the random files – street art

the random files….a complete brainwashing

So, there was this “happening” last week, but first a little background. Many of you have probably seen the movie “Exit Through the Gift Shop”. If you haven’t and you have any interest at all in street art it is an intriguing piece and well worth your time.

Whether you believe it is a factual documentary or a fictional creation out of the mind of street artist, Banksy, it makes a “character” out of it’s leading man, Thierry Guetta, now forever known as Mr. Brainwash. Is he a figment of the imagination? Is he a creation? Is he a well thought out hoax on the art world and world at large? Who really knows, (well he and Banksy, Shepard Fairey and a few others have a clue) but in the end, does it matter? In one way or another he has put in his time, paid a few dues and still gets out there on the street. If his message is juvenile or derivative again, does it really matter. Art is subjective we all see what we want to see. Who becomes huge, who makes it and sees the big bucks, again, extremely fickle and based on so many factors there is no clear cut path to success. Does a piece make you feel something? Sometimes even the feeling of disgust is worthy of a moment of thought.

So with that, on to the present, Mr. Brainwash was in town last week and Century 21 became his palette, a tribute to 9-11 his goal. A goal he achieved albeit with the usual critics and naysayers in full force. I found out he was working after his first night. Went downtown during the day and saw that the image was incomplete and he had more work to do.

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So back downtown at midnight to see if we could catch the man in action.  The subway ride was interesting and I could write a whole post about Mr. Asscrackman and the other fellow citizens who obviously only come out at night, but that is for another day.   When we arrived we caught the installation team in full force.

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And the man himself, Mr. Brainwash, MBW on site.

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The paper panels waiting to be attached to the wall.

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A plan of the entire project was on view as a guide.

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And about Thierry himself; what a burst of pure positive energy, impossible to not feel his exuberance.  He believes in what he is doing, believes in his message and every fiber of his being projects that when you meet him in person.  We hung around for a couple of hours and watched him at work.  Always a cigarette in his hand and always in action, never still.

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Firefighters from out of state here for the 9-11 ceremonies stopped by at one point.

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At about 2 in the morning my need for bed took us home but we came back the next morning to see the finished piece.

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And luck would have it.. as we turned to leave I spotted the man himself.. no sleep, running on fumes and still willing to give a hug, a smile and mug for a shot or two.  So, real or fictional, schlock or DaVinci, I am on Brainwash’s team just for the sheer fun of it all.

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Read the other day that Thierry so loves New York he has decided to make it his home 6 months out of the year.  His goal? To buy a building in SoHo to use as a residence, studio and open art space.

My dream actually… To buy a big building live on the top floor and rent the lower floors out as studio live/work spaces for artists for little to no money as long as they do work with the community and keep my building covered with art… pipe dream, but hey, might as well put it out into the Universe, never know what could happen.

So next time then…

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…

 

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…

the random files – jersey city style

I had been hearing about Jersey City for a while now.  Several photos on other blogs had totally piqued my interest as many of my favorite artists have been creating work out there.  There comes a time when you are a NYer when traveling to places like Jersey City, New Jersey (even though it is just 15 minutes from Wall Street) are travels into the vast unknown of the wasteland that lies beyond.

So the Path Train it was, complete with its Disney Man like announcements and clean shiny seats. Easy ride to Grove Street and the adventure began.   I didn’t have a clue where any specific pieces were but the exploring proved fruitful and with the exception of a couple here and there,  I think I found everything I went looking for.

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Downtown Jersey City is actually quite lovely.  It has a quaint American Main Street feeling with a wonderful burst of diversity. The glass and steel is slowing creeping in, but hopefully some of the charm will survive.

First of the artists I had come to see, Alice Pasquini.  I had photographed a piece of hers a week or so ago down in Little Italy.  If you head over to my instagram feed @bytegirl24 you will find her behind the Italian Flag.

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Next up Li Hill.

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Another of my favorites Case Ma’Claim

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This one blew me away in person.  Like a surreal fantasy dream, shades of Tim Burton.  Dulk is a visionary.

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Ekundayo

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Hudson Valley Art Supply is the proud host to a couple of pieces by Dylan Egon  including Petey below.  Be sure if you are there to look for Target Mickey in their window.

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We even had the good fortune to stumble on work in progress.  Nanook and Mataruda busy with the paint rollers.  Always good to have a reason to want to go back.  Can’t wait to see the finished piece.

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Another beauty by Li Hill.

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Pixel Pancho is one of those artists that really blows my mind.  If you remember back during the Bushwick Block Party he and Case Ma’Claim  collaborated on a pretty crazy piece of genius… you can find it in this blog post:

https://bytegirlphotography.com/2014/06/10/once-more-we-go/

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And a new one on me, an instant favorite and certainly someone whose work I will be eagerly seeking out from now on, NoseGo.

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Last place to walk by, Dylan Egon’s.  He had posted a photo online of the Sandy High Water Mark he painted on the front of his studio and I had to see it for myself.  Still hard to believe how much damage this area took.  Really puts it all in perspective.

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All and all a pretty successful day,  still have a couple of pieces to hunt down on the next trip into the wilds of Jersey.

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…

the random files – somewhere in and around the lower east side and some

The Street Art Series continues.  Took a walk through the normal haunts the other day to see what might be new. The wonderful thing about street art is how it continues to change and evolve.  We will start on Houston around Bowery.  The Bowery wall is for the well established artist, the big names.  Rag and Bone while a much smaller wall is also starting to attract some great work, both change regularly.

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Just a month or so ago a tribute to Phillip Seymour Hoffman graced the side of the container below,  Now it is part of a project honoring women from the Lower East Side.  The ever-changing aspect is a huge part of the allure.  It means I can walk the same neighborhood and see something entirely different each time.  For those with extreme ADHD that is about as close to Nirvana as one can get.

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After a few brushes with Delancey Street we end up back around in Little Italy another part of the ephemeral NYC palette. 

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I have photographed Audrey before,  she has become rather iconic.  Something about the energy with these people seemed to fit, so for now this is my Audrey capture.

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Gotta love Buff Monster, one of my favorites.  

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Walk on dude,  walk on…  always on the hunt for the next fix…

 

the random files – street art on the move

Tomorrow is a travel day, heading back to NYC for a couple of weeks.  Gotta see those nice young sailors during fleet week if nothing else.  So what better for the theme of travel than a collection of NYC street art that is always on the move? 

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Back at you soon from NYC and as always if you know any of the artists please let me know who they are so I can tag appropriately.

the random files – street art

Tomorrow is a travel day.  I haven’t said that in a long, long time.  When I flew into NY right after Valentine’s Day,  I never dreamed it would be almost May before I made it back to Santa Fe.  It was a weird winter, a very weird winter.   By this time tomorrow I will be back in the desert for a couple of weeks.  A break from the city will be nice,  but it won’t be for long.  Hopefully there will be something to see along the way 🙂

But before all that I am launching a new series here on the blog.  I have a whole bunch of street art pieces from all my walks around the city and thought I would start sharing a few here on occasion.  So here is the first edition of hopefully many more.  If you know the artist and I don’t have it tagged,  please let me know.

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Next post comes from the west..  hope ya’ll come on back