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Happy New Year! BSA Highlights of 2010

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As we start a new year, we say thank you for the last one.

And Thank You to the artists who shared their 11 Wishes for 2011 with Brooklyn Street Art; Conor Harrington, Eli Cook, Indigo, Gilf, Todd Mazer, Vasco Mucci, Kimberly Brooks, Rusty Rehl, Tip Toe, Samson, and Ludo. You each contributed a very cool gift to the BSA family, and we’re grateful.

We looked over the last year to take in all the great projects we were in and fascinating people we had the pleasure to work with. It was a helluva year, and please take a look at the highlights to get an idea what a rich cultural explosion we are all a part of at this moment.

The new year already has some amazing new opportunities to celebrate Street Art and artists. We are looking forward to meeting you and playing with you and working with you in 2011.

Specter does “Gentrification Series” © Jaime Rojo
NohJ Coley and Gaia © Jaime Rojo
Jef Aerosol’s tribute to Basquiat © Jaime Rojo
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January

Imminent Disaster © Steven P. Harrington
Fauxreel (photo courtesy the artist)
Chris Stain at Brooklyn Bowl © Jaime Rojo

February

Various & Gould © Jaime Rojo
Anthony Lister on the street © Jaime Rojo
Trusto Corp was lovin it.

March

Martha Cooper, Shepard Fairey © Jaime Rojo
BSA’s Auction for Free Arts NYC
Crotched objects began appearing on the street this year. © Jaime Rojo

April

BSA gets some walls for ROA © Jaime Rojo
Dolk at Brooklynite © Steven P. Harrington
BSA gets Ludo some action “Pretty Malevolence” © Jaime Rojo

May

The Crest Hardware Art Show © Jaime Rojo
NohJ Coley © Jaime Rojo
The Phun Phactory Reboot in Williamsburg © Steven P. Harrington

June

Sarah Palin by Billi Kid
Nick Walker with BSA in Brooklyn © Jaime Rojo
Judith Supine at “Shred” © Jaime Rojo

July

Interview with legend Futura © Jaime Rojo
Os Gemeos and Martha Cooper © Jaime Rojo
Skewville at Electric Windows © Jaime Rojo

August

Specter Spot-Jocks Shepard Fairey © Jaime Rojo
“Bienvenidos” campaign
Faile studio visit © Jaime Rojo

September

BSA participates and sponsors New York’s first “Nuit Blanche” © Jaime Rojo
JC2 © Jaime Rojo
How, Nosm, R. Robots © Jaime Rojo

October

Faile “Bedtime Stories” © Jaime Rojo
Judith Supine © Jaime Rojo
Photo © Roswitha Guillemin courtesy Galerie Itinerrance

November

H. Veng Smith © Jaime Rojo
Sure. Photo courtesy Faust
Kid Zoom © Jaime Rojo

December

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C215: Show Pics of “Community Service”

Stencil Street Artist Hits Both Floors of Parisian Gallery

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Last minute touches at “Community Service”. (photo © Roswitha Guillemin courtesy the gallery)

Last Friday C215 played host at Galerie Itinerrance as he debuted many new pieces across various surfaces using the stencil technique he is known for. His addition of color variations over the last year or so has opened a door into more possibilities for dimension and emotion in his portraits. Fans of the monochromatic style he established his name with were pleased to see the black/grey/white stencils also continue to capture his interest.

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C215 Photo Courtesy Galerie Itinerrance

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C215 Photo Courtesy Galerie Itinerrance

The show is accompanying the release of a book of the same name “Community Service”, featuring photography by 12 artists behind the camera, an interview with Steven P. Harrington of Brooklyn Street Art (who also wrote the introduction), and a preface by Marc and Sara Schiller with Thierry Froger.  More on the book and show HERE.

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C215 and “Community Service”

New Show and Book Recognize the Impact of the Global Street Stencil Artist

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Photo © Jaime Rojo

In a very short time C215 has become an important phenomenon in street art around the world. BSA has been among the crowd who have been moved by the feelings that arise with a sudden encounter of his work on the street. What gives his stencil work resonance is the light that emanates from within the people he selects from whatever neighborhood he is in. Paolo M., a photographer who goes by the moniker Unusual Image and is featured in the new collection, remarks on C215’s people, “I think that there is a kind of sense of humanity that illuminates them.” It’s an uncanny ability to summon the spirit of a subject through his deft cutting of stencils, but it’s what he does with regularity.

Further distinguishing the work is the level of detail in these hand-cut pieces, incrementally setting a new standard for stencils and portraiture. Says VitoStreet, another featured photographer who has shot numerous of the pieces in the street, “The most amazing things such as feathers, fur, beard, hair are reproduced brilliantly.” Collectively the steady development of the body of work is blurring the line between fine art and street art.

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C215 by photographer RomanyWG

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C215 by photographer Jaime Rojo

This Friday in Paris C215 is debuting a new show of studio work on both floors of  Galerie Itinerrance.

C215, “Community Service”
Paper Back / 132 pages / 22 x 22 cm
Critères Editions
Cover by RomanyWG
Available in bookstores in January 2011
A favorite of Street Art photographers around the world, C215 pays tribute to a dozen of them in this collection, which features Vitostreet (FR), Chrixcel (FR), RomanyWG (GBR), Luna Park
(US), Jaime Rojo (US), Lois Stavsky (US), Jessica Stewart (IT), Vinny Cornelli (US),
Elodie Wilhem (CHE), Lionel Belluteau (FR), Unusualimage (GBR), Gregory J. Smith
(BR).
Community Service is introduced by Steven P. Harrington from Brooklyn Street Art, with a preface by
Marc & Sara Schiller from Wooster Collective and Thierry Froger, collector.
The book also features an interview with the artist by Harrington.
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Pics from OPENING of “Make It Fit”, the Various & Gould/Specter show at Brooklynite

Text and photos from BSA contributor, Vincent Cornelli.

It was a pretty impressive scene at the Specter, Various & Gould opening at the Brooklynite Gallery on Saturday night.  And yea, Saturday night. Why does everyone throw these parties on a Thursday evening, when you can do it on the weekend and make it a real night?

Specter on the left, Various & Gould on the Right © Vincent Cornelli
Specter on the left, Various & Gould on the Right © Vincent Cornelli

I must admit, being forced to ride an over-crowded local A train from Harlem to Utica Station doesn’t really put you in the best of moods.  But, while approaching the gallery, I couldn’t help but get a little re-charged as the music got louder and more distinct.  It was a cool scene to walk into a nearly empty storefront, surrounded in quality artwork, knowing that even more people were packed in and celebrating in back somewhere.

Specter's dude on a bike © Vincent Cornelli
Specter’s dude on a bike © Vincent Cornelli

In this case it was a backyard decorated by the artists, with DJ’s spinning, Red Stripes flowing, and a performance from a musician like Jeff Kessel, a one man looping machine.

And it’s always cool running into the likes of Luna Park, Celso, Veng (RWK), Carlito Brigante, and the rest.

No doubt everyone enjoyed the art, the artists, the tunes and the event.

Various & Gould © Vincent Cornelli
Various & Gould © Vincent Cornelli
© Vincent Cornelli

Jeff Kessel, who uses his expansive voice and multiply looped music to slowly blow your mind. © Vincent Cornelli

© Vincent Cornelli

Performing in the back yard as "Rifle Recoil", musician Jeff Kessel's music is dense, layered, challenging, and at times beautiful © Vincent Cornelli

A view from the back corner © Vincent Cornelli

A view from the back corner © Vincent Cornelli

Jovial guests at Brooklynite © Vincent Cornelli

Jovial guests at Brooklynite © Vincent Cornelli

Discussing the work of Various & Gould © Vincent Cornelli

Discussing the work of Various & Gould © Vincent Cornelli

One of Specter's people in the corner with his shopping cart © Vincent Cornelli

One of Specter's people in the corner with his shopping cart © Vincent Cornelli

Photographer Sam Horine in attendance (photo © Vincent Cornelli)

Photographer Sam Horine in attendance (photo © Vincent Cornelli)

Many hands make the work easier (Various & Gould) © Vincent Cornelli

Many hands make the work easier (Various & Gould) © Vincent Cornelli

Guests are often invited to pick up a marker and add a tag at Brooklynite (© Vincent Cornelli)

Guests are often invited to pick up a marker and add a tag at Brooklynite (© Vincent Cornelli)

Waiting till the smoke clears after a successful performance © Vincent Cornelli

Waiting till the smoke clears after a successful performance © Vincent Cornelli

A scupture of crates and a shopping cart careens upward toward a wheatpaste by Various & Gould. © Vincent Cornelli

A sculpture of crates and a shopping cart careens upward toward a wheat-paste by Various & Gould. © Vincent Cornelli

Read an interview with Various & Gould and see more pics from the show setup HERE.

Damning MUST SEE Video: Serious Allegations Against Brooklynite >> Mistreatment of Various & Gould

Inside the studio with Specter.

“The Gentrification Series”: Specter

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Vinny Goes to Hamburg: Street Art from Germany’s Largest Port

Vinny Cornelli is becoming a regular on BSA because with his photography he peels back some of the street art hype and looks at the innards of the gritty culture that engenders it.  A departure from documentation, his eye captures something more.

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© Vincent Cornelli

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© Vincent Cornelli

For this photo essay, Vinny shows and tells us about his trip last week to Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city after Berlin- and opens our eyes to their approach to aesthetic expressions of the spirit on the street.

from Vinny Cornelli

Last weekend I was able to visit my girlfriend, Lena, on her home turf of Hamburg, Germany. I concede (for some of the obvious reasons) that the trip was incredible, warm and homey. Even outside of those reasons, I was also so very excited by the colors and comforts I felt from a city that seems to gush as a result of the public street and graffiti art that the population either endorses or passively permits.

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Hamburg is home to the likes of Flying Fortress and Funk25 and many other street artists. The city also fosters the existence of squats such as the Gaengeviertel; a small community of flats, studios and galleries that keeps it’s doors, beers and art open and available to it’s public. Like many people, these are some of the ideals that I subscribe to and appreciate.

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Because I was in the good company of Lena, light snowfall, and the art surrounding us, I had the fortunate opportunity of a guided walking tour through many streets, nooks, and playgrounds.  It was quite nice.

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© Vincent Cornelli

One interesting/odd observation I noted was that much of the street art was placed well above the mass marketed posters of albums, concerts, and movies hitting your local Hamburg establishment. In a way, it gave me the feeling that everyday, commonplace (and I think boring) life is placed at eye-level.  Yes, this is what’s sometimes seen in NYC and other hotbeds of public art…but some of it just doesn’t fit.

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© Vincent Cornelli

I visited C215 this summer, and he spoke at great lengths of the importance of where he’s placing his stencils – otherwise, it becomes irrelevant. I feel that the wheat pastes and stencils in Hamburg tend to suffer as a result. Placement seems sporadic when viewed with other works sharing the same wall.

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On the other hand, it seemed that the graffiti artists were better leveraging the walls and spaces they occupy and their work also seemed very well organized.

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I thoroughly enjoyed capturing these photos and the inspiration they foster.  I have already booked my tickets to return in April, so I look forward to sharing the city of Hamburg’s movement into the spring.

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Exquisitely Crumbling Contruction Walls

Exquisitely Crumbling Contruction Walls

Photographer Vinny Cornelli talks about an entertaining foray into decay he took last week.  It’s a cool way to look at something with new eyes.

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So this collection of images is about walled-off construction zones and the art that can be fostered on these temporary spaces.

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© Vinny Cornelli

When you think about it, even in this tough economy, people are still in the middle of construction projects that are walled-off by these fake plywood walls.  Why not sanction these walls as public, and allow our community to color them up?  They’re ugly as sin otherwise. Well, unless some crappy company illegally pastes posters of the newest Tom Cruise movie.  I say forget that.  Why can’t we all just have some fun, be comfortable in it’s legality, and voice our colorful contributions to the neighborhood we belong?

 

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See Vinny’s Street Layers HERE.

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Fresh Pictures of “Fresh Geezers”, Vinny Cornelli shoots the London Police, Galo

Last Thursday Factory Fresh Gallery hosted “Fresh Geezers”, a new show by The London Police and Galo. In a departure from his regular street art job, photographer Vinny Cornelli takes Brooklyn Street Art to the opening with these shots.

Detail of a London Police canvass featuring Chaz and Bobbie running for their lives! © Vincent Cornelli
Detail of a London Police canvass featuring Chaz and Bobbie running for their lives! © Vincent Cornelli
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Fans react to the news that The London Police are not actually police. © Vincent Cornelli

A colorful Galo piece (© Vincent Cornelli)

A colorful Galo piece (© Vincent Cornelli)

A sepia toned Galo (© Vincent Cornelli)

A sepia toned Galo (© Vincent Cornelli)

The back wall at Factory Fresh by Galo (© Vincent Cornelli)

The back wall at Factory Fresh by Galo (© Vincent Cornelli)

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Smiling is contagious! (© Vincent Cornelli)

Mid-western tourists in Times Square? No, it's the London Police! (© Vincent Cornelli)

Mid-western tourists in Times Square? No, it's the London Police! (© Vincent Cornelli)

Chaz (© Vincent Cornelli)
Chaz is wildly thrilled with the turnout. (© Vincent Cornelli)

Geezers (© Vincent Cornelli)
Geezers (The London Police) (© Vincent Cornelli)

Galo (© Vincent Cornelli)

Galo (© Vincent Cornelli)

Sailor felt that the show was a high-flying success (with dad Logan Hicks) (© Vincent Cornelli)
Sailor felt that the whole show was a high-flying success (with dad Logan Hicks) (© Vincent Cornelli)
(© Vincent Cornelli)

"So I says to her, I says, 'Haven't we met someplace before?'. She says, 'Yeah I'm the receptionist at the V.D. clinic'." (© Vincent Cornelli)

Galo made a bird shelter from some old canvasses (© Vincent Cornelli)

Galo made a bird shelter from some old canvasses (© Vincent Cornelli)

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"Word son, did you see when the chic unlocked their handcuffs and dragged him into another room with her?" (© Vincent Cornelli)

Time to fly home. (© Vincent Cornelli)

Time to fly home. (© Vincent Cornelli)

See More of Vinny Cornelli’s photography HERE.

text by Brooklyn Street Art

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Alex Emmert- Miami Schmiami! – Brooklyn is the Schnit! Go to Mighty Tanaka!

You may have thought that the giant sucking noise you heard was all the street art being pulled down to Miami this week (or Miss California’s video tape turned up to 12).

Have NO Fear – Mighty Tanaka is Here!

Alex Emmart and Caleb James are proud to introduce MIGHTY TANAKA

Partners Alex Emmart and Caleb James are proud to introduce MIGHTY TANAKA, the gallery

Brooklyn’s Street Art Scene is so gargantuan that we can afford to let Half the Borough go to Art Basel this week and we still have enough amazingly clever artists to OPEN A BRAND NEW GALLERY TONIGHT – which will be packed thank you very much.

 

Hellbent for Metallic Lace! (Hellbent) (courtesy Mighty Tanaka)

 

Mighty Tanaka Gallery, a labor of love turned a reality with the vision of Alex Emmart, who has been toiling behind the scenes for a couple of years to build a rather strong and fairly eclectic collection of art and artists – many of them fresh out the gate.

Alex also confesses to creating this new gallery in the neighborhood of Dumbo partially to force himself to get off his couch and go to work  instead of running his nascent biz out of his apartment.  He’s been painting a newly built gallery space in the Brooklyn neighborhood by the water between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and nearly all his clothes are covered with white paint and his brain has fried, but tonight’s the opening and he is ready.

 

Avoid (from the Inflation Project) (courtesy Mighty Tanaka)

Avoid (from the Inflation Project) (courtesy Mighty Tanaka)

The inaugural show “Hybridism” gives a nod to oft-expressed opinion these days that the walls between street art and fine art are continually dissolving – as fine art hits the streets and street art hits the living room over your couch.

"Vintage" by Destroy & Rebuild (courtesy Mighty Tanaka)

 

Emmart brings to the game an education in museum studies, the experience of curating a handful of shows that explore the street-graff-fine art continuum, and a solid dedication to building relationships based on respect.

 

Mad sticker skillz are leading to a crazy-A fine art maker (Kosbe) (courtesy Mighty Tanaka)

 

This too, may be a glimpse of the future of the art world where gallerists treat people fairly and are respected because of it.  Just ask any of the nextgen Millenial artists he is working with.

 

Fire-O-Glyphic infinity created an pyrric mantelpiece (courtesy Mighty Tanaka)

 

At this auspicious opening, a statement of hope amidst an economy gone ape-crazy, Emmart takes the moment to share the credit on his Facebook page; Mighty Tanaka studio is one of the finest and most exciting spaces I know of due to the hard work of committed individuals. A VERY BIG thanks to Garrett Wohnrade, Caleb James, Adri Cowan, Mari Keeler, Heidi Alasuvanto, Insuh Yoon, John Michaels, the Mighty Tanaka featured artists and everyone else who has supported Tanaka during this transition. You all inspire me.”

Reginald Pean "Gentlemen of Leisure" (courtesy Mighty Tanaka)

Reginald Pean “Gentlemen of Leisure” (courtesy Mighty Tanaka)

Mighty Tanaka Gallery/Headquarters:

68 Jay St.
Suite 416
Brooklyn, NY. 11206

Phone #: 718.596.8781

contact@mightytanaka.com

Subway: F train to York St.


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Mighty Tanaka Presents: “Hybridism” – NEW GALLERY


Mighty Tanaka Presents:
Hybridism: Where Raw Meets Refined
Premier Exhibition in New DUMBO Gallery Space presents an array of mediums, techniques


New York, NY – November 24, 2009 – Mighty Tanaka (http://www.mightytanaka.com) is proud to announce
Hybridism, the premier show within its new DUMBO project/gallery space, opening with a reception on December 3, 2009 through January 7, 2010. There’s a growing creative movement that we’ve dubbedHybridism: a blend of both street art and fine art – a hybrid – as the raw meets the refined. It is the juxtaposition of genres, which both compliments and conflicts; the balance between these otherwise artistic opposites. Hybridism, the show, captures a collection of both twisted fine art and underground street art in a span of mediums: vivid photography, collage, and rich oil & acrylic paintings on everything from canvas to found wood.


Alex and Caleb have been working so hard to make this thing happen!

Alex and Caleb have been working so hard to make this thing happen!


From classic oil paintings of alcohol-blurred nightlife, a squirrel riding a two-headed goat, and a trippy diorama of the industrialization age, to street-style satanic mummies, tribal paintings on book covers, and graffiti-influenced silkscreens on newspapers – Hybridism displays the atypical and the urban within one space.

“I always look to accentuate the idea of hybridism, and of pairing opposites together; this will be common thread in all of my shows, despite their varied themes,” says Mighty Tanaka owner and curator, Alex Emmart. “My goal? To bring this burgeoning and exciting artistic movement to the next level.”

Featured artists include: Adam Miller, Alexandra Pacula, Alexis Trice, AVOID pi, Bruno Perillo, Destroy and Rebuild, Don Pablo Pedro, FARO, Hellbent, Infinity, JMR, John Breiner, Josh McCutchen, Katie Decker, KOSBE, Lionel Guzman, Mari Keeler, Miss Marlo Marquise, Max Greis, Mike Schreiber, Peter Halasz, Reginald Pean, Robbie Busch, Royce Bannon, Skewville, Vinny Cornelli. 

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ighty Tanaka’s Hybridism opening reception coincides with DUMBO’s Culture 411 First Thursday Gallery Walk on Thursday, December 3, 2009, from 5:30PM-8:30PM at Mighty Tanaka Studio on 68 Jay Street, Suite 416, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

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About Mighty Tanaka

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ighty Tanaka (http://www.mightytanaka.com) is Alex Emmart and Caleb James: an independent curatorial organization dedicated to the advancement and integrity of the urban arts. Through the utilization of skilled curating and various media techniques, we strive to create a stable foundation for artists operating within the urban environment. Mighty Tanaka is driven by urban inspiration and is clearing the way for this emerging art movement to expand beyond the city walls and into our personal lives. Our mission is to provide a myriad of curated and production services. 

Contact

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ighty Tanaka Studio
68 Jay St., Suite 416
Brooklyn, NY
11201
Hours: M-F 12PM to 7PM, weekends by appointment only 
Office: 718.596.8781

For questions, info or interviews, please contact Alex Emmart at alex@mightytanaka.com or (718) 596-8781.


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