Banksy I love NY Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

The following guest post is by Houda Lazrak, a graduate student in Museum Studies at New York University.

Last October, the British stencil artist Banksy paid an unexpected visit to New York City. And fervently chronicling the elusive artist’s daily workings — during his month-long residency —  was writer and photographer Ray Mock. The founder of Carnage NYC, Mock presents — in Banksy in New York – a comprehensive and insightful account of the month that captivated us street art aficionados, along with so many other New Yorkers.

Banksy in New York Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

For each of Banksy’s pieces, Mock offers a short narrative, providing insights into the various sites and neighborhoods, as well as into the artworks and the reactions they elicited. Each account is complemented with a range of photographs — from selected close-ups to shots of strangers’ poses with the pieces.

Banksy with hammer Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

In addition to chronicling the pieces that surface throughout the month, Mock shares first-hand insider anecdotes.  We follow him on his adventurous rides to the designated locations and we meet some of the others out there  – who, too, are obsessed with locating and photographing every Banksy piece that appears. Mock also offers us intriguing background information. He recounts, for example, how a half-joke by a local resident to charge for photographs of the East New York beaver stencil resulted in a price tag of $20 for each photograph shot that day.

Banksy East NY Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

As Banksy’s pieces — particularly those that are politically-motivated — are contingent on location, the local viewers’ reactions and interpretations are part of the process. Banksy’s piece, Ghetto 4 Life, in the Melrose section of the Bronx, for example, did not go over well with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, who had loved Banksy’s previous Ronald McDonald installation.

Banksy Ghetto 4 life Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

Despite all the attention Banksy’s residency received in the media, Mock provides us with something that was lacking — an overarching personal account of Banksy’s legacy on this city’s urban and social landscape. We speculate, along with Mock, on Banksy’s possible intentions and we embrace the artist’s uncensored creative expression.

Banksy Graffiti is a crime Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

In addition to the limited edition of the book — with a screen printed cover —  which can now be purchased via Ray’s site, a new hardcover edition will be available for pre-order on his site starting on November 3. It will also be in bookstores by Thanksgiving.

All photos by Ray Mock

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Just one block off the MTA Broadway-Junction station in East New York, Brooklyn are some of NYC’s most intriguing walls. Here’s a sampling of what I captured earlier this week in the bright sun:

Nicole Palapoli and Bugn

Nicole Palapoli and Bugn graffiti NYC In East New York, Brooklyn: Nicole Palapoli, Bugn, Rez, Meres, Sek3, Topaz, Lites, Jerms and Adam Fu

Rez

REZOR graffiti East New York NYC In East New York, Brooklyn: Nicole Palapoli, Bugn, Rez, Meres, Sek3, Topaz, Lites, Jerms and Adam Fu

Meres One

Meres graffiti NYC In East New York, Brooklyn: Nicole Palapoli, Bugn, Rez, Meres, Sek3, Topaz, Lites, Jerms and Adam Fu

Sek3

sek3 graffiti east new york nyc In East New York, Brooklyn: Nicole Palapoli, Bugn, Rez, Meres, Sek3, Topaz, Lites, Jerms and Adam Fu

Topaz

pazroc graffiti nyc In East New York, Brooklyn: Nicole Palapoli, Bugn, Rez, Meres, Sek3, Topaz, Lites, Jerms and Adam Fu

Lites 

Lites ftr graffiti In East New York, Brooklyn: Nicole Palapoli, Bugn, Rez, Meres, Sek3, Topaz, Lites, Jerms and Adam Fu

Jerms

Jerms graffiti east new york In East New York, Brooklyn: Nicole Palapoli, Bugn, Rez, Meres, Sek3, Topaz, Lites, Jerms and Adam Fu

Adam Fu

Adam Fu graffiti East New York NYC In East New York, Brooklyn: Nicole Palapoli, Bugn, Rez, Meres, Sek3, Topaz, Lites, Jerms and Adam Fu

Note: The image of Lites’s piece features the fashion model Tabitha Annette Miller, whom I met along with her stylist Sheryl Roberts during a photoshoot by RedHanded Imagery.

Photos by Lois Stavsky; keep posted to the Street Art NYC Facebook page for more images of recent walls in that location.

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Blek le rat stencil art graffiti Stencil Art Pioneer Blek Le Rat at the Quin and on NYC Streets

New works by the legendary French stencil artist Blek Le Rat – whose rats first surfaced on the streets of Paris in 1981 – can now be seen at the Quin on West 57th Street and on the streets of our city.

Here are two more works from the exhibit Escaping Paris, curated by DK Johnston, at the Quin:

The Violinist

Blek le rat stencil arton canvas Stencil Art Pioneer Blek Le Rat at the Quin and on NYC Streets

Obama

blek le rat obama stencil art Stencil Art Pioneer Blek Le Rat at the Quin and on NYC Streets

And the artist — captured — signing a spray can at a reception held earlier this month at the Quin

blek le rat signs can graffiti Stencil Art Pioneer Blek Le Rat at the Quin and on NYC Streets

We, also, discovered the following two new pieces on the streets of Manhattan:

In Little Italy for the LISA Project

Blek le rat in Little Italy Stencil Art Pioneer Blek Le Rat at the Quin and on NYC Streets

And the artist’s iconic portrait of Andy Warhol on West 57th Street 

blek le rat street art NYC Stencil Art Pioneer Blek Le Rat at the Quin and on NYC Streets

The first image is a close-up from The Tango Dancers.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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The ingenious InstaFame Phantom Art, conceived and curated by Nic 707, continues to bring old school writers — along with newer ones from NYC and beyond – back to the trains.  Here are a few images captured on recent rides:

Paulie Nassar and the legendary TAKI 183  — with background by Nic 707

Nassart and taki183 subway graffiti 1 Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

Anjl

Anji graffiti 1 train Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

Nic 707

Nic 707 graffiti on 1 train NYC 2 Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

Praxis

Praxis stencil art on subway 1 line edited 11 Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

Shiro 

shiro graffiti 1 train Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

Nic 707 and TAKI 183

Nic707 taki183 graffiti MTA subway train NYC Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

TAKI 183 with background by Nic 707

Taki 183 Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

Photo credits: 1 & 7, City-as-School intern Tyler Flores; 2 – 6, Lois Stavsky; 8, Nic 707

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With new murals outside and an array of artworks inside, Be Electric Studios on 1298 Willoughby Avenue is the site of a new exhibit featuring over 20 street muralists.  Here are a few images captured hours before it opened last night.

Chris & Veng RWK and Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett

robots will kill nichole salgar chuck berret street art murals NYC STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Nicholai Khan at work, FumeroRaquel EchaniqueChris & Veng RWK and Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett

 street murals bushwick nyc STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Magda Love at work

Magda love fumero mural STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Sonni

sonni art exhibit STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Joseph Meloy

Meloy art  STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Cernesto

Cern art on exhibit edited 1 STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

And Esteban del Valle adding some finishing touches to his indoor mural

Esteban Delvalle nural art  STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Curated by Kevin Michael, the exhibit continues through Monday, 12 – 11pm.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Known for his socially conscious, often satirical, stencils that have surfaced throughout his native Bogotá and beyond, Praxis has lately been sharing his vision and talents with us here in NYC.

Praxis street art nyc Bogotá Native Praxis Brings His Vision to NYC

What inspires you to get your work out there on public space?

I love to paint anywhere, on any surface – but especially in places where I know that folks will appreciate it.  I also like to paint in neighborhoods where there isn’t much art. Those are the spaces that need it. I like bringing cheer to others!

Have you any messages that you wish to convey in your artwork?

There is always some concept or message behind what I do. I’m especially concerned with animal rights and human injustice.

Are there any specific cultures that have influenced your aesthetic?

Certainly the culture in which I grew up in Bogotá. I’ve also been influenced by African culture and from what I read. I read a lot!

Praxis on 6 train Bogotá Native Praxis Brings His Vision to NYC

You’ve been in NYC for a few months now. Any particularly striking differences between painting here and back home in Bogotá?

Back home, there is more of an appreciation for artists who paint on the streets.  The people love it.  They bring us drinks and food, and they always make us feel welcome.

Any thoughts on the graffiti/ street art divide?

I don’t feel it. Many of the writers I know work with or alongside street artists.

How do you feel about the movement of graffiti and street art into galleries?

It’s a great opportunity for us to make money some money, although I often don’t like the attitude of some of the folks who run the galleries. And graffiti and street art really do belong on the streets!

Do you prefer working alone or collaborating with others?

Both; I enjoy the mix of different styles.

Praxis at welling court Bogotá Native Praxis Brings His Vision to NYC

Is there any one artist with whom you would especially like to collaborate?

C215.

Any thoughts about the role of the Internet in this scene?

It’s useful.

Do you have a formal arts education?

I did study art formally – but just about everything I learned was by painting with other artists.

What’s the riskiest thing you’ve done?

Bombing in cities far from home – like Berlin.

Praxis stencil art Grove Alley NYC Bogotá Native Praxis Brings His Vision to NYC

Were you ever arrested?

Twice back home in Bogota. I ended up each time spending over 12 hours with drunks and thieves – but they all liked graffiti.

How would you describe your ideal working environment?

Painting in La Candeleria in downtown Bogotá.

What percentage of your day is devoted to your art?

All of it!  When I’m not painting on the streets, I work as an illustrator.

Praxis artworK Bogotá Native Praxis Brings His Vision to NYC

Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece?

Of course!

How do you feel when you look back at the work you did a number of years back?

I feel that my skills have improved.

What do you see as the role of the artist in society?

To bring happiness to others.

What’s ahead?

I will be showing in STREET MURALS: An Exhibition, curated by Kevin Michael, opening this evening, October 24th 6pm-11pm at Be Electric on 1298 Willoughby Avenue in Bushwick, BK.

What do you see yourself doing in five years from now?

I would just like to paint all day every day!

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky; images 1 and 5 courtesy of the artist; photo 2 by Lois Stavsky; photos 3 and 4 by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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WK collagewith paint WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

A pop-up exhibit — celebrating the release of WK‘s fourth book WK/ACT4 (DRAGO) and the launch of his partnership with KLINIK – opened on Tuesday evening at The Garage in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.  A huge range of work — from mixed-media installations to huge murals — is featured. Here’s a sampling:

WK Installations WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

WK Interact mural book launch party WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

Close-up from huge mural featuring locations and images of WK‘s works in NYC public spaces

WK map close up WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

And the book

WK act 4 WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

WK signs book WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

The exhibit continues until Wednesday at 22 Little West 12th Street.  It remains open from 12 – 6pm.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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This past Saturday, the LISA Project celebrated its second anniversary party with a spirited Secret Walls battle in the now-famous parking lot on Little Italy’s Mulberry Street. Team Lowbrow’s Bishop 203MastroZimad, and Steiner competed against Team Supreme’s Lamour SupremeJeremyville, Boy Kong, and Nick Gazin. Here are a few images:

Bishop 203 and Zimad (R)

Zimad and bishop203 street art and graffiti NYC Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

Mastro

mastro street art graffiti secret walls NYC Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

Lamour Supreme at work

supreme team Secret walls Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

Jeremyville‘s draft 

team supreme mural sketch jeremyville Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

The illustrious judges: Sean Corcoran, Martha Cooper, Terror 161 and Carlo McCormick

Sean corcoran Martha Cooper Terror161 and Carlo McCormick LISA Project Secret Walls Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

The winning Team LowBrow members with LISA Project founder and director Wayne Rada

Lisa Project street art NYC Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

And the beloved “Taggers Delight” wall with NYC-based illustrator Sashalyn leaving her mark – to the left of Stikki Peaches

Sashalyn. stikki peaches street art Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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This is the fifth in a series of occasional posts featuring images of children that surface on NYC public spaces:

jef Aerosol paints stencil art Bushwick Collective NYC Kids on Walls — Part V: Jef Aerosol, Jerkface, LMNOPI, Kaffeine, Solus and Sexer

Jef Aerosol at the Bushwick Collective

Jef Aerosol street art nyc Kids on Walls — Part V: Jef Aerosol, Jerkface, LMNOPI, Kaffeine, Solus and Sexer

Jerkface in NoLita

jerkface rag n bone Kids on Walls — Part V: Jef Aerosol, Jerkface, LMNOPI, Kaffeine, Solus and Sexer

LMNOPI in Bushwick

lmnop earth revolution street art NYC Kids on Walls — Part V: Jef Aerosol, Jerkface, LMNOPI, Kaffeine, Solus and Sexer

Kaffeine for the Welling Court Mural Project

kaffeine street art welling court Kids on Walls — Part V: Jef Aerosol, Jerkface, LMNOPI, Kaffeine, Solus and Sexer

Solus in Little Italy for the Lisa Project, close-up

solus street art in little italy Kids on Walls — Part V: Jef Aerosol, Jerkface, LMNOPI, Kaffeine, Solus and Sexer

Sexer in the Bronx for the TAG Public Arts Project

sexer street art Bronx TAG NYC Kids on Walls — Part V: Jef Aerosol, Jerkface, LMNOPI, Kaffeine, Solus and Sexer

Photos 1, 3, 4 and 6 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2, 5 and 7 by Lois Stavsky

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Kurar1 French Stencil Artist Kurar at Chelsea’s Artemisia Gallery through 10.21

Based in France, Kurar crafts visually and conceptually engaging stencils. Often incorporating graffiti elements, they frequently take on such contentious subjects as politics and consumerism. Here are a few more images from his exhibit – on view through October 21 at Chelsea’s Artemisia Gallery.

Dirty Money

kurar dirty money French Stencil Artist Kurar at Chelsea’s Artemisia Gallery through 10.21

Liberty of 21st Century, close-up

Kurar stencil liberty of 21st century French Stencil Artist Kurar at Chelsea’s Artemisia Gallery through 10.21

Heritage

kurar Heritage French Stencil Artist Kurar at Chelsea’s Artemisia Gallery through 10.21

Wide view of select artworks on exhibit

Kurarin Chelsea Gallery French Stencil Artist Kurar at Chelsea’s Artemisia Gallery through 10.21

Sharing the space at 617 West 27th Street with Kurar is an exhibit of alluring new artworks by Indie 184, presented by Azart Gallery.

Photos of Kurar’s artworks by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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