Teddy Troops Takeover Tanaka

Flying Fortress w/ Chris RWK, Veng, Most & Nychos (photo by Luna Park)

Germany’s Flying Fortress has been a regular visitor to New York City over the last few years, thanks in part to his close connections to Robots Will Kill. While he’s contributed works to a number of group shows, this Friday’s The One-Man Army show at Mighty Tanaka marks his first New York solo show. He’s been in the U.S. for a few weeks now and has painted two massive new murals in Bushwick, both in collaboration with Nychos and others. The most recent mural (above) is a preview of the Vaughan Bode inspired work – aka his “Bodentruppen”, a pun on the German word for ground troops – he will show at Tanaka. Just to get you in the mood, I’ve put together some of my favorite Teddy Troop pieces from past visits to New York below.

Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Chris RWK x Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Veng x Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Roa x Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Cern x Pez x Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)

Flying Fortress
The One-Man Army
June 15-July 6, 2012
Opening: Friday, June 15th, 2012
6:00PM – 9:00PM

Mighty Tanaka
111 Front Street, Suite 224
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Train: F Train to York St
(1st stop in Brooklyn)

Robots Will Kill and Friends at Mighty Tanaka, 12/9

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!

URNEWYORK in the Rumble Room at Gleason’s Gym

Rumble Room (photo by Luna Park)
Rumble Room (photo by Luna Park)

Saturday afternoon I stopped by Gleason’s Gym in Dumbo to check out two “art battles” organized by the Mighty Tanaka. Thanks to the MTA throwing a wrench in my travel plans, I missed out on Abe Lincoln Jr and Royce Bannon’s battle (Alex holds one of their two collaborative pieces above). But 2esae and Ski of URNEWYORK (below) had just stepped into the ring and started flinging paint fast and furious. Over the course of the next 2 hours, the artists alternated turns working the canvases – and working the steady crowd of onlookers and well-wishers surrounding the ring. In the end, the battle was too close to call and declared a tie. *ding*

Rumble Room (photo by Luna Park)
Rumble Room (photo by Luna Park)
Rumble Room (photo by Luna Park)
Rumble Room (photo by Luna Park)
Rumble Room (photo by Luna Park)
Rumble Room (photo by Luna Park)

This Weekend in Art

The fall art season is in full swing with numerous openings this weekend alone.

Tonight Seenoevilseenoevilsee Evil featuring Jeremiah Maddock, Daniel Trocchio & Amanda Wong opens at Factory Fresh in Bushwick.


Also opening tonight at Exit Art in Chelsea is Alternative Histories: a History of New York City Alternative Art Spaces since the 1960s.

The Dumbo Arts Festival 2010 starts today and runs all weekend. Saturday afternoon, Mighty Tanaka will be presenting 2 art battles in The Rumble Room: THE ELC BATTLE: Abe Lincoln Jr vs Royce Bannon and THE URNEWYORK BATTLE: 2Esae vs SKI.

While you’re in Dumbo, be sure to check for murals by the likes of Chris Stain, Imminent Disaster, Jordan Seiler and others on Plymouth, Main and Washington Streets.

Finally, Saturday night Pandemic Gallery opens Split Personality: A Solo Show byVilaykorn Sayaphet.

Now get out there and support your local artists and art galleries!

Seenoevilseenoevilsee Evil
Friday, September 24th: 7pm-10pm
Factory Fresh
1053 Flushing Avenue (btw Morgan and Knickerbocker)

Alternative Histories: a History of New York City Alternative Art Spaces since the 1960s
Friday, September 24th: 7pm-9pm
Exit Art
475 Tenth Ave (at 36th Street)

Dumbo Arts Festival
Friday, September 24th – Sunday, September 26th

The Rumble Room
Saturday, September 25th: 12-6pm
Gleason’s Boxing Gym
77 Front Street in DUMBO

Split Personality
Saturday, September 25th: 7-11pm
Pandemic Gallery
37 Broadway (btw Wythe and Kent)

Iconography: A Reflection of Anonymity at Mighty Tanaka

ECB x ChrisRWK (photo by Becki Fuller)
ECB x ChrisRWK (photo by Becki Fuller)

This coming up Friday night, September 10th from 6-9, the Mighty Tanaka gallery in DUMBO will be taken over by a slew of native New Yorkers for the exhibition Iconography: A Reflection of Anonymity. Matt Siren, Royce Bannon, Chris & Veng of Robots Will Kill, 2Esae & SKI of URnewyork, and Peat Wollaeger (stenSOUL) will explore the iconic images they have come to be known for from their work on the streets and beyond.

Mighty Tanaka
68 Jay St, Suite 416 (F Train to York St)
Brooklyn, NY 11021
Office: 718.596.8781

Matt Siren (photo by Becki Fuller)
Matt Siren (photo by Becki Fuller)
Royce Bannon (photo by Becki Fuller)
Royce Bannon (photo by Becki Fuller)
Veng (photo by Becki Fuller)
Veng (photo by Becki Fuller)

Osmatic Transmissions

I couldn’t think of a more natural pairing than two artists with numerical symbols for namesakes, infinity and Avoid Pi. Having witnessed their joint effort as part of infinity’s Spool series at Chashama last summer, I am curious to see what they’ve developed together for their two man show at Mighty Tanaka, which opens this Friday. When asked about their collaboration, Avoid responded, “Our styles are complementary; infinity’s attention to detail works well with my color fields and geometric abstractions.”

Fans are advised to come early, as the twosome have not only produced 6 joint paintings, but have gone all out with a limited edition two-color screenprint, a 20-page zine, vinyl stickers and a slew of buttons!

Duo Exhibition with AVOID PI & INFINITY
Opening Reception: May 21, 6-9:00pm
Duration: May 21 – Jun 11, 2010

Mighty Tanaka
68 Jay Street, Suite 416
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(F Train to York St.)
Hours: M-F 12PM to 7PM, weekends by appointment only

Friday Openings Round-Up

The Lister opening tomorrow night is not the only game in town. Mighty Tanaka in DUMBO presents a 3d art show titled Year of the Head Chakra (featuring the work of Lionel Guzman, Ed Shawn Herrera and Reginald Pean).

And Robots Will Kill’s own Veng has a piece in the Encounters Graffiti Expo at AE Studios in Long Island City: