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April 2013

Everything Smells

Everything perfumeSome art stinks but this art piece really has an odor!

This from Cool news: Amsterdam artists Lernert & Sander took "a tiny sample of each little scent and spinoff fragrance that was new in 2012 and that they could obtain" and "poured it into one large 1.5-liter bottle." Naturally, they named their creation Everything  perfume So, what does Everything smell like? According to Eric, "It smelled, at first whiff, of strawberries mixed with salt, along with hints of baseball mitt and hair spray. And tuberose, yes. And licorice and fresh paint. And musk and rotten peaches and honeysuckle and basil and soap." Others compared it to Chanel or Shalimar, suggesting that "many fragrances today use the most historically successful ones as reference points."

The point, says Lernert, is "why do you need 1,400 new scents a year?" Indeed, as Eric notes, "the number of fragrances introduced annually ... is increasing at a startling pace, as manufacturers seek to tempt shoppers with blends engineered for daytime or nighttime or bedtime, or summer or fall, or just to suit whatever music is playing on your iPod. Nearly four new scents are born every day." For the person who has everything, a bottle of Everything sells for about $39,000. ~ Tim Manners, editor.


AbandonedJourney.com

Abandoned australia power station PowerstationCheck out this fascinating blog about abandoned properties worldwide. I was drawn to this abandoned Australian power station. Here is the beginning of the post. Finished reading it on the blog itself.

Abandoned Fremantle Power Station, Australia.

Construction of the spectacular building commenced in January 1946. By the 1980′s, after just 34 years of service, it was left rotting on the coast of the beautiful Indian Ocean. Much of the Power Station internals were designed and manufactured in England, with skilled contractors sent out from England to assemble the plant on site. These days, the only visitors are intrepid urban explorers, talented graffiti artists, and a few curiously brave locals. The seaside location of this abandoned building has lead to some seriously stunning patina. One of the reasons for choosing this buildings location was the ease with which seawater could be utilised for the cooling system. Now, the saltwater spray contained within the daily Indian Ocean winds are speeding up the incredible rate of beautiful decay.  On this abandoned journey adventure, it was myself, Dr Hank Snaffler Jr, accompanied by my trusty colleague, Nurse Jane. We had to be careful on this one, things could get nasty......


This Week in Brooklyn Street Art

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Images of the Week 04.14.13

Here’s our weekly interview of the street, this week featuring Ai WeiWei, B.D. White, Billy Mode, Bishop 203, BR1, Chris Stain, Duke A. Barnstable, Free Humanity, Ice & Sot, Indigo, JM, Mataruda, Meres, Billy Mode, NARD, ND’A, Os Gemeos, Palladino, PTV, Ryan McGinley, Shai Dahan, Shin Shin, and Specter.
Top image > French Street Artist BR1 [...]

Skewville Twins “Amusement” in San Francisco

Skewville are amusing themselves in the gallery today. Amused, bemused. Bee-schmoozed.
Even though we haven’t seen much cryptic sarcasm or wooden sneakers from these wiseguys on the streets lately, you can be sure that the wonder wheels have been turning inside their heads, and in the studio.
Here’s proof. “Amusement” is their second solo show at White [...]

BSA Film Friday: 04.12.13

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: “Spray Masters” and “Tunnel Stories” Sunday in Brooklyn, Simon Silaidis Calligraphy-Graffiti “Skyfall”, Cern is becoming a Balloonatic, and Jim Vision and The Blue Walls of Buenos Aires.
BSA Special Feature:
“Spray Masters” and “Tunnel Stories”
Above is a still from the “Spray [...]

“Latido Americano” Part II, la Segunda Parte

From “Latido Americano” in Lima, Peru comes Part Two of our photo survey of a Street Art / Graffiti event that blasts vibrant color all over your keyboard and onto your desk. No amount of pollution and traffic congestion in this crowded city can get these Street Artists and their color palettes down, even as the [...]

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Os Gemeos fan climbing the walls in Boston at midnight.

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Barry McGee Mid-Career at ICA in Boston

The mid-career survey of artist Barry McGee opened last week at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and the whole is in fact greater than the sum of its parts.
Looking at his productive timeline from the 80s as anti-establishment graffiti writer/tagger to art school student on residency to San Francisco “Mission School” originator to celebrated New [...]

Canemorto (Dead Dog) Across Italy

Gutteral grunts of smeared color across lumpen or attenuated limbs akimbo, eye balls bulging and staring with body language and gestures happily inclusive, the Canemorto trio are grotesquely entertaining many a wall across Italy these days.  Neneboy, Zenop, and Azz the One are three Italian Street Artists “who paint together as a single person” using [...]

Follow the NARD STAR from Cape Town to Brooklyn

Far from her hometown of Rondebosch in Cape Town, South Africa, Street Artist Nard Star (or simply Nard) just completed this fox in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.  With references that include cubism, graffiti, and street art, she often includes characters and animals along with text treatments, always in a defined and precise line style [...]

Images of the Week: 04.07.13

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Here’s our weekly interview of the street, this week featuring Billy Kid, Don John, Iced Coffee, ND’A, NYCe, Poster Boy (or some variant), RONE, Trek Matthews, and some slight alterations Al Pacino, Helen Mirren, and Tom [...]

Blog Spotting >> OX does Billboard Hijack on the Outskirts of Paris

Blog Spotting from “Underground Paris”
Periodically we like to highlight another blog post that has caught our eye and here is a story about a billboard re-purposer named OX who likes to claim in the name of art, and humor.
 
“French artist, OX’s, latest ad takeover at Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, in the southeastern suburbs of Paris, is a site [...]

Friday Night it’s “The Brooklyn” A Photograpy Exhibition of the Street

A new photography show that captures the street in the borough you love organized by Jim Kiernan and Aakash Nihalani.
Opening tonight at 17 Frost Gallery in Williamsburg, “The Brooklyn” features photography by Barry Yanowitz, Chris Arnade, Jaime Rojo, Jake Dobkin, Jamel Shabazz, Jim Kiernan, Lucas McGowen, Luna Park, Mario Brotha, Matt Weber, Sam Horine, and Timothy Schenck.

BSA Film Friday: 04.05.13

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: ROA in Cambodia, MOMO and El Tono Snap Your Attention in France, Conor Harrington in Norway, and Shepard Fairey in London for “Sound and Vision”
BSA Special Feature:
ROA: A Trip to Cambodia
Street Art and Skateboarding – What’s not to like?
Presented [...]

Boa Mistura in Panama City say “Somos Luz” (We Are Light)

It’s easy to look at the façade of a massive housing complex and forget that there are individual stories inside.

Boa Mistura “Somos Luz” (We Are Light). 2013. El Chorrillo, Panama (photo © Boa Mustura)
From the neighborhood of El Chorrilo in Panama City comes a new face for that kind of building via the work of [...]

Katsu Around Town

“Tap on it with your teeth, that’s how you know if it’s real solid gold,” says Pernell on 47th street in the diamond district as he holds out a handful of necklaces. In the Chelsea art gallery district, it’s harder to tell what is the real solid thing and what’s just for show – especially [...]

Chris Stain and Billy Mode Set It Off in Albany, NY

Just checked out this long wall by two graffiti/Street Art buddies from Baltimore who have made many a collaborative piece over the years. Seems like Chris Stain and Billy Mode team up 3 to 5 times a year on expansive installations that utilize Chris’s everyday folk before a city skyline and Billy’s reatment of text [...]

Alice Pasquini, Dragonflies, and a School Wall in Germany

“Go Ask Alice When She’s Ten Feet Tall” (on a ladder).
If you are wondering what cans to use on the side of a German elementary school, Alice Pasquini can tell you. Readying for a show at local 44309 Gallery in Dortmund last week, the Italian Street Artist took some time to paint a mural for [...]


Brooklyn Street Art - This Week's Edition

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Images of the Week: 03.31.13

In this weeks news, COST is on the cover of the Village Voice  and Jay Shells is making street signs with geographically pin-pointed rap lyrics (see video below).
Meanwhile here’s our weekly interview of the street, this week featuring Arturo Vega, Bast, Be Super, Billy Mode, Bologna, El Celso, El Sol 25, Faust, Gilf!, Mint & [...]

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Greg Craola Simkins Video by Medvin Sobio “Stop Haunting Me”

Los Angeles based Street and Fine Artist Greg Craola Simkins is prepping for a solo show entitled “Stop Haunting Me”. He was “raised on cartoons, well written stories, animal planet, graffiti, tattoos and mind numbing trips to grandma’s house,” says he on his Facebook page, and you can verify his penchant for escapism in his [...]

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BSA Film Friday: 03.29.13

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: Vexta in Kochi, India, “Crimes of Minds” video for the new book, and Yok, Sheryo and Fecks in Mexico
BSA Special Feature:
Vexta in Kochi, India.
Australian born Brooklyn-based Street Artist Vexta was in Kochi for the first Biennale on 12/12/12 and [...]

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Jazz On Manhattan Streets With Sir Shadow

With much respect to the Jazz Age and the musical heritage of New York that still boasts a huge number of jazz musicians, events and venues, artist Sir Shadow plays alongside the aerosol tags with his one-liners in the East Village. Using a technique known to many a graffiti writer, the artist makes the piece [...]

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From The Streets of Lima, “Latido Americano”, A Latin Heart Beat

From the 4th to the 15th of March in Lima “Latido Americano” took place courtesy of organizers and home-town artists Entes y Pesimo. Successfully putting it together for a second year, E&P are well respected among their peers as artists and social activists and they placed an international assortment of invited graff and Street Art [...]

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Dan Witz Creates Disturbing Street Art to Fight Political Imprisonment

Street Art Campaign With Amnesty International
“In many countries people are imprisoned simply because of their political views,” begins the video just released by Dan Witz and Amnesty international.

Screenshot from “Wailing Walls”, a video about the Dan Witz “Prisoners” campaign that raises awareness and engages passersby to immediately take action for human rights. (screenshot from video [...]

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Jeice 2 “La Gran Inundada” In Istanbul

It is always a surprise to find a one-off piece that evidently took hours of work to create, wheat pasted into the public sphere and ready to face the ravages of rain and sun and wind and time on the street. It can be compounded when you discover there is meaningful story behind the piece.
“La [...]

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Images of the Week: 03.24.13

March 21 hit us this week and that means Spring and that means more birds, flowers, sidewalk sales, thigh-high shorts, and Street Art and graffiti are on their way! Great to find this new brick wall falling apart by Aakash Nahalini in the subway this week, and then to learn that it is a sketch [...]

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XAM Welcomes Spring with New Bird Housing

Spring started on Thursday and The Rockin Robin is not singing yet in Brooklyn but when she does it might be due to getting herself a nice new house in DUMBO from XAM. We spotted these new pieces while on bike through the former industrial neighborhood and noticed they look a little different from the [...]

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BSA Film Friday: 03.22.13

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: The Yok & Sheryo in Australia, Sixe and Okuda in Peru, and Mammutt in Mexico City
BSA Special Feature:
The Yok and Sheryo in “Fish & Chips”
The Yok and Sheryo have been working as a collaborative aerosol duo for a handful [...]

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Kenny Scharf “Squirtz” in the Plaza at the Standard Hotel

Brooklyn based artist Kenny Scharf has fabricated one of his amorphous painted classic characters and put it on display at The Plaza of the Standard High Line Hotel in Manhattan’s Meat Packing District. A hot number from the 80s downtown scene, Mr. Scharf has continued to add dimension to his work over time, sometimes taking [...]

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Talking With Crash About Popeye and The Houston Wall

He first wrote “Crash” on New York streets and trains in 1974 but he still finds ways to entertain and challenge himself artistically. Now managing a successful gallery career that has him globe trotting much of the year, John Matos considers himself a closet pop artist, and the similarities to Lichtenstein and Rosenquist are always [...]

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Gaia Painting in Milan with Basik and Never 2501

Here are a few moodily lit cellphone photos from inside a warehouse in Milan today courtesy of Street Artist Gaia, who has been working on collaborations with Baskik and Never 2501. He says the new pieces were done in conjunction with a demonstration in support of “Dax Vive” that just took place. We don’t know [...]

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Street Art Dispatch from Bangkok, Thailand

Street Artist Blanco grabbed his camera while visiting Bangkok, Thailand this month and discovered walls full of color, character, and even some graff names he’s familiar with in New York. “Utah and Ether are all over the city, crushing it,” he remarks.
His timing for visiting the city was good too because it coincided with the [...]

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Shypocket - New Mobile Worldwide Artist Opinion Website

Weisler_sampleA new mobile website for artist opinion was quietly launched last week in Maine. The site, www.shypocket.com, invites professional artists to publish daily commentary on topics that are hot or top of mind for them. With an edgy look and simple interface, shypocket.com is designed to display bold and provocative insight on a real-time basis.

“The mobile platform is finicky, challenging, and oh so very cool,” said shypocket.com creator, Cara Fox. A longtime writer and creative director in the design communications field, Fox dreamed up her mobile forum while out west in Taos, NM. 

Artists are encouraged to contributed mini-essays in a more raw and everyday voice than they are accustomed to providing for galleries and artist statements. The mini-essays on shypocket.com are 90 words and supported by a single image.

Fox does not intend to make shypocket.com bigger that it is now, visually. The site is designed for the small, smartphone screen and for swiping and tapping. It can also be viewed on a tablet device, but it not accessible from a desktop computer. The goal is for the forum to be as dynamic and in motion as the artists who publish opinion on it.

Visit www.shypocket.com on a smartphone or tablet device. For more information, write contact@shypocket.com.