In New York for Rochester’s Wall/Therapy festival and the Wooster Collective’s 10th anniversary show at Jonathan Levine Gallery, the globetrotting Belgian artist Roa spent a couple of days relaxing in Brooklyn. Wednesday night he completed this coyote piece on the exterior of the newly relocated Pandemic Gallery.
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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.
Missing artist attributions welcome in the comments.
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):
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.
Having painted large-scale walls in the UK, in several cities across the US, Mexico, Germany, and Denmark to name but a few of places he’s been just this year, Roa’s had an incredibly prolific year. His latest show, Decomposition, just opened at Vienna’s Inoperable Gallery last week and word has it a trip to Australia is in the works. As luck would have it, my recent work trip to Berlin allowed me the opportunity to catch the closing day of Roa’s Transit show at Skalitzers. He also painted a monstrous outdoor wall in the Kjosk lot down the street from the gallery (you can see photos of him in action on Just’s blog).
Below are just a few impressions from the show featuring some his signature interactive pieces. There are more images from Transit over on Skalitzers’ site.
Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Photos include work of: El Mac, Retna, How, Nosm, Aryz, Veng, Themo, Deem, ECB, “Sugar Junkie”, Specter, Sweet Toof, The Dude Company, Ludo, Skewville, C215, Dolk, MOMO, Faile, Swoon, Chris Stain, Joe Iurato, Lapiztola, Dan Witz, Gaia, Elbow Toe, Sofia Maldonado, Shepard Fairey, Steve Powers, Over Under, N D’A, Broken Crow, Cern, Cekis, Jef Aerosol, Cash4, Smells, Rambo, Trusto Corp, White Cocoa, Rime, Swampy, Celso, Nekst, Paul Richard, Goya, Faro, Darkcloud, Sadue, Gen2, UFO, Roa, Cahil Muraghu, Tati, and Kid Acne
With a successful show with LA’s Thinkspace Gallery at New Puppy Gallery in November under this belt, Roa flew to Miami to participate in Primary Flight. His lengthy wall on a yellow background was the first thing I saw upon arriving in the Design District (photos below). This week he’s been busy again in Brooklyn, adorning the gates at Factory Fresh with a pair of squirrels.
Roa’s contribution to this year’s Primary Flight in Miami.
Skewville x Fumero
Michael DeFeo (Happy Birthday from The Street Spot, too, Marianna!)
El Mac & Retna
El Mac & Retna
Os Gemeos x Nina x Finok
Alter-Ego x Tes One
Joe Iurato x Chris Stain
Joe Iurato x Chris Stain
Celso x Junkyard Studios
Jose Bedia (oldie but goodie)
Ca$h For Your Warhol
Shark Toof x Space Invader x Dick Chicken
Noh J Coley
Demer x Col
How x Nosm
Wynwood Walls – Futura x Shepard Fairey
Shepard Fairey DJing the “Tresspass” Book Signing