Exhibits

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:

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

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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The x spot East Harlem graffiti The X Spot Arrives in East Harlem with Custom Graffiti Art and more by Topaz, Jerms, Treat Street...

Topaz – one of the most active members of the hip-hop and 5Pointz communities – began customizing T-shirts when he was in junior high school. His most recent venture is the X-Spot, a unique space at 2 East 116th Street in East Harlem. We recently visited him and had the opportunity to speak to both Topaz and Jay, the manager of Production X.

topaz graffiti The X Spot Arrives in East Harlem with Custom Graffiti Art and more by Topaz, Jerms, Treat Street...

How did you guys come up with the idea to open such a space?

We grew up together in Rego Park, Queens, and we’ve been working together for years. We’ve actually had two stores before – one in Paterson, New Jersey and the other in South Carolina. We wanted to do something different from what we’d done in the past.

Jerms graffiti map The X Spot Arrives in East Harlem with Custom Graffiti Art and more by Topaz, Jerms, Treat Street...

In what ways is this venture different?

Our emphasis here is on providing services and maintaining a gallery.  It is production-based. Although we sell graffiti art on canvases, select magazines — like the latest issue of Flashbacks — and CD’s, our space here is not primarily a store or shop.

Jerms Topaz and Blone graffiti on canvas The X Spot Arrives in East Harlem with Custom Graffiti Art and more by Topaz, Jerms, Treat Street...

What are some of the services that you provide?

We provide clients with all forms of graphic design — customized murals, logos, portraits, canvases, T-shirts and more.

Jay ProductionX with street treat graffiti The X Spot Arrives in East Harlem with Custom Graffiti Art and more by Topaz, Jerms, Treat Street...

It sounds – and looks – great! Whom do you see as your principal clientele?

At this point, it is largely the hip-hop community – rappers and entertainers. But, ideally, the general public, especially as graffiti continues to gain respect and recognition as an art form.

Treat Street graffiti on canvas The X Spot Arrives in East Harlem with Custom Graffiti Art and more by Topaz, Jerms, Treat Street...

This is such a great location! It’s right off 5th Avenue in East Harlem and down the block from the 2 and 5 subway lines. How did you guys come up with such a great locale?

A lucky set of circumstances – as Jay’s cousin had previously worked at this location.

Poet Pace Jerms Sav Ice graffiti on canvas gallery The X Spot Arrives in East Harlem with Custom Graffiti Art and more by Topaz, Jerms, Treat Street...

The artwork on display here is primarily by you, TopazJerms and Treat Street NY. Are you open to other artists participating in your projects?

Absolutely.  Talented and committed artists can stop by our space or drop us an email at ProductionX@aol.com or LordRoccolypse@aol.com.

Photo credits: 1. and 2. Topaz by City-as-School intern Tyler Dean Flores; 3. Jerms by Lois Stavsky; 4. Jerms, Topaz & Blone by Lois Stavsky; 5. Treat Street with Jay (X-Productions) by Lois Stavsky; 6. Treat Street, as commissioned by Derek Jeter’s nephew, by Lois Stavsky and 7. PoetPaceJermsSav, Ice and more by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Matthew denton burrows art Speaking with Matthew Denton Burrows

A wonderfully talented fine artist and illustrator, Matthew Denton Burrows began sharing his distinct vision with us on public spaces in January 2013. We recently had the opportunity to interview Matthew whose first solo exhibit opens tomorrow at 8pm at Greenpoint Gallery.

We first discovered you over at East First Street when you were painting for the Centre-fuge Public Art Project. Can you tell us something about that? How did it come about?

When I was in grad school at SVA, I was the only one in my program who was into street art. I loved the concept of sharing one’s art in a public space. And one of my professors who knew about Centre-fuge suggested I contact the folks running it. And so I applied, and in February 2013, I painted my first public piece on a huge trailer off First Street.

What was that experience like?

It was nerve-wracking! I generally work with pen and ink and colored pencils on paper in my studio. It was a new experience, and strangers were observing me at work over the course of five days. But I was instantly hooked!  The interaction with the community was addictive!

Matthew Denton Burrows art for Centre fuge in NYC Speaking with Matthew Denton Burrows

We’ve since seen your artwork elsewhere.

Yes, I’ve painted in Bushwick, at the Northside Festival in Williamsburg and in Miami.

Your artworks on paper are quite different from what we’ve seen on the streets. They’re intricately detailed and extraordinarily complex, both visually and conceptually. When did you first begin drawing?

I’ve always been drawing!  When I was in elementary school, I used to get into trouble for drawing so many people with guns!

You work just about full-time as an artist these days. At what point did you decide that you wanted art as a profession? And are you happy with that decision?

At the end of my sophomore year at Lehigh University, I decided to major in art.  And, yes, I’m definitely happy with that decision. I love what I do, and I’ve sold a substantial amount of work.

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You’ve had a formal art education. Can you tell us something about it? And was it worthwhile?

I received a BFA from Lehigh University, where I had the school’s first-ever solo art show just a year into my degree. Back in New York City, I earned an MFA in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts.  My formal education is worthwhile only because I was first self-taught.

How do your parents feel about what you are doing these days?

They’re very supportive. My mom is an artist and she loves street art!

What percentage of your time is devoted to art?

All of it! When I’m not creating my own art, I work as project manager and assistant curator of the Centre-fuge Public Art Project. And I am also the CEO and co-founder of the recently launched company, Dripped on Productions.

matthew denton burrows art Speaking with Matthew Denton Burrows

Has your aesthetic been influenced by any particular cultures?

A multitude of cultures, particularly marginal ones.

What inspires you these days – both in the studio and on the streets?

I’m always inspired by the energy of my native city, NYC! But current events, my experiences, my travels, and alternative cultures also fuel my creativity. And I’m an avid reader. When I read that Rio had won the bid for the Olympics, and the World Cup, for example, I did extensive research that evolved into a body of artwork.

What are some of the particular issues that concern you?

I’m especially interested in matters related to the environment, social inequality and the impact of technology.

Matthew denton burrows street art Bushwick Speaking with Matthew Denton Burrows

How, then, do you feel about the increased link between art, particularly street art, and corporate or for-profit enterprises?

I think the link, which seems to be growing stronger, is a positive thing. I think it will help enhance the movement in terms of fans, but there is always a danger when a pure artistic expression — such as street art — binds with the corporate world. The corporate world has the ability to suck the creative purity out of things. But artists need to be paid like anyone else, and if an artist can find a link where they still feel integrity and creative freedom, I would support it.

How has your work evolved in the past few years?

I feel that I’m influenced more and more by street art.

Have you ever collaborated with another artist?

No! But I’d really like to.

matthew burrows with camera Speaking with Matthew Denton Burrows

Do you work with a sketch in hand?

No. I have a general idea of what I want to do and my work evolves organically.

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

To expose others to a more interesting world. To remind people that something exists beyond their everyday lives.

What’s ahead?

My first solo exhibit, Are You Aware of The Ongoing Experiment will be held tomorrow, Friday, November 7, at Greenpoint Gallery from 8 -12 pm. I am headed to Art Basel next month. And in January I am participating in a group show in Aspen, Colorado.

Interview by Lois Stavsky with City As School intern Tyler Dean Flores; photos: 1 and 4, courtesy of the artist; 2, Tara Murray; 3, 5, and 6, Lois Stavsky

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Nose Go the art of the tag My Plastic heart Boundless Brooklyn & myplasticheart Present Water Towers Designed by: NoseGo, the Drif, Toofly, Rob Plater, Darkcloud, Stencil1 & more

Over two dozen talented toy designers and graphic artists  – many of whom also work on the streets — customized water tower models using Boundless Brooklyn’s Water Tower kits.  The results are on exhibit through November 21 at myplasticheart at 210 Forsyth Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  Here are a few more images by those artists who also use the streets as their canvas:

The Drif

the drif the art of the tag Boundless Brooklyn & myplasticheart Present Water Towers Designed by: NoseGo, the Drif, Toofly, Rob Plater, Darkcloud, Stencil1 & more

Toofly

The art of the tag Toofly Boundless Brooklyn & myplasticheart Present Water Towers Designed by: NoseGo, the Drif, Toofly, Rob Plater, Darkcloud, Stencil1 & more

Rob Plater

Marthalicia Mataritta the art of the tag Boundless Brooklyn & myplasticheart Present Water Towers Designed by: NoseGo, the Drif, Toofly, Rob Plater, Darkcloud, Stencil1 & more

Darkcloud

the art of the tag darkclouds copy Boundless Brooklyn & myplasticheart Present Water Towers Designed by: NoseGo, the Drif, Toofly, Rob Plater, Darkcloud, Stencil1 & more

And Stencil1 – as seen from the outside looking in

stencil1 Boundless Brooklyn & myplasticheart Present Water Towers Designed by: NoseGo, the Drif, Toofly, Rob Plater, Darkcloud, Stencil1 & more

For those of you who would like to try designing your own water tower, kits are available here.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson; the first image is of NoseGo

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Blek le rat stencil art graffiti Stencil Art Pioneer Blek Le Rat at the Quin and on NYC Streets

New works by the legendary French stencil artist Blek Le Rat – whose rats first surfaced on the streets of Paris in 1981 – can now be seen at the Quin on West 57th Street and on the streets of our city.

Here are two more works from the exhibit Escaping Paris, curated by DK Johnston, at the Quin:

The Violinist

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Obama

blek le rat obama stencil art Stencil Art Pioneer Blek Le Rat at the Quin and on NYC Streets

And the artist — captured — signing a spray can at a reception held earlier this month at the Quin

blek le rat signs can graffiti Stencil Art Pioneer Blek Le Rat at the Quin and on NYC Streets

We, also, discovered the following two new pieces on the streets of Manhattan:

In Little Italy for the LISA Project

Blek le rat in Little Italy Stencil Art Pioneer Blek Le Rat at the Quin and on NYC Streets

And the artist’s iconic portrait of Andy Warhol on West 57th Street 

blek le rat street art NYC Stencil Art Pioneer Blek Le Rat at the Quin and on NYC Streets

The first image is a close-up from The Tango Dancers.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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The ingenious InstaFame Phantom Art, conceived and curated by Nic 707, continues to bring old school writers — along with newer ones from NYC and beyond – back to the trains.  Here are a few images captured on recent rides:

Paulie Nassar and the legendary TAKI 183  — with background by Nic 707

Nassart and taki183 subway graffiti 1 Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

Anjl

Anji graffiti 1 train Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

Nic 707

Nic 707 graffiti on 1 train NYC 2 Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

Praxis

Praxis stencil art on subway 1 line edited 11 Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

Shiro 

shiro graffiti 1 train Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

Nic 707 and TAKI 183

Nic707 taki183 graffiti MTA subway train NYC Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

TAKI 183 with background by Nic 707

Taki 183 Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

Photo credits: 1 & 7, City-as-School intern Tyler Flores; 2 – 6, Lois Stavsky; 8, Nic 707

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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

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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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Kurar1 French Stencil Artist Kurar at Chelsea’s Artemisia Gallery through 10.21

Based in France, Kurar crafts visually and conceptually engaging stencils. Often incorporating graffiti elements, they frequently take on such contentious subjects as politics and consumerism. Here are a few more images from his exhibit – on view through October 21 at Chelsea’s Artemisia Gallery.

Dirty Money

kurar dirty money French Stencil Artist Kurar at Chelsea’s Artemisia Gallery through 10.21

Liberty of 21st Century, close-up

Kurar stencil liberty of 21st century French Stencil Artist Kurar at Chelsea’s Artemisia Gallery through 10.21

Heritage

kurar Heritage French Stencil Artist Kurar at Chelsea’s Artemisia Gallery through 10.21

Wide view of select artworks on exhibit

Kurarin Chelsea Gallery French Stencil Artist Kurar at Chelsea’s Artemisia Gallery through 10.21

Sharing the space at 617 West 27th Street with Kurar is an exhibit of alluring new artworks by Indie 184, presented by Azart Gallery.

Photos of Kurar’s artworks by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Jose Parla José Parlá’s Solo Exhibition “In Medias Res” Continues through Saturday at Chelseas Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Continuing through Saturday at Chelsea’s Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, José Parlá’s solo exhibition, “In Medias Res,” features a range of exquisitely richly-layered, abstract works focusing on the artist’s personal interactions with particular places. Here is a small sampling:

The Ghetto (on right) and San Lazaro y Genios

Jose Parla installation José Parlá’s Solo Exhibition “In Medias Res” Continues through Saturday at Chelseas Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Hot Gowanus

Jose Parla hot gowanus José Parlá’s Solo Exhibition “In Medias Res” Continues through Saturday at Chelseas Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Bowery and Houston

Jose Parla Bowery and Houston 4 José Parlá’s Solo Exhibition “In Medias Res” Continues through Saturday at Chelseas Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

The Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery is located at 505 West 24th Street in Chelsea. On its exterior you will find the following collab between José Parlá and JR captured last fall.

JR and Jose Parla and Invader José Parlá’s Solo Exhibition “In Medias Res” Continues through Saturday at Chelseas Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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