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

Mr. Boy

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“That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” said Nietzsche. Life-altering injuries work similarly, pulling not just the injured but also their loved ones into the tumultuous aftermath. What do you do when your feet have literally been wiped out from under you? How do you find your way back to yourself? How do you escape the pain-pill fueled nightmare of fear, rage and darkness? Reality dissolves and perceptions change. You will never be the same. But though bones break easily and incisions run deep, kindred spirits run deeper. With Mr. Boy, a show of highly personal and enigmatic small works by Peter Carroll and Katherine Lorimer (aka Laser Burners and yours truly), the pair put the bleak events of the past year behind them. Their mutual love for graffiti is a strong undercurrent in the work, but it’s hardly the sole source of inspiration. Unleashed over a sprawling mosaic of over one hundred, unique, square tiles, Mr. Boy reflects an insight into the people, places and memories that make life worth living…

Mr. Boy: Small Works by Laser Burners & Luna Park
Opening: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 6:00-10:00pm
On view 4:00pm-4:00am daily through February 20.
Tender Trap
245 South First Street
Btw Roebling & Havemeyer
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Noxer’s Book of the Dead

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For fans of NYC graffiti, Noxer needs no introduction. Member of XTC, TFP, RIS, DOD… namsayin? For this solo show at Bushwick’s Low Brow Artique, Noxer’s dug deep into his blackbook. As one can expect from a true style originator, Noxer’s line drawings are highly inspirational, drawing from the iconography of ancient Egypt while remaining deeply rooted in NYC street life. Forget what you think you know about Noxer and come prepared to be surprised.

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THE BOOK OF THE DEAD

Curated by Jowy Romano
Opening: Friday, January 18th, 7-10pm
January 18 – February 2, 2013

Low Brow Artique
143 Central Ave
Brooklyn NY, 11221

All City – Street Art from Germany

Kripoe in Berlin (photo by Luna Park)
Kripoe in Berlin (photo by Luna Park)

On the occasion of All City, a graffiti and street art initiative launched by the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, the Goethe-Institut Chicago is dedicating the month of January to street art in Germany. Programming includes free screenings of the graffiti films Whole Train and Alter Ego – both highly recommended – as well as an exhibition of Berlin and Munich street art photographs by yours truly and Los Angeles’ own Lord Jim. We’ll both be on hand to talk about the German street art scene at the opening this coming Friday night. If you’re in Chicago, please come out to support.

All City – Street Art from Germany
Opening: Friday, January 11th, 6:00pm
January 11 – January 31, 2013

Goethe-Institut Chicago
150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 200
Chicago, lllinois 60601
Tel. +1 312 263-0472

Leon Reid IV’s “The Hundred Story House” Unveiled in Park Slope

Leon Reid IV’s “The Hundred Story House” (photo by Becki Fuller, © Leon Reid IV)

Since completing a successful Kickstarter campaign back in early March, public artist Leon Reid IV has been hard at work fabricating the miniature lending library and public art installation known as “The Hundred Story House“. Inspired by a similar community book sharing installation producer Julia Marchesi witnessed in Berlin and modeled after the brownstone homes which line the streets of Park Slope, Leon’s latest installation was unveiled in the neighborhood’s JJ Byrne Park in front of The Old Stone House this past weekend.

Leon Reid IV’s “The Hundred Story House” (Photo by Luna Park, © Leon Reid IV)
Leon Reid IV’s “The Hundred Story House” opens in JJ Byrne Park (photo by Becki Fuller, © Leon Reid IV)
Leon Reid IV’s “The Hundred Story House” (photo by Becki Fuller, © Leon Reid IV)

Brooklynites of all ages enjoyed interacting with the house, opening the windows to deposit their own books on the shelves inside and exchanging them for new ones. Books ran the full gamut of reading levels and genres, with everything from Captain Underpants (a book popular for obvious reasons) to Fight Club and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.

A father helps his son to some books (Photo by Luna Park, © Leon Reid IV)
Who can resist a free book? (Photo by Luna Park, © Leon Reid IV)
Local children show off their favorite books (photo by Becki Fuller, © Leon Reid IV)
It’s family time at Leon Reid IV’s “The Hundred Story House (photo by Becki Fuller, © Leon Reid IV)
Quality reading time in the park (Photo by Luna Park, © Leon Reid IV)
Leon Reid IV lends a helping hand at his opening for “The Hundred Story House” (photo by Becki Fuller, © Leon Reid IV)
Leon Reid IV and filmmaker Julia Marchesi, his producer for “The Hundred Story House” (photo by Becki Fuller, © Leon Reid IV)
Leon Reid IV, Public Artist and Published Author (Photo by Luna Park © Leon Reid IV)
Leon Reid IV’s “The Hundred Story House” (photo by Becki Fuller, © Leon Reid IV)
Leon Reid IV’s “The Hundred Story House” (photo by Becki Fuller, © Leon Reid IV)
Leon Reid IV’s “The Hundred Story House” (photo by Becki Fuller, © Leon Reid IV)
Leon Reid IV’s “The Hundred Story House” (Photo by Luna Park, © Leon Reid IV)
Judy Blume has still got it! Leon Reid IV’s “The Hundred Story House” (photo by Becki Fuller, © Leon Reid IV)
Leon Reid IV’s “The Hundred Story House” (Photo by Luna Park, © Leon Reid IV)
Even babies love “The Hundred Story House” (photo by Becki Fuller, © Leon Reid IV)

“The Hundred Story House” will be on display through the end of October, so take this opportunity to indulge your love of reading while watching adorable and excited children who are just discovering theirs!

Leon Reid IV’s “The Hundred Story House” (photo by Becki Fuller, © Leon Reid IV)
Leon Reid IV’s “The Hundred Story House” (Photo by Luna Park, © Leon Reid IV)
A miniature Mr. and Mrs. Reid oversee “The Hundred Story House” (photo by Becki Fuller, © Leon Reid IV)

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!

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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)

KLUB7 Is Up To Something

Klub7 at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)

KLUB7 – a 10 year old, Berlin-based, art collective focused on collaborative mural and illustration making – has been in New York for less than two weeks, but already their marks can be found in a number of Brooklyn neighborhoods. The group (represented by four of the collective’s six members on this outing) regularly creates intricate chalk installations on sidewalks in public spaces, drawing on their common vocabulary of hand-painted symbols, characters, and lettering. The pier at Coney Island and the Williamsburg Bridge bike path are but two of the locations the collective has hit. You can follow their New York adventures in real time here.

Klub7 at Coney Island (photo by Luna Park)

Of course, their aesthetic is also readily applied to walls, as is the case with this mural, painted on the side of a Williamsburg bakery.

Klub7 in Williamsburg (photo by Luna Park)
Klub7 in Williamsburg (photo by Luna Park)
Klub7 in Williamsburg (photo by Luna Park)

Come see what else KLUB7 have been up to at Pandemic Gallery this Saturday from 7-11pm. The show will feature a signature mural on one of the gallery walls as well as a selection of screen prints and other small works.

Klub7 @ Pandemic Gallery

Stikman Show at Pandemic Gallery

Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)

I couldn’t be happier that Stikman, one of my favorite street artists, will be opening a show of all-new work at Brooklyn’s Pandemic Gallery tomorrow night. Titled “20”, the show marks an astonishing twenty year career of installing his now iconic stikmen characters on the streets. His ability to reinvent the stikman figure in new mediums and willingness to experiment with different configurations is seemingly boundless. Because the pieces are never the same, they are a challenge to find – but fans of his work no doubt agree there is a special thrill to recognizing one of his pieces.

Of the show, Stikman writes, “To celebrate twenty years of playing in the street with sticks I have created a special battalion of twenty figures to send out into the world with the hope that the friends of stikman will take him along on new journeys to places he has not yet been. I have also created twenty works on paper to commemorate the paper element associated with stikman. Ten of these are PAINTBLAST, which is a form of automatic painting that occurs when I paint the wood figures.”

Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman “20”
March 16-April 6, 2012
Opening: Friday, March 16, 7-11pm
Pandemic Gallery
37 Broadway btwn Kent and Wythe
Brooklyn, NY 11211
L train to Bedford ave, J train to Marcy ave, or Q59 bus to Broadway/Wythe

Preview of H. Veng Smith’s New Work for CAVE Gallery in LA

"A Past Memory of Delft" by H. Veng Smith (photo by Becki Fuller)

On February 11th, New York City based street artists H. Veng Smith and Chris Stain’s new three person show with Taka Sudo will open in LA’s CAVE Gallery. In preparation for the opening, I met with Veng to get a sneak preview of his new works for this show, as well as to find out exactly what is going on in the fantastical scenes depicted on his canvases:

“For my new work in Alternative Occupancy, I’m working with concepts of nature, abstract living spaces and the mix and match of people and animals.  The techniques for my work are more classic then the ideas. The bottom layer is started in a rough opaque manner to build the shadows and lights. Each layer after this is more oily and thinner creating a subtle sense of depth. All my work is painted with oil paint.”

"From the Low to the High" by H. Veng Smith (photo by Becki Fuller)

” ‘From the low to the high’ shows a man holding atop his head an animal from the waters to the sky,showing what one could consider the complex and sometimes  strenuous relationship between man and nature.”

"From the Low to the High" detail by H. Veng Smith (photo by Becki Fuller)
"The Hunters Patience" by H. Veng Smith (photo by Becki Fuller)

“‘The Hunter’s Patience shows a crane searching for food  by fly fishing, adapting techniques from people showing the strength of nature to persevere. At the bottom I’m showing the same surreal suggestion with homes under the water where a new habitat for people could start”.

"The Hunters Patience" detail, by H. Veng Smith (photo by Becki Fuller)
"Fishcatcher" by H. Veng Smith (photo by Becki Fuller)

To see a preview of Chris Stain’s work, check out Brooklyn Street Art’s feature here.