Exhibits

Ramiro Davaro street art Brooklyn Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

A motley crew of  characters, conceived by Argentine American artist Ramiro Davaro, can be found not only on the streets of Brooklyn, but — for the next few days — his Manimal Friends remains on exhibit at Williamsburg’s Cotton Candy Machine. Here are some more of his characters that have surfaced on the streets:

For Juicy Art Fest

Ramiro Davaro and Tony Washington street art NYC Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

On Scholes and Waterbury, 2013

ramiro davaro street art characters NYC Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

Close-up, on Waterbury and Meserole, 2014

Ramiro Davaro street art close up NYC Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

Outside the Cotton Candy Machine

Ramiro Davar street art Williamsburg Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

And inside the Cotton Candy Machine – one of many, Pen and Ink, Acrylic Paint on Paper

ramiro Davaro animal characters Ramiro Davaros Whimsical Characters on Brooklyn Streets and His Manimal Friends at Williamsburgs Cotton Candy Machine

Also on sale at the Cotton Candy Machine are signed copies of Ramiro’s colorfully illustrated new book Manimal Friends. Located at 235 South 1st Street (between Roebling and Havemeyer), Cotton Candy Machine is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 8pm.

Photos 1, 3, 5 and 6 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2 and 4 by Lois Stavsky 

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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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With a strong presence on the streets throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens, Joseph Meloy’s distinctive aesthetic has also made its way into a range of galleries and alternative spaces.  Opening this evening at Galerie Protégé at 197 Ninth Avenue in Chelsea is The Playground of the Fantastical!, an intriguing selection of Meloy’s recent works on an array of surfaces. I stopped by the exhibit yesterday and also had the opportunity to speak to Joseph.

Joseph Meloy street art Manhattan nyc Joseph Meloy on Street Art, Vandal Expressionism, The Playground of the Fantastical! and more

You have quite a presence on the streets. What inspired you to get your vision up on public spaces?

As a kid, I was obsessed with Cost and Revs.  Their presence on the streets fascinated me. I used to stay up until two in the morning to watch their public access show. Undoubtedly, they were an inspiration.

When did you first get up and where?

When I was a student at the Bronx High School of Science, I was into drawing squirrels – and I began hanging posters of them all over my school. But 2006 is when I started getting wheat pastes up on the streets. They were largely random digital creations at the time.

What about galleries? The Playground of the Fantastical is your second exhibit at Galerie Protégé.  When did you first begin showing in galleries?

My first exhibit was in a pop-up space back in 2011. Since, I’ve shown in quite a few spaces – from alternative ones to more traditional gallery settings. Among these are — in addition to Galerie Protégé – Le Salon d’ Art,  Succulent Studios, and the Fountain Art Fair.

Joseph Meloy abstract Joseph Meloy on Street Art, Vandal Expressionism, The Playground of the Fantastical! and more

How do you feel about the movement of graffiti and street art into galleries?

It’s a natural and inevitable progression.  What’s happening now is a resurgence of what was going down 30 years ago.

Do you have a formal arts education?

No. I majored in Spanish in college. I’m self-taught.

What inspires you these days?

Introspection. My inspiration is internal.

Joseph Meloy at Galerie Protege Joseph Meloy on Street Art, Vandal Expressionism, The Playground of the Fantastical! and more

Has your aesthetic been influenced by any particular cultures?

No one particular culture. But there are obvious influences from ancient hieroglyphics and palaeographics.

What is your ideal working environment?

Any place with enough room for me to create without having to worry about messing it up.

Are there any particular artists whose aesthetics have inspired or influenced you?

Michael Alan – a friend who is a wonderful artist and inspiration. And I suppose that — like so many others — I’ve been inspired and influenced by Keith Haring and Basquiat.

Joseph Meloy art close up Joseph Meloy on Street Art, Vandal Expressionism, The Playground of the Fantastical! and more

Would you rather work alone or collaborate with other artists?

I like the concept of collaboration, but it’s easier for me to work alone. I’ve successfully collaborated with Michael Alan and Fumero, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with Col, Wallnuts.

We identify you with the term Vandal Expressionism – that you coined. Can you tell us something about that?  When did it originate? What does it mean?

I came up with it in the summer of 2010. It seemed to best represent what I do and who I am. It signifies how I repurposed the visual language of graffiti and street art. And it’s quite universal, as it translates well into other languages.

What about the title of this show – the Playground of the Fantastical?

It was actually coined by the gallery’s director, Robert Dimin, as it reflects both my work and that of the Brazilian artist, Maria Lynch, who is exhibiting alongside me. The title is perfect as it suggests both a childlike innocence and a whimsical sense of adventure.

Meloy street art NYC Joseph Meloy on Street Art, Vandal Expressionism, The Playground of the Fantastical! and more

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

The artist has many roles – to reflect on society, to inspire…to amuse…and to make people think.

I can certainly see that in your work!

Note: The Playground of the Fantastical opens tonight, Thursday, from 6-8pm at 197 Ninth Avenue and 22nd Street and continues through October 3rd. Tomorrow evening Joseph Meloy will be exhibiting along with City Kitty and others in Downtown Denim at the City Life Gallery in Jersey City.

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky; photos 1 and 4 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2 and 3 by Lois Stavsky and 5 by Tara Murray.

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Featuring a wondrous array of characters in a diverse range of styles, What a Character – curated by See One – continues through September 11 at Low Brow Artique. Here are a few of the characters — from the comical to the surreal — that greet you:

Patch Whisky, Tripping Faces

patch whiskey character artwork painting What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

Reno Msad, Multiple Personalities

Reno Msad Multiple Personalities artwork What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

Chris Cortes, Dragon

chris cortes character What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

Royce Bannon, Ride or Die

royce bannon character What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

PlasmaslugIntergalactic

Plasmaslug Intergalactic artwork What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

Shiro, Pillow

Shiro character What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

Also featured are works by Cern, Epic Uno, Marka 27, Sheryo and the Yok.  Low Brow Artique is located at 143 Central Avenue in Bushwick.

Photos of images by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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ambi 67 mixed media art  BQE: Brooklyn Queens Elite Continues through Sunday at Dumbos PowerHouse Arena with: Ambi67, UR New York, Alice Mizrachi, KEL 5MH, David Cooper, Cernesto & more

Featuring the artwork of a dozen talented Brooklyn and Queens natives, BQE: Brooklyn Queens Elite continues through this Sunday, August 24th at Dumbo’s powerHouse Arena.  Here are a few more images from this exhibit curated by Queens native Yvette “Yvey” Hidalgo.

UR New York

U R New York on canvas  BQE: Brooklyn Queens Elite Continues through Sunday at Dumbos PowerHouse Arena with: Ambi67, UR New York, Alice Mizrachi, KEL 5MH, David Cooper, Cernesto & more

Alice Mizrachi

Alice Mizrachi portrait  BQE: Brooklyn Queens Elite Continues through Sunday at Dumbos PowerHouse Arena with: Ambi67, UR New York, Alice Mizrachi, KEL 5MH, David Cooper, Cernesto & more

KEL 5MH

Kel5MH  BQE: Brooklyn Queens Elite Continues through Sunday at Dumbos PowerHouse Arena with: Ambi67, UR New York, Alice Mizrachi, KEL 5MH, David Cooper, Cernesto & more

David Cooper

david cooper art on canvas  BQE: Brooklyn Queens Elite Continues through Sunday at Dumbos PowerHouse Arena with: Ambi67, UR New York, Alice Mizrachi, KEL 5MH, David Cooper, Cernesto & more

Cernesto

Cern at Powerhouse  BQE: Brooklyn Queens Elite Continues through Sunday at Dumbos PowerHouse Arena with: Ambi67, UR New York, Alice Mizrachi, KEL 5MH, David Cooper, Cernesto & more

Included, too, are works by Ernie Paniccioli, Greg Larmache, Olivia Jarowski-­Lovera, TooFly, Tommy Rebel and WRY TCK. The powerHouse Arena, also home to a wonderful bookstore and more, is located at 37 Main Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

The first image is a close-up from a mixed-media work by Ambi67. Photos of images by Dani Reyes Mozeson.

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Curated by Robert Aloia, along with VNA Magazine, Beau, Todd Masters, NY St. Gallery and Suzuki Capital LLC, 21st Precinct opens this evening at the former space of the 21st Precinct at 327 East 22nd Street. Reminiscent of this past winter’s Surplus Candy – although on a much larger scale – dozens of artists have transformed five stories into an expressive, inventive canvas charged with unfettered energy. What follows is a small sampling of close-ups from larger installations:

Esteban Del Valle

Esteban del valle painting 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NYC 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Sheryo and the Yok

sheryo yok installation 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NYC 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

N. Carlos Jay

N Carlos Jay close up 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NYC 2 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Nepo

Nepo installation 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NYC 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Chris Soria

Chris Sora 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

RAE

RAE edited 1 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Ghost, GIZ and Duel with a message

Ghost GIZ Duel 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NYC 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Pixote

Pixote 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NY 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Lorenzo Masnah, APC

Lorenzo Masnah 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Presented by Outlaw Arts, Savior Elmundo and Pesu, the exhibit opens this evening at 6pm. It will be open again tomorrow from 1-6pm and next Saturday and Sunday 1-6pm.

exhibit outlaw arts 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Photo of Nepo by Lois Stavsky; all others by Sara C. Mozeson

Note: Keep posted to the StreetArtNYC Facebook page for more images from this landmark exhibit.

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La Maison d’Art, a lovely guesthouse on West 132 Street in Harlem, is also home to some intriguing art.  On exhibit in its indoor gallery through August 28 is “GETTING UP!” — the Evolution of Graffiti. Here is a small sampling of what is on display:

The legendary T-Kid, Back in Da Day, Acrylic spray on canvas

T Kid Back in da day In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

 King Trio, Acrylic spray on canvas 

t Kid graffiti king trio In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

MRS – whose works we’ve seen on the streets of the Bronx –Contact High, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

MRS Contact High Mixed Media on canvas In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

French artist Oeno, Mechanical Child  Stencil, spray paint,  pencil, markers on canvas

Oeno In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

Harlem-based Royce Bannon aka Choice Royce, Everyday Hustle, Acrylic on oak (top left); Alone by Myself, and Ride or Die, Acrylic and spray paint on wood

Royce Bannon acrylic on wood edited 1 In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

And in the garden is a huge array of works in different media forged with found objects by the masterful Linus Coraggio.

Harlem sculpture In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

Close-up from huge mixed-media installation

La Maison recycled art In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

Also on exhibit in the gallery are works by Paul Deo,  Mathametics Patterson, Flygirrl and Ausm.  La Maison d’Art is located at 259 W 132 Street in Harlem.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson  

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Marka57 art on canvas Bucketfeet At BucketFeet in SoHo with Marka27, JC Rivera, Jimmy Sheehan & more

Born in 2011, BucketFeet has since connected with over 2000 artists in more than 35 countries to design original footwear. But BucketFeet isn’t just about shoes. It is a celebration of artistic expression across cultures.  Here in New York City, a range of artists — from graffiti writers to tattooists to illustrators — not only share their designs on footwear at BucketFeet’s SoHo venue, but exhibit and sell their artworks there, as well. Here is a small sampling what we saw on a recent visit:

Marka27, this past month’s artist-in-residence, whose artwork has also graced our walls for the Juicy Art Festival

Marka57 art Bucketfeet At BucketFeet in SoHo with Marka27, JC Rivera, Jimmy Sheehan & more

Chicago-based JC Rivera

J C Rivera artwork bucketfeet nyx At BucketFeet in SoHo with Marka27, JC Rivera, Jimmy Sheehan & more

JC Rivera artwork At BucketFeet in SoHo with Marka27, JC Rivera, Jimmy Sheehan & more

New York-based Jimmy Sheehan

Jimmy Sheenan art Bucketfeet NYC At BucketFeet in SoHo with Marka27, JC Rivera, Jimmy Sheehan & more

Jimmy Sheehan art Bucketfeet SoHo NYC At BucketFeet in SoHo with Marka27, JC Rivera, Jimmy Sheehan & more

In addition to the works on exhibit, BucketFeet also sells dozens of wonderfully affordable prints both online and in its NYC store at 108 Wooster Street in SoHo.

Photos of artworks by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Representing a range of artistic expressions from the comical to the spiritual,  Exit Room’s current exhibit COROGRAFIA features works by members of Puerto Rico’s celebrated EL CORO graffiti crew. Here’s a sampling of what can be seen through today:

Son

Son graffiti crew el coro exit room nyc COROGRAFIA Continues through Today at Exit Room in Bushwick with Son, Esco, Spear, Acty2 and Nepo

 Esco

Esco close up exit room COROGRAFIA Continues through Today at Exit Room in Bushwick with Son, Esco, Spear, Acty2 and Nepo

Spear

Spear el coro graffiti crew COROGRAFIA Continues through Today at Exit Room in Bushwick with Son, Esco, Spear, Acty2 and Nepo

Acty2

acty2 art on canvas COROGRAFIA Continues through Today at Exit Room in Bushwick with Son, Esco, Spear, Acty2 and Nepo

Nepo

Nepo El Coro graffiti crew COROGRAFIA Continues through Today at Exit Room in Bushwick with Son, Esco, Spear, Acty2 and Nepo

Located at 270 Meserole Street, right off the Montrose Ave. stop on the L train, the gallery space is open today, Sunday, from 5-8pm. Tentative plans for a closing party for August 2 are underway. Keep posted to Exit Room’s Facebook page for further details.

Photos of artwork by Lois Stavsky

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The legendary Bronx-based graffiti artist John Matos aka Crash has been busy these days — with work on the streets, on exhibit and on Ferrari cars.  Here’s a sampling:

At work on the Lower East Side last month for the Lisa Project

crash paints in NYC The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

Recently-completed mural up in the Bronx for TAG Public Arts Project

crash graffiti Bronx The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

At opening of Broken English at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Crash at opening The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

With spray paint on canvas in Broken English at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Wrapped in My Own Existence

Wrapped in my own existence The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

On exhibit in City as Canvas at the Museum of the City of New York, acrylic on canvas, 1986

Crash city as canvas The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

For the Crash Ferrari Art Project, a collaborative venture with Joe “MAC” of Martino Auto Concepts and the Dorian Grey Gallery, on exhibit beginning today, July 24, through July 28 at Art Southampton

Matos art on Ferrari The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

Matos paints auto The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

Matos and Martino Auto concepts The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

Photos: 1, 3 and 5 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; photo 2 by Lois Stavsky; photo 4 courtesy of the artist and photos 6-8, courtesy Bettina Cataldi

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