This past weekend’s third iteration of the Welling Court block party, organized by the tireless Alison and Garrison Buxton, was a huge success. The total number of walls now painted in this corner of Astoria has almost reached 100! Here’s a small taste of what went down on Saturday…
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.
2010 has been yet another crazy year, filled with lots of change, adventure, and as always, fun. The highlight for me was the adoption of my dog Ava, who I consider to be New York’s #1 pit bull street art model. I was also very fortunate in getting to meet and spend time with some really fantastic people, such as ECB, Jef Aerosol, Sweet Toof, Ludo, and Roa, during their stays in the city. My trips to Oaxaca, Art Basel Miami, and getting to see Steve Powers bring his Love Letter project to my hometown of Syracuse were a great way to rounded out the year. After taking a look back on this year, I would like to share some of my favorite photos, people, art & events from 2010 (see Luna Park’s list here).
Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Photos include work of: El Mac, Retna, How, Nosm, Aryz, Veng, Themo, Deem, ECB, “Sugar Junkie”, Specter, Sweet Toof, The Dude Company, Ludo, Skewville, C215, Dolk, MOMO, Faile, Swoon, Chris Stain, Joe Iurato, Lapiztola, Dan Witz, Gaia, Elbow Toe, Sofia Maldonado, Shepard Fairey, Steve Powers, Over Under, N D’A, Broken Crow, Cern, Cekis, Jef Aerosol, Cash4, Smells, Rambo, Trusto Corp, White Cocoa, Rime, Swampy, Celso, Nekst, Paul Richard, Goya, Faro, Darkcloud, Sadue, Gen2, UFO, Roa, Cahil Muraghu, Tati, and Kid Acne
Going over my pictures from Miami and trying to decide what to post has been almost as challenging (and impossible) as it was to shoot everything that was going on during Art Basel in the first place! But for all that I missed (Burning Candy! London Police! Kid Acne!), I really had a fantastic time and felt like I never stopped moving, running into friends from all over the world and their artwork every step of the way. So, in no particular order, here are some of my favorites from Art Basel, Miami, 2010:
Tonight around 8pm, Wooster Collective will stream online a live event featuring artists exchanging ideas on creativity, inspiration, art books, and more. Participating Artists: Chris Stain, Elbow Toe, Pax Paloscia, Ivory Serra, Logan Hicks, Swoon and WK Interact.
Last Saturday, the non-profit arts organization Art in General was host to Underground Up, a fall benefit party in an old firehouse on Lafayette Street. Artists Cake, Chris Stain and Cern were invited to create site-specific murals, the catch being they only had a few hours Saturday afternoon before the party to put up their work. It’s a good thing they know a thing or two about painting under pressure…
Cake was kind enough to invite me into the space on Monday, shortly before the pieces were painted over. [Heads up: I’ll have a full interview and studio visit with Cake coming soon!]
Since Michael Jackson’s passing in June, there has been tribute graffiti and street art popping up all around the world: from stencils on the streets of Brazil to murals in Paris. New York is, of course, no exception. Among my favorites is this new wheat paste from one of street art’s masters of celebrity collage, Bäst. Paired with Chris Stain’s woman and child stencil, this is a trio is a real Thriller (insert groans here)!