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.
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photo by Becki Fuller
No matter which side of this picket fence in Bushwick you are standing on, Skewville wants you to know that the other side “ain’t greenr”…
photo by Becki Fuller
…but in just a couple of weeks one side will become a lot more beautiful when Skewville, Trust Art and Ali Ha of Factory Fresh come together for the Bushwick Art Park project. For one day (and in conjunction with Bushwick Open Studios), this artistic power trio will transform an underused and garbage-strewn street into a community sculpture park, featuring the work of Leon Reid IV, Specter, and Skewville. There will also be a brand new mural painted for the event, as well as local vendors and a corresponding group show inside of neighboring Factory Fresh Gallery.
photo by Becki Fuller
Saturday, June 4th from 1-7pm
Vandervoort Place, between Flushing Ave and Thames St
Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Photos include work of: El Mac, Retna, How, Nosm, Aryz, Veng, Themo, Deem, ECB, “Sugar Junkie”, Specter, Sweet Toof, The Dude Company, Ludo, Skewville, C215, Dolk, MOMO, Faile, Swoon, Chris Stain, Joe Iurato, Lapiztola, Dan Witz, Gaia, Elbow Toe, Sofia Maldonado, Shepard Fairey, Steve Powers, Over Under, N D’A, Broken Crow, Cern, Cekis, Jef Aerosol, Cash4, Smells, Rambo, Trusto Corp, White Cocoa, Rime, Swampy, Celso, Nekst, Paul Richard, Goya, Faro, Darkcloud, Sadue, Gen2, UFO, Roa, Cahil Muraghu, Tati, and Kid Acne
Specter has put up a new series titled “Unwanted Collaborations/Sidebusts”, in which he’s added to pieces on the street by Swoon, Bast, Skewville and Faile. In the case of the Swoon (above), Specter’s addition has not only breathed new life into a piece that had been badly dissed (see his website for the before & after), but also cleverly paid homage to the original piece. The other alterations are so subtle as to be almost indistinguishable from the originals.
In what sounds like a plot line from an early James Bond film, Specter has returned from Russia and installed a mysterious white tower of carts and crates in Brooklyn. Color the locals profoundly confused – in a span of but a few minutes, I was asked whether I was responsible and what it meant.
When I stopped by Brooklynite on Sunday for a visit with Berlin-based duo Various & Gould, I could tell a lot of work had already gone into the Make It Fit show, which opens this Saturday. The two of them were furiously at work crafting bold and colorful new collages using printed material brought from Germany and objects sourced in Brooklyn. From what I’ve seen, I would say they’ve definitely stepped up their game since last showing at Brooklynite with Dain in Fall 2008.
Brooklyn-resident Specter – who last year garnered respect and admiration from peers, fans and strangers alike with his hand-painted, wheatpasted portraits of New York’s largely invisible working class – has also upped the ante. Taking his portraiture as a point of departure, he has built an impressive series of sculptural installations that are a natural progression from his recent street work.
Make It Fit
334 Malcolm X Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11233 (A/C to Utica Avenue)
March 20-April 17, 2010
Opening reception: Saturday March 20th, 2010, 7-10pm
MoCADA’s Gentrification of Brooklyn show, featuring works by street artist Specter (pictured above), photographer Nate Kensinger and many others, opens with a public reception Thursday, February 4th, from 6 to 9pm. There will be a public art performance, a DJ set, as well as a presentation by curator Dexter Wimberly. Check the museum website for a full list of public programs planned for the duration of the show.
The Gentrification of Brooklyn: The Pink Elephant Speaks
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts
February 4, 2010 – May 16, 2010
80 Hanson Place (at S. Portland)
Brooklyn, New York 11217
Josh Bricker (Installation), Oasa DuVerney (Illustration / Mixed-media), Zachary Fabri (Video), Irondale Ensemble (Theater Performance), Nathan Kensinger (Photography), Jess Levey (Photography / Outdoor Projections), Christina Massey (Painting), Musa (Sculpture), Tim Okamura (Painting), Kip Omalade (Painting), John Perry (Painting), Michael Premo / Rachel Falcone (Photography / Multimedia), Adele Pham (Video), Marie Roberts (Painting), Gabriel Reese (Painting), Ali Santana (Music Video), Monique Schubert (Mixed-media), Alexandria Smith (Painting) and Sarah Nelson Wright (Installation)