bushwick

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…

 

 

 

 

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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…

 

art from the start…

More from the Bushwick Collective Block Party, as promised shots of the work in progress and the final results.

We will start with Meresone.

Some information about Meresone:

He is pretty well known in the NYC area.  His signature lightbulb can be seen all over the place. He was also the curator and chief driving force behind 5Pointz, the unelected face of street art.

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Remember Lexi Bella?  

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In my last posting I talked about the international nature of Street Art.  A prime example of that is our next artist Franck Duval, FKDL who traveled all the way from France to participate in this year’s painting event. 

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I will end this posting with the next artist, Jerkface.  I have been following him for a while and had the pleasure of photographing him at work earlier in the year. 

https://bytegirlphotography.com/2014/03/04/bushwick-bound-the-jerkface-one/

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Much more to come! 

So, next time then…

 

birds flying high.. sun in the sky, oh and some Damien Mitchell

Ok, first thing, before we go any farther this posting comes with a soundtrack… so if you want the complete experience:

Ahhh, thats better… And now we can proceed in the right mood.  

Another great aspect of Street Art is how it can and does bring the world together.  Artists from all over the world came to paint on Sunday, including Damien Mitchell, now a Brooklynite but originally an Aussie.  His contribution to the Collective is brought to you below in a series showing the progress and eventual completion of his tribute to Nina Simone.

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And the other wonderful thing, the artists didn’t just paint on Sunday.  Over the last few weeks they have left their mark in many other places.  So as a treat I leave you with another work by Damien Mitchell.

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For more on Damien Mitchell and his amazing work:

So,  next time then…

it’s a process…

As promised today I finally have a group of the Bushwick Collective shots.  

These first captures all have a singular theme.  They are about the process of street art.  Every artist has their own way of working, the artistic process.  Street art is no different  Every artist works in their own way with different results and different styles.  

Some artists spend time with the sketch book.

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Some artists do a rough sketch to start their wall.

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Some use a grid approach like in Damien Mitchell’s tribute to Nina Simone above.  Others use source material like Lexi Bella is doing in the work below

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Others like Meresone, below, have been doing it so long that they can totally rework their original idea on the fly.

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Some like FKDL/Franck Duval use wheatpaste collage techniques and old fashion paint brushes. While others use stencils like Fumero is doing below.

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And for many it is about total can control… even two-handed geniuses with the spray.

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Legends like Adam Fujita above and Col. Wallnuts below are all about the can control.

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The one thing they all have in common, an agreement with Solus’ sentiment below.

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Curious about the finished works?  Well, stay tuned because there is a lot more to come.  Including a bunch of time with Fumero as he brought new life to a Bushwick Baby.

So, next time then…

 

a happening or two…

Bushwick, Brooklyn is on fire.  This weekend marks the annual Bushwick Open Studios Event.  An every growing art mecca the event combines street, studio and performance artists at a series of street fairs and block parties throughout the borough.  Today the area near the Morgan Street L was buzzing.  Sponsored by Pine Box Rock Shop artists came from all over the country to participate.

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This is where the story gets really funny.. see the poster above?  The son decided to take them up on the offer and is now sporting a perfect Kim Jon-Uh Do.. Lol, want a peek?  check out my instagram @bytegirl24

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Always glad to see Matthew Silver out there entertaining and spreading the love.

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Yes, that is a slice of real pizza on his head.

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Tomorrow we head to the Bushwick Collective Block Party.. more fun for sure!

So, next time then…

bushwick bound – the jerkface one

Not a lot of words  tonight.  The pics speak for themselves.  It is always such a treat to see someone in the process of creation.  

Being in the presence of talent borders on being my ultimate fix.

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Jerkface working in Bushwick for the Bushwick Collective 

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To see more of Jerkface’s work head over to https://www.facebook.com/JerkFaceNYC or http://www.jerkfacenyc.com

bushwick bound part III

A Musing on People

When I started taking photos, people were the bane of my existence.  I would wait and struggle to try to capture every scene with the minimal amount of human involvement possible.  I am not exactly sure when the change happened, perhaps it was in a cab one early morning driving through Harlem.  Or maybe it was on a hot summer’s night in Times Square, but at some point someone wandered into my frame and into my consciousness and what was once an annoyance became a gift,  a gift that NYC gives often and sometimes with great humor.

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So it is the gift of the people in the next few captures.  The perfect timing of those that entire the frame for that fleeting moment,  just a brief second in time that will never be recreated.  Perhaps that is the real attraction, capturing something that can never happen again and making it mine in some small way.  

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So many discoveries around every corner and so many great artists showing work in one place.  

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Even more to come.. check into tomorrow for another installment.

bushwick bound part II

The Bushwick Collective has grown by leaps and bounds in a very short time.  It was born out of one man’s attempt to find something to replace the graffiti he was constantly forced to cover on his family business. It has become a thriving street art gallery with painters coming from all over the world to transform its many walls.  

Street art is here to stay,  it has entered our mainstream lives just like rock music and blue jeans.  It is nice seeing it embraced to make a positive change in a community.  Greedy landowners, take notice…  5pointz will come back to haunt you.

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a family business.. a twenty-first century canvas

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/nyregion/a-son-of-bushwick-turns-the-neighborhood-into-a-gallery-for-street-art.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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A street artist must be willing to allow their work to fall prey to the elements, to become something different than sometimes intended and they must be willing to allow others to collaborate on their creations.  Because of this many pieces become their best selves as they fall victim to time. 

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When I photograph street art I always hope I do it justice.  I never want to steal their work but to  show it through another’s eyes and preserve it in time. At some point everyone should experience it in person.   The size and scale of some pieces add to the overall experience and are often an important element in the message the artist is trying to convey.  

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Every street promises a new discovery.  Since we visited last year so many more new pieces have appeared.  And still more to see on our walk so,  as with last time, 

to be continued…