Get Your Wall/Therapy in Rochester, NY

Freddy Sam (photo by Becki Fuller)

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.

Freddy Sam (photo by Becki Fuller)
Freddy Sam (photo by Becki Fuller)
Faith47 (photo by Becki Fuller)
Faith47 (photo by Becki Fuller)
Faith47 (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dal (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dal (photo by Becki Fuller)
Freddy Sam (photo by Becki Fuller)
Freddy Sam (photo by Becki Fuller)
Mak1one (photo by Becki Fuller)
Artists Dal, Faith47, Freddy Sam and Mak1one with local artists Shawn Dunwoody, Snoe (FUA Crew) and Zone (FUA Crew) (photo by Becki Fuller)
Mak1one (photo by Becki Fuller)
Freddy Sam (photo by Becki Fuller)
Oz FUA (photo by Becki Fuller)
Zoher FUA (photo by Becki Fuller)

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

Roc Brewing Co. beer flight (photo by Becki Fuller)

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

From Buenos Aires to Brooklyn: Jaz

Jaz x Cern (photo by Luna Park)

Argentinian artist Jaz has been putting work on the streets of Buenos Aires since the mid 1990s. Graffitimundo describes his recent work as featuring “Mexican “lucha libre” style wrestling figures with animal masks and part-man, part-beast figures locked in combat throughout the city.” His ‘manimals’ have sprung up in several locations in Brooklyn, including a feline-friendly collaborative wall with Cern as well as a piece with South African artist Freddy Sam.

Jaz x Cern close-up (photo by Luna Park)
Jaz x Freddy Sam (photo by Luna Park)

See more of Jaz’ work on Fatcap and Flickr.