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A new series of painting and drawings by the wonderfully talented multi-media artist Michael Alan will be on view at the Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Gallery for two days later this month.  The second day of the exhibit, February 25, will feature a Living Installation. Curious about it all, I posed a few questions to Michael.

Michael Alan artwork Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert to Present Michael Alans <em>Immortal Equations</em>: An Exhibit, Living Installation & Theatrical Happening

Can you tell us something about the title Immortal Equations? What does it mean?

For me, great artwork conveys a taste of planning mixed with spontaneity. The great masters made sure your eyes moved all around the picture plane. They sure didn’t want their heads cut off. When I work, whether on a flat surface or on people, I think in terms of something that will live past NOW and, also, has an algorithmic pop to it – whether through color and line or just balance.

The Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Gallery describes Immortal Equations as a Living Installation, a solo exhibition and a theatrical happening. What can attendees expect to happen? 

I’ve been going through myriads of health issues, so I just wanted to do a 2-day special show. On Feb 24th, day one, there will be an exhibit of some new works. I will be there. It’s a basic opening, but my crowd varies from high-end collectors to my boys I grew up with. It’s a real NY show! And I’m planning to return for a month-long exhibit somewhat later on.

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What about the second day?

On the 25th starting at 6pm, the drawings come to life. I will do my staple event, a Living Installation, with nine others, and six hours of live music by me and Tim “Love” Lee. There will also be six hours of non-stop live-action over-the-top recreation of the human body. 

What would you like your participants to walk away with? What is the mission of this event?

Creative inspiration, happiness, and many thoughts. We live to shut off, especially in a time of high technology. I try to slow time down and let people watch a Human Fish Tank. It’s for the people. I do this for community and for people to come and participate: to make drawings, write and be turned into living paintings.

Michael Alan Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert to Present Michael Alans <em>Immortal Equations</em>: An Exhibit, Living Installation & Theatrical Happening

Can you tell us something about this specific venue? The curator?  Who else – besides – you will be featured?

The venue is Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Gallery at 33 Orchard Street off Hester on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Mitra Khorasheh is curating the show. The performers and participants include: David Modelo, Stacey Dawn, Selina Lee, Genevieve Sophie Snow, Kimtacular, Wren, Laura WeylAlyssa D’Anna and photographer Kristen Collins, along with live music by me and Tim “Love” Lee.

How can folks gain admission?

The first night’s exhibit is free and open to the public.  The second night – the Living Installation – is by admission only. For tickets, please visit www.michaelalanart.com under Installation.

Michael Alan Living Installation Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert to Present Michael Alans <em>Immortal Equations</em>: An Exhibit, Living Installation & Theatrical Happening

 Interview by Lois Stavsky; photos 1-3 courtesy of the artist; final photo by Kristen Collins

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ladyk fever installation longwood gallery nyc Lady K Fever Solo Exhibit, <em>Dubbed</em>, to Open Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 4th, at BCAs Longwood Art Gallery

Bronx-based Canadian artist Lady K Fever has been gracing the walls of her borough and beyond with her distinctly expressive aesthetic for over a decade. When I met up with her last week, she was feverishly at work on her inventive installation for her upcoming exhibit, Dubbed, at the Bronx Council of the ArtsLongwood Art Gallery.

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lady k fever installation in progress1 Lady K Fever Solo Exhibit, <em>Dubbed</em>, to Open Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 4th, at BCAs Longwood Art Gallery

This is all quite amazing! There is so much going on here, and I love it all. What is the concept behind this? What is going on?

I am playing with the language of graffiti. It’s a mix of sketches, drawings, pieces, tags, stickers, wheatpastes, paintings on Plexiglas and cardboard, found objects, transparencies, selfies, subway tiles, razor wire and all that I associate with graffiti. It is quite conceptual. The razor wire represents — among other things — a prison yard and the risks we graffiti writers take. The new drawings made for this exhibit have all been done in conversation with myself or a friend or a family member, exploring direct transmission through the self and hand.

Lady K Fever Longwood gallery close up art Lady K Fever Solo Exhibit, <em>Dubbed</em>, to Open Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 4th, at BCAs Longwood Art Gallery

When did the concept for this exhibit first come to you? How did it originate?

It began five years ago when I had a solo exhibit at Masterworks Museum in Bermuda. I became interested in playing with lines and mixing elements. It took me back to my reggae roots. The title of this exhibit Dubbed is a reference to the technical term for copying sound or other media from one tape to another. My installation explores how rhythm and emotion can translate into painted vibration and word.

ladyk fever graffiti on tile Lady K Fever Solo Exhibit, <em>Dubbed</em>, to Open Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 4th, at BCAs Longwood Art Gallery

When did you begin the actual work for this exhibit?

I began working on it about two months ago. But I’ve been thinking about it for the past two years.

lady k detail longwood Lady K Fever Solo Exhibit, <em>Dubbed</em>, to Open Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 4th, at BCAs Longwood Art Gallery

What would you like your viewers to walk away with?

I want them to understand that there is more to graffiti than what one generally assumes. It is a rich, highly sophisticated aesthetic that involves a deliberate process.

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Why did you choose the the Longwood Art Gallery as your venue?

Since I participated in a group exhibit at Longwood Art Gallery in 2011, I’ve always wanted to have a solo show here. It is the ideal space, as it nurtures and celebrates experimentation.

Note: An opening reception will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, from 5-9 at the Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. Curator Laura Napier will also be in attendance.

Interview and photos by Lois Stavsky

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A specialized new online gallery certain to appeal to us street art aficionados, Cluster Wall launches tomorrow evening with an exhibit and party at 17 Frost in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We recently had the opportunity to speak to Cluster Wall’s founder, Evan Tobias. 

Chris RWK Cluster Wall <em> Cluster Wall </em> to Launch Tomorrow with Exhibit and Party at 17 Frost in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

What is Cluster Wall? Why that name?

It is a term I respond to! As an art-lover and collector, I tend to cluster art of all colors and styles in our Brooklyn apartment. The results are vibrant, bold and kinetic, like New York City, itself!

What is your mission in launching Cluster Wall?

My mission is to provide art lovers with the opportunity to purchase first-rate, hand-embellished affordable art. There will not be any ink jet prints. All of the artworks will be signed and numbered, and editions will be limited. Prints will be released in a series of 100 or fewer. And, in addition, a small number of original works will also be made available.

Evan Tobas at Cluster Wall <em> Cluster Wall </em> to Launch Tomorrow with Exhibit and Party at 17 Frost in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

What work experiences do you bring with you to your current position?

I was the founder and editor of Block Magazine, and founder of the Full Circle Bar in Williamsburg.

Most of the artists — whose works you will be exhibiting and selling — are active on the streets. Why the focus on street art?

I’m a big fan of street art. I’ve been living in Williamsburg since 2001, and I’ve seen how street art has enhanced my neighborhood. It has made it a better place to live. But Cluster Wall is not limited to street artists. I will be releasing artworks by other contemporary urban artists, as well.

the drif <em> Cluster Wall </em> to Launch Tomorrow with Exhibit and Party at 17 Frost in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

How did you decide which artists to work with?

I started off by contacting artists I know, and then I was connected to some others. I was specifically looking for artwork that I love that would also work well as prints.

Can you tell us something about this weekend’s exhibit? What can we expect to see?

We will be featuring prints and original artworks by Chris RWK, Joe Iurato, Rubin, ASVP, Elle, The Drif, London Kaye, Solus, Opie and ORYX, along with collaborative works by John Paul O’Grodnick and Jilly Ballistic, who will also be painting live.

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What is Cluster Wall bringing to the art scene?

It provides art lovers with the opportunity to collect outstanding, innovative artwork at modest prices.

That all sounds great! Good luck!

Joe Iurato cluster wall <em> Cluster Wall </em> to Launch Tomorrow with Exhibit and Party at 17 Frost in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Note: The launch begins at 7pm tomorrow — Saturday — at 17 Frost Street and will feature, along with dozens of artworks, music by DJ Nigel Rubirosa and refreshments provided by Lion Beer and Sea Grape Wines.

Interview conducted by City-as-School intern Zachariah Messaoud.

Photos

1. Chris RWK  

2. Cluster Wall founder Evan Tobias, seated in front of artwork by London Kaye 

3. The Drif

4. John Paul O’Grodnick and Jilly Ballistic

5.  Joe Iurato

All photos courtesy Cluster Wall, except for pic of Evan by Lois Stavsky

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After six weeks of polishing a five-foot–tall marble cube to perfection back in 1982, German sculptor Ewerdt Hilgemann rolled it down a steep slope. He liked what he saw, as its mangled, contorted forms represented “the ultimate beauty of creation.” And since 1985, Hilgemann has been forging sculptures using a unique vacuum process, which “implodes” geometric shapes causing the material to deform according to natural laws.

Ewerdt Hilgemann Habakuk sculpture NYC Ewerdt Hilgemanns Implosion Sculptures on Manhattans Park Avenue and at Jersey Citys Mana Contemporary

At once tough and sensuous, a series of Hilgemann’s seven stainless steel sculptures surfaced on the streets of our city this past summer. We were mesmerized! Opening tomorrow at Mana Contemporary is Panta Rhei, an exhibit featuring six of Hilgeman’s sculptures installed outside the Mana Glass Gallery and inside the building’s lobby. 

Cube Flower, as seen in early fall on Park Avenue

Ewerdt Hilgemann Cube Flower manhattan sculpture Ewerdt Hilgemanns Implosion Sculptures on Manhattans Park Avenue and at Jersey Citys Mana Contemporary

Dancers, close-up, as seen in early fall on Park Avenue

Ewerdt Hilgemann sculpture dancers NYC Ewerdt Hilgemanns Implosion Sculptures on Manhattans Park Avenue and at Jersey Citys Mana Contemporary

And at Mana Contemporaryas seen yesterday in the icy snow

Ewerdt Hilgemann Ewerdt Hilgemanns Implosion Sculptures on Manhattans Park Avenue and at Jersey Citys Mana Contemporary

The artist

Ewerdt Hilgemann at Mana Contemporary Jersey City Ewerdt Hilgemanns Implosion Sculptures on Manhattans Park Avenue and at Jersey Citys Mana Contemporary

And his wondrous smaller works as viewed indoors at Mana

Ewerdt Hilgemann inside Mana Contemporary Jersey City Ewerdt Hilgemanns Implosion Sculptures on Manhattans Park Avenue and at Jersey Citys Mana Contemporary

Ewerdt Hilgemann Mana Contemporary exhibit Ewerdt Hilgemanns Implosion Sculptures on Manhattans Park Avenue and at Jersey Citys Mana Contemporary

Also opening tomorrow at Mana Contemporary are: Making Art Dance, curated by Jeffrey Deitch; John Newsom: Rogue Arena and David Levinthal: Hitler Moves East.

The opening events are free and open to the public. You can RSVP here for free transportation from NYC. Shuttle service to and from the event will be provided every half hour starting at 12:30 PM from Milk Studios (450 W. 15th Street) and returning every half hour from Mana starting at 2 PM.

Photos:  1-5 and 7 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 6 by Lois Stavsky

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chalfant graffiti photography Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All City Graffiti Archive through Thursday  with Closing Event Sat. 12/20 at City Lore

Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All-City Graffiti Archive, a mosaic of 850 wall images of subway graffiti photographed by Chalfant – along with a series of Martha Cooper’s artist portraits — continues through this Thursday, December 18 at 4pm.  A homage to the boundless creativity of the graffiti artists whose talents and passions paved the way to the global street art movement, Moving Murals is the first exhibit to grace the City Lore Gallery at 56 East 1st Street.

Another close-up from Henry Chalfant collage, featuring the legendary Iz the Wiz

Henry Chalfant subway graffiti City Lore Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All City Graffiti Archive through Thursday  with Closing Event Sat. 12/20 at City Lore

Martha Cooper’s portraits

Martha cooper Moving Murals City Lore Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All City Graffiti Archive through Thursday  with Closing Event Sat. 12/20 at City Lore

Including such contemporaries as Lady Aiko (top left)

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And next Saturday, December 20, 12pm – 6pm, you will have the opportunity to take home one of Henry Chalfant’s graffiti train prints as City Lore will be offering Chalfant’s train photographs from the Moving Murals exhibit with each membership purchased. Membership begins at $35. Hot cider and a variety of gifts by local NYC artists will also be available for sale at the City Lore Store

City Lore Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All City Graffiti Archive through Thursday  with Closing Event Sat. 12/20 at City Lore

Moving Murals City Lore Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All City Graffiti Archive through Thursday  with Closing Event Sat. 12/20 at City Lore

Final photo courtesy of City Lore; photos of Henry Chalfant’s installation by Lois Stavsky; of Martha Cooper’s by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Hi Arts alice Mizrachi JR street art  Hi ARTS Presents JRs Inside Out Mi Gente / Oyáte kiŋ Photo Art Project    opening this evening in East Harlem

Opening this evening from 6-9pm at the Hi-Arts Gallery on 304 East 100th Street is JR’s Inside Out Mi Gente/ Oyáte kiŋ Art Project — focusing on and uniting two communities: NYC’s East Harlem and South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. Here are a few images captured yesterday while visiting the exhibit, curated by Carlos Mare:

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Closer-up

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And more

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And outside with murals by Alice Mizrachi and Part One

hi arts  Hi ARTS Presents JRs Inside Out Mi Gente / Oyáte kiŋ Photo Art Project    opening this evening in East Harlem

 Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Craig Anthony Miller paints Inside the Studio: Live Art with Craig Anthony Miller and Laolu Senbanjo at the pdn PhotoPlus Expo

Amidst the cameras, printers and sundry photography gear at this year’s pdn PhotoPlus Expo, we discovered DUMBO’s Craig Anthony Miller aka CAM at work, along with the Nigerian artist and musician, Laolu Senbanjo.  Here are a few more images that we captured yesterday at the remarkable installation, Inside the Studio, presented by Nikon at the Javits Center.

Another image of Craig Anthony Miller aka CAM at work

CAM creates art Inside the Studio: Live Art with Craig Anthony Miller and Laolu Senbanjo at the pdn PhotoPlus Expo

Laolu Senbanjo at work

Laolu Senbanjo art at PDN photoplus expo Inside the Studio: Live Art with Craig Anthony Miller and Laolu Senbanjo at the pdn PhotoPlus Expo

Collaborative artwork by Craig Anthony Miller aka CAM and Laolu Senbanjo

Craig Anthony Miller and Laolu Senbanjo collaboration Inside the Studio: Live Art with Craig Anthony Miller and Laolu Senbanjo at the pdn PhotoPlus Expo

And a huge fragment of another collaborative piece

Craig Anthony Miller and Laolu senbanjo art Inside the Studio: Live Art with Craig Anthony Miller and Laolu Senbanjo at the pdn PhotoPlus Expo

The pdn PhotoPlus Expo continues through today, Saturday.

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

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Earlier this week, FIT students and alumni took to sharing their skills with the public outside FIT’s buildings on Seventh Avenue between 27 and 28 Streets. Here’s a sampling of what went down:

Angel Garcia with Darien Merriett at work to his left

Darien Merriett Angel Garcia Chalk Art FIT NYC FIT Students and Alumni Take to the Street with Chalk

Jhowee Chiang — work in progress — to the right of unidentified artist at work

FIT action jhowee chiang FIT Students and Alumni Take to the Street with Chalk

Victor Saint-Hilaire, close-up

Victor A. Saint Hilaire FIT Chalk Art Character FIT Students and Alumni Take to the Street with Chalk

Daisy Ruiz

Daisy Ruiz chalk art FIT FIT Students and Alumni Take to the Street with Chalk

Anita Stevens Rundles

Anita Stevrun chalk art FIT NYC FIT Students and Alumni Take to the Street with Chalk

Chase Michaelis — segment — to the left of artists to be identified

Chase Michaelis Danny Scanno fit chalk art FIT Students and Alumni Take to the Street with Chalk

Meagan Meli to the left of artists at work

Megan Meli Chalk Art FIT NYC FIT Students and Alumni Take to the Street with Chalk

Photos by FIT alumnus Dani Reyes Mozeson

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With new murals outside and an array of artworks inside, Be Electric Studios on 1298 Willoughby Avenue is the site of a new exhibit featuring over 20 street muralists.  Here are a few images captured hours before it opened last night.

Chris & Veng RWK and Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett

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Nicholai Khan at work, FumeroRaquel EchaniqueChris & Veng RWK and Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett

 street murals bushwick nyc STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Magda Love at work

Magda love fumero mural STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Sonni

sonni art exhibit STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Joseph Meloy

Meloy art  STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Cernesto

Cern art on exhibit edited 1 STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

And Esteban del Valle adding some finishing touches to his indoor mural

Esteban Delvalle nural art  STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Curated by Kevin Michael, the exhibit continues through Monday, 12 – 11pm.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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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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