Veng RWK

SinXero

The Tag Public Arts Project, founded and directed by SinXero, is continuing its transformation of the Bronx’s visual landscape. In addition to the alluring murals that have surfaced on the streets within the past few months, new artwork recently made its way up to a rooftop, visible from the 6 line.

Sexer (left) and SinXero at work:

"Sexer and SinXero"

SinXero pays tribute to the legendary graffiti artist Christopher Lee aka Shadow in “Shadow’s Kiss”

Sexer

Sexeis “Soaring High”

Sexer

And Chris and Veng RWK bring their iconic characters along

Chris and Veng

 All photos courtesy Tag Public Arts Project

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"Buff Monste"

With cameras in hand, Leanna Valente has spent the past 15 months photographing graffiti writers and street artists in progress.  She now has over 400 photos signed by the artists.  I recently had the opportunity to speak to Leanna about her brilliant Instant Art Exposure project and more:

Have you any early memories of graffiti or street art?

I remember first seeing graffiti as a young child. It was right down the block — under viaducts and bridges — from where I grew up in Buffalo. I loved it at first sight!

Have you, yourself, done any graffiti?

When I was about six, I attempted some bubble letters. And I still give it a try while doodling on a napkin!

What about other art forms? 

I’ve been doing art – of one kind or another — for as long as I can remember.

VengRWK

Any particular styles or genres?

Mainly mixed-media works of acrylic, spray paint, fabric and photography.

Have you shown your work in galleries or formal settings?

I started showing in galleries in 2003 while living in Atlanta. I also showed in Miami, in Southern California, in Buffalo and at alternative spaces in Brooklyn in 2010.

Have you studied art in a formal setting?

I’m basically self-taught. I’ve studied art informally at FIT here in NYC and at the Atlanta College of Art/SCAD when I was living in Atlanta, Georgia.

Hoacs

Can you tell us something about your photography projects?

My series Extreme Fashion Window Design in NYC focuses on extreme fashion window designs in Manhattan portraying the glamour and grit of the city.  Another series Trashion focuses on the exclusive branding found in our city’s trash. And my Instant Art Exposure project documents NYC’s street art and graffiti scene.

You are obviously quite passionate about street art and graffiti. 

Yes, I have been addicted to it for as long as I can remember, and I officially started documenting it in 2007. I love its unique beauty and grand size. It’s gutsy and challenging.  Just seeing it gives me an adrenalin rush!

I can relate to that! When did you begin this NYC project?

I became avidly serious about it about 14 months ago at Welling Court while watching Kingbee paint. He was the first to sign a photo.

QA

And we all love your shots that the artists sign. It’s a brilliant concept. I wish I had thought of it myself! Did anything in particular inspire it?

Through documenting street art, graffiti and art/fashion mixes for my blog, I became even more interested in documenting the artists “in process.”  It became my way of paying respect to them and the hard work they put into each piece on the walls.  I felt that it was a unique and personal addition to the black book. And when artists began to respond enthusiastically, I continued.

Where is the project headed?

Well, people keep on asking me what I’m doing with it. Originally I was just doing it for myself. It was meant as a personal diary of photos to hang on my wall. But artists I’ve photographed and other people in the scene have suggested that I follow up on publishing a book and launching an exhibit that feature the works. And so in addition to what I do with my standard photography equipment, my primary focus now is on this project. Talks are now in the works for a series of books, gallery shows and select prints. I will never sell the originals, but I will choose, with the assistance of the artists, a select number to make into prints.

That sounds great! Who are some of the artists have you photographed?

They range from such legends as Blek le Rat, Lady Pink, Charlie Ahearn, Lee Quinones, Crash, Futura and Kenny Scharf to contemporary masters such as Shepard Fairey, Logan Hicks, Sp.One, Wane, Chris Stain, Billy Mode, Stik, Stinkfish, RWK and Icy and Sot. And I can’t imagine ever stopping!

J"oe Iurato and Rubin415"

Note: You can follow Leanna on Instagram at @leannav & #instantartexposure, in addition to her blog and her soon-to-be-launched website www.instantartexposure.com.

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky.

Leanna’s photos: 1. Buff Monster 2. Veng RWK 3. Hoacs 4. Queen Andrea 5. Rubin & Joe Iurato

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This is the twelfth in a series of posts featuring images of girls — and women — who grace New York City’s public spaces:

Brazilian artist Eli Sudbrack in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Eli-Sudbrack

Danielle Mastrion in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

"Danielle Mastrion"

Veng and Chris, RWK in Little Italy

Chris and Veng RWK

Katie Yamasaki with Groundswell youth in Park Slope, Brooklyn

"Katie Yamasaki and Groundswell youth"

Sest 2 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

Sest

Fin DAC & Christina Angelina — tribute to Lou Reed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

"Fin DC and Christina Angelina"

Photo of Fin DAC & Christina Angelina by Dani Reyes Mozeson; of Chris & Veng, RWK by Tara Murray; all others by Lois Stavsky

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The once-abandoned trailer on East First Street off First Avenue in Manhattan has been transformed once again.  With assistance from the young members of Cre8tive YouTH*ink, a creative arts youth development organization, it currently showcases a vibrant mix of styles from over 20 artists who had participated in the Centre-Fuge Public Art Project‘s first five cycles. The following images were captured these past four days:

Iranian artists Icy and Sot at work

Icy and Sot

Beau, Icy and Sot and Samuel Ashford

Icy and Sot, close-up

Icy and Sot

 Brooklyn-based artist Samuel Ashford, close-up

Samuel Ashford street art

 Jerry Otero aka Mista Oh,  founder of cre8tive YouTH*ink, Moise Joseph of cre8tive YouTH*ink and Cram Concepts

"Centre -Fuge Public Art Project"

See One and Yuri Valez at work

"See One and Yuri Valez"

Baltimore-based Billy Mode, Jose Aurelio-Baez, See-One, Yuri Valez & photographers Kenny Rodriguez & Osvaldo Jimenez

"Centre-fuge Public Art Project"

Billy Mode and Jose Aurelio-Baez, close-up 

"Billy Mode and Jose Aurelio-Baez"

The Muffin Man, Zera at work, DMZL and Dr. Whom

"Centre-Fuge Public Art Project"

Optimo Primo

Never

Never street art

Danielle Mastrion, Michael DeNicola, Lexi Bella and Fumero

"Centre-Fuge Public Art Project"

Centre-Fuge Public Art Project founders and First Street residents Pebbles Russell and Jonathan Neville have announced that Cycle 7 submissions are due by 12/31.  They may be sent to centrefuge@gmail.com.  We are looking forward to another year of energetic public art on East 1st Street, dedicated to the memory of former East Village resident Mike Hamm.

Top image: NOIDone, Veng RWK, Cram Concepts, Chris RWK, Mastro, Never, Samuel Ashford, Icy and Sot, BEAU and Adam Kidder; photos by Lenny Collado, Tara Murray and Lois Stavsky

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"Icy and Sot, Chris and Veng, RWK, and ND'A and OverUndeer street art"

The East Village was the place to be this past weekend as the Centre-Fuge Public Art Project was at it again — transforming a once-abandoned trailer into a masterpiece of urban art.  Here are some images from Cycle 5 captured over the weekend on East First Street off First Avenue:

Brooklyn-based ND’A at work

"ND'A street art action"

Completed piece with OverUnder

ND'A and OverUnder street art

NYC’s prolific Chris and Veng, RWK at work

"Chris and Veng, RWK street art"

Close-up

"Chris and Veng, RWK close-up"

Iranian brothers Icy & Sot at work

"Icy and Sot stencil art"

Close-up from completed piece

"Icy and Sot stencil art"

Baltimore-native Billy Mode

"Billy Mode street art"

The legendary Cost and Brooklyn-based Enx at work

"Cost and Enx street art"

Completed piece

"Cost & Enx street art"

Brooklyn-based Jose-Aurelio Baez & Ponce, Puerto Rico native Noidone at work

NYC native See One

"See One street art"

Photos by Lenny Collado, Tara Murray and City-as-School intern Hallie Lederer

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This is the first in a series of the wide array of art — from first-rate stickers to iconic installations — that can be seen on and from the Williamsburg Bridge:

Swamp Donkey aka Swampy as seen from the Williamsburg Bridge

"Swampy street art" More after the jump!

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