Weekend Recommendations

Lady Pink, Cycle, Free5 at Welling Court (photo by Luna Park)

Just a quick reminder that the next iteration of Ad Hoc Art’s public mural project in Astoria, Queens kicks off with a block party tomorrow!

Artists include: Alice Mizrachi, Ashley Jane Laird, Alison Buxton, Beau Stanton, Bunnie Reiss, Caleb Neelon, Chris Mendoza, Chris Stain, Celso, Cern, Chor Boogie, Cicelia Ross-Gotta, CR, Cycle, Dan Witz, Darkclouds, Dave Loewenstein, Don Leicht, El Kamino, Ellis Gallagher, Ezra Li Eismont, Free5, Fumero, Garrison Buxton, Greg Lamarche, Jesse Jones, JMR, Joe Iurato, John Ahearn, John Fekner, Jordan Seiler, Katie Yamasaki, Lady Pink, Leon Reid, Matt Siren, Mensen, M-City, Michael Alan, Michael De Feo, MIMEO, Mr. Kiji, OverUnder, Pablo Power, Peat Wollaeger, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, Remi Rough, Richard Nugent, ROA, Ron English, Royce Bannon, Sinned, Sofia Maldonado, Stormie Mills, Sweet Toof, TooFly, Tristan Eaton, Veng RWK, Zam, and more.

Saturday, June 25th, 2011 from noon until 9pm
11-98 Welling Court @ 30th Ave & 12th Street
Astoria, Queens 11102
N or W trains to 30th Ave

And Miss Bugs returns to Brooklyn with a slew of new work, promising to transform Brooklynite Gallery into a Parlour.

Saturday, June 25th, 2011 from 7:00-10:00pm
Brooklynite Gallery
334 Malcolm X Blvd, Brooklyn, New York 11233
A or C trains to Utica Ave

Gaia’s Personal Portraits

Gaia (photo by Luna Park)
Gaia (photo by Luna Park)

A lot has changed since I first came across the work of the then very young Gaia in late 2006 (anybody remember what he was calling himself before he hit upon Gaia as his moniker?). By mid-2007 he had already made a name for himself via an assertive wheatpasting campaign of a variety of his linoleum cut children’s and animal head portraits. Although he’s since left town to pursue an arts education, I always know when he’s been back to visit as he tends to leave very visible and increasingly larger marks. This past summer saw him pay tribute to his grandfather from the heart of Brooklyn to the center of Manhattan. For his upcoming show at Brooklynite Gallery with Italy’s Sten + Lex — opening this weekend — the portrait takes center stage.

Gaia (photo by Luna Park)
Gaia (photo by Luna Park)
Gaia (photo by Luna Park)
Gaia (photo by Luna Park)
Gaia (photo by Luna Park)
Gaia (photo by Luna Park)

“PORTRAITS”
STEN + LEX / GAIA
October 16 – November 5, 2010
Opening Night: October 16, 7-10pm

Brooklynite Gallery: 334 Malcolm X Blvd., Brooklyn, New York 11233

Iconography: A Reflection of Anonymity at Mighty Tanaka

ECB x ChrisRWK (photo by Becki Fuller)
ECB x ChrisRWK (photo by Becki Fuller)

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.

Mighty Tanaka
68 Jay St, Suite 416 (F Train to York St)
Brooklyn, NY 11021
Office: 718.596.8781

Matt Siren (photo by Becki Fuller)
Matt Siren (photo by Becki Fuller)
Royce Bannon (photo by Becki Fuller)
Royce Bannon (photo by Becki Fuller)
Veng (photo by Becki Fuller)
Veng (photo by Becki Fuller)

C215 & Eelus at Brooklynite

C215 (photo by Luna Park)
C215 (photo by Luna Park)

Brooklynite Gallery has built a solid following for its dynamic 2-person shows, pairing some of the world’s most active and sought after street artists and, in many cases, introducing them to a New York audience. Continuing with the trend of showing strong stencil artists — the gallery featured Dolk and M-City earlier this year — C215 and Eelus are next in the line up with an opening this Saturday, September 4th. Both artists are alumni of Banksy’s 2008 Cans Festival and both have developed their styles significantly in the meantime. C215 is no stranger to New York, having shown at Ad Hoc in December 2008 and having built an impressive street presence over multiple visits. Eelus’ New York debut follows a well-regarded solo show at London’s Blackall Studios this spring. I very much look forward to seeing what new work these two have come up with for Brooklyn and how their work plays off one another. Brooklynite will no doubt once again take full advantage of its outdoor space — I’ll see you out back Saturday night.

Eelus (photo by Luna Park)
Eelus (photo by Luna Park)

C215 & EELUS: PARADISE LOST
September 4 – October 2, 2010
Opening: September 4th, 7-10pm
Brooklynite Gallery
334 Malcolm X Blvd.
Brooklyn, New York 11233

Kickin It Old School

Dolk continues to paint the city black & white in the hours leading up to his show with M-City at the Brooklynite Gallery tonight. Here are a couple more of his beautiful new and HUGE stencils:

Dolk (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dolk (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dolk (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dolk (photo by Becki Fuller)

I’m Ready For My Close-Up

Fresh off of his participation in the highly successful Brooklyn Street Art organized benefit auction for Free Arts NYC, I’ve noticed several new Dain pieces on the streets of Brooklyn. Here is a personal favorite, which I am choosing to believe is a playful wink back at street art photographers:

Dain (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dain (photo by Becki Fuller)

Norway’s DOLK Hits The Streets of Brooklyn

In anticipation of his show with M-City at Brooklynite Gallery this Saturday, the Norwegian stencil artist Dolk painted this new piece in Williamsburg on Tuesday.

“Two titans of the street art world collide when DOLK and M-CITY invade Brooklynite Gallery for what is sure to be a show for the ages.

Reclusive, Norwegian stencil artist DOLK, emerges from the shadows to showcase a new collection of cutting imagery. Often monochromatic with one precisely placed color, DOLK crafts strangely beautiful story-lines into his work, infusing a wry sense of humor into such wide ranging topics as celebrity, religion and societal pressures. As a whole, DOLK’s new body of work conveys a bit more cynicism than the past, with most figures displaying enigmatic expressions as well as the inclusion of one key prop that at times will leave you scratching your head. However, what does remain consistent within the history of DOLK’s work is the intrigue he manages to garner with simple, clean black lines and spot-on subjects.

Look closely at a satellite picture of the earth and you just might see an M-CITY mural. Listen to the echoing sounds of metal forging, pistons firing, and air compression as M-CITY, Poland’s most prolific artist working in the public space, erects yet another large scale mural on any number of continents. Using his graphic brand of stencil artillery that includes images of smoke-stack factories, cogs and gears, steam ships, and repetitive city blocks, M-CITY redefines the Industrial Revolution. That same crushing imagery is transferred seamlessly to his deliberate, grey-scale canvases which could easily be passed off as Cold War propaganda.”

Thank heavens half the space at Brooklynite Gallery is outdoors — quite conducive for these two addicts of outdoor activity who also plan on leaving many gifts to the people of NYC.

“EUROTRASH”
DOLK • M-CITY
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 8th, 7-10pm

Brooklynite Gallery
334 Malcolm X Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY 11233
Ph. 347-405-5976
Special Musical Guest: The Legendary DJ Scratch (EPMD)

Workin’ it at Brooklynite

When I stopped by Brooklynite on Sunday for a visit with Berlin-based duo Various & Gould, I could tell a lot of work had already gone into the Make It Fit show, which opens this Saturday. The two of them were furiously at work crafting bold and colorful new collages using printed material brought from Germany and objects sourced in Brooklyn. From what I’ve seen, I would say they’ve definitely stepped up their game since last showing at Brooklynite with Dain in Fall 2008.

Various & Gould (photo by Luna Park)
Various & Gould (photo by Luna Park)
Various & Gould (photo by Luna Park)
Various & Gould (photo by Luna Park)
Various & Gould (photo by Luna Park)
Various & Gould (photo by Luna Park)

Brooklyn-resident Specter – who last year garnered respect and admiration from peers, fans and strangers alike with his hand-painted, wheatpasted portraits of New York’s largely invisible working class – has also upped the ante. Taking his portraiture as a point of departure, he has built an impressive series of sculptural installations that are a natural progression from his recent street work.

Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)

Make It Fit
Brooklynite Gallery
334 Malcolm X Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11233 (A/C to Utica Avenue)
March 20-April 17, 2010
Opening reception: Saturday March 20th, 2010, 7-10pm

Charity Auction for Haiti

Brooklynite Gallery is in the process of organizing a charity auction to benefit the Chances 4 Children orphanage in Haiti. The details of the auction are yet to be hammered out, but so far Miss Bugs, Eelus, C215 and Beejoir have donated pieces.

Rae McGrath writes, “We at the BROOKLYNITE have an indirect link to this organization through very good friends of ours who were in the process of adopting two children when the earthquake hit. The orphanage is running out of resources. We want to get funds and supplies directly to them.”

100% of the PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE ORPHANAGE.
CHECKS / CHARGES WILL BE MADE DIRECTLY TO THE CHARITY.

For more information, please contact info@brooklynitegallery.com. Alternately, consider making a direct donation to the orphanage.

Eelus
Eelus
Miss Bugs
Miss Bugs
C215
C215

Jumping Into The Abyss With Peru Ana Ana Peru

This past Saturday marked the opening of the artistic duo Peru Ana Ana Peru’s first solo exhibition “...And Then We Jumped into the Abyss of Numbers: Memories in Absurdity From the Bowels of Peru Ana Ana Peru” at the Brooklynite Gallery. Many people may be familiar with their work on the streets, which mainly consists of boards & wheat paste, but may not have known what else these two are really capable of…until now. The show consists of paintings, sculpture, video, & mixed media installations, as well as a good dose of humor. The crowed was packed from start to finish, so even if you were at the opening, I suggest a trip back to Brooklynite to give their work the attention that it deserves.

Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)
Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)
Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)
Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)
Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)
Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)
Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)
Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)
Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)
Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)

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Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)
Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)
Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)
Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)
Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)
Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)