Street Artists

sold magazine cover URNewYork <em>SOLD Magazine</em> Issue #2 Launches with Exhibit at Studio Kraut with: BD White, Raphael Gonzalez, City Kitty, CB23, JCorp, JPO, Joseph Meloy, Ramiro Davaro, Choice Royce and more

The second issue of SOLD Magazine – the magazine by artists for artistswas formally launched last night with an Affordable Art Show at Chelsea’s Studio Kraut.  After checking out the art — that had already been installed when I came by — and perusing the magazine, I spoke to SOLD Magazine‘s publishing editor BD White.

Back in January, you, John Paul O’Grodnick and Greg Frederick first launched SOLD Magazine. How has the response to it been? What kind of feedback have you gotten?

The response has been overwhelmingly positive. People were eager to become involved with it. We had a steady stream of encouraging emails, text messages, phone calls and comments. It was the incredibly enthusiastic response to SOLD Magazines first issue that has kept us going!

BD White stencil art <em>SOLD Magazine</em> Issue #2 Launches with Exhibit at Studio Kraut with: BD White, Raphael Gonzalez, City Kitty, CB23, JCorp, JPO, Joseph Meloy, Ramiro Davaro, Choice Royce and more

How did you go about distributing the premiere issue of your magazine?

We distributed over 3,000 copies — 20 at a time — by getting them anywhere and everywhere! We hit art stores, alternative spaces, cafes, bagel and muffin shops…just about any place that was open to receiving our magazine.

This second issue looks fantastic! There are revealing interviews with UR NEW YORK, City Kitty and Appleton, along with a range of intriguing feature articles. You even have a recipe for wheat paste, this issue’s theme! How was the experience of getting SOLD Magazine out different this time around?

It was easier! Most of the kinks had already been worked out. The actual layout took far less time. And because of the buzz that the first issue generated, artists approached us, as they were eager to be featured.

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Did any unanticipated challenges come your way?

Because everyone who worked with us was so cooperative and accommodating, we were able to easily overcome any potential obstacles.

I like this venue. Even the setting for the artwork is perfect. How did Studio Kraut come your way?

Yes, it is great! The backdrop had already been painted and designed by Dripped On Productions, and Kwue Molly introduced us to this space.

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What’s ahead for SOLD Magazine?

The next issue will focus on muralists. You are in for a surprise! And keep posted for news of our upcoming podcast In the Spray Room.

How can folks get hold of the magazine if it is not easily accessible to them?

They can subscribe. That is the one way they will be sure not to miss an issue!

choice royce art <em>SOLD Magazine</em> Issue #2 Launches with Exhibit at Studio Kraut with: BD White, Raphael Gonzalez, City Kitty, CB23, JCorp, JPO, Joseph Meloy, Ramiro Davaro, Choice Royce and more

Congratulations! I’m already looking forward to the next issue! I’m heading out now to read this one cover-to-cover!

Pictured above are:

1. Cover of SOLD Magazine  Issue #2 featuring UR NEW YORK, Mike Baca aka 2esae and Ski; photo by John Paul O’Grodnick

2. BD White,

3. Raphael Gonzalez, City Kitty, CB23, JCorp, JPO, BD White and Joseph Meloy

4, Ramiro Davaro

5, Choice Royce

Photos of artworks and interview by Lois Stavsky

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Nepo at Wix Lounge with art Nepo on <em>Fantasia Tropico</em> at Chelseas Wix Lounge, His Recent Projects in Brazil and Dubai and more

With their luscious colors and seductive styles, Nepo‘s murals has been enhancing the streets of NYC since the talented artist arrived here from Puerto Rico over two years ago. Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to catch up with him after he had finished installing his current exhibit, Fantasia Tropico, at Chelsea’s Wix Lounge.

This space is wonderful, and your work looks perfect here! How did this opportunity come your way?

I’ve known Kamilla Sun, the founder of the creative agency ST.ART, for over a year now.  When she told me about Wix Lounge, a really special co-working, event and exhibit space in Chelsea, I loved the idea of exhibiting my recent series of works, Fantasia Tropico, there.

Nepo artwork Nepo on <em>Fantasia Tropico</em> at Chelseas Wix Lounge, His Recent Projects in Brazil and Dubai and more

Can you tell us something about this specific series? 

It references all that I love and miss most from my island, especially my nostalgia for the holidays. This body of works continues to evolve from an exhibit that I was invited to present earlier this year at the University of Wisconsin’s Aylward Gallery. The exhibit here at Wix Lounge, curated by Kamilla Sun, presents several new pieces.

How have the folks here at Wix Lounge responded to your installation?

The reaction has been so positive. People are interested in what I’m doing, and everyone’s been so helpful.

Nepo street art Lower East Side Nepo on <em>Fantasia Tropico</em> at Chelseas Wix Lounge, His Recent Projects in Brazil and Dubai and more

Have you collaborated with ST.ART on any other projects?

Yes! I was commissioned to paint a mural on the Lower East Side last year.

You’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling. What has that been like?

It’s been great! I recently returned from Brazil where I participated in the Street of Styles Festival. It was an amazing experience, and introduced me to some of the best graffiti I’d seen anywhere. I also had the opportunity to paint a huge mural with Son and Spear Torres.

Nepo collab mural brazil Nepo on <em>Fantasia Tropico</em> at Chelseas Wix Lounge, His Recent Projects in Brazil and Dubai and more

And you’ve also been to Dubai. What brought you there? And what was it like?

I was invited to participate in an exhibit during Art Dubai. It was my first time in that part of the world, and I loved experiencing Arab culture and discovering artists from the Middle East.  I, also, got to return home with several commissions! It was a great feeling!

 What’s ahead?

Painting a few murals! And in a few weeks, I will be assisting Rimx with a huge mural that he was commissioned to paint in Newark, New Jersey. I’m planning to visit L.A. in June.  And in the fall, I’m hoping to visit Lebanon and Jordan and further explore Middle Eastern art. I especially love Arabic calligraphy.

That sounds great! Good luck with it all!

nepo at wix lounge Nepo on <em>Fantasia Tropico</em> at Chelseas Wix Lounge, His Recent Projects in Brazil and Dubai and more

There will be an opening reception for Nepo‘s exhibit tonight, Friday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM at at Chelsea’s Wix Lounge, 235 West 23rd Street. The exhibit remains on view through May.

Photo credits: 1 Lois Stavsky 2 & 4 courtesy of Nepo and 3 Tara Murray; interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky

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:Joe Iurato art station16 Stencil Art Masters Joe Iurato, Logan Hicks, Lady Aiko, Icy and Sot and Snik in <em>STENCILED</em> at Montreals Station 16 Gallery

Featuring stencil art by some of our favorite artists, STENCILED opens this Thursday evening, April 28, at Montreal’s Station 16 Gallery. Here is a small sampling of what will be on exhibit through May 21:

Also by Joe Iurato

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Logan Hicks

Logan Hicks Skybridge 2016 Stencil Art Masters Joe Iurato, Logan Hicks, Lady Aiko, Icy and Sot and Snik in <em>STENCILED</em> at Montreals Station 16 Gallery

Lady Aiko

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Icy and Sot

Icy and So Desolate stencil Stencil Art Masters Joe Iurato, Logan Hicks, Lady Aiko, Icy and Sot and Snik in <em>STENCILED</em> at Montreals Station 16 Gallery

Also featured in STENCILED is UK-based Snik

stenciled Stencil Art Masters Joe Iurato, Logan Hicks, Lady Aiko, Icy and Sot and Snik in <em>STENCILED</em> at Montreals Station 16 Gallery

 All photos courtesy Station 16

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free humanity 212 arts From the West Coast to the East Village at 212 Arts with: Free Humanity, Eddie Colla, Mike Giant, Sket One, Max Neutra, Bisco Smith and more

From the plaintive to the playful, the artworks on exhibit in From the West Coast at 212 Arts intrigue. While visiting last week, I had the opportunity to speak to gallerist Mark Leader, who curated the exhibit:

Many of these artists are new to me. Just what is going on here?

This exhibit is a survey of various West Coast artists — largely from LA, San Francisco, Santa Monica and New Mexico.

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There is certainly quite a diverse range of styles represented here. What spurred you to bring these artists to NYC?

It was an opportunity to introduce a brand new visual language to others. My sense is that the West Coast sensibility is quite different from ours.

Mike Giant 212 arts From the West Coast to the East Village at 212 Arts with: Free Humanity, Eddie Colla, Mike Giant, Sket One, Max Neutra, Bisco Smith and more

How did you first discover these artists?

Largely through Instagram. And I had worked with some of them before.

sket one 212 arts From the West Coast to the East Village at 212 Arts with: Free Humanity, Eddie Colla, Mike Giant, Sket One, Max Neutra, Bisco Smith and more

Were there any particular challenges in making this happen?

Just the logistics of transporting the art from the West Coast to here in the East Village.

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How have folks responded to the exhibit?

They’ve responded positively with lots of curiosity!

bisco Smith 212 arts From the West Coast to the East Village at 212 Arts with: Free Humanity, Eddie Colla, Mike Giant, Sket One, Max Neutra, Bisco Smith and more

How can folks see the exhibit?

As there has been a pique of interest in the exhibit since these works were initially showcased, there will be a second launch this Thursday, April 21, beginning at 6 pm.

212 arts invite From the West Coast to the East Village at 212 Arts with: Free Humanity, Eddie Colla, Mike Giant, Sket One, Max Neutra, Bisco Smith and more

And what’s next for 212 Arts?

Opening May 6 is Round Trip, Emilio Ramos‘s first solo exhibit.

Interview and photos 1, 2, 4-6 Lois Stavsky

Images:

1. Free Humanity

2. Eddie Colla

3. Mike Giant

4. Sket One — on platform designed by Tracy 168, with Marc Leader on right

5. Max Neutra

6. Bisco Smith

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luis valle street art mural little haiti North of Wynwood: Luis Valle, Ruben Ubiera, Faber Medrano, Marcus Blake and Wendell Pierre in Miamis Little Haiti

Brimming with color and intrigue, the artworks that surface in Little Haiti — largely by local artists — are among Miami’s most seductive. Here are a few more:

Also by Luis Valle

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Ruben Ubiera

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Faber Medrano

Faber Medrano street art Little Haiti Miami North of Wynwood: Luis Valle, Ruben Ubiera, Faber Medrano, Marcus Blake and Wendell Pierre in Miamis Little Haiti

Marcus Blake

Marcus blake little haiti street art miami North of Wynwood: Luis Valle, Ruben Ubiera, Faber Medrano, Marcus Blake and Wendell Pierre in Miamis Little Haiti

Wendell Pierre

Wendell Pierre art little haiti miami North of Wynwood: Luis Valle, Ruben Ubiera, Faber Medrano, Marcus Blake and Wendell Pierre in Miamis Little Haiti

Photos by Lois Stavsky 

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Nate dee street art Miami Beyond Wynwood: Street Art and Graffiti in Buena Vista, Miami with Nate Dee, Claudio Picasso, Renda Writer & Claudia La Bianca, DRE Boogie, Smog One, Will Rodriguez and Neks One

Walking along Second Avenue from Wynwood to Little Haiti, I came upon dozens of intriguing artworks in Miami’s Buena Vista neighborhood. Here are a few more:

Claudio Picasso

claudio picasso Beyond Wynwood: Street Art and Graffiti in Buena Vista, Miami with Nate Dee, Claudio Picasso, Renda Writer & Claudia La Bianca, DRE Boogie, Smog One, Will Rodriguez and Neks One

Renda Writer and Claudia La Bianca

Renda Writer Claudia la Bianca street art Miami Beyond Wynwood: Street Art and Graffiti in Buena Vista, Miami with Nate Dee, Claudio Picasso, Renda Writer & Claudia La Bianca, DRE Boogie, Smog One, Will Rodriguez and Neks One

Smog One

Dre Ceo Crew Miami Beyond Wynwood: Street Art and Graffiti in Buena Vista, Miami with Nate Dee, Claudio Picasso, Renda Writer & Claudia La Bianca, DRE Boogie, Smog One, Will Rodriguez and Neks One

Dre Boogie

Dre Boogie Dre Ceo Crew graffiti Miami Beyond Wynwood: Street Art and Graffiti in Buena Vista, Miami with Nate Dee, Claudio Picasso, Renda Writer & Claudia La Bianca, DRE Boogie, Smog One, Will Rodriguez and Neks One

Will Rodriguez

William Rodriguez graffiti Miami Beyond Wynwood: Street Art and Graffiti in Buena Vista, Miami with Nate Dee, Claudio Picasso, Renda Writer & Claudia La Bianca, DRE Boogie, Smog One, Will Rodriguez and Neks One

With Neks One

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Note: First image is by Nate Dee

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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caratoes street art wynwood miami Faces in Miami Open Spaces. Part II: Caratoes, Jas 9, Jose Mertz, Didi Rok with Miss Zukie and RasTerms

Here are a few more images of intriguing faces captured in Miami last week:

Jas 9 at work in Wynwood

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Jose Mertz in Wynwood

jose mertz street art miami wynwood Faces in Miami Open Spaces. Part II: Caratoes, Jas 9, Jose Mertz, Didi Rok with Miss Zukie and RasTerms

Didi Rok and Miss Zukie in Little Haiti

Didi and Miss Zukie street art Little Haiti Faces in Miami Open Spaces. Part II: Caratoes, Jas 9, Jose Mertz, Didi Rok with Miss Zukie and RasTerms

RasTerms in Wynwood

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Photos by Lois Stavsky

Note: First image is of mural by Caratoes

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PichiAvo mural art close up Wynwood Walls Miami Faces in Miami Open Spaces: PichiAvo, Miles Toland, Christina Angelina & Fanakapan, Vhils, Kevin Ledo & Fin DAC and DALeast & Cryptik

An incredible variety of faces — representing a range of styles, techniques and sensibilities — make their way onto Miami’s walls. Here’s a small sampling of what has surfaced in Wynwood:

PichiAvo. a larger segment of huge mural in Wynwood Walls

Pichi Avo street art MiamiJPG Faces in Miami Open Spaces: PichiAvo, Miles Toland, Christina Angelina & Fanakapan, Vhils, Kevin Ledo & Fin DAC and DALeast & Cryptik

Miles Toland, close-up

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Christina Angelina aka Starfightera and Fanakapan, close-up

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Vhils in Wynwood Walls

vhils street art wynwood walls Faces in Miami Open Spaces: PichiAvo, Miles Toland, Christina Angelina & Fanakapan, Vhils, Kevin Ledo & Fin DAC and DALeast & Cryptik

Kevin Ledo and Fin DAC, close-up

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DALeast and Cryptik, close-up

daleast and cryptic wynwood street art Faces in Miami Open Spaces: PichiAvo, Miles Toland, Christina Angelina & Fanakapan, Vhils, Kevin Ledo & Fin DAC and DALeast & Cryptik

 Photo credits: 1 & 2 Sara C. Mozeson; 3-7 Lois Stavsky

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chor boogie outdoor muraljpg Chor Boogie Brings His Brilliant Visuals to Wynwoods Macaya Gallery

While in Miami this past week, I visited Chor Boogie‘s current exhibit, Heiros Gamos: A Vision of Feminine Power, at Wynwood’s Macaya Gallery. I  also had the opportunity to speak to its curator, Daniel Stanford.

I’ve been mesmerized by Chor Boogie‘s aesthetic since I first saw his vibrant murals on the streets of various cities several years ago. But I don’t often get to see his work in gallery settings. What spurred you to curate an exhibit of Chor Boogie‘s artworks?

Patrick Glémaud, Macaya Gallery‘s director, and I met Chor Boogie during Art Basel 2015.  After viewing several of his artworks, Patrick felt that the Macaya Gallery would be the ideal place to showcase Chor Boogie‘s distinct aesthetic. And I was pleased to have the opportunity to curate an exhibit of his works.

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What is it about Chor Boogie’s aesthetic that appeals to you?

I was taken by his level of precision and complexity. His technique is superior.

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And as is evident in his murals that have surfaced in public spaces, Chor Boogie‘s choice of colors is always brilliant.  His works consistently arouse both my senses and my mind. Just what is going on here?

These works — as the title suggests — reference a sacred union. The artworks pose the question, “Sacred or profane?” as they present a vision of feminine power. Aesthetic elements of the Rococo and Baroque periods, along with Madonna iconography, are reinterpreted through the medium of spray paint and contemporary street art styles.

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What challenges did you face in curating this exhibit? 

The works currently on display are quite diverse and also very rich. The biggest challenge was presenting a variety of distinct works in a balanced way.

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You certainly seem to have achieved that! What’s ahead for Macaya Gallery?  

Our next exhibit is a collective show featuring works by Emma DunlaveyFrançois Duerinckx and Mercedes Lasarte.  A select group of Chor Boogie‘s paintings will remain, and a series of his political works will be featured later this year.

Images:

1. Chor Boogie, The King and Eye, on the exterior of Macaya Gallery

2. Chor Boogie, Immaculate Conception

3. Chor Boogie, The Silver Queens, close-up

4. E. Bast in collaboration with Chor Boogie, The Nine Virgins, close-up

5. Chor Boogie in collaboration with Daniel Stanford, The Color Visions of Raquel

Photos: 1 courtesy of Daniel Stanford; 2-4 Lois Stavsky and 5 courtesy of Chor Boogie

Note: To find out about the inspiration behind this body of work, check out Chor Boogie Shines Love Into Macaya Gallery by Alexandra Martinez in last week’s Miami New Times.

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icy and sot art on dollar bill Joshua B. Geyer on Curating <em>Off the Wall</em> with: Icy & Sot, Erasmo, Case Maclaim, See One, Daze and more

Opening this evening from 6-9pm at World Trade Gallery is Off the Wall, an exhibit featuring artwork by some of our favorite artists. We recently had the opportunity to speak to its curator, Joshua B. Geyer.

What is the concept behind this exhibit?

I wanted to showcase in a gallery setting artworks by a diverse group of high-caliber artists who work in public spaces, as well as in their studios. My current job is just a few blocks away from the Top to Bottom Mural Project on 21st Street. I pass it every day, and I love it. I thought it would be a great idea to feature those artists, as they are among the best anywhere.

erasmo case Joshua B. Geyer on Curating <em>Off the Wall</em> with: Icy & Sot, Erasmo, Case Maclaim, See One, Daze and more

When did you first begin working on Off the Wall?

I first found out about the availability of the space three weeks ago. One of my friends who works in World Trade Gallery offered me the opportunity to curate an exhibit beginning in mid-March.

see one Joshua B. Geyer on Curating <em>Off the Wall</em> with: Icy & Sot, Erasmo, Case Maclaim, See One, Daze and more

What was your greatest challenge in getting this together in such a short timespan?

My greatest challenge was selecting the artists.  There was so much talent to choose from.  Close to 50 outstanding artists have painted in the Top to Bottom Mural Project.  I also wanted to take into consideration the input I was given from the team – James P Quinn and Geoff Kuffner – who implemented the project.

Daze canvas Joshua B. Geyer on Curating <em>Off the Wall</em> with: Icy & Sot, Erasmo, Case Maclaim, See One, Daze and more

Do you feel that you have accomplished your mission?

Yes! The artworks in Off the Wall are representative of the diverse range of outstanding pieces that have surfaced at 43-01 21st Street in LIC since this past September. And this space couldn’t be more ideal!

Off the wall flyer Joshua B. Geyer on Curating <em>Off the Wall</em> with: Icy & Sot, Erasmo, Case Maclaim, See One, Daze and more

We love your flyer. Did you design it?

It was a collaborative venture between See One and me. The photo is mine and the actual design is See One’s.

What’s ahead?

I’d love to build a relationship with World Trade Gallery, and I look forward to curating more exhibits featuring artists whose works are seen on our streets.

Images

1. Icy and Sot, close-up

2. Erasmo and Case Maclaim

3. See One

4. Daze

Photo credits: 1, 3 & 4 Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2 Lois Stavsky

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