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Color, Geometry and Pattern on the Streets

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Art from the streets has been heralding a new eye-popping geometric disorder that can now fairly be called a movement.

With roots in recent art history and the rhythms of the street, artists are giving themselves over to pungent color, pattern, grid inspired line, and a sharp edged abstraction. No one can say what has moved the conversation toward this aesthetic -- it all mimics the repetitive patterns that are found in nature as well as the cool symmetries programmed by human industry. These modern alchemists from across the globe are somehow pumping the Street Art scene with an oxygen-rich supply of lifeblood and a variety of possible directions to explore.

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartaugustinekofiechorboogiejaimerojo0712web.jpg Augustine Kofie and Chor Boogie in Miami for Primary Flight. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

An uncanny blending of the cans, both the graffiti tradition and the Street Art practice each find common ground to be a place where tagging and Pop irony all dissolve together into form and shape. On walls around cities where these two practices were once polarized, we're seeing that everybody can drop their guard and just paint, bro.

In these images collected by photographer Jaime Rojo over the last couple of years, you can see elements of mid 20th century modernism, sci-fi fantasy, retro-futurism, imperfect folk patterning, and the distinct echoes of Wild Style. The common thread in this new discovery of graphic geometry is not just what it is, but as it pertains to art on the street, also what it's not.

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartmcityaugustinekofiejaimerojo0712web.jpg Aaron De La Cruz, Poesia, Augustine Kofie, Sueme and Ensoe. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartbarrymcgeejaimerojo0712web.jpg Barry McGee in Miami for Primary Flight. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartdavidellisjaimerojo0712web.jpg David Ellis in Brooklyn. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartisaiascronjaimerojo0712web.jpg Isaias Cron in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetart4bcruoscreujaimerojo0712web.jpg 4B Cru, OS Cru in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartzehpalitodasicjaimerojo0712web.jpg Zeh Palito and Dasic in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartpushjaimerojo0712web1.jpg Push in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartpushjaimerojo0712web5.jpg Push painting on the LA MoCA wall for the Art in the Streets show. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartartistunknownjaimerojo0712web.jpg An Unknown Street Artist in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartspencerkeetonjaimerojo0712web.jpg Kenton Parker in Miami for Primary Flight. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartanthonysneedjaimerojo0712web.jpg Anthony Sneed in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartclarerojasjaimerojo0712web.jpg Claire Rojas in Miami for Wynwood Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartsonnijaimerojo0712web.jpg Sonni in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartrrobotsjaimerojo0712web.jpg RRobots in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartmomojaimerojo0712web.jpg MOMO in Baltimore for Open Walls Baltimore. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartaakashnihalanijaimerojo0712web.jpg Aakash Nihalani in Brooklyn for the Crest Art Show. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartartistunknownjaimerojo0712web1.jpg An Unknown Artist in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartassumevividastrofocusjaimerojo0712web2.jpg Assume Vivid Astro Focus in Miami for Wynwood Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartcekisjaimerojo0712web.jpg Cekis in Queens, NY for Welling Court. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartfailejaimerojo0712web.jpg Faile tiles in Brooklyn. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartjasonwoodsidejaimerojo0712web.jpg Jason Woodside in Manhattan for The New Museum. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartmayahayukjaimerojo0712web.jpg Maya Hayuk in Baltimore for Open Walls Baltimore. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetarthellbentjaimerojo0712web.jpg Hellbent in Queens, NY for Welling Court. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartjoshvanhornejaimerojo0712web.jpg Josh Van Horne in Baltimore for Open Walls Baltimore. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartoverunderjaimerojo0712web.jpg Overunder in Albany, NY for Albany Open Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2012-07-11-brooklynstreetartjayemoonjaimerojo0712web.jpg Jaye Moon in Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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CORRECTION: A previous edition of this article attributed image 2 and image 11 to incorrect artists. We regret this error.