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.
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.
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.
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.
“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!
In celebration of its 150th Anniversary, the Brooklyn Academy of Music commissioned Showpaper to build a five sculpture installation called Brooklyn Shelf Life. Each sculpture has been built not only to stand alone as a piece of art work, but they are also used as a way of independently distributing Showpaper’s free bi-weekly, print only publication about the DIY music and arts scene in the NYC/tri-state area. Much like his pastprojects for Showpaper, curator Andrew H. Shirley brought together pairs of street & graffiti artists to upend and reinterpert the ubiquitous NYC paper box. So far three of the sculptures, the collaborations by Swoon & Ryan Doyle, Leon Reid IV & Noah Sparkes, and Cassius Fouler & Faust, have been installed outside of BAM (right around the corner from the new bike racks designed by the eternally inspiring David Byrne). The pieces by Gaia & Adam VOID and UFO 907 & W. Thomas Porter have not yet found a home, but hopefully we will see them on the street or in a public space in the very near future. The UFO 907 & W. Thomas Porter collaboration, in particular, is way too epic to be kept under wraps…but until then, here are some pictures and an interview with the guys over at Brooklyn Street Art.
Back in March, I put up a post hoping to find a home for my foster dog, Nelson. He is such a fun, sweet, handsome and loving dog that I really felt that an adoption would come quickly for him. Sadly, it has now been almost 6 months since I took him in, and I am still looking for his ‘forever home’. In fact, in this whole time, his rescue agency has only sent one single person out to even meet him and they won’t assist me in getting him to adoption events. Without a car, it is kind of difficult to get a 60 pound dog from Crown Heights to Manhattan. On my own I have tried everything that I can think of, but it has been unbelievably difficult to find anyone who is willing and able to give this sweet boy a chance. And unfortunately we have gotten to the point where I am unable to continue fostering him, due to some issues with my own dog.
Nelson is a handsome 1 year old male Blue/Grey Weimaraner/Staffordshire Terrier mix who is in URGENT need of a loving ‘forever home’ by August 7th. Unfortunately my own dog has started randomly attacking him, making the situation unsafe for all involved. My dog is currently living with my parents, but I have to bring her home in a few weeks. Nelson is a sweet, energetic, confident and very open boy who sleeps belly up and loves to run, play, give kisses and cuddle. He is still young, so his training is a work in progress. But he has come a long way since being pulled from a Harlem shelter’s kill list and coming to live with me six months ago. He has learned several commands, pulls much less than he used to on the leash, and is newly house trained. He is a strong and energetic boy who would really benefit from a firm, but kind and patient owner (he LOVES men, but not cats). I know that with time, love and continued training he will grow into the loving, well-behaved, adult dog he is destined to be. *There is a small fee to his rescue to cover their cost of adopting him from the shelter and neutering him, but all of his shots are up to date.* Please contact me at rfullerrd[at]gmail.com if you have any leads. Any help in getting the word out is also greatly appreciated.
In July 2011, Brooklyn native Ian Wilson brought Cape Town-based graffiti artists Faith47, Dal, Freddy Sam and Mak1one to Rochester, NY for the inaugural year of his mural project “Visual Intervention”. The artists painted several walls alongside members of the local graffiti crew, FUA and Shawn Dunwoody of the Four Walls Gallery. Wilson’s hope was for the walls to inspire and rehabilitate communities, bringing a positive & visually stimulating message of “belief” to a city that spends a good part of the year awash in the grays of winter (as I know all too well from growing up in Syracuse!). Clearly the murals were well received by the city, as later this month “Visual Intervention” will enter into its second movement, known as Wall/Therapy. The project appears to have grown, with more artists participating, coming from as far as Africa, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Belgium and New York City. The impressive lineup of artists, or “therapists” includes: DALEast, Ben Eine, Liqen, ROA, Cern, Case, St.Monci, Mr.Prvrt, Theivin’ Stephen, How and Nosm, and Siloette. See below for pictures of the walls from 2011 and for a list of all Wall/Therapy 2012 related events, including a fundraiser TONIGHT at the delicious Roc Brewing Co.
WALL/THERAPY 2012 Events
WALL\THERAPY “Therapy Session” Fundraiser at Roc Brewing Co.
56 S. Union St
Rochester, NY 14607
Saturday, July 14th 2pm-10pm
WALL\THERAPY Kickoff at 1975 Gallery
89 Charlotte St.
Rochester, NY 14607
Friday, July 20th 7pm-10pm
Street Art Block Party
Pennsylvania Avenue at The Rochester Public Market
280 N. Union St.
Rochester, NY 14609
Sunday, July 22nd 2pm-10pm.
Community Dialogue with the Artists
School of The Arts
45 Prince St.
Rochester, NY 14607
Wednesday, July 25th 6pm-7:30pm
For several years now, writer Robin Grearson has been a major champion of New York City based street artists. She has curated several shows featuring street artists at The Active Space and her writings featuring local talent have appeared in a variety of publications and blogs, such as Artlog, Bushwick Dream, Curbs & Stoops, and Brooklyn Rail. And starting today, for Bushwick Open Studios 2012, Robin will take the unique step of turning her writing studio into a Street Art Pop-Up Store. The “store” will feature at least twenty artists, including Chris Stain, Daniel Feral, Jon Burgerman, LNY, N’DA, Royce Bannon and Never. There will be everything from original drawings and paintings to prints, zines and posters available, and surprisingly (with names like these!) nothing will cost over $300. Events like this are always a great opportunity for collectors to pick up a piece of work by their favorite artist on the cheap, so don’t miss out on this one as you stumble your way through a PBR-induced-open-studio-party haze this weekend!
Open to the public during Bushwick Open Studios, June 1 – 3, 2012
Friday, June 1: 2 – 7 PM
Saturday, June 2: 12 – 6 PM
Sunday, June 3: 12 – 7 PM
174 Bogart Street, #210
Brooklyn, NY 11206
L train to Montrose or Morgan stops
Spring has been in full effect these last few weeks, with lots of sun, rain, blooming flowers and chirping birds. Veng RWK has taken and embraced these influences in his latest round of paste ups along the streets of Chelsea and Bushwick. Lately he has also been playing around with a very different style, moving away from works heavily influence by the Dutch Masters and on to a more simplistic, comic-like look. Veng must be really feeling the need for re-birth in the spring, as his blog also received a makeover earlier this month.
This Friday I will be participating in a group photography show, curated by the artist (and my whiskey drinking partner) Royce Bannon, at Mishka NYC. Mishka has been collaborating with and showing the work of talented and iconic artists for years now, so it is pretty exciting to be a part of their first ever photography exhibition. With “Stolen Souls” Royce brings together 13 creators “who are skilled at capturing their subjects at just the right moment, without using parlor tricks and manipulation like Photoshop”. And with a show name this metal, you know we won’t be fooling around at the opening party. Skoal!
Friday May 18th, 2012, 7-10PM
Erika “Saki” Sequeira
Recently I took on a foster dog, a beautiful blue/grey Amstaff mix named Nelson. Despite being as sweet as he is handsome, Nelson had apparently overstayed his welcome at the city’s AC&C and was scheduled to be killed when I stepped in to buy this deserving guy a little more time. He is now looking for a permanent home that can offer him the love and training that he needs.
So, here are some of the necessary details on my buddy Nelson:
“Nelson is a handsome 1y M Blue/Grey Amstaff mix who must have a long haired dog in his family tree (some have suggested that he is part Weimaraner). He is healthy looking and lean, with a thick & shiny coat. Gorgeous soft gray eyes complete the picture of a very attractive dog. He is a sweet, energetic, confident & very open boy who sleeps belly up and loves to run, play, give kisses and cuddle. He is still a pup, so his training is a work in progress. But he has come a long way since being pulled from a city shelter’s kill list last month, learning several commands, how to walk without pulling on the leash and becoming house trained. He is strong and would benefit from a firm but kind & patient owner who will help him to grow into the loving, well-behaved adult dog he is destined to be. Anyone who gives this handsome fellow a chance will be greatly rewarded with all of the love, kisses and cuddles they can handle!”
I’ll be honest and tell you that he is a bit of a handful! This is not exactly unusual for a dog of his age and breed, but he definitely needs a strong and capable owner and would likely do best with a male. As you can see from the pictures, he gets along very well with my other pit mix Ava and he seems very friendly (if not a bit over friendly!) with other dogs on the street. I don’t think that he would do too well with cats, but since I don’t have one, I can’t say for sure. But really, he is all sweetness and muscles!
If you would consider adopting Nelson, and would like to meet him, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And please, if you can’t adopt a dog yourself, pass this on or share it with someone who may be able to. Nelson definitely deserves better than he has gotten out of life so far and you could be the one to help him get it!
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’ 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.”
“‘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”.
To see a preview of Chris Stain’s work, check out Brooklyn Street Art’s feature here.