/ Upcoming: The Collaborations

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“THE COLLABORATIONS” a celebrate the legendary artistic collaborations among two master graffiti writers from the Bronx, Crash @crashone, and BIO @biotatscru, and a stencil master from Bristol, Nick Walker @nickwalker_art.

As part of the showcase, an uncanny collaboration between stencil and graffiti artists, hailing from two different continents, will unfold before visitor’s very eyes. This is a transcendental artistic experience, with canvases reflecting the evolution of street art as we know it today.

Crash, with his expressive colors and depictions of eyes, Walker’s signature Gentleman Vandal, and BIO’s motif of hearts will leave viewers in awe. These are three generation-changing artists that are ready to tear down artistic boundaries opening on July 21st at Above Second Gallery. />

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In March of 2014, I got a call from Nick about possibly collaborating on a mural down on Elizabeth St, LES. So I drove down to have lunch with him and to checked out the site, which was right above a boutique shop called GYM.

It was cool to create something that someone had to try and find; which was not easy considering it was on the rooftop of a small building. I thought about it, then called Bio with Nick’s blessing- to see if he wanted to be in on it. Who knew it was going to be quite a project- each mural was about 50′ to 75′ long and Spring decided to hide, and Winter decided to bless us with a few more days.

But it was such a cool project- with all of us experimenting and truly collaborating with new ideas and colours.

So jump ahead to 2015- I called both Bio and Nick and asked if we could do a few small collaborations to celebrate the murals from the year before. They jumped at the idea, and it took a life of its own. From the moment we started, we all felt that this was a special moment- that these pieces were going to be strong, creative, and fun. We pushed each other and the results speak for themselves… The pieces came to life from the beginning, and we are proud of our accomplishments.

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Artist’s Bio

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Nick Walker

Working between his hometown of Bristol and New York City, Nick Walker has become one of the world’s leading stencil masters, known for his flat photographic style that combines elements of realism with the natural aesthetic properties of spray paint. Embracing both the precision of stencils and the fluidity of spray paint, Walker’s work meshes conventional graffiti with the crisp and duplicative properties of stencil. His cityscapes and characters, like the bowler-wearing Vandal, have become iconic within the art world, as well as on city walls in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and beyond.

Walker rose out of the graffiti movement that hit Bristol in the early 1980s, working with freehanded spray paint for years before experimenting with stencils in the 1990s. With a new found love of the accuracy of stencil, he began to hit the streets harder, dressing inconspicuously in a pinstripe suite and bowler hat in order to paint multiple stencils without attracting attention. This disguise quickly made its way into his work, eventually becoming the beloved Vandal character which has made Walker one of the most recognizable street artists. In 2008. Walker’s career was given a jolt forward, when his Moona Lisa piece sold for ten times its value at Bonhams Auctioneers. He continues to be sought after in galleries, auction houses and commercial projects.

Today, Walker continues to hand cut his stencils, both for the studio and for large-scale wall projects. His work often focuses on inserting characters like the Vandal into complex architectural scenes, while also incorporating an element of humor to address social and political issues.

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CRASH

Born John Matos in 1961, CRASH was raised in the Bronx, New York. At the age of 13, he began following the older teens from his neighborhood to the train yards and began bombing. Taking the name “CRASH” after he accidentally crashed the computer in his school, his name began appearing on trains circulating all throughout New York City. By 1980, he began transitioning from train yards to galleries, he curated the ground-breaking “Graffiti Art Success for America” at Fashion MODA, launching the graffiti movement that has remained very active through today. CRASH’s career took off and he saw instant popularity throughout Europe and America, and eventually Asia. CRASH has been part of numerous museum and gallery shows around the world focusing on Graffiti and Street Art,and has works in many permanent museum collections. Visually iconic, he has partnered with many companies for projects including Absolut Vodka, Fender Guitars, SoBella Handbags, Levi’s, and most recently, Tumi luggage and Morphik. He continues to work and show both locally and internationally. Enjoy the awe and power of CRASH

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Wilfredo “Bio” Feliciano

Wilfredo “Bio” Feliciano is an internationally established artist and designer whose personal and visual identity is firmly rooted in the Bronx. His Graffiti, street art, designs and canvases were shaped by and helped develop the visual identity that emerged from the cultural tensions and hard realities of the Bronx from the mid-1980s to the present. His achievements as one of the founders and mainstay members of the Graffiti collective known globally as Tats Cru was celebrated most recently by the Bronx Museum of Arts (March 2015) and was featured by Arlene Alda in her 2015 “Just kids from the Bronx” a profile of leading figures who established the Bronx as an creative and intellectual center.

In addition to his Graffiti and Street Art success, Bio has been merging graffiti and fine art in galleries worldwide. In April 2016 his solo show “HEART” at Wallworks NYC was a huge success. His work has been exhibited in NYC, England, Mexico, China, Morocco, France, Zurich, Paris, New Orleans, and Wynwood Miami.

As an artist Bio is currently working on several projects.

Earlier this year Bio partnered with Japan’s “Global Work” to launch a line of T-shirts and caps which he created the artwork for. He recently designed the Artwork for Goldie’s “I adore you” single and he is currently working with Fat Joe creating the artwork for his Concert Tour T-shirt line.

Coming of age as a young and tough-minded graffiti writer to celebrate individuality through art, Bio and Tats Cru developed iconic styles and strategies that brought them to the attention of established international corporations, artists, celebrities and fashion designers as well as small independent and local businesses. Bio is specifically known for his mastery in lettering and intuitively developed sense of colours and composition, as well as his organisational skills. Their work continues to negotiate between the local, national and global and is now credited as the single most important group in the movement of a visual street culture into public domains. The testimony comes from their featured in many publications, interviews, movies, music videos, documentaries and worldwide web presence. Celebrity clients include John Meyer, Fat Joe, Missy Elliot, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Nikki Minaj and Metallica plus numerous hip hop stars.

Alone and collaboratively he has worked across many countries while maintaining the Cru’s active relationship with THE POINT Community Development Corporation dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization in the South Bronx. The Cru’s small office in Hunts Point has become the largest small gathering place in the world for Graffiti and global street culture.

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On until Sept 21st, 2017



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