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Groundswell public art community NYC  Groundswell Youth Muralists    with Esteban del Valle and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez    Address Mass Incarceration on Brownsville Mural

We were introduced to Esteban del Valle’s remarkable talents a number of years back at 5Pointz. We’ve since seen his deftly crafted artwork in Bushwick, the Lower East Side, Red Hook, Welling Court and recently at the 21st Precinct Art Exhibit.  And in addition to forging his own artwork, Esteban has been sharing his skills and vision with youth this past summer in Brownsville, Brooklyn.  Last week, the mural created by 17 young men in Groundswell’s Summer Leadership Institute, along with Esteban and his assistant artist, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez, was officially unveiled.  Located at 417 Junius Street on the wall of the Food Bazaar Supermaket, it represents the best possible model for public art. At the mural’s dedication ceremony, I had the opportunity to find out from Esteban a bit more about this particular project, P. I. C. T. U. R. E. S Prison Industrial Complex: Tyranny Undermining Rights, Education and Society.

Esteban del valle public mural NYC  Groundswell Youth Muralists    with Esteban del Valle and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez    Address Mass Incarceration on Brownsville Mural

This mural is quite amazing. When did you begin working on it?

We began on July 2nd.

Can you tell us something about the process?

We spent the first two weeks researching the issue, discussing the justice system and designing our representation of it. The final four weeks were devoted to painting the mural.

Groundswell Public Art  Groundswell Youth Muralists    with Esteban del Valle and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez    Address Mass Incarceration on Brownsville Mural

Why this topic?

It’s of particular relevance to this community. We see this mural as a way to raise awareness and provoke discussion about the subject of the prison industrial complex. Some of the youth involved in this all-male Making His’tory mural team have had first-hand experience with the way the justice system functions.

Esteban del valle public mural  Groundswell Youth Muralists    with Esteban del Valle and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez    Address Mass Incarceration on Brownsville Mural

How have the young muralists responded to this project?

The response has been great. We’ve had many intense discussions and we can all walk away with a sense of accomplishment.

What has this experience been like for you, personally?

It was very exciting. And it was great for all of us to see an idea executed into a reality.

Esteban del valle and Groundswell youth street art mural close up  Groundswell Youth Muralists    with Esteban del Valle and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez    Address Mass Incarceration on Brownsville Mural

Have you any personal message?

With these tools (pen and paint brush in hand), you can change your life and your community.

Elijah Barrington, one of the project’s participants, added the following to our conversation:  We sweated every day to get this wall to look the way we wanted it to. I felt focused and happy, and I learned so much. I’m already looking forward to the next project.

Brief interview and photos by Lois Stavsky

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Topaz graffiti NYC At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Yesterday at noon, the 14th edition of the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame, presented by Joey TDS and James Top, was officially launched inside the famed East Harlem schoolyard on 106th Street and Park Avenue. Here is a small sampling of what went down during the early afternoon:

Topaz

Topaz graffiti mural NYC At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Scratch

scratch graffiti hall of fame At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Ligisd

Graffiti Hall of Fame At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Hops

Hops street Art graffiti hall of fame At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Bver

Bver graffiti hall of fame NYC At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Wiz Art

Wiz Art graffiti hall of fame nyc At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Queen Andrea

Queen Andrea graffiti Hall of Fame NYC At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

 And earlier in the week, Tats Cru – with Crash and Nick Walker – fashioned a huge mural outside the school yard. Here are some close-ups:

crash bio nick walker At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Tats Cru graffti Hall of Fame copy At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Tats close up At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

The 14th edition of the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame continues today from noon to 8pm.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Curated by Robert Aloia, along with VNA Magazine, Beau, Todd Masters, NY St. Gallery and Suzuki Capital LLC, 21st Precinct opens this evening at the former space of the 21st Precinct at 327 East 22nd Street. Reminiscent of this past winter’s Surplus Candy – although on a much larger scale – dozens of artists have transformed five stories into an expressive, inventive canvas charged with unfettered energy. What follows is a small sampling of close-ups from larger installations:

Esteban Del Valle

Esteban del valle painting 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NYC 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Sheryo and the Yok

sheryo yok installation 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NYC 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

N. Carlos Jay

N Carlos Jay close up 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NYC 2 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Nepo

Nepo installation 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NYC 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Chris Soria

Chris Sora 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

RAE

RAE edited 1 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Ghost, GIZ and Duel with a message

Ghost GIZ Duel 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NYC 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Pixote

Pixote 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NY 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Lorenzo Masnah, APC

Lorenzo Masnah 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Presented by Outlaw Arts, Savior Elmundo and Pesu, the exhibit opens this evening at 6pm. It will be open again tomorrow from 1-6pm and next Saturday and Sunday 1-6pm.

exhibit outlaw arts 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Photo of Nepo by Lois Stavsky; all others by Sara C. Mozeson

Note: Keep posted to the StreetArtNYC Facebook page for more images from this landmark exhibit.

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abstrk and Miss Reds graffiti street art NYC 2 004 East Coast Tour in Bushwick with Graffiti Artists: Abstrk, Miss Reds, Ewok, Duel, Ticoe, Jick, Aloy & more

Last weekend, the walls in Bushwick on Moore and White Streets became the canvas for Miami-based oo4′s East Coast tour. Here is a sampling of what was seen:

Ewok 5MH

Ewok graffiti letters NYC 004 East Coast Tour in Bushwick with Graffiti Artists: Abstrk, Miss Reds, Ewok, Duel, Ticoe, Jick, Aloy & more

Duel RIS

Duel MCI RIS graffiti Bushwick NYC 004 East Coast Tour in Bushwick with Graffiti Artists: Abstrk, Miss Reds, Ewok, Duel, Ticoe, Jick, Aloy & more

Ticoe

Ticoe graffiti NYC 2 004 East Coast Tour in Bushwick with Graffiti Artists: Abstrk, Miss Reds, Ewok, Duel, Ticoe, Jick, Aloy & more

Jick

Jick graffiti Bushwick NYC 004 East Coast Tour in Bushwick with Graffiti Artists: Abstrk, Miss Reds, Ewok, Duel, Ticoe, Jick, Aloy & more

Jick graffiti NYC 004 East Coast Tour in Bushwick with Graffiti Artists: Abstrk, Miss Reds, Ewok, Duel, Ticoe, Jick, Aloy & more

Miss Reds at work and more

abstrk graffiti Bushwick NYC 004 East Coast Tour in Bushwick with Graffiti Artists: Abstrk, Miss Reds, Ewok, Duel, Ticoe, Jick, Aloy & more

Aloy

Aloy graffitiNYC 004 East Coast Tour in Bushwick with Graffiti Artists: Abstrk, Miss Reds, Ewok, Duel, Ticoe, Jick, Aloy & more

First photo is of Abstrk and Miss Reds. All action photos by Tara Murray; all others by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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The legendary Bronx-based graffiti artist John Matos aka Crash has been busy these days — with work on the streets, on exhibit and on Ferrari cars.  Here’s a sampling:

At work on the Lower East Side last month for the Lisa Project

crash paints in NYC The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

Recently-completed mural up in the Bronx for TAG Public Arts Project

crash graffiti Bronx The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

At opening of Broken English at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Crash at opening The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

With spray paint on canvas in Broken English at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Wrapped in My Own Existence

Wrapped in my own existence The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

On exhibit in City as Canvas at the Museum of the City of New York, acrylic on canvas, 1986

Crash city as canvas The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

For the Crash Ferrari Art Project, a collaborative venture with Joe “MAC” of Martino Auto Concepts and the Dorian Grey Gallery, on exhibit beginning today, July 24, through July 28 at Art Southampton

Matos art on Ferrari The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

Matos paints auto The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

Matos and Martino Auto concepts The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

Photos: 1, 3 and 5 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; photo 2 by Lois Stavsky; photo 4 courtesy of the artist and photos 6-8, courtesy Bettina Cataldi

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Keo xmen graffiti NYC Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

On exhibit through this week at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village is Born in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip-Hop. Among its many highlights are: memorabilia featuring personal narratives and archives of hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa;  hip-hop party flyers and clothing designed by the late Buddy Esquire; original cells from the animated sequences of Charlie Ahearn’s film Wild Style and prints of Joe Conzo’s photographs of the early days of hip hop.

Here is a sampling of what greeted us when we visited this past Tuesday:

On the exterior of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise

Afrika Bambaataa Born in the Bronx NYC Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

U.K.- based Paul Insect‘s portrait of Afrika Bambaataa

Paul Insect street art NYC Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

And inside the gallery — noted DJ, producer and poet Rich Medina going though the bins of duplicates from Afrika Bambaataa‘s record collection

Rich Medina DJ Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

 Close-up from installation of Buddy Esquire‘s clothing and flyer designs

Buddy Esquire installation Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

Afrika Bambaataa fashioned from Bambaataa’s records by Paul Insect and Bäst

Bast recycled records Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

Selections from Joe Conzo’s’s seminal Born in the Bronx

Joe Conzo Photos Born in the Bronx Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

Joe Conzo and Charlie Ahearn

Joe Conzo Charlie Ahearn Born in the Bronx Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

The pioneering MC and hip-hop historian Grandmaster Caz

Grandmaster Caz Born in the Bronx Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

And legendary b-boy Crazy Legs

Crazy Legs Spinning Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

With Charlie Ahearn

Charlie ahearn and crazy legs Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

Exhibited by Boo-Hooray and curated by Johan Kugelberg, Born in the Bronx is an extraordinary tribute to hip-hop’s early days and its everlasting influence. And if you can get over there tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon — between 1-3pm — you will be treated to a Born In The Bronx Hot Platter Lunch DJ Session with DJ Jazzy Jay and DJ Rockin Rob. The gallery is located at 620 Greenwich Street at the corner of Leroy Street in the Village.

Photos 1-4, 7, 8 & 10 by Lois Stavsky;  5, 6 & 9 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; photo 1 features mural by Keo X-men

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gallery nine5 will host a block party this evening — from 6-8pm — to celebrate the transformation of its gallery walls into a vibrant, magical public sphere. Here are a few recently captured images:

Vor138‘s completed piece with TATS CRU on the left and Bisco Smith to the right

Tats Cru andVor138 and Bisco Smith graffiti and street art gallery nine5 to Host Group Ink Block Party This Evening with Tats Cru, Vor138, Bisco Smith, Shiro, Ket and Rubin415

Vor138

Vor 138 graffiti gallery nine5 to Host Group Ink Block Party This Evening with Tats Cru, Vor138, Bisco Smith, Shiro, Ket and Rubin415

Shiro at work

Shiro paints gallery nine5 to Host Group Ink Block Party This Evening with Tats Cru, Vor138, Bisco Smith, Shiro, Ket and Rubin415

And her completed piece

Shiro graffiti characters Gallery Nine5 gallery nine5 to Host Group Ink Block Party This Evening with Tats Cru, Vor138, Bisco Smith, Shiro, Ket and Rubin415

Ket – who has been transforming his original piece with political references and names of victims of violence and war; it’s certain to look different this evening from the close-up captured here!

Ket political graffiti gallery nine5 to Host Group Ink Block Party This Evening with Tats Cru, Vor138, Bisco Smith, Shiro, Ket and Rubin415

And the always-wonderful Rubin415 at work on Monday

Rubin415 paints abstract graffiiti gallery nine5 to Host Group Ink Block Party This Evening with Tats Cru, Vor138, Bisco Smith, Shiro, Ket and Rubin415

gallery nine5 is located at 24 Spring Street, and if you can’t make it this evening, you can check out the site-specific exhibit through July 30.

group Ink gallery nine5 to Host Group Ink Block Party This Evening with Tats Cru, Vor138, Bisco Smith, Shiro, Ket and Rubin415

Photos: 1-4 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 5-6 by Lois Stavsky

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Presented by No Longer Empty in partnership with Broadway Housing Communities, If You Build It features a range of artwork in different media by more than twenty local, national, and international artists. Located at 155th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Sugar Hill on a site designed by architect David Adjaye, the exhibit — along with an impressive array of events and programs – continues through August 10. Here is a sampling of the artworks that can be seen on the site’s grounds and in future apartments:

Rául Ayala, A Blaze of Glory

Raul Ayala mural no longer empty No Longer Empty Brings If You Build It to Sugar Hill, Harlem with Rául Ayala, Moses Ros Suárez, Carlos Mare, Radcliffe Bailey, Scherezade García, Brendan Jamison & Mark Revels and more

Moses Ros-Suárezseated on sculpture he fashioned — one of four structural models of bridges

Moses Ros Suarez No Longer Empty Brings If You Build It to Sugar Hill, Harlem with Rául Ayala, Moses Ros Suárez, Carlos Mare, Radcliffe Bailey, Scherezade García, Brendan Jamison & Mark Revels and more

Carlos Mare aka Mare1398th FreeStyle Archityper

Carlos Mare graffiti sculpture if you build it1 No Longer Empty Brings If You Build It to Sugar Hill, Harlem with Rául Ayala, Moses Ros Suárez, Carlos Mare, Radcliffe Bailey, Scherezade García, Brendan Jamison & Mark Revels and more

 Radcliffe Bailey, From the Cabinet: Fire Music — fashioned with recycled piano keys

Radcliffe Bailey storm at Sea installation No Longer Empty If You Build It No Longer Empty Brings If You Build It to Sugar Hill, Harlem with Rául Ayala, Moses Ros Suárez, Carlos Mare, Radcliffe Bailey, Scherezade García, Brendan Jamison & Mark Revels and more

Scherezade GarcíaCathedral/Catedral, made up of stacked inner tubes/life savers ‘dipped’ in gold paint “so as to resemble a temporary alter or monument to immigrants and their aspirations”

Scherezade Garcia art inatallation No Longer Empty No Longer Empty Brings If You Build It to Sugar Hill, Harlem with Rául Ayala, Moses Ros Suárez, Carlos Mare, Radcliffe Bailey, Scherezade García, Brendan Jamison & Mark Revels and more

Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels, Sugar Metropolis – composed with half a million sugar cubes

Brendan Jamison Mark Revels Sugar Metropolis No Longer Empty Brings If You Build It to Sugar Hill, Harlem with Rául Ayala, Moses Ros Suárez, Carlos Mare, Radcliffe Bailey, Scherezade García, Brendan Jamison & Mark Revels and more

The exhibit is open Thursday–Friday 3–7pm & Saturday–Sunday 1–6pm & Wednesday by appointment. 

Photo of Rául Ayala by Lois Stavsky; all others by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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BG183 graffiti character group ink gallery nine5 TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

The transformation of SoHo-based gallery nine5’s walls from “a private space into a public sphere” has begun with expressive murals — from the playful to the political —  by TATS CRU, Ket and Bisco Smith.  Here’s a sampling of what’s been happening:

TATS CRU‘s BG183 at work to the right of Bio and Nicer

BG183 paints Gallerynine5 TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

BG183 tats cru gallery nine5 TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

Tats Cru gallery nine5 group ink TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

Ket installs dozens of newspaper articles illustrating human sufferings, largely the result of wars

Ket installs for Group Ink TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

And paints over them 

Alan Ket installation gallerynine5 TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

With quote from historian and social activist Howard Zinn

Ket installation Howard Zinn Gallery nine5 TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

And Bisco Smith – in from the West Coast — graces the wall with his distinct aesthetic 

Bisco Smith installation close up gallerynine5 TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

Bisco Smith mural gallery nine5 TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

The public is invited to observe, explore and join the conversation as Vor138, Shiro and Rubin415 contribute to the further transitory makeover of gallery nine5. Keep posted to StreetArtNYC for updates and, if you are in town, be sure to check out the opening reception on July 17, 6-8pm. gallery nine5 is located at 24 Spring Street in SoHo.

Action photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson; others by Lois Stavsky

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Following are a few more images from Ad Hoc Art’‘s wonderful Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project, along with a brief interview with its director, Garrison Buxton.

cern street art welling court mural project astoria queens NYC Ad Hoc Art’s Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project — Part II:  Cern, R. Robot, KR One, Ryan Seslow & Cake, Mr. Prvrt and See One

Can you tell us something about the birth of the Welling Court Mural Project? When and how did it all begin?

Jonathan Ellis, a Welling Court resident, came up with the idea for the project over five years ago. He had his wife, Georgiana, were looking to improve their block.  We were introduced through a mutual friend who suggested they contact me.

R Robot street art welling court nyc Ad Hoc Art’s Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project — Part II:  Cern, R. Robot, KR One, Ryan Seslow & Cake, Mr. Prvrt and See One

What was the first mural to go up? And when was the first festival held?

While visiting from Poland in 2009, M-City painted Welling Court’s first mural.  The first festival was held in June 2009.

KR 1 graffiti art Ad Hoc Art’s Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project — Part II:  Cern, R. Robot, KR One, Ryan Seslow & Cake, Mr. Prvrt and See One

What was the community’s response to it?

The response was wonderful. The entire community participated and loved it. Just about everyone prepared food to share and loved how the artists transformed their neighborhood.

ryan seslow and cake street art welling court nyc Ad Hoc Art’s Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project — Part II:  Cern, R. Robot, KR One, Ryan Seslow & Cake, Mr. Prvrt and See One

And now five years later, it’s even more wonderful than ever.

Yes, when we first began, 44 artists participated. This year there are over twice as many, including members of the community. We’ve continued to keep it grassroots.

Mr. PRVRT street art welling court mural project nyc Ad Hoc Art’s Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project — Part II:  Cern, R. Robot, KR One, Ryan Seslow & Cake, Mr. Prvrt and See One

How far in advance do you begin organizing each year’s festival?

We usually start in February, but we want to begin planning earlier.

see one street art welling court nyc Ad Hoc Art’s Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project — Part II:  Cern, R. Robot, KR One, Ryan Seslow & Cake, Mr. Prvrt and See One

What would you say is your greatest challenge?

The mere organization and the delegation of the different responsibilities.

The vibe here is wonderful. What a great model you are for other communities! 

Yes! It’s about the power of art to create positive social change.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson and Lois Stavsky

1. Cern  

2. R. Nicholas Kuszyk aka R. Robot 

3. Louie “KR.ONE” Gasparro 

4. Ryan Seslow and Jennifer Caviola aka Cake

5. Mr. Prvrt

6. See One

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