Sweet Toof Rolls Into Pandemic

Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)

Taking his inspiration from the storied US freight train, London’s Sweet Toof’s Derailed rolls into Pandemic Gallery this Friday night for his second New York solo show. Spanning the spectrum from traditional oil paintings on canvas to sculptural installations with salvaged train sets, the artist has transformed the gallery into a maniacally toothy and phantasmagorical homage to boxcar culture. Come out, you won’t be disappointed.

Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)

SWEET TOOF “DERAILED”
Opening Reception: December 12, 2014, 7-11pm
PANDEMIC gallery & event space
22 Waverly Avenue (btw Park Ave/Flushing Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Subway: Clinton/Washington stop on the G & C trains (15 min. walk)
Bus: B62 – Park Ave/Washington Ave (1 min. walk)
Car: BQE West, Exit 31 KENT/WYTHE – BQE East, Exit 30 FLUSHING AVE

Freight Monikers

Freight moniker (photo by Luna Park)
Freight moniker (photo by Luna Park)

My forays into benching have admittedly been few and far between – more for lack of time than opportunity – but I’ve fast become a fan of the freight moniker. Small and relatively easy to miss in comparison to the larger pieces that dominate many boxcars, monikers are part of a unique, symbol-laden language of and by those who ride the rails.

Freight moniker (photo by Luna Park)
Freight moniker (photo by Luna Park)
Freight moniker (photo by Luna Park)
Freight moniker (photo by Luna Park)
Freight moniker (photo by Luna Park)
Freight moniker (photo by Luna Park)
Freight moniker (photo by Luna Park)
Freight moniker (photo by Luna Park)

If you’ve got $20 to spare, I can highly recommend you get your hands on a copy of Bill Daniel’s excellent documentary on freight monikers, Who is Bozo Texino?.