A couple of weeks ago, one of my good friends, the very talented photographer Jazz Beaulieu, picked back up one of my favorite ongoing projects of hers, “We Are Law“. Between shoots, I asked her to take a few minutes to explain the series to The Street Spot’s readers:
“‘We are Law’ is a project I started back in 2005. I had been friends with Royce Bannon and Infinity for about a year from going to parties and a bunch of gallery and painting events. You couldn’t help but want to create whenever you were around those guys. I’d meet people who were so passionate about their art. They’d ask me what I was doing and I never had much of an answer at the time…I always felt a little out of place because I wasn’t a street artist or a painter or a graphic designer. I am a portrait photographer and back then, I wasn’t even doing much of that. I had just moved to NY and was more or less just trying to get planted in my industry however I could. Hanging out with those guys reminded me of why I was living there in the first place.”
“So, I began creating again, shooting small projects here and there outside of street art. After spending about 2 years with everyone, I wanted to do something to document them, which is how I came up with the idea for “We Are Law”. I liked the idea of “masking” the artists’ identities while capturing the personas that they work to create. I wanted to make their characters come to life. We’ve all seen portraits of artists with a bandana or a hand blocking their faces or with their back turned etc. I wanted something original. I wanted something that was “collaborative” in the same way that those first parties I went to with them had been. And so was born ‘We Are Law’.”
“The first shoot was with artists and friends – Gore-B, Infinity, Deeker, Celso, Pufferella and Io Wright. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The biggest challenge for most the artists is to create a 3 dimensional piece of art. Most of them only paint 2-D. I was taken back by the effort they put into their creations. I was flattered that they took it so seriously and really brought another level to the work. I knew after that that this was going to be a great project.”
“I chose the name “We Are Law” to give credit to the artists as creators who choose where and when their artwork will be seen without any weigh on the propriety/legality of it. They made their own laws and law enforcement is still trying to catch up, so I thought “We Are Law” was an appropriate name that depicts them as trail blazers rather then criminals. The lineup backdrop is just mockery.”
“This project is ongoing and ultimately I’d like to have an exhibition with the masks on display along with the printed pieces and publish a book as well.”
In the most recent shoot for this series, Jazz has included the artists Dark Clouds, Keely, Royce Bannon, Billi Kid, Chris & Veng of Robots Will Kill, Anera, Matt Siren & Rob Fokused and has an upcoming shoot planned for UR New York, Peru Ana Ana Peru, Abe Lincoln Jr., Wrona and Elbow Toe. Any other artists interested in participating in “We Are Law” should contact Jazz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pufferella’s week long show, i know you are but what am i, opened at Factory Fresh this past Friday. If you didn’t get a chance to check out the show then, stop by the gallery this Friday the 19th, when seven Bushwick art spaces will keep their doors open until 10pm as part of BACK THE BEAT: Bushwick Art Spaces Stay Open Late. BACK THE BEAT is the third installment of a series of ‘beat nites’ in the Bushwick neighborhood featuring new art in unique art spaces. This installment is sponsored by Culture Pundits and celebrates all that is good and great about the Bushwick art scene which continues to thrive far from the hype and hustle. Featured spaces include: Factory Fresh, English Kills, Famous Accountants, Sugar, Centotto, Norte Maar, and Storefront.
For a limited engagement of one week only, Brooklyn’s most smokin’ gallerista will transform the front room of Factory Fresh into a magical land sure to please both the naughty and the nice! With all new fabric creations on display, Pufferella’s latest show comes complete with rides and amusement provided by her friends Skewville & Plastik Mag.
“i know u are but what am i” opens Friday, February 12th, from 7-10pm. But if you just can’t wait til then to get your Pufferella fix, check out her website and follow her on Twitter. Or just in case you need a little reminder of how damn adorable she is, check out Rebekah Potter’s recent interview with the sexy sculptress here.
Pufferella has been making Fabric creations since 2002 and has been involved with the Skewville missions even longer. Her work deals mainly with sexual relations and the afterthoughts. She is the woman behind the creation of Orchard Street Art Gallery in NYC and Factory Fresh Art Gallery in Brooklyn. Her work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions throughout NYC, California, Dublin and London.