Graffiti

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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Cope2 graffiti on auto Dorian Grey Gallery  Strada Veloce Continues through October 5 at Dorian Grey Gallery with Cope2, Crash,  Joe Mac Lapadula, Nick Walker, Meres and more

Currently on view at Dorian Grey Gallery in the East Village is Strada Veloce, an intriguing exhibit largely fusing the divergent — seemingly contradictory — cultures of luxury autos and expressive graffiti. Here are a few more works (Cope2 pictured above):

John “Crash” Matos

John Matos Crash graffiti Dorian Grey Strada Veloce Continues through October 5 at Dorian Grey Gallery with Cope2, Crash,  Joe Mac Lapadula, Nick Walker, Meres and more

Luxury car customizer and furniture designer Joe MAC Lapadula of Martino Auto Concepts

Joe MAC Lapadula at Dorian Grey NYC Strada Veloce Continues through October 5 at Dorian Grey Gallery with Cope2, Crash,  Joe Mac Lapadula, Nick Walker, Meres and more

Nick Walker‘s iconic vandal 

Nick Walker at Dorian Grey Gallery Strada Veloce Continues through October 5 at Dorian Grey Gallery with Cope2, Crash,  Joe Mac Lapadula, Nick Walker, Meres and more

 A luxurious sofa featuring graffiti by Meres One

Meres graffiti Dorian Grey Gallery Strada Veloce Continues through October 5 at Dorian Grey Gallery with Cope2, Crash,  Joe Mac Lapadula, Nick Walker, Meres and more

And — in the window — a reproduction of a Ferrari painted by the legendary John “Crash” Matos

John Crash Matos car in window Strada Veloce Continues through October 5 at Dorian Grey Gallery with Cope2, Crash,  Joe Mac Lapadula, Nick Walker, Meres and more

This exhibit continues through next Sunday at 437 East 9th Street between 1st Ave and Ave A.  The gallery is open today — Sunday — from 12pm-6pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm.

Photos 1, 2 and 3 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; photo 4 by City-as-School intern Robert Verdejo; photo 5 by City-as-School intern Tyler Dean Flores and final photo by Lois Stavsky.

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Speaking with Zeso

September 22, 2014

zeso graffiti burner NJ Speaking with Zeso

We first encountered Zeso’s spectacularly stylish murals at 5Pointz, where he often painted with other TD4 (The Deadly4Mula) crew members. We’ve since seen this talented French artist’s vibrant visuals in a range of both public and private spaces. I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to him:

When did you first become interested in graffiti?

I first became interested in it when I was about 12 or 13. And that’s when I started tagging. But I didn’t seriously start doing graffiti until I was 21.

What inspired you to become serious about it?

I loved what I was seeing on the streets, and I wanted to be a part of it. I also liked challenging myself to see what I could do. I am still doing that.

zeso graffiti at 5Pointz NYC Speaking with Zeso

Have you any preferred surfaces?

I prefer flat surfaces, but the environment is very important.

These days — do you work only on legal walls?

I think all walls are legal – if you paint fast enough.

Have you ever exhibited your artwork?

Yes, I’ve shown at 5Pointz in Long Island City, and I was part of the TD4 show at Low Brow Artique in Bushwick.

Zeso and meresgraffiti at 5Pointz Speaking with Zeso

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

I appreciate that museums and galleries are recognizing these art forms. There are some among us who can manage to adapt to this new setting.

Any thoughts about the graffiti and street art divide?

They both appear in the same environment  — the streets. While graffiti is focused on typography and painting techniques, street art is more about images and the message.  I don’t see any reason to compare or divide them.

What about corporations? Would you take on a corporate commission?

Like any project, if I feel good about it, I will do it.

Zeso close up 2 Speaking with Zeso

Do you prefer working alone or collaborating with others?

I prefer to paint alone with headphones on.

Have you painted with any crews?

I’ve painted with OTM, WF, TD4 and NSA in France.

Have you had a formal art education?

No.  I’m self-taught.

zeso graffiti garden city NY Speaking with Zeso

What is your ideal working environment?

Outdoors in the sun.

Are there any particular cultures that have influenced your aesthetic?

I love all mythology. All cultures with strong imagery influence my style. But the main ones are Japanese and Latino.

Do you work with a sketch in hand or do you just let it flow?

I almost always freestyle, but, on occasion, I have a sketch with me.

Zeso graffiti NYC Speaking with Zeso

Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece?

Rarely 100%.

How has your work evolved through the past few years?

It is more spontaneous, and I tend to use more colors. I have, also, begun developing themes and more characters.

How do you feel about the photographers in the scene?

They are important, because they help promote my work. But I’d rather they didn’t photograph my face.

Zeso graffiti truck1 Speaking with Zeso

Who are some of your favorite artists?

Gustav Klimt is my all-time favorite.  Among the current artists – there are too many to name.

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

For me it is to stay real and to create.

What’s ahead?

I plan to go big or go home.

Interview conducted by Lois Stavsky; photos 1 and 6 courtesy of Zeso; 2, 5 and 7 by Lois Stavsky; 3 (collaboration with Meres One) and 4 by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Shiro yes one Per one dero graffiti new jersey Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

In Bergen County, New Jersey — where public space is generally a blank canvas — the township of Hackensack boasts some first-rate graffiti.  Here’s a sampling of what was recently seen on a spot off the train tracks:

Shiro 

shiro graffiti art hackensack nj  Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Per1 and Dero

Per1 Dero graffiti New Jersey Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

The Bronx Team

Bronx team Cru Hackensack graffiti Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Pure1

pure1graffiti new jersey Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Tiws and Enue

tiws and enu graffiti NJ Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Musa

musa graffiti new jersey Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Shiro with Part One

Shiro and Part graffiti Hackensack Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Rath

Rath graffiti NJ Its Happening in Hackensack with: Shiro, Yes1, Per1, Dero, the Bronx Team, Pure1, Tiws, Enue, Musa, Part One and Rath

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson; first photo features Yes1 to the right of Shiro.

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Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

September 18, 2014

Meres graffiti on canvas Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

It’s been almost a year now since we awoke to the horrific news that our beloved 5Pointz had been whitewashed overnight. What has life been like since for Meres, its founder and director, who had devoted just about every waking hour to this world-renowned aerosol art Mecca?  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to Meres.

We miss 5Pointz so much. I’m eagerly awaiting its rebirth! Is that likely to happen?

Time will tell. It’s an open option.

Meres street art graffiti NYC Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

What do you miss most about it?

I loved having a space where I could bring all the elements of hip-hop together. And I loved having so many opportunities to educate others.

Were there to be a rebirth of 5Pointz, how would you approach it differently?

I would want to work with a landlord who embraces what 5Pointz represents and is committed to collaborating with me in assuring its long-term success and survival.  I would, also, want to establish enduring relationships with art-friendly politicians.

Meres graffiti NYC Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

Is there any specific neighborhood or borough that you would prefer as a potential site for a new venture?

Some place that is accessible to folks from all boroughs. I’m open. Anywhere but Long Island City!

In what ways has your life been different since the demolition of 5Pointz?

I never used to have time for myself.  Lately I’ve had.

Meres street art Bushwick Collective 2 Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

What’s that like?

Very weird! At first I just felt very angry, and I was trying to come to terms with my anger. Now I’m looking forward to painting in my new Brooklyn studio in the months ahead.

Anything specific in mind in terms of your own work?

Yes, I’m interested in recreating the Old New York, the New York I once knew that has disappeared.

Meres painting street scape Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

Although you may not feel all that busy, your last few months certainly seem to have been quite productive! We’ve seen your work both on the streets and in galleries. What have you been up to?

I participated in WALL WORKS: The Art of Graffiti at Great Neck’s Gold Coast Arts Center and in W H I T E W A S H: A Requiem to 5Pointz , curated by Marie Cecile Flageul, at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery and several other exhibits both here and abroad. At the Galerie Rue de l’art in Lyon, France, I exhibited — along with ShiroAuksPoemSee TF Cortes and Just One — in NYC Subway Map – 5Pointz, I’ve also painted in several festivals and events including: Living Walls in Atlanta, Georgia; the Jersey Fresh Jam in Trenton, NJ and this past weekend at the Allentown ArtsFest. I’ve had numerous commissions, including a gym in Long Island  and a new restaurant opening in Brooklyn.

Meres graffiti crown heights NYC Meres One on Life after 5Pointz

It sounds like you’ve been quite busy! What’s ahead?

In addition to preparing work for an upcoming solo show focusing on the NYC in which I grew up, I’m working on involving 5Pointz artists in a number of events — including a festival in West Africa.  On November 3, Marie and I will be the recipients of the Arts & Activism Award at the Gold Coast Arts Center Gala 2014. And one of my artworks is featured in STRADA VELOCE, an exhibit featuring Italian automotive-inspired art and furniture, opening tonight at the Dorian Grey Gallery in the East Village.

Wow! Good luck with this all!

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky; photos 1, 5 and 6 by Lois Stavsky; 2, 3, and 4 by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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On our recent visit to Jersey City this past Friday, Gregory D. Edgell aka the Green Villain gave us a tour of some of Jersey City’s newest murals, including some wonderful ones that he curated. Here’s a sampling of those:

Li Hill

Li Hill street art Jersey City New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Vexta

Vexta street art Jersey City NJ New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Kem5

 New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Zimer

Zimer street art Jersey City New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Enoe

enoe graffiti Jersey city New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Jerkface

Jerkface JC New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

Mes PFE

Mespfe street art Jersey City New in Jersey City: Li Hill, Vexta, Kem5, Zimer, Enoe, Jerkface and Mes

All photos by Lois Stavsky, except for Kem5, courtesy of Greg.

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This is the fifth in a series of occasional posts featuring the range of curious characters that have found a home on NYC streets:

Buff Monster in Little Italy

Buff Monster street art NYC Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Federico Massa aka Cruz in Bushwick

Cruz bushwick street art Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Nepo in Bushwick

Nepo street art bushwick NYC Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Nemo — in from Italy — in Williamsburg

Nemo street art NYC Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Pose in SoHo

Pose street art nyc Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

stikman in SoHo

stikman street art nuc Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Unidentified artist in Brooklyn

unidentified street art NYC Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Claw Money in Midtown Manhattan

claw money street art nyc Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Photo of Pose by Lois Stavsky; all others by Dani Reyes Mozeson

 

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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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Topaz graffiti NYC At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Yesterday at noon, the 14th edition of the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame, presented by Joey TDS and James Top, was officially launched inside the famed East Harlem schoolyard on 106th Street and Park Avenue. Here is a small sampling of what went down during the early afternoon:

Topaz

Topaz graffiti mural NYC At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Scratch

scratch graffiti hall of fame At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Ligisd

Graffiti Hall of Fame At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Hops

Hops street Art graffiti hall of fame At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Bver

Bver graffiti hall of fame NYC At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Wiz Art

Wiz Art graffiti hall of fame nyc At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Queen Andrea

Queen Andrea graffiti Hall of Fame NYC At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

 And earlier in the week, Tats Cru – with Crash and Nick Walker – fashioned a huge mural outside the school yard. Here are some close-ups:

crash bio nick walker At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Tats Cru graffti Hall of Fame copy At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

Tats close up At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Ligisd, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash. Nick Walker and more

The 14th edition of the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame continues today from noon to 8pm.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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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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