Flavorwire just ran a series on amazingly beautifully decorated houses. No - not Architecural Digest type of decorated. I'm taking graffiti and yarn bombing decorated. Feast your eyes and check out more with this link.
Artist Kat O’ Sullivan creates upcycled sweaters and other clothing, but her masterpiece is the boldly colored makeover she gave her 1840 upstate New York abode.
Or check out Batman’s Alley in Sao Paulo, Brazil is a graffiti artist’s dream, the drab structures transformed into a rainbow wonderland.
Or how about a larger-than-life crocheted alligator playground in Brazil, created by Brooklyn-based artist Olek — who once crocheted a New York City apartment.
BSA Images Of The Week: 11.23.14
Starting to think about what we are thankful for this week as we approach Thanksgiving. So many of our neighbors here in New York are going to be truly thankful that immigration reform, the first in about 28 years, will begin to protect many families and workers from the threat of arrest and being torn […]
Searching For Stikman: An Interview With The Elusive Artist
Startling Revelations With Him in the Back Yard Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo) When the D.I.Y. movement met graffiti in the early 2000s in cities like New York, LA, Paris, Berlin, and London, it also brought with it the art school students and the in-laws from back home. Hip Hop culture had made graffiti cool […]
BSA Film Friday: 11.21.14
Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities. Now screening : 1. We Don’t Need More Rats: The Clandestine White-washing of 5Pointz 2. DISTORT by Element Tree and Art Primo 3. HOT TEA “UUGGHH” BSA Special Feature: We Don’t Need More Rats: The Clandestine White-washing of 5Pointz Hard […]
Fighting Prohibition with MTO In Lexington, KY
“The Bluegrass State” is probably one of the first things you think of when you hear about Kentucky. Also bourbon, horse racing, and college basketball. And Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. Nope, street art and graffiti don’t spring to mind. MTO “My Name Is MO” For PRHBTN 2014. Street Art Festival in Lexington, KY. (photo […]
As Street Art Turns to Public Art in Barcelona
Spain’s Second Largest City Hosts “Open Walls” A popular city for Street Art in the early-2000s that attracted artists from across Europe and elsewhere to its intimate doorways and darkened small streets, Barcelona has become less inviting to illegal painting in recent years due to an organized campaign to contain the freewheeling art and convert […]
Graffiti Haven “American Flats” Slated for Destruction in Nevada
The news of the impending destruction of a primary spot for graffiti fans in Nevada has saddened a number of artists who have spent long hours painting and socializing at the former site of the American Flat Mill in Virginia City. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal in late October the Bureau of Land Management has […]
The complete anniliation of 5Pointz is just about complete. The final blow is the appropriation of the name "5Pointz" that the developers want to use for the souless glass towers that will replace the street art mecca. Here is an article that shows you just about the complete obliteration of 5Pointz
Untapped Cities writer Bhushan Mondkar snapped this photograph of the nearly complete demolition at 5Pointz over Thanksgiving weekend. We’ve been following the slow evisceration of the beloved street art hotspot over the past few months–heading into the building in mid-October and watching the sign come down at the end of October. Just before Thanksgiving, a memorial was held on the anniversary of the whitewashing. But this photograph heralds the end.
Soon, visitors to New York City who ride the 7 train won’t even realize there used to be something there that made such a wonderful contrast with the Manhattan skyline behind–a building that encapsulated through art and architecture the fervor of an art movement that’s still fighting to be heard. When the residential towers do go up, perhaps even to be called 5Pointz if the trademark goes through, what we’ll be left with is a self-referential mirror image of Manhattan–not distinctively Queens anymore and not quite Manhattan.
See 35 photographs of what 5Pointz looked like inside as demolition was just beginning and check out what 5Pointz looked like in its heyday.
After the nighttime commemoration on the evening Of Novemebr 18, 2014, my frined and I decided to return the next day to see how much was destroyed in the daytime. Devastating.
We were not allowed to go in the construction area so most of the photos were taken through the viewing plexiglass around the site.
Here are some of the photos:
Last night I attended a rally to commemorate the one year anniversary of the whitewashing of 5Pointz. It was a sad but affirming experience that brought some intrepid 5Pointz fans out on a very cold night. Meres was there as was Marie and they providedt-shirts and signs. When we arrived I had no idea that so much of the origianl buildings were already destroyed. A sad, sad night.
Here are some photos of the event.
This post is in memory of my dear friend Michael who passed away almost three years ago and who loved origami. Found this great article on PSFK.
Origami made a name for itself outside of Japan during the 1900s, and to this day it attracts a hardcore following of paper folding enthusiasts. One of those is Ross Symons, a Cape Town artist who’s been posting a different origami figure on Instagram every day since the start of 2014. He’s built up a following of nearly 40,000 people with a collection of figures that demonstrate origami’s true potential.
Symons started the project as a way to challenge himself, which has since grown into an international community of origami enthusiasts. His current measure of success is fold time; the more discipline and patience he has, the faster he folds the figure. Some of the figures include dragons, bears, unicorns and rhinos – which is only the tip of the iceberg.
Thanks to his strict regime of practice, the artist has positioned himself as a global expert on origami – which serves his passion perfectly. “No matter how complex or simple. I love—and when I say love I mean I’m totally obsessed with—folding paper.” If you want to get in touch with Ross Symons for any custom work or collaborations, you can reach him via his Instagram, Facebook, or website.
I just finished reading this wistful article by John Surico (see excerpt below) who says that the recent crackdown on street artists in New York City is backfiring and that graffiti is actually expanding in the city. I wish I could say that is true but I don't see it.
When I first started photographing graffiti in earnest in 2003 (I took photos here and there since the 1970s) there was a wealth of amazing work all through Manhattan and into the boroughs. Each corner revealed something new. But the pickings are slim now. So much of my old stomping grounds are gentrified and sterile. I just don't see where John is seeing all this graffiti.
Sure, we have Bushwick and Welling Court and a couple of other hot spots. But the general spread of street art has been stopped. 5 Pointz is gone. The Chocolate Factory is gone. 11 Spring Street is gone. Even the Bowery residence of Jay Maisel at 190 Bowery is said to be sold for more luxury condos.
This saddens me because I beleive that street art shows the vitality of the neighborhood and adds to the life of the street. It is not blight. It is art. Our short sightedness of cracking down on graffiti makes our world in NYC that much more barren and sterile. People want to live here because of the energy and vitality and it is being slowly strangled.
Anyway, enough of my complaining. Here is a short excerpt of John's article:
In 1994, ten months after winning the New York City mayor’s office for the first time, Rudy Giuliani stood in front of news cameras and announced the newest target of his “broken windows” policing strategy: graffiti.
"A cleaner city is a safer city," Giuliani said. "That's something that everyone instinctually understands. And something we have to make a big part of efforts to improve the quality of life in our city.” Parks Commissioner Henry J. Stern added that "the 60s are over,” and called graffiti "a metaphor for urban decay perhaps best shown in A Clockwork Orange."
A 25-man vandal squad was launched by Bratton’s NYPD to hunt down taggers, and in just 17 days, 21 people were arrested. Several city agencies coordinated to form an anti-graffiti task force to fight the plague of aerosol, and selling the spray-on chemical to kids under 18 was banned.
Given his reputation as a progressive concerned about income inequality and police excesses, few expected new mayor Bill de Blasio to treat graffiti as one of the city’s chief menaces. But the anti-graffiti movement has reared its head yet again now that its founding father Bratton—who called the City as Canvas exhibit “outrageous”—has reclaimed his old gig as police commissioner.
The numbers show Bratton means business: According to the the first eight months of 2014, graffiti arrests rose 4 percent, to 1,080. Last year, 3,598 people were arrested for graffiti or graffiti-related crimes, and that was actually lower than 2009 and 2010, when the number surpassed 4,000. But the most symbolic gestures of the rejuvenated crackdown have been the NYPD’s gloating arrest of Cost (45-year-old Queens resident Adam Cole) last month, and November’s whitewashing of 5Pointz, the soon-to-be-demolished Mecca for graffiti artists in Queens.
Opened in 1993, 5Pointz was a place where graffiti writers of all ages could spray in New York City without being subject to arrest. It brought tourism in the area, drawing national and international attention to the local street art scene. In that sense, Cohen says, 5Pointz was “never a cure but an alternative” to the city’s graffiti crime problem.
“It feels like we’re back in the Giuliani years,” Marie Cecile Flaguel, a volunteer and organizer at 5Pointz, told me. “Since September of 2013, there has just been this zero tolerance. Like, these kids will be taught a lesson by being charged with higher offenses.”
Of course, it’s not the 90s anymore, and graffiti has lost much of its stigma. Most writers Flaguel knows tend to be graphic designers or set designers. “It shows that Bratton has not paid attention to anything going on in New York City since he left,” she told me.
Flaguel thinks busting graffiti artists distracts the local cops from fighting serious crime, like robberies or homicides, which have increased in Long Island City’s 114th Precinct, where 5Pointz is located, over the past year. “When we concentrate on these lower-level things, we miss the big-picture issues,” she added. “It’s much easier to just bust a 17-year-old walking home in Queens late at night with a marker in his pocket.”
The problem for Bratton, like so many American security hawks, is the unintended consequences. Just as many tactics used in the wars on terror and drugs exacerbate the problems they're supposed to solve, intense enforcement of graffiti laws seems to be doing more harm than good.
Since this latest crackdown began last fall, graffiti complaints have gone up 24 percent citywide, from 6,947 to 8,635. In neighboring Woodside, graffiti complaints have skyrocketed by 120 percent since this time last year.
Reasons for the big bump remain murky, but to Antonio “Chico” Garcia, a longtime NYC graffiti writer, graffiti is just like weed: “The more you fight it, the more there'll be. And you can’t win a fight you’ve already lost.”
Wall-m(Art) is a new company that lets the public purchase street graffiti from the walls of the city. Fine art or vandalism – whatever you choose to call it – that covers subways, urban walls and street corners is officially available to anyone who wants to stake their claim as one of the lucky firsts to own the one-of-a-kind work.
The potentially illegal concept stemmed from a simple idea: New York public space boasts some of the most unique and “badass” street art around the globe. Now, Wall-m(Art) wants to make it profitable. All you have to do it purchase the desired artwork and wait 3-4 weeks for a shiny gold frame to hang around it in its urban location. A plaque with your name on it will ensure that all passerbys know about your new art real estate.
A picture of the framed artwork acts as a receipt, with no exception for exchange or return. You can think of it as a way to share an art collection with neighbors and the greater of Manhattan, a museum that everyone can appreciate.
If you’ve always wanted to own your own hard work/art/vandalism created by a New York artist, you can officially browse the collection online or customize your own. The first few have already been purchased and hang proudly throughout Brooklyn. Warning: you must be 18 years or older to purchase, or have your parents’ permission.
Since street art changes minute by minute, I am not sure if waiting for the frame is a good idea since your art might be gone by the time the frame is hung. So if you want a street art canvas that you can really take home and hand on your wall, check out my portfolio.