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Jily Ballistic and JPO art 17 Frost <em>SOLD Magazine</em> Launches with Exhibit at 17 Frost: Jily Ballistic with JPO, Chris RWK,  Raquel Echanique, Elle and Ramiro Davaro

SOLD Magazine launched this past Thursday evening with an exhibit — co-curated with Ellis Gallagher — and party at 17 Frost. When I stopped by early in the evening, I had the opportunity to speak to John Paul O’Grodnick, who — along with Greg Frederick and BD White – made it all happen.

 Just what is SOLD Magazine?

SOLD Magazine is a free magazine by artists for artists and art lovers. Among its features are: artists interviewing each other, studio visits, artist and photographer profiles, a travel section and much more.

What motivated you thee to launch it?

A sense that artists need a new platform for exposure. Our mission is to provide that platform.

chris rwk art 17 frost <em>SOLD Magazine</em> Launches with Exhibit at 17 Frost: Jily Ballistic with JPO, Chris RWK,  Raquel Echanique, Elle and Ramiro Davaro

 When did you guys first begin working on SOLD Magazine? And how did you fund it?

We began working on it at the beginning of October, and we funded it via a Kickstarter campaign.

It’s great that your campaign was so successful! What has been your greatest challenge in seeing this through?

Rounding up the artists whom we wanted to participate in our venture.

raquel echanique 17 Frost exhibit <em>SOLD Magazine</em> Launches with Exhibit at 17 Frost: Jily Ballistic with JPO, Chris RWK,  Raquel Echanique, Elle and Ramiro Davaro

 Was it an open call? How did you decide which artists to include?

No! It was artists we’ve known and worked with in the past. Some of them suggested others.

How often do you expect to publish SOLD Magazine?

Once every three months. It is intended as a quarterly.

elle art 17 Frost nyc <em>SOLD Magazine</em> Launches with Exhibit at 17 Frost: Jily Ballistic with JPO, Chris RWK,  Raquel Echanique, Elle and Ramiro Davaro

How will folks be able to get hold of it?

We plan to make it available in galleries and museums throughout the city, as well as in local businesses here in Williamsburg.

I notice that this premier issue focuses on female artists, with your first cover featuring Gilf and Elle. What can we expect in future issues?

Every issue will have a theme. Our next one will focus on collaborations.

Ramiro Davato art at 17 Frost <em>SOLD Magazine</em> Launches with Exhibit at 17 Frost: Jily Ballistic with JPO, Chris RWK,  Raquel Echanique, Elle and Ramiro Davaro

 That sounds great! Congratulations!

Note: The above images of are of works that were on exhibit and for sale at Thursday evening’s SOLD Magazine‘s launch:

1. Jily Ballistic and John Paul O’Grodnick aka JPO

2. Chris RWK

3. Raquel Echanique

4. Elle

5. Ramiro Davaro

Interview by Lois Stavsky and photos by Tara Murray

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Rimx street art wynwood miami The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

In collaboration with the Mana Urban Arts Project, the Bushwick Collective transformed Wynwood’s former RC Cola Factory into a Mecca of first-rate street art and graffiti. During Miami Art Week, celebrated artists from across the globe painted alongside local Miami and NYC-based artists. Here are a few more images from among the dozens of murals I saw last week while visiting Wynwood:

London-based James Cochran aka Jimmy C

Jimmy C street art wynwood miami The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

London-based Shok1

Shok1 street art wynwood miami The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

NYC-based Giz RIS

giz graffiti wynwood miami The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

NYC-based Lady Aiko

aiko wynwood street art miami The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

Dutch artist David Louf aka Mr June

Mr June street art wynwood The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

Miami-based Hoxxoh

hoxxoh street art wynwood miami The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

West Coast-based Christina Angelina

christina angelina wynwood street art miami The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

First image is a close-up from a huge mural by David Sepulveda aka Rimx

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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Produced by Sade TCM for Nasty, Neo FC, the Blaze of Hackensack has refashioned the always-brilliant graffiti walls in Hackensack, New Jersey’s famed open-air gallery. Here’s a sampling of what surfaced last month:

Bronx-based Pase

Pase graffiti Hackensack NJ <em>The Blaze of Hackensack</em>: Pase, Per One & Hef, Crash, Ces, Sade, Bio, Zimad, BG 183, Sonic and Part One

NYC artists Per One and Hef

per one hackensack new jersey <em>The Blaze of Hackensack</em>: Pase, Per One & Hef, Crash, Ces, Sade, Bio, Zimad, BG 183, Sonic and Part One

Bronx-based John Matos aka Crash

crash graffiti hackensack new jersey <em>The Blaze of Hackensack</em>: Pase, Per One & Hef, Crash, Ces, Sade, Bio, Zimad, BG 183, Sonic and Part One

Bronx-based Ces

Ces graffiti hackensack nj <em>The Blaze of Hackensack</em>: Pase, Per One & Hef, Crash, Ces, Sade, Bio, Zimad, BG 183, Sonic and Part One

The Blaze of Hackensack curator Sade TCM

sade graffiti hackensack <em>The Blaze of Hackensack</em>: Pase, Per One & Hef, Crash, Ces, Sade, Bio, Zimad, BG 183, Sonic and Part One

Bronx-based Bio, Tats Cru

Bio tats cru graffiti Hackensack new jersey <em>The Blaze of Hackensack</em>: Pase, Per One & Hef, Crash, Ces, Sade, Bio, Zimad, BG 183, Sonic and Part One

Bronx-based Zimad

zimad graffiti hackensack new jersey <em>The Blaze of Hackensack</em>: Pase, Per One & Hef, Crash, Ces, Sade, Bio, Zimad, BG 183, Sonic and Part One

Bronx-based BG 183, Tats Cru

BG183 graffiti hackensack new jersey <em>The Blaze of Hackensack</em>: Pase, Per One & Hef, Crash, Ces, Sade, Bio, Zimad, BG 183, Sonic and Part One

Veteran graffiti writers Sonic and Part One, Dedicated to the Victims in Paris

sonic part graffiti mural hackensack New Jersey <em>The Blaze of Hackensack</em>: Pase, Per One & Hef, Crash, Ces, Sade, Bio, Zimad, BG 183, Sonic and Part One

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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fathima Mohiuddin aka fats live art nyu Abu Dhabi  Houda Lazrak Curates NYU Abu Dhabi First <em>Live Painting Event</em>: Fats, Steffi Bow, SyaOne, Enforce1 and Just1

Earlier this month, five UAE-based street artists: Fathima Mohiuddin aka Fats, Gary Yong aka Enforce1, Justin MacMahon aka JustOne, Steffi Bow and SyaOne participated in NYU Abu Dhabi’s first Live Painting Event.  Students, faculty members, staff and visitors were also invited to share their visions and talents with the NYU Abu Dhabi community . Curated by Houda Lazrak, an M.A. Candidate in Museum Studies at NYU, the Live Painting Event began at noon on December 7 and continued through 7pm.

Fathima Mohiuddin aka Fats 

Fathima Mohiuddin aka Fats street art Abu Dhabi NYU  Houda Lazrak Curates NYU Abu Dhabi First <em>Live Painting Event</em>: Fats, Steffi Bow, SyaOne, Enforce1 and Just1

Steffi Bow in action

Seffi Bow live street art NYU Dubai  Houda Lazrak Curates NYU Abu Dhabi First <em>Live Painting Event</em>: Fats, Steffi Bow, SyaOne, Enforce1 and Just1

Steffi Bow, completed mural

Steffi Bow street art NYU Abu Dhabi  Houda Lazrak Curates NYU Abu Dhabi First <em>Live Painting Event</em>: Fats, Steffi Bow, SyaOne, Enforce1 and Just1

SyaOne in action

SyaOne Live street art NYU Abu Dhabi  Houda Lazrak Curates NYU Abu Dhabi First <em>Live Painting Event</em>: Fats, Steffi Bow, SyaOne, Enforce1 and Just1

SyaOne, completed mural

SyaOne graffiti NYU Abu Dhabi  Houda Lazrak Curates NYU Abu Dhabi First <em>Live Painting Event</em>: Fats, Steffi Bow, SyaOne, Enforce1 and Just1

Enforce1 at work

Enforce one live street art NYU Abu Dhabi  Houda Lazrak Curates NYU Abu Dhabi First <em>Live Painting Event</em>: Fats, Steffi Bow, SyaOne, Enforce1 and Just1

Enforce1, completed mural

Enforce One street art Abu Dhabi  Houda Lazrak Curates NYU Abu Dhabi First <em>Live Painting Event</em>: Fats, Steffi Bow, SyaOne, Enforce1 and Just1

Just1 at work

Just1 live street art NYU abu dhabi  Houda Lazrak Curates NYU Abu Dhabi First <em>Live Painting Event</em>: Fats, Steffi Bow, SyaOne, Enforce1 and Just1

Just1, completed mural

Just1 street art mural NYU Abu Dhabi  Houda Lazrak Curates NYU Abu Dhabi First <em>Live Painting Event</em>: Fats, Steffi Bow, SyaOne, Enforce1 and Just1

Photos 1-3, 5, 6, 8-10 Michelle Loibner; 4 & 7 Houda Lazrak

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rocko the art of peace Lady K Fever Curates <em>The Art of Peace</em> at Al Iman Community Center with Rocko, BG183, Meres, Chris Riggs, Scratch, Lexi Bella and more

Curated by Lady K Fever and hosted by Aldo Perez, Ihe Art of Peace, an exhibit of mural and graffiti art celebrating peace, opens tonight at the Al Iman Community Center. I had the opportunity to speak to Lady K Fever while visiting the space at 2006 Westchester Avenue earlier this week.

BG 183 the art of piece mural art Lady K Fever Curates <em>The Art of Peace</em> at Al Iman Community Center with Rocko, BG183, Meres, Chris Riggs, Scratch, Lexi Bella and more

Can you tell us something about the concept behind this exhibit?

It is an exploration of the notion of peace from the perspective of artists representing a range of ideologies, nationalities, religious backgrounds and ethnicities. The title is a take on The Art of War by Sun Tzu written in the 6th century B.C.

meres the art of peace graffiti Lady K Fever Curates <em>The Art of Peace</em> at Al Iman Community Center with Rocko, BG183, Meres, Chris Riggs, Scratch, Lexi Bella and more

What inspired it?

It was inspired by Peace December, an organization started five years ago dedicating the month of December to celebrating peace. As Sheikh Musa Drammeh of Peace December contends, trillions of dollars are spent on defense and none are allocated to promoting peace. 

chris riggs graffiti art Lady K Fever Curates <em>The Art of Peace</em> at Al Iman Community Center with Rocko, BG183, Meres, Chris Riggs, Scratch, Lexi Bella and more

As curator, how did you decide which artists to engage in this exhibit? 

When Aldo Perez approached me to curate it, I sought artists from a range of backgrounds and communities. Many, in fact, had already been engaged in community-based projects promoting co-existence.

scratch and lady k fever the art of peace Lady K Fever Curates <em>The Art of Peace</em> at Al Iman Community Center with Rocko, BG183, Meres, Chris Riggs, Scratch, Lexi Bella and more

What were some of the particular challenges you faced in curating this exhibit?

My main concern was that the imagry would not offend the community. I also had to keep the artists’ egos in check, reminding them that The Art of Peace’s principal mission is to promote peace. And I was working with a limited budget.

lexi bella envision peace Lady K Fever Curates <em>The Art of Peace</em> at Al Iman Community Center with Rocko, BG183, Meres, Chris Riggs, Scratch, Lexi Bella and more

The exhibit opens this evening from 6-10pm. How might folks — who can’t make it this evening — see it?

Yes, there will be a reception tonight with DJ Prince Tafari, the artists and special guests — including Assemblyman Jose Rivera. There will also be select artworks for sale. Folks who won’t be able to attend can email artists4peacebx@gmail.com and arrange a time to visit The Art of Peace.

the art of peace Lady K Fever Curates <em>The Art of Peace</em> at Al Iman Community Center with Rocko, BG183, Meres, Chris Riggs, Scratch, Lexi Bella and more

Images:

1.  Rocko 

2. BG183, Tats Cru with Lady K Fever and Aldo Perez posed in front

3. Meres One

4. Chris Riggs

5. Scratch and Lady K Fever

6. Lexi Bella

Interview and photos by Lois Stavsky

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rime jersey joe graffiti bronx nyc1 <em>Writers Block</em> up in the Bronx: Rime, Mastro, Curve, Spot, Yes 1, Uncle Ro, Wen Cod, Rath, Danielle Mastrion, Lexi Bella, Ces and more

For the past several days, over two dozen artists — from writers to muralists —  have been busily transforming a huge block along Boone Avenue at 174th Street. Here are a few more images that we captured these past two days from Writers Block organized by Wen Cod:

Mastro

mastro graffiti the Bronx nyc <em>Writers Block</em> up in the Bronx: Rime, Mastro, Curve, Spot, Yes 1, Uncle Ro, Wen Cod, Rath, Danielle Mastrion, Lexi Bella, Ces and more

Curve

curvazoid graffiti bronx nyc <em>Writers Block</em> up in the Bronx: Rime, Mastro, Curve, Spot, Yes 1, Uncle Ro, Wen Cod, Rath, Danielle Mastrion, Lexi Bella, Ces and more

Spot and Acne aka Young Socrates

spot and young socrates graffiti LIC <em>Writers Block</em> up in the Bronx: Rime, Mastro, Curve, Spot, Yes 1, Uncle Ro, Wen Cod, Rath, Danielle Mastrion, Lexi Bella, Ces and more

Yes 1 at work 

yes1 paints bronx graffiti nyc <em>Writers Block</em> up in the Bronx: Rime, Mastro, Curve, Spot, Yes 1, Uncle Ro, Wen Cod, Rath, Danielle Mastrion, Lexi Bella, Ces and more

Nero aka Uncle Ro

uncle ro graffiti bronx nyc <em>Writers Block</em> up in the Bronx: Rime, Mastro, Curve, Spot, Yes 1, Uncle Ro, Wen Cod, Rath, Danielle Mastrion, Lexi Bella, Ces and more

Wen Cod, who organized the event, captured at work in the early stages yesterday morning

wen cod paints grafffiti bronx nyc <em>Writers Block</em> up in the Bronx: Rime, Mastro, Curve, Spot, Yes 1, Uncle Ro, Wen Cod, Rath, Danielle Mastrion, Lexi Bella, Ces and more

Rath at work

rath graffiti <em>Writers Block</em> up in the Bronx: Rime, Mastro, Curve, Spot, Yes 1, Uncle Ro, Wen Cod, Rath, Danielle Mastrion, Lexi Bella, Ces and more

Danielle Mastrion, Lexi Bella, and Doc TC5 to the far right

Danielle Mastrion Lexi Bella doctc5 <em>Writers Block</em> up in the Bronx: Rime, Mastro, Curve, Spot, Yes 1, Uncle Ro, Wen Cod, Rath, Danielle Mastrion, Lexi Bella, Ces and more

Ces checks it out

ces graffiti bronx nyc <em>Writers Block</em> up in the Bronx: Rime, Mastro, Curve, Spot, Yes 1, Uncle Ro, Wen Cod, Rath, Danielle Mastrion, Lexi Bella, Ces and more

 Note: First image features Jersey Joe aka Rime

Photo credits: 1-4 & 6-9 Lois Stavsky; 5 & 10 Tara Murray

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el mac celso gonzalez cero street art East Harlem Monument Art in East Harlem and the South Bronx: Cero with El Mac, Faith 47, Luis R Vidal, Roa, Sego, Viajero, Ever and 2Alas

Monument Art, an international mural festival — similar in scale and scope to Los Muros Hablan NYC  that took place in 2013 in East Harlem and the South Bronx — was launched earlier this month. Curated by Celso Gonzalez and presented by the La Marqueta Retoña initiative, in collaboration with the City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, it features a stunning array of soulful, site-specific murals.

South African artist Faith 47, 103 St & Madison Ave

faith72 mural monument art east harlem nyc Monument Art in East Harlem and the South Bronx: Cero with El Mac, Faith 47, Luis R Vidal, Roa, Sego, Viajero, Ever and 2Alas

Brooklyn-based Puerto Rican photographer Luis R Vidal, 111 St & 1 Ave

luis vidal monument art mural nyc Monument Art in East Harlem and the South Bronx: Cero with El Mac, Faith 47, Luis R Vidal, Roa, Sego, Viajero, Ever and 2Alas

Belgian artist Roa at work, 1o8 St & Lexington Ave

roa at work monument art east harlem nyc Monument Art in East Harlem and the South Bronx: Cero with El Mac, Faith 47, Luis R Vidal, Roa, Sego, Viajero, Ever and 2Alas

 Roa‘s completed piece

roa mural art monument art east harlem Monument Art in East Harlem and the South Bronx: Cero with El Mac, Faith 47, Luis R Vidal, Roa, Sego, Viajero, Ever and 2Alas

Mexican artist Sego at work, 103 St & Madison Ave

sego paints monument art East harlem nyc Monument Art in East Harlem and the South Bronx: Cero with El Mac, Faith 47, Luis R Vidal, Roa, Sego, Viajero, Ever and 2Alas

Sego‘s completed mural

sego street art monument art nyc Monument Art in East Harlem and the South Bronx: Cero with El Mac, Faith 47, Luis R Vidal, Roa, Sego, Viajero, Ever and 2Alas

NYC-based Viajero at work, 113 St & 2 Ave

Viajero at work Monument Art in East Harlem and the South Bronx: Cero with El Mac, Faith 47, Luis R Vidal, Roa, Sego, Viajero, Ever and 2Alas

Viajero‘s completed mural

Viajero MonumentArtNYC East Harlem Monument Art in East Harlem and the South Bronx: Cero with El Mac, Faith 47, Luis R Vidal, Roa, Sego, Viajero, Ever and 2Alas

Argentine artist Ever at work on 99 St & 3 Ave

ever siempre mural monumentart NYC Monument Art in East Harlem and the South Bronx: Cero with El Mac, Faith 47, Luis R Vidal, Roa, Sego, Viajero, Ever and 2Alas

Ever‘s completed piece

ever siempre public art nyc Monument Art in East Harlem and the South Bronx: Cero with El Mac, Faith 47, Luis R Vidal, Roa, Sego, Viajero, Ever and 2Alas

Andrew Antonaccio and Filio Galvez of the Miami-based collective 2Alas, 138 St & Park Ave, South Bronx

2alas street art close up Monument Art in East Harlem and the South Bronx: Cero with El Mac, Faith 47, Luis R Vidal, Roa, Sego, Viajero, Ever and 2Alas

2alas mural south Bronx Monument Art in East Harlem and the South Bronx: Cero with El Mac, Faith 47, Luis R Vidal, Roa, Sego, Viajero, Ever and 2Alas

The first image — a portrait of Puerto Rican novelist Nicholasa Mohr on 111 St and Lexington Ave — was painted by LA based El Mac in collaboration with Puerto Rican artists Celso Gonzalez and Roberto Biaggi, Cero.

Photo credits: 1 & 9 Lois Stavsky; 2, 3, 5-8 & 10-13 Tara Murray; 4. Dani Reyes Mozeson 

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edec1 Con Artist Collective Readies for <em>Slap 2</em>: A Celebration of Sticker Culture

Opening next month on Wednesday, November 18th is round two of the Con Artist Collective‘s hugely successful ’slap’ sticker show. While visiting its space at 119 Ludlow Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side earlier this week, I had the chance to speak to Con Artist Collective’s Brian Shevlin.

What prompted you to launch a second round of Slap?

We had gotten such an enthusiastic response to our first sticker art show two years ago. And folks kept on asking us, “When are you doing another Slap show?”

You, yourself, are quite a sticker aficionado. What is the appeal of sticker art to you?

With just a sharpie and a shipping label, anyone can become a street artist. And a handmade sticker is such an intimate object of art! I also love the way the sticker art culture brings together such a wide range of creative people from graffiti writers to fine artists, all of different backgrounds.

Klops roger2 Con Artist Collective Readies for <em>Slap 2</em>: A Celebration of Sticker Culture

What would you say is the mission of Slap 2?

We are looking to involve a lot of the artists who didn’t participate in our first Slap show. And this exhibit is our way of celebrating and showing respect to the sticker culture.

How might this next sticker exhibit differ from your first one?

It will differ in scope and scale. We’ve put together an incredible team, with help from Robert Aloia of Outlaw Arts, Hugh Burckhardt and Paul Arbs from Urban Hooker. We are hoping to bring over 500 artists on board. And we will have sticker packs available for purchase.

Kenji Hirata sticker art Con Artist Collective Readies for <em>Slap 2</em>: A Celebration of Sticker Culture

How can folks submit stickers to Slap 2?

They are to fill out this form, and then drop off or mail their handmade stickers to: Con Artist Collective, 119 Ludlow Street, New York, New York. They can find additional information on our website.

What is the deadline for submissions?

They have until November 13th.

whut sticker art Con Artist Collective Readies for <em>Slap 2</em>: A Celebration of Sticker Culture

 What’s ahead?

We will travel the world! Our first Slap exhibit has already traveled to Sri Lanka and is heading to Singapore and Bangkok. It will continue to travel with new submissions added. And we will, once again, publish a zine.

Slap2 ConArtist Con Artist Collective Readies for <em>Slap 2</em>: A Celebration of Sticker Culture

What a great opportunity for artists! This sounds wonderful!

Note: The exhibit will open on November 17th with an opening party and end on November 28th with a closing party.

Images of works submitted for Slap 2: 1. Edec1 2. Klops 3. Kenji Hirata 4. Whut

Interview by Lois Stavsky

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dee dee recycled art station 16 Gallery Station 16 Presents Dee Dee: <em>The Day Is My Enemy</em> at 2 Rivington

Opening this evening at 2 Rivington Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and continuing through Sunday is The Day Is My Enemy, street artist Dee Dee‘s first solo exhibit. Presented by Montreal-based Station 16, it features an intriguing array of distinctly curious collaged works. When I stopped by last night, I had the opportunity to speak to Adam Vieira and Emily Robertson of Station 16.

adam vieria and emily robertson station 16 Station 16 Presents Dee Dee: <em>The Day Is My Enemy</em> at 2 Rivington

Just who is Dee Dee?

She is quite mysterious! But word is that the secretive artist is based in New York City and that she is Japanese.

Interesting! How did you discover her?

We first heard about her from Dain, whose work we’d exhibited at Station 16.

dee dee collage celebrate brooklyn edited 1 Station 16 Presents Dee Dee: <em>The Day Is My Enemy</em> at 2 Rivington

Yes! They share a similar aesthetic! What is it about Dee Dee‘s work that appeals to you?

We love that she creates her art from scraps of posters and assorted papers that she finds on the streets. And we like that she consistently gets up in a variety of spots. We are thrilled to be back in NYC to present her work in this space.

Dee Dee Collage Art Station 16 Presents Dee Dee: <em>The Day Is My Enemy</em> at 2 Rivington

Can you tell us something about the concept behind The Day Is My Enemy?

Yes! It is Halloween-based, as it highlights themes of deception and destruction. The works on exhibit explore the contradictions and discrepancies between our private and public selves.

Dee Dee Opening Station 16 Presents Dee Dee: <em>The Day Is My Enemy</em> at 2 Rivington

What can visitors to the opening reception expect — in addition to viewing first-hand all of this intriguing art?

There will be themed hostesses, lighting to complement the mood, a soundscape designed by Dee Dee and more!

It sounds great! Good luck!

Note: The Day Is My Enemy opens this evening from 6-9pm at 2 Rivington Street off the Bowery.

Interview and photos 1-4 by Lois Stavsky

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ree and snow graffiti shuaspace <em>Street Level</em> at Jersey Citys Shuaspace with: Ree, Snow, Sam Pullin, Mr. Mustart, Distort, Acro and more

Currently on view at Jersey City’s Shuaspace is Street Level, an exhibit featuring works by a range of artists from Old School graffiti writers to contemporary muralists. While visiting the space this past Sunday, I had the opportunity to speak with its curator, Allison Remy Hall.

What a fun exhibit! It’s such a wonderful mix of styles and genres. How did it all come about? 

When the owners of Shuaspace, Joshua Bisset and Laura Quattrocch, met me at the previous show that I had curated, they invited me to curate in this space. I’d always wanted to curate a graffiti exhibit, and this seemed like the perfect venue and opportunity. I then contacted artists whom I knew, who put me in contact with other artists.

Allison Remy Hall shuaspace Street level <em>Street Level</em> at Jersey Citys Shuaspace with: Ree, Snow, Sam Pullin, Mr. Mustart, Distort, Acro and more

Why graffiti? What draws you to graffiti?

I’ve always loved its aesthetic. I love its rawness and spontaneity.

bedbugs sam pullin shua space Jersey City <em>Street Level</em> at Jersey Citys Shuaspace with: Ree, Snow, Sam Pullin, Mr. Mustart, Distort, Acro and more

When and where were you first introduced to it?

My older siblings first introduced me to graffiti. I was about eight years old and living in New Haven at the time. Even as a child, I felt there was something bold and bad about it that appealed to me.

Mr. mustart <em>Street Level</em> at Jersey Citys Shuaspace with: Ree, Snow, Sam Pullin, Mr. Mustart, Distort, Acro and more

What — would you say — is the mission of  Street Level?

It’s a celebration of the organic nature of neighborhoods. With gentrification so much of the aesthetics and social dynamics of neighborhoods have been lost.

distort acro graffiti shuaspace <em>Street Level</em> at Jersey Citys Shuaspace with: Ree, Snow, Sam Pullin, Mr. Mustart, Distort, Acro and more

What was the experience of curating your first graffiti exhibit like?

It was wonderful! Everyone was so supportive and helpful and generous with their time. It was the most fun of any show I’ve curated!

Note: You can visit  Street Level, at Shuaspace this coming weekend from 1-6pm at 340 Summit Ave, a few blocks from Journal Square in Jersey City. You can also arrange a visit by contacting Alison at aremyh@gmail.com.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

1.  Ree and Snow, painted on gallery wall interspersed with black and white photographs

2. Curator Allison Remy Hall at gallery space

3. Distort and Acropainted on gallery wall interspersed with black and white photographs

4. Mr. Mustart

5. Sam Pullin aka Bedbugspainted on gallery wall interspersed with black and white photographs

Photographers on exhibit: Andrew Blumenthal, Miguel Peralta and Giovani Santoro

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