Judith Supine’s ballsy installation on top of the Williamsburg Bridge earlier this week got me thinking how far he’s come since I first started seeing his wheatpastes pop up in Brooklyn three years ago. While elements of what is now recognizable as his signature style are visible, it’s interesting to observe his experimentation. The images below document his development from April to September 2006:
A huge thanks to Birdgunblog for posting this interview with Luna Park and I. I have really been enjoying this blog lately, as well as it’s mother site, Abztract, so take some time to surf around and catch up on work by their featured artists as well as videos, interviews, and gallery events.
Abztract Featured Artists Veng RWK and Royce Bannon
Fresh from her voyage on Swoon’s Swimming Cities of Serenissima and a two person exhibition at Ad Hoc with Gaia, Imminent Disaster is back and hitting the streets of Brooklyn. It was good to see her taking back an old spot as well as starting a few new ones.
And be sure to check out her recent interview with Juxtapoz Magazine: Part 1 and Part 2.
…of the burlesque variety, that is. This dancer from The Love Show appears to have taken a fashion tip or two (note the matching head wear) straight from this new Judith Supine collage.
It’s been a busy summer for New York City street art with new works by perennial favorites Judith Supine, Gaia, and Elbow-Toe
, who just put up the first of what he promises will be a handful of new linocuts. After having taken a break to concentrate primarily on his paper collage portraits for this summer’s show at London’s Black Rat Press
gallery, it’s nice to see him return to form.
As someone who follows both street art and graffiti with equal interest, I often find myself simultaneously amused yet frustrated by the narrow definitions members of each group employ to label and judge one another’s work. I realize people will have their hardened opinions about what is and isn’t graffiti — I’ll save the tired “art vs. vandalism” discussion for another post — but I personally don’t see things in such black and white terms. Regardless of what medium is used, I am interested in aesthetics: I appreciate the beauty of a skillfully crafted handstyle as much as a masterfully cut stencil.
That having been said, I increasingly find myself most excited by artists who function on the cusp of both the graffiti and street art worlds, artists who are equally accomplished and respected in both worlds and defy conventional classification. I’m sure I will be posting plenty of other examples in the coming months, but one such artist is Canadian artist Other, who recently came through New York.
Like his contemporary Labrona, Other is known for painting freight trains. From a 2008 interview: “Really the best part of my work is coming home with paint all over my clothes and a giant rip in my pants … a good cop chase and a good painting up somewhere on a train or a building … graffiti is the pinnacle … it is the freight hopping of art.“
From a stopover in Brooklyn last winter:
While it’s quite likely he graced some NYC freight cars with his black and white figures, he also put up some colorful, painted works on paper:
For more insight into the work of Other, read his answers to Posterchild’s questions from earlier this year.
The Street Spot is very excited for tonight’s grand opening of the lovely & super talented Keely Brandon’s new gallery in Williamsburg, Pandemic 37 (37 Broadway btwn Wythe & Kent). Just a short distance from the main drag of Bedford Avenue, this show will be featuring the work of 14 of our favorite artists, a DJ, and of course drinks! What’s not to love about that?
And be sure to stop by the Rockstar Bar (49 Kent Ave btwn S. 5th St & W’burg Brg) for an after party celebrating the launch of this blog. We are very excited to be embarking on this new endeavor, and we hope to have as many of you as possible around to help us in celebrating! There will be t-shirt giveaways and more, courtesy of Robots Will Kill, and Pandemic 37 was kind enough to arrange for $2 PBR specials and $6 shot & beer specials all night. This should be a night to remember, so don’t miss it!
Kengee & Buildmore
One of my favorite trucks just got a makeover:
If you missed last week’s opening of Brooklyn Bailout Burlesque at Factory Fresh, you can make up for it by attending the Live Music Special tonight from 8 to 11pm. The group show features work by Jon Burgerman, Jim Avignon, Roman de Milk & Wodka, Ema, Asuka Ohsawa, Daniel Dueck and Christine Young.
Several of the artists will be providing the evening’s musical entertainment: Roman de Milk & Wodka as Larry Bang Bang and Jim Avignon as Neoangin will be joined by special guest Kim Vermillion Boekbinder. As city backyards go, Factory Fresh has one of the best (see above) – leave your sweltering apartment behind and come out for a night of art and music, Bushwick-style.
If you’re not in New York or can’t make it to Factory Fresh in person, be sure to have a peak at the (very reasonably priced) show here.
This summer Gaia has been busy getting up bigger and better than ever. Just last night he hit the streets of Chinatown to bring us his latest handpainted linoleum block print.
Check out some more flicks of Gaia’s recent work on the steets New York and see what he has to say about The Street Spot on his blog for Juxtapoz Magazine.
“I have a natural intrigue towards domination that I cannot quite explain. Most of the work that I create employs animal motifs to explore the human capacities of control. The domestication, awe and exploitation of animals throughout the practices of man brings me closer to this difficult relationship.” —Gaia