Interview on Brooklyn Street Art

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Head over to Brooklyn Street Art for an interview about my new book, (Un)Sanctioned: The Art on New York Streets, and my thoughts on photographing street art and graffiti.

I’d be happy to continue the conversation with you in person at my book launch this Saturday, October 22! A limited supply of books will be on sale for a special book launch price.

Book Launch & Ad Hoc Art 10 Year Anniversary Show:
October 22, 2016, 6:00-10:00pm
Location:
17 Frost Theater of the Arts, 17 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Much love to Steve and Jaime for the support!

Talking Street Art Stories at the Brooklyn Museum

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I’m super excited to have been invited to participate in a panel discussion about street art at the Brooklyn Museum next week. Here’s the official press release with all the pertinent details:

On Thursday, April 24 at 7:00pm the Brooklyn Museum presents
In Conversation: Brooklyn Street Art. Brooklyn Street Art founders Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo lead a dynamic, multimedia conversation that explores the evolution of street art stories as told by the earliest graffiti writers to today’s D.I.Y. artists. They’ll reveal secret backgrounds, show what stylistic themes are recurring today, and hint at the future of street art in New York. They are joined in conversation by artists Swoon and Luna Park, and curator Keith Schweitzer. A reception with a DJ, cash bar, and a guest-inclusive art-making project will follow. Presented in conjunction with the site-specific installation Swoon: Submerged Motherlands, on view from April 11 to August 24 in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery on the 5th Floor.

Tickets are $12, include Museum general admission and can be purchased at www.museumtix.com. Free for Museum Members: to reserve please email membership@brooklynmuseum.org.

ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS

Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo are the Founders of the influential art blog BrooklynStreetArt.com. Proud New Yorkers, artists, and cultural workers for more than twenty-five years, both are experts on the evolving street art scene in New York as well as globally. With daily postings on Brooklyn Street Art (BSA), over 175 articles on The Huffington Post, and tens of thousands of followers on social media, the two have shown and discussed street art, graffiti, murals, and public art in more than 100 cities over the last few years.

Swoon, born Caledonia Dance Curry, currently has an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, Swoon: Submerged Motherlands. Swoon studied at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn before bringing her art to the streets in 1999, wheat pasting her large linoleum and woodcuts on the sides of industrial buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Her art is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and Tate Modern, among others.

Katherine Lorimer (aka Luna Park) is a Brooklyn-based graffiti and street art enthusiast, photographer, curator, librarian, and co-founder and regular contributor to The Street Spot blog. Her photographs have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago and have appeared in leading street art books and magazines.

Keith Schweitzer is the Co-Founder/Director of MaNY Project (Murals Around New York) and the Co-Founder/Director of The Lodge Gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He is also Director of Public Art for Fourth Arts Block, the non-profit leadership organization for Manhattan’s officially designated Cultural District in the East Village.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Admission:
Contribution $12; students with valid I.D. and seniors $8. Free to members and children under 12 accompanied by an adult. Group tours or visits must be arranged in advance by calling extension 234.

Directions:
Subway: Seventh Avenue express (2 or 3) to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum stop; Lexington Avenue express (4 or 5) to Nevins Street, cross platform and transfer to the 2 or 3. Bus: B41, B69, B48. On-site parking available.

Museum Hours:
Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; first Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Project M/3 in Berlin

Martha Cooper for Project M/3 at Urban Nation Berlin (photo by Luna Park)
Martha Cooper for Project M/3 at Urban Nation Berlin (photo by Luna Park)

After an exhilarating and inspiring week in Berlin, I was very pleased to be on hand to document the third iteration of Urban Nation‘s Project M, curated by Nuart‘s Martyn Reed. I’ll be posting more images from Berlin here on The Street Spot soon, but in the meantime, you can check out some of the installations for Project M/3 over on Brooklyn Street Art.

Brooklyn Madness: Crest Fest 2011 and Northside

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Olek (photo by Becki Fuller)

It was a busy weekend here in Williamsburg & Greenpoint, with the opening of the Crest Hardware Art Show (C.H.A.S.), Northside Open Studios, and the India Street Art Festival. Highlights included the Brooklyn Street Art curated Skewville mural “Last Exit to Skewville”, Jon Burgarman’s “Racing Lines”, Veng’s reworking of the “Welcome to Greenpoint” mural, and Olek’s crocheted performers.

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Olek (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Olek (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Jon Burgerman (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Jon Burgerman (photo by Becki Fuller)


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The handsome and charming Jaime Rojo of Brooklyn Street Art is a lovely accent to Jon Burgerman’s work (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Aakash Nilhalani (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Aakash Nilhalani (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Aakash Nilhalani (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Chris Stain (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Veng RWK (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Zachary Armstrong, You Byun, and Jon Burgerman (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Mike Graves (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Mike Graves (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Olek (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Olek (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Haze (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Leon Reid IV (photo by Becki Fuller)


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el Celso and FDLM (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Skewville (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Skewville (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Skewville (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Veng RWK, Skewville, Chris Stain and Logan Hicks (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

 

TONIGHT: Join Mint & Serf and BSA at District 36

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Power To The People: The Street Art of Lapiztola

Street Art  in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art  in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)

When my friend Jaime Rojo of Brooklyn Street Art heard that I was going to the Mexican city of Oaxaca for vacation, one of the first suggestions that he made to me was to look up the street art collective Lapiztola. Prior to our conversation, I had never thought of Oaxaca as having much in the way of street art, but thinking more about it, it makes a lot of sense. Oaxaca is a state know to revere its native cultures and crafts, has produced many notable contemporary painters, and it’s history of political unrest and protest has made for a fertile street art environment .

Street Art  in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art  in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art  in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art  in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art  in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art  in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)

In fact, the Lapiztola collective formed during a political uprising that took place in Oaxaca during a seven month period of time in 2006. It began with teachers’ strikes and extended into a wider revolt and open confrontation with the Mexican state in protest of political corruption and acts of repression. Lapiztola, the name itself a telling play on the Spanish word lapiz (pencil) and pistola (pistol), took action to support the people’s movement by bringing their politically charged art to the streets. In a great interview with Jeffrey Pena of Curbs and Stoops, the collective talks more about the influence of the uprising and of the government in general on their art work.

Street Art  in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art  in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art  in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art  in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)

Two members of the collective, Roberto & Rosario, were kind enough to meet up with me while I was in Oaxaca to discuss street art, graffiti and politics over a couple of beers and to give me a tour of their studio. The work of Lapiztola typically combines more graphic, repetitive elements in the form of silk screening with a stencil overlay used to illustrate more immediate elements. Their work appears to frequently explore themes of freedom and captivity, innocence and violence, and the power of the individual vs the government, all with a reverence for Mexican culture and heritage. Sometimes the meaning behind a piece of work may be more subtle than it is at other times, but the images are always strong & powerful.

Street Art  in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art  in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art  in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art  in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Street Art in Oaxaca (photo by Becki Fuller)

And though we have not seen much of their work here in New York, they have maintained a very busy schedule participating in shows around Mexico, South America, and Europe. Hopefully in the near future we will have a chance to welcome them here! Until then, if you are interested in buying artwork from Lapiztola, I found several prints available on the Just Seeds website, reasonably priced at $50 each. To see more of their work, check out the Lapiztola blog.


The Street Spot interviewed by Brooklyn Street Art

Today, Steve and Jaime of Brooklyn Street Art published Part I of a two part interview with street art photographer Stephan Kloo as well as Luna Park and Becki Fuller of The Street Spot. We are humbled and honored to have been asked to provide our opinions and insights into the importance and relevance of the photographers who document, support, and follow street art and the artists who make it. We hope that you will check it out and enjoy the interview as much as we enjoyed giving it!

Jaime Rojo & Steven P. Harrington Book Signing Event TONIGHT!

Spoonbill and Sugartown Booksellers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn will be hosting a book signing event for Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington, authors of Street Art New York, tonight at 7:00 pm. Ever the perfect hosts, our gentlemen friends will be serving up beer and wine for their friends and supporters to cool off and wind down with. We hope to see you there!

I’m Ready For My Close-Up

Fresh off of his participation in the highly successful Brooklyn Street Art organized benefit auction for Free Arts NYC, I’ve noticed several new Dain pieces on the streets of Brooklyn. Here is a personal favorite, which I am choosing to believe is a playful wink back at street art photographers:

Dain (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dain (photo by Becki Fuller)

Save the Date: Book Launch & Silent Auction

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