New York City

dorothy gale street art centre fuge public art project Centre fuge Trailer Cycle 17 on East First Street with: D. Gale, Vince Ballentine, Smurfo, HissXX, Pawn, Kingbee and Ramiro Davaro

Earlier this summer, the Centre-fuge Public Art Project once again transformed the now-famed trailer on East First Street off First Avenue, bringing color and intrigue to Manhattan’s East Village.

D. Gale at work

Dorothy Gale at work Centrefuge public art project east village Centre fuge Trailer Cycle 17 on East First Street with: D. Gale, Vince Ballentine, Smurfo, HissXX, Pawn, Kingbee and Ramiro Davaro

Vince Ballentine

Vince Ballentine Centrefuge public art Centre fuge Trailer Cycle 17 on East First Street with: D. Gale, Vince Ballentine, Smurfo, HissXX, Pawn, Kingbee and Ramiro Davaro

 Smurfo 

smurfo graffiti centre fuge public art project nyc Centre fuge Trailer Cycle 17 on East First Street with: D. Gale, Vince Ballentine, Smurfo, HissXX, Pawn, Kingbee and Ramiro Davaro

HissXX

Hissxx street art centrefuge public art project NYC Centre fuge Trailer Cycle 17 on East First Street with: D. Gale, Vince Ballentine, Smurfo, HissXX, Pawn, Kingbee and Ramiro Davaro

Pawn

Pawn street art centre fuge public art project Centre fuge Trailer Cycle 17 on East First Street with: D. Gale, Vince Ballentine, Smurfo, HissXX, Pawn, Kingbee and Ramiro Davaro

Kingbee

Kingbee centrefuge public art project street art nyc Centre fuge Trailer Cycle 17 on East First Street with: D. Gale, Vince Ballentine, Smurfo, HissXX, Pawn, Kingbee and Ramiro Davaro

Wide view with PawnKingbee and Ramiro Davaro

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Photos: 1, 3-6 & 8 Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2 & 7 Tara Murray

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Klone dreamscape sacrifice Tel Aviv Based Artist Klone in Solo Exhibit at Garis & Hahn and on the Streets of Brooklyn and Tel Aviv

On view through June 20th at Garis & Hahn at 263 Bowery is Topography of a Daydream, a solo exhibition of works by the Tel-Aviv based artist Klone. A huge fan of Klone’s distinct aesthetic since I first saw his works on the streets of Tel Aviv several years ago, I was captivated by his new drawings, sculptures, animations and site-specific murals featured in his first solo exhibit in NYC.

klone site specific mural Tel Aviv Based Artist Klone in Solo Exhibit at Garis & Hahn and on the Streets of Brooklyn and Tel Aviv

With his mythical creatures, Klone explores his childhood memories of emigration from the Ukraine to Tel Aviv, taking us along with him on his journey.

All That Is Mine I Carry With Me, Ink on paper

Klone gallery view Tel Aviv Based Artist Klone in Solo Exhibit at Garis & Hahn and on the Streets of Brooklyn and Tel Aviv

Close-up

Klone All That Is Mine Tel Aviv Based Artist Klone in Solo Exhibit at Garis & Hahn and on the Streets of Brooklyn and Tel Aviv

Installation, various media

klone installation Tel Aviv Based Artist Klone in Solo Exhibit at Garis & Hahn and on the Streets of Brooklyn and Tel Aviv

 klone saggital slice Tel Aviv Based Artist Klone in Solo Exhibit at Garis & Hahn and on the Streets of Brooklyn and Tel Aviv

Ways to Hide, Paper, metal, wire and paint

klone mixed media gallery Tel Aviv Based Artist Klone in Solo Exhibit at Garis & Hahn and on the Streets of Brooklyn and Tel Aviv

Newly painted in Red Hook, Brooklyn

klone street art mural nyc Tel Aviv Based Artist Klone in Solo Exhibit at Garis & Hahn and on the Streets of Brooklyn and Tel Aviv

In Tel Aviv, as seen this past fall 

klone street art tel aviv Tel Aviv Based Artist Klone in Solo Exhibit at Garis & Hahn and on the Streets of Brooklyn and Tel Aviv

Photos credits: 1 & 4 City-As-School intern Diana Davidova; 3, 5, 6 & 9 Dani Reyes Mozeson; 7 & 8 Lois Stavsky

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After spending five months in London, Pyramid Oracle is back for a bit in NYC.  Opening today at 6pm at City Bird Gallery is Return, a five-day show featuring work he developed in the UK. We met up with the artist yesterday, as he was getting ready for this evening’s exhibit.

Pyramid Oracle face on wood close up  Pyramid Oracle in <em>Return</em>    a Surprise Show with New Works from London Opens Tonight at City Bird Gallery

Your works began surfacing here on NYC streets about two years ago. We were struck at once by their haunting, somewhat melancholy, beauty. What is the inspiration behind these works?

I’m inspired by the people, places and things I’ve experienced. I try to capture wisdom from the great mysteries, while depicting our existence in a sort of subliminal lull. I’ve been particularly inspired by the Native Americans I’ve met in Montana and New Mexico.

Pyramid Oracle wood 1  Pyramid Oracle in <em>Return</em>    a Surprise Show with New Works from London Opens Tonight at City Bird Gallery

When and where did you begin sharing your work in public spaces? 

I started around 2008 doing work throughout the Midwest.  My work first started getting recognized primarily in Chicago. 

What motivated you to get up on the streets?

I was hanging around train riders, graff artists and vagabonds. I was doing most of my work while traveling and spending so much time on the street that it seemed like the natural thing to do.

Pyramid Oracle face  Pyramid Oracle in <em>Return</em>    a Surprise Show with New Works from London Opens Tonight at City Bird Gallery

Where – besides NYC, Chicago and London – have you gotten up?

Minneapolis, Baltimore, Philly, Portland, and Miami. And in Iowa – Cedar Rapids, Iowa city, Ames, Fort Dodge and Des Moines.  

Just who is Pyramid Oracle?

Pyramid Oracle represents the body of work that I am developing. It is constantly evolving.

pyramid oracle in gallery nyc  Pyramid Oracle in <em>Return</em>    a Surprise Show with New Works from London Opens Tonight at City Bird Gallery

Who are some of your influences?

Among the artists whose works have resonated the most with me through the years are: Gaia, SwoonMata Ruda, LNY and OverUnder.

What would you like folks to come away with after seeing your work? Have you a message to convey?

It is open to interpretation, while its primary purpose is to facilitate a means of reflection and illumination.

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Return opens this evening at 6pm at City Bird Gallery and remains on exhibit through Sunday. The gallery is located at 191 Henry Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Interview by City-as-School intern Diana Davidova with Lois Stavsky; photos 1-3 Lois Stavsky; 4 Diana Davidova

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This is the ninth post in an occasional series featuring the diverse range of artwork on NYC shutters:

Claw Money

claw money shutter les NYC Shutters – Part IX: Claw Money, Fumero, Daze, Iena Cruz, Plasma Slug, Madsteez, Armas Carino, Margot Bird and JR

Fumero

fumero art street shutter1 NYC Shutters – Part IX: Claw Money, Fumero, Daze, Iena Cruz, Plasma Slug, Madsteez, Armas Carino, Margot Bird and JR

Daze

daze graffiti shutter NYCjpg NYC Shutters – Part IX: Claw Money, Fumero, Daze, Iena Cruz, Plasma Slug, Madsteez, Armas Carino, Margot Bird and JR

Iena Cruz

Cruz street art williamsburg NYC NYC Shutters – Part IX: Claw Money, Fumero, Daze, Iena Cruz, Plasma Slug, Madsteez, Armas Carino, Margot Bird and JR

Plasma Slug

Plasma slugs graffiti shutter Bushwick NYC NYC Shutters – Part IX: Claw Money, Fumero, Daze, Iena Cruz, Plasma Slug, Madsteez, Armas Carino, Margot Bird and JR

Madsteez

Mark Paul Deren Madsteez street art nyc NYC Shutters – Part IX: Claw Money, Fumero, Daze, Iena Cruz, Plasma Slug, Madsteez, Armas Carino, Margot Bird and JR

Armas Carino

Armas carino street art nyc NYC Shutters – Part IX: Claw Money, Fumero, Daze, Iena Cruz, Plasma Slug, Madsteez, Armas Carino, Margot Bird and JR

Margot Bird

Margot bird NYC Shutters – Part IX: Claw Money, Fumero, Daze, Iena Cruz, Plasma Slug, Madsteez, Armas Carino, Margot Bird and JR

JR

JR Williamsburg NYC Shutters – Part IX: Claw Money, Fumero, Daze, Iena Cruz, Plasma Slug, Madsteez, Armas Carino, Margot Bird and JR

Photos: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 & 9 Dani Reyes Mozeson; 3 Tara Murray; 5 & 8 Lois Stavsky

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In an eclectic range of visual styles and themes, music makes it way to NYC walls. Here  is a small sampling:

Zeso, close-up from huge mural in Bushwick

zeso close up Silent Music on NYC Streets: Zeso, Andre Trenier, Kingbee, Pose2, Chemis, Meres, Slone, See TF, Shiro, Manny Vega, Sonni and more

Andre Trenier, lead artist, in the Bronx

andre collaborative Silent Music on NYC Streets: Zeso, Andre Trenier, Kingbee, Pose2, Chemis, Meres, Slone, See TF, Shiro, Manny Vega, Sonni and more

 Kingbee, Pose2 and Chemis in East Harlem

kingbee pose2 chemis harlem street art Silent Music on NYC Streets: Zeso, Andre Trenier, Kingbee, Pose2, Chemis, Meres, Slone, See TF, Shiro, Manny Vega, Sonni and more

MeresSloneSee TFShiroIZK and more in Bushwick

hip hop street art bk Silent Music on NYC Streets: Zeso, Andre Trenier, Kingbee, Pose2, Chemis, Meres, Slone, See TF, Shiro, Manny Vega, Sonni and more

Close-up

meres and slone street art nyc Silent Music on NYC Streets: Zeso, Andre Trenier, Kingbee, Pose2, Chemis, Meres, Slone, See TF, Shiro, Manny Vega, Sonni and more

Manny Vega in East Harlem

Manny Vega street art portraits NYC Silent Music on NYC Streets: Zeso, Andre Trenier, Kingbee, Pose2, Chemis, Meres, Slone, See TF, Shiro, Manny Vega, Sonni and more

Sonni in Bushwick

Sonni street art NYC  Silent Music on NYC Streets: Zeso, Andre Trenier, Kingbee, Pose2, Chemis, Meres, Slone, See TF, Shiro, Manny Vega, Sonni and more

Mike Brown on the Lower East Side

Mike Brown street art nyc Silent Music on NYC Streets: Zeso, Andre Trenier, Kingbee, Pose2, Chemis, Meres, Slone, See TF, Shiro, Manny Vega, Sonni and more

Unidentified artist in Bedford-Stuyvesant

unidentified bed stuy nyc Silent Music on NYC Streets: Zeso, Andre Trenier, Kingbee, Pose2, Chemis, Meres, Slone, See TF, Shiro, Manny Vega, Sonni and more

Photo credits: 1, 2, 5 – 9 Lois Stavsky; 3 Dani Reyes Mozeson; 4 Tara Murray

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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.

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

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

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

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

Elle at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens

elle street art welling court nyc NYC Shutters – Part VII: Elle, Foxxface, Biark, Caratoes, Claw Money & Lexi Bella, Madsteez, UR New York and Queen Andrea

Foxxface in Bushwick

Foxxface street art nyc NYC Shutters – Part VII: Elle, Foxxface, Biark, Caratoes, Claw Money & Lexi Bella, Madsteez, UR New York and Queen Andrea

Peruvian artist Biark in the Rockaways

Biark street art rockaways NYC NYC Shutters – Part VII: Elle, Foxxface, Biark, Caratoes, Claw Money & Lexi Bella, Madsteez, UR New York and Queen Andrea

Caratoes in the Bronx for the Tag Public Arts Project

Caratoes street art on shutter NYC Shutters – Part VII: Elle, Foxxface, Biark, Caratoes, Claw Money & Lexi Bella, Madsteez, UR New York and Queen Andrea

Claw Money and Lexi Bella at the Bushwick Collective

Claw money Lexi Bella street art BushwickCollective nyc  NYC Shutters – Part VII: Elle, Foxxface, Biark, Caratoes, Claw Money & Lexi Bella, Madsteez, UR New York and Queen Andrea

Mark Paul Deren aka MADSTEEZ on the Lower East Side

mad steez street art shutter NYC NYC Shutters – Part VII: Elle, Foxxface, Biark, Caratoes, Claw Money & Lexi Bella, Madsteez, UR New York and Queen Andrea

UR New York in Bushwick

urny street art shutter NYC Shutters – Part VII: Elle, Foxxface, Biark, Caratoes, Claw Money & Lexi Bella, Madsteez, UR New York and Queen Andrea

Queen Andrea in the East Village for the LISA Project

Queen Andrea street art LES JPG NYC Shutters – Part VII: Elle, Foxxface, Biark, Caratoes, Claw Money & Lexi Bella, Madsteez, UR New York and Queen Andrea

Photos: 1, 4 & 5 Lois Stavsky; 2, 6-8 Dani Reyes Mozeson and 3 by Tara Murray

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This is the fifth in a series of occasional posts featuring the range of curious characters that have found a home on NYC streets:

Buff Monster in Little Italy

Buff Monster street art NYC Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Federico Massa aka Cruz in Bushwick

Cruz bushwick street art Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Nepo in Bushwick

Nepo street art bushwick NYC Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Nemo — in from Italy — in Williamsburg

Nemo street art NYC Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Pose in SoHo

Pose street art nyc Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

stikman in SoHo

stikman street art nuc Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Unidentified artist in Brooklyn

unidentified street art NYC Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Claw Money in Midtown Manhattan

claw money street art nyc Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part V: Buff Monster, Cruz, Nepo, Nemo, Pose, stikman, Claw Money and more

Photo of Pose by Lois Stavsky; all others by Dani Reyes Mozeson

 

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Speaking with Sean Lugo

September 3, 2014

Based in Weehawken, New Jersey, Sean Lugo has been sharing his distinct vision and talents with us not only on the streets of nearby Jersey City, but here in NYC, as well. I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to him.

sean lugo self portrait Speaking with Sean Lugo

When did you first get up? And where?

It was back in 1998; I was 17. I tagged up around my neighborhood in Union City, NJ.

Had you any preferred surfaces back then?

Nope! Any open space was fine.

How did your family feel about what you were doing?

I was living with my sister at the time. She thought I was an idiot!

Sean Lugo artwork Speaking with Sean Lugo

Have you any early graffiti-related memories that stand out?

I remember going to a Mets game with my father and seeing graffiti on the trains and at 5Pointz as we rode by on the 7 line. I was amazed! It was the most graffiti I’d ever seen anywhere. I was about 12 at the time.

What percentage of your day is devoted to art?

Just about all of it! I work as an art handler during the day, and then I spend about five hours each day working on my own art.

Any other interests?

Sports. I love football!

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Any thoughts on the graffiti/ street art divide?

I don’t personally feel the divide. They are both outlets for us to express ourselves.

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

I like it! I’d like to see even more gallery owners open their spaces to us. Folks who run galleries need to be more aware of what’s going on in the streets.

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

I think it’s beautiful.  It’s connected me to so many others.

Sean Lugo street art NYC Speaking with Sean Lugo

Do you have a formal arts education?

No. I’m self-taught.

What’s the riskiest thing you’ve done?

Well, definitely the stupidest was bombing with Werds off the High Line. We climbed up via a truck, and after spending over eight hours up there, we had to jump down to reach the ground.

What inspires you these days?

Concepts. I’m inspired by the masks that people wear as they try to project a false illusion of themselves. Most people are fake. And it is the incongruity between who people appear to be and who they really are that drives my art these days.

sean lugo artist Jersey City Speaking with Sean Lugo

Has your aesthetic been influenced by any particular cultures?

I’m influenced by all cultures – but particularly my own, the Spanish culture.

Do you work with a sketch in your hand, or do you let it flow?

I draw everything out, and I like to choose a spot before I draw.

What is your ideal working environment?

A quiet room with any kind of music in the background.

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Are you generally satisfied with your finished product?

Yes.

How has your work evolved in the past few years?

It’s become more dramatic, and I engage with it more seriously.

How’s that?

I look at life differently than I used to. On August 1, 2011, I was in a car accident in Jersey City. The guy who hit me died, and I almost did. As a result of this trauma, I’ve come to understand just how brief and fragile life is.

And can you tell us something about wheat pastes – your preferred medium?

Yes, I love using wheat pastes because they perfectly mirror life’s temporality.

Sean Lugo street art character Speaking with Sean Lugo

What do you see as the role of the artist in society?

To spur others to become more creative.

And what about how society views the artist? Any thoughts as to how others view you?

Too many folks view art as a business.

Any favorite artists who share their work on the streets?

So many! But to name a few: LNY, Ekundayo, Vinz, NoseGo

What’s ahead?

I want to continue doing art on the streets and interacting more with public space. I’d love to create an entire, interactive scene just using wheatpastes!

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky; photos 3, 5 and 6 by Lois Stavsky; others courtesy of Sean Lugo.

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La Maison d’Art, a lovely guesthouse on West 132 Street in Harlem, is also home to some intriguing art.  On exhibit in its indoor gallery through August 28 is “GETTING UP!” — the Evolution of Graffiti. Here is a small sampling of what is on display:

The legendary T-Kid, Back in Da Day, Acrylic spray on canvas

T Kid Back in da day In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

 King Trio, Acrylic spray on canvas 

t Kid graffiti king trio In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

MRS – whose works we’ve seen on the streets of the Bronx –Contact High, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

MRS Contact High Mixed Media on canvas In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

French artist Oeno, Mechanical Child  Stencil, spray paint,  pencil, markers on canvas

Oeno In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

Harlem-based Royce Bannon aka Choice Royce, Everyday Hustle, Acrylic on oak (top left); Alone by Myself, and Ride or Die, Acrylic and spray paint on wood

Royce Bannon acrylic on wood edited 1 In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

And in the garden is a huge array of works in different media forged with found objects by the masterful Linus Coraggio.

Harlem sculpture In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

Close-up from huge mixed-media installation

La Maison recycled art In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

Also on exhibit in the gallery are works by Paul Deo,  Mathametics Patterson, Flygirrl and Ausm.  La Maison d’Art is located at 259 W 132 Street in Harlem.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson  

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