In Brief

Last night, in a 12th floor loft overlooking the West Side Rail Yard, about two hundred young New York creatives assembled to get a first hand tutorial on modern street...

Last night, in a 12th floor loft overlooking the West Side Rail Yard, about two hundred young New York creatives assembled to get a first hand tutorial on modern street art while nursing complimentary Brahma beers and grooving to a live DJ.

PSFK was fortunate enough to attend this unique spectacle; the second installment of LVHRD’s Bi-fold series, featuring Brazilian graffiti artist Speto and New York-based street technologists Graffiti Research Lab. 

The evening kicked off with Speto, a pioneer in the Brazilian street art scene, painting one of his prolific portraits on stage, followed by some Q & A with the audience.  After a quick beer break, the Graffiti Research Lab took stage and presented a few of their recent projects that are pushing the boundaries of graffiti art, which they consider to be any art preformed on the street without authorized permission.  This includes both traditional paint based art as well as more high tech projects, such as computer hacks, projections, and LED Throwies.   Mid-way through their presentation, the entire crowd got out of their seats and peered through the 12th floor windows down to the Rail Yard, where members of the GRL effortlessly stuck CRIME 2.0 high up on the side of the building, demonstrating an advanced technique they pioneered using a long pole, a flat board, and LED lights fixed with a lithium coin battery and electrical tape.

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