Bushwick

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We recently had the opportunity to speak to Bushwick Collective‘s founder and curator, the indefatigable Joe Ficalora, as he readies for this year’s 5th Annual Block Party, June 3-5.

As you prepare for this year’s 5th Annual Block Party, can you share with us some of this past year’s highlights?

Last June’s Annual Block Party was certainly a highlight!  The entire community came together as a family. It was a beautiful sight! A special highpoint of this past year was the Bushwick Collective‘s collaboration with Mana Urban Arts. We had the chance to go down to Miami in December during Art Basel. NYC artists, along with local Miami ones and artists from across the globe, painted together, transforming the inside and outside of the RC Cola Factory. It was a particular thrill to have seven-year-old Lola join us and watch her paint with Chor Boogie. We’ve also facilitated murals in Miami and Jersey City in coordination with Mana Urban Arts. And – more recently — during Frieze Art Week, we participated in Art New York on Pier 54 with Sipros in support of the Perry J. Cohen Foundation.

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What would you say was your greatest challenge this past year?

My greatest challenge was dealing with all the marketers trying to hunt down walls. Now that this neighborhood is “cool,” they feel that they can take advantage of the public space without giving back.

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What can we expect at this year’s Block Party?

There will be live painting, food trucks, local vendors, special activities for families with kids and surprise performers.  A pop-up exhibition at 198 Randolph Street will feature artists from the The Parsons School of Design at the New School, the official sponsor of the weekend, along with local artists. The Museum of the City of New York will be projecting images of Bushwick from over 100 years ago and sharing a huge blown-up photo of Bushwick in 1909. All money from the artwork sold at the exhibit — that opens to the public at 7pm on Friday, June 3, and can be viewed on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm – will go directly to the artists. Local artists will also be exhibiting their work independently. Performers opening the weekend include: The BBoy Rebels (NYC Original Subway Dancers), DJ Mister Cee, Loaf Muzik, Monsters of Brooklyn, Thorough, Thirsting Howl lll, Styles P and Jim Jones. And on Saturday — in addition to JADAKISS – DJ Statik Selektah and friends, Lil Waah, Joell Ortiz, Dave EastChris Rivers, son of the legendary Big Pun, and The BBoy Rebels will perform. Keep posted to our website for updates.

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Who are some artists we can look forward to meeting?

Artists from everywhere will be painting. Among them are: D*Face, Case Maclaim, Sipros, Atomik, Don Rimx and Trans1. Local artists include: Giz, Tats Cru, CrashMeres, Topaz, Plasma Slug, Lola the Illustrator and Hops 1.

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That sounds great! What’s ahead for the Bushwick Collective?

We will continue to grow as an organization and evolve with time. We look forward to further collaborations with Mana Urban Arts.  We also look forward to establishing new partnerships.

Images

1. Giz, Ghost, Such, RIS Crew

2. Sipros

3. Case Maclaim

4. Oji

5. Starfighter

Photo credits: 1 & 3 City-as-School intern Sol Raxlen; 2, 4 & 5 Lois Stavsky; interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky with Sol Raxlen

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Splendidly curated by Laura James and Eileen WalshBronx Now showcases a wide range of artworks in different media by some of the best artists working in the Bronx. Among these are several whose works also enhance public spaces. While visiting the exhibit on Sunday, I had the opportunity to speak to both curators and pose a few questions to Laura James, the founder of BX200.

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Just what is BX200? And when was it launched?

BX200 is a directory of 200 artists, all of whom live or work in the Bronx. It was officially launched at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in March 2015.

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 What is its mission? And what spurred you to launch it?

Its mission is connect our borough’s best artists to as wide an audience as possible from curators to collectors to other artists. My initial incentive in launching it was to get to know other artists living and working in the Bronx.

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You and  Eileen Walsh have, obviously, accomplished so much working together. The directory looks great, and this exhibit is wonderful. How did you two initially meet?

Awhile back, Eileen had invited me to participate in an exhibit she was curating elsewhere. Then when she read about BX200, she was eager to partner with me.

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The art here is spread across two rooms, and it all looks amazing. How did this great space come your way?

Eileen introduced me to it, and I thought it would be an ideal setting to introduce a selection of Bronx artists to folks who frequent Brooklyn spaces, particularly in Bushwick where so much is happening.

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How did you decide which artists to include in Bronx Now?  Some of the artists are quite young and relatively unknown, and others have established reputations and have exhibited in renowned museums.

We were interested in presenting a snapshot of the Bronx featuring works that we love — in a variety of styles and media — from a wide range of artists.

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The exhibit opened with a reception Saturday evening How did the opening go?

It was fantastic! About 300 people came and we had Andre Trenier painting live

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What are some of the other events we can look forward to this week? 

This Thursday, May 5, there will be a Bronx Now Artist Talk from 6-8pm. Participants will include Tats CruJohn Ahearn, Rebecca Allan, Danny Peralta and Alicia Grullon. And this Saturday there will be a closing reception from 5-8pm with a performance by Paco Cao. From Wednesday through Saturday’s closing, the gallery — located at 119 Ingraham Street — opens at noon. Enter through Terra Firma.

Congratulations on BX200 and this wonderful exhibit! I’m looking forward to more.

Images

1. John Ahearn with curators Laura James and Eileen Walsh

2. Bio, Tats Crew

3. Eric Orr

4. Crash

5. Nicer, Tats Cru

6. Andre Trenier, close-up

7. MRS

Photo credit: 1, 2, 4-7 Lois Stavsky; 3 courtesy Laura James; interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky

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meres otm graffiti bushwick NYC At <em>Brooklyn Reclaimed</em>: An Oasis of Color and Style with Meres, Demer, Topaz, Jerms, Zimad  and Bishop 203

With its vibrantly seductive murals, the exterior of Brooklyn Reclaimed – curated by Meres One – has become an oasis of color and style.  Here are a few more graffiti murals that have recently surfaced — all by artists who’d frequented the former 5Pointz:

Demer

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Topaz and Jerms

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Zimad

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Bishop 203 aka Jats

Jats graffiti Bushwick At <em>Brooklyn Reclaimed</em>: An Oasis of Color and Style with Meres, Demer, Topaz, Jerms, Zimad  and Bishop 203

Photos by City-as-School intern Sol Raxlen

Keep posted to our Facebook page and Instagram for more graffiti and street art on the grounds of Brooklyn Reclaimed.

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Bizer and graffiti bushwick nyc  Graffiti Pioneers <em>MG Boys</em> Get Busy in Bushwick:  Bizer, Nest 156, Checker 170, Kit 17, Easy, Styx, Perv and Plot 162

This past Sunday. a group of veteran writers — several members of the legendary Mission Graffiti Crew  –  brought their classic graffiti styles to Bushwick. Here are a few more images captured:

Checker 170

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Bizer

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Kit 17

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And earlier on — with Kit 17  at work on his outline — on the right

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Nest 156 

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Easy

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Styx

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Australian writer Perv

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Plot 162

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Photo Credits: 1-3,6, 8-10 Tara Murray; 4, 5 & 7 Patrick Styx 

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Host to some of the most stylish graffiti walls in NYC, Bushwick never lets us down! These were captured this past week:

Kems

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 Sp One

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Amuse

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Roachi

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Toper

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Fecks

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Hoacs

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And if you are anywhere in the vicinity, be sure to check out Hoacs’s brilliant solo exhibit opening tonight — Saturday — at Eden Fine Art.

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Photos of Bushwick graffiti by Tara Murray

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Bringing flair and flavor to the walls on and off Bogart Street in Bushwick this past Saturday were some first-rate graffiti artists. Here is a sampling:

Large fragment of 4Sakn’s completed wall

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Miami’s Eskae 545 at work

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Bishop203 aka Jat1

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Hoacs at work

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Trace at work

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Roachi

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Photo credits: 1-6 Tara Murray; 7 Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Bushwick continues to host some of NYC’s most stylish graffiti walls featuring international artists alongside local ones. Here are a few we encountered this past Friday on Johnson Street off Bogart:

Swiss artist Tones One

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Rime aka Jersey Joe

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Phobes

Phobes graffiti bushwick nyc Bushwicks Stylish Graffiti Walls: Tones One, Rime aka Jersey Joe, Phobes, Mastro, Bates and Host 18

Mastro

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Denmark’s the Great Bates

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Host18

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 Photos: 1-5 Lois Stavsky; 6 Tara Murray

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The Weird street art and graffiti Bushwick NYC  The Blazingly Brilliant <em>Weird Crew</em> Arrives from Europe to the Streets of Bushwick and Exit Room NY

Five members of the blazingly brilliant Weird Crew have made their way to NYC.  And to our delight, they’ve just completed an ingenious mural on Johnson Avenue and are busily preparing for an exhibit to open tomorrow evening at Exit Room. We had the opportunity to meet them yesterday.

Just what exactly is the Weird Crew?

It’s a collective of ten artists spread throughout Germany and Austria.

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How and when did you all meet? And what brought you together?

We met back in 2011 at a festival in Vienna. Some of us knew each other from before, but 2011 is when the crew was founded. We’ve all painted live, participated in festivals and exhibits and have engaged in projects with international companies. Two of us — Cone and Vidam — are also professional DJs and music producers.

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You all have distinct styles, and yet you work so seamlessly together.  It is quite amazing!

Yes, although our styles are different, we share a similar aesthetic sensibility. And we stay in touch and exchange ideas with each other regularly.

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What inspired the particular mural that you just completed painting in Bushwick?

Soon after we arrived in Bushwick, we took a bike ride into Manhattan. We were struck by those folks who often go unnoticed — the workers who keep this city going, who are also the “invisible New Yorkers.” Our mural is a homage to them.

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And what do you guys think of New York City?

We love it. We love its energy and diversity — its wonderful mix of cultures.

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What can we expect to see at Weird World  — your soon-to-open exhibit at Exit Room?

Something weird!

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Note: Weird World featuring works by Weird Crew members CONE, DXTR, HRVB, LOOK and VIDAM opens tomorrow evening, Friday, at 6pm at Exit Room. Curated by Zoe Beatwoman, the opening will continue until late with DJ Angel Russell aka Sloane Sophisticate and live musical performances by Perla Cozzone, Starr Busby and Jadon Woodard. The works will remain on exhibit through September 10.

Images: 1. Close-up from completed outdoor mural; 2. Look the Weird at work; 3. Cone the Weird at work; 4. Dxtr the Weird at work; 5. Segment from completed mural and 6. Cone the Weird in Exit Room NY, close-up

Photo credits: 1, 5 & 6 Lois Stavsky; 2-4 Tara Murray

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Gorey and Ezo street art and graffiti apple gate project bushwick nyc <em>Apple Gate Project Bushwick</em> with Gorey, SP.ONE, Bis Uno & Diego 127, Whisper, Mast, Quik, Spar, John Kaye, Noxer, Binho and more

A huge industrial building at 61 Jefferson Street – a short walk from the JMZ Myrtle Avenue line – has become the backdrop for a wonderful mix of vibrant public art. I recently spoke to its curator, Whisper aka Chip Love.

SP one Apple Gate Project Brooklyn <em>Apple Gate Project Bushwick</em> with Gorey, SP.ONE, Bis Uno & Diego 127, Whisper, Mast, Quik, Spar, John Kaye, Noxer, Binho and more

What an ideal space for this wonderfully diverse artwork! How did you come upon it?

My friend, Brian Sturm, introduced me to John Weiss, the president of Apple Restoration & Waterproofing. John was interested in beautifying the exterior of his business, and Brian thought I might be interested in curating such a project.

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Can you tell us a bit more about Apple Gate Project Bushwick’s mission?

Its mission is to beautify the property here at 61 Jefferson with public art and to aesthetically connect to the community.

Chip street art apple gate mural project <em>Apple Gate Project Bushwick</em> with Gorey, SP.ONE, Bis Uno & Diego 127, Whisper, Mast, Quik, Spar, John Kaye, Noxer, Binho and more

How many artists were engaged in the project?

By the time it was completed, 15 had been involved.

mast noxer graffiti <em>Apple Gate Project Bushwick</em> with Gorey, SP.ONE, Bis Uno & Diego 127, Whisper, Mast, Quik, Spar, John Kaye, Noxer, Binho and more

The art here represents such a wonderful mix of cultures. In addition to many legendary NYC-based artists, participants include: Brazilian artist Binho; Australian artist John Kaye and French artist Gorey.  How did you manage to engage such an eclectic group of talented artists?

I called my friends who then called their friends.

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What particular challenges did you face in seeing the project to completion?

Challenges were limited. Because the property is a restoration company, we had everything we could possibly need at our disposal: lifts, scaffolding, ladders. John Weiss was wonderfully accommodating. And the entire exterior was power-washed before it was painted.

John Kaye and Spar graffiti street art Apple Gate Project Bushwick NYC <em>Apple Gate Project Bushwick</em> with Gorey, SP.ONE, Bis Uno & Diego 127, Whisper, Mast, Quik, Spar, John Kaye, Noxer, Binho and more

How has the response been?

There hasn’t yet been much publicity, as we’ve kept it largely undercover while we were working on it. But the word is getting out, and the response that we’ve been getting is incredible. You can check out the hashtag #AppleGateProjectBushwick on Instagram.

Noxer binho graffiti <em>Apple Gate Project Bushwick</em> with Gorey, SP.ONE, Bis Uno & Diego 127, Whisper, Mast, Quik, Spar, John Kaye, Noxer, Binho and more

What’s ahead for you?

Continuing my art, connecting with like-minded people and building more projects like this one!

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Images: 1. Gorey 2. Greg Lamarche aka SP.ONE 3. Bis Uno & Diego 127 4. Whisper 5. Mast; bottom side gate Noxer 6. Quik 7. John Kaye & Spar 8. Noxer & Binho 9. Noxer with Whisper standing and John Weiss of Apple Restoration and Waterproofing seated to his right

Photo credits: 1-5, 7 & 9 Lois Stavsky; 6 & 8 Tara Murray

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Geoffrey Carran and Rowena Martinich street art mural Project brookLYNK NYC Project BrookLYNK Transforms EBC High School into an Exuberant Outdoor/Indoor Gallery: Geoffrey Carran & Rowena Martinich, D. Gale, Rob Plater, Nepo, Hori Shin, See One &  Phetus

Designed to link artists with schools, Project BrookLYNK has transformed EBC High School for Public Service in Bushwick into an exuberant outdoor/indoor gallery. We recently visited the school and spoke to Project BrookLYNK director, Thomas Gleisner aka Tommy Gee.

What a wonderful space! How lucky these students, teachers and staff members are! What exactly is your role in making this happen? And what is your relationship to this school?

I engage the artists, oversee the execution of the murals and organize a range of activities related to the artworks. I also teach art and Special Education.

D Gale art mural Project brookLYNK NYC Project BrookLYNK Transforms EBC High School into an Exuberant Outdoor/Indoor Gallery: Geoffrey Carran & Rowena Martinich, D. Gale, Rob Plater, Nepo, Hori Shin, See One &  Phetus

 When did it all begin? 

The first mural inside our building, Black Lives Matter – painted by Bevon Brewster — surfaced over four months ago.  Then in June, Melbourne-based artists-in-residence Geoffrey Carran and Rowena Martinich involved our students in painting murals and instructed them in a variety of art activities. Since then, it’s been an ongoing project.

Rob Plater art mural Project brookLYNK NYC Project BrookLYNK Transforms EBC High School into an Exuberant Outdoor/Indoor Gallery: Geoffrey Carran & Rowena Martinich, D. Gale, Rob Plater, Nepo, Hori Shin, See One &  Phetus

How has your principal responded to this intitiative?

Our principal, Shawn Brown, loves it. I’ve known him since 2010, when we worked together at another high school in Brooklyn. We share a similar educational vision.

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And how have the students and faculty members reacted?

Most haven’t seen all of the art yet. But their response to what they did see was positive. The students love it. And the teachers were quite surprised at first, but their response has also been positive.

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How have you managed to involve so many artists — and so many celebrated street artists?

Some are friends; others are friends of friends, and some are referred to me.

see one art mural Project BrookLYNK NYC Project BrookLYNK Transforms EBC High School into an Exuberant Outdoor/Indoor Gallery: Geoffrey Carran & Rowena Martinich, D. Gale, Rob Plater, Nepo, Hori Shin, See One &  Phetus

 What’s ahead?

More murals, more artists’ residencies and more community engagement and collaborative projects here at EBC High School for Public Service. And I would, also, like to expand Project BrookLYNK to other schools in the fall.

Phetus outdoor mural ProjectBrookLYNK NYC Project BrookLYNK Transforms EBC High School into an Exuberant Outdoor/Indoor Gallery: Geoffrey Carran & Rowena Martinich, D. Gale, Rob Plater, Nepo, Hori Shin, See One &  Phetus

That would be great! We are looking forward to seeing more!

Note: The murals pictured above are a small sampling of the dozens of pieces in disparate styles by local, national and international artists that can be seen inside and outside EBC High School for Public Service located at 1155 Dekalb Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn. More info and links here, and keep posted to our Facebook page for many more images.

Murals: 1. Geoffrey Carran and Rowena Martinich 2. D. Gale 3. Rob Plater 4  Nepo 5. Hori Shin 6. See One 7Phetus

Photos: 1-4 Lois Stavsky; 5-7 Tara Murray

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