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Damien Mitchell street art Bushwick NYC1 Damien Mitchell on Graffiti, Street Art, Prague, NYC, His Upcoming Exhibit at Low Brow Artique and more

Australian native Damien Mitchell has been gracing NYC walls with his wonderful talents since moving here two years ago. We visited him at his studio while he was readying for his solo exhibit — Tools of the Trade — opening tomorrow Friday, the 13th, at Low Brow Artique.

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When and where did you first share your artwork on a public space?

My first experience with graffiti was at age 8. I wrote ‘fuk’ on the underside of our family’s coffee table. I then blamed it on my two-year old niece, Alice.

What or who inspired you to do so?

I can’t remember — though it must have been important, as I still do it now and then. Alice is getting really sick of my shit.

Do you have a formal art education? 

No.

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How do you feel about the movement of works by street artists and graffiti writers into galleries? Have you exhibited your work in a gallery setting? If so, where and when?

It is what it is. When you take a work off a truck or wall and stick it in a gallery, it no longer moves like it does outside. It can’t sneak up on you or take you by surprise. That said, I am showing paintings at Low Brow Artique tomorrow, Friday the 13th, from 6-9pm.

When did you come to NYC? What brought you here?

I first arrived five years ago to visit my wife’s family. I was only here for a few weeks,  but I got a few walls up including one at 5Pointz – R.I.P.  We moved over here for a longer term on Independence Day two years ago.

What are some of the specific challenges of working/living here in NYC as an artist?

Like anywhere, when you give your work away for free on walls — often times against the will of the building owner — things can get a little weird. Luckily, there are lots of walls to go around, and sometimes they even pay you for it.

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 Where else have you painted? Have you a favorite city?

When I was 18, I moved to Prague in the Czech Republic. I lived there for eight years painting everything I could. Say what you will about the hangover from the Soviet era but it sure left a lot of bare concrete walls. Also, I once painted my butthole blue just to see if it would change the color of my poop. It didn’t.

Any thoughts about the street art/graffiti divide?

Personally, I wear two hats. I think it’s nice to be able to drink beer in the summer time, while painting a wall at a block party somewhere, but it’s also fun as hell to run around writing shit on walls on the sly. Graffiti heads get all pissy because their work is illegitimatized by street art’s aesthetics and message.

How do you feel about the role of the Internet in all this?

When I was growing up in rural Australia, the Internet was the only way to see any of this stuff. If it wasn’t for sites like Stencil Revolution, I probably would have become a plumber or something.

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Do you prefer working alone or painting with others? With whom have you collaborated? Is there anyone in particular with whom you’d like to collaborate?

For legal walls, I’m up for collaboration. There are things you learn and tips — you don’t realize you are giving — that make artists better when they work together. This last year I was lucky enough to work with Edob Love and Heesco painting a couple of walls here in NYC. Who knows what will pop up in 2015?

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

Both. When I’m painting a large portrait, I usually have some kind of sketch with me to start with, and then I let it go. Showing up to a wall with a big bag of paints and just emptying them all as it goes makes for some of my favorite work, though.

How has your artwork evolved during the past few years? Has living in NYC affected your aesthetic?

Since living in NYC, I’ve been offered larger walls, so I’ve had to significantly change how I work. For years I was painting primarily with stencils, but once the walls got big enough, I ditched them. As for aesthetic, I paint what’s around me, so the city and its residents constantly pop up in my work.

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

I don’t know what the role of the fine artist is, though the role of the graffiti artist — in my opinion — is to be the voice of social change. When there is nowhere to raise your voice, grab some paint and write it on the wall.

Can you tell us something about your exhibit that opens tomorrow at Low Brow Artique?

It’s called Tools of the Trade. A homage to graffiti, it celebrates the tools used by graffiti artists.

What’s ahead for you?

After spending some more time here in NYC, my wife and I are heading to Brazil. The more I look, the more I like!

Photo credits: 1. & 4. Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2. & 3. Lois Stavsky & 5. City-as-School intern Zachariah Messaoud

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Earlier this fall, the Dodworth Street Mural art project began a wondrous transformation of the area on and around Dodworth Street between Bushwick Avenue and Broadway. Here are just a few of the murals that have surfaced:

Eelco ’Virus’ Van den BergRocko and Vera Times

eelco rocko street art Dodworth Mural NYC Dodworth Street Mural Art Project with: Eelco, Rocko & Vera Times, David Louf, Miss Zukie & Lexi Bella, Fumero, Danielle Mastrion, CB23, Col, Marthalicia, BK, Damien Mitchell & Edob LOV3

David Louf 

David Louf dodworth street art Dodworth Street Mural Art Project with: Eelco, Rocko & Vera Times, David Louf, Miss Zukie & Lexi Bella, Fumero, Danielle Mastrion, CB23, Col, Marthalicia, BK, Damien Mitchell & Edob LOV3

Miss Zukie and Lexi Bella

zukie and lexi bella dodworth mural street art nyc 2 Dodworth Street Mural Art Project with: Eelco, Rocko & Vera Times, David Louf, Miss Zukie & Lexi Bella, Fumero, Danielle Mastrion, CB23, Col, Marthalicia, BK, Damien Mitchell & Edob LOV3

Fumero

Fumero street art dodworth Dodworth Street Mural Art Project with: Eelco, Rocko & Vera Times, David Louf, Miss Zukie & Lexi Bella, Fumero, Danielle Mastrion, CB23, Col, Marthalicia, BK, Damien Mitchell & Edob LOV3

Danielle Mastrion and CB23

danielle mastrion and cb street art dodworth mural NYC Dodworth Street Mural Art Project with: Eelco, Rocko & Vera Times, David Louf, Miss Zukie & Lexi Bella, Fumero, Danielle Mastrion, CB23, Col, Marthalicia, BK, Damien Mitchell & Edob LOV3

Col Wallnuts, Marthalicia, BK, Damien Mitchell & Edob LOV3

col mathalicia BK Damien Mitchell dodworth mural street art nyc Dodworth Street Mural Art Project with: Eelco, Rocko & Vera Times, David Louf, Miss Zukie & Lexi Bella, Fumero, Danielle Mastrion, CB23, Col, Marthalicia, BK, Damien Mitchell & Edob LOV3

Photo credits: 1, 3 – 5 Lois Stavsky; 2 & 6 Dani Reyes Mozeson 

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Sometimes they last for months; other times for weeks or even just days. But the graffiti that surfaces on Bushwick’s walls, particularly on those streets off the L line, are among NYC’s best.  Here’s a small sampling of what we captured last month:

Denver-based Home

home denver graffiti Bushwick NYC Bushwicks Stylish Graffiti Walls: Home, Owns, Rath, Spot, Yes1, Shiro, Gusto and Vers

Owns

owns bk Bushwicks Stylish Graffiti Walls: Home, Owns, Rath, Spot, Yes1, Shiro, Gusto and Vers

Rath

rath graffiti Bushwick NYC Bushwicks Stylish Graffiti Walls: Home, Owns, Rath, Spot, Yes1, Shiro, Gusto and Vers

Spot KMS captured at work; completed piece here

spot graffiti Bushwick NYC Bushwicks Stylish Graffiti Walls: Home, Owns, Rath, Spot, Yes1, Shiro, Gusto and Vers

Yes1 captured at work, with Shiro to his right

shiro yes1 paints graffiti nyc Bushwicks Stylish Graffiti Walls: Home, Owns, Rath, Spot, Yes1, Shiro, Gusto and Vers

Gusto

gusto graffiti Bushwick NYC Bushwicks Stylish Graffiti Walls: Home, Owns, Rath, Spot, Yes1, Shiro, Gusto and Vers

Vers

vers graffiti Bushwick NYC Bushwicks Stylish Graffiti Walls: Home, Owns, Rath, Spot, Yes1, Shiro, Gusto and Vers

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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In its mission to “make the JMZ lines more colorful – one wall, one gate, one space at a time,” JMZ Walls has brought not only color, but intrigue and charm, to Broadway and Myrtle and its immediate vicinity. Here is a  sampling:

Jay Shells

Jay shells street art bushwck JMZ Walls Brings Color and Intrigue to the JMZ Line with Jay Shells, Fumero, Danielle Mastrion, Claw Money, BK Foxx, Zukie and more

@ducklings

ducklings street art bushwick nyc JMZ Walls Brings Color and Intrigue to the JMZ Line with Jay Shells, Fumero, Danielle Mastrion, Claw Money, BK Foxx, Zukie and more

Fumero

fumero street art bushwick NYC JMZ Walls Brings Color and Intrigue to the JMZ Line with Jay Shells, Fumero, Danielle Mastrion, Claw Money, BK Foxx, Zukie and more

Danielle Mastrion‘s homage to Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri

danielle mastrion steet art Bushwick JMZ Walls Brings Color and Intrigue to the JMZ Line with Jay Shells, Fumero, Danielle Mastrion, Claw Money, BK Foxx, Zukie and more

Claw Money

claw money jmz walls street art nyc JMZ Walls Brings Color and Intrigue to the JMZ Line with Jay Shells, Fumero, Danielle Mastrion, Claw Money, BK Foxx, Zukie and more

BK Foxx

bk foxx street art jmz walls JMZ Walls Brings Color and Intrigue to the JMZ Line with Jay Shells, Fumero, Danielle Mastrion, Claw Money, BK Foxx, Zukie and more

Zukie

zukie street art bushwick nyc JMZ Walls Brings Color and Intrigue to the JMZ Line with Jay Shells, Fumero, Danielle Mastrion, Claw Money, BK Foxx, Zukie and more

Photo of Claw Money by Dani Reyes Mozeson; all others by Lois Stavsky

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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

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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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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

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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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Featuring a wondrous array of characters in a diverse range of styles, What a Character – curated by See One – continues through September 11 at Low Brow Artique. Here are a few of the characters — from the comical to the surreal — that greet you:

Patch Whisky, Tripping Faces

patch whiskey character artwork painting What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

Reno Msad, Multiple Personalities

Reno Msad Multiple Personalities artwork What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

Chris Cortes, Dragon

chris cortes character What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

Royce Bannon, Ride or Die

royce bannon character What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

PlasmaslugIntergalactic

Plasmaslug Intergalactic artwork What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

Shiro, Pillow

Shiro character What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

Also featured are works by Cern, Epic Uno, Marka 27, Sheryo and the Yok.  Low Brow Artique is located at 143 Central Avenue in Bushwick.

Photos of images by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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abstrk and Miss Reds graffiti street art NYC 2 004 East Coast Tour in Bushwick with Graffiti Artists: Abstrk, Miss Reds, Ewok, Duel, Ticoe, Jick, Aloy & more

Last weekend, the walls in Bushwick on Moore and White Streets became the canvas for Miami-based oo4′s East Coast tour. Here is a sampling of what was seen:

Ewok 5MH

Ewok graffiti letters NYC 004 East Coast Tour in Bushwick with Graffiti Artists: Abstrk, Miss Reds, Ewok, Duel, Ticoe, Jick, Aloy & more

Duel RIS

Duel MCI RIS graffiti Bushwick NYC 004 East Coast Tour in Bushwick with Graffiti Artists: Abstrk, Miss Reds, Ewok, Duel, Ticoe, Jick, Aloy & more

Ticoe

Ticoe graffiti NYC 2 004 East Coast Tour in Bushwick with Graffiti Artists: Abstrk, Miss Reds, Ewok, Duel, Ticoe, Jick, Aloy & more

Jick

Jick graffiti Bushwick NYC 004 East Coast Tour in Bushwick with Graffiti Artists: Abstrk, Miss Reds, Ewok, Duel, Ticoe, Jick, Aloy & more

Jick graffiti NYC 004 East Coast Tour in Bushwick with Graffiti Artists: Abstrk, Miss Reds, Ewok, Duel, Ticoe, Jick, Aloy & more

Miss Reds at work and more

abstrk graffiti Bushwick NYC 004 East Coast Tour in Bushwick with Graffiti Artists: Abstrk, Miss Reds, Ewok, Duel, Ticoe, Jick, Aloy & more

Aloy

Aloy graffitiNYC 004 East Coast Tour in Bushwick with Graffiti Artists: Abstrk, Miss Reds, Ewok, Duel, Ticoe, Jick, Aloy & more

First photo is of Abstrk and Miss Reds. All action photos by Tara Murray; all others by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Representing a range of artistic expressions from the comical to the spiritual,  Exit Room’s current exhibit COROGRAFIA features works by members of Puerto Rico’s celebrated EL CORO graffiti crew. Here’s a sampling of what can be seen through today:

Son

Son graffiti crew el coro exit room nyc COROGRAFIA Continues through Today at Exit Room in Bushwick with Son, Esco, Spear, Acty2 and Nepo

 Esco

Esco close up exit room COROGRAFIA Continues through Today at Exit Room in Bushwick with Son, Esco, Spear, Acty2 and Nepo

Spear

Spear el coro graffiti crew COROGRAFIA Continues through Today at Exit Room in Bushwick with Son, Esco, Spear, Acty2 and Nepo

Acty2

acty2 art on canvas COROGRAFIA Continues through Today at Exit Room in Bushwick with Son, Esco, Spear, Acty2 and Nepo

Nepo

Nepo El Coro graffiti crew COROGRAFIA Continues through Today at Exit Room in Bushwick with Son, Esco, Spear, Acty2 and Nepo

Located at 270 Meserole Street, right off the Montrose Ave. stop on the L train, the gallery space is open today, Sunday, from 5-8pm. Tentative plans for a closing party for August 2 are underway. Keep posted to Exit Room’s Facebook page for further details.

Photos of artwork by Lois Stavsky

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These past few days have been busy at the Bushwick Collective. New walls have been surfacing daily and the Collective has launched its first indoor exhibit. Here’s a bit of what we captured yesterday and Thursday:

Vexta‘s mural — as seen yesterday — and Vexta at work here

Vexta street art mural Bushwick Collective NYC The Bushwick Collective Celebrates Another Year with Live Street Art, an Indoor Gallery and a Block Party    with  Vexta, Adam Fu, Sexer, Solus, Vers, FKDL, Jerkface and more

Adam Fu at work yesterday

Adam Fu street art Bushwick Collective The Bushwick Collective Celebrates Another Year with Live Street Art, an Indoor Gallery and a Block Party    with  Vexta, Adam Fu, Sexer, Solus, Vers, FKDL, Jerkface and more

Sexer‘s newly completed mural

Sexer street art Bushwick Collective The Bushwick Collective Celebrates Another Year with Live Street Art, an Indoor Gallery and a Block Party    with  Vexta, Adam Fu, Sexer, Solus, Vers, FKDL, Jerkface and more

Solus — in from Dublin — at work yesterday

Solus street art Bushwick Collective The Bushwick Collective Celebrates Another Year with Live Street Art, an Indoor Gallery and a Block Party    with  Vexta, Adam Fu, Sexer, Solus, Vers, FKDL, Jerkface and more

 Vers at work yesterday

Vers street art graffiti Bushwick Collective The Bushwick Collective Celebrates Another Year with Live Street Art, an Indoor Gallery and a Block Party    with  Vexta, Adam Fu, Sexer, Solus, Vers, FKDL, Jerkface and more

FKDL – in from Paris — checks out his progress 

FKDL The Bushwick Collective Celebrates Another Year with Live Street Art, an Indoor Gallery and a Block Party    with  Vexta, Adam Fu, Sexer, Solus, Vers, FKDL, Jerkface and more

FKDL inside the gallery

FKDL art exhibit The Bushwick Collective Celebrates Another Year with Live Street Art, an Indoor Gallery and a Block Party    with  Vexta, Adam Fu, Sexer, Solus, Vers, FKDL, Jerkface and more

Jerkface begins

Jerkface paints at Bushwick Collective The Bushwick Collective Celebrates Another Year with Live Street Art, an Indoor Gallery and a Block Party    with  Vexta, Adam Fu, Sexer, Solus, Vers, FKDL, Jerkface and more

Jerkface inside the gallery

Jerkface artwork The Bushwick Collective Celebrates Another Year with Live Street Art, an Indoor Gallery and a Block Party    with  Vexta, Adam Fu, Sexer, Solus, Vers, FKDL, Jerkface and more

Also on view in the gallery — located at 426 Troutman Street — in the heart of the Bushwick Collective are works by: Blek le Rat, Solus, Rubin 415, Chris Stain, Dan Witz, Zimad, Joe Iurato, Sexer, Beau Stanton and Atom.   And at tomorrow’s block party you can see and celebrate it all with live street art, bands, food trucks, a beer tent and giveaways.

Photos of Vexta, Adam Fu, Solus and Vers by Lois Stavsky; of  FKDL, Sexer and Jerkface by Dani Reyes Mozeson; gallery images of  FKDL and Jerkface by Houda Lazrak

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