Beyond The Street Book Launch Party at Deitch Projects

Thursday night was the New York launch party for Patrick Nguyen and Stuart Mackenzie’s fantastic new book Beyond The Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art. If you don’t have a bad back or weak arms, I highly suggest that you pick one up (this beast weighs about 5-1/2 pounds). Even if your book collection is a small one, this tome definitely has a place in it and is bound to be a new classic.

Artists, curators, and contributors such as Dzine, Elbow Toe, Gaia, Saber, Ron English, Logan Hicks, MOMO, Faile, Sweet Toof, WK Interact, Jose Parla, Jonathan LeVine, Patti Astor, Hargo, Butterfly, Mikeion, Marc & Sara Schiller, Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant were all on hand to sign books. I am also proud to say that a photo of mine was included in the Swoon section of the book – though I definitely let a few people down when I had the sad duty of informing them that I was not in fact Swoon.

(photo by Becki Fuller)
(photo by Becki Fuller)
(photo by Becki Fuller)
(photo by Becki Fuller)
(photo by Becki Fuller)
(photo by Becki Fuller)

Burning up Brooklyn

SweetToof chompers (photo by Luna Park)
SweetToof chompers (photo by Luna Park)

Nevermind that the mercury hit 90 degrees in Brooklyn today, Sweet Toof went big under the scorching sun in Bushwick. Your intrepid photographer would have brought you more from the scene, but was distracted by an ice cream truck. One might say my sweet tooth – and a burning desire for a frosty cold beverage – got the better of me in this weather.

SweetToof chompers (photo by Luna Park)
SweetToof chompers (photo by Luna Park)
SweetToof chompers (photo by Luna Park)
SweetToof chompers (photo by Luna Park)

Sweet Action

U.K. artist Sweet Toof of Burning Candy (Cept, Cyclops, Dscreet, Gold Peg, LL Brainwashed, Mighty Mo, Rowdy, Sweet Toof and Tek33) has been a busy man as of late. With his crew’s exhibition just closing at London’s High Roller Society, their recent box set of prints release, and production now in motion for their film Dots, Sweet Toof has still found time to step foot in NYC this week. Since kicking things off with his participation in Ad Hoc Arts’ fantastic Welling Court Mural Project in Queens, he has made his way to the streets – and hopefully the rooftops – of Brooklyn.

Sweet Toof (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof (photo by Becki Fuller)

Welling Court Mural Project

Welling Court (photo by Becki Fuller)
Welling Court (photo by Becki Fuller)

Yesterday, members of the Welling Court neighborhood in Queens and a veritable who’s who of the street & graffiti world came together via Ad Hoc Art for a day of eating, dancing, painting & pasting. Wanting to beautify their neighborhood walls and enliven their surroundings, the ethnically diverse melting pot welcomed artists representing over 50 years of the street art movement to do the job. Participating artists include: Alice Mizrachi, Beast, Chris Mendoza, Chris Stain, Celso, Cern, Cey Adams, CR, Cycle, Dan Witz, Darkclouds, Daryll Peirce, Don Leicht, Free5, Gaia, Garrison & Alison Buxton, Greg Lamarche, John Fekner, Lady Pink, Leon Reid, Matt Siren, Michael De Feo, Mr. Kiji, Pablo Power, Peripheral Media Projects, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, Ron English, Royce Bannon, Sofia Maldonado, Swoon, TooFly, Tristan Eaton, and Veng RWK.

If you want to see the walls for yourself, a searchable address is 11-98 Welling Court, Queens, NY 11102. The project begins at the intersection of Welling Court, 30th Avenue and 12th Street and extends north along 30th Avenue and then east along Main Avenue, across the street from the Two Coves Community Garden.

SweetToof (photo by Becki Fuller)
SweetToof (photo by Becki Fuller)
Royce Bannon x Matt Siren (photo by Becki Fuller)
Royce Bannon x Matt Siren (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ron English x Dan Witz (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ron English x Dan Witz (photo by Becki Fuller)
PMP (photo by Becki Fuller)
PMP (photo by Becki Fuller)
JMR (photo by Becki Fuller)
JMR (photo by Becki Fuller)
Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)
Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)
Cern (photo by Becki Fuller)
Cern (photo by Becki Fuller)
Michael DeFeo (photo by Becki Fuller)
Michael DeFeo (photo by Becki Fuller)
Swoon (photo by Becki Fuller)
Swoon (photo by Becki Fuller)