Cassius Fouler at Pandemic Gallery

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

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 pandemicgallery@gmail.com prior to heading over to the Navy Yard. The gallery has posted an overview of available works.

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)
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Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Previously on the Street Spot: the artist’s solo exhibition at 17 Frost in 2011.

CASSIUS FOULER: Painting is the Curse of the Drinking Class
PANDEMIC Gallery & Event Space
22 Waverly Avenue (btwn Park Avenue & Flushing Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11205
www.pandemicgallery.com

Wolftits Memorial

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

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!

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
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Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Luna’s 2013 Yearend Roundup

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.

See my top choices from 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.

Thanks also to YOU for following The Street Spot!

With best wishes for the Holidays and a Happy New Year,
Luna

HOTTEA Pays Tribute to Dondi

Hottea Dondi tribute (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA Dondi tribute (photo by Luna Park)

After his yarn installation on the Williamsburg Bridge this summer met with so much interest, I lept at the opportunity to help Minneapolis-based street artist HOTTEA realize his next New York City project. On an unusually warm and sunny November day, I met up with HOTTEA and a small crew of fellow assistants, Jaime Rojo of Brooklyn Street Art, Disco Bryso and Patrick Sullivan.

Jaime Rojo and HOTTEA hold up the panel at the 1st location (photo by Luna Park)
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 the 2nd location (photo by Luna Park)
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)
The memory of Dondi lives on… (photo by Luna Park)

Pandemic Pandemonium

EKG (photo by Luna Park)
EKG (photo by Luna Park)

This weekend, Brooklyn’s Pandemic Gallery celebrates a grand re-opening in it’s cavernous, new space by the Navy Yard. The art space will be inaugurated with a 528 foot wrap-around mural by EKG (artist feature and essay on Graffuturism), who will also debut a limited-edition print, t-shirts and other surprise goodies.

EKG tools of the trade (photo by Luna Park)
EKG’s tools of the trade (photo by Luna Park)
Book of EKG (photo by Luna Park)
The big book of EKG (photo by Luna Park)
EKG (photo by Luna Park)
EKG: mastermind at work (photo by Luna Park)

House band Fake Hooker will not only release their self-titled, 12″ studio album, but also treat revelers to a no doubt extremely loud and boisterous introduction to their latest tracks. The brothers behind the punk rock explosion known as Unstoppable Death Machines will also perform.

Pandemic Gallery & Event Space
Opening Party: Saturday, September 28, 2013 8:00pm
22 Waverly Avenue
Btw Park & Flushing Avenues
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Directions:
Subway: Clinton/Washington stop on the G and C Trains (15 min. walk)
Bus: B62 – Park Ave/Washington Ave (1 min. walk)

Wild World of Wolfbat

Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)
Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)

It’s great to see some of Dennis McNett‘s sculptures make it out onto the streets of Brooklyn! This bad boy, covered in the graphic prints Wolfbat Studio has become known for, lurks above a bus stop on Flushing Avenue.

I like to think the chain is for our safety.

Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)
Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)
Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)
Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)
Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)
Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)
Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)
Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)
Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)
Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)
Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)
Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)

HOTTEA Rainbow Over Williamsburg

HOTTEA (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA (photo by Luna Park)

The Minneapolis-based street artist HOTTEA recently visited New York and put up numerous of his signature, letter-based, yarn pieces on fences throughout the city. But the highlight of this visit was without a doubt this rainbow-hued yarn installation, titled Rituals, strung above the pedestrian walkway of the Williamsburg Bridge. While the piece had already started fraying by the time I got to it, it’s impact was nevertheless very much intact: everyone I encountered on the walkway was entranced. I was impressed by how such a beautifully simple installation could transform the mundane into magic. Bravo!

HOTTEA (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA (photo by Luna Park)
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HOTTEA (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA (photo by Luna Park)

Roa in Brooklyn

Roa (photo by Luna Park)
Roa (photo by Luna Park)

In New York for Rochester’s Wall/Therapy festival and the Wooster Collective’s 10th anniversary show at Jonathan Levine Gallery, the globetrotting Belgian artist Roa spent a couple of days relaxing in Brooklyn. Wednesday night he completed this coyote piece on the exterior of the newly relocated Pandemic Gallery.

Roa (photo by Luna Park)
Roa (photo by Luna Park)
Roa x Smells (photo by Luna Park)
Roa x Smells (photo by Luna Park)

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

The Brooklyn: Brooklyn Street Photography

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I’m very excited to be part of a great line-up of photographers in 17 Frost Gallery’s upcoming group photography show, The Brooklyn (organized by Jim Kiernan and Aakash Nihalani). Join us for the opening on Friday, April 5th from 7-10pm.

The Brooklyn: Brooklyn Street Photography
17 Frost Gallery
17 Frost Street (between Union & Lorimer), Williamsburg