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Conor said boom… I said wow!!

It seems like forever since I have written anything here.  I write all the time, but it seems like it happens most often when I am dreaming on the subway or driving down the highway, not a pen in sight.  I always say I will remember my thoughts to put them down later, but age, adhd and just being me makes that a joke, at least one on me.

Recently I had the pleasure of watching a true genius at work.  One of the finest street artists I have yet to watch in action, Conor Harrington.  A native of Ireland now working in London it was a treat to have him share his skills with NY.

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Conor uses a variety of different methods to create his striking works.  Squeegies, brushes, rollers, spray paint, acetone and even water all come into play.  His genius lies in his ability to create movement, life and striking emotion all while standing on the edge of abstraction.  So, here is Conor at work.. and stick around to the end of the post to view his mind-blowing exhibition.  I drove 900 miles in one day to make sure not to miss this one, totally worth it!!

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Great to see him take the time to talk to a young fan!

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And now for the exhibition

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So, next time then…

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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…

 

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…

 

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 

 

 

wallnuts at work

A beautiful day in the city. Hope for spring is here. Decided to stay in Queens today and see what the city might give and as so often happens I was rewarded. Stumbled on to the Wallnuts Crew working on 21st. in Long Island City.  

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Some of the people that came by to watch brought snacks.  

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For more information about the Wallnuts be sure to check out their facebook page at 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Wallnuts-Crew-Graffiti-Artists/104064389658129

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 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…