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faust handstyle <em>ALL BIG LETTERS</em>    Curated by RJ Rushmore    Continues Through March 3 at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in Haverford, PA

On view at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in Havorford Pa. is ALL BIG LETTERS, curated by Vandalog editor RJ Rushmore. In his “attempt to demystify graffiti,” RJ focuses on the tools and strategies of writers – rather merely on their styles. And he succeeds brilliantly. What follows are several images from the exhibit, largely illustrative of the various tools and strategies employed by writers in their quest to attain recognition. Pictured above is a huge wall painted by Faust who initially made his mark on our streets with hundreds of stickers featuring his exquisite handwriting.

Curve, an installation featuring his writing on a range of found materials

Curve graffiti <em>ALL BIG LETTERS</em>    Curated by RJ Rushmore    Continues Through March 3 at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in Haverford, PA

Lee Quinones, Howard the Duck

Lee quinones graffiti canvas <em>ALL BIG LETTERS</em>    Curated by RJ Rushmore    Continues Through March 3 at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in Haverford, PA

Martha Cooper, photography; below — a range of tools of the trade — both homemade and commercial 

martha cooper implements <em>ALL BIG LETTERS</em>    Curated by RJ Rushmore    Continues Through March 3 at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in Haverford, PA

EKG, The Tools of Graffiti 

EKG tools of graffiti <em>ALL BIG LETTERS</em>    Curated by RJ Rushmore    Continues Through March 3 at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in Haverford, PA

A sampling of stickers from DB Burkeman’s stuckupofficial collection

stickers <em>ALL BIG LETTERS</em>    Curated by RJ Rushmore    Continues Through March 3 at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in Haverford, PA

And accompanying the exhibit is a catalog with an outstanding selection of images, accompanied by insightful essays by both RJ and Carlo McCormick. Located on the campus of Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Avenue, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is about a 30-minute ride from Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station. ALL BIG LETTERS can be seen through March 3.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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serve graffiti on train on canvas <em>Ex Vandals</em> Continues at More Points Bx with Serve, Sienide, Cone, Will Power, Kool Kito and more

After visiting the superb Ex Vandals exhibit — featuring over 30 artists — at More Points Bx last week, I had the opportunity to speak to its curator, Sienide.

What prompted you to curate an exhibit featuring the Ex Vandals?

It’s my way of paying homage to the pioneering graffiti crew.  It was one of the first organized crews dedicated exclusively to writing that went on to develop various styles of piecing. I am one of the newer members.

sienide graffiti on canvas <em>Ex Vandals</em> Continues at More Points Bx with Serve, Sienide, Cone, Will Power, Kool Kito and more

What was your greatest challenge in curating such an ambitious exhibit?

Trying to represent the spirit of the Ex Vandals by getting as many writers involved as I possibly could. The Ex Vandals is now international, but the focus here is on local writers.

cone graffiti ex vandal <em>Ex Vandals</em> Continues at More Points Bx with Serve, Sienide, Cone, Will Power, Kool Kito and more

There’s such an incredibly diverse range of artworks here. I was wondering how that happened. Were artists given specific instructions of assignments?

No! I just asked each artist to bring in one work on canvas.

will power canvas <em>Ex Vandals</em> Continues at More Points Bx with Serve, Sienide, Cone, Will Power, Kool Kito and more

How did the opening go?

It was great! It was definitely the most successful show I’ve done! And we sold several pieces — an added bonus to an amazing event!

Kito canvas graffiti <em>Ex Vandals</em> Continues at More Points Bx with Serve, Sienide, Cone, Will Power, Kool Kito and more

How can folks see the exhibit? 

It will be up through the 29th at 527 Faile Street in Hunts Point. An appointment can be arranged to view it by contacting me at sienide@gmail.com.

tags subway map on paper <em>Ex Vandals</em> Continues at More Points Bx with Serve, Sienide, Cone, Will Power, Kool Kito and more

What’s ahead for More Points Bx?

We are booked through November with a new exhibit every month. Among those artists who will be featured are: the TMT graffiti crew and the photographer Joe Conzo. We are also planning a pop-up show featuring new works by BG 183.

Great! We are looking forward!

Special thanks to Eric Orr for hosting us at More Points Bx on short notice!

Images of artworks on exhibit:

1. Serve

2. Sienide

3. Cone

4. Will Power

5. Kool Kito

Photo credits: 1, 2 & 5 Tara Murray; 3, 4 & 6 Lois Stavsky; interview by Lois Stavsky

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en play badge 2 <em>Ex Vandals</em> Continues at More Points Bx with Serve, Sienide, Cone, Will Power, Kool Kito and more

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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.

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

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!

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

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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ree and snow graffiti shuaspace <em>Street Level</em> at Jersey Citys Shuaspace with: Ree, Snow, Sam Pullin, Mr. Mustart, Distort, Acro and more

Currently on view at Jersey City’s Shuaspace is Street Level, an exhibit featuring works by a range of artists from Old School graffiti writers to contemporary muralists. While visiting the space this past Sunday, I had the opportunity to speak with its curator, Allison Remy Hall.

What a fun exhibit! It’s such a wonderful mix of styles and genres. How did it all come about? 

When the owners of Shuaspace, Joshua Bisset and Laura Quattrocch, met me at the previous show that I had curated, they invited me to curate in this space. I’d always wanted to curate a graffiti exhibit, and this seemed like the perfect venue and opportunity. I then contacted artists whom I knew, who put me in contact with other artists.

Allison Remy Hall shuaspace Street level <em>Street Level</em> at Jersey Citys Shuaspace with: Ree, Snow, Sam Pullin, Mr. Mustart, Distort, Acro and more

Why graffiti? What draws you to graffiti?

I’ve always loved its aesthetic. I love its rawness and spontaneity.

bedbugs sam pullin shua space Jersey City <em>Street Level</em> at Jersey Citys Shuaspace with: Ree, Snow, Sam Pullin, Mr. Mustart, Distort, Acro and more

When and where were you first introduced to it?

My older siblings first introduced me to graffiti. I was about eight years old and living in New Haven at the time. Even as a child, I felt there was something bold and bad about it that appealed to me.

Mr. mustart <em>Street Level</em> at Jersey Citys Shuaspace with: Ree, Snow, Sam Pullin, Mr. Mustart, Distort, Acro and more

What — would you say — is the mission of  Street Level?

It’s a celebration of the organic nature of neighborhoods. With gentrification so much of the aesthetics and social dynamics of neighborhoods have been lost.

distort acro graffiti shuaspace <em>Street Level</em> at Jersey Citys Shuaspace with: Ree, Snow, Sam Pullin, Mr. Mustart, Distort, Acro and more

What was the experience of curating your first graffiti exhibit like?

It was wonderful! Everyone was so supportive and helpful and generous with their time. It was the most fun of any show I’ve curated!

Note: You can visit  Street Level, at Shuaspace this coming weekend from 1-6pm at 340 Summit Ave, a few blocks from Journal Square in Jersey City. You can also arrange a visit by contacting Alison at aremyh@gmail.com.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

1.  Ree and Snow, painted on gallery wall interspersed with black and white photographs

2. Curator Allison Remy Hall at gallery space

3. Distort and Acropainted on gallery wall interspersed with black and white photographs

4. Mr. Mustart

5. Sam Pullin aka Bedbugspainted on gallery wall interspersed with black and white photographs

Photographers on exhibit: Andrew Blumenthal, Miguel Peralta and Giovani Santoro

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