DUMBO Arts Festival DUMBO Arts Festival: A Model of Community Engagement

Particularly impressive about this year’s DUMBO Arts Festival was not only the extraordinary array of art just about everywhere, but the wide extent of community engagement and expression in public space. Here’s a small sampling:

Dumbo arts festival the world we want NYC DUMBO Arts Festival: A Model of Community Engagement

Dumbo arts festival the world we want DUMBO Arts Festival: A Model of Community Engagement

Leaving a brief personal statement

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 And reading those left by others

Dumbo arts festival on the ground DUMBO Arts Festival: A Model of Community Engagement

Creating artwork with others

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Or alone

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Signing a Giant Get-Well Card for Humanity

The Giant Get Well Card for Humanity DUMBO Arts Festival: A Model of Community Engagement

Or just leaving your mark

Dumbo Arts Festival Chalk wall in DUMBO DUMBO Arts Festival: A Model of Community Engagement

Sponsored by Two Trees Management Company, this year’s DUMBO Arts Festival serves as a model of community engagement with art in public space.

First image is of art installation, Reflection/Kolonihavehus, forged by Tom Fruin from recycled materials.  

All photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson.

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stikki peaches hot mess Montreal Based Stikki Peaches Brings a Hot Mess to NYC

For the past few days, we New Yorkers have been treated to a Hot Mess, the wildly expressive aesthetic of Montreal-based Stikki Peaches. Brought to us by Station 16, a Hot Mess, Stikki Peaches‘s first international exhibit, found a transitory home here at 345 Broome Street. Here are a few more images:  

Stikki Peaches NYC Montreal Based Stikki Peaches Brings a Hot Mess to NYC

stikki peaches portrait Montreal Based Stikki Peaches Brings a Hot Mess to NYC

One of many skulls

stikki peaches skull Montreal Based Stikki Peaches Brings a Hot Mess to NYC

stikki peaches skulls Montreal Based Stikki Peaches Brings a Hot Mess to NYC

And a somewhat wider view of the transformed Broome Street space

Stikki Peaches art work Montreal Based Stikki Peaches Brings a Hot Mess to NYC

For some insight into it all, you can check out Yoav Litvin‘s interview with Stikki Peaches here.

Photos of artworks by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Cope2 graffiti on auto Dorian Grey Gallery  Strada Veloce Continues through October 5 at Dorian Grey Gallery with Cope2, Crash,  Joe Mac Lapadula, Nick Walker, Meres and more

Currently on view at Dorian Grey Gallery in the East Village is Strada Veloce, an intriguing exhibit largely fusing the divergent — seemingly contradictory — cultures of luxury autos and expressive graffiti. Here are a few more works (Cope2 pictured above):

John “Crash” Matos

John Matos Crash graffiti Dorian Grey Strada Veloce Continues through October 5 at Dorian Grey Gallery with Cope2, Crash,  Joe Mac Lapadula, Nick Walker, Meres and more

Luxury car customizer and furniture designer Joe MAC Lapadula of Martino Auto Concepts

Joe MAC Lapadula at Dorian Grey NYC Strada Veloce Continues through October 5 at Dorian Grey Gallery with Cope2, Crash,  Joe Mac Lapadula, Nick Walker, Meres and more

Nick Walker‘s iconic vandal 

Nick Walker at Dorian Grey Gallery Strada Veloce Continues through October 5 at Dorian Grey Gallery with Cope2, Crash,  Joe Mac Lapadula, Nick Walker, Meres and more

 A luxurious sofa featuring graffiti by Meres One

Meres graffiti Dorian Grey Gallery Strada Veloce Continues through October 5 at Dorian Grey Gallery with Cope2, Crash,  Joe Mac Lapadula, Nick Walker, Meres and more

And — in the window — a reproduction of a Ferrari painted by the legendary John “Crash” Matos

John Crash Matos car in window Strada Veloce Continues through October 5 at Dorian Grey Gallery with Cope2, Crash,  Joe Mac Lapadula, Nick Walker, Meres and more

This exhibit continues through next Sunday at 437 East 9th Street between 1st Ave and Ave A.  The gallery is open today — Sunday — from 12pm-6pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm.

Photos 1, 2 and 3 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; photo 4 by City-as-School intern Robert Verdejo; photo 5 by City-as-School intern Tyler Dean Flores and final photo by Lois Stavsky.

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Nick walker street art yonkers Stencil Art Master Nick Walker Kicks Off Yonkers Mural Project

As a kick-off to a mural program that will involve Street Art 101 classes and workshops, legendary UK-based artist Nick Walker recently completed a series of seven artworks in Downtown Yonkers. In an array of spaces – from a courtyard in the historic Downtown to a nearby rooftop — Nick Walker’s signature vandal can be found, along with the first public appearance of “Les Enfants Terribles.”  Here are a few more images.

Nick Walker at work

Nic Walker stencil street art Uonkers NY Stencil Art Master Nick Walker Kicks Off Yonkers Mural Project

Nick’s iconic vandal

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And one of its many variations

Nick walker street art in Yonkers Stencil Art Master Nick Walker Kicks Off Yonkers Mural Project

With a message from Nick

Nick Walker signs stencil Yonkers NY Stencil Art Master Nick Walker Kicks Off Yonkers Mural Project

Nick signs yet another variation of his iconic vandal

Nick Walker signs street art in Yonkers Stencil Art Master Nick Walker Kicks Off Yonkers Mural Project

And graces Yonkers with the first public view of “Les Enfants Terribles”   

Nick Walker stencil art with child yonkers NY Stencil Art Master Nick Walker Kicks Off Yonkers Mural Project

In this initiative, managed by local nonprofit, Community Engagement Through the Arts, a team of youth will be assembled to maintain the murals that invited guest artists create in public spaces. Plans are, also, underway for a possible collaboration between the City of Yonkers and the Bushwick Collective.

Photo credit: @fafafooie

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Harrison Love art at Scholastic Scholastic Hosts Art.Write.Now.POP UP! with Harrison Love Creating Live Art in Its SoHo Headquarters Window

Celebrating the launch of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Scholastic is hosting a pop-up art studio, titled Art.Write.Now.POP-UP!, in its Scholastic Headquarters Window at 557 Broadway in SoHo. Harrison Love, an award-winning artist, is creating live art daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. through Friday. We stopped by yesterday afternoon and had the opportunity to pose a few questions to Harrison.

How did you team up with Scholastic?

In 2004, when I was a senior in high school in Connecticut, some artwork that I had created was submitted to a contest sponsored by Scholastic. I then received an invitation to a Scholastic event where I received five awards.

Harrison Love artwork for Scholastic Scholastic Hosts Art.Write.Now.POP UP! with Harrison Love Creating Live Art in Its SoHo Headquarters Window

What was that like?

It was amazing! It gave me the encouragement I needed to continue to be creative and to establish a career as a visual artist. Scholastic also continues to give me a sense of community. And as so many of us artists tend to be loners, this is something that we need.

What is it like for you — 10 years later — to be painting in such a public space as a window in SoHo on a street as busy as Broadway?

It is very interesting. I like it! It gives me an opportunity to communicate with people without talking!

Harrison Love close up at Scholastic Scholastic Hosts Art.Write.Now.POP UP! with Harrison Love Creating Live Art in Its SoHo Headquarters Window

Have you ever painted in public before?

Not quite like this! But I’ve done live painting in a few cities including San Francisco.

What inspired you to create these particular pieces that you are working on now?

They are prints for an upcoming book that is based on my travels to the Peruvian Amazon.

Harrison Love street art Scholastic Hosts Art.Write.Now.POP UP! with Harrison Love Creating Live Art in Its SoHo Headquarters Window

What’s ahead? 

One of my artworks was recently acquired by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).  I’m looking forward to getting my art out in many more settings both here and in my travels abroad.

Interview conducted by City-as-School intern Tyler Dean Flores; photos 1 and 3 by Tyler Dean Flores, 2 and 4 courtesy of the artist. Educators and students interested in the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards can register here.

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Speaking with Zeso

September 22, 2014

zeso graffiti burner NJ Speaking with Zeso

We first encountered Zeso’s spectacularly stylish murals at 5Pointz, where he often painted with other TD4 (The Deadly4Mula) crew members. We’ve since seen this talented French artist’s vibrant visuals in a range of both public and private spaces. I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to him:

When did you first become interested in graffiti?

I first became interested in it when I was about 12 or 13. And that’s when I started tagging. But I didn’t seriously start doing graffiti until I was 21.

What inspired you to become serious about it?

I loved what I was seeing on the streets, and I wanted to be a part of it. I also liked challenging myself to see what I could do. I am still doing that.

zeso graffiti at 5Pointz NYC Speaking with Zeso

Have you any preferred surfaces?

I prefer flat surfaces, but the environment is very important.

These days — do you work only on legal walls?

I think all walls are legal – if you paint fast enough.

Have you ever exhibited your artwork?

Yes, I’ve shown at 5Pointz in Long Island City, and I was part of the TD4 show at Low Brow Artique in Bushwick.

Zeso and meresgraffiti at 5Pointz Speaking with Zeso

How do you feel about the movement of street art and graffiti into galleries?

I appreciate that museums and galleries are recognizing these art forms. There are some among us who can manage to adapt to this new setting.

Any thoughts about the graffiti and street art divide?

They both appear in the same environment  — the streets. While graffiti is focused on typography and painting techniques, street art is more about images and the message.  I don’t see any reason to compare or divide them.

What about corporations? Would you take on a corporate commission?

Like any project, if I feel good about it, I will do it.

Zeso close up 2 Speaking with Zeso

Do you prefer working alone or collaborating with others?

I prefer to paint alone with headphones on.

Have you painted with any crews?

I’ve painted with OTM, WF, TD4 and NSA in France.

Have you had a formal art education?

No.  I’m self-taught.

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What is your ideal working environment?

Outdoors in the sun.

Are there any particular cultures that have influenced your aesthetic?

I love all mythology. All cultures with strong imagery influence my style. But the main ones are Japanese and Latino.

Do you work with a sketch in hand or do you just let it flow?

I almost always freestyle, but, on occasion, I have a sketch with me.

Zeso graffiti NYC Speaking with Zeso

Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece?

Rarely 100%.

How has your work evolved through the past few years?

It is more spontaneous, and I tend to use more colors. I have, also, begun developing themes and more characters.

How do you feel about the photographers in the scene?

They are important, because they help promote my work. But I’d rather they didn’t photograph my face.

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Who are some of your favorite artists?

Gustav Klimt is my all-time favorite.  Among the current artists – there are too many to name.

What do you see as the role of the artist in society?

For me it is to stay real and to create.

What’s ahead?

I plan to go big or go home.

Interview conducted by Lois Stavsky; photos 1 and 6 courtesy of Zeso; 2, 5 and 7 by Lois Stavsky; 3 (collaboration with Meres One) and 4 by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Shiro yes one Per one dero graffiti new jersey Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

In Bergen County, New Jersey — where public space is generally a blank canvas — the township of Hackensack boasts some first-rate graffiti.  Here’s a sampling of what was recently seen on a spot off the train tracks:

Shiro 

shiro graffiti art hackensack nj  Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Per1 and Dero

Per1 Dero graffiti New Jersey Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

The Bronx Team

Bronx team Cru Hackensack graffiti Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Pure1

pure1graffiti new jersey Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Tiws and Enue

tiws and enu graffiti NJ Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Musa

musa graffiti new jersey Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Shiro with Part One

Shiro and Part graffiti Hackensack Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Rath

Rath graffiti NJ Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson; first photo features Yes1 to the right of Shiro.

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Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

September 18, 2014

Meres graffiti on canvas Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

It’s been almost a year now since we awoke to the horrific news that our beloved 5Pointz had been whitewashed overnight. What has life been like since for Meres, its founder and director, who had devoted just about every waking hour to this world-renowned aerosol art Mecca?  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to Meres.

We miss 5Pointz so much. I’m eagerly awaiting its rebirth! Is that likely to happen?

Time will tell. It’s an open option.

Meres street art graffiti NYC Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

What do you miss most about it?

I loved having a space where I could bring all the elements of hip-hop together. And I loved having so many opportunities to educate others.

Were there to be a rebirth of 5Pointz, how would you approach it differently?

I would want to work with a landlord who embraces what 5Pointz represents and is committed to collaborating with me in assuring its long-term success and survival.  I would, also, want to establish enduring relationships with art-friendly politicians.

Meres graffiti NYC Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

Is there any specific neighborhood or borough that you would prefer as a potential site for a new venture?

Some place that is accessible to folks from all boroughs. I’m open. Anywhere but Long Island City!

In what ways has your life been different since the demolition of 5Pointz?

I never used to have time for myself.  Lately I’ve had.

Meres street art Bushwick Collective 2 Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

What’s that like?

Very weird! At first I just felt very angry, and I was trying to come to terms with my anger. Now I’m looking forward to painting in my new Brooklyn studio in the months ahead.

Anything specific in mind in terms of your own work?

Yes, I’m interested in recreating the Old New York, the New York I once knew that has disappeared.

Meres painting street scape Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

Although you may not feel all that busy, your last few months certainly seem to have been quite productive! We’ve seen your work both on the streets and in galleries. What have you been up to?

I participated in WALL WORKS: The Art of Graffiti at Great Neck’s Gold Coast Arts Center and in W H I T E W A S H: A Requiem to 5Pointz , curated by Marie Cecile Flageul, at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery and several other exhibits both here and abroad. At the Galerie Rue de l’art in Lyon, France, I exhibited — along with ShiroAuksPoemSee TF Cortes and Just One — in NYC Subway Map – 5Pointz, I’ve also painted in several festivals and events including: Living Walls in Atlanta, Georgia; the Jersey Fresh Jam in Trenton, NJ and this past weekend at the Allentown ArtsFest. I’ve had numerous commissions, including a gym in Long Island  and a new restaurant opening in Brooklyn.

Meres graffiti crown heights NYC Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

It sounds like you’ve been quite busy! What’s ahead?

In addition to preparing work for an upcoming solo show focusing on the NYC in which I grew up, I’m working on involving 5Pointz artists in a number of events — including a festival in West Africa.  On November 3, Marie and I will be the recipients of the Arts & Activism Award at the Gold Coast Arts Center Gala 2014. And one of my artworks is featured in STRADA VELOCE, an exhibit featuring Italian automotive-inspired art and furniture, opening tonight at the Dorian Grey Gallery in the East Village.

Wow! Good luck with this all!

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky; photos 1, 5 and 6 by Lois Stavsky; 2, 3, and 4 by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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On our recent visit to Jersey City this past Friday, Gregory D. Edgell aka the Green Villain gave us a tour of some of Jersey City’s newest murals, including some wonderful ones that he curated. Here’s a sampling of those:

Li Hill

Li Hill street art Jersey City New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Vexta

Vexta street art Jersey City NJ New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Kem5

 New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Zimer

Zimer street art Jersey City New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Enoe

enoe graffiti Jersey city New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Jerkface

Jerkface JC New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Mes PFE

Mespfe street art Jersey City New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

All photos by Lois Stavsky, except for Kem5, courtesy of Greg.

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Ramiro Davaro street art Brooklyn Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

A motley crew of  characters, conceived by Argentine American artist Ramiro Davaro, can be found not only on the streets of Brooklyn, but — for the next few days — his Manimal Friends remains on exhibit at Williamsburg’s Cotton Candy Machine. Here are some more of his characters that have surfaced on the streets:

For Juicy Art Fest

Ramiro Davaro and Tony Washington street art NYC Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

On Scholes and Waterbury, 2013

ramiro davaro street art characters NYC Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

Close-up, on Waterbury and Meserole, 2014

Ramiro Davaro street art close up NYC Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

Outside the Cotton Candy Machine

Ramiro Davar street art Williamsburg Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

And inside the Cotton Candy Machine – one of many, Pen and Ink, Acrylic Paint on Paper

ramiro Davaro animal characters Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

Also on sale at the Cotton Candy Machine are signed copies of Ramiro’s colorfully illustrated new book Manimal Friends. Located at 235 South 1st Street (between Roebling and Havemeyer), Cotton Candy Machine is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 8pm.

Photos 1, 3, 5 and 6 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2 and 4 by Lois Stavsky 

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