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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

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Kolter Hodgson, Cryami, close-up

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James Reyes

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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

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

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giz ghost such graffiti street art Bushwick Collective NYC Bushwick Collective Founder and Curator Joe Ficalora on Community Engagement, Mana Urban Arts, Art Basel, the Bushwick Collective’s Upcoming Block Party and more

We recently had the opportunity to speak to Bushwick Collective‘s founder and curator, the indefatigable Joe Ficalora, as he readies for this year’s 5th Annual Block Party, June 3-5.

As you prepare for this year’s 5th Annual Block Party, can you share with us some of this past year’s highlights?

Last June’s Annual Block Party was certainly a highlight!  The entire community came together as a family. It was a beautiful sight! A special highpoint of this past year was the Bushwick Collective‘s collaboration with Mana Urban Arts. We had the chance to go down to Miami in December during Art Basel. NYC artists, along with local Miami ones and artists from across the globe, painted together, transforming the inside and outside of the RC Cola Factory. It was a particular thrill to have seven-year-old Lola join us and watch her paint with Chor Boogie. We’ve also facilitated murals in Miami and Jersey City in coordination with Mana Urban Arts. And – more recently — during Frieze Art Week, we participated in Art New York on Pier 54 with Sipros in support of the Perry J. Cohen Foundation.

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What would you say was your greatest challenge this past year?

My greatest challenge was dealing with all the marketers trying to hunt down walls. Now that this neighborhood is “cool,” they feel that they can take advantage of the public space without giving back.

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What can we expect at this year’s Block Party?

There will be live painting, food trucks, local vendors, special activities for families with kids and surprise performers.  A pop-up exhibition at 198 Randolph Street will feature artists from the The Parsons School of Design at the New School, the official sponsor of the weekend, along with local artists. The Museum of the City of New York will be projecting images of Bushwick from over 100 years ago and sharing a huge blown-up photo of Bushwick in 1909. All money from the artwork sold at the exhibit — that opens to the public at 7pm on Friday, June 3, and can be viewed on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm – will go directly to the artists. Local artists will also be exhibiting their work independently. Performers opening the weekend include: The BBoy Rebels (NYC Original Subway Dancers), DJ Mister Cee, Loaf Muzik, Monsters of Brooklyn, Thorough, Thirsting Howl lll, Styles P and Jim Jones. And on Saturday — in addition to JADAKISS – DJ Statik Selektah and friends, Lil Waah, Joell Ortiz, Dave EastChris Rivers, son of the legendary Big Pun, and The BBoy Rebels will perform. Keep posted to our website for updates.

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Who are some artists we can look forward to meeting?

Artists from everywhere will be painting. Among them are: D*Face, Case Maclaim, Sipros, Atomik, Don Rimx and Trans1. Local artists include: Giz, Tats Cru, CrashMeres, Topaz, Plasma Slug, Lola the Illustrator and Hops 1.

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That sounds great! What’s ahead for the Bushwick Collective?

We will continue to grow as an organization and evolve with time. We look forward to further collaborations with Mana Urban Arts.  We also look forward to establishing new partnerships.

Images

1. Giz, Ghost, Such, RIS Crew

2. Sipros

3. Case Maclaim

4. Oji

5. Starfighter

Photo credits: 1 & 3 City-as-School intern Sol Raxlen; 2, 4 & 5 Lois Stavsky; interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky with Sol Raxlen

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Rimx street art wynwood miami The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

In collaboration with the Mana Urban Arts Project, the Bushwick Collective transformed Wynwood’s former RC Cola Factory into a Mecca of first-rate street art and graffiti. During Miami Art Week, celebrated artists from across the globe painted alongside local Miami and NYC-based artists. Here are a few more images from among the dozens of murals I saw last week while visiting Wynwood:

London-based James Cochran aka Jimmy C

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London-based Shok1

Shok1 street art wynwood miami The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

NYC-based Giz RIS

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NYC-based Lady Aiko

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Dutch artist David Louf aka Mr June

Mr June street art wynwood The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

Miami-based Hoxxoh

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West Coast-based Christina Angelina

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First image is a close-up from a huge mural by David Sepulveda aka Rimx

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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Shepard Fairey street art Jersey City Shepard Fairey Paints Huge Mural for Mana Contemporary in Jersey City

Coinciding with On Our Hands, his solo exhibit of mixed media paintings opening tomorrow evening at Chelsea’s Jacob Lewis Gallery, Shepard Fairey is bringing his distinct aesthetic to two Mana Contemporary spaces in Jersey City.  The following photos were captured earlier this week by Audrey Connolly aka byte girl at the Mana Ice House, 581 Monmouth Street:

At work with spray can in hand

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On a brief, contemplative break

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And at work with his crew

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The mural in its final stages — representing Shepard Fairey’s aesthetic vision fusing Russian Constructivism, Chinese Communist propaganda and Americana

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All photos by bytegirl

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Susan Siegel art work  <em>Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself </em> Opens Today at Mana Contemporarys Glass Gallery

Featuring 30 artists from 15 different countries, Theorum: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself opens today, Sunday, May 3, at Mana Contemporary‘s 50,000 square foot Glass Gallery. Curated by Ocravio Zaya, it presents an eclectic range of rich artworks in various media from painting and photography to large-scale installations. Visually engaging and psychologically charged, the works on exhibit question and challenge our perceptions of ourselves and appearances, in general, while “contemplating a world turned upside-down.” Here are a few more images:

NYC-based Susan Siegel, one of many images from an elegantly dreamy installation of her paintings

Susan Siegel art Mana Contemporary  <em>Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself </em> Opens Today at Mana Contemporarys Glass Gallery

Lima native Santiago Roose, (Bridge) Between the particular contradiction and general antagonism

The Bridge Installation  <em>Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself </em> Opens Today at Mana Contemporarys Glass Gallery

 Cuba native Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, My Mother Told Me I Am Chinese

Maria Magdalena Campos Pons  <em>Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself </em> Opens Today at Mana Contemporarys Glass Gallery

Lima native Elena Damiani, The Discovery

Elena Damiani installation  <em>Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself </em> Opens Today at Mana Contemporarys Glass Gallery

Lima native Nicole Franchy, Hinter Scapes

Nicole Franchy Hinter Scapes canvas photo collage  <em>Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself </em> Opens Today at Mana Contemporarys Glass Gallery

Puerto Rican artist Radames “Juni” Figuearoa, La Casita Amarilla

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Exhibit curator and noted art critic Octavio Zaya, center standing, in La Casita Amarilla

Radames Juni Figuearoa La Casita Amarilla Mana  <em>Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself </em> Opens Today at Mana Contemporarys Glass Gallery

Along with several other thoroughly engaging exhibitsTheorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself – featuring many artists whose works also surface in the public sphere – opens to the public today, Sunday, May 3, at Mana Contemporary, 888 Newark Avenue in Jersey City. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Mana’s Open House will be provided every half hour starting at 12:30 PM from Milk Studios at 450 West 15th Street in Manhattan and returning every half hour from Mana starting at 2 PM. Mana is also easily accessible via the PATH train’s Journal Square stop. Ample free parking is also provided.

Photo credits: 1, 2 & 4 Sara C. Mozeson; 3, 5-9, Lois Stavsky

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roa mural Belgian Artist Roa in Jersey City and at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery

The extraordinarily gifted Belgian artist Roa has recently shared his talents and passion for the animal kingdom with us outdoors in Jersey City and indoors at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. The following images were captured this past Saturday near the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, not far from Mana Contemporary where Roa created his works for Metazoa, currently on exhibit at Jonathan LeVine:

Close-up

Roa street art Belgian Artist Roa in Jersey City and at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Close-up with Roa at work

Roa paints Belgian Artist Roa in Jersey City and at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery

The mural, full view

Roa street art Jersey City mural Belgian Artist Roa in Jersey City and at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery

And here is a sampling of ROA‘s interactive works at Jonathan LeVine, largely created on found, salvaged materials:

Sturnus Vulgaris, mixed-media

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Composition II: Lutrinate, Salmonidae, Anguilliformes, mixed media

Sturnus Vulgaris, mixed media

Roa Sylvilagus Audubonii Jonathan Levine Belgian Artist Roa in Jersey City and at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery

NY Canidae, mixed media, rear

Roa Metazoa Belgian Artist Roa in Jersey City and at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Metazoa continues through May 2 at Jonathan LeVine at the gallery’s 529 West 20th Street space.

Note: For a wonderfully interactive view of several pieces check out this post on Colosaal

Photos of Roa in Jersey City by bytegirl; of Roa’s works at Jonathan LeVine, Dani Reyes Mozeson

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After six weeks of polishing a five-foot–tall marble cube to perfection back in 1982, German sculptor Ewerdt Hilgemann rolled it down a steep slope. He liked what he saw, as its mangled, contorted forms represented “the ultimate beauty of creation.” And since 1985, Hilgemann has been forging sculptures using a unique vacuum process, which “implodes” geometric shapes causing the material to deform according to natural laws.

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At once tough and sensuous, a series of Hilgemann’s seven stainless steel sculptures surfaced on the streets of our city this past summer. We were mesmerized! Opening tomorrow at Mana Contemporary is Panta Rhei, an exhibit featuring six of Hilgeman’s sculptures installed outside the Mana Glass Gallery and inside the building’s lobby. 

Cube Flower, as seen in early fall on Park Avenue

Ewerdt Hilgemann Cube Flower manhattan sculpture Ewerdt Hilgemanns Implosion Sculptures on Manhattans Park Avenue and at Jersey Citys Mana Contemporary

Dancers, close-up, as seen in early fall on Park Avenue

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And at Mana Contemporaryas seen yesterday in the icy snow

Ewerdt Hilgemann Ewerdt Hilgemanns Implosion Sculptures on Manhattans Park Avenue and at Jersey Citys Mana Contemporary

The artist

Ewerdt Hilgemann at Mana Contemporary Jersey City Ewerdt Hilgemanns Implosion Sculptures on Manhattans Park Avenue and at Jersey Citys Mana Contemporary

And his wondrous smaller works as viewed indoors at Mana

Ewerdt Hilgemann inside Mana Contemporary Jersey City Ewerdt Hilgemanns Implosion Sculptures on Manhattans Park Avenue and at Jersey Citys Mana Contemporary

Ewerdt Hilgemann Mana Contemporary exhibit Ewerdt Hilgemanns Implosion Sculptures on Manhattans Park Avenue and at Jersey Citys Mana Contemporary

Also opening tomorrow at Mana Contemporary are: Making Art Dance, curated by Jeffrey Deitch; John Newsom: Rogue Arena and David Levinthal: Hitler Moves East.

The opening events are free and open to the public. You can RSVP here for free transportation from NYC. Shuttle service to and from the event will be provided every half hour starting at 12:30 PM from Milk Studios (450 W. 15th Street) and returning every half hour from Mana starting at 2 PM.

Photos:  1-5 and 7 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 6 by Lois Stavsky

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Erro comic characters close up at Mana Contemporary Jersey Citys Mana Contemporary Presents: Erró: American Comics

“Works of art in public spaces can have a highly beneficial effect upon the environment – beautifying it, sparking debate, and nurturing public interest in visual art,” concluded Reykjavik’s Executive City Council in a recently released report. Among those artists selected to add style and intrigue to apartment building walls of Iceland’s capital is the celebrated Icelandic pop artist Erró. As there has always been somewhat of a crossover between street art and comic art, the choice seems perfect. And here at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, a short ride from downtown Manhattan, an exhibit of the celebrated artist’s works, presented by Galerie Ernst Hilger, opens tomorrow.

Here is another close-up from Erró‘s bold, comic-inspired work, Excalibur Saga, on display:

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And his Official Portrait of Sigmund Freud is one of many psychologically intriguing and provocative works also on exhibit:

Erro the official portrait of sigmune freud at mana contemporary Jersey Citys Mana Contemporary Presents: Erró: American Comics

Mana Contemporary is providing free shuttle service to us New Yorkers to and from tomorrow’s 1pm opening. Buses depart every half hour starting at 12:30pm from Milk Studios at 450 West 15th Street.

Photos of artworks by Lois Stavsky

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sculptor Carole Feuerman at Mana Mana Contemporary to present A Golden Mean, an outdoor exhibit of Carole Feuermans lifelike sculptures

Among the six remarkable exhibits opening this Sunday, September 29, at Jersey City’s wondrous cultural venue, Mana Contemporary, is an outdoor installation of Carole Feuerman’s extraordinary lifelike sculptures. Included is the debut of her newest work — a sculpture of Olympic gold medalist Lauren Perdue floating in a pool.

Close-up of Olympic gold medalist Lauren Perdue

Carole Feuerman the Golden Mean close up Mana Contemporary to present A Golden Mean, an outdoor exhibit of Carole Feuermans lifelike sculptures

And here’s a sampling of Carole Feuerman’s other sculptures — all part of a series of swimmers and bathers — displayed on Mana Contemporary’s exterior grounds:

Grande Catalina, 2005-2011

Carole Feuerman sculpture at Mana Contemporary Mana Contemporary to present A Golden Mean, an outdoor exhibit of Carole Feuermans lifelike sculptures

Survival of Serena, 2012

Carole Feuerman at Mana Contemporary Mana Contemporary to present A Golden Mean, an outdoor exhibit of Carole Feuermans lifelike sculptures

Monumental Shower, 2010

Carole Feuerman nude woman Mana Contemporary to present A Golden Mean, an outdoor exhibit of Carole Feuermans lifelike sculptures

Quan, 2012

Carole Feuerman sculpture Mana Mana Contemporary to present A Golden Mean, an outdoor exhibit of Carole Feuermans lifelike sculptures

And greeting us as we enter the grounds of Mana Contemporary is The Golden Mean, a 16-foot male diver as he readies to do a back dive.

Carole Feuerman diver sculpture Mana Contemporary to present A Golden Mean, an outdoor exhibit of Carole Feuermans lifelike sculptures

Also opening Sunday of particular interest to those of us who love public art is POP CULTURE: SELECTIONS FROM THE FREDERICK R. WEISMAN ART FOUNDATION.  Among the artists featured with a strong presence on the streets are: John Matos aka Crash, Retna, Keith Haring and LA2. Located at 888 Newark Avenue in Jersey City, Mana Contemporary is a short ride from downtown Manhattan. This Sunday shuttle buses to Mana Contemporary are available every half hour starting at 12:30 pm from Milk Gallery at 450 West 15th Street.

All photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson 

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With their universal concepts, playful imagery and distinct visual rhythms, Keith Haring’s works continue to seduce folks of all ages from across the globe.  Opening this Sunday, December 2, from 1-5pm at Mana Contemporary’s huge first-floor gallery, Keith Haring showcases a collection of seldom-seen Haring pieces on a range of surfaces.  Here is a brief preview:

Untitled, 1983, Acrylic on leather

Keith Haring artwork on leather Seldom seen Keith Haring artworks at Mana Contemporary

Dog, 1986, painted plywood with silkscreen

Keith Haring artwork at Mana Contemporary2 Seldom seen Keith Haring artworks at Mana Contemporary

Close-up

Keith Haring art close up2 Seldom seen Keith Haring artworks at Mana Contemporary

Untitled, 1982, marker on wood

Keith Haring marker on wood Seldom seen Keith Haring artworks at Mana Contemporary

And of particular interest to us New York City street art lovers are oversized metal panels originally spray-painted in 1984 on the FDR Drive

Keith Haring spray paint on metal panels Seldom seen Keith Haring artworks at Mana Contemporary

Organized by 99 Cents Fine Art, New York, the exhibit also features several of Keith Haring’s subway drawings. Mana Contemporary is located at 888 Newark Avenue, in Jersey City — just a short ride from Manhattan.

Photos by Lenny Collado and Lois Stavsky

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