I went back to Pandemic Gallery this past weekend for a closer look at Cassius Fouler’s solo exhibition, Painting is the Curse of the Drinking Class – I recommend you do the same. The artist’s newest body of work marries his signature letters, characters and symbols with dense swaths of color. The show will be up for about a month – due to irregular gallery hours, I’d also advise making an appointment with email@example.com prior to heading over to the Navy Yard. The gallery has posted an overview of available works.
There are very few constants in the ever-changing landscape of New York City streets. Writers come and go, hitting the city hard and then fading away. Maintaining any type of career longevity is a monumental task. Legal problems, health problems, girl problems – to name a few – have stopped many a writer in their tracks. Fade AA is the rare name I not only see consistently, but also wherever I’m least expecting it. Here’s a selection of work caught over the last few months.
Fade x Adek x BQE (photo by Luna Park)
Bast x Fade (photo by Luna Park)
Miss 17 x Fade x Ment x Skuzz (photo by Luna Park)
Fade x Ment (photo by Luna Park)
Sy x Devo x Lae x Fade (photo by Luna Park)
Fade x Seka (photo by Luna Park)
Fade Odin RIP (photo by Luna Park)
Fib x Fade (photo by Luna Park)
Fade (photo by Luna Park)
Fade x EKG (photo by Luna Park)
Fade x Oze108 x Pacman x Map (photo by Luna Park)
Fade “If you speak the truth they will deny you” (photo by Luna Park)
Mark your calendars, Pandemic Gallery will be showing new paintings, drawings, prints and wood cut works by Cassius Fouler.
Cassius Fouler: Painting is the Curse of the Drinking Class
Opening reception: Saturday, February 8th, 2014, 7:00-11:00pm Pandemic Gallery & Event Space
22 Waverly Avenue (betweem Park Avenue & Flushing Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11205
After a long stint in the studio preparing work for his well-deserved and well-received solo show in Chelsea last fall, it’s nice to see Elbow-Toe return to the streets, where he’s recently left us several new wheatpastes.
A massive, 700-pound Wolftits sculpture was installed on a previously empty pedestal outside the former ASPCA Rogers Memorial Animal Hospital near the Gowanus in Brooklyn. Behold it in all its wolfking multi-titty glory!
2013 was a year that took me far and wide, with trips to Chicago, New Orleans, Paris, Basel and Philadelphia. A very special thank you to those who took the time to show me around your cities! As in years past, this roundup is a selection of both favorite artworks and favorite photographs as well as a reflection on people, pieces and places that are no more.
Since his first release in 2011, Carnage has quickly made a name for himself as a purveyor of high quality graffiti zines. Aside from selling his own zines, he also distributes work by like-minded individuals, like the sold out Greetings from Detroit from earlier this year which presented images of Detroit by 5 photographers from New York and California. And now a limited run of Droid 907′s Sex or Suicide is available.
Sex or Suicide by Droid 907
In Sex or Suicide Droid offers us a tantalizing glimpse into a world of sex, drugs and rocking rollers, interspersing stories of drunken encounters under bridges with the soul-baring recollections of a free spirit, photographs and numbered lists of names and phrases.
Sex or Suicide by Droid 907
Carnage will be releasing his next zine, Lost in Shibuya, this coming Saturday, December 14, from 7-9pm at the City Reliquary (with an online release to follow on Monday, December 16). Please support these fine zinemakers.
Jaime Rojo and HOTTEA hold up the panel at the 1st location (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA came prepared with two heavy panels: each bore a meticulously stenciled recreation of one of Dondi’s iconic 1980 Children of the Grave wholecar pieces applied onto a series of yarn rectangles fastened onto a metal framework. It was our job to position these panels in such a way so as to create the illusion of Dondi’s work passing by on the modern subway.
Of his inspiration, HOTTEA wrote, “As an ex-graffiti writer of 12+ years there is no denying the influence of 80′s NYC subway graffiti had on me. I still remember the first time watching Style Wars and how much of an impact it had on me and my work. Dondi’s work stood out to me amongst them all. The way he spoke about his work, the colors and the style in which he wrote his letters were very inspiring. I no longer practice writing graffiti and have taken on yarn as my new medium of choice. I wanted to create a piece about one of my biggest influences non-destructively.”
This was no easy task, as each passing train gave us merely seconds to line up the panels, all the while gauging the proper distance of camera to panel to train to achieve the desired proportions. Multiple attempts had to be made at several Brooklyn locations.
HOTTEA lines up his panel at our 2nd location (photo by Luna Park)
After much trial and error – coupled with some rare patience for the MTA’s labyrinthine weekend scheduling – success! With a little suspension of disbelief, the magic of Dondi on rolling stock is in the air…
The memory of Dondi lives on… (photo by Luna Park)
Aside from visiting the Stikman show on view in the Mural Arts offices, I also stopped by this newly restored Keith Haring mural in South Philadelphia. We The Youth was originally painted in 1987 and was a collaboration between the artist, kids from New York and Philadelphia, CityKids Foundation (New York) and Brandywine Workshop (Philadelphia). Mural Arts spearheaded the restoration with the generous support of the Haring Foundation. Scroll down for a great video from Brandywine Workshop with footage of the original mural being painted.
We The Youth Haring mural (photo by Luna Park)
We The Youth Haring mural & Haring the Cat (photo by Luna Park)