The Italian city of Venice is something of a living museum, with historic buildings and monuments almost everywhere one looks. I had been warned there was next to no graffiti and had set my expectations on that front low. While it was true that I saw no productions or burners – with the exception of a piece that zipped past on an Trenitalia train on its way out of Venezia Santa Lucia train station – I was surprised to see a lot of tags I recognized, some of which had been running for over 10 years. Within minutes of leaving the train station, I picked up a trail of shiny, silver Twist tags that marked the path to San Marco Square.
Winding my way through the city’s narrow alleyways, I scanned all surfaces as usual. A pedestrian city geared heavily towards tourists, the shutters and gates of Venice’s many shops were a popular target. The astute eye will spot KR and Espo tags.
The duo that makes up UR New York was also well represented on the street.
So much for there not being any graffiti in Venice.
In the final days leading up to Art Basel Miami, the New York graffiti & street art duo UR New York (aka Ski and 2ESAE, aka Fernando Romero and Michael Baca) are busy putting the final touches on their extensive first solo exhibition “Breaking & Entering”. The full range and abilities of the artists will be on display, with everything from t-shirts & stickers to canvases, limited edition mini-trucks & shadow box diarmas. And while no one who is familiar with the work of UR New York would be surprised to hear that they are showing in Miami, many will be a little shocked to learn just how “Breaking & Entering” came about. Never ones to sit around and wait for anything to come to them, Ski & 2ESAE took matters into their own hands when they decided to become some of the first artists to find a space & finance their own show in the Wynwood District during Art Basel. And where true talent and ingenuity goes, a sponsor is bound to follow: Pop International Galleries was soon on board and rest is history…in the making.
Before UR New York left for Miami, I stopped by their studio to see what they were up to and to preview some of their work for “Breaking & Entering”. The duo has really gone to the next level with these pieces, using clean, polished layers and vibrant colors to create texture & bring life to each piece. Ever present is their unique perspective on urban life and the positivity and strength that has taken them to where they are today. This is one show that is bound to be talked about for years to come, as others come to learn that sometimes breaking in is the best way to get what is yours!
UR NEW YORK ALONGSIDE POP INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES PRESENT:
“BREAKING & ENTERING”
A SOLO EXHIBITION FEATURING WORKS BY:
SKI & 2ESAE (UR NEW YORK)
MIAMI ART BASEL 2011
Join me this Saturday to celebrate Herm Life!’s first annual Pumpkin Party in Industrial City, Brooklyn. The festivities include DJs, haystacks & pumpkin patches (no small feat in Brooklyn), pumpkin punch, painted pumpkin girls Diva & Dreamy, and pumpkin art by Cash4, Ellis G., Hermlife!, Gaia, Scott Brown, Choice Royce, Becki Fuller, KA, Sue Works, David Ohlerking, Joe:01, Acro, DEAC, SEAC, Dens, TMNK, Alphabet Soup, VOTE, Chris Salucci, Ian Ziobrowsk, 2ESAE, SKI, Chris RWK, MEAR ONE, WISH 914, Chad Miller, Patrick Higgins and more!
Saturday afternoon I stopped by Gleason’s Gym in Dumbo to check out two “art battles” organized by the Mighty Tanaka. Thanks to the MTA throwing a wrench in my travel plans, I missed out on Abe Lincoln Jr and Royce Bannon’s battle (Alex holds one of their two collaborative pieces above). But 2esae and Ski of URNEWYORK (below) had just stepped into the ring and started flinging paint fast and furious. Over the course of the next 2 hours, the artists alternated turns working the canvases – and working the steady crowd of onlookers and well-wishers surrounding the ring. In the end, the battle was too close to call and declared a tie. *ding*
This coming up Friday night, September 10th from 6-9, the Mighty Tanaka gallery in DUMBO will be taken over by a slew of native New Yorkers for the exhibition Iconography: A Reflection of Anonymity. Matt Siren, Royce Bannon, Chris & Veng of Robots Will Kill, 2Esae & SKI of URnewyork, and Peat Wollaeger (stenSOUL) will explore the iconic images they have come to be known for from their work on the streets and beyond.
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Opening Reception Friday, April 23rd 7-10pm at Fresthetic Galeria 560 Grand Street, Brooklyn NYC Featuring Art By…. 2ESAE, ABE LINCOLN JR, BORISH, CARLITO BRAGONTI, DYLATED, GIOBUZZSAW, JENEVIEVE, JESUS SAVES, KA, KEON 914, MUNCHIEBRAIN, ORMAR/FIG, OMAR OF 624713, ROBOTS WILL KILL, SKI, STASH All proceeds to benefit The Chill Foundation.
As previously mentioned, Luna Park and I are pleased to be taking part in the show Stokenphobia opening this Friday at Pandemic Gallery in Brooklyn. When I stopped by to drop my piece off, I was blown away by the quality of the work that is being featured in this show. Not only are the drawings by Gore B as stellar as one would expect, but many of my favorite artists have turned out some of the best work that I have seen from them in a while. Even better are the prices – whether you are a collector or just an admirer who would like to own a piece from your favorite artist (but had never been able to afford it), shows like this are an excellent opportunity to pick up a smaller work without breaking the bank. I already have dibs on the Deuce Seven boat, but there is plenty more available to choose from…or just come out and enjoy what is bound to be yet another memorable night at the always fun Pandemic Gallery!
Opens Friday, March 12th, 7-11pm Pandemic Gallery 37 Broadway (btw. Kent & Wythe) Brooklyn, NY 11211
Last night the Veuve Clicquot was flowing, the art was killer, and the good times were non-stop at the Destroy & Rebuild collective’s latest art opening. The Street Spot’s favorite vandals, in collaboration with the German-born London-based artist Maximilian Wiedemann, are currently showing at Bagatelle’s in the Meat Packing District.
Meanwhile, just down the block, D*face was also busy at work…