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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…

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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

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 

 

 

the egg-venture begins

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As many of you might know,  New York has been invaded by eggs,  a couple of hundred, 266 possibly rumored to be 268 to be exact or maybe not exact.. but somewhere there abouts, hidden in all 5 boroughs.

The Big Egg Hunt sponsored by Faberge http://thebigegghunt.org 

My youngest son is turning 18 soon,  his whole life ahead of him and away from home to find his own.  He and I have always gone on grand adventures:  we roadtripped across the West, we have collected minerals, geodes and fossils all over the Southwest, we have explored caves and mountains.   I will miss those times so much.

One last grand adventure…   How many eggs could we find together and how many more lessons could I teach him in navigating the world.  So our mission begins today in Little Italy and continues through the Lower East Side.  

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So many discoveries along the way,  Economy Candy on Rivington was overwhelming and wonderful all at once.

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We will stop here for the first installment,  many more to come.  In the last few days I have been inside museums, barber shops, tattoo parlours, galleries, stores, bakeries, restaurants, hotels and others.  So,  stay tuned….

 

a trip down the lane … just to the left of center

Another in the trip down the lane series.  This edition is dedicated to those who march to their own beat, whether it be for a job or just personal style.  And of course,  here we go with the “you never know what you are going to see in nyc” mantra once again.. I did warn you about that one though.

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Style is very subjective.  It can be about function or in other cases about living in a world closer to the innocence of childhood.

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And then there are those times when you really don’t want to know the answer to why because it might spoil the stories you create in your own imagination.  I had so many stories running through my mind about why anyone would find themselves in the middle of Union Square in a cow costume.  The reality was much more mundane than all the adventures of Super Cow the Avenger I had begun to piece together.  He is hoping his company CaterCow takes off and is willing to do about anything to get people’s attention. Union Square, the perfect place to suit up and moo!

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Naked Cowboy you say?  Lately Times Square is over run with costume characters and others begging for money and their micro second of fame.  Although when you think about it,  Mr. Indian Chief here is probably in a whole lot of phones and family albums all over the world.

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Today I leave you with the Jester.  Riding to parts unknown on the 6 train.  I think I will stick with my own stories on this one,  I don’t want to know the actuality.  

a trip down the lane… on color

Another in the ongoing a trip down the lane series.

When people travel to New York often they ask what they should bring along to wear.  The standard answer is whatever you want as long as it is black.  Most would think the city is a sea of black and grey and while that is true in some parts of town it is certainly not the uniform of choice.   So this edition of a trip down the lane is dedicated to the pops of color.  

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So while NYers do like their black the city is not without color.  Beautiful bright pops of color.