Join me at the New York Public Library tonight as I talk about how I became obsessed with street art and graffiti. I’ll be showing slides of work from the handful of artists that have inspired me most over the years. [Photo courtesy of Sam Horine.]
Eye on the Wall: Observations on Street Art with Luna Park New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan Library 455 Fifth Avenue (at 40th St.) Sixth Floor New York, NY 10016 Monday, March 7th, 6:30pm
Os Gemeos aren’t the only twins in the graff game – born in Spain, raised in Germany and now residing in New York City, twin brothers How & Nosm have painted together for years. After wreaking havoc on European trains, they were invited to become members of Tats Cru in the late 90s. Together, they have developed a unique style, sticking largely to a red, black and white color scheme. Much like Os Gemeos, they are capable of producing intricate letterforms as well as incredibly elaborate, highly detailed fantasy worlds. Their characters bend and fold into themselves with details that often only reveal themselves after much study. I can only imagine how much time went into this massive, 3-story wall, titled “Chaos Rescue”, completed in the Bronx this summer. If you’re not already familiar with their work, I can highly recommend losing yourself for an hour or two looking through their portfolio on into their website.
Today, Steve and Jaime of Brooklyn Street Art published Part I of a two part interview with street art photographer Stephan Kloo as well as Luna Park and Becki Fuller of The Street Spot. We are humbled and honored to have been asked to provide our opinions and insights into the importance and relevance of the photographers who document, support, and follow street art and the artists who make it. We hope that you will check it out and enjoy the interview as much as we enjoyed giving it!
On Friday, June 25th, death will come knocking on the door of Williamsburg’s Fresthetic, with the opening of Cake, Chris RWK, Veng, Luna Park, and Becki Fuller’s show “Death Warmed Over”. Through their paintings and photography, each artist has embarked on an exploration into the many nuances to be found in the meaning of ‘death’ and have incorporated their unique interpretations into their art. For some, death is found in the decay and destruction of what was once fresh and new or in the struggles with the demons that plague and sometimes consume us. For others it can be found in cultural practices, such as the festivities of Halloween, the spiritual relationship between the Native American warrior and their prey, or in taking a closer look at life in Mexico, a country who’s intimacy with death permeates their culture.
The show runs from June 25th – July 30th, with an opening reception on Friday, June 25th from 7-10pm. There will be an art scavenger hunt, live painting in the back yard, and while we may be morbid, we aren’t cheap, so the drinks are on us! So, come shake your bones to the musical styling’s of our favorite DJ Royce Bannon and have a time so good that it will haunt your memory for years to come.
“Death Warmed Over” Paintings by Chris RWK, Veng, and Cake Photography by Luna Park & Becki Fuller
Opening Reception Friday, June 25th, 2010 7-10pm
Fresthetic 560 Grand Street Brooklyn NY, 11211 (between Lorimer St & Union Ave) Trains: L,G, M & J
The fifth issue of Under Republic magazine was launched June 1st and is available online for your perusal. Aside from an excellent selection of throws, letters, and hands flicked by some of my favorite graffiti photographers, this issue also features interviews with a couple of real talented characters… as well as yours truly (peep pages 48-58). Thanks to Jacob for asking some thought-provoking questions and giving me an opportunity to talk about my passion. Be sure to check out past issues here.