Graffiti

Nic707 graffiti wildstyle on train InstaFame Phantom Art Brings Back Graffiti to NYC Trains with Nic707, Kingbee, Pulse, Yes One, Praxis, Meres and Tony164

The brainchild of veteran graffiti writer Nic707,  InstaFame Phantom Art continues to bring graffiti back to NYC trains — with artists from across the globe now contributing to this ingenious project. Here are a few images of artworks captured on the 1 and 6 lines:

The legendary Kingbee

King Bee graffiti in transit InstaFame Phantom Art Brings Back Graffiti to NYC Trains with Nic707, Kingbee, Pulse, Yes One, Praxis, Meres and Tony164

British graffiti pioneer Pulse

Pulse from London graffiti NYC InstaFame Phantom Art Brings Back Graffiti to NYC Trains with Nic707, Kingbee, Pulse, Yes One, Praxis, Meres and Tony164

Bronx native Yes One

Yes one graffiti subway NYC InstaFame Phantom Art Brings Back Graffiti to NYC Trains with Nic707, Kingbee, Pulse, Yes One, Praxis, Meres and Tony164

Bogota-based stencil artist Praxis

Praxis stencil art subway usa InstaFame Phantom Art Brings Back Graffiti to NYC Trains with Nic707, Kingbee, Pulse, Yes One, Praxis, Meres and Tony164

Style-master Meres — of 5Pointz fame

Meres graffiti instafame NYC InstaFame Phantom Art Brings Back Graffiti to NYC Trains with Nic707, Kingbee, Pulse, Yes One, Praxis, Meres and Tony164

Old School writer Tony164

Tony164 graffiti NYC transit InstaFame Phantom Art Brings Back Graffiti to NYC Trains with Nic707, Kingbee, Pulse, Yes One, Praxis, Meres and Tony164

And new from Nic707

Nic707 2014 graffiti InstaFame Phantom Art Brings Back Graffiti to NYC Trains with Nic707, Kingbee, Pulse, Yes One, Praxis, Meres and Tony164

Photos by Lois Stavsky 

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This is the eighth in a series of occasional posts featuring the diverse range of trucks and vans that strike our streets:

Erica

Erica graffiti truck NYC NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans, Part IX: Erica, Cern, Mast, Uta, Urban Animal, Gano and Zeso

Cern

cern on truck NYC NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans, Part IX: Erica, Cern, Mast, Uta, Urban Animal, Gano and Zeso

Mast

Mast graffiti on van NYC NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans, Part IX: Erica, Cern, Mast, Uta, Urban Animal, Gano and Zeso

Uta

uta graffiti truck NYC NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans, Part IX: Erica, Cern, Mast, Uta, Urban Animal, Gano and Zeso

Urban Animal

urban animal art truck NYC NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans, Part IX: Erica, Cern, Mast, Uta, Urban Animal, Gano and Zeso

Gano

gano graffiti truck NYC NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans, Part IX: Erica, Cern, Mast, Uta, Urban Animal, Gano and Zeso

Zeso

Zeso graffiti truck NYC 2 NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans, Part IX: Erica, Cern, Mast, Uta, Urban Animal, Gano and Zeso

 Photo credits:  1, 2 & 6, Tara Murray; 3, Dani Reyes Mozeson; 4 and 7, Lois Stavsky; 5. Sara C. 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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La Maison d’Art, a lovely guesthouse on West 132 Street in Harlem, is also home to some intriguing art.  On exhibit in its indoor gallery through August 28 is “GETTING UP!” — the Evolution of Graffiti. Here is a small sampling of what is on display:

The legendary T-Kid, Back in Da Day, Acrylic spray on canvas

T Kid Back in da day In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

 King Trio, Acrylic spray on canvas 

t Kid graffiti king trio In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

MRS – whose works we’ve seen on the streets of the Bronx –Contact High, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

MRS Contact High Mixed Media on canvas In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

French artist Oeno, Mechanical Child  Stencil, spray paint,  pencil, markers on canvas

Oeno In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

Harlem-based Royce Bannon aka Choice Royce, Everyday Hustle, Acrylic on oak (top left); Alone by Myself, and Ride or Die, Acrylic and spray paint on wood

Royce Bannon acrylic on wood edited 1 In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

And in the garden is a huge array of works in different media forged with found objects by the masterful Linus Coraggio.

Harlem sculpture In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

Close-up from huge mixed-media installation

La Maison recycled art In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

Also on exhibit in the gallery are works by Paul Deo,  Mathametics Patterson, Flygirrl and Ausm.  La Maison d’Art is located at 259 W 132 Street in Harlem.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson  

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Speaking with Sienide

August 13, 2014

sienide portraits rooftop Bronx NYC Speaking with Sienide

Bronx-based Sienide aka Sien is one of NYC’s most versatile artists. His delightful compositions — in a range of styles from masterful graffiti writing to soulful portraits — continue to grace public spaces throughout the boroughs. I recently had the opportunity to interview him:

When did you first get up?

I started tagging and bombing on the Grand Concourse in 1981 with my older brother. I was living at 176th street and Morris Ave. I did my first piece in 1985 with my then-bombing partner SEPH. Jean13 was also there, and he helped me shape up my letters. Ironically, my first piece was also a legal commission.

What was your preferred surface back then?

I really wanted to get into the yards. But I couldn’t, so I hit trailers instead. There was a great lot over in Castle Hill, where we painted and made a tree-house to store our supplies.

What inspired you to get up?

Everybody around me was writing.

sienide street art Bronx NYC Speaking with Sienide

Did you paint alone or with crews?

Both. In 1986 IZ the Wiz put me down with TMB after he saw my black book. Since, I’ve painted with the best of the best: OTB, FX, KD, GOD (Bronx) and GOD (Brooklyn), MTAInd’s,  Ex-VandalsXMEN, and TATS CRU

What about these days? Do you paint only legally?

Oh, yes! I’m too old to play around, and I want to get paid for what I do. I also want to paint in peace.

How did your family feel about what you were doing back in the day?

They weren’t happy. When I was arrested for motion tagging with my cousin on the 6 train, my uncle — who was my dad at the time —  told me that no one would ever hire me because I defaced public property.

Sienide paints Biggie Speaking with Sienide

What percentage of your time is devoted to art?

At least 85% of it.

What is your main source of income these days?

It’s all art-related. I sell my work, earn commissions for painting murals and I also teach.

Have you any thoughts about the street art and graffiti divide?

I love them both. I have forever been trying to marry them.

sienide paints  Speaking with Sienide

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

I think it’s cool. I love to see my stuff hanging on walls, and when someone asks me to be in a show, I feel honored.

What about the corporate world? How do you feel about its engagement with graffiti and street art?

I have no problem with it. If the corporate bank writes me a check, I’ll cash it.

Is there anyone in particular you would like to collaborate with?

I would like to collaborate more with Eric Orr.

sien paints graffiti 5Pointz NYC Speaking with Sienide

How do you feel about the role of the Internet in all of this?

The Internet is useful. It works for me.

Do you have a formal art education?

Yes I have a Masters Degree in Illustration from FIT.

Did this degree benefit you?

Yes, I now know my worth.

Sienide paints graffiti. NYC Speaking with Sienide

How would you describe your ideal working environment?

Outdoors, Florida-type weather and a generous paint sponsor.

What inspires you these days?

I’m inspired by the life I live and by the students I teach.

Are there any particular cultures that have influenced you?

The human culture.

sien b boy on canvas Speaking with Sienide

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

I work with a rough sketch, but I never have colors in it. This prevents me from becoming a slave to my reference, and it allows my creative mojo to experiment freely.

Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece?

Never.

How has your work evolved through the years?

My work keeps evolving and changing because I allow myself to experiment.  I don’t like being stuck in one particular mode. That bores me.

sien and Kid Lew graffiti Bronx NYC Speaking with Sienide

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

To give back… to share a gift that we artists have with others.

How do you feel about the photographers in the scene?

I think they’re helpful, but they should share any profits they make with the artists whose works they photograph.

What’s ahead?

I hope to be still doing what I’m doing while advancing my skills. I hope never to lose my passion.

Interview by Lois Stavsky; photos 1, 2 and 8 (collaboration with Kid Lew) by Sienide; 3, 4 and 7 (on canvas) by Lois Stavsky; 5 (collaboration with Eric Orr) and 6 by Lenny Collado

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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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stephen powers a love letter to the city Stephen Powers: A Love Letter to the City    A Look at the Book

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

To the discontent of many, the corporate advertisements plaguing the urban landscape have become integral to our every-day visual vocabulary.  As a response, street art is often offered as an alternative platform to reclaim public space from the impersonal iconography of corporate publicity.  However, Philadelphia native Stephen Powers has employed that very language to empower his own personal vision.

Steve Powers Espo street art Stephen Powers: A Love Letter to the City    A Look at the Book

A Love Letter to the City tells the tale of how artist Steve Powers’ witty lettering and profound insight turned advertising on its head.  Authored by Powers himself, the book is a visually astonishing compilation of his large scale public art projects in cities across the globe, such as Philadelphia, New York City, Dublin, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg.  With each chapter focusing on a metropolis, the book illustrates the artist’s engagement and collaboration with local communities and art organizations to “reflect their collective visions and dreams… to make art for the people.”

Powers’ outrageously honest introduction retraces his debut into the graffiti world under the moniker of ESPO in Philadelphia.  In first-person narratives, he highlights his experiences and encounters that propelled him to the status of acclaimed public artist.  Readers are treated to his eloquent personal recollections, as well as captivating photographs of his beautifully executed street art pieces.

Stephen Powers street art NYC Stephen Powers: A Love Letter to the City    A Look at the Book

Steve Powers’ employs signage style graphics to produce poignant conceptual pieces, ranging from single word slogans to multiple line phrases. The publication’s images bear witness to Powers’ ability to marvelously blend colors into the pre-existing urban hues.  Prior to hand-painting site-specific murals, Powers deeply immersed himself in the spirit of each city.  He embraced the values and needs of communities, deciphered central issues of local histories, and appreciated the soul of its neighborhoods.

Steve Powers Street Art NY Stephen Powers: A Love Letter to the City    A Look at the Book

In Coney Island, Powers worked with local citizens to revitalize an abandoned space into a sign shop/social club. The shop produced street signage for the inhabitants free of charge, which served to invigorate local businesses, as well as to enhance the community’s visual landscape.  In another instance in Dublin, Powers altered his design plans when he saw a neighborhood recurrent tag: “Please call me, I am home, the door is open, ” followed by a phone number.  Inspired by the message of love and loneliness, Powers then created a mural that spoke to similar concerns.

steve powers Espo street art Philadelphia Stephen Powers: A Love Letter to the City    A Look at the Book

A Love Letter to the City provides invaluable insights into the creative mindset of a unique street artist.  It sheds light on the back-stories of his sign pieces, from his improbable conversations with passersby to the formally held community meetings.  Ultimately, the book illustrates how Powers and his team remarkably wove intricate typographic art into the fabric of multiple cities around the world.

All images courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press

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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 bushwick close up. Girls on Walls, Part XIII: Swoon, Bàlu, Jana & Js, Damien Mitchell, William Power & Joseph Meloy, Danielle Mastrion & Lexi Bella and Zeso

Bàlu in Inwood

Balu art girl Girls on Walls, Part XIII: Swoon, Bàlu, Jana & Js, Damien Mitchell, William Power & Joseph Meloy, Danielle Mastrion & Lexi Bella and Zeso

Jana and Js at the Bushwick Collective

Jana and Jes street art Bushwick Collective  Girls on Walls, Part XIII: Swoon, Bàlu, Jana & Js, Damien Mitchell, William Power & Joseph Meloy, Danielle Mastrion & Lexi Bella and Zeso

Damien Mitchell at the Bushwick Collective

damien mitchell nina simone street art Bushwick 2 Girls on Walls, Part XIII: Swoon, Bàlu, Jana & Js, Damien Mitchell, William Power & Joseph Meloy, Danielle Mastrion & Lexi Bella and Zeso

William Power and Joseph Meloy in the Bronx

William Powers and Joseph Meloy street art Bronx NYC Girls on Walls, Part XIII: Swoon, Bàlu, Jana & Js, Damien Mitchell, William Power & Joseph Meloy, Danielle Mastrion & Lexi Bella and Zeso

Danielle Mastrion and Lexi Bella at Welling Court

Danielle Mastrion and Lexi Bella street art Welling Court NYC 2 Girls on Walls, Part XIII: Swoon, Bàlu, Jana & Js, Damien Mitchell, William Power & Joseph Meloy, Danielle Mastrion & Lexi Bella and Zeso

Zeso in Garden City

Zeso street art Garden City New York1 Girls on Walls, Part XIII: Swoon, Bàlu, Jana & Js, Damien Mitchell, William Power & Joseph Meloy, Danielle Mastrion & Lexi Bella and 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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Representing a range of artistic expressions from the comical to the spiritual,  Exit Room’s current exhibit COROGRAFIA features works by members of Puerto Rico’s celebrated EL CORO graffiti crew. Here’s a sampling of what can be seen through today:

Son

Son graffiti crew el coro exit room nyc COROGRAFIA Continues through Today at Exit Room in Bushwick with Son, Esco, Spear, Acty2 and Nepo

 Esco

Esco close up exit room COROGRAFIA Continues through Today at Exit Room in Bushwick with Son, Esco, Spear, Acty2 and Nepo

Spear

Spear el coro graffiti crew COROGRAFIA Continues through Today at Exit Room in Bushwick with Son, Esco, Spear, Acty2 and Nepo

Acty2

acty2 art on canvas COROGRAFIA Continues through Today at Exit Room in Bushwick with Son, Esco, Spear, Acty2 and Nepo

Nepo

Nepo El Coro graffiti crew COROGRAFIA Continues through Today at Exit Room in Bushwick with Son, Esco, Spear, Acty2 and Nepo

Located at 270 Meserole Street, right off the Montrose Ave. stop on the L train, the gallery space is open today, Sunday, from 5-8pm. Tentative plans for a closing party for August 2 are underway. Keep posted to Exit Room’s Facebook page for further details.

Photos of artwork by Lois Stavsky

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Zeso graffiti Long Islands Oil City Skate Park Transformed into Graffiti Wonderland with: Zeso, Shiro, Yes1, Soir 2, Skize, Hoacs, Just, Zimer and more

Earlier this year, over a dozen first-rate graffiti writers refashioned Long Island’s Oil City Skate Park. Under the curatorial direction of Zeso and his partner, Nino, the Oil City Skate Park Jam transformed the huge indoor venue into a graffiti wonderland. Here are a few more images that I captured while visiting last Sunday:

Shiro and Yes1

Shiro and yes one graffiti Long Islands Oil City Skate Park Transformed into Graffiti Wonderland with: Zeso, Shiro, Yes1, Soir 2, Skize, Hoacs, Just, Zimer and more

Zeso and Soir 2

Zeso and soir graffiti Long Islands Oil City Skate Park Transformed into Graffiti Wonderland with: Zeso, Shiro, Yes1, Soir 2, Skize, Hoacs, Just, Zimer and more

Skize

skize graffiti Long Islands Oil City Skate Park Transformed into Graffiti Wonderland with: Zeso, Shiro, Yes1, Soir 2, Skize, Hoacs, Just, Zimer and more

Hoacs

Hoacs grafffiti Long Islands Oil City Skate Park Transformed into Graffiti Wonderland with: Zeso, Shiro, Yes1, Soir 2, Skize, Hoacs, Just, Zimer and more

Just

Just One graffiti Long Islands Oil City Skate Park Transformed into Graffiti Wonderland with: Zeso, Shiro, Yes1, Soir 2, Skize, Hoacs, Just, Zimer and more

Zimer

Zimer graffiti Long Islands Oil City Skate Park Transformed into Graffiti Wonderland with: Zeso, Shiro, Yes1, Soir 2, Skize, Hoacs, Just, Zimer and more

Zeso

Zeso graffiti characters Oceanside Long Islands Oil City Skate Park Transformed into Graffiti Wonderland with: Zeso, Shiro, Yes1, Soir 2, Skize, Hoacs, Just, Zimer and more

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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