Walls

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

Dasic at the Bushwick Collective

Dasic street art muralBushwick Collective NYC Guys on Walls, Part VI: Dasic, Conor Harrington, Icy & Sot and Sonni, Sexer, Damien Mitchell and Danielle Mastrion

Connor Harrington for the LISA Project in Downtown Manhattan

Conor Harrington street art mural NYC Guys on Walls, Part VI: Dasic, Conor Harrington, Icy & Sot and Sonni, Sexer, Damien Mitchell and Danielle Mastrion

Icy & Sot and Sonni for the Bushwick Collective

icy and sot and sonny street art Bushwick Collective Guys on Walls, Part VI: Dasic, Conor Harrington, Icy & Sot and Sonni, Sexer, Damien Mitchell and Danielle Mastrion

Sexer for the Bushwick Collective

Sexer Bushwick Collective love 2 Guys on Walls, Part VI: Dasic, Conor Harrington, Icy & Sot and Sonni, Sexer, Damien Mitchell and Danielle Mastrion

Damien Mitchell at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens

damien mitchell at welling court 2 Guys on Walls, Part VI: Dasic, Conor Harrington, Icy & Sot and Sonni, Sexer, Damien Mitchell and Danielle Mastrion

 Danielle Mastrion near Yankee Stadium in the Bronx

Danielle Mastrion shutter Guys on Walls, Part VI: Dasic, Conor Harrington, Icy & Sot and Sonni, Sexer, Damien Mitchell and Danielle Mastrion

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

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Nick walker street art yonkers Stencil Art Master Nick Walker Kicks Off Yonkers Mural Project

As a kick-off to a mural program that will involve Street Art 101 classes and workshops, legendary UK-based artist Nick Walker recently completed a series of seven artworks in Downtown Yonkers. In an array of spaces – from a courtyard in the historic Downtown to a nearby rooftop — Nick Walker’s signature vandal can be found, along with the first public appearance of “Les Enfants Terribles.”  Here are a few more images.

Nick Walker at work

Nic Walker stencil street art Uonkers NY Stencil Art Master Nick Walker Kicks Off Yonkers Mural Project

Nick’s iconic vandal

Nick walker street art NY edited 1 Stencil Art Master Nick Walker Kicks Off Yonkers Mural Project

And one of its many variations

Nick walker street art in Yonkers Stencil Art Master Nick Walker Kicks Off Yonkers Mural Project

With a message from Nick

Nick Walker signs stencil Yonkers NY Stencil Art Master Nick Walker Kicks Off Yonkers Mural Project

Nick signs yet another variation of his iconic vandal

Nick Walker signs street art in Yonkers Stencil Art Master Nick Walker Kicks Off Yonkers Mural Project

And graces Yonkers with the first public view of “Les Enfants Terribles”   

Nick Walker stencil art with child yonkers NY Stencil Art Master Nick Walker Kicks Off Yonkers Mural Project

In this initiative, managed by local nonprofit, Community Engagement Through the Arts, a team of youth will be assembled to maintain the murals that invited guest artists create in public spaces. Plans are, also, underway for a possible collaboration between the City of Yonkers and the Bushwick Collective.

Photo credit: @fafafooie

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Speaking with Zeso

September 22, 2014

zeso graffiti burner NJ Speaking with Zeso

We first encountered Zeso’s spectacularly stylish murals at 5Pointz, where he often painted with other TD4 (The Deadly4Mula) crew members. We’ve since seen this talented French artist’s vibrant visuals in a range of both public and private spaces. I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to him:

When did you first become interested in graffiti?

I first became interested in it when I was about 12 or 13. And that’s when I started tagging. But I didn’t seriously start doing graffiti until I was 21.

What inspired you to become serious about it?

I loved what I was seeing on the streets, and I wanted to be a part of it. I also liked challenging myself to see what I could do. I am still doing that.

zeso graffiti at 5Pointz NYC Speaking with Zeso

Have you any preferred surfaces?

I prefer flat surfaces, but the environment is very important.

These days — do you work only on legal walls?

I think all walls are legal – if you paint fast enough.

Have you ever exhibited your artwork?

Yes, I’ve shown at 5Pointz in Long Island City, and I was part of the TD4 show at Low Brow Artique in Bushwick.

Zeso and meresgraffiti at 5Pointz Speaking with Zeso

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

I appreciate that museums and galleries are recognizing these art forms. There are some among us who can manage to adapt to this new setting.

Any thoughts about the graffiti and street art divide?

They both appear in the same environment  — the streets. While graffiti is focused on typography and painting techniques, street art is more about images and the message.  I don’t see any reason to compare or divide them.

What about corporations? Would you take on a corporate commission?

Like any project, if I feel good about it, I will do it.

Zeso close up 2 Speaking with Zeso

Do you prefer working alone or collaborating with others?

I prefer to paint alone with headphones on.

Have you painted with any crews?

I’ve painted with OTM, WF, TD4 and NSA in France.

Have you had a formal art education?

No.  I’m self-taught.

zeso graffiti garden city NY Speaking with Zeso

What is your ideal working environment?

Outdoors in the sun.

Are there any particular cultures that have influenced your aesthetic?

I love all mythology. All cultures with strong imagery influence my style. But the main ones are Japanese and Latino.

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

I almost always freestyle, but, on occasion, I have a sketch with me.

Zeso graffiti NYC Speaking with Zeso

Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece?

Rarely 100%.

How has your work evolved through the past few years?

It is more spontaneous, and I tend to use more colors. I have, also, begun developing themes and more characters.

How do you feel about the photographers in the scene?

They are important, because they help promote my work. But I’d rather they didn’t photograph my face.

Zeso graffiti truck1 Speaking with Zeso

Who are some of your favorite artists?

Gustav Klimt is my all-time favorite.  Among the current artists – there are too many to name.

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

For me it is to stay real and to create.

What’s ahead?

I plan to go big or go home.

Interview conducted by Lois Stavsky; photos 1 and 6 courtesy of Zeso; 2, 5 and 7 by Lois Stavsky; 3 (collaboration with Meres One) and 4 by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Shiro yes one Per one dero graffiti new jersey Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

In Bergen County, New Jersey — where public space is generally a blank canvas — the township of Hackensack boasts some first-rate graffiti.  Here’s a sampling of what was recently seen on a spot off the train tracks:

Shiro 

shiro graffiti art hackensack nj  Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Per1 and Dero

Per1 Dero graffiti New Jersey Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

The Bronx Team

Bronx team Cru Hackensack graffiti Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Pure1

pure1graffiti new jersey Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Tiws and Enue

tiws and enu graffiti NJ Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Musa

musa graffiti new jersey Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Shiro with Part One

Shiro and Part graffiti Hackensack Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Rath

Rath graffiti NJ Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson; first photo features Yes1 to the right of Shiro.

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Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

September 18, 2014

Meres graffiti on canvas Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

It’s been almost a year now since we awoke to the horrific news that our beloved 5Pointz had been whitewashed overnight. What has life been like since for Meres, its founder and director, who had devoted just about every waking hour to this world-renowned aerosol art Mecca?  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to Meres.

We miss 5Pointz so much. I’m eagerly awaiting its rebirth! Is that likely to happen?

Time will tell. It’s an open option.

Meres street art graffiti NYC Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

What do you miss most about it?

I loved having a space where I could bring all the elements of hip-hop together. And I loved having so many opportunities to educate others.

Were there to be a rebirth of 5Pointz, how would you approach it differently?

I would want to work with a landlord who embraces what 5Pointz represents and is committed to collaborating with me in assuring its long-term success and survival.  I would, also, want to establish enduring relationships with art-friendly politicians.

Meres graffiti NYC Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

Is there any specific neighborhood or borough that you would prefer as a potential site for a new venture?

Some place that is accessible to folks from all boroughs. I’m open. Anywhere but Long Island City!

In what ways has your life been different since the demolition of 5Pointz?

I never used to have time for myself.  Lately I’ve had.

Meres street art Bushwick Collective 2 Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

What’s that like?

Very weird! At first I just felt very angry, and I was trying to come to terms with my anger. Now I’m looking forward to painting in my new Brooklyn studio in the months ahead.

Anything specific in mind in terms of your own work?

Yes, I’m interested in recreating the Old New York, the New York I once knew that has disappeared.

Meres painting street scape Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

Although you may not feel all that busy, your last few months certainly seem to have been quite productive! We’ve seen your work both on the streets and in galleries. What have you been up to?

I participated in WALL WORKS: The Art of Graffiti at Great Neck’s Gold Coast Arts Center and in W H I T E W A S H: A Requiem to 5Pointz , curated by Marie Cecile Flageul, at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery and several other exhibits both here and abroad. At the Galerie Rue de l’art in Lyon, France, I exhibited — along with ShiroAuksPoemSee TF Cortes and Just One — in NYC Subway Map – 5Pointz, I’ve also painted in several festivals and events including: Living Walls in Atlanta, Georgia; the Jersey Fresh Jam in Trenton, NJ and this past weekend at the Allentown ArtsFest. I’ve had numerous commissions, including a gym in Long Island  and a new restaurant opening in Brooklyn.

Meres graffiti crown heights NYC Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

It sounds like you’ve been quite busy! What’s ahead?

In addition to preparing work for an upcoming solo show focusing on the NYC in which I grew up, I’m working on involving 5Pointz artists in a number of events — including a festival in West Africa.  On November 3, Marie and I will be the recipients of the Arts & Activism Award at the Gold Coast Arts Center Gala 2014. And one of my artworks is featured in STRADA VELOCE, an exhibit featuring Italian automotive-inspired art and furniture, opening tonight at the Dorian Grey Gallery in the East Village.

Wow! Good luck with this all!

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky; photos 1, 5 and 6 by Lois Stavsky; 2, 3, and 4 by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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On our recent visit to Jersey City this past Friday, Gregory D. Edgell aka the Green Villain gave us a tour of some of Jersey City’s newest murals, including some wonderful ones that he curated. Here’s a sampling of those:

Li Hill

Li Hill street art Jersey City New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Vexta

Vexta street art Jersey City NJ New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Kem5

 New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Zimer

Zimer street art Jersey City New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Enoe

enoe graffiti Jersey city New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Jerkface

Jerkface JC New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Mes PFE

Mespfe street art Jersey City New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

All photos by Lois Stavsky, except for Kem5, courtesy of Greg.

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Ramiro Davaro street art Brooklyn Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

A motley crew of  characters, conceived by Argentine American artist Ramiro Davaro, can be found not only on the streets of Brooklyn, but — for the next few days — his Manimal Friends remains on exhibit at Williamsburg’s Cotton Candy Machine. Here are some more of his characters that have surfaced on the streets:

For Juicy Art Fest

Ramiro Davaro and Tony Washington street art NYC Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

On Scholes and Waterbury, 2013

ramiro davaro street art characters NYC Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

Close-up, on Waterbury and Meserole, 2014

Ramiro Davaro street art close up NYC Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

Outside the Cotton Candy Machine

Ramiro Davar street art Williamsburg Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

And inside the Cotton Candy Machine – one of many, Pen and Ink, Acrylic Paint on Paper

ramiro Davaro animal characters Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

Also on sale at the Cotton Candy Machine are signed copies of Ramiro’s colorfully illustrated new book Manimal Friends. Located at 235 South 1st Street (between Roebling and Havemeyer), Cotton Candy Machine is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 8pm.

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

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5Pointz artists paint 9 11 Commemorative wall 5Pointz Artists Paint 9/11 Commemorative Mural in Crown Heights, BK

For years, the former aerosol art Mecca 5Pointz was the site of a 9/11 commemorative wall that surfaced anew each September 11. This year, thanks to the efforts of Marie Cecile Flageul, the annual mural found a new home — on the corner of Bedford Avenue and Bergen Street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Fashioned by Meres, See TF, Remiks, Sloke, Spin, Danielle Mastrion and Lexi Bella, the mural pays special tribute to noted hip-hop historian and photographer Joe Conzo for his extraordinary efforts as a NYFD firefighter on Ground Zero. Here are a few more scenes captured yesterday:

Close-up featuring Joe Conzo, painted by See TF

Joe Conzo painted by See TF 5Pointz Artists Paint 9/11 Commemorative Mural in Crown Heights, BK

Joe Conzo with See TF

See TF and Joe Conzo 5Pointz Artists Paint 9/11 Commemorative Mural in Crown Heights, BK

Danielle Mastrion at work

Danielle Mastrion street art NYC 5Pointz Artists Paint 9/11 Commemorative Mural in Crown Heights, BK

And giving Spin a hand here

Danielle and Spin 5Pointz Artists Paint 9/11 Commemorative Mural in Crown Heights, BK

Meres at work

Meres paints street art mural NYC 5Pointz Artists Paint 9/11 Commemorative Mural in Crown Heights, BK

And drawing his iconic lightbulb for Cydney, a local student and his newest fan

Meres graffiti character on paper 5Pointz Artists Paint 9/11 Commemorative Mural in Crown Heights, BK

Photos 1, 3, 5-7 by Lois Stavsky; photos 2 and 4 by City-as-School intern Tyler Dean Flores

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This is the eighth in a series of occasional posts featuring the range of faces that surface in NYC open spaces:

Dasic in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Dasic Fernandez street art NYC  Faces in NYC Public Spaces, Part VIII: Dasic, Don Rimx & Ricardo Cabret, ECB, Jordan Betten, Alice Mizrachi, Chris Soria with Groundswell Youth, FoxxFace and Sexer

Rimx and Ricardo Cabret — in progress for NY Street Gallery – on the patio outside Exit Room NY, in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Rimx and Ricardo Cabret Faces in NYC Public Spaces, Part VIII: Dasic, Don Rimx & Ricardo Cabret, ECB, Jordan Betten, Alice Mizrachi, Chris Soria with Groundswell Youth, FoxxFace and Sexer

Long-running ECB in Bushwick, Brooklyn

ECB Bushwick street art NYC Faces in NYC Public Spaces, Part VIII: Dasic, Don Rimx & Ricardo Cabret, ECB, Jordan Betten, Alice Mizrachi, Chris Soria with Groundswell Youth, FoxxFace and Sexer

Jordan Betten in Midtown Manhattan

Betten street art NYC Faces in NYC Public Spaces, Part VIII: Dasic, Don Rimx & Ricardo Cabret, ECB, Jordan Betten, Alice Mizrachi, Chris Soria with Groundswell Youth, FoxxFace and Sexer

Alice Mizrachi in Bushwick playground

Alice Mizrachi street art Bushwick NYC Faces in NYC Public Spaces, Part VIII: Dasic, Don Rimx & Ricardo Cabret, ECB, Jordan Betten, Alice Mizrachi, Chris Soria with Groundswell Youth, FoxxFace and Sexer

Long-running Chris Soria  – created with Groundswell youth — in Red Hook, Brooklyn

chris soria street art red hook1 Faces in NYC Public Spaces, Part VIII: Dasic, Don Rimx & Ricardo Cabret, ECB, Jordan Betten, Alice Mizrachi, Chris Soria with Groundswell Youth, FoxxFace and Sexer

FoxxFace for the LISA Project in Little Italy, Manhattan

Foxxface street art NYC Faces in NYC Public Spaces, Part VIII: Dasic, Don Rimx & Ricardo Cabret, ECB, Jordan Betten, Alice Mizrachi, Chris Soria with Groundswell Youth, FoxxFace and Sexer

Sexer for the TAG Public Arts Project in the Bronx

Sexer street art portrait Bronx Faces in NYC Public Spaces, Part VIII: Dasic, Don Rimx & Ricardo Cabret, ECB, Jordan Betten, Alice Mizrachi, Chris Soria with Groundswell Youth, FoxxFace and Sexer

Photos: Dasic, Jordan Betten and Chris Soria by Dani Reyes Mozeson; all others by Lois Stavsky

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This is the fifth in a series of occasional posts featuring the range of curious characters that have found a home on NYC streets:

Buff Monster in Little Italy

Buff Monster street art NYC Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Federico Massa aka Cruz in Bushwick

Cruz bushwick street art Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Nepo in Bushwick

Nepo street art bushwick NYC Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Nemo — in from Italy — in Williamsburg

Nemo street art NYC Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Pose in SoHo

Pose street art nyc Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

stikman in SoHo

stikman street art nuc Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Unidentified artist in Brooklyn

unidentified street art NYC Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Claw Money in Midtown Manhattan

claw money street art nyc Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Photo of Pose by Lois Stavsky; all others by Dani Reyes Mozeson

 

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