Patrick Verel Graffiti Murals Patrick Verel on <em>Graffiti Murals: Exploring the Impacts of Street Art</em>

In his highly acclaimed book Graffiti Murals: Exploring the Impacts of Street Art, free-lance writer and photographer Patrick Verel presents six case studies, along with dozens of photographs, exploring the role of sanctioned graffiti murals and street art in the urban environment. I recently met up with him and had the opportunity to ask him a few questions:

What spurred your interest in this topic?

I was always into graffiti.  I have a short attention span, and I love being surprised! Cities stimulate me and graffiti is part of that stimulation.

How did this initial interest evolve into a book?

I never thought I’d actually write a book. It developed from the thesis that I wrote when I was enrolled in Fordam University’s Urban Studies Master’s Program.

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You focus on six cases from the South Bronx to Trenton, New Jersey. How did you connect to all of the folks whom you interviewed?

I sent out lots of emails after poking around the Internet.  And I made some of the connections via my Flickr contacts — like the photographer Luna Park, who hooked me up with Robots Will Kill.

What were some of the obstacles you encountered while doing your research?

Getting people to talk to me and synthesizing all of the information.

Patrick Verel 5Pointz graffiti NYC Patrick Verel on <em>Graffiti Murals: Exploring the Impacts of Street Art</em>

You seem to have accomplished that quite well! What — would you say – was the mission of your book?

To change the way so many people think about graffiti. To introduce them to the positive benefits of graffiti murals in enhancing the urban environment.

Are there any particular factors that assure the success of these interventions?

So much depends upon the owner of the space and his relationship with the artists. That owner must be able to trust the artists to do what they want.  And a successful collaboration demands money, effort and time.

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Were there any unexpected outcomes following the publication of the book?

Yes! I received a positive response from City Government, and I connected to Natalie Raben of the Lower East Side BID and the 100 GATES Program.

Have you noticed any changes in the graffiti/street art since you wrote your book?

There seem to be more projects, like the Bushwick Collective and the Welling Court Mural Project, that give artists legal opportunities to paint outdoors.

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Published by Schiffer Publishing, Graffiti Murals: Exploring the Impacts of Street Art, is available online and in most bookstores.

Interview by Lois Stavsky

Photos of murals by Patrick Verel

1. Book cover, Lank completes mural he painted with Delve, Luv1 and Casso in Jersey City

2. Wallnuts mural in Gowanus with Dos, Chester, Muse, Been3 and Werc

3. 5Pointz in LIC with Meres, Zimad and more

4. Robots Will Kill in Bushwick with Chris, Veng, Peeta, Never & ECB

5. Taste, Mek, Evak, Sno Reo & Zoe at TerraCycle in Trenton, NJ

Note: Our highly acclaimed Street Art NYC App is now available here at Google Play for Android devices.

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Ernest Zacharevic and Martha Cooper street art NYC Kids on Walls — Part IX: Ernest Zacharevic with Martha Cooper, Icy & Sot, Priscila De Carvalho, Joe Iurato with Logan Hicks and Anthony Lister

This is the ninth in a series of occasional posts featuring images of children that have surfaced on NYC public spaces:

Also by Ernest Zacharevic with Martha Cooper, huge segment of mural at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center — with the Bushwick Collective

Ernest zacharevic street art NYC Kids on Walls — Part IX: Ernest Zacharevic with Martha Cooper, Icy & Sot, Priscila De Carvalho, Joe Iurato with Logan Hicks and Anthony Lister

 Icy & Sot in Bushwick

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Priscila De Carvalho in Bushwick

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Joe Iurato and Logan Hicks, as seen at the Bushwick Collective awhile back.

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Anthony Lister with the the Bushwick Collective

anthony lister stret art nyc Kids on Walls — Part IX: Ernest Zacharevic with Martha Cooper, Icy & Sot, Priscila De Carvalho, Joe Iurato with Logan Hicks and Anthony Lister

Photo Credits: 1, 2 & 4 Tara Murray; 3, 5 & 6 Lois Stavsky

Note:  The highly acclaimed Street Art NYC App is now available here at Google Play for Android devices.

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torch paints graffiti Newark NJ New in Newark, New Jersey: Torch, Mesk, Era, Goomba, Goal, Ajae, Grope, 4Sakn, Emo, Tiper and Mad Hatter Graffiti

The walls of two factory buildings on Abington Avenue in Newark, New Jersey have recently been transformed into an exhilarating, open-air graffiti gallery showcasing a range of styles. Here are a few more images I captured while visiting yesterday:

Mesk 

Mesk graffiti aerosol art newark new jersey New in Newark, New Jersey: Torch, Mesk, Era, Goomba, Goal, Ajae, Grope, 4Sakn, Emo, Tiper and Mad Hatter Graffiti

Era

ERA graffiti Newark NJ New in Newark, New Jersey: Torch, Mesk, Era, Goomba, Goal, Ajae, Grope, 4Sakn, Emo, Tiper and Mad Hatter Graffiti

Goomba and Goal

goomba and goal graffiti newark nj New in Newark, New Jersey: Torch, Mesk, Era, Goomba, Goal, Ajae, Grope, 4Sakn, Emo, Tiper and Mad Hatter Graffiti

Ajae at work

ajae paints graffiti newark NJ New in Newark, New Jersey: Torch, Mesk, Era, Goomba, Goal, Ajae, Grope, 4Sakn, Emo, Tiper and Mad Hatter Graffiti

Grope DNA

Grope DNA graffiti newark new jersey New in Newark, New Jersey: Torch, Mesk, Era, Goomba, Goal, Ajae, Grope, 4Sakn, Emo, Tiper and Mad Hatter Graffiti

4Sakn

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Emo

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Tiper

Tiper graffiti newark NJ New in Newark, New Jersey: Torch, Mesk, Era, Goomba, Goal, Ajae, Grope, 4Sakn, Emo, Tiper and Mad Hatter Graffiti

Mad Hatter

mad hatter graffiti newark new jersey New in Newark, New Jersey: Torch, Mesk, Era, Goomba, Goal, Ajae, Grope, 4Sakn, Emo, Tiper and Mad Hatter Graffiti

Note: First image is by Torch

Special thanks to Rachel and Chris for introducing me to Newark’s thriving graffiti scene and to Torch for his passion and knowledge, who — along with Ram – made this particular Abington Avenue spot possible.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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Jily Ballistic and JPO art 17 Frost <em>SOLD Magazine</em> Launches with Exhibit at 17 Frost: Jily Ballistic with JPO, Chris RWK,  Raquel Echanique, Elle and Ramiro Davaro

SOLD Magazine launched this past Thursday evening with an exhibit — co-curated with Ellis Gallagher — and party at 17 Frost. When I stopped by early in the evening, I had the opportunity to speak to John Paul O’Grodnick, who — along with Greg Frederick and BD White – made it all happen.

 Just what is SOLD Magazine?

SOLD Magazine is a free magazine by artists for artists and art lovers. Among its features are: artists interviewing each other, studio visits, artist and photographer profiles, a travel section and much more.

What motivated you thee to launch it?

A sense that artists need a new platform for exposure. Our mission is to provide that platform.

chris rwk art 17 frost <em>SOLD Magazine</em> Launches with Exhibit at 17 Frost: Jily Ballistic with JPO, Chris RWK,  Raquel Echanique, Elle and Ramiro Davaro

 When did you guys first begin working on SOLD Magazine? And how did you fund it?

We began working on it at the beginning of October, and we funded it via a Kickstarter campaign.

It’s great that your campaign was so successful! What has been your greatest challenge in seeing this through?

Rounding up the artists whom we wanted to participate in our venture.

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 Was it an open call? How did you decide which artists to include?

No! It was artists we’ve known and worked with in the past. Some of them suggested others.

How often do you expect to publish SOLD Magazine?

Once every three months. It is intended as a quarterly.

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How will folks be able to get hold of it?

We plan to make it available in galleries and museums throughout the city, as well as in local businesses here in Williamsburg.

I notice that this premier issue focuses on female artists, with your first cover featuring Gilf and Elle. What can we expect in future issues?

Every issue will have a theme. Our next one will focus on collaborations.

Ramiro Davato art at 17 Frost <em>SOLD Magazine</em> Launches with Exhibit at 17 Frost: Jily Ballistic with JPO, Chris RWK,  Raquel Echanique, Elle and Ramiro Davaro

 That sounds great! Congratulations!

Note: The above images of are of works that were on exhibit and for sale at Thursday evening’s SOLD Magazine‘s launch:

1. Jily Ballistic and John Paul O’Grodnick aka JPO

2. Chris RWK

3. Raquel Echanique

4. Elle

5. Ramiro Davaro

Interview by Lois Stavsky and photos by Tara Murray

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Nick walker I love New York Quin Hotel Nick Walker at the Quin and on the Streets of Manhattan

Best-known for his sharply dressed, bowler-hatted vandal, the legendary British stencil artist Nick Walker — the  first ever artist-in-residence at the Quin Hotel – has returned!  Curated by DK Johnston, a series of Walker’s new artworks, along with his classic iconic stencil works, remain on view at the Quin through February 18th.  What follows are a few more images of his works on exhibit:

The vandal on 57th Street across from the Quin

Nick walker stencil art Quin Exhibit NYC Nick Walker at the Quin and on the Streets of Manhattan

The vandal gets busy

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The vandal leaves his mark on a pair of Louboutins

Nick walker stencil art Quin Hotel NYC Nick Walker at the Quin and on the Streets of Manhattan

And here are a few of his huge stencil works currently on the streets of Manhattan:

In Chelsea

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On the Upper East Side

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In Little Italy

Nick Walker Little Italy street art Nick Walker at the Quin and on the Streets of Manhattan

The Quin Hotel is located at 101 West 57th Street at Sixth Avenue.

Photos: 1 & 6 Lois Stavsky; 2 & 3 Sara Mozeson; 4 courtesy DK Johnston and 5 & 7 Tara Murray

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This is the 17th in an occasional series of posts featuring images of girls — and women — who grace NYC public spaces:

Swoon in Red Hook

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JR in the East Village

JR sreet art nyc Girls on NYC Walls, Part XVIII: Swoon, JR, Gabriel Pitcher, Panmela Castro with Opni, Ramiro Davaro and Anthony Lister

Gabriel Pitcher in Bushwick

gabriel pitcher street art nyc Girls on NYC Walls, Part XVIII: Swoon, JR, Gabriel Pitcher, Panmela Castro with Opni, Ramiro Davaro and Anthony Lister

Panmela Castro with Opni in the Bronx

panmela castro street art bronx nyc Girls on NYC Walls, Part XVIII: Swoon, JR, Gabriel Pitcher, Panmela Castro with Opni, Ramiro Davaro and Anthony Lister

Ramiro Davaro with JMZ Walls in Bushwick

ramiro davaro street art nyc Girls on NYC Walls, Part XVIII: Swoon, JR, Gabriel Pitcher, Panmela Castro with Opni, Ramiro Davaro and Anthony Lister

 Anthony Lister in Bushwick

Anthony Lister street art bushwick nyc 2 Girls on NYC Walls, Part XVIII: Swoon, JR, Gabriel Pitcher, Panmela Castro with Opni, Ramiro Davaro and Anthony Lister

Close-up of Lister’s ballerina

Lister street art close up bushwick nyc Girls on NYC Walls, Part XVIII: Swoon, JR, Gabriel Pitcher, Panmela Castro with Opni, Ramiro Davaro and Anthony Lister

 Photo credits: 1 & 2 Tara Murray; 3-5 Lois Stavsky, and 6 & 7 Dani Reyes Mozeson

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On a mission to find public art in my Manhattan neighborhood, I hit Riverside Park yesterday afternoon. Here’s a sampling of what I found walking among the snow drifts — overlooking the Hudson River — from 72nd Street down to 59th Street:

Sukyung KimFlow 1 – Cascade

Sukyung Kim Flow1 Cascade NYC sculpture public art Searching for Public Art in Riverside Park on a Snowy Sunday Afternoon: Sukyung Kim, Kate Jansyn, Paola Morales, Lee Apt and Ken Shih

Kate Jansyn, Fragment of an Angel

Kate Jansyn Fragment of an Angel Public Art Sculpture NYC Searching for Public Art in Riverside Park on a Snowy Sunday Afternoon: Sukyung Kim, Kate Jansyn, Paola Morales, Lee Apt and Ken Shih

Paola Morales, Thrive

Paola Morales Thrive public art sculpture Riverside Park Searching for Public Art in Riverside Park on a Snowy Sunday Afternoon: Sukyung Kim, Kate Jansyn, Paola Morales, Lee Apt and Ken Shih

Lee Apt, Jubilation

Lee Apt Jubilation sculpture NYC Searching for Public Art in Riverside Park on a Snowy Sunday Afternoon: Sukyung Kim, Kate Jansyn, Paola Morales, Lee Apt and Ken Shih

Jubiliation, in its entirety from another angle

Lee Apt Jubilation public art sculpture NYC Searching for Public Art in Riverside Park on a Snowy Sunday Afternoon: Sukyung Kim, Kate Jansyn, Paola Morales, Lee Apt and Ken Shih

Ken Shih, Can Love Pervade Space? close-up of huge installation

Ken Shih Can Love Pervade Space public artsculpture close up NYC. Searching for Public Art in Riverside Park on a Snowy Sunday Afternoon: Sukyung Kim, Kate Jansyn, Paola Morales, Lee Apt and Ken Shih

Accidental art

Accidental Art Riverside Park NYC Searching for Public Art in Riverside Park on a Snowy Sunday Afternoon: Sukyung Kim, Kate Jansyn, Paola Morales, Lee Apt and Ken Shih

Note: Images 1-6  – of the Model to Monument Program (M2M) – represent a collaboration between the Art Students League of New York and New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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This is the eighth in a series of occasional posts featuring some of the curious characters that surface on NYC streets:

Mike Lee in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

mike lee street art nyc Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part VIII: Mike Lee, Werc, Elle with the London Police, Buff Monster, Binho and Esteban del Valle

Werc, close-up in Long Island City

werc close up street art nyc Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part VIII: Mike Lee, Werc, Elle with the London Police, Buff Monster, Binho and Esteban del Valle

Elle and the London Police on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

elle and london police street art nyc 2 Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part VIII: Mike Lee, Werc, Elle with the London Police, Buff Monster, Binho and Esteban del Valle

Buff Monster at the Bushwick Collective

buff monster street art nyc Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part VIII: Mike Lee, Werc, Elle with the London Police, Buff Monster, Binho and Esteban del Valle

Binho in Long Island City

binho street art nyc Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part VIII: Mike Lee, Werc, Elle with the London Police, Buff Monster, Binho and Esteban del Valle

Esteban del Valle at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens

Esteban del valle welling court street art nyc  Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part VIII: Mike Lee, Werc, Elle with the London Police, Buff Monster, Binho and Esteban del Valle

Photo credits: 1, 3 & 5 Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2, 4 & 6 Lois Stavsky

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Juan Travieso street art Hialeah Miami In Hialeahs New Arts District with: Juan Travieso, Nicole Salgar, Reinier Gamboa, Ernesto Maranje and Diana Contreras aka Didi Rok

A vibrant art scene has begun to emerge in Miami’s largely industrial Hialeah neighborhood.  What follows are a few more murals — all painted by Miami-based artists — that greeted me there on my recent visit:

Nicole Salgar

nmsalgar street art Hialeah Miami In Hialeahs New Arts District with: Juan Travieso, Nicole Salgar, Reinier Gamboa, Ernesto Maranje and Diana Contreras aka Didi Rok

Reinier Gamboa

Reinier Gamboa street art Hialeah Miami In Hialeahs New Arts District with: Juan Travieso, Nicole Salgar, Reinier Gamboa, Ernesto Maranje and Diana Contreras aka Didi Rok

Ernesto Maranje

ernesto maranje street art Hialeah Miami In Hialeahs New Arts District with: Juan Travieso, Nicole Salgar, Reinier Gamboa, Ernesto Maranje and Diana Contreras aka Didi Rok

Miami-based Diana Contreras aka Didi Rok

Didi rok street art hialeah Miami In Hialeahs New Arts District with: Juan Travieso, Nicole Salgar, Reinier Gamboa, Ernesto Maranje and Diana Contreras aka Didi Rok

First image was painted by Juan Travieso

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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What follows are a few more images representative of the wonderfully diverse range of murals gracing Wynwood Walls:

Chinese-born DALeast

Daleast street art wynwood walls At Wynwood Walls, Part II: DALeast, Cryptik, Faith47, Gaia, Crash and Ernest Zacharevic

West Coast-based Cryptik

cryptik close up street art wynwood walls At Wynwood Walls, Part II: DALeast, Cryptik, Faith47, Gaia, Crash and Ernest Zacharevic

South African artist Faith47

faith47 street art wynwood walls1 At Wynwood Walls, Part II: DALeast, Cryptik, Faith47, Gaia, Crash and Ernest Zacharevic

Baltimore-based Gaia

Gaia street art at Wynwood Walls1 At Wynwood Walls, Part II: DALeast, Cryptik, Faith47, Gaia, Crash and Ernest Zacharevic

Bronx-based John Matos aka Crash

crash street art wynwood walls At Wynwood Walls, Part II: DALeast, Cryptik, Faith47, Gaia, Crash and Ernest Zacharevic

Lithuanian born Ernest Zacharevic

ernest zacharevic street art wynwood walls At Wynwood Walls, Part II: DALeast, Cryptik, Faith47, Gaia, Crash and Ernest Zacharevic

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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