Street Artists

This is the tenth in a series of occasional posts featuring the diverse range of trucks and vans that strike our streets.

Wane in Manhattan

wane graffiti on truck NYC NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans – from the Whimsical to the Wild, Part XI: Wane, Cone, Magda Love, Crane, Rimx & Seel and Sienide

Cone in the Bronx

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Magda Love in Bushwick for JMZ Walls

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Crane in Washington Heights/Inwood

crane graffiti on truck NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans – from the Whimsical to the Wild, Part XI: Wane, Cone, Magda Love, Crane, Rimx & Seel and Sienide

 Rimx and Seel in Bushwick

rimx and seel van NYC NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans – from the Whimsical to the Wild, Part XI: Wane, Cone, Magda Love, Crane, Rimx & Seel and Sienide

Sienide in the Bronx

sienide graffiti character truck NYC Bronx NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans – from the Whimsical to the Wild, Part XI: Wane, Cone, Magda Love, Crane, Rimx & Seel and Sienide

Photo credits: 1. Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2-4 and 6. Lois Stavsky; 5. Tara Murray

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AEON paints in chicago street art Lorenzo Masnah aka AEON on APCs First U.S. Exhibit, Romance, Recycled Art & more

I caught up with Bogota native Lorenzo Masnah – aka AEON and Third World Pirate – last week in his Bushwick studio as he was readying to head to Chicago’s Galerie F to join Stinkfish, Zas and Buytronick in preparation for APC’s first exhibit in the U.S.

You are leaving in a few hours for Chicago. What’s happening there?

I will be working with Stinkfish, Zas and Buytronick to produce a series of collaborative works. Each of us has a distinct graphic language and they all will come together on an array of surfaces – from found objects to huge outdoor murals — for this exhibit at Galerie F.  Drawings, paintings, zines, shirts and all kinds of APC paraphernalia will be on sale at the gallery. The exhibit opens to the public on Friday, January 30.

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Can you tell us something about APC? What does it mean? When did you guys all meet?

The crew originated almost ten years ago back in Bogota with a few artists who participated together in festivals.  These days we have over 50 members representing APC throughout the entire world. The acronym has many different meanings. Its principal one is Animal Power Cult, as animals play an essential role in our individual and common aesthetic.

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What about you? You seem to have three distinct identities. I primarily associate you with Third World Pirate as I remember watching you paint your iconic pirate almost ten years ago in Bogota. But there everyone seems to refer to you as AEON. And, here in NYC, I’ve come to think of you as Lorenzo Masnah.

I’ve been obsessed with pirates and drawing them in endless variations since I was a child growing up in Bogota. That explains Third World Pirate!  He is the one character who always travels with me. AEON is my acronym for Al Estilo Orto Nombre (Another Name for Style) – as I began getting up back in 2002 in Bogota with distinct one-line drawings. And I adopted the name Lorenzo Masnah when I had my solo show at Fuse Gallery in 2013.

Aeon dancers Lorenzo Masnah aka AEON on APCs First U.S. Exhibit, Romance, Recycled Art & more

Among the highlights of your solo show at Fuse Gallery were your refashioned images of beautiful Mexican women. That is another theme that resurfaces in your work. Can you tell us something about that? You seem to be quite obsessed with Mexican ladies!

Yes, for years I’ve been collecting Mexican erotic magazines dated from the early 1950s. This past year, in fact, while visiting Mexico, I discovered in a used book store in Puebla a huge stack of 45 records with covers fashioned from these vintage magazine pictures. I bought them all! And I am now working with them, recreating them with images that transcend that specific era.

Why do you suppose these images so engage you?

I love their pure innocence, their nostalgic beauty! And they represent so much of what we are missing in our era of Internet dating, where romance has lost its essence.  And I’ve also always loved working with recycled materials. It is my way of preserving the past, as I create a visual encyclopedia of aesthetics and issues that speak to me – and, hopefully, to others.

stinkfish street art chicago APC crew Lorenzo Masnah aka AEON on APCs First U.S. Exhibit, Romance, Recycled Art & more

Zas Painting in chicago Lorenzo Masnah aka AEON on APCs First U.S. Exhibit, Romance, Recycled Art & more

What’s ahead?

After Chicago, we plan to travel out West and then return to NYC for APC’s first East Coast exhibit.

It all sounds great! We look forward to seeing you guys in NYC.

Note: Animal Tricks opens this Friday, January 30, at 6 pm at Galerie F. Located at 2381 N Milwaukee Ave  in Chicago IL. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 AM to 6 PM.

APC in chiacago Lorenzo Masnah aka AEON on APCs First U.S. Exhibit, Romance, Recycled Art & more

Interview by Lois Stavsky. Photos: 1. AEON paints in Chicago, courtesy Galerie F; 2. flyer for exhibit, collaborative by featured APC artists; 3. APC in NYC with AEON, Zas, Rimx  and Arepa photographed by Tara Murray; 4. AEON on canvas photographed by Lois Stavsky; 5 – 7.  APC in Chicago courtesy Galerie F.  

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A range of comic characters — from Calvin and Hobbes to Snow White to Batman — have made their way onto NYC walls. Here are a few:

John Matos aka Crash in the South Bronx for the Tag Public Arts Project

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Ozmo in Little Italy for the LISA Project

Ozmo street art nyc 2 Comic Characters on NYC Walls: John Crash Matos, Ozmo, Jerkface, Mr OneTeas and See One

Jerkface in Bushwick

Jerkface street art NYC Comic Characters on NYC Walls: John Crash Matos, Ozmo, Jerkface, Mr OneTeas and See One

Mr OneTeas at the Bushwick Collective

mr one teas bushwick collective street art Comic Characters on NYC Walls: John Crash Matos, Ozmo, Jerkface, Mr OneTeas and See One

 See One at the Bushwick Collective

see one batman street art bushwick collective Comic Characters on NYC Walls: John Crash Matos, Ozmo, Jerkface, Mr OneTeas and See One

see one street art nyc Comic Characters on NYC Walls: John Crash Matos, Ozmo, Jerkface, Mr OneTeas and See One

 Photos 1, 4 – 6 by Lois Stavsky; 2 by Tara Murray & 3 by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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A specialized new online gallery certain to appeal to us street art aficionados, Cluster Wall launches tomorrow evening with an exhibit and party at 17 Frost in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We recently had the opportunity to speak to Cluster Wall’s founder, Evan Tobias. 

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What is Cluster Wall? Why that name?

It is a term I respond to! As an art-lover and collector, I tend to cluster art of all colors and styles in our Brooklyn apartment. The results are vibrant, bold and kinetic, like New York City, itself!

What is your mission in launching Cluster Wall?

My mission is to provide art lovers with the opportunity to purchase first-rate, hand-embellished affordable art. There will not be any ink jet prints. All of the artworks will be signed and numbered, and editions will be limited. Prints will be released in a series of 100 or fewer. And, in addition, a small number of original works will also be made available.

Evan Tobas at Cluster Wall <em> Cluster Wall </em> to Launch Tomorrow with Exhibit and Party at 17 Frost in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

What work experiences do you bring with you to your current position?

I was the founder and editor of Block Magazine, and founder of the Full Circle Bar in Williamsburg.

Most of the artists — whose works you will be exhibiting and selling — are active on the streets. Why the focus on street art?

I’m a big fan of street art. I’ve been living in Williamsburg since 2001, and I’ve seen how street art has enhanced my neighborhood. It has made it a better place to live. But Cluster Wall is not limited to street artists. I will be releasing artworks by other contemporary urban artists, as well.

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How did you decide which artists to work with?

I started off by contacting artists I know, and then I was connected to some others. I was specifically looking for artwork that I love that would also work well as prints.

Can you tell us something about this weekend’s exhibit? What can we expect to see?

We will be featuring prints and original artworks by Chris RWK, Joe Iurato, Rubin, ASVP, Elle, The Drif, London Kaye, Solus, Opie and ORYX, along with collaborative works by John Paul O’Grodnick and Jilly Ballistic, who will also be painting live.

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What is Cluster Wall bringing to the art scene?

It provides art lovers with the opportunity to collect outstanding, innovative artwork at modest prices.

That all sounds great! Good luck!

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Note: The launch begins at 7pm tomorrow — Saturday — at 17 Frost Street and will feature, along with dozens of artworks, music by DJ Nigel Rubirosa and refreshments provided by Lion Beer and Sea Grape Wines.

Interview conducted by City-as-School intern Zachariah Messaoud.

Photos

1. Chris RWK  

2. Cluster Wall founder Evan Tobias, seated in front of artwork by London Kaye 

3. The Drif

4. John Paul O’Grodnick and Jilly Ballistic

5.  Joe Iurato

All photos courtesy Cluster Wall, except for pic of Evan by Lois Stavsky

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This is the 15th in an occasional series of posts featuring images of girls — and women — who grace our public spaces:

David Cooper in Bushwick

David Cooper Bushwick street art nyc Girls on Walls, Part XV: David Cooper, Cern, Mag Magrela, Caratoes, Andre Trenier and Dasic Fernandez

Cern in Greenpoint, close-up 

cern greenpoint streeet art nyc Girls on Walls, Part XV: David Cooper, Cern, Mag Magrela, Caratoes, Andre Trenier and Dasic Fernandez

Mag Magrela on the Lower East Side

mag magrella street ar nyc Girls on Walls, Part XV: David Cooper, Cern, Mag Magrela, Caratoes, Andre Trenier and Dasic Fernandez

Caratoes in Bushwick

caratoes street art in Bushwick nyc Girls on Walls, Part XV: David Cooper, Cern, Mag Magrela, Caratoes, Andre Trenier and Dasic Fernandez

Andre Trenier in the Bronx

andre treiner Bronx street art Girls on Walls, Part XV: David Cooper, Cern, Mag Magrela, Caratoes, Andre Trenier and Dasic Fernandez

Dasic Fernandez at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens

dasic street art wwlling court nyc Girls on Walls, Part XV: David Cooper, Cern, Mag Magrela, Caratoes, Andre Trenier and Dasic Fernandez

Photos: 1 and 5 by City-as-School intern Zachariah Messaoud; 2-4 and 6 by Lois Stavsky

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The following guest post is by Houda Lazrak, a graduate student in Museum Studies at New York University.

MH Cover   Modern Hieroglyphics: <em> A Curated Collection of Conversations with Artists from all around the World </em>

Presenting a distinctive global perspective on art, music, fashion and culture, Modern Hieroglyphics — readying now for the release of its second issue — premiered this past summer. Co-founded by adventurous designer Jack McKain and West Coast-based artist Chor Boogie, the 156-page publication features fascinating interviews with ten talented artists, along with dozens of photos.

Tapping into graffiti history, the term Modern Hieroglyphics was first coined by San Diego-based Blame One. The term was then popularized by Chor Boogie to define his personal style. Finally, it was re-adapted to serve as the title and theme for this magazine’s spirit – a belief in the inherent power of visual communication through pictures and pictographs.

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The interviews, conducted by McKain, are first rate. Meres One, for example, recounts his experience as curator of Long Island City’s 5 Pointz, along with his tenuous fight against gentrification and the whitewash of the iconic legal graffiti space. In another interview, Noah Scalin describes his Skull-A-Day project. To challenge his creative capacity and test his commitment abilities, the artist embarked on a one-year venture to fashion a skull image from different materials every day. Scalin describes how he garnered an online following and transformed what was a personal project into a public one – a creative commitment that, he confesses, became addictive. 

All of the interviews are accompanied with strikingly beautiful images and end with links to relevant social media.  To promote the role of photographers in the creation process of Modern Hieroglyphics, the publication also includes clear photo credits and devotes the final page to photographers’ contact information.

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Certain to appeal to us street art and graffiti aficionados, Modern Hieroglyphics is a widely creative platform that exposes the talents of international artists through captivating imagery and engaging text. 

Note: In addition to its website and Facebook page, you can also follow Modern Hieroglyphics on Instagram as it readies for the release of its second issue.

Photos: 1. cover and 3. Shaka (close-up) courtesy of the publisher; 2. Meres One by Dani Reyes Mozeson as featured in Modern Hieroglyphics

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We’ve been noticing more and more subway trains on walls down in Brooklyn and up in the Bronx.  Here’s a sampling:

Damien Mitchell for the Bushwick Collective

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Downer Jones in Bushwick

downer jones graffiti NYC Subway Trains on NYC Walls with: Damien Mitchell, Downer Jones, Bella Amaral, Danielle Mastrion, Dek 2DX, Shiro and Cern

Bella Amaral in Bushwick for JMZ Walls

Bella Amaral street art nyc Subway Trains on NYC Walls with: Damien Mitchell, Downer Jones, Bella Amaral, Danielle Mastrion, Dek 2DX, Shiro and Cern

Danielle Mastrion in Bushwick for the Dodworth Street Mural art project

danielle mastrion street art nyc Subway Trains on NYC Walls with: Damien Mitchell, Downer Jones, Bella Amaral, Danielle Mastrion, Dek 2DX, Shiro and Cern

Dek 2DX in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx

dek2DX street art bronx nyc Subway Trains on NYC Walls with: Damien Mitchell, Downer Jones, Bella Amaral, Danielle Mastrion, Dek 2DX, Shiro and Cern

Shiro in Bushwick for JMZ Walls

Shiro jmz street art nyc Subway Trains on NYC Walls with: Damien Mitchell, Downer Jones, Bella Amaral, Danielle Mastrion, Dek 2DX, Shiro and Cern

Cern in Williamsburg

Cern street art williamsburg NYC Subway Trains on NYC Walls with: Damien Mitchell, Downer Jones, Bella Amaral, Danielle Mastrion, Dek 2DX, Shiro and Cern

Photos: 1, 2, 4 and 6 by Lois Stavsky; 3 by Tara Murray; 5 by City-as-School intern Zachariah Messaoud and 7 by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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This is the eighth post in an occasional series featuring artwork on NYC shutters:

Sweet Toof on the Bowery for the LISA Project

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With Darkclouds

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Ben Eine in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx

ben eine mott haven NYC Shutters – Part VIII: Sweet Toof, Darkclouds, Ben Eine, Ramiro Davaro, Kashink, the Drif and Buff Monster

Ramiro Davaro in the Bronx for the Tag Public Arts Project

ramiro davaro street art shutter nyc NYC Shutters – Part VIII: Sweet Toof, Darkclouds, Ben Eine, Ramiro Davaro, Kashink, the Drif and Buff Monster

Kashink in Bushwick

Kashink shutter street art nyc NYC Shutters – Part VIII: Sweet Toof, Darkclouds, Ben Eine, Ramiro Davaro, Kashink, the Drif and Buff Monster

The Drif on the Lower East Side for the LISA Project

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Buff Monster on the Bowery

buff monster street art shutter bowery NYC NYC Shutters – Part VIII: Sweet Toof, Darkclouds, Ben Eine, Ramiro Davaro, Kashink, the Drif and Buff Monster

 Photos 1, 2, and 7 by Tara Murray; 3 and 4 by Lois Stavsky; 5 and 6 by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Nic 707‘s InstaFame Phantom Art continues to share a range of art — from tags by legendary writers to works by global artists — with NYC subway riders. Here are some images captured on a recent ride from East Tremont in the Bronx to Brighton Beach in Brooklyn.

Veteran UK graffiti writer, Pulse

Pulse tag subway art Riding the Train from East Tremont to Brighton Beach with: Pulse, Praxis, TAKI 183, Nic 707, Skeme and Michael Cuomo

Bogota native Praxis

praxis shark stencil art Riding the Train from East Tremont to Brighton Beach with: Pulse, Praxis, TAKI 183, Nic 707, Skeme and Michael Cuomo

The legendary TAKI 183

Taki 183 tag on train Riding the Train from East Tremont to Brighton Beach with: Pulse, Praxis, TAKI 183, Nic 707, Skeme and Michael Cuomo

Praxis

Praxis stencil art on train Riding the Train from East Tremont to Brighton Beach with: Pulse, Praxis, TAKI 183, Nic 707, Skeme and Michael Cuomo

Nic 707

nic707 abstract Riding the Train from East Tremont to Brighton Beach with: Pulse, Praxis, TAKI 183, Nic 707, Skeme and Michael Cuomo

Graffiti pioneer Skeme of Style Wars fame

Skeme tag subway train art Riding the Train from East Tremont to Brighton Beach with: Pulse, Praxis, TAKI 183, Nic 707, Skeme and Michael Cuomo

Mulit-media artist Michael Cuomo 

michael cuomo art in transit Riding the Train from East Tremont to Brighton Beach with: Pulse, Praxis, TAKI 183, Nic 707, Skeme and Michael Cuomo

Nic 707

nic707 subway art Riding the Train from East Tremont to Brighton Beach with: Pulse, Praxis, TAKI 183, Nic 707, Skeme and Michael Cuomo

Michael Cuomo

Michael Cuomo Riding the Train from East Tremont to Brighton Beach with: Pulse, Praxis, TAKI 183, Nic 707, Skeme and Michael Cuomo

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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tats cru graffti street art wallworks NYC Anna Matos on WallWorks NY    A New Gallery Space in the South Bronx

Founded by John Matos aka Crash and Robert Kantor and directed by Anna Matos, WallWorks NY is a wonderful new gallery space at 39 Bruckner Boulevard in the South Bronx. While visiting its current  – and final – unofficial exhibit, Open Gallery, we had the opportunity to speak to Anna.

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When did WallWorks NY open?

We had our first “unofficial” opening exhibition, First Taste, on September 12.  Its focus was on promoting street art and graffiti as a viable art form within galleries and museums. Among the many local and international artists whose works were featured were: Daze, Futura, Nick Walker, Stash and TATS CRU members: Bio, Nicer and BG 183. This was followed by Point. Focus. Click. featuring photos – that had never been exhibited before — by such photographers as Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper, Joe Conzo, David Gonzalez, Lisa Kahane, Francisco Reyes II and Ricky Flores.

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This current exhibit, Open Gallery, introduces us to many new artists.

Yes. It’s our final show before our official opening next month.  Along with works by emerging local artists in Open Gallery, are artworks in various media by artists from around the country – many of whom had never exhibited their works in a gallery setting before.

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How have these “unofficial” openings gone?

The response has been great. And the success that we’ve achieved so far is more than we could have imagined!

Why did you choose to open a gallery in the South Bronx?

Why not the South Bronx? Its history is so rich, and hopefully we will encourage people to visit it.

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What is WallWork’s NY’s mission?

In the experimental and explorative vein of Fashion MODA, we want to exhibit new and exciting work from both emerging and established artists.

How did this space come to be?

My father, Crash, had dreamed for a long time of opening a gallery, and I loved the idea of directing one. On our trips into the city, we repeatedly passed this empty space on Bruckner Boulevard – that we saw as a potential site for a gallery.  After discussing it with an art dealer in Paris last summer, my father said, “Let’s do it!” And then a partnership with entrepreneur Robert Kantor made it possible for my father to realize his dream.

JPO art Wallworks Anna Matos on WallWorks NY    A New Gallery Space in the South Bronx

What experiences and skills do you bring to your position as gallery director?

I grew up around art. As a child, I regularly accompanied by father to his studio – where I would sit and draw. For a long time, in fact, I thought I would be an artist. But as a senior in high school, I discovered that I was more interested in the concepts behind the art than in creating art. I then majored in Art History with a double minor of Philosophy and Black Studies at Fairfield University, and after graduating from college, I studied Art Business at FIT.  And in addition to several internships, including one as Special Project Manager the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, I served as a liaison for my father, assisting him in everything from creating a strong social media presence to installing and selling art. I see myself as someone who is committed to each artist’s personal development and financial success — as well as to the success of the gallery.

Stephanie Burr wallWorks NYC Anna Matos on WallWorks NY    A New Gallery Space in the South Bronx

What’s ahead?

Our official launch takes place on next Saturday, January 10, with Ikonoklasts, featuring never-before-seen works by three legendary NYC artists: A-One, Dondi White and Rammallzee. Following Ikonoklasts will be our first solo show featuring works on canvas by Nicer of TATS CRU.

That sounds wonderful! We are looking forward!

Interview conducted by City-as-School intern Zachariah Messaoud and edited by Lois Stavsky; photos by Lois Stavsky

Photos

1. TATS CRU

2. Anna Matos, gallery director

3. Such Styles

4. Buz163

5. Funqest

6. John Paul O’Grodnick

7. Stephanie Burr

Note: Open Gallery continues until January 7 at 39 Bruckner Boulevard in the Bronx.

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