The first batch of Showpaper boxes from this summer’s Community Serviced Too show have hit the streets. Given the, ahem, “great interest” with which the first round of boxes from last year’s inaugural newspaper box show were met, I’ll be curious to see how this round fares…
I caught the UFO box, my personal favorite, in transit on its way from Brooklyn into Manhattan.
The future location of Dithyrambalina, Swoon’s musical house/sculpture
(photo by Becki Fuller)
Swoon’s lovely “Ice Queen” image – which she recently debuted as part of her installation for Art In the Streets – was just captured in the wild (aka the streets of Brooklyn) by Luna Park. And it can also find it’s way into your home, as one of the gifts offered up as part of Swoon’s Kickstarter campaign for her musical architecture project in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. Intended to be permanent and interactive, this sculpture will look like a house, but function like a musical instrument. The funds raised though Kickstarter will be used to support the local and national sound artists that are coming together in their development of the instruments that will ultimately be used to bring Swoon’s ethereal vision to magical, melodic life. And while the project’s funding goal will help with the prototyping of the instruments, there is still going to be a house to build! So whether you donate $5 or $3,000, keep the donations coming in and help to bring this unique project to an equally unique and fantastical city!
(photo by Becki Fuller)
The Dithyrambalina, Quarter-Scale Model of the Musical House (photo by Becki Fuller)
After a long absence, Brooklyn’s own Swoon returns to the borough with a new paste-up at an old wall. Set against a peeling blue wall, the symmetrical Ice Queen print sits alongside the remnants of at least two prior installations, the oldest of which dates back to December 2006 (see 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
Swoon has really been treating New York City well this summer, with newpieces showing up on an almost weekly basis. I first saw these latest finds in Philadelphia, as part of her participation in Philagrafika 2010, but it is nice to see them in New York and without a big snow bank in between us!
Swoon is one of those artists who just never stops – there really is no telling where in the country or even the world she is going to pop up on any given day. Luckily for Brooklyn she seems to be spending quite a bit of time with us lately! In May she released the first ever monograph of her work as well as being a featured artist in Urban Art Projects’ inaugural Williamsburg Waterfront Sculpture Exhibition. Always one to direct public awareness to important (and often forgotten or overlooked) issues, Swoon created a domed sculpture that is an interpretation of the adobes that she will soon be building for homeless Haitians. That’s right: after the exhibition closes, Swoon and a team of artists and other volunteers will be traveling to Haiti to construct the huts in the disaster stricken areas of country. And as if we needed more reasons to love her, she just put up a beautiful new woodcut wheat paste in Brooklyn:
Yesterday, members of the Welling Court neighborhood in Queens and a veritable who’s who of the street & graffiti world came together via Ad Hoc Art for a day of eating, dancing, painting & pasting. Wanting to beautify their neighborhood walls and enliven their surroundings, the ethnically diverse melting pot welcomed artists representing over 50 years of the street art movement to do the job. Participating artists include: Alice Mizrachi, Beast, Chris Mendoza, Chris Stain, Celso, Cern, Cey Adams, CR, Cycle, Dan Witz, Darkclouds, Daryll Peirce, Don Leicht, Free5, Gaia, Garrison & Alison Buxton, Greg Lamarche, John Fekner, Lady Pink, Leon Reid, Matt Siren, Michael De Feo, Mr. Kiji, Pablo Power, Peripheral Media Projects, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, Ron English, Royce Bannon, Sofia Maldonado, Swoon, TooFly, Tristan Eaton, and Veng RWK.
If you want to see the walls for yourself, a searchable address is 11-98 Welling Court, Queens, NY 11102. The project begins at the intersection of Welling Court, 30th Avenue and 12th Street and extends north along 30th Avenue and then east along Main Avenue, across the street from the Two Coves Community Garden.
Aside from the M-City and Dolk opening at the Brooklynite Gallery this Saturday, there is one more not-to-miss opening at the Woodward Gallery. The Great Outdoors explores the inspirational effect and cultural exchange that occurs when art intended for the unprotected elements is taken and placed in an indoor-gallery setting. It features some of street art’s finest names: Royce Bannon, Darkcloud, Michael De Feo, El Celso, LA II, Kenji Nakayama, Neck Face, Lady Pink, Matt Siren, Stikman, and Swoon.
Note that this opening starts an hour before Brooklynite does, so there is definitely time to catch both!