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The Walls of Vitry-sur-Seine

C215 (photo by Luna Park)

C215 (photo by Luna Park)

The city of Vitry-sur-Seine lies within the southeastern suburbs of Paris. Historically, this commune has been home to a large, diverse immigrant population, a background that contributed to Vitry being on the forefront in the development of the French hip hop movement in the 80s. For some time now, the city has supported a cultural policy of bringing art to all, for example, opening it’s Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne in 2005. The city has actively embraced public arts programs, installing contemporary sculptures throughout public spaces as well as supporting large-scale mural projects. Thanks to initiatives by artists such as C215, Vitry’s walls bear the work of an international roster of street artists such as Nunca, Nychos, Roa and Ethos to name but a few. I spent an afternoon in Vitry earlier this summer and only caught a fraction of the many murals on display.

Liliwenn (photo by Luna Park)

Liliwenn (photo by Luna Park)

Pixelpancho (photo by Luna Park)

Pixelpancho (photo by Luna Park)

Roa (photo by Luna Park)

Roa (photo by Luna Park)

Nychos (photo by Luna Park)

Nychos (photo by Luna Park)

C215 (photo by Luna Park)

C215 (photo by Luna Park)

Jaz (photo by Luna Park)

Jaz (photo by Luna Park)

Nunca (photo by Luna Park)

Nunca (photo by Luna Park)

Stew (photo by Luna Park)

Stew (photo by Luna Park)

Kashink (photo by Luna Park)

Kashink (photo by Luna Park)

Ethos (photo by Luna Park)

Ethos (photo by Luna Park)

C215 x Ripo (photo by Luna Park)

C215 x Ripo (photo by Luna Park)

Gaia (photo by Luna Park)

Gaia (photo by Luna Park)

C215 (photo by Luna Park)

C215 (photo by Luna Park)

Bebar (photo by Luna Park)

Bebar (photo by Luna Park)

Finbarr (photo by Luna Park)

Finbarr (photo by Luna Park)

Indigo (photo by Luna Park)

Indigo (photo by Luna Park)

? (photo by Luna Park)

Emilone (photo by Luna Park)

C215 (photo by Luna Park)

C215 (photo by Luna Park)

? (photo by Luna Park)

Stew x Claire Pinayel (photo by Luna Park)

Dacruz (photo by Luna Park)

Dacruz (photo by Luna Park)

? (photo by Luna Park)

Ripo (photo by Luna Park)

C215 (photo by Luna Park)

C215 (photo by Luna Park)

Liliwenn (photo by Luna Park)

Liliwenn (photo by Luna Park)

Sane2 x Nourou (photo by Luna Park)

Sane2 x Nourou (photo by Luna Park)

C215 x Stew (photo by Luna Park)

C215 x Stew (photo by Luna Park)

C215 (photo by Luna Park)

C215 (photo by Luna Park)

Ender (photo by Luna Park)

Ender (photo by Luna Park)

Nychos (photo by Luna Park)

Nychos (photo by Luna Park)

C215 (photo by Luna Park)

C215 (photo by Luna Park)

Missing artist attributions welcome in the comments.

The Walls Are Alive in Albany, Part Dos

Nanook & Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)

As Luna mentioned in her post earlier today, we had a great time at Albany’s Living Walls festival this past weekend. Not only was it an opportunity to catch up with friends and to make the acquaintance of artists and other photographers from near and far, but we were also fortunate enough to meet and interact with many members of the communities that will be living with these walls for some time to come. Some were so enthusiastic that they hopped right into my pictures to model for me! And since no two shots are ever quite the same, here are my highlights from the weekend (See Luna’s here):

Michael Defeo (photo by Becki Fuller)

Michael Defeo (photo by Becki Fuller)

Roa (photo by Becki Fuller)

Roa (photo by Becki Fuller)

Gaia (by Becki Fuller)

Veng RWK x Never x White Cocoa (photo by Becki Fuller)

The man behind the murals, Sampson, by White Cocoa (photo by Becki Fuller)

How & Nosm (photo by Becki Fuller)

Joe Iurato (photo by Becki Fuller)

Joe Iurato (photo by Becki Fuller)

Over Under (photos by Becki Fuller)

Over Under (photo by Becki Fuller)

Over Under in progress (photo by Becki Fuller)

Over Under (photo by Becki Fuller)

Cake (photo by Becki Fuller)

Clown Soldier in progress (photo by Becki Fuller)

Broken Crow (photo by Becki Fuller)

Broken Crow (photo by Becki Fuller)

Broken Crow (photo by Becki Fuller)

Broken Crow in progress (photo by Becki Fuller)

Noh J Coley in progress (photo by Becki Fuller)

N'DA x Never (photo by Becki Fuller)

Joe Iurato x Over Under x N'DA

Never x Broken Crow (photo by Becki Fuller)

Shin Shin & Wing (photo by Becki Fuller)

The Walls Are Alive in Albany

How & Nosm (photo by Luna Park)

The Street Spot took to the road this past weekend to check out Albany’s inaugural Living Walls festival in person. Samson Contompasis of the Marketplace Gallery worked tirelessly for the better part of a year to bring world-class street artists to his hometown and to convince the New York State capital that his vision for urban renewal was one worth pursuing. Just as we pulled up to the How & Nosm wall above, a woman with a small band of children emerged from the community center across the road. Upon seeing us staring up at the mural, she started beaming widely, gushing about how much she loved it, and telling us what a miracle it was. This was but one of many positive encounters we had with the people of Albany – if their reactions are any indication, then I’d say Living Walls was a huge success. Below are some of my favorite images from the weekend – stay tuned for Becki’s impressions.

Roa (photo by Luna Park)

Broken Crow (photo by Luna Park)

Broken Crow (photo by Luna Park)

Broken Crow (photo by Luna Park)

Broken Crow in progress (photo by Luna Park)

Never & White Cocoa (photo by Luna Park)

Cake (photo by Luna Park)

Michael DeFeo (photo by Luna Park)

Michael DeFeo (photo by Luna Park)

Nanook & Gaia (photo by Luna Park)

Joe Iurato (photo by Luna Park)

Doodles in progress (photo by Luna Park)

Clown Soldier (photo by Luna Park)

Noh J Coley (photo by Luna Park)

Noh J Coley in progress (photo by Luna Park)

N'DA (photo by Luna Park)

N'DA (photo by Luna Park)

OverUnder (photo by Luna Park)

OverUnder (photo by Luna Park)

OverUnder (photo by Luna Park)

OverUnder (photo by Luna Park)

Herm Life!’s First Annual Pumpkin Party

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Join me this Saturday to celebrate Herm Life!’s first annual Pumpkin Party in Industrial City, Brooklyn. The festivities include DJs, haystacks & pumpkin patches (no small feat in Brooklyn), pumpkin punch, painted pumpkin girls Diva & Dreamy, and pumpkin art by Cash4, Ellis G., Hermlife!, Gaia, Scott Brown, Choice Royce, Becki Fuller, KA, Sue Works, David Ohlerking, Joe:01, Acro, DEAC, SEAC, Dens, TMNK, Alphabet Soup, VOTE, Chris Salucci, Ian Ziobrowsk, 2ESAE, SKI, Chris RWK, MEAR ONE, WISH 914, Chad Miller, Patrick Higgins and more!

Gaia’s Personal Portraits

Gaia (photo by Luna Park)

Gaia (photo by Luna Park)

A lot has changed since I first came across the work of the then very young Gaia in late 2006 (anybody remember what he was calling himself before he hit upon Gaia as his moniker?). By mid-2007 he had already made a name for himself via an assertive wheatpasting campaign of a variety of his linoleum cut children’s and animal head portraits. Although he’s since left town to pursue an arts education, I always know when he’s been back to visit as he tends to leave very visible and increasingly larger marks. This past summer saw him pay tribute to his grandfather from the heart of Brooklyn to the center of Manhattan. For his upcoming show at Brooklynite Gallery with Italy’s Sten + Lex — opening this weekend — the portrait takes center stage.

Gaia (photo by Luna Park)

Gaia (photo by Luna Park)

Gaia (photo by Luna Park)

Gaia (photo by Luna Park)

Gaia (photo by Luna Park)

Gaia (photo by Luna Park)

“PORTRAITS”
STEN + LEX / GAIA
October 16 – November 5, 2010
Opening Night: October 16, 7-10pm

Brooklynite Gallery: 334 Malcolm X Blvd., Brooklyn, New York 11233

Thank You For Respecting Paul Richard

For years I have seen Paul Richard’s plaques declaring anything and everything found on the streets of New York to be art for sale (if you have an extra $89,000 burning a hole in your pocket, that “stump, dirt, detrius & mixed media” could be yours!). Peep more of his site specific installations, as well as paintings, on his website, which I love for more reasons than I can list.

I got an even bigger laugh the other day when I saw that his latest project, in which he attempts to protect vandalism from vandalism, had moved to the wall at the corner of Spring & Bowery that has been a point of contention between a few artists lately.

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detail shot

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And here he is again, “protecting” Dolk in Williamsburg

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Also check out this performance piece of him hanging some of his signs around town:

Shots From Electric Windows 2010

Electric Windows - Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows – Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows - Bigfoot (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows – Bigfoot (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows - Cern (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows – Cern (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows - Chor Boogie (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows – Chor Boogie (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows - Chris Stain (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows – Chris Stain (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows - sketch (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows – sketch (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows - Elbow-Toe (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows – Elbow-Toe (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows - Joe Iurato (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows – Joe Iurato (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows - kids (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows – kids (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows - Kid Zoom (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows – Kid Zoom (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows - Logan Hicks (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows – Logan Hicks (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows - stencils (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows – stencils (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows - Mr Kiji (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows – Mr Kiji (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows - Peru Ana Ana Peru  (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows – Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows - Ron English (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows – Ron English (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows - Skewille (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows – Skewille (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows - Ava! (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows – Ava! (photo by Becki Fuller)

Beyond The Street Book Launch Party at Deitch Projects

Thursday night was the New York launch party for Patrick Nguyen and Stuart Mackenzie’s fantastic new book Beyond The Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art. If you don’t have a bad back or weak arms, I highly suggest that you pick one up (this beast weighs about 5-1/2 pounds). Even if your book collection is a small one, this tome definitely has a place in it and is bound to be a new classic.

Artists, curators, and contributors such as Dzine, Elbow Toe, Gaia, Saber, Ron English, Logan Hicks, MOMO, Faile, Sweet Toof, WK Interact, Jose Parla, Jonathan LeVine, Patti Astor, Hargo, Butterfly, Mikeion, Marc & Sara Schiller, Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant were all on hand to sign books. I am also proud to say that a photo of mine was included in the Swoon section of the book – though I definitely let a few people down when I had the sad duty of informing them that I was not in fact Swoon.

(photo by Becki Fuller)

(photo by Becki Fuller)

(photo by Becki Fuller)

(photo by Becki Fuller)

(photo by Becki Fuller)

(photo by Becki Fuller)

Gaia

No matter how many other projects this guy has going on, Gaia always finds time to show NYC some love. He’s only been back for about a week, but has already plastered the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens with some of his new work as well as a few more classic images. The sick thing is that every poster has been hand painted from projections, which is undoubtedly pretty labor intensive when you think about the size of his pieces. With his energy levels and enthusiasm for the streets, I know that we will be seeing a lot more from him over the next few weeks.

Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)

Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)

Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)

Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)

Welling Court Mural Project

Welling Court (photo by Becki Fuller)

Welling Court (photo by Becki Fuller)

Yesterday, members of the Welling Court neighborhood in Queens and a veritable who’s who of the street & graffiti world came together via Ad Hoc Art for a day of eating, dancing, painting & pasting. Wanting to beautify their neighborhood walls and enliven their surroundings, the ethnically diverse melting pot welcomed artists representing over 50 years of the street art movement to do the job. Participating artists include: Alice Mizrachi, Beast, Chris Mendoza, Chris Stain, Celso, Cern, Cey Adams, CR, Cycle, Dan Witz, Darkclouds, Daryll Peirce, Don Leicht, Free5, Gaia, Garrison & Alison Buxton, Greg Lamarche, John Fekner, Lady Pink, Leon Reid, Matt Siren, Michael De Feo, Mr. Kiji, Pablo Power, Peripheral Media Projects, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, Ron English, Royce Bannon, Sofia Maldonado, Swoon, TooFly, Tristan Eaton, and Veng RWK.

If you want to see the walls for yourself, a searchable address is 11-98 Welling Court, Queens, NY 11102. The project begins at the intersection of Welling Court, 30th Avenue and 12th Street and extends north along 30th Avenue and then east along Main Avenue, across the street from the Two Coves Community Garden.

SweetToof (photo by Becki Fuller)

SweetToof (photo by Becki Fuller)

Royce Bannon x Matt Siren (photo by Becki Fuller)

Royce Bannon x Matt Siren (photo by Becki Fuller)

Ron English x Dan Witz (photo by Becki Fuller)

Ron English x Dan Witz (photo by Becki Fuller)

PMP (photo by Becki Fuller)

PMP (photo by Becki Fuller)

JMR (photo by Becki Fuller)

JMR (photo by Becki Fuller)

Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)

Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)

Cern (photo by Becki Fuller)

Cern (photo by Becki Fuller)

Michael DeFeo (photo by Becki Fuller)

Michael DeFeo (photo by Becki Fuller)

Swoon (photo by Becki Fuller)

Swoon (photo by Becki Fuller)