Bushwick Collective

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

Jerkface in the East Village

Jerkface

Axel Void in East Harlem

"Axel Void"

Billy Mode and Chris Stain at the Bushwick Collective

"Billy Mode and Chris Stain"

Damien Mitchell at the Bushwick Collective

"Damien Mitchell"

Enzo and Nio in Williamsburg

Enzo and Nio in Williamsburg

Banksy on the Upper West Side

Banksy

Jef Aerosol at the Bushwick Collective

"Jef Aerosol"

Razo and Dead Rat on the Lower East Side

Razo

Photo 1, 3 – 6 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2, 7 & 8 by Lois Stavsky

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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"

Jef Aerosol at the Bushwick Collective

"Jef Aerosol"

Jerkface in NoLita

"Jerkface"

LMNOPI in Bushwick

LMNOP

Kaffeine for the Welling Court Mural Project

Kaffeine

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

Solus

Sexer in the Bronx for the TAG Public Arts Project

Sexer

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

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It’s been busy at the Bushwick Collective with new murals surfacing by local, regional and international artists. Here’s a small sampling of what’s been going down:

Mr. Prvrt — pictured above — with his new mural, and as seen, below, in Sunday’s sun

Mr. Prvrt

Bishop 203 to the left of Danielle Mastrion’s long-running Biggie mural

Bishop203

Thievin’ Stephen — at work on Jefferson off Saint Nicholas

"Thievin-Stephen"

And  tomorrow — Wednesday evening — at 5pm, Tyson, a dear friend of the Bushwick Collective, is opening his doors to his new restaurant, Arrogant Swine, at 173 Morgan Avenue.

Vers

Bushwick Collective founder and curator Joe Ficalora invites the Bushwick Collective fam to head over there. Expect to dine and wine with DJ’s, fire breathers, free tattoos and more surprises, along with a newly completed mural by Sexer.

Final image by Vers; all photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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This is the sixth in an occasional series featuring images of males who surface on NYC public spaces:

Dasic at the Bushwick Collective

"Dasic Fernandez"

Connor Harrington for the LISA Project in Downtown Manhattan

"Conor Harrington"

Icy & Sot and Sonni for the Bushwick Collective

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Sexer for the Bushwick Collective

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Damien Mitchell at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens

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 Danielle Mastrion near Yankee Stadium in the Bronx

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Photos 1 and 6 by Lois Stavsky; 2-5 by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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This is the 13th in an occasional series of posts featuring images of girls — and women — who grace our public spaces:

Swoon in Bushwick

Swoon

Bàlu in Inwood

Balu

Jana and Js at the Bushwick Collective

"Jana and Jes"

Damien Mitchell at the Bushwick Collective

"Damien Mitchell"

William Power and Joseph Meloy in the Bronx

"William Powers"

Danielle Mastrion and Lexi Bella at Welling Court

"Daniel Mastrion and Lexi Bella"

Zeso in Garden City

Zeso

Photos of Swoon, Jana & Js, Danielle Mastrion & Lexi Bella by Dani Reyes Mozeson; of Bàlu, Damien Mitchell, William Power & Joseph Meloy by Lois Stavsky; of Zeso courtesy of the artist 

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Solus

Based in Dublin, Ireland, Solus returned earlier this month to the the Bushwick Collective to participate in its annual block party and to share his aesthetic vision with us.  We also had the opportunity to find out a bit about him:

When and where did you first get up?

About seven years ago I started doing illegal stencils around Dublin.

What inspired you at the time?

I was working at a job that I hated. I thought that’s what everyone does! But I knew that I needed to make a change in my life. I was on a very self-destructive path. And so I started creating stencil art and never stopped. Street art saved my life!

Were you influenced or inspired by any particular artists?

Maser was, probably, my biggest inspiration, along with Will St Leger. They were very prolific around Dublin at the time.

Solus

Have you any preferred surfaces or spots?

Obviously flat surfaces are better in high-traffic spots.

How do you feel about the graffiti/street art divide?

I don’t think about it. It’s not relevant. I just do what I love.  But I’ve always been a huge fan of the TDA Klann, Ireland’s premier graffiti crew.

Your work has been exhibited in galleries world-wide and your new solo show is about to open in Montreal. Any thoughts about the movement of street art into galleries?

I think it is a good thing that it is being recognized as art and that people want to purchase it. I generally feel a little out of place at gallery shows because most of the time my clothes are covered in paint. I prefer being at the studio or tackling a wall.

Solus

Have you any other source of income these days?

I earn money from prints, canvases and commissions. I put all the money I make back into my artwork.

How do you feel about the increasing linkage between the street art world and the corporate world?

Only time will tell. It has become so mainstream that it may become oversaturated.

Why do you suppose graffiti is held in higher esteem in Europe than it is here in the States?

Probably because here in the U.S., it is associated with vandalism.

What inspires you these days?

The concept of a boy in a man’s world, punching above his weight and being victorious against all odds.

Solus

Are there any particular cultures that have influenced your aesthetics?

After visiting Korea, I did a series of works influenced by what I’d seen and experienced there.

Do you work with a sketch in hand or do you just let it flow?

I work with a sketch or a photo.

Are you generally satisfied with your work?

Increasingly so. But when I look back at what I did even one year ago, I feel I could have done better.

What percentage of your time is devoted to art?

100% of my time; it’s a 24/7 gig!

Solus

Any other interests?

Traveling. I’d love to paint everywhere!

Have you any favorite cities?

New York. There’s something in the air here. And it’s very competitive. I’d love to live here!

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

It’s the most important role one can have! Art makes people feel good, and it makes people think!

Solus

Note: Solus’s solo exhibit UNDERDOG opens this Thursday, June 19, at the Clark Street Mercantile in Montreal, Canada.

Photo credits: 1, 4 & 6. Lois Stavsky; 2 & 3. Courtesy of the artist; 5. Dani Reyes Mozeson

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These past few days have been busy at the Bushwick Collective. New walls have been surfacing daily and the Collective has launched its first indoor exhibit. Here’s a bit of what we captured yesterday and Thursday:

Vexta‘s mural — as seen yesterday — and Vexta at work here

Vexta

Adam Fu at work yesterday

"Adam Fu"

Sexer‘s newly completed mural

Sexer

Solus — in from Dublin — at work yesterday

Solus

 Vers at work yesterday

Vers

FKDL — in from Paris — checks out his progress 

RKDL

FKDL inside the gallery

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Jerkface begins

"Brian Jerkface"

Jerkface inside the gallery

"Brian Jerkface"

Also on view in the gallery — located at 426 Troutman Street — in the heart of the Bushwick Collective are works by: Blek le Rat, Solus, Rubin 415, Chris Stain, Dan Witz, Zimad, Joe Iurato, Sexer, Beau Stanton and Atom.   And at tomorrow’s block party you can see and celebrate it all with live street art, bands, food trucks, a beer tent and giveaways.

Photos of Vexta, Adam Fu, Solus and Vers by Lois Stavsky; of  FKDL, Sexer and Jerkface by Dani Reyes Mozeson; gallery images of  FKDL and Jerkface by Houda Lazrak

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