Bast is credited with influencing the collective artist group Faile, with whom he has collaborated on numerous occasions. Such collaborations have been displayed on the streets as well as in joint exhibitions, namely Galerie Neurotitan Berlin in 2003, and New Image Art in Los Angeles in 2005. For the past ten years Brooklyn based artist Bast has been an intricate part of the street art movement. However Bast himself has remained an elusive character, rarely seen in public and whose very existence has often been debated. His paste ups spread across New York 's urban environment and are now common in the major European conurbations. In August 2007, Bast returned to New Image Art for a solo exhibition entitled ‘Those Bloody Yanks’ and also held a sell out show “Booby Trap’ at The Leonard Street Gallery in 2008.
This week's 'On the Streets' covers not only diverse works from around the world, but also worthy walls, touching on global social issues such as inclusion and seclusion, sense of belonging and identity, stereotypes and social stigmas with a pinch of sarcasm. We have chosen this new Herakut large -scale mural to lead off the review, because of its positive message and purpose. Part of a three month project, run by AptART and the French organization ACTED in Jordan, the work created in Zaatari Refugee camp not only beautifies the environment, but engages and stimulates participation of the local youth.
Other notable works come from Basik in Tunisia, I♥ in Vancouver, Lush in Lyon, Mobstr in London, Hyuro in Valencia, Borondo in London and Jr in Baden- Baden.