Last Saturday, we had the pleasure of seeing eight of the best street artists in NYC, duke it out in Little Italy. The battle was put on by the L.I.S.A Project, in celebration of their second year bringing street art to Manhattan’s Little Italy. Currently in the midst of a controversy concerning the hashstag #TakingBackTheStreets, the L.I.S.A Project has seen much success in transforming Little Italy into a street art hot-spot, joining the ranks of Welling Court in Queens and The Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn.
Opening yesterday at 345 Broome Street, British street artist Nick Walker‘s first solo show in years All I Ever Wanted Was My Name On Fire is a showcase of new works by one of the originators of the British graffiti movement. Walker’s work has been seen around NYC for years; you may have noticed seeing a sinister looking man in a dark suit and bowler cap on the walls of Chinatown and the LES. Walker’s art constitutes a mixture of styles: stenciling, graffiti and dark humor, which has gained him a much deserved following around the world, especially in NYC.
His new works continue the style he has perfected since the early 90s. It also serves as a continuation of the Vandal (the dapper character of his artwork) storyline. The show is also promoting the newest book by the artist and his collaboration with London based tableware company Royal Dulton. The show is running for only one week so we suggest you find some time to catch one of the globe’s most popular street artists latest works and prints. (more…)
5Pointz from 3rd floor of demolition. Photo by franklyfrank
The last time we heard from urban explorer __Macgyver and his crew, they were creating pyrotechnic fire art in New York City’s abandoned subway stations. This time, they’ve hit up the demolition at the beloved street art haven, 5Pointz which was whitewashed last year. In an evening raid, __Macgyver, Mr_Dume, Jenyc_photography, _Fabricios_, franklyfrank and thompsonlxs_ capture what they describe to us as “a last hoorah” for 5Pointz. According to __Macgyver, 5Pointz “literally looked like it was blown away by a tornado.” Yet some of the street art was still intact. With a central building already down and the rest prepared for the wrecking ball, it is likely that 5Pointz will come down imminently.
(Screenshot via DEGA Films)
DEGA Films is a collection of Brooklyn filmmakers and street art enthusiasts who have been filming short documentary films featuring some of the most prominent names in the NYC street art scene. So far, DEGA Films has created two film series. Art Pollution features NYC street artists like NDA, LNY, Jilly Ballistic, along with street art duos, The Yok & Sheryo and Iranian duo Icy & Sot. Their second series Wild in the Streets is wrapping up this Friday, with a screening of the last two episodes this weekend. While Art Pollution was a nice introduction, featuring POV episodes and Hyperlapse shots of murals created inside bars and walls in NYC, Wild in the Streets is a more complete vision, one that truly captures the hustle in which NYC street artists put their work on display.
Advertisements are like death, taxes and the idea of the Jets not making the Super Bowl this season. An inevitable aspect of life, especially life in NYC. Not all of them are terrible but the majority of ads millions of New Yorker’s normally see inside subway stations are often those for weak McDonald’s coffee, crappy TV shows, movies we hope no one actually pays to see, and products that we have no plan on using, like moon boots (STOP TRYING TO MAKE MOON BOOTS HAPPEN!).
What if we could see more art underground? One of the most memorable things Keith Haring is remembered for is painting on the subway stations, bringing art that would later be seen only in museums to the people underground. This week, we discovered a new app called NO AD. It was developed by a team of designers and street art enthusiasts including the Public Ad Campaign, Heavy Projects (Re + Public), and street blogger and photographer Jowy Romano. The basis of this app is to make the subway stations we ride everyday to work, to bars, to our romantic spouse who lives on the other side of the city into a digital art experience.
Continue reading for a video demonstrating the app and a listing of the artists involved in the project.