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Many building walls all over Brooklyn are covered by 40-foot advertisements or sleek glass floor-to-ceiling windows. But the borough is also a gallery for muralists, cultivating waves of activist artists who seek to represent the communities around them.
Sunset Park in particular, with its diverse immigrant population and sizable industrial buildings, is one neighborhood that attracts this sort of large-scale communal art, much of it a commentary on pressing sociopolitical issues that afflict the community, including immigration.
Immigrants have long faced social, political and legal challenges—and continue to do so. Last Monday, the Supreme Court ruled to greenlight President
Move aside graffiti, a new form of street art is tip-toeing its way onto the scene--”Yarn Bombing,” covering objects or structures in a public place with yarn or crochet. For some reason, millennials seem drawn to the art form.
For example, London Kaye, a Brooklyn street artist, likes to put up her artwork on fences and trains for others enjoyment.
Recently, she has garnered the attention of major commercial brands requesting her crochet as well. Now, “Yarn Bombing” is Kaye’s main source of income, even though she says she doesn’t do it for the money, but for the love of
[caption id="attachment_19264" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Most of the artists at the second edition Bronx Art Expo have a strong connection with the borough, like Dova, a painter shown behind the desk. (Nicolas Lupo/NYCityLens)[/caption]
Alejandro Tavarez didn´t expect to sell much early in the afternoon, but not even two hours after the exhibition started he barely had time to talk to visitors. Instead, he was on his knees, picking T-shirts and jumpers from below the table. “Give me the brown one,” someone demanded, as Tavarez pulled clothes from a box.
“To see so many local people attending an exhibit for the Bronx community,” said
Maria de los Angeles, 28, is a DACA recipient. Originally from Mexico, she now lives in Brooklyn where she's finding meaning in her art. Through drawings and dressings, Maria is expressing with colors and materials her struggles as an undocumented immigrant.
As unusual as the art of wrapping stones could seem, it is a profitable job for Robert Kolsin, a veteran from Queens. The reason for his success, he says, lays in the stones and their powers and good energy. Every day, he packs his jewelry in a suitcase, and travels to Manhattan to sell his art. His stand at Union Square South attracts children and adults alike.