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BSA Film Friday: 10.02.15

BSA Film Friday: 10.02.15




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

Now screening :

1. Shepard Fairey: Natural Springs.
2. West One: Future Communication
3. Monica Canilao: Alchemy. Detroit
4. Herakut in Rome by Blindeye Factory


BSA Special Feature: Shepard Fairey: Natural Springs.

Jersey City hosted Shepard Fairey a couple of weeks ago at MANA Contemporary and naturally he chose this huge wall with a high profile to host his image entitled Natural Springs. If you are going to do a subtle lambasting of the oil economy where better than a location visible to the millions of drivers traveling between Jersey City and Manhattan via the Holland Tunnel.


Shepard Fairey: A Steady Drumbeat Inside and Out on BSA

West One: Future Communication

This promo for a show with West One without words calls for the rise of a third way (or fourth or fifth) that draws connection to graffiti of our earliest days of mark-making and movements of today employing symbol, shape, line to communicate in a monochromatic mode.


Monica Canilao: Alchemy. Detroit

As Detroit is settled by the artists you see the movement here from other cities has reached the former Motor City in this group show featuring the spirit of D.I.Y and re-imagining our empty neglected spaces as stages for aesthetic creation. This long video advertises an upcoming group show with Monica Canilao at the center describing a vision of alchemy.

Herakut in Rome by Blindeye Factory

Promoting their gallery show in Rome the german duo Herakut created this wall in Tor Pignattare forte  STREET HEART PROJECT, curated by Marta Gargiulo, Massimo Scrocca and Marco Gallotta.

“In our moment of need we rely on the family of humans. I wished we could remember these family bonds in our moments strength”

“Nei nostri momenti di bisogno ci affidiamo alle persone come famiglia, sarebbe bello se potessimo ricordarci di questi legami anche nei momenti di forza”. Herakut.

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West One Presents: “Freedom Suite” At Environment (Los Angeles, CA)

West One

“Freedom Suite”
At Environment
8126 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
September 30, 2011 – December 30, 2011
Opening Reception September 30, 2011 7-10pm

WEST, the renowned graffiti artist-turned-abstract painter, has joined forces with furniture company Environment for a public mural and solo show titled “Freedom Suite” that will be unveiled at a kick-off event September 30, 2011. WEST will exhibit new paintings inside the showroom and will paint a large-scale mural on the exterior of Environment’s Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles location creating community through shared ideas, knowledge, culture and art. Some proceeds will be donated to the charity Jamaican Kids <> .

“We live in a vast city where everything’s at right angles,” WEST said. “My work is movement and energy. It’s organic. The viewer will see different things – maybe themselves, maybe the city. Maybe the broader environment. I hope to make us look at our space, our environment, a little differently.”

Open to the public starting September 30, 2011, the WEST exhibition will be on display at the Environment Furniture Showroom, 8126 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles through December 31, 2011.


Recognized as one of the most prolific artists in the New York Graffiti scene throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, West has been painting publicly since 1984. Born and raised in New York City, the great grandson of Russian-Jewish immigrants, West began painting on the number 1 Broadway local subway. Throughout the mid to late 80’s West became known for his clean letters, and as one of the last of a handful of artists who was actively painting just before the demise of subway Graffiti in New York.
Throughout the 1990’s, West, along with his crew Fame City, was a major influence in the New York City graffiti movement by spearheading concept-driven, thematic productions which are now standard in large scale graffiti mural painting.

Since 2001 West has taken a radical departure from the uniform structure of traditional graffiti letters and technique. In his current work he has pushed into the realms of abstraction and stripped the art form of all of its traditional trappings of color, medium, and process. As a result a new and unique language has emerged in his work.

West first exhibited in 1985 with Librizzi Gallery’s ‘Graffiti & East Village Artists’ show, and has since exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in New York, and internationally.

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Barnstormers Coming to Joshua Liner in March

BarnStormers! Yee Hawwwww!

Famed Barnstormers!

Famed Barnstormers!

I first saw an iteration of this collective at their 2001 installation at SmackMellon in Dumbo, Brooklyn in an old spice factory – think David Ellis was doing a residency there...  Anyway, the roster and locations and breadth of projects that the Barnstormers were involved in has evolved over the last decade, but the wild-eyed no-holds-barred inventive quality stays solid. This is a show I’m not missing.

The new group exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery will feature works in a variety of mediums: painting, photography, video, mixed media works and installation.  Here’s a half hour presentation, or rather, performance piece from 2005.   An actual barn is involved.

Artists exhibiting at Joshua Liner will include:
Alex Lebedev, Alice Mazorra, Bluster One, Che Jen, Chris Mendoza, Chuck Webster, David Ellis, Dennis McNett, Doze Green, GION, Guillermo Carrion, James Lynch, Joey Garfield, Jose Parla, Kenji Hirata, Kiku Yamaguchi, KR, MADSAKI, Manny Pangilinan (WELLO), Martin Mazorra, Maya Hayuk, Mikal Hameed, Mike Houston, Mike Ming, Miyuki Pai Hirai, Naomi Kazama, Pema Brush, Romon Kimin Yang (Rostarr), Shie Moreno, SWOON, West One, Yuri Shimojo and more.
Joshua Liner Gallery
548 W 28th St. 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10001

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