Bushwick

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

Joe Iurato in Bushwick

Joe Iurato street art Brooklyn NYC Kids on Walls — Part IV: Joe Iurato, Danielle Mastrion, Chris Stain, Stinkfish, Icy & Sot and Zimer

Danielle Mastrion at the Bushwick Collective

Danielle Mastrion street art Bushwick Collective NYC Kids on Walls — Part IV: Joe Iurato, Danielle Mastrion, Chris Stain, Stinkfish, Icy & Sot and Zimer

Chris Stain at the Bushwick Collective

chris stain street art bushwick collective NYC 2 Kids on Walls — Part IV: Joe Iurato, Danielle Mastrion, Chris Stain, Stinkfish, Icy & Sot and Zimer

Stinkfish in Bushwick for the Juicyartfest

stinkfish street art on bushwick shutter Kids on Walls — Part IV: Joe Iurato, Danielle Mastrion, Chris Stain, Stinkfish, Icy & Sot and Zimer

Icy and Sot in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

icy and sot street art nyc  Kids on Walls — Part IV: Joe Iurato, Danielle Mastrion, Chris Stain, Stinkfish, Icy & Sot and Zimer

Zimer in Bushwick for the Bushwick Collective

Zimer street art Bushwick Collective NYC Kids on Walls — Part IV: Joe Iurato, Danielle Mastrion, Chris Stain, Stinkfish, Icy & Sot and Zimer

Photos of Danielle Mastrion and Zimer by Dani Reyes Mozeson; of Joe Iurato, Chris Stain, Stinkfish and Icy and Sot by Lois Stavsky

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Universal Weapon Exit Room NY Spanish Artists Txemy and Muro Bring Universal Weapons to Bushwicks Exit Room NY through May 27

Barcelona-based Txemy creates innovative, colorful images composed with lively lines and strokes.  Muro is best-known for his fanciful characters — in a variety of uncanny situations — that make their way onto city walls. The current exhibit — “Universal Weapons” at Exit Room NY – features a range of intriguing work from both Spanish artists, including some beguiling collaborations. Here’s a sampling:

 Txemy and Muro, Untitled, Mixed media on paper

Muro and Txemy at Exit Room NY Spanish Artists Txemy and Muro Bring Universal Weapons to Bushwicks Exit Room NY through May 27

Txemy, Tiro al Aire, Spray paint on paper

Txemy spraypaint Spanish Artists Txemy and Muro Bring Universal Weapons to Bushwicks Exit Room NY through May 27

Muro, Alphabet “H,” Mixed media on paper

Muro Alphabet H mixed media on paper Spanish Artists Txemy and Muro Bring Universal Weapons to Bushwicks Exit Room NY through May 27

Txemy and Muro, Untitled, Mixed media on paper

Txemy and Muro at Exit Room NY Spanish Artists Txemy and Muro Bring Universal Weapons to Bushwicks Exit Room NY through May 27

 Txemy, Weapons, Spraypaint on paper

Txemy Weapons Spanish Artists Txemy and Muro Bring Universal Weapons to Bushwicks Exit Room NY through May 27

Final photo by Rachel Fawn Alban; all others by Lois Stavsky; image on Exit Room door by Icy & Sot. 

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Cabaio stencil art at Bushwick Collective Speaking with Argentinian Stencil Artist Cabaio

Argentinian stencil pioneer Cabaio recently brought his distinct aesthetic to NYC.  A few weeks back, I discovered him at work at the Bushwick Collective and was mesmerized by his stunningly intricate, brightly hued stencil work.

When and where did you first get up on a public surface?

I began in Buenos Aires in 2001.

What was your inspiration at the time?

In the midst of an economic crisis, there were too many ads in public spaces. They seemed to be everywhere. And I didn’t like looking at ads. I saw my artwork as an alternative way of using public space.  And then in 2003, during the invasion of Iraq, I was further inspired to use public space to transmit messages. The global political situation — at the time  — motivated me to make my own mark.

cabaio Speaking with Argentinian Stencil Artist Cabaio

Have you any favorite surfaces or spots?

I like rough surfaces, and I always seek the right context for a piece. I particularly like quiet spots.

Have you ever been arrested?

About seven years ago, the cops took my tools away from me.  But these days I feel free to paint just about anywhere.  Street artists have become the new pop stars!

cabaio stencil art Beunos Aires Speaking with Argentinian Stencil Artist Cabaio

How does your family feel about what you are doing?

At first they thought I was too old to be doing this. Now they are proud of me.

Do you have a formal arts education?

I studied architecture for one year.

Have you any thoughts about the graffiti/street art divide?

I don’t feel it. They are both cool art forms. There shouldn’t be a divide.

Cabaio Spirito stencil art Speaking with Argentinian Stencil Artist Cabaio

What about the movement of street art into galleries? How do you feel about that?

I have no problem with galleries, as long as the people there respect our work.

Have you shown your work in any galleries?

Yes, I’ve exhibited in Buenos Aires, São Paulo, New York City, Washington DC and in Indonesia.

What about corporations? So many seem eager to embrace the aesthetics of street art these days.

If they respect our work and use it honestly and pay us well – then it’s all good!

Cabaio street art Speaking with Argentinian Stencil Artist Cabaio

Are there any particular cultures that have influenced your aesthetics?

I’ve been influenced by Argentinian culture and by Japanese comic culture.

What do you think of the role of the Internet in all of this?

It’s certainly a revolution, as it can provide us all with unlimited information.

Have you any favorite artists – stencil artists, in particular?

I like Blek Le Rat, the stencil pioneer.  I think Banksy is amazingly clever. And I love the São Paulo-based duo Alto Contraste.

Cabaio street art in Bueonos Aires jpg Speaking with Argentinian Stencil Artist Cabaio

What do you see as the future of street art?

It will only continue to get stronger.

And what about you? What’s ahead for you?

I will never allow myself to feel comfortable. My art continues to evolve with more emphasis on its aesthetic element and far less on its political one. I will continue to always challenge myself.

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky. First photo — of Cabaio at work the Bushwick Collective by Lois Stavsky; all others courtesy of the artist

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This is the third in a three-part series featuring first-rate graffiti walls that have recently surfaced in the vicinity of the Morgan stop on the L train:

Vizie

Vizie graffiti Bushwick NYC Busy in Bushwick — Part III: Vizie, Rath, Per One, Mast, Staer, Veo, Owns, Cuba, Seter and Sye

Rath

Rath graffiti bushwick Busy in Bushwick — Part III: Vizie, Rath, Per One, Mast, Staer, Veo, Owns, Cuba, Seter and Sye

Per One FX

per fx graffiti action BK Busy in Bushwick — Part III: Vizie, Rath, Per One, Mast, Staer, Veo, Owns, Cuba, Seter and Sye

Mast

Mast graffiti Bushwick Busy in Bushwick — Part III: Vizie, Rath, Per One, Mast, Staer, Veo, Owns, Cuba, Seter and Sye

Staer

Staer graffiti Nushwick NYC Busy in Bushwick — Part III: Vizie, Rath, Per One, Mast, Staer, Veo, Owns, Cuba, Seter and Sye

Veo

Veo graffiti action Bushwick NYC Busy in Bushwick — Part III: Vizie, Rath, Per One, Mast, Staer, Veo, Owns, Cuba, Seter and Sye

Owns

Owns graffiti Bushwick Busy in Bushwick — Part III: Vizie, Rath, Per One, Mast, Staer, Veo, Owns, Cuba, Seter and Sye

Cuba 

cuba graffiti bushwick brooklyn nyc Busy in Bushwick — Part III: Vizie, Rath, Per One, Mast, Staer, Veo, Owns, Cuba, Seter and Sye

Seter

Seter Bushwick graffiti1 Busy in Bushwick — Part III: Vizie, Rath, Per One, Mast, Staer, Veo, Owns, Cuba, Seter and Sye

Sye

Sye graffiti Bushwick Busy in Bushwick — Part III: Vizie, Rath, Per One, Mast, Staer, Veo, Owns, Cuba, Seter and Sye

Photos of Vizie, Owns and Cuba by Lois Stavsky; of Rath, Per One, Mast, Staer, Seter, Veo and Sye by Dani Reyes Mozeson; keep posted to our Facebook page for more!

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fumero 407 bushwick street art Up on the Roof of the 407 Bushwick with Fumero, Nicole Salgar and Chuck Berrett, Raquel Echanique, Gumshoe, Whisbe, Cruz, CAM,  John Paul O’Grodnick, Elle & more

The rooftop of the 407 Bushwick, located at 407 Johnson Avenue, elevates the wonder and energy of street art. I recently had the chance to visit it and speak to its curator, Fumero.

You’ve transformed this rooftop into a vibrant canvas drenched with dazzling colors in an array of styles. How did this come about?

A friend of mine, dj and producer Onda Skillet, lives at the 407 Bushwick.  He was looking to bring some color to the rooftop that was covered mostly with old throw-ups. And I saw this as a great opportunity to bring the energy of the streets up to the roof.

Nicole Salgar and Chuck Berrett and Raquel Echanique at the 407 Bushwick street art Up on the Roof of the 407 Bushwick with Fumero, Nicole Salgar and Chuck Berrett, Raquel Echanique, Gumshoe, Whisbe, Cruz, CAM,  John Paul O’Grodnick, Elle & more

You invited such a wonderfully diverse group of artists to paint here. Can you tell us something about how that came about?

In curating this rooftop, I chose artists whom I’ve met — and often worked with — throughout the years in different settings. I asked them to bring their distinct iconography with them. Some had never painted on walls before.

Gumdrop and Whisbe at the 407 Bushwick street art Up on the Roof of the 407 Bushwick with Fumero, Nicole Salgar and Chuck Berrett, Raquel Echanique, Gumshoe, Whisbe, Cruz, CAM,  John Paul O’Grodnick, Elle & more

You are consistently active on the streets. What is the appeal of the roof to you?  I remember catching glimpses of your pieces up here from street level and feeling frustrated that I couldn’t see more of them!

That’s part of the appeal. It incites interest. The roof is kind of a secret society. We are free to invite whom we want and no haters are allowed!

Cruz at the 407 Bushwick street art Up on the Roof of the 407 Bushwick with Fumero, Nicole Salgar and Chuck Berrett, Raquel Echanique, Gumshoe, Whisbe, Cruz, CAM,  John Paul O’Grodnick, Elle & more

Where would you rather paint – on the streets or on a rooftop?

I like them both.  They are different experiences. When I paint on the streets, I can engage people. But the roof has a distinct energy that I love.

Cam and Cruz at the 407 Bushwick street art Up on the Roof of the 407 Bushwick with Fumero, Nicole Salgar and Chuck Berrett, Raquel Echanique, Gumshoe, Whisbe, Cruz, CAM,  John Paul O’Grodnick, Elle & more

Your recent event Art in the Air, Music Underground, hosted by Aphotic, featured music, as well as art. Can you tell us something about that? How integral is music to what you are doing at the 407 Bushwick?

Its role is essential. The audio creations, performed by Onda Skillet with his Aerotropic label, were the perfect complement to the art. Opening rooftops to music and art is the next big thing! What’s happening here is a landmark. It is the future.

JPO at the 407 Bushwick street art Up on the Roof of the 407 Bushwick with Fumero, Nicole Salgar and Chuck Berrett, Raquel Echanique, Gumshoe, Whisbe, Cruz, CAM,  John Paul O’Grodnick, Elle & more

What about the location of the 407 Bushwick? Any thoughts about that?

The location couldn’t be more perfect. Bushwick is what the Lower East Side was 30 years ago. It’s the hub of cutting-edge art and music. The 407 Bushwick is the new CBGB.

elle at the 407 Bushwick street art Up on the Roof of the 407 Bushwick with Fumero, Nicole Salgar and Chuck Berrett, Raquel Echanique, Gumshoe, Whisbe, Cruz, CAM,  John Paul O’Grodnick, Elle & more

What’s ahead?

More great energy, art and music! The second Art in the Air, Music Underground will take place this summer. The artists are already lined up, and we are now seeking sponsorship.

Fumero at the 407 Bushwick street art Up on the Roof of the 407 Bushwick with Fumero, Nicole Salgar and Chuck Berrett, Raquel Echanique, Gumshoe, Whisbe, Cruz, CAM,  John Paul O’Grodnick, Elle & more

It all sounds wonderful! What a great outdoor gallery NYC is!

Photos: 1. Fumero; 2. Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett with Raquel Echanique on right; 3. Gumshoe and Whisbe; 4. Cruz; 5. CAM and segment of Cruz; 6. John Paul O’Grodnick; 7. Elle, and 8. Fumero

Interview with Fumero and photos by Lois Stavsky; also featured on the roof of the 407 Bushwick are new works by Joseph Meloy, AOM, NS/CB, The Cupcake Guy, Rafal Pisarczyk and Robyn Henderson.

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This is the second in a three-part series featuring first-rate graffiti walls that have recently surfaced in the vicinity of the Morgan stop on the L train:

Vor 138 at work

Vor138 graffiti bushwick 2 Busy in Bushwick — Part II: New by Vor 138, Asend, Logek, Doves, SP.One and Yes1

Asend

Asend graffiti bushwick NYC Busy in Bushwick — Part II: New by Vor 138, Asend, Logek, Doves, SP.One and Yes1

 Logek

Logek graffiti bushwick Busy in Bushwick — Part II: New by Vor 138, Asend, Logek, Doves, SP.One and Yes1

Doves

Doves graffiti Bushwick2 Busy in Bushwick — Part II: New by Vor 138, Asend, Logek, Doves, SP.One and Yes1

 Greg Lamarche aka SP.One

SP.one graffiti Bushwick NYC Busy in Bushwick — Part II: New by Vor 138, Asend, Logek, Doves, SP.One and Yes1

Yes1 at work

Yes 1 graffiti Bushwick Busy in Bushwick — Part II: New by Vor 138, Asend, Logek, Doves, SP.One and Yes1

Photos of Deves and SP.One by Rachel Fawn Alban; Vor 138, Logek and Yes1 by Dani Reyes Mozeson and Asend by Lois Stavsky

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busy in bushwick Busy in Bushwick    Part I: Dero, Ribs, Deem, Slom, Bio and Sebs

With the wicked wintry weather finally behind us, the Bushwick streets — in the vicinity of the L train’s Morgan station — have once again become a fresh canvas for both local and national writers. This is Part I of a three part series of what’s been happening:

Dero

Dero graffiti bushwick nyc Busy in Bushwick    Part I: Dero, Ribs, Deem, Slom, Bio and Sebs

Ribs GAK

ribs graffiti bushwick nyc Busy in Bushwick    Part I: Dero, Ribs, Deem, Slom, Bio and Sebs

Deem

Deem graffiti Bushwick Busy in Bushwick    Part I: Dero, Ribs, Deem, Slom, Bio and Sebs

Slom

Slom graffiti bushwick Busy in Bushwick    Part I: Dero, Ribs, Deem, Slom, Bio and Sebs

Bio of Tats Cru

Bio tats cru graffiti Bushwick1 Busy in Bushwick    Part I: Dero, Ribs, Deem, Slom, Bio and Sebs

Sebs

Sebs graffiti Bushwick NYC Busy in Bushwick    Part I: Dero, Ribs, Deem, Slom, Bio and Sebs

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson and Lois Stavsky

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Exit Room Opening Track 1 Exit Room to Launch Track 1 with Esteban del Valle, Viajero, Nicole Salgar, Ramiro Davaro, Rimx, Sonni, Marka 27, Carlos Pinto and more

A wonderfully diverse group of artists have been busy these past 10 days fashioning the walls of Exit Room in preparation for tonight’s opening of Track 1, the first in a series of short exhibitions. Here’s a sampling of what’s been going down:

Esteban del Valle

Esteban de Valle art Exit Room Exit Room to Launch Track 1 with Esteban del Valle, Viajero, Nicole Salgar, Ramiro Davaro, Rimx, Sonni, Marka 27, Carlos Pinto and more

Viajero

Viajero art Exit Room1 Exit Room to Launch Track 1 with Esteban del Valle, Viajero, Nicole Salgar, Ramiro Davaro, Rimx, Sonni, Marka 27, Carlos Pinto and more

Nicole Salgar

Nicole Salgar art Exit Room Exit Room to Launch Track 1 with Esteban del Valle, Viajero, Nicole Salgar, Ramiro Davaro, Rimx, Sonni, Marka 27, Carlos Pinto and more

Marka 27

Marka 27 art Exit Room Exit Room to Launch Track 1 with Esteban del Valle, Viajero, Nicole Salgar, Ramiro Davaro, Rimx, Sonni, Marka 27, Carlos Pinto and more

 Ramiro Davaro

Ramiro Davaro art Exit Room Exit Room to Launch Track 1 with Esteban del Valle, Viajero, Nicole Salgar, Ramiro Davaro, Rimx, Sonni, Marka 27, Carlos Pinto and more

Rimx

Rimx art Exit Room Exit Room to Launch Track 1 with Esteban del Valle, Viajero, Nicole Salgar, Ramiro Davaro, Rimx, Sonni, Marka 27, Carlos Pinto and more

And here’s a close-up of a collaborative work in progress that we captured last Thursday:

Sonni, Marka 27 and Carlos Pinto

sonni marka 27 carlos pinto Exit Room Exit Room to Launch Track 1 with Esteban del Valle, Viajero, Nicole Salgar, Ramiro Davaro, Rimx, Sonni, Marka 27, Carlos Pinto and more

Other featured artists include: Chuck Berret, Ricardo CabretChris RWKAdam Dare, Jeff Enriquez, Art by KenNepoJohn Paul O’Grodnick and Gio Romo. There will also be a live musical performance by Mike Larry Draw X 86 SUPREME. Tonight’s opening takes place at 270 Meserole Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn from 6 – 11pm.

All photos of artists at work courtesy of Dariel Mtz and Zoe; photo of Sonni, Marka 27 and Carlos Pinto collaborative work in progress by Lois Stavsky

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Dariel Mtz and Zoe Beatwoman Exit Room  Exit Room: A New Bushwick Art Gallery & Cultural Space Presents Outsight In w/Danielle Mastrion, Nepo, Ricardo Cabret, Cern & Rimx

The brainchild of Dariel Mtz and Daniela Croci aka Zoe, Exit Room is more than just another art gallery. Located at 270 Meserole Street, minutes away from the Montrose Ave. stop on the L train and next door to the Well, it serves as an incubator and showcase for film productions, spoken word performances, musical presentations, as well as for visual art. The current exhibit, Outsight In, features works by RimxDanielle Mastrion, Nepo, Ricardo Cabret and Cern – all providing “insights through outside perspectives.”  Here’s a sampling:

Danielle Mastrion

Danielle Mastrion installation Exit Room Exit Room: A New Bushwick Art Gallery & Cultural Space Presents Outsight In w/Danielle Mastrion, Nepo, Ricardo Cabret, Cern & Rimx

Nepo

Nepo art installation Exit Room Exit Room: A New Bushwick Art Gallery & Cultural Space Presents Outsight In w/Danielle Mastrion, Nepo, Ricardo Cabret, Cern & Rimx

Ricardo Cabret

Ricardo Cabret art Exit Room Exit Room: A New Bushwick Art Gallery & Cultural Space Presents Outsight In w/Danielle Mastrion, Nepo, Ricardo Cabret, Cern & Rimx

Cern, close-up

Cern art work Exit Room Exit Room: A New Bushwick Art Gallery & Cultural Space Presents Outsight In w/Danielle Mastrion, Nepo, Ricardo Cabret, Cern & Rimx

Rimx, close-up

Rimx art at Exit Room Exit Room: A New Bushwick Art Gallery & Cultural Space Presents Outsight In w/Danielle Mastrion, Nepo, Ricardo Cabret, Cern & Rimx

Exit Room is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5pm to 8pm; keep posted to Exit Room’s Facebook page for news of upcoming events, including a video program on Thursday, January 16.

Photo of Dariel and Daniela by Stefano Ortega; Rimx, courtesy of Dariel; all others by Lois Stavsky

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