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Clément Martin : Wishes & Hopes for 2017

Clément Martin : Wishes & Hopes for 2017

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As we near the new year we’ve asked a special guest every day to take a moment to reflect on 2016 and to tell us about one photograph that best captures the year for him or her. It’s an assortment of treats for you to enjoy and contemplate as we all reflect on the year that has passed and conjure our hopes and wishes for the new year to come. It’s our way of sharing the sweetness of the season and of saying ‘Thank You’ for inspiring us throughout the year.

The self-possessed savoir faire of a Frenchman in New York is not so surprising, but try keeping up with photographer Clément Martin who literally slept on the streets of New York for a month and see how elegant you will remain. As the official photographer for conceptual street performance artists Boijeot & Renauld, Clément has been traveling and shooting on the street for the last three years in Tokyo, Brussels, Berlin, Venice, Paris, Zurich, Dresden, Basel, and of course New York. Since Times Square is such a famous place to be for New Year’s Eve Clément shares with BSA readers this scene of repose suitable for enjoying the spectacular view with opera singer Dan Cory singing Carmen classics in bed.


Artists: Boijeot & Renauld
Location: Times Square, New York
Photograph by Clément Martin

Each “performance” is unique, and for the New York one called “Hotel Empire” we used living units (a furniture assortment that includes beds, tables and chairs) to occupy public space in the city, setting up camp in various neighborhoods, regularly moving from one street to another.

The artists (and I) regularly move the furniture by hand from one stop to another and we offer all pieces of furniture- available to anyone who wants to take a nap, have a coffee or simply to chat. The performance brings intimacy in the public space, since the furniture can be (and really is) used by everyone.

You get to interrupt the city rhythm by sitting or laying down, but on a social interaction level, it also offers a chance to the people involved to create a shared memory

“Mental graffiti” some will call this.

What I’m sure of is that on this October day in Times Square we offered the opportunity to the man in this picture to live in this place that never sleeps for a few minutes- part of the 732 continuous hours we lived on New York City streets for this performance.

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Roula David and Jesse Corey : Wishes & Hopes for 2017

Roula David and Jesse Corey : Wishes & Hopes for 2017

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As we near the new year we’ve asked a special guest every day to take a moment to reflect on 2016 and to tell us about one photograph that best captures the year for him or her. It’s an assortment of treats for you to enjoy and contemplate as we all reflect on the year that has passed and conjure our hopes and wishes for the new year to come. It’s our way of sharing the sweetness of the season and of saying ‘Thank You’ for inspiring us throughout the year.

The dynamo Detroit couple who run Inner State Gallery and the 50+ artist festival called Murals in The Market, Roula David and Jesse Cory are perhaps best known for owning and operating 1xRun, a stellar and sophisticated artists’ print business that boasts an impressive roster of street and street culture-related creators. More impressively, these folks value community, family, Detroit culture and its history: What these two (and Oscar) build is so much more than bricks and mortar.


Title: @oscarfromtheblock holding down his shipping desk at the @1xRUN offices.
Location: Service Street, Detroit, Michigan
Date: 2016
Photo by Jesse Cory

The back entrance to our studio is where Oscar welcomes artists, guest, clients, collectors from across the globe, his excitement and greeting is memorable and makes for quite a first impression.

This entrance and this block is also incredibly special to us. Service Street in Detroit is well known as being one of the most creative blocks for over 30 years. Some of the city’s first artist lofts and loft parties happened here. This is where we relocated our business, gallery, and home 4 years ago. This past year we hosted the kickoff for @muralsinthemarket on Service Street and it is alway a very Detroit (and a very American) landscape to bring our artists to as soon as they land.

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“Our photo is a little combo of all. It has our sticker door at 1xRUN on our favorite street, Service Street, with our favorite little puppy Oscar.”

Follow them : @jessecory @rouladavid @oscarfromtheblock

 

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Christian Omodeo : Wishes & Hopes for 2017

Christian Omodeo : Wishes & Hopes for 2017

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As we near the new year we’ve asked a special guest every day to take a moment to reflect on 2016 and to tell us about one photograph that best captures the year for him or her. It’s an assortment of treats for you to enjoy and contemplate as we all reflect on the year that has passed and conjure our hopes and wishes for the new year to come. It’s our way of sharing the sweetness of the season and of saying ‘Thank You’ for inspiring us throughout the year.

Christian Omodeo is an art historian, art critic, book collector, and streetwise diplomat at Le Grand Jeu, the cultivated webzine and urban art association. This year Christian was one of three curators for “Street art Banksy & Co. The urban state of mind” at Museum Palazzo Pepoli in Bologna, Italy, which he refers to as “one of the biggest retrospective ever dedicated to graffiti & street art, with more or less 300 artworks, photos, videos, documents coming both from Europe and US, and belonging to public and private collections.”  It also sparked some controversy, a counter exhibition, and many heated conversations.

Today Christian shares with us the work of a graffiti photographer from Rome.


Title: A writer is using a fire extinguisher against security guard to escape easier in a trainline tunnel
Location: Rome, Italy
Date: 2016
Photo:Valerio Polici 

I finally met Valerio Polici a few weeks ago, during Paris Photo. He was there to present his first artist’s book, Ergo Sum, that is actually part of my top ten 2016 books. Valerio, like the French Sylvain Largot, represents this new generation of photographers who are looking for different ways of portraying the 2010s graffiti culture. While looking at Ergo Sum, I stopped in front of A writer is using a fire extinguisher against security guard to escape easier in a trainline tunnel, because this photo from 2013 summarizes this attempt to show graffiti as an individualist fight for a right to the city.

My wish for 2017? More democracy, less walls.

But also more sun, less rain.

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James Finucane: Wishes & Hopes for 2017

James Finucane: Wishes & Hopes for 2017

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As we near the new year we’ve asked a special guest every day to take a moment to reflect on 2016 and to tell us about one photograph that best captures the year for him or her. It’s an assortment of treats for you to enjoy and contemplate as we all reflect on the year that has passed and conjure our hopes and wishes for the new year to come. It’s our way of sharing the sweetness of the season and of saying ‘Thank You’ for inspiring us throughout the year.

Nuart Festival general manager (Daglig Leder) and the winning right-hand man of the cheerful troublemaker and visionary Martyn Reed, James Finucane has often firmly taken the reins on this Norwegian Urban Art festival to bring forward a remarkable cultural event for the last two years. The Stourbridge native was previously at London’s Serpentine Galleries as a researcher but his scope is vastly wider now and if you see the steel-nerved and unflappable James seeming to glide easily through the cloud of artists, volunteers, and installations in Stavanger, its because he has the patience of a saint – and a sharp eye. Today he shares with us a piece by an artist best known for his painting, prints, drawings, and animated films.


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Artist: William Kentridge
Location: Rome, Italy
Date: October 2016
Photograph by Giulia Carpignol

This project by South African artist William Kentridge was his first public art commission at the age of 61 and a project that took 12 years from concept to completion. Whilst it was inspiring to see the work of one of the world’s foremost painters on this scale, for me, it also represented a clarion call to Street Art organizers and advocates the world over.

If public space is the last frontier of Contemporary Art what does this mean for the Street Art movement? In particular, how do we retain the activist, bottom-up and community-based spirit of Street Art and its associated movements and continue to challenge the contemporary art establishment as they begin to flex their institutional muscles in public space ever more frequently?

Disrupting the hermetically sealed art world is at the core of Street Art and ever more important in an era of unprecedented public interest in visual culture.

An exciting thought for 2017!

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Annie Nocenti: Wishes & Hopes for 2017

Annie Nocenti: Wishes & Hopes for 2017

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As we near the new year we’ve asked a special guest every day to take a moment to reflect on 2016 and to tell us about one photograph that best captures the year for him or her. It’s an assortment of treats for you to enjoy and contemplate as we all reflect on the year that has passed and conjure our hopes and wishes for the new year to come. It’s our way of sharing the sweetness of the season and of saying ‘Thank You’ for inspiring us throughout the year.

Ann “Annie” Nocenti is an American journalist, writer, teacher, editor, and filmmaker. She is best known for her work in comic books and while at Marvel Comics she edited New Mutants and The Uncanny X-Men and Annie has collaborated artistically to create Marvel characters like Typhoid Mary, Blackheart, Mojo, and Spiral. A whip-smart firecracker with a fiendishly good sense of humor, we like Annie because she has outspoken political views and often kicks butt with a rhetorical bit of flair. Today Annie tells us about a skull on her rural estate that has taken on dastardly characteristics in her writers’ mind this year.


Bulls head on a tree somewhere in Upstate New York
May 2016
Photo by Annie Nocenti

“Donald Trump” is staked to a tree along the creek I live on. He’s got long devil horns, an empty skull, and the infamous hair hangs windblown between hollowed eye sockets. Where did this bit of accidental political art come from? A year ago a farmer friend dumped a bull’s head in my yard and I buried it.

When I dug it up a year later, the bugs had done their stealth job and cleaned the skull. It still had one flop of dirty blond hair, and resembled Trump. When a chipmunk peeked out one of the Trump skull’s eyeholes, or a woodpecker nattered away at the bugs in his belfry, I was getting all the savvy, grassroots election commentary I need.

This past summer the skull became especially beloved by visiting children, who tumbled out of cars and rushed over to say hello to Trump. He seemed content to sneer down at them from his high perch on the tree. Kids were fascinated by the skull’s resemblance to Trump, especially the young ones, who, like receptive little tuning forks, feel the cloud of giddy anxiety and hilarity that emanates from adults when they speak of him.

Now, months later, my Trump effigy, with its hollow eyes and thousand yard stare, is no longer a joke.

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Pedro H. Alonzo : Wishes & Hopes for 2017

Pedro H. Alonzo : Wishes & Hopes for 2017

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As we near the new year we’ve asked a special guest every day to take a moment to reflect on 2016 and to tell us about one photograph that best captures the year for him or her. It’s an assortment of treats for you to enjoy and contemplate as we all reflect on the year that has passed and conjure our hopes and wishes for the new year to come. It’s our way of sharing the sweetness of the season and of saying ‘Thank You’ for inspiring us throughout the year.

Pedro Alonzo is a Boston-based independent curator, writer, art advisor and recognized authority on Street Art who has worked with museums, private collections, and such artists as Banksy, Shepard Fairey, JR, Swoon, and Os Gemeos among others. This year Pedro looks at images from his travels and tells us that the simplest joys are sometimes the best ones.


Guarulhos, Estado de Sao Paulo, Brazil
February 3, 2016

Photo by Pedro H. Alonzo

I stumbled upon this mural while looking for parking in Guarhulos, Brazil, the home of Sao Paulo’s international airport. Due to difficulty finding parking and traffic congestion, I was able to take the photo on our fourth trip around the block.

In a city that boasts kilometer after kilometer of roadside murals, it was refreshing to find this image painted on the side of a laundromat. It is direct, funny and simple. I often think about how much I enjoyed being surprised by superheroes in their underwear.

I love coming across informal forms of expression such as this. No permits, no copyright, just do it.

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