Sweet Action

Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)

Last month, British artist Sweet Toof’s first solo show in NYC opened at Bushwick’s Factory Fresh. But after a month long trip stateside, the gallery is not the only place in Brooklyn where he has left his mark…

Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof x Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof x Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)

We Are Law

"We Are Law" photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
“We Are Law” photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
"We Are Law" photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
“We Are Law” photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)

A couple of weeks ago, one of my good friends, the very talented photographer Jazz Beaulieu, picked back up one of my favorite ongoing projects of hers, “We Are Law“. Between shoots, I asked her to take a few minutes to explain the series to The Street Spot’s readers:

“‘We are Law’ is a project I started back in 2005. I had been friends with Royce Bannon and Infinity for about a year from going to parties and a bunch of gallery and painting events. You couldn’t help but want to create whenever you were around those guys. I’d meet people who were so passionate about their art. They’d ask me what I was doing and I never had much of an answer at the time…I always felt a little out of place because I wasn’t a street artist or a painter or a graphic designer. I am a portrait photographer and back then, I wasn’t even doing much of that. I had just moved to NY and was more or less just trying to get planted in my industry however I could. Hanging out with those guys reminded me of why I was living there in the first place.”

"We Are Law" photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
“We Are Law” photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
"We Are Law" photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
“We Are Law” photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)

“So, I began creating again, shooting small projects here and there outside of street art. After spending about 2 years with everyone, I wanted to do something to document them, which is how I came up with the idea for “We Are Law”. I liked the idea of “masking” the artists’ identities while capturing the personas that they work to create. I wanted to make their characters come to life. We’ve all seen portraits of artists with a bandana or a hand blocking their faces or with their back turned etc. I wanted something original. I wanted something that was “collaborative” in the same way that those first parties I went to with them had been. And so was born ‘We Are Law’.”

"We Are Law" photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
“We Are Law” photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)

“The first shoot was with artists and friends – Gore-B, Infinity, Deeker, Celso, Pufferella and Io Wright. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The biggest challenge for most the artists is to create a 3 dimensional piece of art. Most of them only paint 2-D. I was taken back by the effort they put into their creations. I was flattered that they took it so seriously and really brought another level to the work. I knew after that that this was going to be a great project.”

"We Are Law" photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
“We Are Law” photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
"We Are Law" photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
“We Are Law” photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)

“I chose the name “We Are Law” to give credit to the artists as creators who choose where and when their artwork will be seen without any weigh on the propriety/legality of it. They made their own laws and law enforcement is still trying to catch up, so I thought “We Are Law” was an appropriate name that depicts them as trail blazers rather then criminals. The lineup backdrop is just mockery.”

"We Are Law" photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
“We Are Law” photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)

“This project is ongoing and ultimately I’d like to have an exhibition with the masks on display along with the printed pieces and publish a book as well.”

"We Are Law" photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
“We Are Law” photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
"We Are Law" photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
“We Are Law” photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
"We Are Law" photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
“We Are Law” photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)

In the most recent shoot for this series, Jazz has included the artists Dark Clouds, Keely, Royce Bannon, Billi Kid, Chris & Veng of Robots Will Kill, Anera, Matt Siren & Rob Fokused and has an upcoming shoot planned for UR New York, Peru Ana Ana Peru, Abe Lincoln Jr., Wrona and Elbow Toe. Any other artists interested in participating in “We Are Law” should contact Jazz at jazz@jazzminebeaulieu.com

"We Are Law" photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
“We Are Law” photo shoot (photo by Becki Fuller)

Live Silkscreen Event at Pandemic Gallery, Today from 12-6pm

In conjunction with the Northside Music & Arts Festival in Williamsburg this weekend, Pandemic Gallery is having a live silk screening event at the gallery. Featured artists include Royce Bannon, Celso, Buildmore, Darkcloud, Deeker, Keely, Matt Siren and Gay Sex. Bring your own shirt, paper, and anything else that you would like silkscreened or buy one of the many items at the gallery – but hurry up, because the fun ends at 6pm today!

Silkscreening at Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)
Silkscreening at Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)
Silkscreening at Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)
Silkscreening at Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)
Silkscreening at Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)
Silkscreening at Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)
Silkscreening at Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)
Silkscreening at Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)
Silkscreening at Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)
Silkscreening at Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)
Silkscreening at Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)
Silkscreening at Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)
Silkscreening at Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)
Silkscreening at Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)
Silkscreening at Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)
Silkscreening at Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)

Armer, Darkcloud, Goreb and Deeker "A Hounding Obsession" at Factory Fresh

Armer Darkcloud Gore B Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)
Armer Darkcloud Gore B Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)
Armer Darkcloud Gore B Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)
Armer Darkcloud Gore B Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)
Armer Darkcloud Gore B Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)
Armer Darkcloud Gore B Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)
Armer Darkcloud Gore B Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)
Armer Darkcloud Gore B Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)
Armer Darkcloud Gore B Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)
Armer Darkcloud Gore B Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)
Armer Darkcloud Gore B Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)
Armer Darkcloud Gore B Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)
Armer Darkcloud Gore B Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)
Armer Darkcloud Gore B Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)

A Hounding Obsession
Featuring the Artwork of Dark Cloud, Goreb, Armer & Deeker
November 13th thru November 29
Show Opens Friday, November 13th from 7-10pm

Factory Fresh
1053 Flushing Avenue

Morgan stop on L train
Brooklyn, NY 11237