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 past projects 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.
This week the support continued to pour in for our buddy, Aidan Jack Seeger, with a gigantic billboard recruiting members for his posse going up on Broadway, under the JMZ line in Brooklyn. Ewok 5MH has some video here.
And if that wasn’t enough, Chino BYI has set up a blog featuring artwork dedicated to Aidan by some of the world’s top graffiti artists, including Steve Powers/Espo, Haze, Faust, Kaves, Lunar YCU (Croatia), Keo, Python, Lemon (Germany), Serch (Zwolle, Netherlands), KR.one, Ces One, Shizel, Wolf, Samp, Mickey (Amsterdam), Cey Adams, and Reas.
There will also be a Ducati Raffle at the INDIAN LARRY block party on Saturday 9/24 (see the schedule), with all proceeds going towards Aidan’s medical bills. The annual block party is always a good time and now it’s paired with a good cause. Hope to see you there!
Back in 2008, Open Space Gallery hosted the first installation of Electric Windows, a day of live painting, music, local food and fun, in Beacon, NY. The lineup of artists included favorites from both the street art and graffiti world such as Cycle, Pink, Ron English, Elbow Toe, Michael DeFeo, and Chris Stain. This year’s group of artists is an impressive mix of returning & new faces, many of whom I look forward to seeing in action for the first time!
ELECTRIC WINDOWS 2010
An art and music Celebration in Upstate NY
30 artists painting live / Live music / Live screenprinting / vendors & more!
Saturday July 31st 2010
12pm to 7pm
510 Main Street Beacon NY
Lotem & Aviv
Michael De Feo
For more information and directions, check out the Electric Windows website.
Garrison & Alison Buxton of Ad Hoc Art are back in downtown Brooklyn for the second year in a row, bringing us their latest installation of Willoughby Windows. The concept remains the same: to bring art directly to the community by creating a storefront gallery along an entire block of Willoughby Street, though the artists have changed. This year’s lineup includes C.Damage, Chris Mendoza & Pablo Power, Daryll Peirce, Faust, Hellbent, Jef Aerosol, Joe Iurato, Laura Lee, LogikOne, Ron English, Skewville, and Thundercut.