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the random files – creation

Another in the Random Files series.  Spent the last three days following the progress of a new mural going up in Bushwick for The Bushwick Collective.  Chilean born artist, Dasic Fernandez has created a masterpiece.  Entitled “Hand of Protest”, it is the second mural with a political message to appear in the collective in recent months.  (the other being a work by the Iranian pair, Icy and Sot)

With a sharp, surrealistic style and a use of colors that makes the hairs on the back of your neck tingle, Dasic is a master of the art of the spray can.

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(a tease)

You can find Dasic’s work in various places throughout the city.  These are all located within a few blocks of each other in Bushwick.

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“The Venus of Bushwick”

Back to the work in progress.  First up covering a wall which most recently had a piece by acclaimed German Artist, Case MaClaim.  Another facet of street art, pieces exist for a limited time.   Sometimes saying goodbye is bitter sweet even though there is excitement and anticipation for a new work, many a masterpiece is layered in the colors below.

So, no more words, just the work.

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Day 2

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Day 3

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a piece from Dan Witz remains, tucked into the corner.

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So, next time then…

 

 

 

 

the random files… art on the move and again away we go…

After what seems like forever it is that time again.. headed back out west for a week in Santa Fe.  Refresh the spirit with some good clean air and maybe a hike or two this time out.  We will have to wait and see on that one.  I have been averaging about five miles a day here in the city (according to my phone app) so I don’t want to just give it all up for a week.  🙂

As the theme goes, here you go, art on the move!

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so, next time then…

 

art is trash…

This summer NYC played host to a street artist from Barcelona, Spain.  In the few months he was here he certainly left his mark. Who is this artist?  None other than Francisco Depajaro, street tag, “Art is Trash” “Arte es Basura”.  Art is Trash is many faceted when it comes to Francisco’s style.  His humorous work often draws upon the remnants of our consumer culture in all of its disposable glory. His message calls out those that seek fame without substance.  The last couple of weeks I have been trying to find and photograph as many pieces as possible… because, like all good street art it is ephemeral in nature and in many cases already giving in to the streets.

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When I posted this shot on my instagram account, @bytegirl24 he responded with this message about his work…

“+ART -WORDS.  Deals with little contribution to the appreciation of art, in this case, all papers sticking egocentric pathetic names over and over again. ”

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Even an entire rooftop became his playground (taken from the J train just shy of Marcy Ave.)

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So, next time then…

three men (and one woman) at work

The last couple of weeks have been spent chasing the painters. A lot of new work this summer in New York, more than I can ever remember. The legal street art movement is booming. Many artists are getting access to spaces and getting recognition they would have never dreamed possible just a few short years ago.

For a fan girl like myself watching the process is a major part of the aesthetic of the work itself. Seeing how other’s brains create and the methods they use are an essential part of the experience.

The socially dysfunctional, slightly anal (in all the wrong ways), totally ADHD side of myself however will still rarely approach those at work. I tend to gawk, take a couple of shots and walk away. So the fact that I actually carried on a conversation with a couple of the people below, well that is major.

First up: Damien Mitchell working on a food truck bound for Dallas.

(You might remember Damien for his wonderful Nina Simone mural that I captured back during the Bushwick Collective Block Party. https://bytegirlphotography.com/2014/06/06/birds-flying-high-sun-in-the-sky-oh-and-some-damien-mitchell/)

I wasn’t around to see the finished product so this one will be a total quest to locate at some point. All you Texans be on the look out! The El Rudo Truck is out there!!

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Next up: Solus working in Little Italy for the “Little Italy Street Art Project- the LISA Project”. The boxer is a tribute to the immigrants who first settled in lower Manhattan and those that continue to come, each with their own stories and traditions. Each leaving their indelible mark on our city.

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Girl Power: You know the saying, “Girls Rule?” When it comes to painting they definitely hold their own, and in the case of some artists like Queen Andrea they accept the title of monarch quite well. Another of those great women painters is Raquel Echanique. Working on a container as part of the Centrefuge Public Art Project

https://www.facebook.com/raquel.echanique

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Last up: Also at the Centrefuge Project, J. David McKenney, a doll artist who translated one of his 3D creations into a lower east side beauty. Pidgin Doll.

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Keep checking back for pics of the finished work.

So, next time then…

the random files – greenpoint gazing…

Headed out to Greenpoint, Brooklyn yesterday.  More than one reason but one of the primaries being that starting in about a week and a half Greenpoint is going to be virtually inaccessible for those of us who rely on the MTA to get around… this girl don’t do no shuttle buses (at least not  unless under duress).  Course we have to pretend that the G train makes it easy to get to in the first place.  The other reason to shuffle out to Greenpoint; the Governor’s Ball Mural Show at Succulent Studios is closing this week and it was on my must-see list.

So, to Greenpoint we go by way of a few train transfers…

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Greenpoint is actually a nice little spot even if out of the way,  for now.  Tree lined streets with the kind of brownstones out of a Victorian Novel lead to the warehouses along the waterfront. The vibe I get is that a large area has been predominately Polish for a long time and the sudden influx of *hipsters* (your definition and mileage may vary) is taking its toll.  But change is inevitable and soon the “next big thing” will be somewhere else.

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Many street artists are working in the area and there are treasures around every corner.

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The work above is by Sean9Lugo

Art is Trash below

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The area is also home to several movie/television studios and prop warehouses.  At first with the doors open I couldn’t figure out what the devil it was for.  So many weird and interesting things in one place,  from church signs to gas pumps.  Then I saw the “Boardwalk Empire” sign on the door.

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Sanpuku by Jeremy Penn

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Another piece by Shiro, if you remember I stumbled on to her painting last week in Nolita:

https://bytegirlphotography.com/2014/07/11/the-random-files-stumble-on-gallery-nine5/

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Finally made it to the exhibit at Succulent.  It was totally worth the schlep. On display are all the large mural panels that were created for the recent Governor’s Ball.

http://www.artnews.com/2014/06/05/governors-ball-mural-project-street-art/

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And the piece I had come to see,  Fumero’s tribute to Jef Campion known on the street as JC2/Army of One.  I am still haunted by his work that I was lucky enough to catch in a recent exhibit.  I hope it will be shown again at a later date.  It deserves to be on display at MoMA.

And the final cherry on top of a pretty decent day out and about (we won’t even get into the fact that you hadn’t taken swimming lessons as a kid there is NO WAY you could walk through the air around here yesterday… ahhh those nice humid NYC days, when all of humanity puddles into a slurry, soup like consistency) I SAW THE BOB ROSS TRUCK and was able to chase it down Greenpoint Ave.  *Alert* if you see a crazed woman with blue hair and Sergeant Peppers army style cap running recklessly through the streets, there is art driving by somewhere!

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So,  next time then…

coney and fourth with a touch of wet…

A rainy start to a day of celebrations. Still worth the trip out to Coney Island though at first it didn’t seem like it would be.  A fallen tree and work on the rails made for a crazy, super long, ride on the N train.

Luckily the rain wasn’t hard and the temperature was actually nice for a change.

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We  arrived just in time to join in the crowds watching the annual Hot Dog Eating Contest.

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Gotta love that mustard yellow ride!

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Oh the suspense… read on

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A detour on to the boardwalk for a few…

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Are you ready for the winner? Not really much of a surprise… drumroll…

For the eighth straight year, JOEY CHESNUT!

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Fun in the rain but still so much more to do to fill the day!  So the last two are from the train,  this time the Q, on the way out of Dodge.

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So,  next time then…

 

the random files – on the move again

Random Files back again because we are NYC bound once again…

Perfect canvasses that reach thousands a day.  Art on the move across the city.  

I have been known to break into a full sprint hoping that a light turns red.  More than once I have missed a beauty going by.  I think that is what makes them so much fun, a real hunt  for a prey that can be just about anywhere at any time. Just one more way that street artists make every day living in a city that can sometimes be challenging, a little bit more enjoyable.. an occasional treat drives by and reminds you of why it is worth putting up with all the other stuff.

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So,  next time then…

the random files – peace process

Street art can be about nothing in particular or it can pay homage to a cultural icon or idea.  For many the very reason to put it out on the street is the message,  reaching the masses, creating change.  It is not by accident that street art and politics intersected in a huge way with Shepherd Fairey’s iconic rendering of Barack Obama.  

One of the common themes: Peace

That elusive belief that humans will someday overcome their biological need to be on top and learn to live harmoniously.   Personally I think as long as the method of creating peace involves using death on any level it is just a pipe dream.  But I have to give credit to the people out there with a voice, or a brush.. or a spray can who will continue to fight for peace. (see,  there it is in a nutshell, we say “fight” for peace…)

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One of those artists is Case of the Ma’Claim Crew from Germany.  His hands raised in the universal gesture have been found on walls all over the world, including outside of the Ministry of the Interior in Cairo.

http://maclaim.blogspot.com/

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Commercial fashion statement?  Or true dream,  who knows.  

We lost one of the biggest voices in the dream this year.  Known on the street as JC2 or Army of One,  Jeff Campion saw the worst and still dreamed of peace.  I hope he has found his now.

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So, next time then…

a bushwick baby is born…

Here it is, the final post from the Bushwick Block Party.  This one is all about the Fumeroism.  

I followed this work for a couple of weeks as it came to life.  Rain kept getting in the way and then he went too high and had to pretty much redo the whole thing.  But in the end a baby was born.  I will let him tell you a little bit about the piece in his own words:

http://fumeroism.com/the-bushwick-collective-2014/

First up, the wall.  These shots were taken just a few days before he buffed and started on this year’s creation.

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Same wall less than 3 days later, progress halted by the rain.

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Note, he went too high.  Next up the high pressure hoses and a redo.

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Another one of those serendipitous moments, the irony of the words “non existence” being written in the sky as the baby is being washed from existence.

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Baby is much closer to reality at this point, just in time for the Block Party!

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And now Block Party Day

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The finished baby in all her glory.

So, next time then…

 

once more we go…

And yet another posting from the Block Party.  

Hoping everyone is still hanging on… cause after this posting comes the big one.  So without further ado, may I present to you the penultimate posting on the Bushwick Collective Block Party 2014.

 *** I am totally geeking out that I just used the word penultimate in a sentence.  It is one of my 10 yr. old words,  it sounded cool to say when I was 10 (I had a weird obsession with words, their sounds and how those contrasted with their meanings, etc.) but I digress..***

To Bushwick we go:

First up the collaborative work of Adam Fujita (Adam Fu) and Vers. This type of collaboration is a common occurrence among street artists.  Artists of diverse cultures, ages, styles,  etc.  come together to work on a single creation.  

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Next before and afters from Col. Wallnuts (a legend) and Rubin 415

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SeeOne is next,  I love his bright animated style.

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I am ending this post with work by another collaborative team, Pixel Pancho from Italy and Case Ma’Claim who came from Germany.  

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So, next time then…