Interview on Vice & Weekend Activities

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Many thanks to the inimitable Ray Mock for this interview with me about my book on Vice: The Impossible Quest to Catalog a Decade of NYC Street Art. I’ve also updated the list of where to buy (Un)Sanctioned: The Art on New York Streets.

After you’ve read the interview, show Ray some love and pick up one of his zines.

Update:
Due to last minute changes, the Ad Hoc Art 10 Year Anniversary show is closing early. Please check Ad Hoc Art for more information.

I’ll be at 17 Frost Gallery again with a few extra copies of my book this Saturday for Jordan Seiler’s workshop. Jordan wrote an essay about his work with the Public Ad Campaign for my book.

Here’s the lowdown on this weekend’s activities:

Ad Hoc Art 10 Year Anniversary Show Gallery Hours:
Saturday, November 5: 1:00-6:30pm
Sunday, November 6: noon-3:00pm

Jordan Seiler Anti-Advertising Workshop:
Saturday, November 5: 7:00pm
Jordan Seiler will give a thoroughly unthorough history of the anti-advertising movement. Highlighting some of his favorite practitioners and projects, he will lead participants through a range of aesthetic and philosophical concerns anti-advertising artists have engaged over nearly 40 years of practice. Always a proponent of participatory political action, this program will culminate with an introduction to the tools and tactics for advertising takeover work in NYC and beyond. Free. BYOB

Character Graphic Art Workshop with TooFly:
Sunday, November 6: 3-6:00pm
The workshop begins with a general introduction to TooFly and her character work. It is followed by hands-on session of character and graphic design basics. Students will then begin to create their own images using some of TooFly’s techniques and hand-out references for inspiration. As a collective, participants will learn the art of facial expression, adornment, iconography, and hand lettering. The result: a piece of graphic artwork that can express feelings or a public message that can be shared with the world. $50 registration fee

Location:
17 Frost Theater of the Arts, 17 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic Gallery

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

I went back to Pandemic Gallery this past weekend for a closer look at Cassius Fouler’s solo exhibition, Painting is the Curse of the Drinking Class – I recommend you do the same. The artist’s newest body of work marries his signature letters, characters and symbols with dense swaths of color. The show will be up for about a month – due to irregular gallery hours, I’d also advise making an appointment with pandemicgallery@gmail.com prior to heading over to the Navy Yard. The gallery has posted an overview of available works.

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
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Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Previously on the Street Spot: the artist’s solo exhibition at 17 Frost in 2011.

CASSIUS FOULER: Painting is the Curse of the Drinking Class
PANDEMIC Gallery & Event Space
22 Waverly Avenue (btwn Park Avenue & Flushing Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11205
www.pandemicgallery.com

Pandemic Pandemonium

EKG (photo by Luna Park)
EKG (photo by Luna Park)

This weekend, Brooklyn’s Pandemic Gallery celebrates a grand re-opening in it’s cavernous, new space by the Navy Yard. The art space will be inaugurated with a 528 foot wrap-around mural by EKG (artist feature and essay on Graffuturism), who will also debut a limited-edition print, t-shirts and other surprise goodies.

EKG tools of the trade (photo by Luna Park)
EKG’s tools of the trade (photo by Luna Park)
Book of EKG (photo by Luna Park)
The big book of EKG (photo by Luna Park)
EKG (photo by Luna Park)
EKG: mastermind at work (photo by Luna Park)

House band Fake Hooker will not only release their self-titled, 12″ studio album, but also treat revelers to a no doubt extremely loud and boisterous introduction to their latest tracks. The brothers behind the punk rock explosion known as Unstoppable Death Machines will also perform.

Pandemic Gallery & Event Space
Opening Party: Saturday, September 28, 2013 8:00pm
22 Waverly Avenue
Btw Park & Flushing Avenues
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Directions:
Subway: Clinton/Washington stop on the G and C Trains (15 min. walk)
Bus: B62 – Park Ave/Washington Ave (1 min. walk)

Brian Adam Douglas: How To Disappear Completely

Image (c) Brian Adam Douglas
Image (c) Brian Adam Douglas

I’m super excited for my friend Brian Adam Douglas – you may know him under his street moniker, Elbow-Toe – whose first solo show in New York, How to Disappear Completely, opens at Chelsea’s Andrew Edlin Gallery this Thursday! Do not miss this rare opportunity to view his meticulous, cut paper collages in person.

Brian Adam Douglas: How To Disappear Completely
Opening: Thursday, September 12, 6:00-8:00pm
September 12 – October 26, 2013
Andrew Edlin Gallery
134 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Tel. +1 (212) 206-9723

Kenkeleba Revs

Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)

If you push your way through the dense shrubs at the East 2nd Street entrance to the Kenkeleba House Garden, you’ll find a secret sculpture garden that houses this piece by Revs. Founded in 1974, the Kenkeleba House gallery and artist house not only holds an historic collection of African-American art, but also champions artists who work outside the commercial gallery system.

Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)

Spectrum at Gallery Brooklyn

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I’m very excited for this weekend’s Spectrum show at Red Hook’s Gallery Brooklyn, curated by the one and only Choice Royce. With Rubin, Hellbent, EKG, See One and Col, Royce has put together a line-up of artists who aren’t afraid to experiment – willfully, boldly and colorfully – at the cross section of abstract art and graffiti. Do not sit this one out!

Spectrum
Opening: Saturday, July 27, 6:00-9:00pm
July 29 – August 31, 2013
Gallery Brooklyn
351 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

The Brooklyn: Brooklyn Street Photography

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I’m very excited to be part of a great line-up of photographers in 17 Frost Gallery’s upcoming group photography show, The Brooklyn (organized by Jim Kiernan and Aakash Nihalani). Join us for the opening on Friday, April 5th from 7-10pm.

The Brooklyn: Brooklyn Street Photography
17 Frost Gallery
17 Frost Street (between Union & Lorimer), Williamsburg

Noh J Coley – In the Midst of Living

Noh J Coley In the Midst of Living

Having closely followed Noh J Coley‘s development as an artist over the last few years, I couldn’t be happier that his first solo show opens this Friday at Weldon Arts. I don’t want to give away too much and spoil the surprise, but I will say this: Noh J does not disappoint, delivering a room full of exquisite, framed drawings alongside several large sculptural installations. Do not miss!

Noh J Coley In the Midst of Living
Noh J Coley In the Midst of Living

In the Midst of Living from Christian Carroll on Vimeo.

NohJColey – In the Midst of Living
Opening: Friday, September 7th, 6pm—9pm
Weldon Arts
181R Irving Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Teddy Troops Takeover Tanaka

Flying Fortress w/ Chris RWK, Veng, Most & Nychos (photo by Luna Park)

Germany’s Flying Fortress has been a regular visitor to New York City over the last few years, thanks in part to his close connections to Robots Will Kill. While he’s contributed works to a number of group shows, this Friday’s The One-Man Army show at Mighty Tanaka marks his first New York solo show. He’s been in the U.S. for a few weeks now and has painted two massive new murals in Bushwick, both in collaboration with Nychos and others. The most recent mural (above) is a preview of the Vaughan Bode inspired work – aka his “Bodentruppen”, a pun on the German word for ground troops – he will show at Tanaka. Just to get you in the mood, I’ve put together some of my favorite Teddy Troop pieces from past visits to New York below.

Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Chris RWK x Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Veng x Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Roa x Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Cern x Pez x Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)

Flying Fortress
The One-Man Army
June 15-July 6, 2012
Opening: Friday, June 15th, 2012
6:00PM – 9:00PM

Mighty Tanaka
111 Front Street, Suite 224
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Train: F Train to York St
(1st stop in Brooklyn)

Cassius Fouler’s Unpaid Dues

“Cassius Fouler” is having himself an art opening tonight.

Cassius Fouler
Unpaid Dues
37 Orchard Street (at Hester)
New York, NY 10002
Opening: February 3, 6-9pm
February 3-9, 2012