 06.05.16

BSA Images Of The Week: 06.05.16



It’s Bushwick Collective Weekend Yo! The assembled faces and artists is local, national, international – a melange of what Brooklyn has become in recent years and the streets are alive with involved citizenry in search of entertainment, art and community. The Street Art scene is alive and well, just mutating weirdly as it always does; charges of commercialism and the whitening power of gentrification notwithstanding. A little further out in BedStuy was the #PrincePartyBK yesterday with Spike Lee celebrating the Purple One’s birthday, along with a lot of Biggie love, and Muhammad Ali love, and you, Love.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 1Penemy, BG183, Bio, City Kitty, Coro, Crash, GIZ, JMR, KLOPS, Loco Art, Marie Roberts, Nepo, Nicer, Samantha Vernon, Sheryo, Tats Crew, The Yok, Thomas Allen, Tristan Eaton, UNO, XSM, and You Go Girl!

Our top image: Marie Roberts for Coney Art Walls 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Unidentified artist’s portrait of Muhammad Ali who passed away this Friday. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


BG183 TATS Crew for The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


CRASH TATS Crew for The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nicer TATS Crew for The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


BIO TATS Crew for The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


“Oh my God, I am totally getting a selfie with this. No one back in Nazareth will believe this. Suurreeusly.” KLOPS for The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JMR for The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


NEPO . CORO for The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


GIZ. Joe Ficalora The Bushwick Collective founder with his BFF Pope Francis. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


You Go Girl! (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Protestors at the entrance of the Brooklyn Navy Yard have been drawing attention to their opinion that the Duke Riley “Fly By Night” art project with Creative Time is cruel to the pigeons in some way and that the animals are being exploited for profit. Riley has reportedly consulted pigeon clubs, an avian veterinarian, experts from animal welfare groups and been given a good review from the Audubon society so the opinion does not seem unanimous. Regarding the charge of making a profit, we’re pretty sure all the tickets are free, right? Our favorite one is the sign that also insults the artistic quality of the project as “mediocre.” Oh, gurl, you did not manage to throw some shade while protecting those birds did you? Snap! (photo © Jaime Rojo)


XSM (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Pizza on the run. The Yok and Sheryo shot through the driver’s seat of a parked UPS truck. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


UNO. Marseille, France. May 2016. (photo © UNO)


Thomas Allen, partially obscured by some green buffing. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Thomas Allen (photo © Jaime Rojo)


City Kitty. A mash up of two giants of rock whom we lost withing months of each other this winter/spring – with that intuitive third eye. “You will be missed” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Prince. Is VJZ the signature of the artist who painted the portrait? (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)


“The monster within and the fool that follows.” Heard that. Tristan Eaton for Coney Art Walls 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Samantha Vernon for Coney Art Walls 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Is there a story behind this, or simply a fantasy scenario? 1Penemy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


“I hate your negative energy”.  Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Loco Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. Brooklyn Navy Yard. Duke Riley’s Fly By Night performance with pigeons in collaboration with Creative Time. Brooklyn, NY. June 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.08.16

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.08.16



Cities are urgently playing the deliberate gentrification/beautification card by bringing in the murals to give the place a facelift: Richmond just finished their third, Chicago is gearing up for a new mural program this week, and we are getting emails every few days from city planners around the world who would like to explore how to juice their flagging de-industrialized economy. And why not? New studies report that it raises your property values and advertisers are happy to join in to sponsor the events.

Is it Street Art? Most experts would say not- they lack the freewill autonomous nature and illegal aspects of the original Street Art scene – especially when their content is so sternly steered away from political or challenging themes and have corporate and state sponsorship. These are public/commercial mural programs – with work done by people who often are Street Artists.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Audio Surveillance Zone, Balu, Chamberlin Newsome, Claw Money, Clock, D*Face, De Grupo, FR, Gold Dust, Gregos, Selfable City, Sheryo, Smart Crew, Specter, Strok, The Yok, TMO Plater, and Vexta.

Our top image: Balu for Centrefuge Project. Balu based this piece on a photo from 1975 as a tagger was getting up in the NYC Subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


VEXTA (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Antennae (photo © Jaime Rojo)


TMO Plater and Claw Money for Centrefuge Project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Chamberlin Newsome (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Clock in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unidentifed (photo © Jaime Rojo)


The Yok and Sheryo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gregos in Berlin (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Specter AD Takeover. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Specter AD Takeover. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Smart Crew in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Now that is planning ahead! Artist Unidentifed in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


STROK painted this miniature stencil on a roll down gate while visiting Brooklyn recently. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sellfable City in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


FR in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gold Dust (photo © Jaime Rojo)


D*Face and Shepard Fairey for Urban Nation ONE Wall. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Audio Surveillance Zone in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


DE Grupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. Peonies. Brooklyn, NYC. April 2016.(photo © Jaime Rojo)


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The Yok & Sheryo: Danger, Adventure and “Shadow”

The Yok & Sheryo: Danger, Adventure and “Shadow”

Here are some sneak peeks and behind the scenes photos with the Australian-Singaporean Street Art/graffiti/fine art duo named Sheryo and The Yok in advance of their brand new show, “Shadow”, opening tonight at Brooklyn’s Masters Projects in DUMBO. We had the opportunity to speak with both of them during their preparations in Bed Stuy last week and we gained some valuable insight into what inspires them both and what the working dynamic is of this “Danger Couple”, as they are sometime referred to as.


The Yok & Sheryo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The “danger” here probably speaks to their mutual love of adventures and the borderline disasters they run into during their world travels off the beaten path – which thus far have taken them to Tokyo, Sydney, Taipei, Beijing, Singapore Bangkok, Mexico, Vietnam, and Hong Kong, among other places. If you’ve never seen their unhinged freeform spraycation videos, don’t wait any longer. In terms of combining their inner demons it looks like putting them on display in their works is a therapeutic way of taking the sting away. With their unique collaborative sketching and painting style it may be a palliative treatment that they are giving to life’s real dangers and fears that is working so well – by depicting fears and disgusting circumstances as wild boars and wildebeests and other creatures, comically portrayed with a touch of grotesque and sometimes a slice of pizza.


The Yok & Sheryo. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Yok and Sheryo’s affinities for adventure and collaboration still include catching an illegal tag occasionally under cover of darkness, but they have also led them to a serious study of how to do ceramics, Batik and sculpture in Indonesia, and to refining and developing chaotic and progressively more elaborate murals. The last half decade of intermingling their gnarly monsters and animals with bulging eyes and horrifying/funny expressions is resulting in a recognizable Yok and Sheryo aesthetic, and one that continues to take it up a notch with their combined style resulting from the two pouring themselves into one. In terms of a working dynamic, the two friends credit their naturally competitive relationship for pushing each other to better their techniques and to reach deeper creatively as artists.


The Yok & Sheryo. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

In preparation for their show that opens at Masters Projects in Brooklyn tonight, we stopped by their digs in Bedstuy, Brooklyn to talk about their work and to shoot a few teaser shots from tonights’ show.

BSA: Your show is titled “Shadow” and will be comprised of works on paper and sculptures. What is the inspiration for this new show?
The Yok: Some of the works on paper are loosely based on the sculptures in the show and they are imbued with many personal stories and personal references – like the one depicting the bicycle for instance. It refers to the people who like to steal the wheels off of my bicycles in Brooklyn. They are also homage to the places that we have visited or lived in. You can see a New York bodega bag or the Greek coffee cup. All of our work is based on experiences we’ve had or places we have been to.

BSA: Would you say that the inspiration for this show is a little bit of a compilation of your diaries? For how long?
Yok: Yes. It is an accumulation of stuff that we have written in our sketch books but it’s always evolving because we keep adding new stuff as we move.

Sheryo: Yes, we write or draw what we see in our black books. Then when we get to a place and we need to make work for a show we just look to our diaries for inspiration and as a resource. It is very cool because we see a lot of things. When we were making the sculptures we were in Indonesia – so this piece here has a lot of what we experienced in Indonesia. It has a lot of jungle references and to batik textiles. Also in the show there’s a sculpture of Satan surfing – and it’s represented on this piece.


The Yok & Sheryo. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

BSA: Can you tell us how you got into Batik?
Yok: Sheryo really wanted to learn the craft because she loved the look of it and I like surfing. So we went to this island that has the best batik in the world and some of the best waves. We rented a motor bike in the town and we rode for 40 minutes to this mountain town where they make all the Batik. We walked around and look into a lot of places until we found one that would let us learn the craft.

We didn’t know the language. They were very nice to let us into their village to learn Batik for like a month – every day for eight hours a day. It is really difficult to get the hang of it because all the wax is in liquid form and you need to be very precise to get the wax to do what you want it to do. If the wax is too hot it runs all over the place and spreads out so you need to work very fast. So you need a lot of practice – and it is harder than spray painting! Those batik pieces are not on this show but those experiences are still with us.

BSA: Do you include bad experiences from your travels in your pieces?
Sheryo: Yes but we turn them into funny things so we can laugh about it. So an accident would turn into a mad character in a motorcycle. We actually were in a bad motorbike accident in Indonesia. We were going down a road to get supplies and the roads are terrible and this bus was coming straight into us. We managed to survive. In Thailand we were chased by a pack of ferocious big dogs. We were in a dark alley. The Yok tried to scare them away by doing the “windmill” with his arms but more and more dogs kept coming out. Yok: But Sheryo stepped in and acted crazy and that was enough to scare the dogs away.


The Yok & Sheryo. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

BSA: For how long have you been collaborating artistically? Was there a moment, or project, when you felt that your styles had completely melded with one another?
The Yok: Five years. We started playing this game we call “you start, I finish”. One of us begins the drawing and passes it to the other one and says “OK you finish it.” And that became quiet a natural thing for us to do. Like Sheryo will just come and get my drawing and add to it. She will give it back to me and either would like or not like it and we go back and forth like that. But if I paint a whole piece by myself it might be that I stole an idea from her sketch book to include in the piece. I might have painted the whole thing but the process of back and forth is so fluid now that I couldn’t say with certainty where that foot came from or that use of line etc…

Sheryo: We also get competitive too. So if he draws a good hand I’ll go like, “I’m going to make it better,” so I steal his hand. So if I see his hand coming much better after that I’ll go, “Damn it I’m going to make it even better!” We have become better doing it this way and it has improved our craft and that’s how our styles have melded together as well. The competitive nature of our characters have made us better artists but also we have gotten more drive and motivation working together and we have improved very fast in a short period of time.

The Yok: I think I wouldn’t be doing nearly as much work as I currently am without Sheryo because she is so motivated to paint every day. It pushes me to be more creative.


The Yok & Sheryo. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sheryo: When we first met five years ago we immediately began drawing together and I remember the first piece we did together and I was looking at it and I said, “This actually looks good”. So our work together has been fine tuned in these five years and it is getting better and now it is very hard for people to distinguish the one from the other. Also our visions for where we want to go with our careers are very similar so the collaboration between us doesn’t seem forced. It seems very natural.

BSA: You also have a great sense of humor…
The Yok: We find it funny to draw things that are supposed to be scary – doing something silly like surfing, or using their iPhones etc…

BSA: Any thoughts on the prevalence of red, black and white in your works – as well as other artists on the street like How Nosm, Shepard Fairey …
Sheryo: We like red and black for two reasons: One, the combination of red and black is a very powerful even historically – like the NAZI party used that combination of colors. Red is very strong, the communists used it. Also red has been used through Chinese history. Secondly, you can always find these colors in the most weird places in any corner of the world. These two colors are always there. Also we have been adding a little bit of gold to the palate and we discovered it in Cambodia and began using it ever since as an accent. We also valued the line work in our work and using those three colors is a good way to bring the line work out, so the less colors you have the more emphasis you put on the line work.


The Yok & Sheryo. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

BSA: Can you describe the process of moving two dimensional work into three dimensions?
Sheryo: We began doing ceramics in Vietnam.

BSA: How was it?
The Yok: Sheryo had an idea and she really wanted to do it. We both thought “what a wonderful way it would be to experience the culture first hand” – to go away from the tourist areas and go to the villages and getting to know the locals in a very natural way, like spending hours a day with them for a month. Painting those vases is a very intricate labor and very time consuming. We spend two weeks there and every day we’ll go to the village to paint ceramics and on the last night they took us out to dinner and we went to Karaoke.

They really didn’t speak English at all but somehow knew all the words to the songs in English. We did research to find where to go to learn the ceramics and we also asked the locals. Everyone was telling us the same village. We wanted to pay them for the lessons but they refused to take our money. They told us this is our gift to you. There really is a lot of kindness in this world.


The Yok & Sheryo at work in Indonesia.  (re-photo from their computer © Jaime Rojo)

BSA: Doing ceramics is entirely different from what you have done in the past, including Batik. Was it difficult to learn?
Sheryo: Diversity is important for us because it keeps things fresh and interesting and it keeps our minds alive. Changing the medium is a fun way to do that. In the case of the ceramics it was interesting because we were painting contemporary elements with new colors on vessels that stylistically are very old. So it is the old and the new merged together.

The Yok: It was very difficult to paint on the ceramics, first because we had never done it before. I didn’t like it, but because it is so hard that at the end it is very rewarding when you finally get it. It is like the proverb that says something like “you need to hate it first to love it”. We try to stay in New York for longer periods but at the same time we feel like we need to travel so we can get inspired and learn new things.


The Yok & Sheryo at work in Indonesia.  (re-photo from their computer © Jaime Rojo)

BSA: Would you describe your characters as aspects of your imagination and your personalities as individuals?
Sheryo: The characters are a mix. From what’s inside our heads and from what we see. But we also try to draw from the local environment when we travel to other places. It is also a great way to make a connection with the locals.

The Yok: That’s why at the beginning we said that our work is kind of like a diary. We paint things that are in direct relation to the country where we are – but also we paint things that happened to us in the country where we are.

BSA: Do you like to work solo sometimes too?
Sheryo: At the moment we are very happy doing what we are doing, working together and exhibiting together.


The Yok & Sheryo at work in Indonesia.  (re-photo from their computer © Jaime Rojo)


The Yok & Sheryo in Indonesia.  (re-photo from their computer © Jaime Rojo)


The Yok & Sheryo in Indonesia.  (re-photo from their computer © Jaime Rojo)


The Yok & Sheryo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


The Yok & Sheryo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


The Yok & Sheryo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


The Yok & Sheryo exhibition “Shadow” opens today at Masters Projects. Click HERE for details.



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BSA Images Of The Week: 07.05.15

BSA Images Of The Week: 07.05.15



This 4th of July holiday weekend in New York is alive with art on the streets, on roofs, on stoops, in parks, on piers.  And run down back lots, tunnels, abandoned spots. Check your local listings.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring ARC, BAST, Bibbito, Bifido, Cash4, Clint Mario, Don John, Entes y Pesimo, Faith47, JR, Keely, Smells, The Yok, and WK Interact.

Top image above >>> Faith47 for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Faith47 for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Faith47 for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Bifido in Sicily, Italy. (photo © Bifido)


Bifido in Sicily, Italy. (photo © Bifido)


Bast and his outsider art (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Don John in Copenhagen. (photo © John Don)


WK Interact (photo © Jaime Rojo)


The Yok (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Arc (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Smells (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Clint Mario (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Cash4 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Bibbito. Reggio Emilia, Italy. (photo © Bibbito)


Bibbito. Detail. (photo © Bibbito)


Entes y Pesimo for Inoperable Gallery. Linz, Austria. (photo © Philipp Greindl)


Entes y Pesimo for Inoperable Gallery. Linz, Austria. (photo © Philipp Greindl)


Entes y Pesimo for Inoperable Gallery. Linz, Austria. (photo © Philipp Greindl)


Keely (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. July 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Coney Art Walls Opens for the Mermaids! Update V

Coney Art Walls Opens for the Mermaids! Update V

Dude/Dudette, it’s Mermaid Parade Day – part of Coney’s modern pop-carney cultural heritage. Rolling up Surf Avenue, turning right and coming back down the boardwalk, the three decade old event is both a well organized and entirely rag-tag D.I.Y. affair simultaneously. It’s the enthusiasm of the participants and their street performances and costumery that pull in the equally enthusiastic fans, but it is the bedazzled breasts and free-flowing beer that make them seek that illusive and effervescent feeling of abandon.


Skewville at work on their piece…while some folks go against gravity above…(photo © Jaime Rojo)

Meanwhile more walls were being painted at Coney Art Walls this week by another impressive cross section of talents from points local and international. The Skewville twins completed their free-standing monster boom box, El Seed brought his lyrical Arabic inspired calligraffiti, fine artist Jane Dickson applies her eye to the symbols of the carnival footprint and turns amusements into colorful cakes, Katsu spreads wider with his investigations into drone painting that are looking impressionistic, Mr. Cartoon enlivens a Vandal/Copper chase with a grim reaper and a selfie-snapping angel, former graffiti outlaw Gregg LaMarche slams his collaged font explosion with color, Coney-Island artist icon Marie Roberts invokes ghosts and her own family’s deep roots in this place’s history, Miami’s Rage Johnson of Inkheads Crew brings crisp psychadeliac forms with AVAF (Assume Vivid Astro Focus), Sheryo and The Yok use a new palette to depict a beach inspired hotdog caper, and Tatiana Fazlalizadeh creates warm black and white portraits of local current neighbors who live in these environs here year round.


The Twins Skewville at work on their piece…yes the other one showed up for photo op… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Briefly, a snafu in the proceedings popped up when Cope2 suddenly did one of his eponymous bubble tags smack on the center of a freshly finished Retna wall Friday. Shortly thereafter Retna’s assistant was seen buffing the tag. Sources tell us that Cope’s participation in the project wasn’t originally scheduled and while some permissions had been secured, not all parties were in agreement before work commenced. The affair spurred speculation about who gave permission and who denied it in a flurry of social media postings, but the matter has been resolved. No doubt rumors on the street and online will be profligate – it is the nature of these aerosol Olympic games. Let’s see how the buffed section of Retna’s wall is addressed now that fin-fested visitors are schooling through the concrete complex chomping on cotton candy and sausages.


Skewville at work with the help of an assistant. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

But don’t let this petit drama overshadow the talent and effort and storied history of the two dozen other artists whose work is on display. A more diverse collection of artists from the past four decades from across this spectrum is rarely assembled in one location – a mini reprise of Mr. Deitch’s Art in the Streets, minus the ceiling. It’s not street art, urban art, or graffiti so none of those labels rightly apply to this amusement park exhibit. To the visiting crowds this is primarily background for selfies but fans of these artists will attach a much greater significance to some of these brand new works, as they should. Stay tuned for our final roundup of all the walls next Wednesday on a screen near you.


Skewville… for a dollar we’ll show you the rest… (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Skewville practicing an abundance of caution while at work …  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Skewville (photo © Jaime Rojo)


El Seed (photo © Jaime Rojo)


El Seed with Martha Cooper. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


El Seed (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jane Dickson’s work in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jane Dickson at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jane Dickson at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jane Dickson work in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jane Dickson  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Katsu tried his hand at Impressionism with a drone. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mr. Cartoon (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gregg Lamarche at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gregg Lamarche at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gregg Lamarche (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Marie Roberts at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Marie Roberts (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Marie Roberts (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rage Johnson of Inkheads Crew working on the piece designed by Brazilian AVAF (Assume Vivid Astro Focus). (photo © Jaime Rojo)


AVAF executed by Rage Johnson of Inkheads Crew. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sheryo and The Yok (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Tatiana Fazlalizadeh at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Tatiana Fazlalizadeh at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Tatiana Fazlalizadeh…”The Day Before Easter And The Day After Labor Day – People Still Live Here. People Die Here. People Love Here” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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BSA Film Friday: 01.02.15

BSA Film Friday: 01.02.15



Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. Urban Forms 2014 in Łódź, Poland
2. Memorie Urbane 2014
3. Alice Pasquini: New Journey
4. Detroit with Sheryo, Yok, Daek, Fecks
5. Chris Dyer in Denver and Boulder, Colorado


BSA Special Feature: Urban Forms 2014 Łódź, Poland

Poland’s mural art scene has blown up in recent years thanks largely to the efforts of Urban Forms in Lodz, who have successfully completed 10s of them across the city. More importantly, the success of the program is striking a fine balance between the permission granted from the community and the desire to secure high caliber artists to come and paint. The newest video recap of the 2014 program illustrates that the impression of the viewer on the street is a large part of the calculus, and the resulting conversations and engagement, when it comes to this new public/private/permissioned/commissioned muralism, are as important as getting a huge wall to go big on.

Memorie Urbane 2014

Equally successful for the mural movement that has evolved from Street Art is Memorie Urbane in Italy and organizers have taken pains to be cognizant of placement in context. The results have been meaningful and have impact because the historical and the modern are part of one conversation in this city not far from Rome. By sponsoring conferences and bringing in a great sense of public arts place the life of a city and a culture, these works become one of the same cloth that the city is made from– while still retaining the voice of the artists.


Alice Pasquini: New Journey

Painter and storyteller Alice Pasquini has as much energy and grit as any prolific Street Artist at the moment, and her style is immediately recognizable. What you may not have known is that her stories are initiated by a need to speak with a town or a neighbor about personal, social and political issues that affect them – as well as to facilitate her own journey. In this respect we continue to see a growing similarity between the muralists of today and the community muralists of the last century – without the heavy handed quality of design-by-committee that often mars a good mural.

Detroit with Sheryo, Yok, Daek, Fecks

The wonderous wreckage of industrialism, corruption and global trade agreements that has left Detroit a disaster area has spawned an era of artists rushing to the crash site to see what sort of sculpture can be made. Largely white, apolitical and unquestioning, the communities of creators that are forming and coalescing will eventually be commodified by brands, no doubt, and already commercial deals are being signed. In the mean time, there is still plenty of unsanctioned fun to be had and Sheryo and Yok give you a sense of what it feels like to run free in Detroit.


Chris Dyer in Denver and Boulder, Colorado

Hmmm, wonder what kind of graffiti/street art scene takes root in a large affluent city where the state has legalized marijuana? Can you say “visionary”? Chris Dyer recently tripped through some of the galleries, studios, and skate ramps of Denver and Boulder with a camera behind him, showing his aerosol skills and capturing the observations and aspirations of a quickly evolving community of folks whose social/political/party mission is integrated with their artistic world vision.

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BSA Images Of The Week: 09.28.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 09.28.14



Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Bikismo, Cera, Conor Harrington, indie184, Knarf, London Kaye, Nemo, NemO’s, Pyramid Oracle, Sheryo, Stikki Peaches, The Yok, Troy Lovegates, UNO, and Wolfe Work.

Brooklyn-Street-Art-Nuart-Mcity-2014-Screen-Shot-2014-09-27-at-5.34Scroll to the end to see the brand new video of M-City stencilling atop a sea vessel during his Nordic oceanic installation off the coast of Stavanger. Also, check out the blowing winds on the mic at the beginning.

Top Image >> Bikismo’s new mural for the New York Street Gallery sends mixed messages brought during the fog of war, an age in which we currently live. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


London Kaye rather trapped behind a fence (photo © Jaime Rojo)


NemO’S “Arrow-d Signal ” New piece in Piacenza, Italy. (photo © NemO’S)


Conor Harrington in town for his pop-up with Lazarides did this mural for The L.I.S.A. Project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Troy Lovegates in Chicago for Pawn Works. (photo © Pawn Works)


NEMO and the undercover carrot (photo © Jaime Rojo)


UNO taking the pig out for a stroll in this new piece in Rome, Italy. (photo © UNO)


Slim shady and The Yok and Sheryo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sometimes my mind gets so muddled and confluszed and I can’t straight think. CERA in Philadelphia. (photo © CERA)


CERA in Philadelphia. (photo © CERA)


Dude, you seen my wheels? Wolfe Work (photo © Jaime Rojo)


No regrets!  Okay, maybe one. Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Knarf in Vienna, Austria for Inoperable Galley. (photo © Knarf)


Stikki Peaches (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stikki Peaches (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stikki Peaches (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stikki Peaches (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stikki Peaches (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stikki Peaches collaboration with Indie184. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. SOHO, NYC. September 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

M-City and Nuart present Ocean Art




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BSA Images Of The Week: 07.20.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 07.20.14




Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 907 Crew, Ainac, Aero, Afrodoti Galazios, Blanco, Bleeps, Cash4, Daek, Dasic, Elbow-Toe, Fecks, Icy & Sot, IDT Crew, Mike Makatron, Miss 17, Mr. Penfold, Overunder, Seth, Sheryo, Smells, Sonni, Sweet Toof, The Yok, Tripel, UFO 907, Wolftits, and You Go Girl!.

Top Image >> IDT Crew. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


IDT Crew. IDT is a Chinese Crew. It reads on the background “5ive” to celebrate their 5th anniversary piece. Miss 17 on top was a later addition. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


You Go Girl (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sweet Toof. Smells. Cash4. UFO907. Please help ID the rest of the tags. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mike Makatron with an assistant at work on his recent mural in Williamsburg. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mike Makatron  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Elbow Toe. The stencils below are by Ainac and Tripel. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Icy & Sot (we think) (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Bleeps new piece in Athens, Greece. (photo © Afroditi Galazios)


Blanco new piece in Saratoga Springs, NY. (photo © Blanco)


Blanco. Detail from the piece above. (photo © Blanco)


The Yok, Sheryo, Daek and Fecks for Zoetic Walls in Cleveland, Ohio. (photo © Pawn Works)


DAEK for Pawn Works/NY (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sheryo with Sonni on the background for Pawn Works/NY  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sonni for Pawn Works/NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mr. Penfold for Pawn Works/NY (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Aero for Pawn Works/NY (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dasic (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Wolftits is even more Art Brut than ever. 907 Crew. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rarf! Seth in Baton Rouge for The Museum Of Public Art. (photo © Overunder)


Untitled. Gowanus Canal. NYC. July 2014 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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