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Brooklyn Street Art Newsletter for February 13, 2013


Images of the Week: 02.17.13

Guess it shouldn’t surprise us when we find out that the sticker, wheat-paste, or mural we published of “Street Art” or graffiti actually turns out to be a logo or promotion for someone who is selling sneakers, t-shirts, lip-gloss, tampons, or toe fungus spray. That’s how people pay the rent, yo!
After all, we get press [...]

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BAST Collection for FALL 2013 Hits The Streets

Fashion Week in New York means more models than usual on the subway and on the sidewalk. Poor us.
Impossibly thin tall pretty and hunky people with beautiful skin and far-away eyes parading up and down the street in their free designer clothes and accessories, peering into their phones at MTA maps and fashion blogs to [...]

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BSA Film Friday: 02.15.13


Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: Miss Van in São Paulo, Ronzo and “Roachio”, and David Gouny: Gouny the Froggy and his Polaroid 1000
BSA Special Feature:
Miss Van in São Paulo, Brazil
“I’m trying to find a way to do painting the same way I would do a [...]

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BSA Loves You More Every Day: Happy Valentines Day

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
C. S. Lewis
The individual wheat-paster or tagger on the streets may not intend it, but they’re writing an open diary, an invitation to conversation, to tell a story. As we continue to record and examine the stories that are [...]

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Blue Abstraction from Doug Fogelson in Chicago

The new Street Art Abstraction we’ve been talking about continues apace in the public sphere, perhaps buffeted by current shows like MoMA’s Inventing Abstraction and the 100th anniversary of the earth shaking Armory Show that turned modern art on its head.
Not quite as earth shaking, but still a marker on the path in the urban forest, [...]

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Sheryo and the Dubai Camel

You’ve seen her work here for about a year and a half, since Singaporean Street Artist settled in Brooklyn and began painting New York walls in earnest with people like the Australian Yok, Brooklyn’s Bishop 203, and TopDos from Paris. In fact her New York campaign with Yok last year covered so many walls (especially [...]

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Street Artist RUBBISH for Le M.U.R. in Paris

Rubbish, the French Street Artist who can work for endless hours to finely cut paper as intricately as lace, is taking his turn at the Le M.U.R wall in Paris right now.  Still pretty new to the scene, the Besançon based artist has a meticulous cutting method influenced by painting, mythology, even Art Nouveau. Recent [...]

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Images of the Week: 02.10.13

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Allen Ruppersberg, CB23, CYFI, Danielle Mastrion, Elle, False, KO, Left Handed Wave, Matt Siren, Spud, Stikman, and Tomek.
Top image > Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Allen Ruppersberg “You & Me” at The High Line Park, Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

CB23 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Matt [...]

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Specter in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Today New York and most of the northeast US is completely clobbered and somewhat paralyzed with snow from a giant blizzard so we thought we’d show you photos from a surf town of 26,000 residents in Mexico called Puerto Escondido where their annual Carnaval started yesterday. Brooklyn based Street Artist Specter is working in the [...]

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BSA Film Friday 02.08.13


Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: UNO: Forever Young, JR: Blow UP, ABOVE: Blood Diamond and KYLE HUGHES-ODGERS: A Thousand Lights From a Hundred Skies

BSA Special Feature:
UNO: Forever Young

JR: Blow UP

ABOVE: Blood Diamond

KYLE HUGHES-ODGERS: A Thousand Lights From a Hundred Skies

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Remixing The Face in a Stinky Underground Subway Hallway

A walk through the neglected and crumbling grime-caked subway stations of New York City, with their epically peeling paint and the smell of smeared human feces rushing you through hallways to your next train, can be a nauseating and dispiriting.  Mayors come and go, but rats and garbage remain, helping New York to “keep it [...]

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Cat People and Dog People ; Street Artists Bring Trusted Friends

Street Artists are just as attached to their pets as anybody else, and given their reputation for being sort of secretive loners, maybe more. It’s not common but the appearance of cats and dogs on the street without leashes happens once in a while in carefully rendered drawings, illustrations, paintings, stencils, wheatpastes and stickers.

C215 (photo [...]

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Liqen and Nantu Shipwrecked in Equador: A Girl, The Ocean and Her Hair

Street Artists Liqen and Nantu just finished this wall in Tosunpa, Equador on the side of a small storefront. Using primarily black paint and paint brushes, the two create a reposed nymph looking skyward, her head surrounded by rolling waves, a somewhat tumultuous adventure on the high seas with dolphins, a whale, and a troubled [...]

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Laura Shechter, Painter of Graffiti

“I particularly feel graffiti beautifies blighted areas, and gives them style and dignity.” ~ Laura Schecter
Brooklyn born contemporary realist painter Laura Schecter takes cityscapes and graffiti into consideration as a formalist and you may even say with an element of romanticism. With abstract painter and “father of minimalism” Ad Rhinehardt as a teacher at Brooklyn [...]

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Nick Moskaluk's Train Graffiti

Railroad-graffiti2Nick Moskaluk enjoys hearing everyone’s story, which is why graffiti on railroad cars intrigues him. Every car has a story as it travels coast to coast, and the art along the sides perfectly expresses that journey.

“Too many people are very quick to dismiss the graffiti that covers these rail cars off as vandalism and I guess it could be hard to argue against that but you have to respect the effort that goes into making any one of these pieces. Maybe it’s the colours, the shapes, the tag lines or the unique murals but I think the one thing that keeps pulling me back to shooting these pieces is the mystery of who, when, where and why they were done.”

Mobile Phone Photography

So many of us have highly sophisticated and expensive cameras but there is a lot you can do with a simple smartphone camera. In fact, it has spurred a movement. According to the Guardian, your mobile phone may be your best camera because you always have it with you. And the quality of the shots are pretty good. I love the spontaneity of the idea and am inclined to agree about its value.

And, as the Guardian says, there are so many great apps to make a dull photo fabulous:  

But, for many, the initial snap is just the start. It's the raw material for a new creative process. Most mobile phone cameras take very dull photos. But it doesn't matter, because there are hundreds of apps to help you turn them into something amazing. And that's what's really at the heart of it. Costing pennies, mobile photography apps give you the creative power of Photoshop, and more besides, without being tied to your desk. This makes mobile photography incredibly liberating for the creative photographic spirit. Suddenly, every free moment is an opportunity to both take and craft images. These apps have accelerated the creative process, as well as allowing you, quite simply, to be more creative, more of the time, for less money.



I say, snap away and just enjoy all the results however you decide to apply them!

Improve Everywhere - Grand Central Station Celebration

On the evening of Grand Central Terminal’s 100th birthday, 135 Improv Everywhere participants staged a surprise performance in the grand windows on the terminal’s west side.

Equipped with a variety of LED flashlights and camera flashes, performers appeared suddenly and unannounced along three floors of windows, creating a shower of light for the commuters and tourists below.

This project took place at the invitation of MTA Arts for Transit as part of the centennial celebration of Grand Central Terminal.

Enjoy the video!

This Week in Brooklyn Street Art

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Images of the Week: 02.03.13

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Bast, Cash4, Droid, Edapt, Enzo & Nio, Hot Tea, Icy & Sot, Kram, Kremen, Pablo Mustafa, Stikman, and UFO 907.
Top image > Icy and Sot go Commando (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kremen. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kremen big Cat. With other cats on the roof top [...]

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Daze Talks About São Paulo’s 2nd Graffiti Biennial

2ª Bienal de Graffiti Fine Art

With an overview of a variety of styles and techniques used in the graffiti scene at the moment, São Paulo is hosting its 2nd international biennial of graffiti and fine art through February 17th. Along with a number of recognized Brazilian names, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura (MuBE) is hosting international [...]

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BSA Film Friday 02.01.13


Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: JOSEF KRISTOFOLETTI: The Atlas Detector, FAITH 47 – Fragments of a Burnt History, and THE KLUB7: ABC 2013

BSA Special Feature:
This video documents the making of an art project commissioned by the ATLAS Experiment at CERN, [...]

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Sneak Peek: How & Nosm “Late Confessions”

Twin Street Artists How and Nosms’ new solo show titled “Late Confessions” with the Jonathan Levine Gallery opens tomorrow at a pop-up show in Manhattan. This exhibition, painstakingly executed in their now iconic style is a watershed moment in their transformation into contemporary artists with stellar street DNA.

How & Nosm (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The temporary [...]

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FAILE’s Towering Night at the Ballet

The dance of high and low art lifts 40 feet into the air as Brooklyn Street Art duo Faile unveil their repertoire of ironic pop imagery at the New York City Ballet this week. As street artists in the then-industrial wasteland of Williamsburg at the turn of the century, Patrick Miller and Patrick McNeil would [...]

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Blog Spotting: Old Walls in Milan Italy

Here’s a new site we found that speaks of peoples’ long-time personal relationship with graffiti and walls, modern urban archaeology, and even the ephemeral nature the art you see on the street today. Alberto Boido was just a kid in Milan in the early nineties when he started taking photos of walls because he liked [...]

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London Calling : Fresh Art from the Streets

London is looking alive and on top of things at mid-winter, with a great variety of materials and techniques, imaginative styles and of course varying results, according to your tastes. During a quick trip on a somewhat blizzardish day, photographer Geoff Hargadon found “tough conditions: snowy, cold as f***, and a camera battery that refused [...]

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Images of the Week: 01.27.13

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 4 Burners Crew, Bast, Billi Kid, Bunny M, Doug Nox aka the Harlequinade, El Sol 25, Entes y Pesimo, How & Nosm, JMR, Kobra, Rubin, and Stikman.
Top image > KOBRA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

KOBRA. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rubin . 4 Burners Crew (photo © [...]

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Lister Gives You a Look in Snowy London

Brooklyn by way of Austrailia Street Artist and fine artist Anthony Lister continues to communicate with the eyes. His disembodied faces and features appear on walls and corrugated surfaces on the streets, like these recent London installations, without context and full of expression. At turns mythic, gothic, and comic, the true intentions may not be [...]

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BSA Film Friday 01.25.13


Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: Voice of Art – Migration is Beautiful with Favianna Rodriguez, Project Brave with WK Interact,We Will Know When We Are Home with Creepy, and Innerfields: DIY in Berlin.
BSA Special Feature:
Voice of Art – Migration is Beautiful
“Art has the power to [...]

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I Love Paris In The Winter… New Street Art Dans la Rue

La neige! C’est romantique!
It is snowing in many city Street Art spots this time of year – transforming the evolving visual conversation on the street to something more. It may make you walk faster past it on your way to school or office or apartment, but for Demian Smith, editor at Alternative Paris, it is [...]

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The Sol Still Shines: El Sol 25 Hand Paints New Remixes

Street Artist El Sol 25 is back on the street with riveting visually displaced droids as he hand paints and wheat-pastes the future past on abandoned walls and construction lots through certain parts of New York. Looking at this evermore integrated fusing of limbs, torsos, and heads, you can imaging that the studio of El [...]

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Toven in Baltimore: One Giant Leap for Poets

A recent sunny day brought Baltimore Street Artist Toven outside to install some new work, including his humorous mashup of American romantic writer Edgar Allan Poe and an astronaut. An avid reader, this ex graffiti writer has also done large wheatpaste tributes in the past to some of his heroes like Burroughs, Bukowski and Kerouac.
TOVEN [...]

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Acrylic Walls: Gaia, JAZ, Know Hope, Freddy Sam in S. Africa

A Month-Long Painting Project in Johannesburg and Cape Town
Four Street Artists have been painting for about a month in Johannesburg and Cape Town as part of a project by Ricky Lee Gordon. “Acrylic Walls” highlights the maturing voices of a handful on today’s Street Art scene even as they continue to explore and experiment with realism, [...]

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