This Friday I will be participating in a group photography show, curated by the artist (and my whiskey drinking partner) Royce Bannon, at Mishka NYC. Mishka has been collaborating with and showing the work of talented and iconic artists for years now, so it is pretty exciting to be a part of their first ever photography exhibition. With “Stolen Souls” Royce brings together 13 creators “who are skilled at capturing their subjects at just the right moment, without using parlor tricks and manipulation like Photoshop”. And with a show name this metal, you know we won’t be fooling around at the opening party. Skoal!
Friday May 18th, 2012, 7-10PM
Erika “Saki” Sequeira
It was back in early 2007 when I first laid eyes on Leon Reid IV (aka Darius Jones of Darius and Downey). He was giving a talk on on street art at The Pure Project and I was greatly impressed by the lengths that this unassuming guy wearing a cardigan and a bow tie was going to in order to bring his unique combination of humor, wit and artistic talent to the public. The idea that someone would have the audacity to dress up like a contractor and install his work in broad daylight was pretty crazy to me, but that was exactly what he was doing. Four years later, Reid is no longer busy outsmarting police but instead has a steady output of legal and commissioned public works as well as his first solo show “A Decade of Public Art” opening at Pandemic Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Saturday night.
The show is a real insight into the artist’s process, exhibiting many of his sketches, models, and photographs dating back to his graffiti days as VERBS and of his installations from around the world. And be sure to look up before entering the gallery – otherwise you might miss his site specific installation for Pandemic Gallery!
On The Run Books and From Here To Fame Publishing recently added two more not-to-miss tomes to their already impressive library: GHOST – RIS Crew and Sabe – FYS Crew. This book series, established by From Here to Fame Publishing, provides important snapshots of graffiti history, urban art, and legends in the making. A variety of urban culture-related topics are explored, ranging from the work of an individual artist to crews, themes and events, including: SENTO, LOGAN, CUBABRAZIL, PART ONE, SMASH 137, NEW YORK CITY, GRAFFITI TATTOO, THE EXCHANGE, and JEPSY.
Here at The Street Spot we have had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and in particular I feel honored to have shot the photo used for the cover of GHOST – RIS Crew. But moving beyond the cover, this book really does justice to an artist known for his unique style and longevity in the game, with writing by KET, photos dating all the way back to 1978, and insightful commentary from GHOST himself. And as a ‘thanks’ to our loyal readers, we would like to offer you the opportunity to win your own copy of this book. Just drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org telling me who you think should have their own From Here To Fame book next. Each e-mail address will be entered once into a drawing, and the winner will be announced one week from today.
Now go eat some turkey and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
If you’ve ever been driving down the BQE and caught a glimpse of something that made you think “WHAT THE %$#@?” chances are you just had an encounter with Dan Witz’s latest series. Now, just in time for Halloween, Dan has released a video tracking the installation of his sometimes spooky, sometimes sexy pieces. Trick or Treat indeed!
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!
Today, Steve and Jaime of Brooklyn Street Art published Part I of a two part interview with street art photographer Stephan Kloo as well as Luna Park and Becki Fuller of The Street Spot. We are humbled and honored to have been asked to provide our opinions and insights into the importance and relevance of the photographers who document, support, and follow street art and the artists who make it. We hope that you will check it out and enjoy the interview as much as we enjoyed giving it!
On Friday, June 25th, death will come knocking on the door of Williamsburg’s Fresthetic, with the opening of Cake, Chris RWK, Veng, Luna Park, and Becki Fuller’s show “Death Warmed Over”. Through their paintings and photography, each artist has embarked on an exploration into the many nuances to be found in the meaning of ‘death’ and have incorporated their unique interpretations into their art. For some, death is found in the decay and destruction of what was once fresh and new or in the struggles with the demons that plague and sometimes consume us. For others it can be found in cultural practices, such as the festivities of Halloween, the spiritual relationship between the Native American warrior and their prey, or in taking a closer look at life in Mexico, a country who’s intimacy with death permeates their culture.
The show runs from June 25th – July 30th, with an opening reception on Friday, June 25th from 7-10pm. There will be an art scavenger hunt, live painting in the back yard, and while we may be morbid, we aren’t cheap, so the drinks are on us! So, come shake your bones to the musical styling’s of our favorite DJ Royce Bannon and have a time so good that it will haunt your memory for years to come.
“Death Warmed Over” Paintings by Chris RWK, Veng, and Cake Photography by Luna Park & Becki Fuller
Opening Reception Friday, June 25th, 2010 7-10pm
Fresthetic 560 Grand Street Brooklyn NY, 11211 (between Lorimer St & Union Ave) Trains: L,G, M & J
Yesterday, Pablo Perez of The Dirt Floor posted an interview with me, as well as some of my photos. The Dirt Floor is a really fantastic blog dedicated to the contemporary and underground arts scene, with features ranging from street art to video, as well as a calendar of events for our friends in the Los Angeles area. Make sure to stop by to check it out to and show The Street Spot some love!