Category Archives: Trenton

“SOCIALIZM”

Join us on March 2, 2012 at 7pm for Trenton Social’s monthly FIRST FRIDAY who this month will be honoring the amazingly multi-talented, very unique and Trenton’s own, Will “KASSO” Condry!

KASSO as he is popularly known excells and is known most for his unique portraits and vivid aerosol based murals which are located throughout the city of Trenton and across the east coast. Will has participated in numerous non-profit organizations and has been commissioned to produce fine art for celebrities and avid art collectors. He also teaches art in after school programs for our areas young who show creative talent and interest and is the host of “The Garden Variety Show” at The Trenton Atelier where artists and musicians come together and create masterpieces!!

For the past few months EVERY Thursday Will has been putting in lots of time, concentration, paint strokes, sweat and open arms to ANYONE who has came into Trenton Social and who has asked to be a part of his live art sessions. He would photograph either 1, 2 and sometimes 3 individuals at a time and produce them in his vision in usually 4 hour time periods! Over the past few months he has produced numerous “outposts” that will ALL be hung up March 2! Now that is a dedicated and true artist!

Will “KASSO” Condry is a TRUE DEDICATED and ORIGINAL artist! I have had the pleasure of being painted by him twice and working with him on various projects! Some of his outposts are ALREADY sold so YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT!!! It’s going to be PACKED! Free to attend! Bring anyone!

-Valentinas Vanity(curator)

MLK Day of Service

The Bonner Center at TCNJ asked me would I be interested in working with my former high school during the MLK Day of service lead by the community service organization “Jersey Cares”
www.jerseycares.org/. The day would consist of graffiti cleanup and mural restorations at the school. I was asked to to design 4 mini murals which were painted by volunteers of Jersey Cares and students and faculty of TCHS and The Bonner Center. Each mural was designed with the intent to inspire peace…hence the imaginary of the Doves. Below each Dove is a quote by Trenton Central Alum Shawn Carter, better known as JAY-Z, influential Hip Hop artist, music mogul and business man.

It was a great time and the community support was awe inspiring. Thanks to the Bonner Center for the opportunity to give back to my alma mater. I’m looking forward to doing more events like this in the near future!

-WILL KASSO


“Jersey Cares” volenteers painting the “Dove” murals I designed


Finished product

MLK Day of Service

The Bonner Center at TCNJ asked me would I be interested in working with my former high school during the MLK Day of service lead by the community service organization “Jersey Cares”
www.jerseycares.org/. The day would consist of graffiti cleanup and mural restorations at the school. I was asked to to design 4 mini murals which were painted by volunteers of Jersey Cares and students and faculty of TCHS and The Bonner Center. Each mural was designed with the intent to inspire peace…hence the imaginary of the Doves. Below each Dove is a quote by Trenton Central Alum Shawn Carter, better known as JAY-Z, influential Hip Hop artist, music mogul and business man.

It was a great time and the community support was awe inspiring. Thanks to the Bonner Center for the opportunity to give back to my alma mater. I’m looking forward to doing more events like this in the near future!

-WILL KASSO


“Jersey Cares” volenteers painting the “Dove” murals I designed


Finished product

MLK Day of Service

The Bonner Center at TCNJ asked me would I be interested in working with my former high school during the MLK Day of service lead by the community service organization “Jersey Cares”
www.jerseycares.org/. The day would consist of graffiti cleanup and mural restorations at the school. I was asked to to design 4 mini murals which were painted by volunteers of Jersey Cares and students and faculty of TCHS and The Bonner Center. Each mural was designed with the intent to inspire peace…hence the imaginary of the Doves. Below each Dove is a quote by Trenton Central Alum Shawn Carter, better known as JAY-Z, influential Hip Hop artist, music mogul and business man.

It was a great time and the community support was awe inspiring. Thanks to the Bonner Center for the opportunity to give back to my alma mater. I’m looking forward to doing more events like this in the near future!

-WILL KASSO


“Jersey Cares” volenteers painting the “Dove” murals I designed


Finished product

Native American Tribute Wall

Native Wall 2006: Characters by Kasso, Plan, Rain, Pro ,Pheds, Jicarilla Apache Man (left), Kicking Bear (Minneconjou Lakota)

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In March of 2006, VS(at the time we were not an official crew)
completed our first production.  A Native American themed wall. RAIN
had the idea to do this theme which is based around his heritage.
Since he procured the wall, we all agreed to the concept and theme and
decided to really take our time with this one…particularly since the
wall was so big…our largest at the time.

 

PLAN came down from philly to rock out on the wall with his very
technical painting style, PRO(who at the time the wall was procured
was incarcerated) so we wanted till he came home to start and he
banged out a pretty cool straight letter…RAIN produced a Native
American inspired piece and PHEDS(who no longer writes) produced a
nice lil blue burner which was capped off my portrait of Kicking Bear
(Minneconjou Lakota) I also produced another portrait on an Icarilla
Apache Man on the far left.

It was our most ambitious project at the time and we were beyond proud
of it.  It was also featured on the historic graffiti website
“ArtCrimes”.

Native Wall 2011: Ras (portrait), Pro, Demer, Klark, Delve, Rain, Joe Base, Mek, Ras, Kasso (Portrait)

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Fast forward 6 years and VS is firmly established as a crew with
membership throughout the east coast. Our native wall was beginning to
fallen apart after years weather damage. We decide to update the wall
with the same theme, but this time bring out other members to
contribute to the production.

MEK was the first to layout his piece on the new,updated production
and he also produced majority of the background and scenery.
With the exception of the sky that was painted by RAIN.
RAS went over the decaying portrait of the  Icarilla Apache Man and put in its
place a beautiful portrait of a young Native American woman. MEK also
added to the portrait by detailing her outfit, hair and accessories.
PLAN(now DELVE), DEMER, and JOE BASE went high up and produce floating
pieces in the space were only clouds were on the pervious mural.

RAIN, PRO and KLARK produced very well rendered burners which
complimented  MEKS backgrounds perfectly and RAS, even with his fear
of scaffolding, went up high and filled in the last slot with a nice
lil burner. I decided to do a full figure inside of just a portrait
like years before. I painted a medicine man of the Sioux Nation which
covered up the old portrait of Kicking Bear (Minneconjou Lakota).

We collectively worked on this production for a few weeks…compared
to a weekend like the previous.  The one thing we all noticed was the
progression of our skills over the years and how we were able to
attain seamless balance with even with so many personalities.  Good
times throughout the course of this wall and we are looking forward
doing more in the near future!

Description by Will Kasso

SELF TAUGHT


First blog post of the new year! Been slacking somewhat on the write ups and such…getting things in order for 2012 can be taxing, but no worries. Luv1 and myself produced our first wall of the new year earlier this week. We decided to set our sights on an abandoned building on the north side of Trenton.

We had no set plans…we just wanted to shake the dust off and take advantage of the unusually mild weather we been having recently.

Luv kicked things off with his abstract works, but this time using a limited pallet and I produced a portrait of a child with my abstract “kasso circles” following after. I also chose, like Luv, to keep my colors limited. Luv had the idea for us to keep most of the raw center block and brick unprimed..to give the production a most rugged feel.

We blazed out the entire wall in 4 hours. Other than the massive mounds of dog feces we had to maneuver threw..and I mean MASSIVE AMOUNTS, we had a great time producing this wall.

Special thanks to Shawn of CALI BOUND PRODUCTIONS for documenting this project and producing this awesome video! Check it out:

Peace.

-KASSO

SELF TAUGHT


First blog post of the new year! Been slacking somewhat on the write ups and such…getting things in order for 2012 can be taxing, but no worries. Luv1 and myself produced our first wall of the new year earlier this week. We decided to set our sights on an abandoned building on the north side of Trenton.

We had no set plans…we just wanted to shake the dust off and take advantage of the unusually mild weather we been having recently.

Luv kicked things off with his abstract works, but this time using a limited pallet and I produced a portrait of a child with my abstract “kasso circles” following after. I also chose, like Luv, to keep my colors limited. Luv had the idea for us to keep most of the raw center block and brick unprimed..to give the production a most rugged feel.

We blazed out the entire wall in 4 hours. Other than the massive mounds of dog feces we had to maneuver threw..and I mean MASSIVE AMOUNTS, we had a great time producing this wall.

Special thanks to Shawn of CALI BOUND PRODUCTIONS for documenting this project and producing this awesome video! Check it out:

Peace.

-KASSO

SELF TAUGHT


First blog post of the new year! Been slacking somewhat on the write ups and such…getting things in order for 2012 can be taxing, but no worries. Luv1 and myself produced our first wall of the new year earlier this week. We decided to set our sights on an abandoned building on the north side of Trenton.

We had no set plans…we just wanted to shake the dust off and take advantage of the unusually mild weather we been having recently.

Luv kicked things off with his abstract works, but this time using a limited pallet and I produced a portrait of a child with my abstract “kasso circles” following after. I also chose, like Luv, to keep my colors limited. Luv had the idea for us to keep most of the raw center block and brick unprimed..to give the production a most rugged feel.

We blazed out the entire wall in 4 hours. Other than the massive mounds of dog feces we had to maneuver threw..and I mean MASSIVE AMOUNTS, we had a great time producing this wall.

Special thanks to Shawn of CALI BOUND PRODUCTIONS for documenting this project and producing this awesome video! Check it out:

Peace.

-KASSO

Thrusday Throwback: “BORN WITH LESS”…2009

This wall was produced in early February, 2009. S. A. G. E. was still in its infancy as a crew…pretty much just consisting of myself and LUV1. LUV contacted me that morning asking if I was willing to come out and paint. It was an unusual day for the middle of the winter. We had a freak 70 degree day! We decided to jam out at Terracycle and do something small and non ambitious.

What started out as something with the intentions on being light heart quickly grew into a full blown mini-mural jam session. LUV had some references from newspapers and one in particular stuck out to me. It was an image of a young woman holding her son during “Hurricane Katrina”.

I choose to do a representation of it while LUV painted an image of Hip Hop icon “Lauren Hill”.

As usual, we jammed out the background with our abstract works…which at the time we were still developing. We also had very lil paint to work with due to it being the off season. This wall was literally done with scraps of paint.

Half way threw LUV had to leave to pick up his kid from school, so I decided to stay to finish up the wall. While I was finishing up, the rap song “Smile” by Tupac and Scarface kept playing in my head. Ever since I saw that pic from the hurricane, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. So i went back to the beginning of the wall and put a quote up from that record….part of Tupac’s verse which reads “Born with less but your still precious”. I figured it summed up the feeling of what the image(the mother and child) conveys.

After the quote went up, it started to rain, so i broke out and went home. It was good times none the less.

For those who havent heard the song SMILE…check out the video below.

peace.
-KASSO