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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

ryan bock art at Mana <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

Kolter Hodgson, Cryami, close-up

Kolter Hodgson art mana <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 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

james rubio mana <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

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

sei smith art mana <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

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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raphael gonzalez and Giz <em>Hip Hop Utopia: Culture + Community</em> at Jerseys Citys Dineen Hull Gallery Through February 21

While visiting Hip-Hop Utopia: Culture + Community at Hudson County Community College‘s Dineen Hull Gallery this past Friday, I had the opportunity to speak to Michelle Vitale aka woolpunk who — along with Fred Fleisher — curated the wonderfully eclectic exhibit.

What a fabulous tribute to hip-hop this is! What would you say is the exhibit’s mission?

Its mission is to celebrate the culture of hip-hop. Its four elements –  MCing, Graffiti, DJing and Breakdancing — have had a huge, positive impact on today’s society. This exhibit is our way of paying tribute to these elements and to the community that has nurtured them.

Dipset graffiti <em>Hip Hop Utopia: Culture + Community</em> at Jerseys Citys Dineen Hull Gallery Through February 21

Did anyone or anything —  in particular — inspire it?

The notion of curating an exhibit on hip-hop was first suggested by Hudson County Community College Vice President Dr. Pando.  It seemed like a great concept, as I love the communal aspect of hip-hop. Among the many inspirations was music industry veteran Tony Drootin who serves on the board of  Hip Hop Public Health.

Yishai Minkin Biggie <em>Hip Hop Utopia: Culture + Community</em> at Jerseys Citys Dineen Hull Gallery Through February 21

Just what is Hip Hop Public Health? I see it is represented in this exhibit.

Based in NYC, Hip Hop Public Health uses music as a message to improve health literacy and encourage positive behaviors among school children.  Its founder and president, Dr. Olajide Williams, MDMS serves as Chief of Staff of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center.  Among the artists involved in Hip Hop Public Health are: Doug E. FreshEasy A.D Harris and Jordan Sparks.

Karlos Carcamo sculpture mic <em>Hip Hop Utopia: Culture + Community</em> at Jerseys Citys Dineen Hull Gallery Through February 21

Can you tell us something about some of your other partners? There are some great T-shirts on display here!

Among our partners is Chilltown Collective, an apparel and lifestyle brand based here in Jersey City. It was co-founded in 2015 by Lovelisa Dizon as a platform for “passionate creatives.”

chilltown collective <em>Hip Hop Utopia: Culture + Community</em> at Jerseys Citys Dineen Hull Gallery Through February 21

And there are quite a few bikes in the gallery!

Yes! We’ve partnered with both Grove Street Bicycles and Animal BikesGrove Street Bicycles is a nearby full-service shop that sells all kinds of bikes, accessories, clothing and shoes and handles all kinds of bicycle repairs. And Animal Bikes, owned by Ralph Sinisi, supplies bike parts for BMX street riding and also sells gear.

Fred Samboy and more art <em>Hip Hop Utopia: Culture + Community</em> at Jerseys Citys Dineen Hull Gallery Through February 21

What are some of the challenges you faced in curating an exhibit as multi-faceted as this one?

Once we knew what direction we wanted to go with the theme of Hip-Hop, everything came together easily. Our Karma has been great! We are showcasing works of noted established artists together with talented younger ones, several who are Hudson County Community College alumni. We have local DJ’s participating, as well as spoken-word artists.  We’ve planned a range of events open to the community.

Cultural Affairs Hip Hop Flyer Spring 2017 <em>Hip Hop Utopia: Culture + Community</em> at Jerseys Citys Dineen Hull Gallery Through February 21

How has the response to the exhibit been?

We’ve been open just a few days, and the response has already been great.  We’ve been featured in the Jersey Journal and listed as one of the top 10 current attractions in Jersey City.

Freddy Samboy Hip Hop Utopia <em>Hip Hop Utopia: Culture + Community</em> at Jerseys Citys Dineen Hull Gallery Through February 21

How can folks see the exhibit?

Our opening reception takes place Tuesday evening, January 31, from 6-8pm. The exhibit continues through Tuesday, February 21 at 71 Sip Avenue 6th Floor. Gallery hours are: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free and those who attend have a chance to win a graffiti-tagged, fat-tire bicycle donated by Grove Street Bicycles.

Michelle Vitale <em>Hip Hop Utopia: Culture + Community</em> at Jerseys Citys Dineen Hull Gallery Through February 21

Congratulations! It’s looking great!

Images

1.  Raphael Gonzalez, The Art of the Throw Up! Giz

2.  Alex Melo, Diplomatic Immunity

3.  Yishai Minkin, Biggie

4.  Karlos Carcamo, One, Two Three… 

5.  Mr Mustart with Chilltown Collective, I free myself…

6. Freddy Samboy, two works suspended from ceiling; Grove Street BicyclesDonated Fat Tire Bikes and Videos courtesy  Grove Street BicyclesAnimal & Hip Hop Public Health

7.  Raphael Gonzalez, Danielle

8. Freddy Samboy, Breaking Free

9. Jeremy Coleman Smith, DJ Shrine with Michelle Vitale aka wool punk seated

Photos and interview by Lois Stavsky

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Michael alan art <em> Deep Calls Deep </em> Continues at World Trade Gallery through July 12 with: Michael Alan, Rubin, Erasmo and more

Back in March, Joshua B. Geyer‘s splendidly curated exhibit introduced us to the World Trade Gallery.  We recently returned as its current exhibit, Deep Calls Deep, again features some of our favorite artists. Pictured above is a recent work by the wonderfully talented and highly imaginative Michael Alan.

Also by Michael Alan

Michael alan abstract art <em> Deep Calls Deep </em> Continues at World Trade Gallery through July 12 with: Michael Alan, Rubin, Erasmo and more

michael alan on paper <em> Deep Calls Deep </em> Continues at World Trade Gallery through July 12 with: Michael Alan, Rubin, Erasmo and more

Rubin

rubin abstract art wtc <em> Deep Calls Deep </em> Continues at World Trade Gallery through July 12 with: Michael Alan, Rubin, Erasmo and more

With Erasmo to his left

rubin erasmo world trade gallery <em> Deep Calls Deep </em> Continues at World Trade Gallery through July 12 with: Michael Alan, Rubin, Erasmo and more

Located at 120 Broadway in Manhattan’s Financial District, the World Trade Gallery is open Monday – Thursday 9am-7pm; Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 11am-5pm.

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

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Netism graffiti tag outdoor  NET on TAGSTRACTION, Tonights Unsanctioned Exhibit, the Art World and more

As NET was getting ready for TAGSTRACTION, tonight’s unsanctioned exhibition on the streets of NYC, I had the opportunity to speak to him and find out a bit about it all.

Just what is TAGSTRACTION?

It is a mix of tagging and abstraction, blurring the lines between graffiti tagging, abstract expressionism and stylized signatures.

And when was NET born?

NET was born in 1987, but I’ve been tagging since I was a child.

Netism in studio Brooklyn NYC  NET on TAGSTRACTION, Tonights Unsanctioned Exhibit, the Art World and more

Were you ever arrested? 

I was arrested about fifty times for graffiti since I was 14.

Who are some of your inspirations?

There are many: Barry McGee aka Twist, Adam Cost, Jon 156, Al Diaz, Easy, Phantom 13 aka P13, Old English, Enx, Phil Frost and multiple Brooklyn artists.

Netism on inside door nyc  NET on TAGSTRACTION, Tonights Unsanctioned Exhibit, the Art World and more

You define TAGSTRACTION as “too hood for the nerds and too weird for the thugs.”  Who is your audience?

Anyone and everyone who’s on the street with eyeballs.

How can folks see tonight’s exhibit?

The location will be announced one hour prior to the 7pm opening. Check out my Instagram for it.

tagstraction  NET on TAGSTRACTION, Tonights Unsanctioned Exhibit, the Art World and more

And why did you choose an unsanctioned outdoor location for an art exhibit?  Is there a message here? You seem to be on a mission of some kind.

My message is that you do not need the approval of the Art World to accomplish your goal.  It is time for us to take it into our own hands.

Yes!

All images courtesy NET; interview by Lois Stavsky

Note: Hailed in a range of media from the Huffington Post to the New York Times, our Street Art NYC App is now available for Android devices here.

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T kid on canvas at 212 arts NYC From the Bronx to the East Village: T Kid, Skeme, Bio, Ces, Crash and more at 212 Arts through March 8

Continuing through March 8 at 212 Arts in the East Village is Graffiti Legends, an exuberant exhibit of artworks by legendary Bronx artists: Bio, BG 183, Ces, Crash, Nicer, Skeme and T-Kid.  What follows is a sampling:

Another by T-Kid

T kid graffiti on canvas From the Bronx to the East Village: T Kid, Skeme, Bio, Ces, Crash and more at 212 Arts through March 8

Skeme

skeme graffiti 212 arts From the Bronx to the East Village: T Kid, Skeme, Bio, Ces, Crash and more at 212 Arts through March 8

 BioTats Cru, close-up

bio tats cru graffiti canvas 212 arts1 From the Bronx to the East Village: T Kid, Skeme, Bio, Ces, Crash and more at 212 Arts through March 8

Ces

ces graffiti canvas From the Bronx to the East Village: T Kid, Skeme, Bio, Ces, Crash and more at 212 Arts through March 8

Crash

john crash matos art on canvas From the Bronx to the East Village: T Kid, Skeme, Bio, Ces, Crash and more at 212 Arts through March 8

And a range of tags  – many, also, legendary — that surfaced on canvas opening night

tags canvas From the Bronx to the East Village: T Kid, Skeme, Bio, Ces, Crash and more at 212 Arts through March 8

Curated by 212 Arts director Marc Leader, Graffiti Legends remains on exhibit through next Tuesday at 240 East 4th Street.  Hours are:  Tuesday through Saturday 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, and Sunday 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

Photo credits: 1 Tara Murray; 2 Houda Lazrak; 3 Lois Stavsky and 4-7 Dani Reyes Mozeson

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BG183 close up spray paint on edited Speaking with BG 183 Tats Cru at His Solo Exhibit in Hunts Point

A founding member of the legendary Bronx-based Tats Cru, the masterful BG 183 recently met up with us at his solo exhibit, Autumn Spray, in Hunts Point.

BG183 and artwork in Hunts Point gallery Speaking with BG 183 Tats Cru at His Solo Exhibit in Hunts Point

When did it all begin?

Actually, my big sister got me started. I used to watch her draw all the time, and I was amazed! I wanted to try it too! So when I was about four — and she was nine — she noticed me drawing and encouraged me. I never stopped!

What inspired you to hit the streets?

Graffiti was all around me. I loved its bright, bold colors. But I had to begin by practicing my tag, the real element of it all. And then after hitting up stacks of paper, I began bombing on public surfaces. I was about 16 at the time. I wanted the fame!

crash bg183 graffiti east harlem nyc1 Speaking with BG 183 Tats Cru at His Solo Exhibit in Hunts Point

Any early memories that stand out?

Bombing the inside of James Monroe High School and hitting the trains riding back and forth from school.

Any particularly risky moments?

Getting chased while painting trains and dealing with other crews.

bg183 bushwick Speaking with BG 183 Tats Cru at His Solo Exhibit in Hunts Point

How did your family feel about what you are doing back then?

My mother was cool – until Michael Stewart’s death. Then she became very uneasy about what I was doing.

I can understand that. What percentage of your day is devoted to your art these days?

100%. I’m either doing commissions or working on my own body of work.

bg183 wildstyle graffiti Bronx NYC Speaking with BG 183 Tats Cru at His Solo Exhibit in Hunts Point

What keeps you painting after all these years?

I love it, and I want to be the best.

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

It’s a natural progression.

BG tats cru graffiti Bronx NYC Speaking with BG 183 Tats Cru at His Solo Exhibit in Hunts Point

Do you prefer working alone or collaborating with others?

Both. Working with my crew – Tats Cru – helps me keep my skills on a high level.

You’ve painted throughout the globe. Why do you suppose graffiti is more respected as an art form in Europe than here in the U.S.?

There is a huge respect there for anything from New York.

bg183 graffiti mural art Hunts Point NYC Speaking with BG 183 Tats Cru at His Solo Exhibit in Hunts Point

And yet the European writers have largely taken graffiti to another level – beyond what we see here in NYC. Why do you suppose that is so?

Many of the writers here don’t really try to. They simply don’t feel the need to evolve.

Interesting! How you feel about the role of the Internet in this scene?

It’s great! It gets my name out there.

bg183 graffiti Bushwick Speaking with BG 183 Tats Cru at His Solo Exhibit in Hunts Point

Do you have a formal arts education?

None! Just the Major Art class I took in high school. That’s where I got to know Bio.

Are you generally satisfied with your work?

Yup!

BG183 edited 1 Speaking with BG 183 Tats Cru at His Solo Exhibit in Hunts Point

What about your name? How did you get the name BG 183?

When I was in high school, I was the one to BrinG the bats to the baseball team. And 183 refers to the number of my styles – as I have so many!

Yes! You certainly are versatile. The work in this exhibit is so different from most of your work that I’ve seen on the streets. What inspired it?

The life I live! The images represent my life.

BG183 Tats Cru graffiti NYC Speaking with BG 183 Tats Cru at His Solo Exhibit in Hunts Point

And what about the colors. They are wonderful!

Fall was on my mind, and my wife suggested these particular colors.

What’s ahead?

I’d like to focus more on creating a body of work that can be shown in galleries and museums.

Note: Curated by Sien and Eric Orr, Autumn Spray remains on view through November 15th at More Points Bx, 727 Faile Street in Hunts Point.

Photo credits: 1, 2, 6, 7, 9 & 10 Lois Stavsky; 3 (with Crash on the left) Dani Reyes Mozeson; 4, 5 & 8 Tara Murray; interview by Lois Stavsky

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bk foxx art all city street art expo Three Day All City Art Expo Brings Outdoor Art Inside with: BK Foxx, Dain, See One, Rob Plater, Zimad, Taki183, Art is Trash, Rocko and more

Opening tomorrow at 23 Meadow Street in East Williamsburg, the three-day All City Art Expo 2015 is an exuberant celebration of NYC’s outdoor art culture. We stopped by yesterday and had the opportunity to speak to Evan Tobias of Cluster Wall who, along with Kevin Michael, curated the exhibit.

dain all city art expo nyc Three Day All City Art Expo Brings Outdoor Art Inside with: BK Foxx, Dain, See One, Rob Plater, Zimad, Taki183, Art is Trash, Rocko and more

This is quite an eclectic collection of art here! What is the concept behind the All City Art Expo?

It is a celebration of all outdoor art. We wanted to showcase a range of artwork — by sticker artists, graffiti writers, street artists and muralists — all in one setting.

see one all city art expo nyc Three Day All City Art Expo Brings Outdoor Art Inside with: BK Foxx, Dain, See One, Rob Plater, Zimad, Taki183, Art is Trash, Rocko and more

And it looks great! How did you find such an ideal setting?

We began looking at spaces awhile back. And Mona Liza Furniture — a huge arena with ample outdoor space —  offered to host us.

rob plater all city art expo Three Day All City Art Expo Brings Outdoor Art Inside with: BK Foxx, Dain, See One, Rob Plater, Zimad, Taki183, Art is Trash, Rocko and more

It couldn’t be more perfect! When did you begin working on this All City Art Expo?

I met Kevin Michael many months ago. We began working together on this project back in the winter.

zimad graffiti character all city art expo Three Day All City Art Expo Brings Outdoor Art Inside with: BK Foxx, Dain, See One, Rob Plater, Zimad, Taki183, Art is Trash, Rocko and more

There are so many artists here representing so many different styles, concepts and genres. How did you choose which ones to include?

When Kevin and I came up with this concept, we wrote up a wish list that included a range of artists from Old School graff guys to ones whose works have surfaced recently on our streets.

taki 183 nic 707 all city art expo Three Day All City Art Expo Brings Outdoor Art Inside with: BK Foxx, Dain, See One, Rob Plater, Zimad, Taki183, Art is Trash, Rocko and more

What was your greatest challenge in organizing this event?

Handling the logistics behind working with over 100 artists!

art is trash all city art expo Three Day All City Art Expo Brings Outdoor Art Inside with: BK Foxx, Dain, See One, Rob Plater, Zimad, Taki183, Art is Trash, Rocko and more

What can visitors expect — besides a chance to see and purchase such an extensive selection of artworks?

The Sticker Social Club will join us and visitors will have a chance to “slap and share.”  There will be a Black Book Jam on Sunday with many Old School writers in attendance. On both Saturday and Sunday a Groundswell artist will lead mural workshops. And there will be music all weekend by DJ Pumpkin, food by Arrogant Swine, along with drinks, vendors and raffles.

rocko Three Day All City Art Expo Brings Outdoor Art Inside with: BK Foxx, Dain, See One, Rob Plater, Zimad, Taki183, Art is Trash, Rocko and more

Can you tell us something about your relationship with Groundswell?

We have asked each artist to donate a canvas — an All City Compact Canvas – that will be sold for $150.00. Proceeds will be donated to Groundswell to support the wonderfully transformative projects the organization brings to our communities in its work with youth.

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Good luck!  It’s all so impressive, and it looks like it will be so much fun!

Images: 1. BK Foxx 2. Dain 3. See One 4. Rob Plater 5. Zimad 6. Taki 183 and Nic 707 7. Art is Trash 8. Rocko

Interview by Lois Stavsky

Photo credits: 1, 3 5-8 Lois Stavsky; 2 & 4 Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Jesus Hilario mixed media No 17 Teen Winners of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Featured in <em>Art.Write.Now.</em> National Exhibition at Parsons School of Design and at Pratt Manhattan Gallery through June 14

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, celebrates the talents and visions of teens in grades 7-12 from across the country. The Art.Write.Now.2015 National Exhibition – on view through Sunday at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at the Parsons School of Design and at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery – features an extraordinary array of works in a range of media by the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners.  Among these works are many with a distinct urban sensibility. Here is a small sampling of these:

Jose Valejo, Age 17, Sign 3

Jose Vallejo Sign3 17 Teen Winners of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Featured in <em>Art.Write.Now.</em> National Exhibition at Parsons School of Design and at Pratt Manhattan Gallery through June 14

Tanner Rhines, Age 19, Black and White Condention Part 2, segment of larger piece

Tanner Rhines Black and white Condention Part2 Teen Winners of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Featured in <em>Art.Write.Now.</em> National Exhibition at Parsons School of Design and at Pratt Manhattan Gallery through June 14

Elijah Maura, Age 17, Initiation

elijah maura initation 17 Teen Winners of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Featured in <em>Art.Write.Now.</em> National Exhibition at Parsons School of Design and at Pratt Manhattan Gallery through June 14

Amanda Amador, Age 16, Creepy, Beany Babies

Amanda Amador creepy beanie babies 16 Teen Winners of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Featured in <em>Art.Write.Now.</em> National Exhibition at Parsons School of Design and at Pratt Manhattan Gallery through June 14

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alumni Council member and award-winning photographer Antonio Pulgarin speaks at this past Friday’s opening reception at Parsons

Art and writing 2015 Teen Winners of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Featured in <em>Art.Write.Now.</em> National Exhibition at Parsons School of Design and at Pratt Manhattan Gallery through June 14

This coming Friday – from 10 am to 1:30 pm – both exhibition locations will host a Student Showcase featuring a range of activities from Art Portfolio Talks to an Art-Making Workshop. The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at the Parsons School of Design is located at 66 5th Avenue in the Village, and the Pratt Manhattan Gallery is nearby at 44 West 14th Street. Exhibits and events are free and open to the public.

NoteL First image: Jesus Hilario, Age 17, No

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

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studio sweet home public art NYC  <em>Juguetería/Toys Warehouse</em>    Interactive Exhibit by Studio Sweet Home    to Open at Exit Room NY for Bushwick Open Studios

The Studio Street Home duo — Colombian native Yeimi Salazar and Puerto Rican native Melvin Sanchez – began collaborating six years ago, soon after they met in NYC. Their first solo exhibit will open tomorrow and Saturday at Exit Room NY during Bushwick Open Studios. While visiting Exit Room last week, we had the opportunity to speak to its art director Daniela Zoe.

It’s great to see Exit Room NY so alive again! What a wonderful home for Studio Sweet Home‘s first solo exhibit!

Yes! To coincide with Bushwick Open Studios, I wanted to feature artists with a unique multidisciplinary approach. And I’m delighted to host Studio Sweet Home here at Exit Room NY, as Juguetería/Toys Warehouse is a great opportunity for the artists, our space and the public.

studio sweet home with text  <em>Juguetería/Toys Warehouse</em>    Interactive Exhibit by Studio Sweet Home    to Open at Exit Room NY for Bushwick Open Studios

studio sweet home healing  <em>Juguetería/Toys Warehouse</em>    Interactive Exhibit by Studio Sweet Home    to Open at Exit Room NY for Bushwick Open Studios

Can you tell us something about this upcoming show? What will Juguetería/Toys Warehouse feature?

There will be paintings, installations, sculptures, video projects, and performances. There will be something for everyone – as Juguetería/Toys Warehouse is not just an art exhibit, but an interactive experience.  A participatory performance will be held at 7pm on both opening days.

studio sweet home  <em>Juguetería/Toys Warehouse</em>    Interactive Exhibit by Studio Sweet Home    to Open at Exit Room NY for Bushwick Open Studios

Have you worked with Studio Sweet Home artists Yeimi Salazar and Melvin Sanchez in the past?

Yes, they have participated in group shows before here at Exit Room NY.

Studio Sweet Home art installation  <em>Juguetería/Toys Warehouse</em>    Interactive Exhibit by Studio Sweet Home    to Open at Exit Room NY for Bushwick Open Studios

What was it about Yeimi Salazar and Melvin Sanchez that initially drew you to them?

Their mastery of their craft, their talents and their versatility.  And I love the way their works attract participants.

Studio Sweet Home tragedy  <em>Juguetería/Toys Warehouse</em>    Interactive Exhibit by Studio Sweet Home    to Open at Exit Room NY for Bushwick Open Studios

What do you expect those who visit the show to take away from it?

The constructed objects and scenarios are certain to engage the viewer’s senses. There will be so much to see, stories to hear and objects and people to touch. And there are many subtle, suggestive, somewhat ironic, messages.

Studio sweet home at exit room nyc  <em>Juguetería/Toys Warehouse</em>    Interactive Exhibit by Studio Sweet Home    to Open at Exit Room NY for Bushwick Open Studios

What’s ahead for Exit Room NY?

We are expecting a visit from a legendary street art crew in August. We will keep you posted!

It sounds great! Good luck! We are looking forward to it all!

Note: The exhibit’s opening will take place tomorrow and Saturday, the first two days of Bushwick Open Studios. The exhibit will then continue until June 26. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.  EXIT Room is located on 270 Meserole Street, a short walk from the Montrose stop on the L train.

Interview conducted by City-As-School intern Diana Davidova. All photos courtesy Studio Sweet Home and Exit Room NY.

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N Carlos J The Beautiful Decay of fear <em>The Beautiful Decay of Fear</em>: Installation Underway for this Weekends Bushwick Open Studios with N Carlos J, Kirby Santos, Justin Carty, Danielle Mastrion and more

Exuding beauty, decay and fear, the extraordinarily atmospheric The Beautiful Decay of Fear opens Friday at 12pm. We visited yesterday evening and got a glimpse of the installation in progress. Here are a few close-ups:

Another image by curator N Carlos J

N carlos J art <em>The Beautiful Decay of Fear</em>: Installation Underway for this Weekends Bushwick Open Studios with N Carlos J, Kirby Santos, Justin Carty, Danielle Mastrion and more

Kirby Santos, close-up

Kirby Santos art <em>The Beautiful Decay of Fear</em>: Installation Underway for this Weekends Bushwick Open Studios with N Carlos J, Kirby Santos, Justin Carty, Danielle Mastrion and more

Justin Carty, close-up

Justin carty painting <em>The Beautiful Decay of Fear</em>: Installation Underway for this Weekends Bushwick Open Studios with N Carlos J, Kirby Santos, Justin Carty, Danielle Mastrion and more

Danielle Mastrion at work

Danielle Mastrion paints <em>The Beautiful Decay of Fear</em>: Installation Underway for this Weekends Bushwick Open Studios with N Carlos J, Kirby Santos, Justin Carty, Danielle Mastrion and more

The site of the exhibit is 225 Starr Street, where you will be greeted by a masterful outdoor mural by the wonderfully talented Ben Angotti.

the beautiful decay of fear <em>The Beautiful Decay of Fear</em>: Installation Underway for this Weekends Bushwick Open Studios with N Carlos J, Kirby Santos, Justin Carty, Danielle Mastrion and more

 Photos: 1 & 2 City-As-School intern Diana Davidova; 3-5 Lois Stavsky

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