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 email@example.com prior to heading over to the Navy Yard. The gallery has posted an overview of available works.
There are very few constants in the ever-changing landscape of New York City streets. Writers come and go, hitting the city hard and then fading away. Maintaining any type of career longevity is a monumental task. Legal problems, health problems, girl problems – to name a few – have stopped many a writer in their tracks. Fade AA is the rare name I not only see consistently, but also wherever I’m least expecting it. Here’s a selection of work caught over the last few months.
Fade x Adek x BQE (photo by Luna Park)
Bast x Fade (photo by Luna Park)
Miss 17 x Fade x Ment x Skuzz (photo by Luna Park)
Fade x Ment (photo by Luna Park)
Sy x Devo x Lae x Fade (photo by Luna Park)
Fade x Seka (photo by Luna Park)
Fade Odin RIP (photo by Luna Park)
Fib x Fade (photo by Luna Park)
Fade (photo by Luna Park)
Fade x EKG (photo by Luna Park)
Fade x Oze108 x Pacman x Map (photo by Luna Park)
Fade “If you speak the truth they will deny you” (photo by Luna Park)
After a long stint in the studio preparing work for his well-deserved and well-received solo show in Chelsea last fall, it’s nice to see Elbow-Toe return to the streets, where he’s recently left us several new wheatpastes.
A massive, 700-pound Wolftits sculpture was installed on a previously empty pedestal outside the former ASPCA Rogers Memorial Animal Hospital near the Gowanus in Brooklyn. Behold it in all its wolfking multi-titty glory!
2013 was a year that took me far and wide, with trips to Chicago, New Orleans, Paris, Basel and Philadelphia. A very special thank you to those who took the time to show me around your cities! As in years past, this roundup is a selection of both favorite artworks and favorite photographs as well as a reflection on people, pieces and places that are no more.
Jaime Rojo and HOTTEA hold up the panel at the 1st location (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA came prepared with two heavy panels: each bore a meticulously stenciled recreation of one of Dondi’s iconic 1980 Children of the Grave wholecar pieces applied onto a series of yarn rectangles fastened onto a metal framework. It was our job to position these panels in such a way so as to create the illusion of Dondi’s work passing by on the modern subway.
Of his inspiration, HOTTEA wrote, “As an ex-graffiti writer of 12+ years there is no denying the influence of 80′s NYC subway graffiti had on me. I still remember the first time watching Style Wars and how much of an impact it had on me and my work. Dondi’s work stood out to me amongst them all. The way he spoke about his work, the colors and the style in which he wrote his letters were very inspiring. I no longer practice writing graffiti and have taken on yarn as my new medium of choice. I wanted to create a piece about one of my biggest influences non-destructively.”
This was no easy task, as each passing train gave us merely seconds to line up the panels, all the while gauging the proper distance of camera to panel to train to achieve the desired proportions. Multiple attempts had to be made at several Brooklyn locations.
HOTTEA lines up his panel at our 2nd location (photo by Luna Park)
After much trial and error – coupled with some rare patience for the MTA’s labyrinthine weekend scheduling – success! With a little suspension of disbelief, the magic of Dondi on rolling stock is in the air…
The memory of Dondi lives on… (photo by Luna Park)
In town to introduce his film, Art4Space, French street artist Space Invader wasted no time and immediately got down to doing what he does best… invading. The charming, half-hour film is definitely worth seeing – London, you’re up next – if ever there were a paean to the DIY ethos in street art, this is it.
Despite the fact that their opening at Dallas Contemporary is a little over one week away, the street art duo Faile just put the finishing touches on their largest public mural to date. While Patrick Miller and Patrick McNeil designed the mural themselves, the majority of the painting duties were handed over to Colossal Media, the same paint wizards behind NYC murals by artists such as Barry McGee , Greg Lamarche, and Banksy.
Faile in Hell’s Kitchen (photo by Becki Fuller)
The building itself – located on 44th Street near 8th Avenue – is significant for its historical roots as home to the Record Plant recording studios. Artists including Jimmi Hendrix (Electric Ladyland), Aerosmith (Get Your Wings, Toys in the Attic), and Cyndi Lauper (She’s so Unusual) recorded some of their greatest albums at this Hell’s Kitchen location, and John Lennon was recording “Walking on Thin Ice” at the Record Plant on the day that he was shot and killed.
Faile mural, detail (photo by Becki Fuller
Faile mural in Hell’s Kitchen (photo by Becki Fuller)
Faile mural in Hell’s Kitchen (photo by Becki Fuller)
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.