Francisco de Pájaro aka Art Is Trash on NYC Streets and at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery to November 30

With his delightfully unorthodox approach to both art and the streets, Francisco de Pájaro aka Art Is Trash recently brought his vision to NYC.  What follows is a glimpse into the man and his whimsically provocative work:

The completed piece pictured above — in his solo exhibit MATURA – as seen at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery 

art as trash with book Francisco de Pájaro aka Art Is Trash on NYC Streets and at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery to November 30

With Art Is Trash‘s newly published book to its right

art is trash book Francisco de Pájaro aka Art Is Trash on NYC Streets and at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery to November 30

The artist at work 

 Francisco de Pájaro aka Art Is Trash on NYC Streets and at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery to November 30

art as trash paints Francisco de Pájaro aka Art Is Trash on NYC Streets and at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery to November 30

Segments of MATAÚRA

art as trash gallery exhibit Francisco de Pájaro aka Art Is Trash on NYC Streets and at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery to November 30

art is trash gallery Francisco de Pájaro aka Art Is Trash on NYC Streets and at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery to November 30

Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, exterior

art as trash gallery exterior Francisco de Pájaro aka Art Is Trash on NYC Streets and at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery to November 30

And the artist with noted photographer Donna Feratto

donna ferrato art as trashJPG Francisco de Pájaro aka Art Is Trash on NYC Streets and at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery to November 30

The exhibit remains on view until November 3oth at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, 95 Orchard Street, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Photo credits: 1, 4 & 5 Audrey Connolly aka Bytegirl; 2, 6 – 8 Karin du Maire and 9 Lois Stavsky

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Logan Hicks freddy Grays Day <em>Baltimore Rising</em> at Maryland Institute College of Art with Logan Hicks, Tony Shore, Nether 410 and more

On exhibit through Wednesday at MICA — the Maryland Institute College of Art — is Baltimore Rising, a powerful and poignant exhibition featuring the works of 15 artists who address the issues that led to the uprising following the death of Freddy Gray.  Featured above is a close-up from Logan Hicks’s Freddy Gray’s Day. What follows are a few more images from this timely exhibit:

Logan Hicks, Hot Spot, aerosol on linen

Logan Hicks Hot Spot <em>Baltimore Rising</em> at Maryland Institute College of Art with Logan Hicks, Tony Shore, Nether 410 and more

Tony Shore, Hands Up, Don’t Shoot, acrylic on velvet

tony shore hands up dont shoot <em>Baltimore Rising</em> at Maryland Institute College of Art with Logan Hicks, Tony Shore, Nether 410 and more

Tony Shore, Confrontation, acrylic on velvet

tony shore confrontation <em>Baltimore Rising</em> at Maryland Institute College of Art with Logan Hicks, Tony Shore, Nether 410 and more

Also by Tony Shore, The Vigil, acrylic on velvet

tony shore the vigil <em>Baltimore Rising</em> at Maryland Institute College of Art with Logan Hicks, Tony Shore, Nether 410 and more

Nether 410, Satyagraha, outdoor mural for Baltimore Rising

Nether410 Baltimore Rising <em>Baltimore Rising</em> at Maryland Institute College of Art with Logan Hicks, Tony Shore, Nether 410 and more

Photo credits: 1-5 Lois Stavsky; 6 Tara Murray

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rocky184 and kerz graffiti Riding the NYC Subway Trains With Classic Graffiti Writers: Rocky 184, Kerz, Lava, Taki 183, Easy, Slave FAB 5, Ree, Nic 707 and Quik

Nic 707’s InstaFame Phantom Art movement continues to bring dozens of classic writers back into NYC subway trains. Pictured above is Rocky 184 and Kerz. Here are a few more images recently captured while heading from the North Bronx to Midtown Manhattan:

Kerz

KerzNYC graffiti Art subway NYC Riding the NYC Subway Trains With Classic Graffiti Writers: Rocky 184, Kerz, Lava, Taki 183, Easy, Slave FAB 5, Ree, Nic 707 and Quik

Lava

Lava graffiti subway nyc Riding the NYC Subway Trains With Classic Graffiti Writers: Rocky 184, Kerz, Lava, Taki 183, Easy, Slave FAB 5, Ree, Nic 707 and Quik

Taki 183 & Easy

easy and taki 183 graffiti Riding the NYC Subway Trains With Classic Graffiti Writers: Rocky 184, Kerz, Lava, Taki 183, Easy, Slave FAB 5, Ree, Nic 707 and Quik

Slave, FAB 5

slave fab5 NYC subway graffiti Riding the NYC Subway Trains With Classic Graffiti Writers: Rocky 184, Kerz, Lava, Taki 183, Easy, Slave FAB 5, Ree, Nic 707 and Quik

Ree

Ree subway graffiti nyc edited 1 Riding the NYC Subway Trains With Classic Graffiti Writers: Rocky 184, Kerz, Lava, Taki 183, Easy, Slave FAB 5, Ree, Nic 707 and Quik

Nic 707

nic kilroy Riding the NYC Subway Trains With Classic Graffiti Writers: Rocky 184, Kerz, Lava, Taki 183, Easy, Slave FAB 5, Ree, Nic 707 and Quik

And a recent Nic 707 abstract

nic 707 abstract art Riding the NYC Subway Trains With Classic Graffiti Writers: Rocky 184, Kerz, Lava, Taki 183, Easy, Slave FAB 5, Ree, Nic 707 and Quik

Quik

quik graffiti subway train nyc Riding the NYC Subway Trains With Classic Graffiti Writers: Rocky 184, Kerz, Lava, Taki 183, Easy, Slave FAB 5, Ree, Nic 707 and Quik

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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serve graffiti art Exhibit  Joey Serve Vega Solo Exhibit at More Points Bx with Closing Party This Saturday, Nov 19

Serve FBA‘s current exhibit at More Points Bx is a brilliantly executed visual ode to the golden days of hip-hop. Here’s a small sampling of what I saw when I visited the Hunts Point space last weekend:

The Roxy, West 18th Street, NYC

Serve the Roxy graffiti art  Joey Serve Vega Solo Exhibit at More Points Bx with Closing Party This Saturday, Nov 19

Club Zanzibar, The birthplace of Jersey house music, in Newark NJ

serve zanzibar graffiti art  Joey Serve Vega Solo Exhibit at More Points Bx with Closing Party This Saturday, Nov 19

Studio 54, West 54th Street, NYC, Disco Man Heaven

serve studio54 graffiti art  Joey Serve Vega Solo Exhibit at More Points Bx with Closing Party This Saturday, Nov 19

Bar Two OTB Car, close-up

serve bar two otb car graffiti  Joey Serve Vega Solo Exhibit at More Points Bx with Closing Party This Saturday, Nov 19

 Two of several masterpieces — showcasing Serve’s extraordinary writing skills — on canvas

serve graffiti canvas  Joey Serve Vega Solo Exhibit at More Points Bx with Closing Party This Saturday, Nov 19

serve graffiti  Joey Serve Vega Solo Exhibit at More Points Bx with Closing Party This Saturday, Nov 19

And a closing reception for a chance to see it all and get to own at least one piece –

serve closing party  Joey Serve Vega Solo Exhibit at More Points Bx with Closing Party This Saturday, Nov 19

Also on display and for sale are subway maps and record covers designed by Serve, along with his BLACK BOOK.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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Salmos pixote martinez gallery nyc From São Paulo to New York City: SALMOS Brings <em>FRACTURED FAIRY TALES</em> to the Martinez Gallery in Harlem

Born in Brazil in 1982, SALMOS first made his mark in São Paulo’s public spaces and freight trains as ISHI. In 2004, he opened his own tattoo store, and ten years later, he emerged as SALMOS, Sou Artista Livre Mais Ouseda de São Paulo, “the most daring free artist in Sao Paulo.” His current work — both indoors and outdoors — is largely a delightful fusion of graffiti writing and classic comic characters. This past Saturday, SALMOS‘s first NYC solo exhibit, FRACTURED FAIRY TALES  opened at  the Martinez Gallery. While visiting, I had the opportunity to speak to the artist.

salmos art martinez gallery From São Paulo to New York City: SALMOS Brings <em>FRACTURED FAIRY TALES</em> to the Martinez Gallery in Harlem

When did you first hit the streets?

Back in 1996-97. I was 14 at the time.

What motivated you to do so?

I was drawn to the streets. Pixação — in particular — inspired me. And I came up with the idea of integrating comical characters into my writing.

Salmos character artjpg From São Paulo to New York City: SALMOS Brings <em>FRACTURED FAIRY TALES</em> to the Martinez Gallery in Harlem

Can you tell us something about these characters? What is their appeal to you?

They are magical!  They fuse the nostalgia that adults feel with the mystification children experience.

And how do you choose your characters? Why — for example — Garfield?

I love the ones that make me feel like I am a kid again! Garfield enchants me!

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And what brought you here to NYC?

The amazing opportunity to paint here. New York City is where it all started. The history of graffiti is here in NYC.

And we here in NYC love how writers from places like São Paulo are taking it to another level. We’re so glad you made it here! Have a safe trip home!

salmos and martinez From São Paulo to New York City: SALMOS Brings <em>FRACTURED FAIRY TALES</em> to the Martinez Gallery in Harlem

Curated by Octavio ZayaFRACTURED FAIRY TALES can be seen Mon- Sat, 11AM to 5PM, at the Martinez Gallery on 135th Street and Broadway.

Note: Standing to the left of SALMOS is Martinez Gallery‘s noted director, Hugo Martinez.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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Bisco Smith Methods style writing edited 1 Bisco Smith, MANIFEST, at Okay Space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Back in NYC, in the place he calls “home,” Bisco Smith — the first artist in residency at Okay Space — has been busy!  At work during one of the most tumultuous weeks in the history of our country, the artist proposed that creating his newest body of work, MANIFEST, helped “center” him, as he strives to find “the goodness amidst the chaos.”  This past Friday, MANIFEST was unveiled at Okay Space at 281 North 7th Street.  Here are several images captured shortly before it officially opened to the public:

Bisco Smith adding info to Methods, serigraph on paper, edition of 111

Bisco Smith and style writing Bisco Smith, MANIFEST, at Okay Space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 Manifest Moments #9, acrylic & spray paint on canvas

bisco smith style writing on canvas Bisco Smith, MANIFEST, at Okay Space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Manifest Moments, the series — each, 18 x 18 – acrylic & spray paint on canvas

Bisco Smith works Manifest Moments Bisco Smith, MANIFEST, at Okay Space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Gratitude for all things past, service for all things present, responsibility for all things future

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 And as seen at night from the outside, shortly before it opened

Bisco Smith style writing at OKAY SPACE Bisco Smith, MANIFEST, at Okay Space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Okay Space is open Monday through Friday, 11-6, and on Saturday 12-5.  For further info, you can contact the space at 929-250-2388.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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This is the twelfth in a series of posts featuring the range of faces have surfaced in NYC open spaces:

Werc in Bedford-Stuyvesant with the Open Society Foundations

werc bk Faces in NYC Open Spaces, Part XII: Werc, Vexta with Askew, Joel Artista, LMNOPI, Cern, Thiago Valdi and Leticia Mandragora

Vexta and Askew in Williamsburg for the Greenest Point, one fragment of huge mural

Vexta and askew street art nyc Faces in NYC Open Spaces, Part XII: Werc, Vexta with Askew, Joel Artista, LMNOPI, Cern, Thiago Valdi and Leticia Mandragora

Joel Bergner aka Joel Artista in Bellerose, Queens with the DOT

joel artista street art queens Faces in NYC Open Spaces, Part XII: Werc, Vexta with Askew, Joel Artista, LMNOPI, Cern, Thiago Valdi and Leticia Mandragora

LMNOPI in Long Island City with Arts Org

LMNOPI street art nyc Faces in NYC Open Spaces, Part XII: Werc, Vexta with Askew, Joel Artista, LMNOPI, Cern, Thiago Valdi and Leticia Mandragora

Cern in Williamsburg, close-up

cern street art williamsburg Faces in NYC Open Spaces, Part XII: Werc, Vexta with Askew, Joel Artista, LMNOPI, Cern, Thiago Valdi and Leticia Mandragora

Thiago Valdi in Staten Island with the NYC Arts Cypher

thiago valdi street art staten island Faces in NYC Open Spaces, Part XII: Werc, Vexta with Askew, Joel Artista, LMNOPI, Cern, Thiago Valdi and Leticia Mandragora

Leticia Mandragora, Bushwick 

leticia mandragora street art bushwick nyc Faces in NYC Open Spaces, Part XII: Werc, Vexta with Askew, Joel Artista, LMNOPI, Cern, Thiago Valdi and Leticia Mandragora

 Photo credits: 1, 3 & 7 Tara Murray: 2, 4-6 Lois Stavsky

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stinkfish street art pilsen chicago 1 In Pilsen, Chicago: Stinkfish, Victor Reyes, Lady Lucx, Jon Burgerman, RAE, Overunder and Gaia

Located on the West Side of Chicago, Pilsen hosts some of the city’s most alluring street art works alongside its train tracks. Featured above is by Bogota-based artist Stinkfish. Here are several more that we revisited on our recent trip to Chicago:

West Coast-based Victor Reyes

victor reyes graffiti art pilsen chicago In Pilsen, Chicago: Stinkfish, Victor Reyes, Lady Lucx, Jon Burgerman, RAE, Overunder and Gaia

Chicago-based Lady Lucx, close-up

Lady lucx mural art pilsen In Pilsen, Chicago: Stinkfish, Victor Reyes, Lady Lucx, Jon Burgerman, RAE, Overunder and Gaia

UK native Jon Burgerman, close-up

Jon burgerman street art chicago In Pilsen, Chicago: Stinkfish, Victor Reyes, Lady Lucx, Jon Burgerman, RAE, Overunder and Gaia

Brooklyn-based RAE

rae street art pilsen chicago In Pilsen, Chicago: Stinkfish, Victor Reyes, Lady Lucx, Jon Burgerman, RAE, Overunder and Gaia

Nevada-based Erik Burke aka Overunder, close-up

over under street art pilsen chicago In Pilsen, Chicago: Stinkfish, Victor Reyes, Lady Lucx, Jon Burgerman, RAE, Overunder and Gaia

Baltimore-based Gaia, close-up

gia street art pilsen chicago In Pilsen, Chicago: Stinkfish, Victor Reyes, Lady Lucx, Jon Burgerman, RAE, Overunder and Gaia

Photo credits: 1, 5-7 Tara Murray; 2-4 Lois Stavsky

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Zoe Leonard text art high line nyc On the NYC High Line with Zoe Leonard, Tony Matelli, Matt Johnson, Kathryn Andrews and Barbara Kruger

With the mission of fostering a dialog with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape, High Line Art – curated by Cecelia Alemani — presents a wide array of provocative artworks in a range of media. Pictured above is I want a president, Zoe Leonard‘s 1992 text-based work installed on the occasion of today’s election. Here are several more works that can be seen on the High Line.

 Tony Matelli, Sleepwalker — for Wanderlust, a group exhibition exploring the themes of walking, journeys and pilgrimages

Tony Matelli sculpture high line nyc On the NYC High Line with Zoe Leonard, Tony Matelli, Matt Johnson, Kathryn Andrews and Barbara Kruger

And alone at dusk

Tony Marelli sculpture at dusk On the NYC High Line with Zoe Leonard, Tony Matelli, Matt Johnson, Kathryn Andrews and Barbara Kruger

Matt Johnson, Untitled — repurposed original High Line rail track  – for Wanderlust

matt johhson sculpture chelsea On the NYC High Line with Zoe Leonard, Tony Matelli, Matt Johnson, Kathryn Andrews and Barbara Kruger

 Kathryn Andrews, Sunbathers II, as seen at dusk

Kathryn Andrews Sunbather high line art chelsea nyc On the NYC High Line with Zoe Leonard, Tony Matelli, Matt Johnson, Kathryn Andrews and Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger, “BLIND IDEALISM IS REACTIONARY SCARY DEADLY, an adaptation of a quote from Frantz Fanon

Barbara kruger text art high line chelsea On the NYC High Line with Zoe Leonard, Tony Matelli, Matt Johnson, Kathryn Andrews and Barbara Kruger

Photo credits: 1 & 6 Lois Stavsky; 2 & 4 Dani Reyes Mozeson and 3 & 5 Romare Taylor

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Kobra close up bowie mural art Jersey City Internationally Acclaimed Brazilian Artist Eduardo Kobra Paints Massive David Bowie Tribute Mural in Jersey City

Recently in the news for setting the Guiness Book of World Records for the “latest spray paint mural by a team” with his Rio Olympic-inspired Ethnicities, self-taught Brzailian artist Eduardo Kobra has brought his extraordinary talents to Jersey City. Kobra’s rendition of pop icon David Bowie is the most recent addition to Jersey City’s more than 86 other public art works as part of the city’s Mural Arts Program launched in 2013 by Mayor Steven Fulop. This past Friday, a dedication ceremony was held at Jersey City’s Cast Iron Lofts where I had the opportunity to pose a few questions to the artist.

When did you first paint in an outdoor venue?

Ten years ago.

What inspired you to do so?

Everything I had seen and read about what was happening in New York City.

Can you tell us something about the first huge mural that you painted?

It was in Lyon, France. It was a tribute piece to immigrants in a building that was about to be dismantled.

kobra david bowie street art jersey city Internationally Acclaimed Brazilian Artist Eduardo Kobra Paints Massive David Bowie Tribute Mural in Jersey City

Approximately how many huge murals have you painted since?

Over 30 in more than 20 countries.

The figures you’ve painted range from pop icons like John Lennon and Bob Dylan to historical figures inlcuding Ghandi and Nelson Mandela. What inspired you to paint David Bowie here in Jersey City?

Bowie’s creativity and vision had always inspired me. I’d actually painted this portrait six years ago on a canvas, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to paint it here in Jersey City on such a tall building. It is my way of keeping his memory alive among people who embrace him.

What was the greatest challenge that you’ve faced these past two weeks since you began painting here?

The height of the building is intimidating! And the mural, itself, is 180 feet tall.

Kobra David Bowie mural art jersey city Internationally Acclaimed Brazilian Artist Eduardo Kobra Paints Massive David Bowie Tribute Mural in Jersey City

How have folks responded to the mural?

They love it. The response has been overwhelming.

Congratulations! It is wonderful!

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky; photos by Sara Ching Mozeson

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