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Specter in Vladivostok, Nahodka and Tokyo

Street Artist and fine artist Specter hails from Brooklyn but has been traveling a lot and has been creating some interesting work in Russia and Tokyo, two places not typically mentioned during Western discussions of the street art scene – but we’d be remiss to miss.

“I was invited to Russia from my friend Pasha Shugurov who runs the artist collective 33plus1,” he says as he discusses the new piece called “Chromatin Structure”.

Specter “Chromatin Structure”. Vladivostok, Russia. (photo © Specter)

For the artists in our audience who were doodling in the margins of their science textbook during class, the chromatins are the combination of DNA and proteins that make up the contents of the nucleus of a cell.  The work is installed in Sister City Park. Also in the town of Nahodka, a port city in Primorsky Krai, he painted a geodesic dome with art students from the university there.

While in Tokyo Specter returned to some of the faux realism that we have become familiar with in his work in the last few years, recreating a façade that blends seamlessly, yet attracts your attention. The “Bodega Window” here is in the Harajuku Fashion District known for the chic shops and slick shoppers.

Specter “Chromatin Structure” in progress. Vladivostok, Russia. (photo © Specter)

Specter “Chromatin Structure” in progress. Vladivostok, Russia. (photo © Specter)

Specter. Geodesic Dome done in collaboration with art students from the university in Nahodka, Russia. (photo © Specter)

Specter “Bodega Window” in the Harajuku Fashion District of Tokyo, Japan. (photo © Specter)

Specter “Bodega Window” in the Harajuku Fashion District of Tokyo, Japan. (photo © Specter)

Specter’s project in Vladivostok was made possible from a grant from the US Consulate in Vladivostok and curator Kendal Henry.

 

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Interactive Walls with Russia’s Concrete Jungle

Experimental Walls that React To Your Movement

Vladivostok-based Street Artists Feliks Mashkov and Vadim Gerasimenko have created a lot of graffiti and Street Art murals on city walls in the last few years, usually with aerosol. Just last year we got to watch them paint a wall right here in Brooklyn.

Like many young techno-savvy young artists working on the street today, Concrete Jungle, as they call themselves, have been also interested in finding new innovative ways to work with ever-cheaper and more sophisticated electronics and materials. Here are images of their recent explorations in the idea of creating wall interactivity with people walking by.

Concrete Jungle. Vladivostok, Russia. (photo © Aleksey Filimonov)

This room installation is currently on view at the Arsenev Regional Museum in their home city and features sensors that react to pedestrians by illuminating geometric shapes they call “objects”.  According to where you are, the art will change.

“The installation is about creating a visual interaction between the viewer and the object of art. Our main aim is to create an ‘object – object’ system where the observer becomes observed and vice versa,” say the guys.

Concrete Jungle. Vladivostok, Russia. (photo © Aleksey Filimonov)

Concrete Jungle. Vladivostok, Russia. (photo © Aleksey Filimonov)

Concrete Jungle. Vladivostok, Russia. (photo © Aleksey Filimonov)

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Images of the Week 10.14.12

This week we saw pumpkins piled at the corner deli, the Yanks pushing on toward the series, Streisand returning at 70 to sing again in Brooklyn, that Rasta MC goin’ hard over his stack of speakers outside the barbershop on a sunny cool day, Christopher Columbus as a giant  sculpture in somebody’s living room, and we can confirm that underground art parties are now moving to Bed Stuy, bypassing Bushwick.  Stranger things will undoubtedly keep happening because Halloween is on Wednesday this year; pretty much guaranteeing a solid week of sexy horror on the street because people won’t know when to party, and you’re going to see at least 3 mock boxing fights between two guys dressed up as Obama and Romney with gloves because the Presidential election is 11/6. The actual 2nd match-up of the candidates is this Tuesday in Long Island to debate. Are the Yankees playing that night?

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, an eclectic trip that takes us to Brooklyn, Paris, Baltimore, and Russia with Cern, Overunder, Philippe HÉRARD,  Lili Luciole,  Concrete Jungle,  Hot Tea,  Love Child, Dain, Sorta,  and Cynthia von Buhler.  We start of with this faux neighborhood painted by Concrete Jungle on a building in Vladivostok.

Concrete Jungle in Vladivostok, Russia. (photo © Concrete Jungle)

Concrete Jungle in Vladivostok, Russia. Detail. (photo © Concrete Jungle)

Concrete Jungle in Vladivostok, Russia. (photo © Concrete Jungle)

Concrete Jungle in Vladivostok, Russia. (photo © Concrete Jungle)

As the temperature is dropping to the 40s – 50s in October, it’s good there is some Hot Tea to keep the chill off.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Hot Tea (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Hot Tea (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Love Child (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A new portrait of Bob Marley and Haile Selassie via SORTA in Baltimore (photo © SORTA)

WK Interact is scaling a wall, possibly breaking in. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cynthia von Buhler “Speakeasy Dollhouse” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cynthia von Buhler “Speakeasy Dollhouse” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cern. Detail of a fast moving truck. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Philippe HÉRARD in Paris. (photo © Sandra Hoj)

Philippe HÉRARD in Paris. (photo © Sandra Hoj)

Philippe HÉRARD in Paris. Detail. (photo © Sandra Hoj)

Philippe HÉRARD in Paris. (photo © Sandra Hoj)

Lili Luciole in Paris. (photo © Sandra Hoj)

Untitled (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Thank you to BSA Collaborator Sandra Hoj for her Parisian Report.

Thank you to Concrete Jungle for exclusive images for BSA of their sick mural in Vladivostok, Russia.

Thank you SORTA for keeping us up on Baltimore developments.

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Concrete Jungle from Russia to Bushwick

Feliks Mashkov and Vadim Gerasimenko are the Russian collective known as Concrete Jungle. The duo call Vladivostok their home and are visiting NYC with five other artists as part of CEC ArtsLink’s Global Art Lab program. Designed to support an international exchange of ideas and perspectives, the program involves communities and individuals in Central Asia and Russia. Susan Katz, the St. Petersburg based program director, invited BSA to meet with the visiting artists for an informal chat about Street Art in the US and the current New York scene.

Concrete Jungle. The initial sketch for the mural. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle employs methods and techniques seen in Street Art, public art, and commercial art and the two have collected a number of interior and exterior walls over the last few years with the same can-do D.I.Y. attitude that we see on the street today – with a detailed clean graphic finish. Feliks attended art school for five years and recently received his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. A 2007 graduate of the Vladivostok Art School with a specialization in teaching painting, Vadim is currently a student at the Far East Federal University in the Department of Graphic Design.

Feliks and Vadim, with the help of Brooklyn based Street Artist Specter, secured a wall in Bushwick as part of the Bushwick Five Points murals. BSA caught up with the artists as they were still at work on their wall. Here are some process shots of the 77% completed project as the two guys employ an acutely understated palette, crisply illustrated lines and natural curvilinear forms.

Concrete Jungle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle. That’s all for the day…going to the beach. More to come… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Visit Concrete Jungle site here: http://www.cjungle.com/main/

To learn more about CEC ArtsLink’s Global Art Lab program click here: http://www.cecartslink.org/

 

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