This Friday, December 9th, Luna and I will be participating in the Robots Will Kill and Friends show at Mighty Tanaka. All artists in the show have collaborated or been involved with RWK during the 10 years that it has existed, which pretty much guarantees an eclectic mix of styles and a fun opening. It also marks the second anniversary of Mighty Tanaka, as well as being the second show in their new space, so come out and wish the guys a Happy Birthday!
Graffiti Error: An exhibition by Antonio Bokel
In his first U.S. exhibition, Brazilian artist Antonio Bokel presents an eclectic mix of recent works. His bold, cryptic, expressive mixed media paintings evoke the idea of weathered graffiti walls typically found in the urban landscape. But upon closer assessment his work is an unabashed cacophony of images culled from both familiar and unlikely sources. Inspired by graffiti tags often found in Brazilian cities, Bokel translates what he calls “small gestures of rebel power” into alluringly vivid works of distinct complexity.
About Antonio Bokel
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Antonio Bokel (1978) is a self-taught painter, as well as a keen surfer and skater. He started painting early on, at first influenced by Brazilian Naive Art and then by artistic icons such as Basquiat, Rauschenberg and Twombly. Since his first exhibition in Florence in 2001, Antonio has constantly shown his work all around the world in the galleries of Brazil, London, Madrid or Amsterdam. He also never stopped painting in the street to participate in the visual energy of the cities that inspire him.
About FB gallery
FB gallery is dedicated to showcase the works of talented up and coming artists from Brazil. François Baron established FB gallery in June 2011 to bring together two of his main passions: street art and Brazil. During his many trips to Brazil, he was impressed and inspired by the energy of the street art scene, and decided to bring the artists to New York to create a dialogue between the birthplace of graffiti and the vibrant creativity found in the streets of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
“Graffiti Error” will run until November 26th, 2011. Gallery hours are from Tuesday-Saturday 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm. This reception is free to the public.
Having painted large-scale walls in the UK, in several cities across the US, Mexico, Germany, and Denmark to name but a few of places he’s been just this year, Roa’s had an incredibly prolific year. His latest show, Decomposition, just opened at Vienna’s Inoperable Gallery last week and word has it a trip to Australia is in the works. As luck would have it, my recent work trip to Berlin allowed me the opportunity to catch the closing day of Roa’s Transit show at Skalitzers. He also painted a monstrous outdoor wall in the Kjosk lot down the street from the gallery (you can see photos of him in action on Just’s blog).
Below are just a few impressions from the show featuring some his signature interactive pieces. There are more images from Transit over on Skalitzers’ site.
The gallery at 17 Frost Street is a large space for one person to fill, but Cassius Fouler gets it done with a slew of big, new canvases featuring his signature caricatures rife with graffiti symbolism. From caps to cans, from rollers to mops, from blunts to 40s, from yellow cabs to red birds, all the hallmarks of the NYC graffiti lifestyle are present and accounted for. Stop by the closing on Friday and see for yourself.
Cassius Fouler presents
OUTER BOROUGH: PORTRAITS OF NEW YORK CITY
Closing Reception: Friday, August 5th, 6pm
17 Frost Street (btw Union and Lorimer)