Walls

A range of comic characters — from Calvin and Hobbes to Snow White to Batman — have made their way onto NYC walls. Here are a few:

John Matos aka Crash in the South Bronx for the Tag Public Arts Project

Matos Crash Bronx street art Bronx NYC Comic Characters on NYC Walls: John Crash Matos, Ozmo, Jerkface, Mr OneTeas and See One

Ozmo in Little Italy for the LISA Project

Ozmo street art nyc 2 Comic Characters on NYC Walls: John Crash Matos, Ozmo, Jerkface, Mr OneTeas and See One

Jerkface in Bushwick

Jerkface street art NYC Comic Characters on NYC Walls: John Crash Matos, Ozmo, Jerkface, Mr OneTeas and See One

Mr OneTeas at the Bushwick Collective

mr one teas bushwick collective street art Comic Characters on NYC Walls: John Crash Matos, Ozmo, Jerkface, Mr OneTeas and See One

 See One at the Bushwick Collective

see one batman street art bushwick collective Comic Characters on NYC Walls: John Crash Matos, Ozmo, Jerkface, Mr OneTeas and See One

see one street art nyc Comic Characters on NYC Walls: John Crash Matos, Ozmo, Jerkface, Mr OneTeas and See One

 Photos 1, 4 – 6 by Lois Stavsky; 2 by Tara Murray & 3 by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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rainer judd rag and bone mural nyc Rainer Judd’s Journal Pages at rag & bones Houston Wall Project Space

Often showcasing artworks by diverse street artists – from DALeast to Ludo to Meres  – the wall outside rag & bone has also featured various artists who don’t generally share their visions in public spaces. For the past several weeks we have been treated to a selection of pages from the journals of Rainer Judd, the daughter of the late artist Donald Judd,

Close-up from “Sunlight on the Iguanas.” Book no. 6, Black Leather Silver Corner, 1987- 1989 — as seen last week

Rainer Judd close up journal entry mural nyc Rainer Judd’s Journal Pages at rag & bones Houston Wall Project Space

“The idea was to see books on the wall, changing pages,” Rainer explains. “I’ve been filling journal books since I was 11. On November 16, 2014, I brought Swiss bags full of these books to photographer Henry Leutwyler and Javas Lehn. With a focus on the graphic quality of them as objects I could see them differently. For me, journals are a place of dialogue with myself, a testing ground for ideas, a pal, a repository for the stuff of the highway of my heart. This is a small window into a deep archive.”

Here are some pages from Rainer Judd‘s journal that surfaced in December

Rainer Judd rag and bone nyc Rainer Judd’s Journal Pages at rag & bones Houston Wall Project Space

rainer judd mural NYC Rainer Judd’s Journal Pages at rag & bones Houston Wall Project Space

Then earlier this month

Rainer Judd public art NYC Rainer Judd’s Journal Pages at rag & bones Houston Wall Project Space

And through the end of this month, you can check out the final piece now outside rag & bone on Elizabeth Street off 73 East Houston.

Photos 1-3 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 4 courtesy rag & bone’s Houston Wall Project and 5 by Lois Stavsky 

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Few NYC graffiti walls change as frequently as those in Upper Manhattan’s open-air gallery.  Curated by South Bronx native, Crane, the walls off the 1 train on 207th Street and 210th Street serve as revolving canvases to several veteran NYC writers and their occasional guests.  Here’s a sampling of what has surfaced in the past several months:

Uptown stylemaster Cone

cone graffiti inwood nyc New York Citys Uptown Open Air Gallery with Cone, Kool Kito, Panic, Jero, Pulse and Ree

Veteran graffiti writer Kool Kito

kool kito inwood manhattan nyc New York Citys Uptown Open Air Gallery with Cone, Kool Kito, Panic, Jero, Pulse and Ree

Local artist Panic Rodriguez

Panic Inwood New York Citys Uptown Open Air Gallery with Cone, Kool Kito, Panic, Jero, Pulse and Ree

LA-based graffiti writer Jero ICR  

Jero ICRgraffitinyc New York Citys Uptown Open Air Gallery with Cone, Kool Kito, Panic, Jero, Pulse and Ree

Legendary UK graffiti writer Pulse

pulse graffiti inwood nyc New York Citys Uptown Open Air Gallery with Cone, Kool Kito, Panic, Jero, Pulse and Ree

Veteran graffiti writer Ree

ree graffiti nyc New York Citys Uptown Open Air Gallery with Cone, Kool Kito, Panic, Jero, Pulse and Ree

Photos 1, 2, 5 and 6 by Lois Stavsky; 3 and 4 by City-as-School intern Travis Hicks

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The walls in the vicinity of McGuinness Boulevard and Clay Street in Greenpoint continue to showcase a diverse range of vibrant graffiti. Here are a few captured this past week:

Justin Phame and Bella Amaral

Justin Phame and Bella Amaral graffiti NYC Greenpoints Vibrantly Diverse Graffiti with: Justin Phame & Bella Amaral, Shiro, 2ESAE, Yes One, Noah TFP, Wolf 1 AOK and Tone MST

Shiro2ESAE and Yes One

shiro 2esae yes1 graffiti greenpoint nyc Greenpoints Vibrantly Diverse Graffiti with: Justin Phame & Bella Amaral, Shiro, 2ESAE, Yes One, Noah TFP, Wolf 1 AOK and Tone MST

Noah TFP

Noah tfp graffiti nyc Greenpoints Vibrantly Diverse Graffiti with: Justin Phame & Bella Amaral, Shiro, 2ESAE, Yes One, Noah TFP, Wolf 1 AOK and Tone MST

Wolf 1 AOK

wolf graffiti nyc Greenpoints Vibrantly Diverse Graffiti with: Justin Phame & Bella Amaral, Shiro, 2ESAE, Yes One, Noah TFP, Wolf 1 AOK and Tone MST

Tone MST

tone mst graffiti greenpointnyc Greenpoints Vibrantly Diverse Graffiti with: Justin Phame & Bella Amaral, Shiro, 2ESAE, Yes One, Noah TFP, Wolf 1 AOK and Tone MST

Photos by Lois Stavsky 

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This is the 15th in an occasional series of posts featuring images of girls — and women — who grace our public spaces:

David Cooper in Bushwick

David Cooper Bushwick street art nyc Girls on Walls, Part XV: David Cooper, Cern, Mag Magrela, Caratoes, Andre Trenier and Dasic Fernandez

Cern in Greenpoint, close-up 

cern greenpoint streeet art nyc Girls on Walls, Part XV: David Cooper, Cern, Mag Magrela, Caratoes, Andre Trenier and Dasic Fernandez

Mag Magrela on the Lower East Side

mag magrella street ar nyc Girls on Walls, Part XV: David Cooper, Cern, Mag Magrela, Caratoes, Andre Trenier and Dasic Fernandez

Caratoes in Bushwick

caratoes street art in Bushwick nyc Girls on Walls, Part XV: David Cooper, Cern, Mag Magrela, Caratoes, Andre Trenier and Dasic Fernandez

Andre Trenier in the Bronx

andre treiner Bronx street art Girls on Walls, Part XV: David Cooper, Cern, Mag Magrela, Caratoes, Andre Trenier and Dasic Fernandez

Dasic Fernandez at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens

dasic street art wwlling court nyc Girls on Walls, Part XV: David Cooper, Cern, Mag Magrela, Caratoes, Andre Trenier and Dasic Fernandez

Photos: 1 and 5 by City-as-School intern Zachariah Messaoud; 2-4 and 6 by Lois Stavsky

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We’ve been noticing more and more subway trains on walls down in Brooklyn and up in the Bronx.  Here’s a sampling:

Damien Mitchell for the Bushwick Collective

Damien Mitchell Bushwick Collective street art byc  Subway Trains on NYC Walls with: Damien Mitchell, Downer Jones, Bella Amaral, Danielle Mastrion, Dek 2DX, Shiro and Cern

Downer Jones in Bushwick

downer jones graffiti NYC Subway Trains on NYC Walls with: Damien Mitchell, Downer Jones, Bella Amaral, Danielle Mastrion, Dek 2DX, Shiro and Cern

Bella Amaral in Bushwick for JMZ Walls

Bella Amaral street art nyc Subway Trains on NYC Walls with: Damien Mitchell, Downer Jones, Bella Amaral, Danielle Mastrion, Dek 2DX, Shiro and Cern

Danielle Mastrion in Bushwick for the Dodworth Street Mural art project

danielle mastrion street art nyc Subway Trains on NYC Walls with: Damien Mitchell, Downer Jones, Bella Amaral, Danielle Mastrion, Dek 2DX, Shiro and Cern

Dek 2DX in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx

dek2DX street art bronx nyc Subway Trains on NYC Walls with: Damien Mitchell, Downer Jones, Bella Amaral, Danielle Mastrion, Dek 2DX, Shiro and Cern

Shiro in Bushwick for JMZ Walls

Shiro jmz street art nyc Subway Trains on NYC Walls with: Damien Mitchell, Downer Jones, Bella Amaral, Danielle Mastrion, Dek 2DX, Shiro and Cern

Cern in Williamsburg

Cern street art williamsburg NYC Subway Trains on NYC Walls with: Damien Mitchell, Downer Jones, Bella Amaral, Danielle Mastrion, Dek 2DX, Shiro and Cern

Photos: 1, 2, 4 and 6 by Lois Stavsky; 3 by Tara Murray; 5 by City-as-School intern Zachariah Messaoud and 7 by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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tats cru graffti street art wallworks NYC Anna Matos on WallWorks NY    A New Gallery Space in the South Bronx

Founded by John Matos aka Crash and Robert Kantor and directed by Anna Matos, WallWorks NY is a wonderful new gallery space at 39 Bruckner Boulevard in the South Bronx. While visiting its current  – and final – unofficial exhibit, Open Gallery, we had the opportunity to speak to Anna.

anna matos wallworks nyc Anna Matos on WallWorks NY    A New Gallery Space in the South Bronx

When did WallWorks NY open?

We had our first “unofficial” opening exhibition, First Taste, on September 12.  Its focus was on promoting street art and graffiti as a viable art form within galleries and museums. Among the many local and international artists whose works were featured were: Daze, Futura, Nick Walker, Stash and TATS CRU members: Bio, Nicer and BG 183. This was followed by Point. Focus. Click. featuring photos – that had never been exhibited before — by such photographers as Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper, Joe Conzo, David Gonzalez, Lisa Kahane, Francisco Reyes II and Ricky Flores.

such art wallworksny Anna Matos on WallWorks NY    A New Gallery Space in the South Bronx

This current exhibit, Open Gallery, introduces us to many new artists.

Yes. It’s our final show before our official opening next month.  Along with works by emerging local artists in Open Gallery, are artworks in various media by artists from around the country – many of whom had never exhibited their works in a gallery setting before.

Buz163 collage wallworks nyc Anna Matos on WallWorks NY    A New Gallery Space in the South Bronx

How have these “unofficial” openings gone?

The response has been great. And the success that we’ve achieved so far is more than we could have imagined!

Why did you choose to open a gallery in the South Bronx?

Why not the South Bronx? Its history is so rich, and hopefully we will encourage people to visit it.

fun est art wallworks nyc Anna Matos on WallWorks NY    A New Gallery Space in the South Bronx

What is WallWork’s NY’s mission?

In the experimental and explorative vein of Fashion MODA, we want to exhibit new and exciting work from both emerging and established artists.

How did this space come to be?

My father, Crash, had dreamed for a long time of opening a gallery, and I loved the idea of directing one. On our trips into the city, we repeatedly passed this empty space on Bruckner Boulevard – that we saw as a potential site for a gallery.  After discussing it with an art dealer in Paris last summer, my father said, “Let’s do it!” And then a partnership with entrepreneur Robert Kantor made it possible for my father to realize his dream.

JPO art Wallworks Anna Matos on WallWorks NY    A New Gallery Space in the South Bronx

What experiences and skills do you bring to your position as gallery director?

I grew up around art. As a child, I regularly accompanied by father to his studio – where I would sit and draw. For a long time, in fact, I thought I would be an artist. But as a senior in high school, I discovered that I was more interested in the concepts behind the art than in creating art. I then majored in Art History with a double minor of Philosophy and Black Studies at Fairfield University, and after graduating from college, I studied Art Business at FIT.  And in addition to several internships, including one as Special Project Manager the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, I served as a liaison for my father, assisting him in everything from creating a strong social media presence to installing and selling art. I see myself as someone who is committed to each artist’s personal development and financial success — as well as to the success of the gallery.

Stephanie Burr wallWorks NYC Anna Matos on WallWorks NY    A New Gallery Space in the South Bronx

What’s ahead?

Our official launch takes place on next Saturday, January 10, with Ikonoklasts, featuring never-before-seen works by three legendary NYC artists: A-One, Dondi White and Rammallzee. Following Ikonoklasts will be our first solo show featuring works on canvas by Nicer of TATS CRU.

That sounds wonderful! We are looking forward!

Interview conducted by City-as-School intern Zachariah Messaoud and edited by Lois Stavsky; photos by Lois Stavsky

Photos

1. TATS CRU

2. Anna Matos, gallery director

3. Such Styles

4. Buz163

5. Funqest

6. John Paul O’Grodnick

7. Stephanie Burr

Note: Open Gallery continues until January 7 at 39 Bruckner Boulevard in the Bronx.

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With Sheryo and the Yok completing the missing letter — S — , the B-U-S-H-W-I-C-K mural at the Bushwick Collective is now complete. Here are some images:

Sexer at work after completing the letter ‘B.’ Letter ‘U’ by David Louf aka June1 to its right

sexer paints street art bushwick collective B U S H W I C K: Spelling It Out at the Bushwick Collective: Sexer, June1, Sheryo & the Yok, Dasic, Billy Mode, Eelco, Crash and Zimad

 Sheryo and the Yok, the letter ‘S’

sheryo yok street art bushwick collective nyc B U S H W I C K: Spelling It Out at the Bushwick Collective: Sexer, June1, Sheryo & the Yok, Dasic, Billy Mode, Eelco, Crash and Zimad

Dasic Fernandez at work on the letter ‘H’

Dasic fernandez paints street art bushwick collective nyc B U S H W I C K: Spelling It Out at the Bushwick Collective: Sexer, June1, Sheryo & the Yok, Dasic, Billy Mode, Eelco, Crash and Zimad

Billy Mode at work on the letter ‘W’

billy mode paints graffiti bushwick collective nyc B U S H W I C K: Spelling It Out at the Bushwick Collective: Sexer, June1, Sheryo & the Yok, Dasic, Billy Mode, Eelco, Crash and Zimad

Eelco ’Virus’ Van den Berg, the letter ‘I’, with Bushwick Collective founder and curator Joe Ficalora to its right

Eelco street art with Joe Ficalora Bushwick Collective NYC B U S H W I C K: Spelling It Out at the Bushwick Collective: Sexer, June1, Sheryo & the Yok, Dasic, Billy Mode, Eelco, Crash and Zimad

John Matos aka Crash, the letter ‘C’ 

John Crash Matos Bushwick Collective NYC B U S H W I C K: Spelling It Out at the Bushwick Collective: Sexer, June1, Sheryo & the Yok, Dasic, Billy Mode, Eelco, Crash and Zimad

Zimad at work on the final letter, ‘K’

zimad bushwick letter k B U S H W I C K: Spelling It Out at the Bushwick Collective: Sexer, June1, Sheryo & the Yok, Dasic, Billy Mode, Eelco, Crash and Zimad

With some additions

Bushwick graffiti Bushwick Collective B U S H W I C K: Spelling It Out at the Bushwick Collective: Sexer, June1, Sheryo & the Yok, Dasic, Billy Mode, Eelco, Crash and Zimad

 Photo credits: 1, 4 & 7 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2, 3, 5, 6 & 8 by Lois Stavsky

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Nemo graffiti Italian Artist Nemo Tibi Amat on Carrots, Burqas, NYC and more

Back in September, a huge orange carrot surfaced on the streets of Williamsburg. We soon discovered it was the work of the Italian artist Nemo Tibi Amat, whose distinctly curious aesthetic was on view at Exit Room NYC at the time. Eager to find out more about it all, we posed some questions to her.

Why a carrot? What does the carrot represent?

Because it makes me smile, and it makes other people smile. I think of it as a kind of Carrot Therapy. Also, the carrot fits wonderfully into our urban architecture. It can be vertical or horizontal; it can be whole or chopped. There will always be a place for it.

When was your carrot first born?

Everything was born some years ago. At the beginning, I used to paint a fat radish instead of the letter O when I wrote my name. Then when I began doing rollers, I replaced the letters with the carrot.  Even a child who can’t read can recognize a carrot.

Nemo street art nyc Italian Artist Nemo Tibi Amat on Carrots, Burqas, NYC and more

What about the carrot on a cross that I saw over at Exit Room? What does that represent?

It’s the sacrifice.  Anyone who aims to change the world by fighting against the system — with his or her own powers — is a Jesus on Earth. He wasn’t the only one crossed, as so many were, are and continue to be in many other ways. He’s just the most famous, because apparently his father was a god! The real crucified carrots that I use represent the inevitable decay of the body. After death, there is no resurrection.

And your burqa? It’s such an intriguing, powerful image. What does it represent?

Since I began painting — back in 1995 — I’ve had to deal with hiding and covering myself. I’m fascinated by the relationship between one’s interior self and the exterior world. And I love playing with the concept of protecting your body by hiding it. Covering your face can be a choice, but sometimes it is a necessity — a rule that others impose on you. Through my burqas, masks and balaclavas, I also tell stories that range from personal experiences I’ve had with real people to secret urban legends. If you scratch away the plasticine on my scratch card artworks, you can win my face.

Nemo artwork Italian Artist Nemo Tibi Amat on Carrots, Burqas, NYC and more

Nemo installation Italian Artist Nemo Tibi Amat on Carrots, Burqas, NYC and more

What about your characters? Can you tell us something about them?

The characters themselves tell me how to draw them. You would have to ask them.

What is like being a female in a male-dominated world?

I don’t think about it. If you know who you are and where you are, you can manage just about everything going on around you. Most of the time, I paint on my own, and most of my friends are guys. I think I’m lucky, as I feel free from those mental prisons that a lot of girls feel enclosed in.  I don’t, though, support the feminist way of thinking as it only increases the separation between us.

Nemo in burqa Italian Artist Nemo Tibi Amat on Carrots, Burqas, NYC and more

What is your impression of NYC?

Everything is really messed up, and I do love it.

Interview by Lois Stavsky with assistance by Daniela Croci aka Zoe;  Photos 1, 2, and 5 courtesy of the artist; 3 and 4 by Lois Stavsky

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Also occupying NYC streets is an intriguing array of skulls, skeletons and assorted eerie creatures, Here’s a sampling:

Vexta in the East Village

vexta off houston street NYCs Eerie Streets:  Vexta, N Carlos J, Damien Mitchell, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Steiner, Bishop203 and Epic Uno

N Carlos J in Bushwick

N Carlos J eerie street art NYCs Eerie Streets:  Vexta, N Carlos J, Damien Mitchell, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Steiner, Bishop203 and Epic Uno

Damien Mitchell in the Bronx for Tag Public Arts Project

damien mitchell street art Bronx NYCs Eerie Streets:  Vexta, N Carlos J, Damien Mitchell, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Steiner, Bishop203 and Epic Uno

Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett in Bushwick for JMZ Walls

nicole salagar chuck berrett street art  NYCs Eerie Streets:  Vexta, N Carlos J, Damien Mitchell, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Steiner, Bishop203 and Epic Uno

Steiner in Bushwick

steiner monster street art Bushwick NYCs Eerie Streets:  Vexta, N Carlos J, Damien Mitchell, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Steiner, Bishop203 and Epic Uno

Bishop203 in Bushwick

bishop203 street art nyc NYCs Eerie Streets:  Vexta, N Carlos J, Damien Mitchell, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Steiner, Bishop203 and Epic Uno

Epic Uno in Bushwick for the Tag Public Arts Project

Epic Uno and achan street art Bronx NYC 2 NYCs Eerie Streets:  Vexta, N Carlos J, Damien Mitchell, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Steiner, Bishop203 and Epic Uno

 Photos: 1 & 6 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2, 4, 5 & 7 by Lois Stavsky; 3 by Tara Murray

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