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This past weekend over 100 artists — including such graffiti legends as T-Kid 170, Cey Adams, Cycle, Claw Money and Part One — transformed the blank white walls of August Martin High School into a dazzling, brilliant canvas. Curatated by Meres One with Marie Cecile Flaegul, the freshly-painted artworks represent a multitude of cultures, sensibilities and styles. While visiting yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to August Martin student, Justin Price.

This is all so amazing! Your school is an absolute wonderland! What inspired this magical change?

The walls in our school were recently painted white. They looked dull and unwelcoming. We wanted to bring color and life to our surroundings, so that we would look forward to coming to school. And we wanted to look at art that we could relate to and that reflected our culture.

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Whose concept was this?

August Martin’s Future Project Dream Team surveyed 500 students to find out what change they most wanted in our school. The students’ consensus was that they wanted to change the appearance of the school’s interior.

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Once you knew what you wanted to do, what were some of the challenges you faced? 

We had to come up with a proposal and a budget. That took us at least a month. Then we had to identify artists who could work with us. That was our biggest challenge until we were introduced to Meres and Marie of 5Pointz.

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How have things been working out since you met them?

Once we met up with Meres and Marie, everything went smoothly. Meres is an amazing artist and knows so many other amazing artists. And I just can’t say enough about Marie! She is so conscientious and caring.

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Most of the students haven’t yet seen the murals. But what kind of response have you gotten from those who have seem them?

They love them. They can’t wait to pose for photos in front of them!

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And how have the teachers responded to this project? 

Their response has been positive. They know that if the students are happy and motivated, their jobs are easier.

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And what about your principal, Ms. Smith?

She’s been 100% behind it. She’s worked hard to make sure that it happens and she has been here with us all weekend.

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Why do you suppose there are so many underachievers among the students here?

Many of the students here lack the support systems they need, and they feel easily discouraged.  So many are talented and really love discovering new things.

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I don’t doubt it!  What are your thoughts about this project and its possible impact?

I love it! It makes me so happy! And I think it will have a great impact on the other students.

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Why is the project called Operation Skittles? I’ve been wondering about that!

Actually, there are two reasons!  Skittles are colorful and this project brings color to our school. And Skittles are the favorite snack of  Syreeta Gates, the Future Project Dream director here at August Martin.

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Now that makes sense! How lucky you students at August Martin are to have realized Operation Skittles!

Note: Keep posted to the Street Art NYC Facebook page for more images and for news about an event at August Martin open to the public in early June.

Photos and interview by Lois Stavsky

1. T-Kid 170

2. Will Kasso

3. Cey Adams

4. Zeso and Awez

5, Miss Zukie

6. Kid Lew with August Martin principal Gillian Smith standing to his left

7. Part One

8. Meres One

9. Reme 821

10. Remiks and See TF

11. Cycle

12. Sjembakkus — in from Amsterdam

13. BK Foxx

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Woodward Gallery‘s first exhibit of 2015 presents a wonderfully diverse selection of works in a range of media by 20 contemporary artists. Among those artists featured are several with special appeal to us street art aficionados, as their artworks have also surfaced in public spaces. Here’s a sampling:

Moody, Mixed media on album cover, 2015

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Darkcloud, The End Times, Spray paint, enamel and resin on foam core, 2014

Darkcloud - The End Times

 Darkcloud, close-up

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Kenji Nakayama, Naked Lunch, Acrylic on wood, close-up, 2012

"Kenji Nakayama"

Cycle, Rex vs Rex, Acrylic on canvas, 2013

"Chris Cycle"

stikman, Threaded, Acrylic on plexiglass, 2014

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Richard Hambleton, (L) Malibu Seascape, 1986 and (R) Dancing Shadowman, Acrylic on paper, 1983

Richard-Hambleton

Woodward Gallery is located at 133 Eldridge Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It is open Tuesday – Saturday 11-6pm and Sunday from 12-5pm.

Photos credits: 1 & 3 City-as-School intern Zachariah Messaoud; 2, 5 & 7 courtesy Woodward Gallery; 4 Lois Stavsky & 6 Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Wildly inventive and meticulously crafted, CYCLE’s recent body of work, Organic Distortions, is currently on view at Chelsea’s ArtNow NY.  Here are a few more images from the exhibit:

Ant Blur, acrylics and spray paint on canvas

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Bee One, acrylics and spray paint on canvas

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Bee Two, acrylics and spray paint on canvas

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Jag Warp, acrylics and spray paint on canvas

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Deer Curve, acrylics and spray paint on canvas

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The exhibit continues through February at ArtNow NY, 548 West 28th Street in Chelsea.

Photos of paintings by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Straddling the border between Williamsburg and Greenpoint, the building at 106 Bayard Street was transformed this past spring into a 3,000-square foot outdoor canvas.  The 70’s and 80’s NYC subway and graffiti movement was the theme of the inaugural 106 Bayard mural project, curated by Gee Dajani and Keene Carse.  Here are a few more images from both the exterior and interior of 106 Bayard captured when we recently revisited the spot.

Part One, Dr. Revolt, Wolf 1 AOK and Futura

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Lady Pink

Lady Pink

A wide view from across the street with Part OneDr. Revolt, Wolf 1 AOK, Futura and Team

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And inside — Whisper and Pure TFP, segment of huge mural

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Created and sponsored by Cirkers Fine Art Storage & Logistics, 106 Bayard will be transformed once again this coming spring.

Note: First photo features the legendary Cycle with Jackson and artwork by Williamsburg Charter High School students.

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

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"Cycle graffiti"

Long acclaimed for his iconic graffiti, infectious images, and skilled graphic design, Cycle continues to gain recognition and respect in the fine art world.  His current solo exhibit at Weldon Arts, CYCLE: Myth, Science, and Color, features a range of work from bold, cartoony images to fanciful, conceptual narratives — all attesting to Cycle’s versatility and talent. Here’s a small sampling:

"Cycle art"

"Cycle artwork"

"Cycle print"

 And here is Cycle on the streets:

On River Avenue in the Bronx

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Spotted on van

"Cycle graffiti"

At Welling Court in Astoria, Queens — alongside Lady Pink and Free 5 — in 2011

"Cycle, Lady Pink and Free 5"

 "Cycle street art"

Photos by Lenny Collado, Dani Mozeson and Lois Stavsky

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This is the third in a series of ongoing posts featuring the diverse range of stylish trucks and vans that strike NYC streets:

 Cycle parked in Bushwick

"Cycle graffiti"

Karate147 in Manhattan

"Karate147 graffiti"

KR.ONE  in Queens

"KR.ONE graffiti"

Meres at 5Pointz in Long Island City, Queens

Nutso of Smart Crew in Manhattan

"Nutso graffiti"

Optimo Primo in Manhattan

TMNK, Paul Richard & more on van parked in the Meatpacking District

"Manhattan van with street art images"

Wane whizzing through downtown Manhattan

"Wane graffiti"

Photos of Cycle and Meres by Lois Stavsky; photos of Karate147, Nutso, Paul Richard & TMNK and Wane by Lenny Collado; photo of KR.ONE courtesy of the artist

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