Street Artists

With new murals outside and an array of artworks inside, Be Electric Studios on 1298 Willoughby Avenue is the site of a new exhibit featuring over 20 street muralists.  Here are a few images captured hours before it opened last night.

Chris & Veng RWK and Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett

robots will kill nichole salgar chuck berret street art murals NYC STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Nicholai Khan at work, FumeroRaquel EchaniqueChris & Veng RWK and Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett

 street murals bushwick nyc STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Magda Love at work

Magda love fumero mural STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Sonni

sonni art exhibit STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Joseph Meloy

Meloy art  STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Cernesto

Cern art on exhibit edited 1 STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

And Esteban del Valle adding some finishing touches to his indoor mural

Esteban Delvalle nural art  STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Curated by Kevin Michael, the exhibit continues through Monday, 12 – 11pm.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Known for his socially conscious, often satirical, stencils that have surfaced throughout his native Bogotá and beyond, Praxis has lately been sharing his vision and talents with us here in NYC.

Praxis street art nyc Bogotá Native Praxis Brings His Vision to NYC

What inspires you to get your work out there on public space?

I love to paint anywhere, on any surface – but especially in places where I know that folks will appreciate it.  I also like to paint in neighborhoods where there isn’t much art. Those are the spaces that need it. I like bringing cheer to others!

Have you any messages that you wish to convey in your artwork?

There is always some concept or message behind what I do. I’m especially concerned with animal rights and human injustice.

Are there any specific cultures that have influenced your aesthetic?

Certainly the culture in which I grew up in Bogotá. I’ve also been influenced by African culture and from what I read. I read a lot!

Praxis on 6 train Bogotá Native Praxis Brings His Vision to NYC

You’ve been in NYC for a few months now. Any particularly striking differences between painting here and back home in Bogotá?

Back home, there is more of an appreciation for artists who paint on the streets.  The people love it.  They bring us drinks and food, and they always make us feel welcome.

Any thoughts on the graffiti/ street art divide?

I don’t feel it. Many of the writers I know work with or alongside street artists.

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

It’s a great opportunity for us to make money some money, although I often don’t like the attitude of some of the folks who run the galleries. And graffiti and street art really do belong on the streets!

Do you prefer working alone or collaborating with others?

Both; I enjoy the mix of different styles.

Praxis at welling court Bogotá Native Praxis Brings His Vision to NYC

Is there any one artist with whom you would especially like to collaborate?

C215.

Any thoughts about the role of the Internet in this scene?

It’s useful.

Do you have a formal arts education?

I did study art formally – but just about everything I learned was by painting with other artists.

What’s the riskiest thing you’ve done?

Bombing in cities far from home – like Berlin.

Praxis stencil art Grove Alley NYC Bogotá Native Praxis Brings His Vision to NYC

Were you ever arrested?

Twice back home in Bogota. I ended up each time spending over 12 hours with drunks and thieves – but they all liked graffiti.

How would you describe your ideal working environment?

Painting in La Candeleria in downtown Bogotá.

What percentage of your day is devoted to your art?

All of it!  When I’m not painting on the streets, I work as an illustrator.

Praxis artworK Bogotá Native Praxis Brings His Vision to NYC

Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece?

Of course!

How do you feel when you look back at the work you did a number of years back?

I feel that my skills have improved.

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

To bring happiness to others.

What’s ahead?

I will be showing in STREET MURALS: An Exhibition, curated by Kevin Michael, opening this evening, October 24th 6pm-11pm at Be Electric on 1298 Willoughby Avenue in Bushwick, BK.

What do you see yourself doing in five years from now?

I would just like to paint all day every day!

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky; images 1 and 5 courtesy of the artist; photo 2 by Lois Stavsky; photos 3 and 4 by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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WK collagewith paint WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

A pop-up exhibit — celebrating the release of WK‘s fourth book WK/ACT4 (DRAGO) and the launch of his partnership with KLINIK – opened on Tuesday evening at The Garage in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.  A huge range of work — from mixed-media installations to huge murals — is featured. Here’s a sampling:

WK Installations WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

WK Interact mural book launch party WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

Close-up from huge mural featuring locations and images of WK‘s works in NYC public spaces

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And the book

WK act 4 WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

WK signs book WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

The exhibit continues until Wednesday at 22 Little West 12th Street.  It remains open from 12 – 6pm.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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

jef Aerosol paints stencil art Bushwick Collective NYC Kids on Walls — Part V: Jef Aerosol, Jerkface, LMNOPI, Kaffeine, Solus and Sexer

Jef Aerosol at the Bushwick Collective

Jef Aerosol street art nyc Kids on Walls — Part V: Jef Aerosol, Jerkface, LMNOPI, Kaffeine, Solus and Sexer

Jerkface in NoLita

jerkface rag n bone Kids on Walls — Part V: Jef Aerosol, Jerkface, LMNOPI, Kaffeine, Solus and Sexer

LMNOPI in Bushwick

lmnop earth revolution street art NYC Kids on Walls — Part V: Jef Aerosol, Jerkface, LMNOPI, Kaffeine, Solus and Sexer

Kaffeine for the Welling Court Mural Project

kaffeine street art welling court Kids on Walls — Part V: Jef Aerosol, Jerkface, LMNOPI, Kaffeine, Solus and Sexer

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

solus street art in little italy Kids on Walls — Part V: Jef Aerosol, Jerkface, LMNOPI, Kaffeine, Solus and Sexer

Sexer in the Bronx for the TAG Public Arts Project

sexer street art Bronx TAG NYC Kids on Walls — Part V: Jef Aerosol, Jerkface, LMNOPI, Kaffeine, Solus and Sexer

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

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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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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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Crisp John Paul Praxis street art Grove Alley NYC Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

The Grove Alley Paint Nite, produced by the Gowanus Nite Market — in coordination with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership — took place last month, once again transforming Grove Alley into a intriguing open-air gallery.  John Paul O’Grodnick, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1 were among the local artists joined by Bogota-based Praxis and Crisp for this year’s event in Downtown Brooklyn, off Fulton Mall. Here are some more photos captured soon after the event that had attracted close to 2,000 people:

Praxis

Praxis Grove Alley street art NYC Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

Crisp and John Paul O’Grodnick

Crisp JPO street art Grove Alley Brooklyn NYC Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

JC and Sole Rebel

JC and Sols street art Grove Alley Brooklyn NYC Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

JC, close-up

JC street art grove alley Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

Stencil1

Stencil1 Ed Roth grove alley stencils Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

 And still there from last year’s event —  See One and Rimx

See One Rimx graffiti street art Brooklyn Grove Alley NYC Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

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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Mr prvt street art edited 1 Its Happening at the Bushwick Collective: Mr. Prvrt, Bishop 203, Thievin Stephen and more

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 Bushwick Collective street art NYC Its Happening at the Bushwick Collective: Mr. Prvrt, Bishop 203, Thievin Stephen and more

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

bishop203 graffiti street art  Its Happening at the Bushwick Collective: Mr. Prvrt, Bishop 203, Thievin Stephen and more

Thievin’ Stephen — at work on Jefferson off Saint Nicholas

Thievin Stephen street art action Bushwick Collective Its Happening at the Bushwick Collective: Mr. Prvrt, Bishop 203, Thievin Stephen and more

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 Its Happening at the Bushwick Collective: Mr. Prvrt, Bishop 203, Thievin Stephen and more

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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