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May 2013

ARTAQ Street Art Awards

Aff-artaqThe2013 Artaq street art awards is happening NOW in Angers, France. Exhibitions begin on May 31 and run through September 15, 2013 ... if my French is still up to date.

The Artaq Awards are coming back for a 3rd edition with a new selection of talents, a new book and new exhibitions and performances. Once again, young and former artists are participating to the Artaq Awards in order to present the evolution of the Urban Arts movement. They stuck naturally to one of the most important value of Urban Art : Dare to dare.

Dare to express ideas and show personality, dare to create a very own style; dare to explore new way of expression by using combination, hybridation and association of style, technique and support.


ARTAQ intends to encourage the most representative artists in Street Art and Urban Arts, helps them to promote their works and their reputation at the hands of art collectors, art professionals, galleries, press and large public.
Artaq honors each year artists who make Urban Arts evolve in all its categories and forms (tags, stencils, graffiti, wall painting, performances in situ, painting, digital art...).
With the aim of being the most respected selection in which artists want to be part of, the selection level and the jury's criteria are very high.
The aim is not to award points or elect a  'best artist of the year',but to present an overview of the artists who marked the year.

The ARTAQ selection is 10 Awards (ARTAQ AWARDS) and 1 Jury Special Prize
What win the laureates A publication of their works in the Artaq Bookzine
An exhibition in several cities (Paris or Brussels or Angers,...)


Protest the Destruction of 5Pointz!

The following is a full account from Curbed.com:

5pointzprotest-thumb 5pointzprotest-thumb5pointzprotest-thumbThe destruction of 5Pointz, Long Island City's famous graffiti-covered warehouse, is imminent as owner/developer David Wolkoff expects to raze the building by the end of the year. At this point, the only things standing in Wolkoff's way are a zoning variance and (maybe, possibly) pangs of conscience after getting chewed out by LIC residents and graffiti lovers at public forums. One such forum was held last night at MoMA PS1. Ostensibly a Queens Community Board 2 hearing to consider the zoning application, it basically functioned as a place for frustrated artists and neighbors to express their extreme displeasure about the loss of 5Pointz (and the proposal for the two rental towers that will replace it) to Wolkoff's face.

While a few held out hope that the iconic building could be saved (one gentleman tried to rally everyone to form a chain around it on the day the bulldozers arrive), the majority in attendance seemed to view the situation more realistically, regarding the loss of 5Pointz as a foregone conclusion and just trying to make Wolkoff feel at least a little bit bad about it. Another gentleman spoke at length during the question and answer section about 5Pointz's cultural and artistic value, what a great experience it had been for his art students to see it, how many people visit the site from around the world, etc. When asked by the CB2 chair what his question was, he replied, "No, I made a statement," and stormed out to thunderous applause.

The meeting began with a presentation from Wolkoff and his team laying out the particulars of the project, which are as follows: Assuming the zoning variances are granted, there will be two towers, one 47 stories and 480 feet high and the other 41 stories and 420 feet high, containing a total of 1,000 market rate rental units (50 percent 1BRs, 25 percent 2BRs, and 25 percent studios). There will also be an enormous gym with a swimming pool, rock climbing wall, spin room, etc. and 50,000 square feet of retail space. The aspects of the project meant to benefit the community are a 250-car public parking garage (charging market rates) and 30,000 square feet of open space which will include 2,280 square feet of walls that artists will be commissioned to paint (because if there's one thing that graffiti artists love, it's being told exactly where to put their art). There will also be five artist studios which will charge "nominal" rent.

As far as the proposal went, public criticism ranged from the parking (wouldn't the added cars from 1,000 market rate apartments offset the benefit of a 250-car garage?) to the fact that the public space did not seem to be designed around the art walls to the design of the building themselves—one community member, after extolling the virtues of 5Pointz, concluded, "and you have the balls to propose these tasteless, glitzy, cornball boxes?" A bunch of people mentioned that the corner that 5Pointz is located on is one of the noisiest in the city due the 7 train.

Others were content to simply try to embarrass Wolkoff. After his opening statement about how his family had been in Long Island City for over 40 years and how he, too, was a member of the community, having grown up in this very area, one gentleman asked him what the name of grocery store across the street was. The following exchange occurred:

Wolkoff: Court Square Diner.
Guy: No, the grocery store.
Wolkoff: The ... deli.
Guy: Yeah, what's it called?
Wolkoff: ... I've definitely bought soda there.

It didn't save 5Pointz or anything, but it probably felt good.
· 5Pointz coverage [Curbed]

Brooklyn Street Art Newsletter


Images of the Week: 05.26.13

Here’s our weekly interview of the street, this week featuring Beau Stanton, Brett Flanigan, Cannon Dil, Cosbe, Creepy, Deeker, Gats, Icy & Sot, Invurt, Jaz, Keely, Nunca, Rubin, Sexer, Solus, Sonni, Zimad.
Top image > Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill at Bushwick Collective. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The paint is still wet on this one by ...

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Swinging Trunks – Cernesto Gets Elephantine in London

What ya gonna do with all that junk inside your trunk?
“I got to do two nice murals in London,” says Cern as he flies back to dirty old New York for the Memorial Day Weekend in time for the official start of Summer. It looks like there is a lot of elephant love going on ...

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BSA Film Friday: 05.24.13

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: Alice Pasquini in Italy, Rise and Fall of Street Art in Barcelona, Jaz “Cult to The Character”, and Enzo & Nio in New York.
BSA Special Feature:
Alice Pasquini at Memorie Urbane 2013 in Italy

Rise and Fall of Street ...

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First Time EVER – The Street Artist in Cleveland

A Hammer, Pliers, and Kaleidascopic Vision
Street Artist EVER was in Cleveland with Nick Marzullo from Pawn Works as Nick visited his hometown neighborhood of Collinwood a few weeks ago. While there the native Argentinian did this huge colorful and compelling mural in his surrealist style – perhaps it is a scene depicting a master of ...

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Don John Takes a Bite In Copenhagen

Using a Thick Marker to Ink Out His New “Bird With A Bite”
Street Artist Don John takes a monochromatic tip as he rocks his new illustration on in this clean wall in Copenhagen, where he hails from. Audacious and clean, the black marker lines morph the soaring and fierce together seamlessly and make the stuff ...

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Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill in Chicago

Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill just finished this huge mural in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood combining abstract black and white renderings of the animal world and bright popping abstracts wrapping forms from head to toe. On their way across the country from hometown Oakland they stopped off to see their buddies at Pawn Works for this ...

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Good Willow Hunting : Street Art Brothers Use Symbols from Their Rural Childhood

Today we look at Street Artist Willow and his bro Swil as they build a street mise en scene referencing the agrarian life of a huntsman with highly saturated wheat-pasted images. The two have been up around Brooklyn for the last couple of years, often working in tandem on handmade pieces but more often its ...

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Images of the Week: 05.19.13

Here’s our weekly interview of the street, this week featuring Andreco, Athens, Col Wallnuts, CrispyT, eL Seed, En Masse, Faile, Faust, Greg LaMarche, Henry Darger, James Rubio, JJ Veronis, Jon Hall, Katsu, Mr. Toll Phetus88, Rae BK, Reme821, Sure, and Toofly.
Top image > Toofly and Col Wallnuts at Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sure . Faust ...

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Mexican Street Artists Bring Kids Up the Ladder

Street Art as an Educational Instrument for Community
This spring a handful of some of Mexico’s top Street Art talent gave local youth a chance to envision themselves as artists. SEGO, SIAMÉS, 704, MINOS and NEWS gave their time and talent to conduct workshops and show how to create paintings and wall murals for roughly 300 ...

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BSA Film Friday: 05.17.13

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: DEBUT of BASK in Detroit: “D-bris”, “Fragmentos” by Vhils, Sheryo and The Yok: Pipe Dreams, and Sheryo and The Yok Make Ceramic Vases in Vietnam.
BSA Special Feature: Video DEBUT
BASK in Detroit: “D-bris” by Salvador Rodriguez
Detroit is crumbling, ya ...

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Heads Up! Swoon Says You Will Die

New show by Mike Snelle is about death, and Swoon Carves a Human Skull
Memento Mori in Latin translates as ‘remember that you will die’
Street Artist Swoon spoke to us yesterday about the 18th century skull of a woman that she spent weeks carving for a new show of Memento Mori inspired art for the Museum ...

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JR and José Parlá Show the Wrinkles in Havana at Bryce Wolkowitz

While in New York for his “Inside Out” project, French Street Artist and photographer JR joined with American artist José Parlá to exhibit photos and a couple of new pieces to celebrate their collaborations on walls in Cuba last year. “The Wrinkles of the City, Havana, Cuba” at Bryce Wolkowitz continues in the route of ...

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JR Debuts on Broadway and You Were the Star on This Stage

In a New York minute, the Curtain Opens and Closes on “Inside Out”
The daily snaking lines of now famous fans occupying a slice of the Times Square footprint had their last chance at the Big Time in NYC as last weeks show rolled to a close, and the large eyeball van rolled away. For days ...

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Specter With Local Artists In Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Street Artist, teacher, and cultural emissary Specter just returned from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan where he was working with local artists in a project called  Global Art Lab to try their hand at painting walls, including these inside a crumbling theater building. The under-utilized Tashkent space is spare and open and analogous to the abandoned ...

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Water Graffiti

It is amazing how creative graffiti has become. Take for example this water graffiti art project as reported by PSFK. Antonin Fourneau, a French digital artist announced a collaboration with faucet maker Grohe on new products. To mark the occasion at a New York City event in Grohe’s showroom, Fourneau brought his water graffiti wall and let visitors create some of their own artwork (hydro tagging?). PSFK spoke with Fourneau who eplained that the original inspiration for the project came on a trip to China where he witnessed a man painting on the sidewalk with water. Check it out:

Bring Back Ovation to Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable (who is my service provider) has dropped Ovation and has not replaced it with any other arts network. Of course they did not lower my bill to reflect the lower value TWC service now means to me. Nor did they lower my cable bill to reflect the supposed savings TWC enjoys carrying one less network. Dropping a network like Ovation which connects us to art globally is not only bad business, it alienates those of us who do not view sports and yet has to pay for all those sports networks' carriage fees on Time Warner Cable. I am so looking forward to inviting FIOS to wire our building....

View this video and please sign the petition.


Time Out New York Reports on Top Ten Street Art Spots

IMG_9611Time Out New York reports on all the great places to see street art in NYC.

Here are the top five. Go to the link at the bottom of the post to see the rest:

1. Bowery Graffiti Wall - not necessarily my choice but....

Keith Haring first splashed this wall in 1982, and it’s been a destination ever since. In 2008, it went somewhat legit when late real-estate man Tony Goldman took over the location, invited Os Gêmeos, Shepard Fairey, Lady Aiko and more to rotate murals. Crash’s massive Popeye mural, which went up in March, succeeded the mixed-media collage of Tats Cru’s How and Nosm. While something of a serious artistic showcase, this wall is also steeped in street ethos. E Houston St at Bowery

2. Bronx Wall of Fame

This epic South Bronx block is only unofficially dubbed the Wall of Fame. That’s too bad since it could benefit from landmark status; plans are afoot to raze this community beacon in favor of affordable housing. The wall’s pedigree is indisputable: Late Queens legend Iz the Wiz, Long Island’s Phetus and L.A.’s MSK crew represent a tiny fraction of the artists who’ve painted remarkable wild styles, fills, murals and messages across its bricks. The clock is ticking for you to see history before those bricks come crashing down. E 173rd St at West Farms Rd, Bronx

3. The Bushwick Collective

In 2012, dealing with bereavement and seeking inspiration, Bushwick lifer Joseph Ficalora called on friends to begin covering the walls on local blocks (look for the massive, decrepit robot courtesy of Pixelpancho, among other beacons). Scene luminary Cost has contributed a mural, as have Dan Witz, Swoon and Nychos. Catch the collective’s all-day street party June 2. Troutman St at St. Nicholas Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn (facebook.com/thebushwickcollective)

4. Centre-fuge Public Art Project

Where thousands of pedestrians saw a construction trailer at 1st and First, Pebbles Russell and Jonathan Neville envisioned an experimental canvas, a way to transform the ugliness of the Houston restoration project. Since January 2012, the duo has curated seven bimonthly cycles of art (the eighth is installed Wed 1–May 4 and will be on view through mid-July). Danielle Mastrion’s mural of late Beastie Boy MCA put Centre-fuge on the map, and in a very short time, Russell and Neville have corralled pieces from high-profile bandits like Iranian stencil aficionados Icy and Sot. Art-school grads, at-home novices and grand masters may all submit work and written descriptions via the Centre-fuge website, while the rest of us can revel in this indirect gift from the MTA. 1st St at First Ave (centre-fuge.tumblr.com)

5. 5 Pointz

Whether by happenstance or canniness, Flushing-raised Jonathan Cohen (Meres One) picked quite the choice intersection for his outdoor graffiti paean, residing in a revived LIC, between starving-artist epicenters Astoria and Greenpoint. The five-story, block-long building with 200,000 square feet of surface is a breathing homage to hip-hop’s five elements and the closest one can get to aerosol nirvana. There have been rumors of demolition, but a full program of summer events is already slated and any given afternoon is a good time to admire the kaleidoscopic tag panels, towering facade murals and epic memorials. Tats Cru, Stay High 149, Sway and scores from across the planet have sprayed here, and it’s even more astounding up close than from a 7 train bird’s-eye view. 45-46 Davis St at Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens (646-258-0328-219-2685, 5ptz.com)

Here is the article.

DNA Portraits

Heather-Dewey-Hagborg-self-portraitHere is a new way of appreciating gum on the sidewalk - it is a potential work of art!

It started with hair. Donning a pair of rubber gloves, Heather Dewey-Hagborg collected hairs from a public bathroom at Penn Station and placed them in plastic baggies for safe keeping. Then, her search expanded to include other types of forensic evidence. As the artist traverses her usual routes through New York City from her home in Brooklyn, down sidewalks onto city buses and subway cars—even into art museums—she gathers fingernails, cigarette butts and wads of discarded chewing gum.

Dewey-Hagborg’s odd habit has a larger purpose. The 30-year-old PhD student, studying electronic arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, extracts DNA from each piece of evidence she collects and enters this data into a computer program, which churns out a model of the face of the person who left the hair, fingernail, cigarette or gum behind.

From those facial models, she then produces actual sculptures using a 3D printer. When she shows the series, called “Stranger Visions,” she hangs the life-sized portraits, like life masks, on gallery walls. Oftentimes, beside a portrait, is a Victorian-style wooden box with various compartments holding the original sample, data about it and a photograph of where it was found.

Read more: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/artscience/2013/05/creepy-or-cool-portraits-derived-from-the-dna-in-hair-and-gum-found-in-public-places/#ixzz2SdYSKW3F