Exhibits

MadC graffiti Yonkers NY German Artist Claudia “MadC” Walde on the Streets of Yonkers and in <em>Bits and Pieces</em> at WallWorks NY

A master of form, composition and color, German artist Claudia “MadC” Walde fashions luscious artworks that surface both on public spaces and in galleries world-wide. Her current exhibit Bits and Pieces at WallWorks NY remains on view through June 2.  Here are a few images:

1700Acrylic, watercolor and spray paint on canvas

MadC 1700 2015 wall works NYC German Artist Claudia “MadC” Walde on the Streets of Yonkers and in <em>Bits and Pieces</em> at WallWorks NY

2035Acrylic, watercolor and spray paint on canvas

MadC 2035 2015 Wallworks NY German Artist Claudia “MadC” Walde on the Streets of Yonkers and in <em>Bits and Pieces</em> at WallWorks NY

1126, Acrylic, watercolor and spray paint on canvas

MadC 1126 2015 Wall works NYC German Artist Claudia “MadC” Walde on the Streets of Yonkers and in <em>Bits and Pieces</em> at WallWorks NY

1342Acrylic, watercolor and spray paint on canvas

MadC 1342 wallworks NY German Artist Claudia “MadC” Walde on the Streets of Yonkers and in <em>Bits and Pieces</em> at WallWorks NY

1149, Acrylic, watercolor and spray paint on canvas

MadC 1149 2015 German Artist Claudia “MadC” Walde on the Streets of Yonkers and in <em>Bits and Pieces</em> at WallWorks NY

Wide View

madc wide view wall works German Artist Claudia “MadC” Walde on the Streets of Yonkers and in <em>Bits and Pieces</em> at WallWorks NY

WallWorks NY is located at 39 Bruckner Blvd in the Bronx, just a few minutes away from Manhattan.

Photo credits: 1 Sara C Mozeson; 2, 4, 6 & 7 Tara Murray; 3 Lois Stavsky; 5 City-As-School intern Diana Davidova

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Lee Quinones the Fabulous 5 Lee Quiñones Solo Exhibit at 291 Grand Street on the LES

Fusing his never-before-seen drawings with his newer works, Lee Quiñones‘s pop-up solo exhibit — presented by Nicole Klagsbrun — takes us on a fabulous foray into the rich history of one of NYC’s legends who has garnered acclaim for both his graffiti and his fine art. Here is a small sampling of what can be seen through June 7 at 291 Grand Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side:

Wild, Installation view

Lee quinones wild style Lee Quiñones Solo Exhibit at 291 Grand Street on the LES

Hell Express, work study #3, 1979

Lee Quinones Hell Express  Lee Quiñones Solo Exhibit at 291 Grand Street on the LES

Rust-oleum VS the Toys, 1981 

lee quinones Rust oleum VS the Toys Lee Quiñones Solo Exhibit at 291 Grand Street on the LES

Golpe de Suerte, 2013 – 2014, close-up

Lee Quinones Golpe de Suerte Lee Quiñones Solo Exhibit at 291 Grand Street on the LES

Crossing Delancey, 2014

Lee Quinones Crossing Delancey Lee Quiñones Solo Exhibit at 291 Grand Street on the LES

The pop-up exhibit can be seen Wed – Sun from 11am – 6pm.

Note:  First image is Iz the Wiz (The Fabulous Five), 1977

Photo credits: 1, 2, 4 & 5 Lois Stavsky; 3 & 6 City-as-School intern Diana Davidova

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NDA Iena Cruz paint Henley SoHo NYC  <em>The Secret Garden Series</em> Launches at the Henley Vaporium Backyard Garden in Soho with NDA and Iena Cruz

We stopped by the Henley Vaporium earlier this week to watch two of our favorite artists — NDA and Iena Cruz — as they were collaboratively painting a huge wall in the splendid backyard garden at 23 Cleveland Place. We also had the opportunity to speak to Kimyon Huggins, the curator of the newly launched Secret Garden Series.

Kimyon Huggins NDA Cruz HenleyVape  <em>The Secret Garden Series</em> Launches at the Henley Vaporium Backyard Garden in Soho with NDA and Iena Cruz

This looks fabulous! Just what is the Secret Garden Series?

Beginning this month and continuing through late fall, several leading street artists and muralists will spend one week each month collaboratively painting the back wall of the garden at 23 Cleveland Place.  During that week, visitors to the Henley Vaporium will be able to watch the artists in action. And at the end of the week, a reception will be held to unveil the final work and to celebrate the artists.

NDA paints street art mural HenleyVape NYC  <em>The Secret Garden Series</em> Launches at the Henley Vaporium Backyard Garden in Soho with NDA and Iena Cruz

Your first public reception takes place this Saturday, May 16. What can visitors expect?  

They can expect, of course, to meet and socialize with the artists and view the completed murals. They can also expect music by such DJs as DJ Jaclyn, KC and the Real Christiano?, along with food and drink. And they will find themselves among a great community of artists, art lovers, patrons and tourists from throughout the globe.

Cruz paints Henley SoHo NYC  <em>The Secret Garden Series</em> Launches at the Henley Vaporium Backyard Garden in Soho with NDA and Iena Cruz

How did you discover this particular venue? It is lovely.

The owners are friends and I like their anti-establishment vibe. The Henley Vaporium is part retail store, part education center and part social hub. Featuring a huge lounge, performance space and outdoor garden, it is ideal. Each month smaller works of art by each of the artists will be displayed inside the Henley Vaporium. Along with limited edition photographs of the completed murals, they will be made available for purchase online, with 10% of the proceeds going to public arts advocate StreetArtNYC and vape industry advocate SFATA (Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association).

NDA Cruz street art mural the Henley NYC  <em>The Secret Garden Series</em> Launches at the Henley Vaporium Backyard Garden in Soho with NDA and Iena Cruz

Which artists can we expect to see in the months ahead?

Other artists already lined up include GILF and Ivan Orama in June and Elle and Vexta in July.

It sounds great! We are looking forward to it all.

Note: The Henley Vaporium is located between Spring and Kenmare Streets and is easily accessible by public transportation.

Secret garden series  <em>The Secret Garden Series</em> Launches at the Henley Vaporium Backyard Garden in Soho with NDA and Iena Cruz

Interview and photos 2, 4 and 5 by Lois Stavsky; photos 1 and 3 by City-as-School intern Diana Davidova

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David Safhay Compostion of Compositions <em>Imagination in Space</em> Presents David Safhay in <em>Extrapolating Nature</em> through Saturday at 2 Rivington Street

Fusing natural elements with man-made materials, sculptor and fine artist David Safhay creates an astonishing range of distinctly inventive works in various media. Presented by Imagination in Space – in partnership with Parasol Projects  – David Safhay‘s first New York City solo show remains on view at 2 Rivington Street through Saturday. Here’s a glimpse:

Nefertiti, Bone, fossil, shells, stone, epoxy

david safhay nefertit <em>Imagination in Space</em> Presents David Safhay in <em>Extrapolating Nature</em> through Saturday at 2 Rivington Street

Witch’s BrewBone, found objects, shell, colored pencil, epoxy

David Safhay sculpture Witchs Brew <em>Imagination in Space</em> Presents David Safhay in <em>Extrapolating Nature</em> through Saturday at 2 Rivington Street

Glyphtich, 1 of 3, Formica color core laminate, cherry wood, ebony inlay

David Safay glyphtich <em>Imagination in Space</em> Presents David Safhay in <em>Extrapolating Nature</em> through Saturday at 2 Rivington Street

Psychedelic Relic, Polythermal clay baked on composite abhor vitae skeleton 

David Safhay street art Rinvington Street <em>Imagination in Space</em> Presents David Safhay in <em>Extrapolating Nature</em> through Saturday at 2 Rivington Street

Photos: 1 courtesy of Imagination in Space founder Greg Spielberg (pictured above); 2, 4 and 5 Lois Stavsky; 3 City-as-School intern Diana Davidova

Note: First image pictured, Composition of Compositions, walnut casing, wood, iron, rock, fossil, mixed media

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After spending five months in London, Pyramid Oracle is back for a bit in NYC.  Opening today at 6pm at City Bird Gallery is Return, a five-day show featuring work he developed in the UK. We met up with the artist yesterday, as he was getting ready for this evening’s exhibit.

Pyramid Oracle face on wood close up  Pyramid Oracle in <em>Return</em>    a Surprise Show with New Works from London Opens Tonight at City Bird Gallery

Your works began surfacing here on NYC streets about two years ago. We were struck at once by their haunting, somewhat melancholy, beauty. What is the inspiration behind these works?

I’m inspired by the people, places and things I’ve experienced. I try to capture wisdom from the great mysteries, while depicting our existence in a sort of subliminal lull. I’ve been particularly inspired by the Native Americans I’ve met in Montana and New Mexico.

Pyramid Oracle wood 1  Pyramid Oracle in <em>Return</em>    a Surprise Show with New Works from London Opens Tonight at City Bird Gallery

When and where did you begin sharing your work in public spaces? 

I started around 2008 doing work throughout the Midwest.  My work first started getting recognized primarily in Chicago. 

What motivated you to get up on the streets?

I was hanging around train riders, graff artists and vagabonds. I was doing most of my work while traveling and spending so much time on the street that it seemed like the natural thing to do.

Pyramid Oracle face  Pyramid Oracle in <em>Return</em>    a Surprise Show with New Works from London Opens Tonight at City Bird Gallery

Where – besides NYC, Chicago and London – have you gotten up?

Minneapolis, Baltimore, Philly, Portland, and Miami. And in Iowa – Cedar Rapids, Iowa city, Ames, Fort Dodge and Des Moines.  

Just who is Pyramid Oracle?

Pyramid Oracle represents the body of work that I am developing. It is constantly evolving.

pyramid oracle in gallery nyc  Pyramid Oracle in <em>Return</em>    a Surprise Show with New Works from London Opens Tonight at City Bird Gallery

Who are some of your influences?

Among the artists whose works have resonated the most with me through the years are: Gaia, SwoonMata Ruda, LNY and OverUnder.

What would you like folks to come away with after seeing your work? Have you a message to convey?

It is open to interpretation, while its primary purpose is to facilitate a means of reflection and illumination.

Pyramid Oracle Return  Pyramid Oracle in <em>Return</em>    a Surprise Show with New Works from London Opens Tonight at City Bird Gallery

Return opens this evening at 6pm at City Bird Gallery and remains on exhibit through Sunday. The gallery is located at 191 Henry Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Interview by City-as-School intern Diana Davidova with Lois Stavsky; photos 1-3 Lois Stavsky; 4 Diana Davidova

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Susan Siegel art work  <em>Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself </em> Opens Today at Mana Contemporarys Glass Gallery

Featuring 30 artists from 15 different countries, Theorum: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself opens today, Sunday, May 3, at Mana Contemporary‘s 50,000 square foot Glass Gallery. Curated by Ocravio Zaya, it presents an eclectic range of rich artworks in various media from painting and photography to large-scale installations. Visually engaging and psychologically charged, the works on exhibit question and challenge our perceptions of ourselves and appearances, in general, while “contemplating a world turned upside-down.” Here are a few more images:

NYC-based Susan Siegel, one of many images from an elegantly dreamy installation of her paintings

Susan Siegel art Mana Contemporary  <em>Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself </em> Opens Today at Mana Contemporarys Glass Gallery

Lima native Santiago Roose, (Bridge) Between the particular contradiction and general antagonism

The Bridge Installation  <em>Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself </em> Opens Today at Mana Contemporarys Glass Gallery

 Cuba native Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, My Mother Told Me I Am Chinese

Maria Magdalena Campos Pons  <em>Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself </em> Opens Today at Mana Contemporarys Glass Gallery

Lima native Elena Damiani, The Discovery

Elena Damiani installation  <em>Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself </em> Opens Today at Mana Contemporarys Glass Gallery

Lima native Nicole Franchy, Hinter Scapes

Nicole Franchy Hinter Scapes canvas photo collage  <em>Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself </em> Opens Today at Mana Contemporarys Glass Gallery

Puerto Rican artist Radames “Juni” Figuearoa, La Casita Amarilla

Figueroa Mana  <em>Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself </em> Opens Today at Mana Contemporarys Glass Gallery

Exhibit curator and noted art critic Octavio Zaya, center standing, in La Casita Amarilla

Radames Juni Figuearoa La Casita Amarilla Mana  <em>Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself </em> Opens Today at Mana Contemporarys Glass Gallery

Along with several other thoroughly engaging exhibitsTheorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself – featuring many artists whose works also surface in the public sphere – opens to the public today, Sunday, May 3, at Mana Contemporary, 888 Newark Avenue in Jersey City. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Mana’s Open House will be provided every half hour starting at 12:30 PM from Milk Studios at 450 West 15th Street in Manhattan and returning every half hour from Mana starting at 2 PM. Mana is also easily accessible via the PATH train’s Journal Square stop. Ample free parking is also provided.

Photo credits: 1, 2 & 4 Sara C. Mozeson; 3, 5-9, Lois Stavsky

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Huge fans of Michael Cuomo‘s street and subway interventions, we were delighted to visit his studio as he was getting ready for YOHO Artists Open Studio, in addition to a WallWorks NY pop-up show and a solo exhibit at Art Cafe in Brooklyn. Here’s a sampling of what we saw:

Lucky, fashioned from found objects

Michael Cuomo Reclaimed art Yonkers Based Multimedia Artist Michael Cuomo Readies for YOHO Open Studio, Wall Works NY Pop Up Show and Solo Exhibit at Art Cafe

Big Mouth, fashioned from found objects

Michael cuomo recycled Yonkers Based Multimedia Artist Michael Cuomo Readies for YOHO Open Studio, Wall Works NY Pop Up Show and Solo Exhibit at Art Cafe

Self-Portrait

Michael Cuomo self portrait paper Yonkers Based Multimedia Artist Michael Cuomo Readies for YOHO Open Studio, Wall Works NY Pop Up Show and Solo Exhibit at Art Cafe

The Tempest

Michael Cuomo painting Yonkers Based Multimedia Artist Michael Cuomo Readies for YOHO Open Studio, Wall Works NY Pop Up Show and Solo Exhibit at Art Cafe

Untitled

Michael Cuomo folk art Yonkers Based Multimedia Artist Michael Cuomo Readies for YOHO Open Studio, Wall Works NY Pop Up Show and Solo Exhibit at Art Cafe

Note: Michael Cuomo’s studio is located at 578 Nepperhan Ave., Suite 505; Wall Works NY’s pop-up show — featuring a wondrous array of artists including Nick Walker, Tats Cru and Crash – opens tonight and continues through the weekend at 28 Wells Street, 2nd floor. And Michael’s solo exhibit at Art Cafe opens May 6 from 6-9 at 886 Pacific Street in Brooklyn.

YoHo Yonkers Based Multimedia Artist Michael Cuomo Readies for YOHO Open Studio, Wall Works NY Pop Up Show and Solo Exhibit at Art Cafe

Photo credits: 1, 3-5 Lois Stavsky; 2. City-As-School intern Diana Davidova; YoHo Open Studio graphic designed by John Wujcik

You can check out a detailed schedule of what’s happening this weekend in Yonkers — including live painting by Crash, Fumero and Damien Mitchell – here.

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Reclaimed, Meres One‘s solo exhibit at Bushwick’s Low Brow Artique, brilliantly celebrates Meres‘s wonderful talents and his love of graffiti. I spoke to Meres soon after visiting the exhibit:

meres graffiti art Meres One on <em>Reclaimed</em>: His Solo Exhibit at Low Brow Artique

Can you tell us something about the title of the exhibit, Reclaimed? What does it mean?

After many months of coping with the loss of 5Pointz, Reclaimed is my way of revisiting and reclaiming my early days as a graffiti artist.

Meres graffiti colors Meres One on <em>Reclaimed</em>: His Solo Exhibit at Low Brow Artique

When did you first come up with the concept with the exhibit?  And can you tell us something about the process of preparing for it? 

I came up with the general idea in January, and when I showed some of the pieces I was working on to Bishop, he offered me a solo show at Low Brow Artique. In preparation, I revisited hundreds of photos of walls that I had painted at 5Pointz. My next step was to reinterpret them — selecting fragments from them and honoring my appreciation of hand-style.

Meres graffiti character Meres One on <em>Reclaimed</em>: His Solo Exhibit at Low Brow Artique

What about the centerpiece? It is so impressive! Its texture is just beautiful. It looks as though it was painted on reclaimed wood.

Yes, I painted it on a piece of wood that was reclaimed from the Coney Island boardwalk. I love that it has taken on a new life in this exhibit.

Meres Reclaimed found wood Meres One on <em>Reclaimed</em>: His Solo Exhibit at Low Brow Artique

How has the response been to the exhibit?

It’s been great! The opening was wonderful, and only two pieces remain. The others were sold shortly after the exhibit opened. I am currently preparing for a Part II, where I will take my work on this same concept to another — more abstract — level while working on a range of different surfaces.

Meres graffiti art at lowbrow artique Meres One on <em>Reclaimed</em>: His Solo Exhibit at Low Brow Artique

Note: Reclaimed remains on view at Low Brow Artique through Saturday May 9.  Now open seven days a week, Low Brow Artique is situated at 143 Central Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Interview and photos by Lois Stavsky 

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Deborah Fisher Paul Ramirez Jones <em>No Longer Empty</em> Transforms Former Bronx Borough Courthouse: Deborah Fisher & Paul Ramirez Jonas, Teresa Diehl, Shellyne Rodriguez, David Scanavino, Ellen Harvey, Lady K Fever and more

Almost 40 years ago the historic Old Bronx Courthouse building closed its doors. This past Thursday evening, the landmark structure reopened to host When You Cut Into the Present the Future Leaks Out, a thoroughly engaging multi-media exhibit, curated by Regine Basha for No Longer Empty Featuring over two dozen artists on three levels, its title references the remix suggested by William S. Boroughs. Here are a few more images captured on Thursday:

Teresa DiehlL-Alber-Into, Video and sound installation

Teresa Diehl <em>No Longer Empty</em> Transforms Former Bronx Borough Courthouse: Deborah Fisher & Paul Ramirez Jonas, Teresa Diehl, Shellyne Rodriguez, David Scanavino, Ellen Harvey, Lady K Fever and more

 Another view of  Teresa Diehl‘s ever-transforming hallucinatory musical installation

Diehl <em>No Longer Empty</em> Transforms Former Bronx Borough Courthouse: Deborah Fisher & Paul Ramirez Jonas, Teresa Diehl, Shellyne Rodriguez, David Scanavino, Ellen Harvey, Lady K Fever and more

Shellyne RodriguezPrototype For Belphegor’s Eye, 168 flesh-tint dyed mousetraps, rhinestones, gold chains, copper wire, plywood

Shellyne <em>No Longer Empty</em> Transforms Former Bronx Borough Courthouse: Deborah Fisher & Paul Ramirez Jonas, Teresa Diehl, Shellyne Rodriguez, David Scanavino, Ellen Harvey, Lady K Fever and more

Shellyne RodriguezGeperudeta, Ceramic

Shellyne Rodriguez Geperudeta <em>No Longer Empty</em> Transforms Former Bronx Borough Courthouse: Deborah Fisher & Paul Ramirez Jonas, Teresa Diehl, Shellyne Rodriguez, David Scanavino, Ellen Harvey, Lady K Fever and more

David Scanavino, Untitled, Linoleum tile

David scanvino tile installation <em>No Longer Empty</em> Transforms Former Bronx Borough Courthouse: Deborah Fisher & Paul Ramirez Jonas, Teresa Diehl, Shellyne Rodriguez, David Scanavino, Ellen Harvey, Lady K Fever and more

Ellen HarveyAlien Souvenir Stand (close-up), Oil on aluminum, watercolor on gesso board, propane tanks, plywood, aluminum siding and poles, aluminum diamond plate, magnets

ellen harvey alien souveneir stand <em>No Longer Empty</em> Transforms Former Bronx Borough Courthouse: Deborah Fisher & Paul Ramirez Jonas, Teresa Diehl, Shellyne Rodriguez, David Scanavino, Ellen Harvey, Lady K Fever and more

Lady K FeverAll Rise (close-up), Mylar on façade of  building

Lady K Fever Old Court House <em>No Longer Empty</em> Transforms Former Bronx Borough Courthouse: Deborah Fisher & Paul Ramirez Jonas, Teresa Diehl, Shellyne Rodriguez, David Scanavino, Ellen Harvey, Lady K Fever and more

The exhibit continues through July 19, along with a variety of programs ranging from fashion shows to presentations by such Bronx-based artists as Eric Orr, Per One and Joe Conzo. The old Bronx Courthouse is located at 878 Brook Avenue at East 161 Street and Third Avenue in the South Bronx. 

Note: First photo features Deborah Fisher and Paul Ramirez Jonas, Something for Nothing, Mixed media, Custom designed neon sign

Research for this post by City-As-School student Diana Davidova; photos 1, 5, and 7 Diana Davidova; 2-4, 6 and 8 Lois Stavsky

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roa mural Belgian Artist Roa in Jersey City and at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery

The extraordinarily gifted Belgian artist Roa has recently shared his talents and passion for the animal kingdom with us outdoors in Jersey City and indoors at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. The following images were captured this past Saturday near the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, not far from Mana Contemporary where Roa created his works for Metazoa, currently on exhibit at Jonathan LeVine:

Close-up

Roa street art Belgian Artist Roa in Jersey City and at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Close-up with Roa at work

Roa paints Belgian Artist Roa in Jersey City and at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery

The mural, full view

Roa street art Jersey City mural Belgian Artist Roa in Jersey City and at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery

And here is a sampling of ROA‘s interactive works at Jonathan LeVine, largely created on found, salvaged materials:

Sturnus Vulgaris, mixed-media

Roa Composition ll Jonathan Levine Gallery Belgian Artist Roa in Jersey City and at the Jonathan LeVine GalleryRoa Sturnus Vulgaris Jonathan Levine Belgian Artist Roa in Jersey City and at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Composition II: Lutrinate, Salmonidae, Anguilliformes, mixed media

Sturnus Vulgaris, mixed media

Roa Sylvilagus Audubonii Jonathan Levine Belgian Artist Roa in Jersey City and at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery

NY Canidae, mixed media, rear

Roa Metazoa Belgian Artist Roa in Jersey City and at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Metazoa continues through May 2 at Jonathan LeVine at the gallery’s 529 West 20th Street space.

Note: For a wonderfully interactive view of several pieces check out this post on Colosaal

Photos of Roa in Jersey City by bytegirl; of Roa’s works at Jonathan LeVine, Dani Reyes Mozeson

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