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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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a saturday or so – the 21st precinct

Life has been flying by lately and has been a tad bit complicated.  Went back to Santa Fe for a week but it was filled with the kind of every day, must do, mundane part of living a human life that when put on paper comes off irritating at best.  But the car did get an oil job somewhere in the middle of it all.

Back in NYC now and coming to grip with the speed of things.  So many things to see and do it feels like it all slips by slightly out of reach, but luckily sometimes you catch the end of the rope and the whip around is just enough to keep it all going.

Last weekend a show of shows opened at the 21 Precinct House in the Gramercy Park neighborhood.  Now beautiful tree lined streets and brownstones dominate the area.  But back in 1863 the precinct earned it reputation in a down and dirty neighborhood where gangs of thugs and ruffians ruled.

http://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com/2011/09/1863-21st-precinct-station-house-no-327.html

The police were long gone by about 1914 but the building remained,  many uses later it is finally meeting the inevitable.  Unfortunately its plum location makes it an easy sacrifice to the glass and steel beast that is devouring NYC, swallowing entire neighborhoods at breakneck pace.

So,  we know the location, now the show.  What happens when you get together a group of over 60 street artists  including legends and talented younger artisans and give them four floors of an empty shell for a canvas.  Everything and more… and from this point onwards words just aren’t going to do much.  So, I am out of them….here is my take on what may be one of most photographed shows in NYC.. 😉

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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…

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…stumble on gallery nine5

So this started as a quest for gelato.  The Il Laboratorio del Gelato on Houston the ultimate destination.  (They have the most amazing flavors-today I had yellow watermelon and peach, the son malt and mango. The malt is just like the inside of a whopper.)

What is the stumble on?  Well,  I had a wild hair and decided instead of the normal get off the 6 at Bleeker, we would get off at Spring and walk back up to Houston along Bowery.  I always like to go past the corner of Spring and Bowery so I can say hello to Quanah one of my favorite pieces of street art by one of my favorite Artists, Dylan Egon.  You might remember I did a posting on his opening at the Jonathan Levine Gallery a while back.

https://bytegirlphotography.com/2014/04/06/scenes-from-an-opening/

Back to the stumble on… walking down Spring Street we were suddenly assaulted with the unmistakable smell of spray paint coming from a small gallery,  gallery nine5.  Group Ink is their current show which features work by several different Graffiti Artists.

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Got to watch Vor138 at work.

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The show also includes work by Alan Ket

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and Bisco Smith

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Also got to see one of my favorites at work, Shiro One.

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A great discovery and I can’t wait to go back and see the finished pieces.  And Quanah greeted me as always right there at Jay Maisel’s place.

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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…

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…

 

once more we go…

And yet another posting from the Block Party.  

Hoping everyone is still hanging on… cause after this posting comes the big one.  So without further ado, may I present to you the penultimate posting on the Bushwick Collective Block Party 2014.

 *** I am totally geeking out that I just used the word penultimate in a sentence.  It is one of my 10 yr. old words,  it sounded cool to say when I was 10 (I had a weird obsession with words, their sounds and how those contrasted with their meanings, etc.) but I digress..***

To Bushwick we go:

First up the collaborative work of Adam Fujita (Adam Fu) and Vers. This type of collaboration is a common occurrence among street artists.  Artists of diverse cultures, ages, styles,  etc.  come together to work on a single creation.  

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Next before and afters from Col. Wallnuts (a legend) and Rubin 415

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SeeOne is next,  I love his bright animated style.

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I am ending this post with work by another collaborative team, Pixel Pancho from Italy and Case Ma’Claim who came from Germany.  

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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…