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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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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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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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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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The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery1 The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery, a new outdoor public art space located in the courtyard of Gustiamo at 1715 West Farms Road, officially opens tomorrow, Saturday, October 18, 1-5pm.  Committed to preserving and celebrating the culture of graffiti in NYC, its first exhibit features works by such Bronx legends as Ces, Kingbee, and Tats Cru, along with artwork by its curators, Lady K Fever and Scratch.

Here’s a sampling of what’s been going down:

Tats Cru‘s Bio, BG 183 and Nicer

bio bg183 nicer tatscru graffiti Bronx NYC The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

Ces

ces graffiti Bronx NYC The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

Kingbee

kingbee graffiti street art Bronx NYC The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

Lady K Fever

lady k fever graffiti nyc The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

BG 183 and Scratch

scratch bg183 graffiti street art Bronx NYC The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

Hush Tours will provide free transportation from Manhattan to tomorrow’s event. For further information, contact Hush Tours at 212-714-3527.

All photos courtesy Scratch.

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FreshPaintNYC Bridgeportjpg Fresh Paint NYCs Billy Schon on Graffiti Hunting, Photography and His Newly Released Instagram Archives

Billy Schon, one of NYC’s most passionate and knowledgeable graffiti documentarians, regularly shares his expertise with us on his blog Fresh Paint NYC and on his Instagram.  His book Fresh Paint NYC (2010) is among the best resources out there for those of us who love graffiti — from unsanctioned tags to legal walls. And his recent project — The Instagram Archives – is a treasure of 96 photos shot by I-phone that Billy personally selected from his thousands of Instagram photos. I recently had the opportunity to speak to Billy about his recent project and more.

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When did it all start? When did you first become interested in graffiti?

Back in 1996 — when I was 16 — I spent a lot of time skating on the streets. That’s when and where I began to meet writers.

What about your incredible wealth of information? Had you any sources besides those writers that you, yourself, met and got to know?

I used to pick up graff magazines while visiting Tower Records. Magazines like Stress, On the Go and Skills.

FreshPaintNYC Fresh Paint NYCs Billy Schon on Graffiti Hunting, Photography and His Newly Released Instagram Archives

When did you first begin taking photos of graffiti?

I began after 9/11. At that time I had stopped skating – cold turkey.

Were there any photographers out there who particularly inspired you?

Definitely Jim and Karla Murray. They were actively documenting graffiti at the time and encouraged me to do so.

FreshPaintNYC Instagram Fresh Paint NYCs Billy Schon on Graffiti Hunting, Photography and His Newly Released Instagram Archives

Have you any personal favorites from among your photos?

Many!  Among them are: a Taki 183 tag found in Manhattan; the original Hostos building in the Bronx with its incredible history; Sane hidden under layers of poster advertisements.

You seem to enjoy exploring and uncovering graffiti history.

Yes! I particularly like photographing places that are difficult to access and spaces that no longer exist – where works are hidden.

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You can purchase The Instagram Archives here.

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky. Photos from FreshPaintNYC’The Instagram Archives: 1. Bridgeport; 2. Mike Giant; 3. Daily Routine; 4. Era PFE & 5. Taki 183

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Jose Parla José Parlá’s Solo Exhibition “In Medias Res” Continues through Saturday at Chelseas Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Continuing through Saturday at Chelsea’s Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, José Parlá’s solo exhibition, “In Medias Res,” features a range of exquisitely richly-layered, abstract works focusing on the artist’s personal interactions with particular places. Here is a small sampling:

The Ghetto (on right) and San Lazaro y Genios

Jose Parla installation José Parlá’s Solo Exhibition “In Medias Res” Continues through Saturday at Chelseas Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Hot Gowanus

Jose Parla hot gowanus José Parlá’s Solo Exhibition “In Medias Res” Continues through Saturday at Chelseas Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Bowery and Houston

Jose Parla Bowery and Houston 4 José Parlá’s Solo Exhibition “In Medias Res” Continues through Saturday at Chelseas Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

The Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery is located at 505 West 24th Street in Chelsea. On its exterior you will find the following collab between José Parlá and JR captured last fall.

JR and Jose Parla and Invader José Parlá’s Solo Exhibition “In Medias Res” Continues through Saturday at Chelseas Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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centrefuge public art project NYC Centre fuge Public Art Project — Cycle 15 with Marthalicia Matarrita, Dasic, Mr. Prvrt, Sest2, Sean Gallagher and Miss Zukie

The Centre-fuge Public Art Project has transformed the Department of Transportation trailer on First Street and First Avenue into a vibrant rotating open-air gallery. Here are a few more images from Cycle 15 completed last week:

Marthalicia Matarrita at work

Marthalicia Matarrita paints NYC Centre fuge Public Art Project — Cycle 15 with Marthalicia Matarrita, Dasic, Mr. Prvrt, Sest2, Sean Gallagher and Miss Zukie

Dasic at work

Dasic fernandez paints Centre fuge Public Art Project — Cycle 15 with Marthalicia Matarrita, Dasic, Mr. Prvrt, Sest2, Sean Gallagher and Miss Zukie

And completed

dasic fernandez centrefuge street art NYC Centre fuge Public Art Project — Cycle 15 with Marthalicia Matarrita, Dasic, Mr. Prvrt, Sest2, Sean Gallagher and Miss Zukie

Mr. Prvrt

Mr prvrt centre fuge Centre fuge Public Art Project — Cycle 15 with Marthalicia Matarrita, Dasic, Mr. Prvrt, Sest2, Sean Gallagher and Miss Zukie

Sest2

sest2 street art centre fuge Centre fuge Public Art Project — Cycle 15 with Marthalicia Matarrita, Dasic, Mr. Prvrt, Sest2, Sean Gallagher and Miss Zukie

And here with Sean Gallagher and Miss Zukie

centre fuge Mr. Seang and Zukie street art NYC Centre fuge Public Art Project — Cycle 15 with Marthalicia Matarrita, Dasic, Mr. Prvrt, Sest2, Sean Gallagher and Miss Zukie

Coordinated by Pebbles Russell and Jonathan Neville, the Centre-Fuge Public Art Project was conceived in 2011 in memory of their friend, Mike Hamm.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Rappin Max Robot cover Eric Orr on Graffiti, Keith Haring, Hip Hop, the South Bronx, Comic Art, the New York Comic Con and more

Legendary for his collaborative artwork with Keith Haring on the NYC subways, Bronx-based artist and designer Eric Orr also produced the first-ever hip-hop comic book.  I recently had the opportunity to find out more about this multi-faceted artist who will be participating tomorrow – Friday – evening at the New York Comic Con panel discussion Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining, presented by Depth of Field.

You were one of the first graff artists to develop a distinct icon. Your “robot head” has since appeared on a wide range of surfaces – from T-shirts to record labels to international fine art exhibits. It has even made its way into Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses and catalogues. Can you tell us something about it?

It was inspired by the space age and the robotics era. I grew up in the age of Star Wars, Space Odyssey and the Robot Dance. And as tagging on walls and traditional graff didn’t do that much for me, my robot actually made it to the streets of the South Bronx where I grew up.

Orr meets Keith Haring NYC subway graffiti character Eric Orr on Graffiti, Keith Haring, Hip Hop, the South Bronx, Comic Art, the New York Comic Con and more

You may well be best-known for your collabs with Keith Haring that surfaced on the 6 Pelham Bay and the 4 and 5 NYC subways lines 30 years ago. You are, in fact, the only artist who ever collaborated with Keith in the subway system. How did you two first meet up?

Keith, it seems, had been eyeing my work for a while.  But we actually met, by chance, one day at a Swatch watch completion. I was wearing my hand-painted robot head shirt when Keith Haring approached me and invited me to collaborate with him on a series of artworks on the black panel spaces of the NYC subway system.

And these became a legendary part of NYC’s subway history! You also played a huge role in the hip-hop scene back in the day, producing work for Afrika Bambaataa and such hip-hop artists as Jazzy Jay, along with the brand logo for the Strong City Record label.  Can you tell us something about that? What exactly was the relationship between graffiti and hip-hop?  And was there one?

Yes! The same energy from the streets of the South Bronx that created the graffiti there in the late 70’s created hip-hop. Writers would go straight from getting up in the streets to hanging out at park jams and clubs. And it was largely the graffiti artists who designed the flyers for the hip-hop events.

Eric Orr hip hop character on comic Eric Orr on Graffiti, Keith Haring, Hip Hop, the South Bronx, Comic Art, the New York Comic Con and more

What about the relationship between hip-hop and comics? You produced the first-ever hip-hop comic and will be speaking about the two cultures at the  tomorrow – Friday.

From the beginning graffiti artists, MC’s and break-dancers adapted elements from the comic book culture. Just about everything — from our names to our fantastical identities to the flyers we designed — had comic elements in it. But only someone from the inside could have produced an authentic hip-hop comic.  My original “Maxwell Robot” strip ran in Rap Masters magazine.

Do you have a formal art education?

I studied art at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League.

Was it worthwhile?

Yes, it inspired me to take my work to a commercial level.

Cosmonaut Label Eric Orr on Graffiti, Keith Haring, Hip Hop, the South Bronx, Comic Art, the New York Comic Con and more

How do you feel about the interplay between graffiti/street art and the commercial world?

I have mixed feelings. It’s great for me and others to get paid to do the things we love. But it’s also easy for artists to be exploited — if their art is used to market a product and they are not getting paid for their artwork or sharing in the company’s profits.

You’ve done workshops with kids in New Zealand – to which you originally traveled to create a design for Serato — and recently here up in the Bronx. Can you tell us something about that?

Having grown up in the South Bronx, I understand just how important it is for kids to have positive experiences that nurture their creativity in productive ways. My most recent venture was with Sienide, working with youth to design a mural on 172nd Street and Southern Boulevard for the Children’s Aid Society’s.

erik Orr robot for childrens aid society Eric Orr on Graffiti, Keith Haring, Hip Hop, the South Bronx, Comic Art, the New York Comic Con and more

What’s ahead?

Cornell University recently approached me about purchasing the original source material for Rappin’ Max Robot for its hip-hop collection of rare books and manuscripts. I am currently working on an a piece for an upcoming train show at Grand Central, scheduled to open on November 22. And tomorrow evening, I will be participating in the New York Comic Con panel discussion Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining.

Congratulations! It all sounds great! 

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky; all images courtesy of Eric Orr; final photo by Lois Stavsky

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