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WK collagewith paint WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

A pop-up exhibit — celebrating the release of WK‘s fourth book WK/ACT4 (DRAGO) and the launch of his partnership with KLINIK – opened on Tuesday evening at The Garage in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.  A huge range of work — from mixed-media installations to huge murals — is featured. Here’s a sampling:

WK Installations WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

WK Interact mural book launch party WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

Close-up from huge mural featuring locations and images of WK‘s works in NYC public spaces

WK map close up WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

And the book

WK act 4 WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

WK signs book WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

The exhibit continues until Wednesday at 22 Little West 12th Street.  It remains open from 12 – 6pm.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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This past Saturday, the LISA Project celebrated its second anniversary party with a spirited Secret Walls battle in the now-famous parking lot on Little Italy’s Mulberry Street. Team Lowbrow’s Bishop 203MastroZimad, and Steiner competed against Team Supreme’s Lamour SupremeJeremyville, Boy Kong, and Nick Gazin. Here are a few images:

Bishop 203 and Zimad (R)

Zimad and bishop203 street art and graffiti NYC Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

Mastro

mastro street art graffiti secret walls NYC Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

Lamour Supreme at work

supreme team Secret walls Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

Jeremyville‘s draft 

team supreme mural sketch jeremyville Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

The illustrious judges: Sean Corcoran, Martha Cooper, Terror 161 and Carlo McCormick

Sean corcoran Martha Cooper Terror161 and Carlo McCormick LISA Project Secret Walls Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

The winning Team LowBrow members with LISA Project founder and director Wayne Rada

Lisa Project street art NYC Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

And the beloved “Taggers Delight” wall with NYC-based illustrator Sashalyn leaving her mark – to the left of Stikki Peaches

Sashalyn. stikki peaches street art Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery1 The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery, a new outdoor public art space located in the courtyard of Gustiamo at 1715 West Farms Road, officially opens tomorrow, Saturday, October 18, 1-5pm.  Committed to preserving and celebrating the culture of graffiti in NYC, its first exhibit features works by such Bronx legends as Ces, Kingbee, and Tats Cru, along with artwork by its curators, Lady K Fever and Scratch.

Here’s a sampling of what’s been going down:

Tats Cru‘s Bio, BG 183 and Nicer

bio bg183 nicer tatscru graffiti Bronx NYC The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

Ces

ces graffiti Bronx NYC The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

Kingbee

kingbee graffiti street art Bronx NYC The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

Lady K Fever

lady k fever graffiti nyc The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

BG 183 and Scratch

scratch bg183 graffiti street art Bronx NYC The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

Hush Tours will provide free transportation from Manhattan to tomorrow’s event. For further information, contact Hush Tours at 212-714-3527.

All photos courtesy Scratch.

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Crisp John Paul Praxis street art Grove Alley NYC Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

The Grove Alley Paint Nite, produced by the Gowanus Nite Market — in coordination with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership — took place last month, once again transforming Grove Alley into a intriguing open-air gallery.  John Paul O’Grodnick, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1 were among the local artists joined by Bogota-based Praxis and Crisp for this year’s event in Downtown Brooklyn, off Fulton Mall. Here are some more photos captured soon after the event that had attracted close to 2,000 people:

Praxis

Praxis Grove Alley street art NYC Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

Crisp and John Paul O’Grodnick

Crisp JPO street art Grove Alley Brooklyn NYC Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

JC and Sole Rebel

JC and Sols street art Grove Alley Brooklyn NYC Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

JC, close-up

JC street art grove alley Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

Stencil1

Stencil1 Ed Roth grove alley stencils Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

 And still there from last year’s event —  See One and Rimx

See One Rimx graffiti street art Brooklyn Grove Alley NYC Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Rappin Max Robot cover Eric Orr on Graffiti, Keith Haring, Hip Hop, the South Bronx, Comic Art, the New York Comic Con and more

Legendary for his collaborative artwork with Keith Haring on the NYC subways, Bronx-based artist and designer Eric Orr also produced the first-ever hip-hop comic book.  I recently had the opportunity to find out more about this multi-faceted artist who will be participating tomorrow – Friday – evening at the New York Comic Con panel discussion Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining, presented by Depth of Field.

You were one of the first graff artists to develop a distinct icon. Your “robot head” has since appeared on a wide range of surfaces – from T-shirts to record labels to international fine art exhibits. It has even made its way into Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses and catalogues. Can you tell us something about it?

It was inspired by the space age and the robotics era. I grew up in the age of Star Wars, Space Odyssey and the Robot Dance. And as tagging on walls and traditional graff didn’t do that much for me, my robot actually made it to the streets of the South Bronx where I grew up.

Orr meets Keith Haring NYC subway graffiti character Eric Orr on Graffiti, Keith Haring, Hip Hop, the South Bronx, Comic Art, the New York Comic Con and more

You may well be best-known for your collabs with Keith Haring that surfaced on the 6 Pelham Bay and the 4 and 5 NYC subways lines 30 years ago. You are, in fact, the only artist who ever collaborated with Keith in the subway system. How did you two first meet up?

Keith, it seems, had been eyeing my work for a while.  But we actually met, by chance, one day at a Swatch watch completion. I was wearing my hand-painted robot head shirt when Keith Haring approached me and invited me to collaborate with him on a series of artworks on the black panel spaces of the NYC subway system.

And these became a legendary part of NYC’s subway history! You also played a huge role in the hip-hop scene back in the day, producing work for Afrika Bambaataa and such hip-hop artists as Jazzy Jay, along with the brand logo for the Strong City Record label.  Can you tell us something about that? What exactly was the relationship between graffiti and hip-hop?  And was there one?

Yes! The same energy from the streets of the South Bronx that created the graffiti there in the late 70’s created hip-hop. Writers would go straight from getting up in the streets to hanging out at park jams and clubs. And it was largely the graffiti artists who designed the flyers for the hip-hop events.

Eric Orr hip hop character on comic Eric Orr on Graffiti, Keith Haring, Hip Hop, the South Bronx, Comic Art, the New York Comic Con and more

What about the relationship between hip-hop and comics? You produced the first-ever hip-hop comic and will be speaking about the two cultures at the  tomorrow – Friday.

From the beginning graffiti artists, MC’s and break-dancers adapted elements from the comic book culture. Just about everything — from our names to our fantastical identities to the flyers we designed — had comic elements in it. But only someone from the inside could have produced an authentic hip-hop comic.  My original “Maxwell Robot” strip ran in Rap Masters magazine.

Do you have a formal art education?

I studied art at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League.

Was it worthwhile?

Yes, it inspired me to take my work to a commercial level.

Cosmonaut Label Eric Orr on Graffiti, Keith Haring, Hip Hop, the South Bronx, Comic Art, the New York Comic Con and more

How do you feel about the interplay between graffiti/street art and the commercial world?

I have mixed feelings. It’s great for me and others to get paid to do the things we love. But it’s also easy for artists to be exploited — if their art is used to market a product and they are not getting paid for their artwork or sharing in the company’s profits.

You’ve done workshops with kids in New Zealand – to which you originally traveled to create a design for Serato — and recently here up in the Bronx. Can you tell us something about that?

Having grown up in the South Bronx, I understand just how important it is for kids to have positive experiences that nurture their creativity in productive ways. My most recent venture was with Sienide, working with youth to design a mural on 172nd Street and Southern Boulevard for the Children’s Aid Society’s.

erik Orr robot for childrens aid society Eric Orr on Graffiti, Keith Haring, Hip Hop, the South Bronx, Comic Art, the New York Comic Con and more

What’s ahead?

Cornell University recently approached me about purchasing the original source material for Rappin’ Max Robot for its hip-hop collection of rare books and manuscripts. I am currently working on an a piece for an upcoming train show at Grand Central, scheduled to open on November 22. And tomorrow evening, I will be participating in the New York Comic Con panel discussion Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining.

Congratulations! It all sounds great! 

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky; all images courtesy of Eric Orr; final photo by Lois Stavsky

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Mr prvt street art edited 1 Its Happening at the Bushwick Collective: Mr. Prvrt, Bishop 203, Thievin Stephen and more

It’s been busy at the Bushwick Collective with new murals surfacing by local, regional and international artists. Here’s a small sampling of what’s been going down:

Mr. Prvrt — pictured above — with his new mural, and as seen, below, in Sunday’s sun

Mr Prvrt Bushwick Collective street art NYC Its Happening at the Bushwick Collective: Mr. Prvrt, Bishop 203, Thievin Stephen and more

Bishop 203 to the left of Danielle Mastrion’s long-running Biggie mural

bishop203 graffiti street art  Its Happening at the Bushwick Collective: Mr. Prvrt, Bishop 203, Thievin Stephen and more

Thievin’ Stephen — at work on Jefferson off Saint Nicholas

Thievin Stephen street art action Bushwick Collective Its Happening at the Bushwick Collective: Mr. Prvrt, Bishop 203, Thievin Stephen and more

And  tomorrow — Wednesday evening — at 5pm, Tyson, a dear friend of the Bushwick Collective, is opening his doors to his new restaurant, Arrogant Swine, at 173 Morgan Avenue.

Vers Its Happening at the Bushwick Collective: Mr. Prvrt, Bishop 203, Thievin Stephen and more

Bushwick Collective founder and curator Joe Ficalora invites the Bushwick Collective fam to head over there. Expect to dine and wine with DJ’s, fire breathers, free tattoos and more surprises, along with a newly completed mural by Sexer.

Final image by Vers; all photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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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

dumbo arts festival note on ground DUMBO Arts Festival: A Model of Community Engagement

 And reading those left by others

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

Creating artwork with others

community engagement at Dumbo Arts Festival DUMBO Arts Festival: A Model of Community Engagement

Or alone

Dumbo arts festival kids zone close up DUMBO Arts Festival: A Model of Community Engagement

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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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.

Note: Triangle mirrors, prisms, mylar and glass structures fabricated by Colin Bowring, the Art Science Wizard.

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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Erro comic characters close up at Mana Contemporary Jersey Citys Mana Contemporary Presents: Erró: American Comics

“Works of art in public spaces can have a highly beneficial effect upon the environment – beautifying it, sparking debate, and nurturing public interest in visual art,” concluded Reykjavik’s Executive City Council in a recently released report. Among those artists selected to add style and intrigue to apartment building walls of Iceland’s capital is the celebrated Icelandic pop artist Erró. As there has always been somewhat of a crossover between street art and comic art, the choice seems perfect. And here at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, a short ride from downtown Manhattan, an exhibit of the celebrated artist’s works, presented by Galerie Ernst Hilger, opens tomorrow.

Here is another close-up from Erró‘s bold, comic-inspired work, Excalibur Saga, on display:

Erro comiccharacters at Mana Contemporary Jersey City Jersey Citys Mana Contemporary Presents: Erró: American Comics

And his Official Portrait of Sigmund Freud is one of many psychologically intriguing and provocative works also on exhibit:

Erro the official portrait of sigmune freud at mana contemporary Jersey Citys Mana Contemporary Presents: Erró: American Comics

Mana Contemporary is providing free shuttle service to us New Yorkers to and from tomorrow’s 1pm opening. Buses depart every half hour starting at 12:30pm from Milk Studios at 450 West 15th Street.

Photos of artworks by Lois Stavsky

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