OBLVN at Klughaus Gallery

OBLVN outside the Klughaus Gallery (photo by Luna Park)

Chinatown’s tiny Klughaus Gallery, which opened last December, is NYC’s latest gallery to work “primarily with artists that have roots in graffiti and street culture”. For their fourth show, Klughaus is exhibiting Portland, Oregon-based artist and cartoonist Aaron OBLVN in his East Coast debut. The talented illustrator has created 100 Paintings that cleverly riff on classic cartoon characters. Photos do not do his exquisite line-work justice – these pieces beg to be seen in person. The gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays, so this weekend and next are your last opportunities to catch the show before it closes on April 1st. Do not miss!

OBLVN at Klughaus Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
OBLVN at Klughaus Gallery (photo by Luna Park)

OBLVN: 100 Paintings
On view through April 1, 2012
Klughaus Gallery
47 Monroe Street
New York, NY 10002
F train to East Broadway

Gallery hours:
Thursdays and Fridays from 1-7pm
Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6pm

Stikman Show at Pandemic Gallery

Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)

I couldn’t be happier that Stikman, one of my favorite street artists, will be opening a show of all-new work at Brooklyn’s Pandemic Gallery tomorrow night. Titled “20”, the show marks an astonishing twenty year career of installing his now iconic stikmen characters on the streets. His ability to reinvent the stikman figure in new mediums and willingness to experiment with different configurations is seemingly boundless. Because the pieces are never the same, they are a challenge to find – but fans of his work no doubt agree there is a special thrill to recognizing one of his pieces.

Of the show, Stikman writes, “To celebrate twenty years of playing in the street with sticks I have created a special battalion of twenty figures to send out into the world with the hope that the friends of stikman will take him along on new journeys to places he has not yet been. I have also created twenty works on paper to commemorate the paper element associated with stikman. Ten of these are PAINTBLAST, which is a form of automatic painting that occurs when I paint the wood figures.”

Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman “20”
March 16-April 6, 2012
Opening: Friday, March 16, 7-11pm
Pandemic Gallery
37 Broadway btwn Kent and Wythe
Brooklyn, NY 11211
L train to Bedford ave, J train to Marcy ave, or Q59 bus to Broadway/Wythe

The Street Spot’s Foster Dog Is Looking For A Good, Loving Home!

Recently I took on a foster dog, a beautiful blue/grey Amstaff mix named Nelson.  Despite being as sweet as he is handsome, Nelson had apparently overstayed his welcome at the city’s AC&C and was scheduled to be killed when I stepped in to buy this deserving guy a little more time.  He is now looking for a permanent home that can offer him the love and training that he needs.

So, here are some of the necessary details on my buddy Nelson:

“Nelson is a handsome 1y M Blue/Grey Amstaff mix who must have a long haired dog in his family tree (some have suggested that he is part Weimaraner). He is healthy looking and lean, with a thick & shiny coat. Gorgeous soft gray eyes complete the picture of a very attractive dog. He is a sweet, energetic, confident & very open boy who sleeps belly up and loves to run, play, give kisses and cuddle. He is still a pup, so his training is a work in progress. But he has come a long way since being pulled from a city shelter’s kill list last month, learning several commands, how to walk without pulling on the leash and becoming house trained. He is strong and would benefit from a firm but kind & patient owner who will help him to grow into the loving, well-behaved adult dog he is destined to be. Anyone who gives this handsome fellow a chance will be greatly rewarded with all of the love, kisses and cuddles they can handle!”

I’ll be honest and tell you that he is a bit of a handful!  This is not exactly unusual for a dog of his age and breed, but he definitely needs a strong and capable owner and would likely do best with a male. As you can see from the pictures, he gets along very well with my other pit mix Ava and he seems very friendly (if not a bit over friendly!) with other dogs on the street.  I don’t think that he would do too well with cats, but since I don’t have one, I can’t say for sure.  But really, he is all sweetness and muscles!

If you would consider adopting Nelson, and would like to meet him, please send me an e-mail at rfullerrd@gmail.com.

And please, if you can’t adopt a dog yourself, pass this on or share it with someone who may be able to. Nelson definitely deserves better than he has gotten out of life so far and you could be the one to help him get it!

Chris Stain Book Launch

Chris Stain (photo by Luna Park)

Artist, teacher, father and all-around nice guy Chris Stain debuts his new book, Long Story Short: A Collection of Inspiration, published by Drago, this Wednesday at the Wooster St. Social Club. Aside from the book launch, the evening will also feature an exhibition of Stain’s work, live music, printmaking, and a slideshow talk by artist, activist and Justseeds founder Josh Macphee on the history of art on the streets. Details can be found on the flyer below.

Chris Stain (photo by Luna Park)
Chris Stain (photo by Luna Park)

Houston at Bowery: 5 Years

The last five years have seen enormous changes to the face of New York City. It’s been especially noticeable on the once illegal wall on Houston at the Bowery – now home to commissioned public art works by international stars of the graffiti and street art scene (on an increasingly pricey piece of real estate).

Retna/March 2012 (photo by Luna Park)
Faile/October 2011 (photo by Luna Park)
JR/June 2011 (photo by Luna Park)
Kenny Scharf/December 2010 (photo by Luna Park)
Sace RIP/November 2010 (photo by Luna Park)
Barry McGee/August 2010 (photo by Luna Park)
Shepard Fairey/May 2010 (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos/July 2009 (photo by Luna Park) - Last masterpiece to be painted on the actual wall before it was covered in wooden scaffolding!
Keith Haring recreation/April 2008 (photo by Luna Park)
Omni/September 2007 (photo by Luna Park)

Update: The links below offer further insight into the history of this wall.

On the occasion of Os Gemeos painting the wall, Martha Cooper shares photos of past artists at the wall from her archive (including Keith Haring). [12ozProphet]

Jeremiah Moss makes the argument that the Houston mural wall is part of the larger gentrification process of “turning the Bowery into a luxury lifestyle destination”. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York]

Brian Rose examines the wall’s humble origins as a handball court. [Journal/Brian Rose]