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The Graffiti Run - 2014

What will they think of next? One part Holi, one part marathon the annual graffiti run in Miami looks like great fun!

The instructions are to arrive in your whitest attire to create a perfect blank slate, then walk, jog, roll, or line dance your way through this delightfully pigmented course. Using nontoxic, corn-starch-based color powder, you'll be sprinkled... okay, blasted with pain-free and glorious color throughout the race until you resemble living tie-dye as you cross the finish line. After the race, make friends with the colorful citizens of our city at the post-5K Color Party with music, food, and festivities. Take the tots away from the tube for an event that will animate the entire family.

Sunday October 12, 2014 at the Virginia Beach Key Park in Miami.


Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire - Chalk Project 2014

I am honored to participate every year in the commemorate Chalk Project.

Here is the background for this meaningful art memorial project:

The Triangle Chalk Project commemorates the women and men who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911. This horrific fire which claimed the lives of 146 garment workers - mostly young immigrant women - helped launched the unionization of the industry.

The company employed approximately 600 workers, mostly young immigrant women, some as young as twelve or thirteen and worked fourteen-hour shifts during a 60-hour to 72-hour workweek. According to Pauline Newman, a worker at the factory, the average wage was six to seven dollars a week, at a time when the average yearly income was $791. A fire started on the 8th floor of the factory building in Greenwich Village. Women and men on the 9th floor soon became trapped - the owners of the factory locked the doors so the workers could not leave early or take breaks. Fire truck ladders could not reach higher than the 4th floor of the building. There was only one way out - they jumped out the window ... to their deaths. The scene was devastating.

Every year volunteers go to the doorsteps of those who died and write a memorial to them in chalk on the sidewalk. The full Memorial Ceremony is marked every year on March 25 - the day of the fire - outside the factory building located at 23-29 Washington Place beside Washington Square Park in Manhattan. The shirtwaist factory is now called the Brown Building, and is part of the New York University campus. Read more about it on Sue Katz's NYC blog.

Here are the two I chalked this year 2014:

Chalk 2014-1 Chalk 2014-1

3-D Printed Nails are the New Manicure

Laser-Girls-3D-printed-nails-6Call this crazy weird. Call this genius. I love these new three dimentional nail manicures, though I think having them would make me dizzy!

The background: A collaboration by NYC-based digital artists Sarah C. Awad and Dhemerae Ford, also known as the Laser Girls, created 3D-printed nail art featuring adhesive nails with unique and extravagant patterns that can only be achieved with 3D-printing technology. The 3D-printed adhesive nails show another potential application of the technology in the beauty industry. The designers are currently in residency at the Museum of Art and Design in New York. The designs are available on their Shapeways shop.

Lock Picking As Sport - And Street Art?

Locks on bridgeAccording to The New Yorker, there is a lock picking contest going on in New York City that is resulting in some amazing "installations" of lock on public infrastructure. Almost like a street art sculpture effort.

The full article is here.

Here is the gist:

Over the past decade, “locksport”—the organized recreational picking of locks by amateur enthusiasts—has become a thriving subculture. Participants are, by definition, not professional locksmiths. This puts what they do in a legal gray area that they are quick to discuss and defend. In addition to nimble fingers and long attention spans, locksport enthusiasts try to remain fluent in local burglary law.

All but simultaneously, the phenomenon of “love locks” has exploded: padlocks with names, initials, or messages of love written on them, clipped to pieces of urban infrastructure as a public sign of romantic commitment. In some cases, the locks have been expensively laser-etched; others are simply written on with Sharpie. “Carrina, will you marry me?” “Zach + Julie, Always + Forever.” They are poetic, forming quite beautiful, rose-like clusters—and they are doomed. In nearly all cases, they will be clipped by the city and disposed of, their magic and romance lost.

On a nearly cloudless Saturday afternoon in September, recreational lock pickers met halfway across the Brooklyn Bridge to help save its hundreds of love locks. The plan was to remove as many as possible before the city’s cleaning crews could clip them, store them in red, Valentine’s Day-colored nylon bags, and, eventually, reattach each lock onto a public-art sculpture, a specially made “tree” to which all future love locks will be latched. They call this “love picking.”


Project Neon!


Project Neon is a tumblr blog that celebrates old New York City neon signs. Beautiful glowing sentinals of the past, they are fast disappearing. Catch them here.

About Project Neon

Follow a girl as she follows the glow in search of New York's best neon signs. Every week I'll visit another one of New York City's neon-clad establishments and post a photo & story, and tell you more about why I'm traipsing around this metropolis in the cold & dark to visit pharmacies, shoe repair stores, and bars with good neon signs to buy cough syrup, get my shoes repaired or have a drink.

New York Neon

JESUS-02AJust discovered this great new blog which captures all the old New York neon signs left in the city. At once modern and retro, these signs are fast disappearing. It is nice that there is a place where they can be collected, admired and remembered.

Here is the link to NY Neon.

Thoughts on Wabi Sabi and Street Art

IMG_1512I am intrigued by the concept of Wabi-sabi (佗寂?) which Wikipedia defines as that which represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin?), specifically impermanence (無常 mujō?), the other two being suffering (苦 ku?) and emptiness or absence of self-nature (空 kū?).

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

It reminds me of what I am trying to achieve in my street art photography. I seek to capture of the impermance of street art and graffiti and how the very nature of that art, with its asymmetry and imperfections can continue to change over time.


Wabi Sabi also addresses the idea of "Ruin Porn" which photographers such as Marchand and Meffre employ to such beautiful perfection... or int he case of Wabi Sabi, imperfection.

Brooklyn Street Art Newsletter - June 9, 2013


Images of the Week: 06.09.13

Big murals are proliferating at the moment but it is still the domain of the individual street artist to smack up smaller works, stickers, stencils, wheatpastes and the like. We’re featuring quite a few of these smaller personal pieces this week in the mix of some larger ones.
Here’s our weekly interview of the street, this ...

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Interactive Walls with Russia’s Concrete Jungle

Experimental Walls that React To Your Movement

Vladivostok-based Street Artists Feliks Mashkov and Vadim Gerasimenko have created a lot of graffiti and Street Art murals on city walls in the last few years, usually with aerosol. Just last year we got to watch them paint a wall right here in Brooklyn.
Like many young techno-savvy young ...

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BSA Film Friday: 06.07.13

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: Petro Wodkins Taking a P**s in Belgium, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada in Belgium, UnO in Italy, PROZAK in Poland, and Mr. Rogers Singing in Your Hood.
BSA Special Feature:
Art Culture Jamming with Petro Wodkins Taking a P**s in Belgium

In this ...

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Judith Supine Update: Summer ’13

New Sublime Ladies Clawing For Your Eyes
The elusive transgendered Judith Supine has been very busy snipping away the flesh of many a model and archetype, then applying giant tubes of lipstick to their floooouuuurescent visages.
Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Its not any one thing in particular that drives a brain batty when Supine splashes across your ...

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QRST on the Streets; Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Goat Man Cometh

Street Artist QRST is back on Brooklyn streets with more modernly magnetic and captivatingly surreal work than before, and just as mired in the muck of human dynamics as ever. 
Emblematic of the new street art storytelling practice we have been highlighting for a few years now, these uniquely old-fangled pieces are one-off bits of mastery ...

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Hygienic Dress League Blings a Boarded Building in Cleveland

hygienic dress league (HDL) recently gold-plated an entire boarded up and neglected building in the Collinwood section of Cleveland as part of their ongoing conceptual branding art project. In the process, the destitute structure transformed into a solid block of bling.
Part Street Art, part culture jammer that brings to mind the Billboard Liberation Front, HDL ...

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JMR Escapes to Hong Kong

Street Artist JMR has travelled far east from Brooklyn, where we first started seeing his work on the street in the 2000s. Coinciding with Art Basel Hong Kong, the geometry loving abstractionist had a solo show called “Escape” with Joyce Gallery that drew a lot of new fans to his line based work. The really ...

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Images Of The Week: 06.02.13

Stoop sales, hula hoops, fire hydrants, ladders and paint. Get me one of those ices from that guy with the cart on the corner, will ya?
Here’s our weekly interview of the street, this week featuring A1one, Chris Stain, Creepy, Elbow Toe, Essen, Foxx Face, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, Maya Hayuk, Mr. Toll, Rubin, Sexer, Werds, ...

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Entes, Pesimo and Conrad for “Noche De Los Museos” in Lima, Peru

Last Friday Lima had their 5th Annual “Night of the Museums,” where the city welcomes throngs of people to walk through and see art in this metropolis that boasts an appreciable number of museums including Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú, Museum of Art of Lima, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum ...

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BSA Film Friday: 05.31.13

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: Las Calles Hablan : Street Art in Barcelona, RONZO Goes pre-historic with Skatersaurus, SAMO© by Aaron Rose and Thomas McMahan.
BSA Special Feature:
Las Calles Hablan : Street Art in Barcelona

“Las Calles Hablan is a story about discovering a ...

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All Female Power on the Bushwick Tip, Sis

We received a roaring response from BSA readers about yesterday’s post on Bushwick and the changing nature of the scene on the street and its relation to this artists neighborhood that feels like it is on the cusp of full-throttle gentrification. With all the factors implied for a maturing giant cultural moment years in the ...

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Bushwick Is Hot Now. Hurry!

Bushwick Open Studios is Paved With Street Art
Brooklyn’s already percolating artists neighborhood called Bushwick continues to thrive despite the circling of real estate agents, lifestyle brands and celebrity chefs. Born in the mid-late 2000s as it’s older sister Williamsburg to the West began to professionalize, this noisily industrial and dirty artists haven got a reprieve ...

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Royce Bannon, Alice Mizrachi, and Bluster One on Piano in NYC Streets

Street Artists Among those Painting Pianos for “Sing for Hope” this Year
Out in New York streets and parks and public places will be 88 pianos for you to play starting on Saturday, so it is time for you to practice your stunning rendition of “Chopsticks”, that Stevie Wonder jam in your head, or that sweeping ...

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Colorful Character Jim Avignon Paints in Peru and Brazil

Solo in Lima and with Carlos Dias in São Paulo
Today we have photos from two new projects by Berlin based Street Artist and fine artist and Renaissance man Jim Avignon that he just completed in the southern hemisphere.

São Paulo, Brazil
As part of a cultural exchange project for the Goethe Institute, Avignon and Brazilian graffiti/fine artist ...

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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.