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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…

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…

a trip down the lane – in stripes

It has been a while since an edition was added to the “trip down the lane” series.  I am always collecting shots as I go along and I actually have quite a backlog.  It might not be as long next time. 

The theme is an obvious one… stripes,  but maybe there is a surprise here and there.  Anyway, here we go:

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And finally,  why not PLAID!

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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 

 

 

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.

giddy fan girl stuff

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Giddy fan girl stuff?  Yep,  that is me,  the giddy fan girl.  I love street art,  I love the adventure of the hunt,  the thrill of finding a new piece.  I love recognizing an artist’s work and following their evolution through the artform.  I love the colors, the words, the graphics and  the deep meaning behind some pieces.. or the lack of meaning and pure joy at just being there in others.  I have really loved watching the art come into its own and enter our mainstream consciousness.  The growing pains have not been easy as witnessed in the whitewashing of 5 pointz (a topic of another day).. but the medium has grown and evolved.

Giddy fan girl you say… getting there,  I promise.

What was once looked at as pure vandalism and hooliganism is now sought after and respected by many.  Artists such as Meres One are working on paid commissions for pieces that will reach millions of eyes. Their voice being heard in the mainstream.  Stumbling on to their work in the street is one thing, watching them work quite another.  I am in awe of the talent,  their ability to reach the masses, to be seen,  because as artists on any level, isn’t that what we all want?  I stand in the shadows and photograph afraid to approach them because what do I have to add?  “Hey,  I like your work”  … who doesn’t?  And what is supposed to come out as “Hey, I like your work” more often than not is stumbled, mumbled gibberish and gush because I feel ten again ….  with David Cassidy standing right in front of me.  

So giddy fan girl took these shots back in December when Meres One was commissioned to do a wall for Rag and Bone in Soho…  I mumbled “hey, I like your work” in passing,  but lingered much longer watching in awe….

I am a talent junkie,  I need your fix,  keep creating!!

fangirl out 

for more in this series go to http://www.facebook.com/photographybybytegirl