After Os Gemeos in 2009, How & Nosm are the second set of twins to paint the Houston/Bowery wall. This is but the latest mural for the increasingly sought-after duo, having just completed back-to-back mural installations in Stavanger (Norway) and Prague (Czech Republic). The wall references Superstorm Sandy and is dedicated to the memory of developer and street art supporter extraordinaire, Tony Goldman, who recently passed.
In July 2011, Brooklyn native Ian Wilson brought Cape Town-based graffiti artists Faith47, Dal, Freddy Sam and Mak1one to Rochester, NY for the inaugural year of his mural project “Visual Intervention”. The artists painted several walls alongside members of the local graffiti crew, FUA and Shawn Dunwoody of the Four Walls Gallery. Wilson’s hope was for the walls to inspire and rehabilitate communities, bringing a positive & visually stimulating message of “belief” to a city that spends a good part of the year awash in the grays of winter (as I know all too well from growing up in Syracuse!). Clearly the murals were well received by the city, as later this month “Visual Intervention” will enter into its second movement, known as Wall/Therapy. The project appears to have grown, with more artists participating, coming from as far as Africa, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Belgium and New York City. The impressive lineup of artists, or “therapists” includes: DALEast, Ben Eine, Liqen, ROA, Cern, Case, St.Monci, Mr.Prvrt, Theivin’ Stephen, How and Nosm, and Siloette. See below for pictures of the walls from 2011 and for a list of all Wall/Therapy 2012 related events, including a fundraiser TONIGHT at the delicious Roc Brewing Co.
WALL/THERAPY 2012 Events
WALL\THERAPY “Therapy Session” Fundraiser at Roc Brewing Co.
56 S. Union St
Rochester, NY 14607
Saturday, July 14th 2pm-10pm
WALL\THERAPY Kickoff at 1975 Gallery
89 Charlotte St.
Rochester, NY 14607
Friday, July 20th 7pm-10pm
Street Art Block Party
Pennsylvania Avenue at The Rochester Public Market
280 N. Union St.
Rochester, NY 14609
Sunday, July 22nd 2pm-10pm.
Community Dialogue with the Artists
School of The Arts
45 Prince St.
Rochester, NY 14607
Wednesday, July 25th 6pm-7:30pm
After first seeing his work in person in Bristol a couple years ago, I’m very pleased that Sheffield-based artist Phlegm has finally come through New York. He made a playful addition to a figure Know Hope painted in March on an East Village wall organized by the MaNY Project (above). And he did up a huge wall next to a playground in Chelsea that’s sure to please kids as well as adults (below).
Last week, Cost completed his mural on the exterior of a garage at Bushwick’s Five Points.
The lovely and talented Cake recently installed three large portraits in the East Village. After hooking Know Hope up with a wall around the block, this is the second mural this year organized by the MaNY Project‘s seemingly tireless Keith Schweitzer for Fourth Arts Block‘s outdoor visual art program.
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):
This Friday, August 26th, Herm and Cycle will be throwing a big bash on a huge loading dock, fully decked out in murals by the two artists. I stopped by over the weekend to see how things were coming along, and to take some pictures to share. I can definitely say that it’s a cool space, and these guys have been busting themselves to get it ready, so here’s hoping that there’s a big turn out on Friday! Note that there’s a $5 cover at the door, but all proceeds are going to a residential rehabilitation center & school for high-risk girls in Isreal. So basically, you can party and support a worthy cause, which makes every beer taste so much sweeter!
During the final steamy days of July, artists Chris Stain, Billy Mode and Pat Voke braved the heat and humidity of NYC to paint the Factory Fresh curated Bushwick Art Park on Vandervoort Place. Together these childhood friends conquered the seemingly endless 25’ x 200’ wall, which had most recently been painted by Veng RWK. For more pictures and information, go to their website at www.inthedream.org (which has apparently been scientifically proven not to be full of horseshit, so there you go!).