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Vandalog, Brooklyn Street Art & the Long Island Pulse release analysis of Concrete To Data

Amid many other press release regurgitation and hype stirring blips, Vandalog, Brooklyn Street Art & The Long Island Pulse have put out thought provoking reviews of the exhibition, Concrete To Data.

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From New Yawk City Walls to virtual reality


Concrete to Data

This weekend, a particularly forward-thinking yet historically mindful street and graffiti exhibition opens at Long Island University. CONCRETE To DATA, curated by Ryan Seslow, explores the history of street art and graffiti from golden age of NYC subway graffiti through to the emerging potential for digital public art in forms such as virtual reality environments and animated GIFs.

CONCRETE To DATA includes work by many Vandalog contributors and friends including Caroline Caldwell,Gaiaekg, and Yoav Litvin. Seslow also included my book Viral Art and our collaborative project Encrypted Fills in the exhibition. On some level, CONCRETE To DATA feels like vindication and the physical manifestation of Viral Art, albeit through the eyes of another curator. Seslow and I both have a deep love for early street art and graffiti, as well as a belief that some contemporary digital art is created and disseminated in that same spirit.

In a fitting coincidence, the exhibition takes place at the Steinberg Museum of Art at Long Island University in Brookville, NY and will run during the 10-year anniversary of Tawkin’ New Yawk City Walls, an exhibition curated by John Fekner that took place in the same space in 2005. Tawkin’ New Yawk City Walls was actually conceptually similar to CONCRETE To DATA, not just another street art exhibition in the same space. Ahead of his time as always, Fekner included digital works in Tawkin’ New Yawk City Walls and arguably even hints at the possibility of viral art in the exhibition’s curatorial essay. A decade later and the world predicted in Tawkin’ New Yawk City Walls has come to fruition, and artists are creating new works for a new world, as seen in CONCRETE To DATA. In this way, Seslow provides an important and expansive update to his friend Fekner’s exhibition.

But CONCRETE to DATA is more than an exhibition to promote digital media as a route for contemporary street art and graffiti. It’s also an exhibition that attempts to capture, again much like Tawkin’ New Yawk City Walls, the most interesting elements of the contemporary streetscape in NYC and place those in a historical context alongside the best of previous generations. There’s work from Adam VOIDSwoon, Gaia, Fekner, Cash4, and many others. So, there are visuals to enjoy too.

Adam VOID's installation at CONCRETE to DATA

Adam VOID’s installation at CONCRETE to DATA

CONCRETE to DATA opens on Friday, February 6th from 6-9pm and runs through March 21st. Learn more here. I’ll be missing the opening because I’ll be at Sam Heimer‘s Why Are You Here?, opening that same night at LMNL Gallery in Philadelphia, but I’m really looking forwarding to checking out CONCRETE to DATA in person soon.

The Long Island Pulse

The Writing on the Wall

Graffiti expands its voice and reach at CW Post

Author: Drew Moss

... The culturally conscious works of Adam VOID and EKG speak directly to the unrest that pervades our city, our country, our world. Both artists dig in with a sense of anger, irreverence and disillusionment, and both evoke the pre-hip hop literacy of Jean-Michel Basquiat and in some sense, the sardonic toughness of rappers Nas and Mos Def. VOID’s depiction of New York City entitled “New York is Nothing” turns The New York Times in on itself and reads like a subway map to disenchantment. At the end of the line he warns us to “Abandon Ship!” because this apple, in his view, is rotting.


Adam VOID, “History of the World.”

EKG’s “Voice of Dissent” also recalls Basquiat’s fractured, postmodernist, Post-It sensibility, hacking out notes of desperation and angst. His scratch-off scrawl on murals depicts a world of minimalist sci-fi that gives life to the blips and squeaks of a short-circuited collective consciousness. When he writes across his mural, “heartbeat of the city, pulse of the populace, voice of dissent,” we see that voice manifest in deep-red chicken scratch. It is urgent, brimming with dark humor and threatens to overflow into violence. It all somehow reeks of legitimacy. The casual consensus is that graffiti is unsophisticated vandalism—an outgrowth of misguided anger and boredom. In pulling these divergent artists together on various fronts, Seslow’s curation brings graffiti, and the artists who create it, out of the shadows and into the light. “I love to bring awareness to each person’s creative potential,” said Seslow. “Self-expression is our birthright. We all have it, and I believe it’s part of our life’s mission to find it and engage it.” -

Brooklyn Street Art


Curator and artist Ryan Seslow has pulled off an overview of art on the streets and the practices employed, minus the drama. So much discussion of graffiti, Street Art, and public art practice can concentrate on lore and turf war, intersections with illegality, the nature of the “scene”, shades of xenophobia and class structures; all crucial for one’s understanding from a sociological/anthropological perspective.

“Concrete to Data”, opening this week at the Steinberg Museum of Art on Long Island, gives more of the spotlight to the historical methods and media that are used to disseminate a message, attempting to forecast about future ways of communicating that may effectively bridge the gap between the physical and the virtual.

Seslow has assembled an impressive cross section of artists, practitioners, photographers, academics, theorists, and street culture observers over a five-decade span. Rather than overreaching to exhaustion, it can give a representative overview of how each are adding to this conversation, quickly presenting this genre’s complexity by primarily discussing its methods alone.

Here is a sneak peek of the the concrete (now transmitted digitally); a few of the pieces for the group exhibition that have gone up in the last week in the museum as the show is being installed.


John Fekner. Detail of his stencils in place and ready to be sprayed on. Concrete To Data. Steinberg Museum of Art. LIU (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Henry Chalfant. Detail. Concrete To Data. Steinberg Museum of Art. LIU (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mighty Tanaka Select * 10% off “Black Flag” * New art from Adam Void * Until May 8th

MT_LOGO_HORIZONTALThe folks over at Mighty Tanaka have just opened a new website, Mighty Tanaka Select. It's a revolving showcase of art from their inventory. Adam Void's "Black Flag" is on sale , 10% off, for the next week only. Get it while the getting's good.


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New York Art Book Fair 2012 * featuring Avoid pi / Droid 907 * Learn To Die / Live the Dream 2 * Reviews from Vandalog and Brooklyn Street Art

Printed Matter's New York Art Book Fair 2012 @ MOMA PS1 will feature the finest in graffiti zines, including LTD2 from Droid 907 & Avoid pi. Brooklyn Street Art and Vandalog both did amazing reviews. Click on their names for the links to the full articles.

Here are some clips from both.


Preview: Graff Zines Hit the NY Art Book Fair

September 27th, 2012 | By

(Left to Right) Droid and R2, Droid and Avoid, and NGC

Opening to the public this weekend, the New York Art Book Fair brings together the academic art history books with the grittiness of zines. This year, several graffiti zines have teamed up to display their wares at the Pantheon Books table. With zines from Baltimore’s NGC crew, 907, and Subway Art Blog, this weekend will be one that you need to fit into your tightly wound schedules (don’t forget it’s also Dumbo Arts Festival). Vandalog was lucky enough to be able to preview these zines before the public and the results were astounding. In the week since I have received these zines I have found myself flipping through them over and over, rereading passages and revisiting my favorite layouts.


The sick rollers and pieces seen in my recent Vandalog posts are echoed within the pages of NGC’s zine. A few of the spots I was lucky enough to see are document within their zine as well as several that remain unseen. An excellent pairing of inside jokes and montaged pages of tags and personal photographs, NGC gives you a taste of what it is like to be writers in Baltimore. Like Natty Bo, it’s cheap, awesome, and sure to show you a good time.

Droid and R2
Droid and R2

Being only familiar with the street work of 907, I didn’t know what to expect when opening the pages of their zine. The cover is decked with tags by some of the top writers on the East Coast, giving a hint that you are probably in for a read that is going to rock your brain. Droid and R2 have brought some of their favorite cudi spots together with some premium interviews. Between the eye catching pictures and a particularly moving narrative about loss, Droid and R2 have pieced the perfect pairing of opposites for this release.

Avoid and Droid
Avoid and Droid

In addition to his release with R2, Droid and Avoid will be showing their zine from last year, which features stories from their adventures riding freights across the country. In the urban jungle where pretty much everything gets you arrested, their tales of run-ins and writing trains is enough to make any New Yorker want to eject themselves from the city for a taste of the fun.

Cover (Courtesy of Subway Art Blog)

Last, but not least, Subway Art Blog has teamed up with the graffiti writer-based zines to prove to New York that, yes, there is in fact still art in the subways. Now in it’s second issue, Jowy Romano has focused this production on etches and scratchitti. By bringing together graffiti writers as well as enthusiasts, the New York zine table provides short reads for visitors of all tastes.

To pick up copies of these zines visit table A12 (Pantheon Projects). The New York Art Book Fair will be open to the public this weekend from:

Friday, September 28, 12–7 pm
Saturday, September 29, 11 am–9 pm
Sunday, September 30, 11 am–7 pm

All photos by Rhiannon Platt unless noted



People who are designing and creating independent zines and books are a really important part of the Street Art and graffiti D.I.Y. culture and PS1 in Long Island City is a vast feast of cool printed matter this weekend.  Starting today and running through Sunday, the Fair is presented by the esteemed establishment Printed Matter and if you don’t find stuff that engages you and blows your mind, it will be a surprise. One of the groups we highly recommend that you go and visit is the Pantheon Projects table (#12) where you’d find delicious hand crafted zines by Avoid, Droid, R2 and Carnage.

Illegal Trouble II by Droid and R2. B & W photos, poems, recipes and interviews with Fade AA and Skuzz. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

These little art books capture stuff on the street in a way that helps you organize and appreciate it – with wit and a street poet approach. They also can give advice occasionally, like the recipe we found for juicing cucumbers/pineapple and something else to  produce “donut water”. Feast your eyes on the dope  images and take in the authors’ notes and observations as they rack up serious road miles for the love of art and discovery. Here is a selection of images from spreads of these zines to give you an idea of what we’re talking about.

Illegal Trouble II by Droid and R2. B & W photos, poems, recipes and interviews with Fade AA and Skuzz. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Live The Dream Learn to Die II by Droid 907 and Avoid. A Road Trip with B & W photos, maps, inserts, guides and journals.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Live The Dream Learn to Die II by Droid 907 and Avoid. A Road Trip with B & W photos, maps, inserts, guides and journals.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Carnage. The stickers issue.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Carnage. The stickers issue.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Carnage. The doors issue.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Carnage. The stickers issue.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information, schedules and transportation regarding this Art Fair click here.

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Brooklyn Street Art and Huffington Post document “Occupy” Street Art, including Adam Void images


Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Jamie Rojo & Steven Harrington of Brooklyn Street Art were kind enough to include two images from Adam Void in their recent article on Street Art related to the "Occupy" movement. The article was posted on Brooklyn Street Art, Huffington Post, and OccupyFeeds.

Signs on the Street as “Occupy” Turns One

Occupy did more than grab some headlines and inconvenience workers on Wall Street last year. It blew a hole open in the consciousness of a confused and battered public untethered and afloat in debt, denial, and 700 channels of mind-numbing distraction. As a result of the Occupy Movement and all it’s permutations, in many unexpected ways we woke up – we became enlivened, enraged, enthused, and possibly enlightened.

OWS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Colorful and chaotic and unsettling in all its imperfections, this social awakening on the streets continues to talk to us and we continue to listen, even as powerful forces do everything to convince us that it’s over. If you monitor the messages of Street Art and graffiti, you know that the desire for social and economic justice can be strident and ongoing, and people are pretty pissed off.

Marking the one year anniversary of this citizens movement that has successfully shifted the public discourse and has introduced new terms to the collective vocabulary, here is a collection of images taken by photographer Jaime Rojo during the last year that captures some of the spirit and sentiment of the street.

OWS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OWS. An artist’s rendering in progress of the scene at Liberty Park during OWS 2011 in NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A piece by Street Artist LMNOP (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OWS Window Display at Printed Matter Inc., in Chelsea NYC. 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OWS Window Display at Printed Matter Inc., in Chelsea NYC. 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OWS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OWS. Adam Void & Rami Shamir. (photo © Adam Void)

OWS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OWS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OWS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OWS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OWS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OWS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OWS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OWS. Adam Void. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OWS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OWS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OWS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OWS (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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“An American Dream” receives kind words from Vandalog, Brooklyn Street Art, Complex, Bmore Art and Popflys


The exhibition, "An American Dream" has received incredible press from a variety of sources. Many thanks to RJ and Gaia at Vandalog for their mention and additional graffiti images. Brooklyn Street Art is always on point with their continued coverage of all things Avoid. Nick at Complex has shown lots of love recently and is greatly appreciated. The local, Bmore Art Blog also featured some images from the opening night. Finally, Popflys, a daily photo and design blog, mentioned Adam Void's photography on March 22nd.

They are quoted as saying, "I can’t say I’m even on the edge of necessarily enjoying Adam Void's photographs but I knew I had to post him out of some sense of having the chance to write about Adam Void before everyone is writing about him and his work. ...there’s something there, something less voyeuristic and more point of view. A point of view on struggle, it just doesn’t feel like it’s through a photographers eye and I’m starting to like that."

- a strange, but flattering comment from those guys.

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August 12 * Street Art Saved My Life * C.A.V.E. Gallery * Venice, CA w/ Brooklyn Street Art & Thinkspace


Street Art Saved My Life : 39 New York Stories
Presented by Brooklyn Street Art in collaboration with Thinkspace

Opening Reception: Friday, August 12th, 2011 @ C.A.V.E. Gallery
1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, California 90291
On view: August 12th – September 4th, 2011

Street Art Saved My Life : 39 New York Stories heralds the new highly individual character of stories being told on the streets of New York by brand new and established Street Artists from all over the world. Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo, founders of focus on this flashpoint in modern Street Art evolution by curating a strongly eclectic story-driven gallery show with 39 of the best storytellers hitting the streets of New York.

Street Art Saved My Life : 39 New York Stories, the gallery show, accompanied by an LA street wall series by selected artists and a public panel lecture and discussion, intends to stake out the New Guard in street art while recognizing some powerful near-legendary forerunners.

The mainly New York lineup exhibits talent from other parts of the US and internationally (Australia, France, UK, Canada, Israel, Germany) and it is as steel, idiosyncratic and storied as the New York scene itself, including Anthony Lister, Adam Void, Broken Crow, C215, Cake, Chris Stain, Clown Soldier, Creepy, Dan Witz, El Sol 25, Ema, Faile, Futura, Gaia, Gilf!, Hargo, Hellbent, How & Nosm, Imminent Disaster, Indigo, Judith Supine, Kid Acne, Know Hope, Ludo, Mark Carvalho, Miss Bugs, Nick Walker, NohJColey, Over Under, Radical!, Rene Gagnon, Skewville, Specter, Sweet Toof, Swoon, Tip Toe, Troy Lovegates AKA Other, Various & Gould, and White Cocoa.

The staunch individualists in Street Art Saved My Life : 39 New York Stories give voice to the evolution of the Graffiti, Mash-Up, and D.I.Y. movements that birthed them; creating an eccentric, highly individual, and raucous visual experience on the street. With widely varied backgrounds, techniques, and materials at play, “The Story” is the story. With truths as diverse and difficult as the city itself, each one of these artists is a part of a fierce, raw, new storytelling tradition that is evolving daily before our eyes.

Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo are founders of and co-authors of Brooklyn Street Art and Street Art New York, both by Prestel Publishing (Random House). Harrington and Rojo are also contributing writers on street art for The Huffington Post.

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Urban Arts Fest w/ Mighty Tanaka & AVOID pi

This Saturday, October 3rd, check out the Urban Arts Fest happening at Castle Braid on Troutman St. in Bushwick BK, NY. Take the L Train to the Morgan stop and cross Flushing up Evergreen until you see the big, out of place condo.

The Flier

The Flier

Mark Batty Publishing enlisted my friend and supporter, Mighty Tanakato co-curate the event. I am sure that what Tanaka brings to the table will be 100% quality, however I do have mixed feelings about the gentrifying aspects of the event. There will be live music from DJs including Jam Master J's son, a full skate ramp ??(as to if its a half pipe or trickier), and many reputable names in the street (Martha Cooper, Remo, Ellis G, among others).

Graffiti and Street Art is about open access to art and visual information in the public sphere. To showcase works typically found in the street for free and charge admission to a new condo in an area where affordable housing is still present (for now), is against my personal viewpoint of what graffiti is all about. My piece "Time for Somethin" is on view at this event to show support for Mighty Tanaka and to make an impact/statement to the people who will see it. 

With support from, Brooklyn Street Art, and the Village Voice, among other news sources, this should be a big event. Enjoy yourself, but do not forget the purpose and orginal intent behind the art presented.

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“Spool” from infinity, at Chashama * 266 37th st.

Thank You to infinity of the endless love crew, for asking AVOID pi to participate in the SPOOL performance series at Chashama on 266 W.37th St. in Manhattan, NY.

The performance was an excercise in line and form, allowing for experimentation in one-line drawing, breaking shapes down into their elemental beginnings. Truely a one-of-a-kind show.

See the NEW Street Spot Blog's coverage *

And Brooklyn Street Art's interview with infinity

Two Days Left !!! * infinity collaboration series

Today Thursday, August 20th - with Royce Bannon

Friday, August 21st - with Celso ** dont miss it



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