Bushwick awakens after the storm

Bushwick the night of the hurricane

While Bushwick did not take the bulk of the damage in Hurricane Sandy, the area’s reliance on underground subways into parts of the city that are now without electricity left many artists trapped in Brooklyn. National and international flights, trains and busses were all canceled for days, leaving artists Pixel Pancho and 2501 with some time on their hands.

Pixel Pancho
Pixel Pancho

By way of Martha Cooper’s hospitality and driving skills, the pair made their way through the borough’s paint stores searching for the right colors before landing at Bushwick 5 Points. Enduring the smells emanating from the live poultry establishment on the corner, Pixel Pancho incorporated his style of rusted robots into the building’s gritty razor-wire and concrete exterior.


Meanwhile, 2501 added his geometric forms to the area of Bushwick 5 Points that is slowly housing the abstract work of fellow artists such as See One and Hellbent. Leaving town the following day, the artist put time to the test when creating his latest optical illusion.

See One and Hellbent in Progress

As 2501 wrapped up his wall, See One and Hellbent continued working across the street on their massive collaborative wall. Through slowly building up layers weekend after weekend, the pair near the completion of their largest wall date. With jobs and trains canceled into next week, weeks of bending color and form could come to a close soon.

Photos by Rhiannon Platt

Black and White and Theodore: New at Bushwick 5 Points

Overunder and LNY

This week at Bushwick 5 Points the lyric and the comedic collided with the completion of walls by both LNY and Hanksy. Depicting Malik, a student of his in the Young New Yorker Program, LNY brought attention to a cause that he has focused on for the past several months. By depicting the student against the backdrop of the city, the artist gives a voice to the problematic nature of New York’s legal system in his wall.

LNY Detail

Countering the stark color palette and serious tone of LNY’s work, Hanksy brought his typical pop sensibilities to this Bushwick neighborhood. For these walls, or doors rather, the artist used cultural icons Theodore of the Cosby Show and Thor to play on the surfaces that he was given to paint. By transforming Thor to Dhor and stenciling a Theodoor Huxtable, Hanksy brings his light-hearted nature to an area that was once notorious for its violent crimes.


Photos by Rhiannon Platt

Stik hits Bushwick rooftop

In NYC for a few days this past week, the legendary UK-based artist Stik left his mark at Bushwick Five Points. Here are two more images:

Stik begins
Stik at work; mural by Concrete Jungle below

Photos by Lenny Collado, Dani Mozeson and Sara Mozeson

MOMO at Bushwick Five Points and in “Geometricks” @ Red Hook’s Gallery Brooklyn

MOMO at work at Bushwick Five Points

It was quite a delight coming upon MOMO at work this past week, as the last time — and only time — I”d seen him paint was back in 2008. Here is the finished piece:



And the entire block as it is shaping out:

ND’A, OverUnder, LNY & MOMO

I also loved MOMO’s work in Geometricks, wonderfully curated by Hellbent with BSA, over at Gallery Brooklyn.

MOMO on paper in Geometricks

Photos by Lenny Collado, Dani Mozeson and Lois Stavsky

ND’A, OverUnder & LNY at Bushwick 5 Points

OverUnder and LNY at work

Bushwick 5 Points has quickly become one of NYC’s most exciting and enticing open-air galleries. ND’A, OverUnder and LNY, three of my favorite street artists, have recently been gracing its walls. Here are some captured these past two days:

ND’A at work
OverUnder at work, close-up
OverUnder — complete — and LNY

Photos by Tara Murray and Lois Stavsky

From the Lyric to the Symbolic: ND’A at Bushwick 5 Points

Over two days, artist ND’A was invited to paint a tall narrow space nestled between Nick Walker and Jay Shells at  Bushwick 5 Points. At the crossroads where St Nicholas, Troutman, and Scott meet, Joe Ficalora has created a street art oasis. While his family have owned the buildings for years, Joe has taken it upon himself to breathe new life into them. When speaking to Joe, you can tell the passion he has for the artists with whom he shares his walls. This passion has created a space where artists from other countries as well as the New York area can have a more permanent home than the temporal streets that surround his buildings.

Since his visit to Mexico in June with LNY, ND’A’s style has shifted from text-based to the symbolic. Originally incorporating lyrics from various sources including music, the artist has moved towards a more universal meaning for his murals. Rather than having the text connote a specific reference, he is using symbols to create an appeal for the general public. For example, “drunk or sober never lose your composure,” as he used in his Bushwick Open Studios panel, will divide viewers as either those who understand the RZA line or those who are left feeling outside the reference. However, when removing the lyrics and leaving only the symbols behind a crown, a wolf, a bike lock, and a foam finger can take on a number of meanings for those who venture to Bushwick 5 Points.

Photos by Rhiannon Platt