Art Installation

ryan bock mana 1 <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Base 12 Artists at Mana BSMT: Ryan Bock, Kolter Hodgson, James Reyes, James Rubio, The Real Love Child, Sei Smith & Alana Dee Haynes

A collaborative hub for artists, the Mana BSMT occupies the entire lower level of Mana Contemporary‘s Jersey City headquarters. After completing their residency there, Apostrophe NYC’s Base 12 artists presented their artworks in a series of installations and performances this past Saturday evening. The image pictured above was fashioned by Ryan Bock, whose talents have also made their way onto walls on the Lower East Side and Bushwhick. Here are several more images we captured:

Also by Ryan BockSacrificial Shanking

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Kolter Hodgson, Cryami, close-up

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James Reyes

James Reyes art Mana BSMT 1 <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Base 12 Artists at Mana BSMT: Ryan Bock, Kolter Hodgson, James Reyes, James Rubio, The Real Love Child, Sei Smith & Alana Dee Haynes

James Rubio with his new Power of Prayer paintings

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The Real Love Child, close-up

the real love child <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Base 12 Artists at Mana BSMT: Ryan Bock, Kolter Hodgson, James Reyes, James Rubio, The Real Love Child, Sei Smith & Alana Dee Haynes

Sei Smith, Yellow and Blue — as observed by Houda Lazrak — with artist as masseur

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Alana Dee Haynes, Photo Booth — with fashions designed by the artist

alana dee haynes mana1 <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Base 12 Artists at Mana BSMT: Ryan Bock, Kolter Hodgson, James Reyes, James Rubio, The Real Love Child, Sei Smith & Alana Dee Haynes

Photo credits: 1-7 Lois Stavsky and 8 Houda Lazrak

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joe iurato  Joe Iurato Fashions His Signature Cutouts for Washington DC Tour of Red Bull Flying Bach Dancers

This past summer, Red Bull reached out to Joe Iurato — one of our favorite artists — to create his signature wooden cutouts to help support and promote the upcoming Washington DC tour dates of Red Bull Flying Bach, a new dance tour that fuses classical music, break dancing and modern dance, set to Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier.”

An interview with the artist follows:

Can you tell us something about the process of creating your distinct cutouts? 

It begins with a photograph of a central subject and a story in mind. Once I have the image I want to work with, I create my layer separations for the stencils.  I don’t use a computer program or a filter to create my layers. I just print the photo out multiple times in black and white at the exact size I want the wood cutout to be. Then, I cut my stencil layers by working directly from the unaltered photos, more or less drawing the tones loosely with a knife.  Once my stencils are cut, I make an impression of the first layer, a silhouette, on a piece of wood.

And how does the piece get cut? At what point is it ready for placement?

The piece gets cut on a scroll saw, which is good for making cuts up to 24”, as it has a thin blade and allows me to maneuver intricate cuts. The cut then gets sanded and primed. Then, I lay in my stencils – spraying them one layer at a time. When the piece is completed, I’ll varnish and seal it. Lastly, I’ll add any hardware to make it stand, float, whatever– all depending on the intended interaction. At that point, the piece is ready for placement.

Joe iurato cutout breaking Joe Iurato Fashions His Signature Cutouts for Washington DC Tour of Red Bull Flying Bach Dancers

How do you decide where it will be placed?

Sometimes I know where the completed work will be placed; other times, it’s a matter of hunting for the right location. I always install them by myself, mounting them securely. The challenge is finding a location where they will last for awhile! For this project, Red Bull is securing several locations, based on where they will work best, for 10-12 of my 16″ pieces. Three similar large scale wood cut pieces — roughly 6 feet tall — will be on display from January 6-8th at the Warner Theater for the DC performances of Red Bull Flying Bach.

How long does it generally take to create a 16 inch piece? 

It depends on the level of detail in the particular  piece and where I am in the process. If I’m going from initial concept through to final, then it usually takes me about three to four days to create the first one. But once the stencils are cut and it’s a matter of ripping wood cutouts and spraying them out, I can make duplicates within a day.

drew gurian photo of Joe Iurato Joe Iurato Fashions His Signature Cutouts for Washington DC Tour of Red Bull Flying Bach Dancers

How does creating this work for Red Bull differ from the way you generally work?

I generally work from my own imagery, but in this case, Red Bull has provided me with photographs of the Red Bull Flying Bach dancers to work with and is involved in securing locations. As I don’t know specific locations, I’ve chosen a variety of movements that could work in a range of location.

Can you tell us a bit about your experience of working with Red Bull? 

It’s been very exciting. I, myself, was once a breakdancer! And Red Bull has given me complete creative freedom — something very important to my artistic process.

joe iurato dancer Joe Iurato Fashions His Signature Cutouts for Washington DC Tour of Red Bull Flying Bach Dancers

Special thanks to Karin du Maire who met up with Joe Iurato at Red Bull Studios in Chelsea last week.

Photo credits: 1 & 4 Karin du Maire; 2 & 3 Drew Gurian, courtesy Red Bull

Note: Red Bull Flying Bach dancers will be performing in DC at the Warner Theater, January 6-8. Check out dates of all upcoming shows here

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bayette ross smith Boom Box At Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem with: Bayeté Ross Smith, Jordan Baker Caldwell, Jack Howard Potter, Richard Vivenzio, Suprina, Jason Wallace, Capucine Bourcart and Bob Clyatt

In collaboration with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and NYC Parks, FLUX Public Art Projects has brought over three dozen arresting sculptures and installations — all rich with cultural references — to Marcus Garvey Park. Pictured above is Bayeté Ross Smith, Got the Power: Boomboxes.  Here are several more:

Jordan Baker-Caldwell, Golem

Jordan Baker Caldwell At Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem with: Bayeté Ross Smith, Jordan Baker Caldwell, Jack Howard Potter, Richard Vivenzio, Suprina, Jason Wallace, Capucine Bourcart and Bob Clyatt

Jack Howard Potter, Belvedere Torso

Jack howard potter sculpture At Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem with: Bayeté Ross Smith, Jordan Baker Caldwell, Jack Howard Potter, Richard Vivenzio, Suprina, Jason Wallace, Capucine Bourcart and Bob Clyatt

Richard Vivenzio, Untitled

Richard vivenzio At Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem with: Bayeté Ross Smith, Jordan Baker Caldwell, Jack Howard Potter, Richard Vivenzio, Suprina, Jason Wallace, Capucine Bourcart and Bob Clyatt

Suprina, DNA Totem. close-up

suprina dA Totem close up At Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem with: Bayeté Ross Smith, Jordan Baker Caldwell, Jack Howard Potter, Richard Vivenzio, Suprina, Jason Wallace, Capucine Bourcart and Bob Clyatt

Jason WallaceCrosshairs

jason wallace sculpture At Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem with: Bayeté Ross Smith, Jordan Baker Caldwell, Jack Howard Potter, Richard Vivenzio, Suprina, Jason Wallace, Capucine Bourcart and Bob Clyatt

Capucine BourcartTrompe l’oeil

capucine bourcart At Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem with: Bayeté Ross Smith, Jordan Baker Caldwell, Jack Howard Potter, Richard Vivenzio, Suprina, Jason Wallace, Capucine Bourcart and Bob Clyatt

Bob Clyatt, (E)scape

Marcus Garvey Park Bob Clyatt At Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem with: Bayeté Ross Smith, Jordan Baker Caldwell, Jack Howard Potter, Richard Vivenzio, Suprina, Jason Wallace, Capucine Bourcart and Bob Clyatt

Photo credits: 1, 3 & 6 City-as-School intern Sol Raxlen; 2 Lois Stavsky 4, 5, 7 & 8 Tara Murray

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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.

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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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art the throne Angel Orensanz Foundation Hosts <em>Art the Throne</em> with: Pop Chart Lab, Jeff Nishinaka, CYRCLE, Marcos Chin and Tristan Eaton

In celebration of the captivating series Game of Thrones, HBO launched Art the Throne earlier this month with the release of visual dairies of CYRCLE, Tristan Eaton, Jeff Nishinaka, Marcos Chin and Pop Chart Lab reinterpreting key moments from the series. And last Wednesday evening the physical installations were displayed at New York City’s historical Angel Orensanz Foundation on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Here are a few more mages we captured at the event, along with the artists’ visual diaries:

Jeff Nishinaka, The Night’s King

Jeff Nishinaka Angel Orensanz Foundation Hosts <em>Art the Throne</em> with: Pop Chart Lab, Jeff Nishinaka, CYRCLE, Marcos Chin and Tristan Eaton

Jeff Nishinaka‘s visual diary

CYRCLE, Overthrone Crown

cyrcle Angel Orensanz Foundation Hosts <em>Art the Throne</em> with: Pop Chart Lab, Jeff Nishinaka, CYRCLE, Marcos Chin and Tristan Eaton

CYRCLE‘s visual diary

Pop Chart Lab‘s The Red Wedding

pop chart lab Angel Orensanz Foundation Hosts <em>Art the Throne</em> with: Pop Chart Lab, Jeff Nishinaka, CYRCLE, Marcos Chin and Tristan Eaton

Pop Chart Lab‘s visual diary

Marcos Chin, Brienne of Tarth

Marcos Chin Angel Orensanz Foundation Hosts <em>Art the Throne</em> with: Pop Chart Lab, Jeff Nishinaka, CYRCLE, Marcos Chin and Tristan Eaton

Marcos Chin‘s Visual Diary

Tristan Eaton, Portraits of Daenerys Targaryen, four in a series of six

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 Tristan Eaton‘s visual diary

Photo credits: 1, 2, 5 & 6 Houda Lazrak; 3 & 4 Sara C Mozeson

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Hoacs graffiti H Eden Fine Art Hoacs on <em>No Days Off</em>, His First Solo Exhibit, at Eden Fine Art in SoHo

Currently on view at Eden Fine Art in SoHo is No Days Off, an ingenious installation of vibrant images in a range of media by the wonderfully gifted Queens-based graffiti master Hoacs.  While visiting the space this past Friday — while Hoacs was adding the final touches to No Days Off for his Saturday evening opening — I had the opportunity to speak to him.`

This is amazing! What a brilliant installation! How long have you been working on it?

I began several months ago — in mid-December.

Hoacs graffiti exhibit soho nyc Hoacs on <em>No Days Off</em>, His First Solo Exhibit, at Eden Fine Art in SoHo

Integrated within the huge pieces painted on the walls is a range of media here. I love the varied surfaces you’ve painted on. Can you tell us something about that?

Yes! With the exception of several canvases, everything has been painted on pieces of discarded wood that I found. I hand sanded and treated them all before painting on them. Each is distinct.

hoacs graffiti wet paint Hoacs on <em>No Days Off</em>, His First Solo Exhibit, at Eden Fine Art in SoHo

What would you say was your greatest challenge in executing the installation — as everything seems to work so well together?

My chief concern was my choice of colors. It is important to me that the individuals walls — particularly those across from one another — work well together.

hoacs graffiti with cans Hoacs on <em>No Days Off</em>, His First Solo Exhibit, at Eden Fine Art in SoHo

This space and this neighborhood couldn’t be more perfect! How did this wonderful space come your way?

A friend of mine, the jeweler Mr. Flawless – another Queens native — knows the owner of this gallery and introduced us.

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What would you say is the principal difference between working on the streets and working in an indoor space like this one? 

When I paint outdoors, I am at the mercy of the elements — the cold, the heat, the rain, the winds — and I often stop what I’m doing to speak to folks who drop by. I also tend to paint with others. Here  – I am in my own world!

Hoacs graffiti exhibit No Days Off Hoacs on <em>No Days Off</em>, His First Solo Exhibit, at Eden Fine Art in SoHo

Are you satisfied with the way it is looking?

Yes! I got to do exactly what I wanted to do!

hoacs graffiti close up Hoacs on <em>No Days Off</em>, His First Solo Exhibit, at Eden Fine Art in SoHo

What about the title of the exhibit, No Days Off?

Graffiti is a passion that comes with huge demands! There are “no days off” for a graffiti writer!

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How can folks see the exhibit?

Eden Fine Art SoHo is s located at 470 Broome Street and is open seven days a week, 9AM to 9PM.

That’s perfect! Congratulations!

Interview by Lois Stavsky

Photo credits: 1-3, 5.-8 Lois Stavsky; 2 & 4 Tara Murray

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swoon women coney island installation Brooklyn Museum <em>Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008</em> Continues through Sunday at the Brooklyn Museum with Swoon, Daze and more

Featuring a wondrous range of approximately 140 artworks in various media referencing the iconic Brooklyn site, Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008 continues through March 13 at the Brooklyn Museum. Here are a few more images of works in the exhibit of special appeal to us street art aficionados:

Swoon, another close-up

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Daze

Chris Daze Ellis <em>Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008</em> Continues through Sunday at the Brooklyn Museum with Swoon, Daze and more

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Located at 200 Eastern Parkway, the Brooklyn Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Check here for hours.

Photo credits: 1 Tara Murray; 2 & 4 Lois Stavsky and 3 Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Issam Kourbaj Another Day Lost Art Installation Syrian Artist Issam Kourbajs Installation <em>Another Day Lost</em> Continues through January 5 on the Grounds of Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan

Since 2011, over 10 million Syrians have been uprooted from their homes. Another Day Losta mixed-media installation by Syrian UK-based artist Issam Kourbaj, offers a powerful look into the crisis crippling his homeland.

Issam Kourbaj calligraphy Another Day Lost Syrian Artist Issam Kourbajs Installation <em>Another Day Lost</em> Continues through January 5 on the Grounds of Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan

Inspired by the aerial imagery of the refugee camps in the Jordanian desert, the artist fashioned his installation — reflecting on the lives of refugees living in tents — from waste materials, such as medicine packaging and discarded books.

Issam Kourbaj tent installation close up Syrian Artist Issam Kourbajs Installation <em>Another Day Lost</em> Continues through January 5 on the Grounds of Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan

Each day of the installation, another match is lit and then blown out to mark one more day of Syria’s devastation.

Issam Kourbaj matches installation Syrian Artist Issam Kourbajs Installation <em>Another Day Lost</em> Continues through January 5 on the Grounds of Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan

U.S. residents visiting the site are invited to compose and electronically submit a letter to their elected representatives encouraging them to support increasing the number of Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S.

Issam Kourbaj Syrian Artist Issam Kourbajs Installation <em>Another Day Lost</em> Continues through January 5 on the Grounds of Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan

On the grounds of Trinity Church — at the intersection of Broadway and Wall Street in Lower Manhattan – Another Day Lost can be viewed through January 5th.

Note: This post was written in collaboration with Kristin L. Wolfe.

Photo credits: 1, 3 & 4 Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2 & 5 Kristin L. Wolfe

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