Some images from yesterday’s Bushwick Art Park at Factory Fresh: featuring sculptural pieces by Skewville, El Celso, Sweet Toof, Leon Reid IV, Infinity, Specter, and others & with a block-long mural by Veng.
Last night was a fun night filled with art, music, tattoos, video games, and even some Cirque du Soleil-esque contortionism. No, it wasn’t just another night at a hipster bar in Williamsburg, this was “The Community Serviced”, a show curated by Andrew H. Shirley which featured 12 uniquely produced Showpaper newspaper boxes designed by 24 artists. After the opening night, the works will be placed around the city to serve the community both as public art pieces as well as an expansion of Showpaper’s distribution network of their bi-monthly publication.
Here’s hoping that they last long enough!
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.”
“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’.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
I couldn’t think of a more natural pairing than two artists with numerical symbols for namesakes, infinity and Avoid Pi. Having witnessed their joint effort as part of infinity’s Spool series at Chashama last summer, I am curious to see what they’ve developed together for their two man show at Mighty Tanaka, which opens this Friday. When asked about their collaboration, Avoid responded, “Our styles are complementary; infinity’s attention to detail works well with my color fields and geometric abstractions.”
Fans are advised to come early, as the twosome have not only produced 6 joint paintings, but have gone all out with a limited edition two-color screenprint, a 20-page zine, vinyl stickers and a slew of buttons!
BABEL CODE: OSMOTIC TRANSMISSIONS
Duo Exhibition with AVOID PI & INFINITY
Opening Reception: May 21, 6-9:00pm
Duration: May 21 – Jun 11, 2010
68 Jay Street, Suite 416
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(F Train to York St.)
Hours: M-F 12PM to 7PM, weekends by appointment only
As previously mentioned, Luna Park and I are pleased to be taking part in the show Stokenphobia opening this Friday at Pandemic Gallery in Brooklyn. When I stopped by to drop my piece off, I was blown away by the quality of the work that is being featured in this show. Not only are the drawings by Gore B as stellar as one would expect, but many of my favorite artists have turned out some of the best work that I have seen from them in a while. Even better are the prices – whether you are a collector or just an admirer who would like to own a piece from your favorite artist (but had never been able to afford it), shows like this are an excellent opportunity to pick up a smaller work without breaking the bank. I already have dibs on the Deuce Seven boat, but there is plenty more available to choose from…or just come out and enjoy what is bound to be yet another memorable night at the always fun Pandemic Gallery!
Opens Friday, March 12th, 7-11pm
37 Broadway (btw. Kent & Wythe)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Mid-town crowds can now look forward to something other than a new chain store opening, with the street artist Infinity bringing his live art performance “Spool” to the Chashama Window Space this week. Armed with black ribbon and a staple gun, Infinity and a rotating cast of guest artists (19th: AVOID pi, 20th: Royce Bannon, 22nd: Celso) will spend the day weaving a three dimensional web covering the entirety of the space over the span of five movements: Pollack, Zorn, Barney, Celso, and Ellis. “The five movements are based on the order of actions that one must take to make an interesting i.e. successful ‘drawing in space’, which actually is the goal, like any other drawing. So since each movement is comprised of a certain set of actions, I named each one after an artist whose signature work is similar to that set” says Infinity.
There are only two performances left, so make sure to stop by and catch some of our favorite members of the Endless Love Crew in action.
Infinity and AVOID pi
The Schedule of Events