Small World 1 Small World Street Art Continues through 4.6 on Manhattans Lower East Side with: Joe Iurato, Elbow Toe, Cake, Hellbent, Jaye Moon & more

Intrigued by the small artworks that surface unexpectedly thoughout New York City, Amy Young has curated a delightful exhibit featuring small works by over a dozen artists.  Here’s a sampling:

Another cut-out by Joe Iurato

Joe Iurato cut out small world Small World Street Art Continues through 4.6 on Manhattans Lower East Side with: Joe Iurato, Elbow Toe, Cake, Hellbent, Jaye Moon & more

Elbow-Toe, close-up

elbow toe close 2 Small World Street Art Continues through 4.6 on Manhattans Lower East Side with: Joe Iurato, Elbow Toe, Cake, Hellbent, Jaye Moon & more

Cake

Cake art Small World Small World Street Art Continues through 4.6 on Manhattans Lower East Side with: Joe Iurato, Elbow Toe, Cake, Hellbent, Jaye Moon & more

Hellbent

Hellbent collage small world Small World Street Art Continues through 4.6 on Manhattans Lower East Side with: Joe Iurato, Elbow Toe, Cake, Hellbent, Jaye Moon & more

Jaye Moon

jaye moon lego art Small World Street Art Continues through 4.6 on Manhattans Lower East Side with: Joe Iurato, Elbow Toe, Cake, Hellbent, Jaye Moon & more

Other featured artists include: Jilly Ballistic, C215, Clown Soldier, Enzo and Nio, Gilf!, Jay Shells, Shin Shin and Wing.  A closing party will take place tomorrow, April 4, from 5-9pm. The works will remain on exhibit through Sunday at R. Jampol Projects, 191 Henry Street between Clinton and Jefferson on the Lower East Side.

Photos: 1. courtesy of  the gallery; 2. 3. & 5.  Sara Mozeson; 4 & 6, City-as-School intern Dea Sumrall

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Dain collage with clock DAIN on His Women, Beauty and His New Exhibit Opening Tomorrow, Thursday, April 3, at Dumbos Folioleaf

Whether seen on gritty city streets or in formal gallery settings, DAIN’s masterfully conceived artworks always intrigue. And those in his upcoming exhibit at Dumbo’s Folioleaf are among his most dazzling to date. While previewing a few of his new collaged portraits at the Folioleaf gallery space at 111 Front Street, we had the chance to ask him a few questions:

What is it about these particular women’s faces that you find so alluring?

I’m drawn to their eyes. The way they stare at us. And like the women in the old Hollywood movies that I love, these women are naturally beautiful.

Dain collage DAIN on His Women, Beauty and His New Exhibit Opening Tomorrow, Thursday, April 3, at Dumbos Folioleaf

We are wondering why so many of these women’s faces are attached to men’s bodies. What is the significance of this? Is there a message here?

There is beauty beyond the physical. Everything doesn’t have to hang out. Women need to leave something to the imagination.

dain found object collage DAIN on His Women, Beauty and His New Exhibit Opening Tomorrow, Thursday, April 3, at Dumbos Folioleaf

This is quite an impressive body of work. Your distinct aesthetic continues to evolve. Have you any thoughts on this?

I hope it’s getting better. I actually think this is my best work so far.  I’m just starting to scratch the surface.

Dain collage with tags DAIN on His Women, Beauty and His New Exhibit Opening Tomorrow, Thursday, April 3, at Dumbos Folioleaf

How long did it take you to prepare for this exhibit?

I began working on it in my head many months ago. The final pieces came together in the last few weeks.

Dain art collage DAIN on His Women, Beauty and His New Exhibit Opening Tomorrow, Thursday, April 3, at Dumbos Folioleaf

 Are you satisfied with the results?

So far, yes! If I am not satisfied with a piece, you will not see it in this show.

The public opening of DAIN’s new work will take place tomorrow, Thursday, April 3, 6-9pm, at Folioleaf, 111 Front Street, #226,  in Dumbo. The exhibit continues through Saturday, May 17.

Questions for DAIN by City-as-School intern Anna Louka; photos of DAIN’s works by Lois Stavsky and City-as-School intern Dea Sumrall.

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Rebel Natalia Rak NYC Art Battles Speaking to Polands Natalia Rak in New York City

We discovered the wonderfully talented Natalia Rak a number of months back at NYC Art Battles at 5 Bryant Park, where she was painting alongside Chor Boogie, Max Bode and Don Rimx. We instantly fell in love with her vibrant, realistic aesthetic.

When and where did you first get up in a public space?

The first time was four years ago in the small city of Turek, Poland. I only had a few cans of paint, and the walls were small. Some artists start with letters, and some begin with characters. I started with female faces. I just painted one-sided faces. I struggled with the lines!

What inspired you to start painting on walls?

My boyfriend, Bezt, inspired me. I was watching him while he was working with his Etam group in an abandoned place, and he persuaded me to try. It was a frustrating lesson in humility!

The Legend of Giants Natalia Rak street art Speaking to Polands Natalia Rak in New York City

How does your family feel about what you are doing?

My parents do worry when I paint way up high, but they are supportive. They display all my canvases on their walls, even when they don’t understand them. They are proud of my successes, but they are also concerned about my living “the life of an artist.” Their image of the artist is of this struggling person who spends all his money on art supplies, and then when he’s not painting, drinks or uses drugs. And they have a point! There is little money for art in Poland.

Have you any thoughts about the street art / graffiti divide?

Coming from a small town in Poland, I didn’t grow up with graffiti. And I didn’t think much of it. But now that I’m painting on walls, I’ve come to appreciate it. It’s quite different, though, from street art.  Street artists get invited to paint legal murals, while graffiti artists generally work independently. And with graffiti, quantity is as important – if not more so – than quality. Street art is more acceptable.

Natalia Rak street art let there be light  Speaking to Polands Natalia Rak in New York City

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

It’s great. Street art is on the streets, of course, but the artists can also bring their styles and energy to canvases and other media to make their artwork available to people who would love to own it. Galleries are also a way for artists to gain recognition. In Poland there’s hardly any art market. It’s difficult to sell anything here. I’ve had more success selling art outside of my country.

Do you prefer working alone or with others?

I prefer working alone with music. Painting collaboratively seems difficult to me, but I want to have that experience.

Pathfinder Natalia Rak urban art Speaking to Polands Natalia Rak in New York City

How do you feel about the role of the Internet in all of this?

The Internet invites me to see other cultures. I particularly like Asian cultures. I also enjoy seeing the impact my art has on others – people I don’t even know. I recently saw a photo of a man in Mexico with one of my images tattooed onto his arm. That made me feel so good! Fans push me to create. It’s good to hear opinions about my art too. I have, or try to have, conversations with other artists online.

Are there any particular cultures that influence your aesthetics?

Not a culture but period of art. When I paint, I think of the Secesja, or the Secession period, in Barcelona. The buildings look like plants or nature. When I first started studying the history of art, I was inspired by Jacek Malczewski. Later when I became familiar with Fauvism, I became interested in the combination of colors. Recently, I’ve become interested in Norman Rockwell’s paintings, the way he showed emotion in different situational scenes.

Natalia Rak street art Speaking to Polands Natalia Rak in New York City

Do you have a formal arts education?

Yes, I have a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Lodz. I also studied illustration, comic art, package design and silk screening.

Have you any other any other passions or interests?

Playing computer games. I like playing Battlefield 3. I plan to get Battlefield 4 and League of Legends. My black guitar is still waiting for me in my room. I also like cooking in my free time for friends and trying new dishes.

Do you work with a sketch in your hand?

I work with photos using Photoshop. I enjoy realistic works. I have many ideas in my head. And computers make it easier for me to change colors and composition. Normally, I don’t have a sketch.

NATALIA RAK street art Speaking to Polands Natalia Rak in New York City

Are you generally satisfied with your work?

Hard to say.  When I look at a finished piece, I often find some detail that — I feel — can be changed. But I might be out of energy or already thinking about my next wall. And I always think about how I can do better! I can say, though, that I’m more satisfied now than I was a few years ago. I can see my progress.

How do you feel about the role of the photographer in all this?

I really like it when a photographer focuses on the work. I don’t like having my face shown in photographs. And I think it’s great that the images are out there and that so many young people are getting into this modern art movement.

What’s ahead?

I’ve been very busy these past few months working on my first solo exhibit, Through the Looking Glass. I’m excited and nervous at the same time. It opens Friday, April 11, at Pretty Portal in Dusseldorf, Germany. I finished six new canvases and I’ve prepared three prints. I hope everyone can find something that they like. I am also planning to paint three walls in the months ahead – but we shall see!

Natalia Rak Through the Looking Glass Speaking to Polands Natalia Rak in New York City

Good luck! It sounds great and we hope you make it back to New York City soon.

Interview conducted by Lenny Collado and edited by Lois Stavsky; all images courtesy of the artist. 

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Just a few minutes from downtown Manhattan, Jersey City’s Freshly Baked Gallery showcases prints and original artworks by an outstanding array of both local and global artists. This Saturday, its most ambitious venture yet, “Spring Theory,” will open from 3 – 8 pm. This is a small sampling of the featured artwork:

 Milan native El Gato Chimney

El Gato Untitled 3 Jersey Citys Freshly Baked Gallery Presents Spring Theory with El Gato Chimney,  Ekundayo, Sebas Velasco, Veng and more

Honolulu native Ekundayo

Ekundayo Till the wheels fall off1 Jersey Citys Freshly Baked Gallery Presents Spring Theory with El Gato Chimney,  Ekundayo, Sebas Velasco, Veng and more

Spain’s Sebas Velasco

Sebastian Velasco Froilán Jersey Citys Freshly Baked Gallery Presents Spring Theory with El Gato Chimney,  Ekundayo, Sebas Velasco, Veng and more

NYC’s Herb Veng Smith

Herb Veng Smith Killdeer Jersey Citys Freshly Baked Gallery Presents Spring Theory with El Gato Chimney,  Ekundayo, Sebas Velasco, Veng and more

Other artists represented in this exhibit include: Ashes 57, Dulk, Enoe, Emilio FlorentineUri, Peter Taylor and Jose Mertz. And between 3:30 – and 5:30 you can expect wild floral body painting by Emilio Florentine.  Located at 383 Monmouth Street, on the corner of 2nd, Freshly Baked Gallery is a short walk from the Grove Street Path.

springtheoryinsta Jersey Citys Freshly Baked Gallery Presents Spring Theory with El Gato Chimney,  Ekundayo, Sebas Velasco, Veng and more

All images courtesy of the gallery.

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Belin and King Bee street art in Bronx Speaking with Spains Belin in NYC

We’ve been huge fans of the Spanish artist Belin since we came upon his collaborative venture with Kingbee up in the Bronx awhile back. More recently, Belin was back in NYC painting in midtown Manhattan. That’s where we caught up with him.

When and where did you start getting up?

I started bombing the southern part of Linares, a small town in Andalusia, Spain in 1995. I was 15 at the time. I first went by the name Slam.

Who or what inspired you at the time?

I was always drawing. But then I discovered a black and white magazine produced at the time called Explicit Graff. It changed my whole mentality. I just wanted to get up in my city!

Belin street art in NYC Speaking with Spains Belin in NYC

What was your first graffiti crew?

My first crew was LR—Linares Rompe. There were about three or four of us.

Do you have any particularly memorable graffiti memories from back then?

Yes. I remember getting a call from Lechu, a graffiti writer from Ubeda, Spain. Someone had told him I did graffiti. We talked, and he then rode on his motorcycle to Linares to paint with me. That was the first of many trips that he took! There was also Frejo, who tagged “Rasta.” He was from my same hood. He introduced me to rap and basketball. That was around 1997.

Belin street art Luisiana Speaking with Spains Belin in NYC

What did your family and friends think about what you were doing?

My family thought nothing of it. And the preppie kids I hung out with in my neighborhood took no interest in what I was doing. My friend was Frejo.

How much time of your time is devoted to art these days?

I work on my art all the time. If I’m not doing it, I’m thinking about it.

Belin Mücke32 street art Germany Speaking with Spains Belin in NYC

What are your thoughts about the graffiti/street art divide?

Graffiti is freehand spray-painted letters. It is a form of street art, but street art is not graffiti. Street artists, like Banksy, often have a political or social agenda. Graffiti is primarily one’s name.

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

It works for me. It’s art either way. The artist needs to eat, too. Gallerists make money for the artists, as well as for themselves. They know how to talk and sell art. And it’s a lot about knowing how to talk. Unfortunately there are weak artists who sell because someone knows how to talk them up, while others, who are quite good, can’t even get into galleries.

Belin street art mural close up NYC Speaking with Spains Belin in NYC

What inspires you these days?

The urban environment inspires me. New York inspires me.  There is a lot of energy here. And people are always awake.

How do you feel about collaborations?

It depends. I like to work with other writers on murals. But when I’m in the studio, I like to work alone.

Are there any particular cultures that have influenced your aesthetic?

No. Everything influences me. I watch documentaries.  I listen to music. I read the news. I observe people on the streets. It all comes together in my work. My daily life is my inspiration.

Belin street art Boton Rouge Louisiana EEUU Speaking with Spains Belin in NYC

Do you have a formal arts education?

No. I failed school. I liked painting and hanging with my friends more. And I was quite athletic. I played a lot of basketball and even got my black belt in karate. I think that’s why I enjoy graffiti so much. It’s about physical movement and creation and beauty. It’s like dancing.

Do you work with a sketch in hand?

I never used to. My work was mostly freestyle. But these days, I like to plan my work in advance.

Belin street art Mexico Speaking with Spains Belin in NYC

And you generally satisfied with your work?

Yes!

Have you any thoughts on the role of the Internet in all this?

I feel good about it. It helps my art reach people and it’s a great resource.

How do you feel about the bloggers and photographers of this whole movement?

They are important. They help the artists get places.

Interview conducted by Lenny Collado and edited by Lois Stavsky. Photo credits 1.  Lois Stavsky;  2. & 5.  Dani Reyes Mozeson; all others courtesy of the artist

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Lady Aiko Lady Aikos Playful Bunny Party at Red Hooks Gallery Brooklyn with Closing Party Next Saturday, March 29

With a range of stencil artwork on different media — from a skateboard deck to cupboard doors — along with a a playfully seductive mural, Lady Aiko has transformed Red Hook’s Gallery Brooklyn into a magical bunny party. This is a sampling of what can be seen at 351 Van Brundt Avenue through next Saturday.

Kiss

Lady Aiko stencil art kiss Lady Aikos Playful Bunny Party at Red Hooks Gallery Brooklyn with Closing Party Next Saturday, March 29

It’s Over

Lady Aiko bunny party Its Over stencil art Lady Aikos Playful Bunny Party at Red Hooks Gallery Brooklyn with Closing Party Next Saturday, March 29

Serious Romance, close-up

Lady Aiko stencil art Serious Romance Lady Aikos Playful Bunny Party at Red Hooks Gallery Brooklyn with Closing Party Next Saturday, March 29

Linda

Lady Aiko stencil art Linda Lady Aikos Playful Bunny Party at Red Hooks Gallery Brooklyn with Closing Party Next Saturday, March 29

And close-up from huge mural

Lady Aiko Gallery brooklyn Mural Lady Aikos Playful Bunny Party at Red Hooks Gallery Brooklyn with Closing Party Next Saturday, March 29

The exhibit is open Thursday through Saturday, 12-7 and Sunday 12-5. The closing party takes place next Saturday evening, March 29, from 6-10 pm.

Photos of artwork by Lois Stavsky and City-as-School intern Annie Loucka 

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Cern art Piece  Robert Aloia Brings His Curatorial Vision to shny with Cern, Matthew Denton Burrows, Icy and Sot, Leah Weber, Leo Uzai and many more

Piece, a wonderfully eclectic exhibit featuring a range of artworks from sketches to completed pieces, remains on exhibit at Spreadhouse through March 28 at 116 Suffolk Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. While most of the artists are familiar to us street art aficionados, some simply have a distinctly urban or outsider sensibility. Curious as to what was going on here, I posed some questions to Robert Aloia who spearheaded the show.

This is a great venue here. Can you tell us something about it?

It is an all-around creative space launched by the film production company, Spreadhouse, aka shny.

Matthew Denton Burrows  Robert Aloia Brings His Curatorial Vision to shny with Cern, Matthew Denton Burrows, Icy and Sot, Leah Weber, Leo Uzai and many more

How did you discover it? It’s the perfect space to showcase art and its location is ideal.

My friend, the artist Peter Passuntino, had an exhibit here last month, curated by his son Greg. It was the first art show at shny and it introduced me to this space.

Icy and Sot stencil art piece  Robert Aloia Brings His Curatorial Vision to shny with Cern, Matthew Denton Burrows, Icy and Sot, Leah Weber, Leo Uzai and many more

What is the concept behind Piece?

This exhibit is my way to showcase this space at Spreadhouse and to give viewers a glimpse into the creative process – from inspiration to finished product. Many of the pieces were created right here!

Leah Weber artwork  Robert Aloia Brings His Curatorial Vision to shny with Cern, Matthew Denton Burrows, Icy and Sot, Leah Weber, Leo Uzai and many more

Among the dozens of artists featured here are many who are active on the streets and others who are new to me. How did you hook up with so many talented folks?

Friends and friends of friends and assistant curators.

Leo Uzai  Robert Aloia Brings His Curatorial Vision to shny with Cern, Matthew Denton Burrows, Icy and Sot, Leah Weber, Leo Uzai and many more

What’s ahead?

We’re at work on a number of wide-ranging exhibits. But you can expect to see some street art elements in all of them.

That sounds great. Good luck!

Images: 1. Cern  2. Matthew Denton Burrows  3. Icy and Sot  4. Leah Weber and 5. Leo Uzai

Photos of images by Lois Stavsky

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This is the fourth in an occasional series featuring images of New York City’s doors that sport everything from tags and stickers to sophisticated images.

Ewok in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

ewok street art on door NYC NYC’s Expressive Doors, Part IV:  Ewok, Mor, David Shillinglaw, Jordan Betten, Stikki Peaches, Alice Mizrachi, Jerkface, LMNOP and Ludo

Mor in Downtown Manhattan

Mor stencil art NYC 2 NYC’s Expressive Doors, Part IV:  Ewok, Mor, David Shillinglaw, Jordan Betten, Stikki Peaches, Alice Mizrachi, Jerkface, LMNOP and Ludo

Long-running David Shillinglaw in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

David Shillinglaw street art NYC NYC’s Expressive Doors, Part IV:  Ewok, Mor, David Shillinglaw, Jordan Betten, Stikki Peaches, Alice Mizrachi, Jerkface, LMNOP and Ludo

Stikki Peaches in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

stikki peaches street art nyc NYC’s Expressive Doors, Part IV:  Ewok, Mor, David Shillinglaw, Jordan Betten, Stikki Peaches, Alice Mizrachi, Jerkface, LMNOP and Ludo

Jordan Betten in Chelsea

Jordan Betten street art NYC NYC’s Expressive Doors, Part IV:  Ewok, Mor, David Shillinglaw, Jordan Betten, Stikki Peaches, Alice Mizrachi, Jerkface, LMNOP and Ludo

Alice Mizrachi aka AM in abandoned East Village building

alice door NYC’s Expressive Doors, Part IV:  Ewok, Mor, David Shillinglaw, Jordan Betten, Stikki Peaches, Alice Mizrachi, Jerkface, LMNOP and Ludo

Jerkface in Little Italy

jerk face NoLita NYC’s Expressive Doors, Part IV:  Ewok, Mor, David Shillinglaw, Jordan Betten, Stikki Peaches, Alice Mizrachi, Jerkface, LMNOP and Ludo

LMNOP in Bushwick, Brooklyn

LMNBOP street art Bushwick NYC’s Expressive Doors, Part IV:  Ewok, Mor, David Shillinglaw, Jordan Betten, Stikki Peaches, Alice Mizrachi, Jerkface, LMNOP and Ludo

Ludo in Little Italy

Ludo on door NYC’s Expressive Doors, Part IV:  Ewok, Mor, David Shillinglaw, Jordan Betten, Stikki Peaches, Alice Mizrachi, Jerkface, LMNOP and Ludo

Photos of  Mor, Jordan Betten, Alice Mizrachi, Jerkface and Ludo by Dani Reyes Mozeson; of Stikki Peaches by Emily Robertson; of Ewok, David Shillinglaw and LMNOP by Lois Stavsky

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BackgroundNoise1 Roycer  Bomarr Presents the Background Noise Podcast Series with Roycer, RAE, Enzo & Nio, OverUnder, Tony Depew, Futura and more

Do you ever wonder what music your favorite street artists listen to?   Well, Bomarr has the answer!  And in addition to presenting first-rate podcasts that share this music with us, the Bomarr Blog also features brief interviews with these artists and selections from their artworks. We love what Matt is doing and recently posed some questions to him:

Tell us something about yourself – your background.  

I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire.  When I was 21, I moved to Oakland to put out records and tour with my friends on a label called Anticon.  We were a very art-focused group of creative and inspiring people. After spending 10 years in the Bay Area, I moved with my now-wife back to the East Coast and have been in NYC ever since.

What spurred this project?

The Background Noise project grew out of my interest in the New York art world. Initially, it was going to solely focus on NYC-based street artists. The NYC art scene in particular has a completely different energy and feel than the Bay Area one, and I sensed it as soon as I landed here. Don’t get me wrong!  There’s some great art out there in galleries and on the streets, but again, just a completely different feel.  I had seen a few ASVP wheatpastes in San Francisco before I moved, but when I got here, I saw them all over the place, and they seemed to make more sense here. Soon after, I discovered Jim Joe and started, with two friends, a Jim Joe-dedicated site called Cult of Joe, which is now just an Instagram account that I maintain (@cultofjoe) .  It was this general interest in what was going on, and a curiosity I had about what sort of music gets the creative juices flowing for artists whose work I enjoy that really started the project.

RAE Background Noise  Bomarr Presents the Background Noise Podcast Series with Roycer, RAE, Enzo & Nio, OverUnder, Tony Depew, Futura and more

How do you decide which artists to interview? 

It pretty much comes down to people whose work I personally am drawn to and have some sort of respect for. Whether it’s a legend like Futura or the guy who writes Spring Break everywhere, it’s all stuff that I like. It can be mindblowing art, political, or humor-based. It’s all art to me, and if it’s something that sparks my curiousity, I will try to reach out to them to see if they’re interested.

How have the artists responded to this project?

Everyone has responded with great enthusiasm so far. I think what helps is that I’m providing yet another way for these artists to express themselves, which is what artists do.  So when given another avenue to do this, they often jump on it right away.  Some take longer than others, but they always come through. It’s also great for the artists who have maintained anonymity for quite some time. This still allows them to remain anonymous. I’m not meeting up with them in person, talking to them on the phone, or anything like that. It stays strictly through email, so I think the feeling of safety has really allowed people to be willing to participate. I’ve met quite a few of these people since starting the project because I think it’s built a bit of trust, which is great.  But if I never meet some of these people, I’m completely fine with that.

Enzo Nio Background Noise1  Bomarr Presents the Background Noise Podcast Series with Roycer, RAE, Enzo & Nio, OverUnder, Tony Depew, Futura and more

 Have any particular responses to your questions surprised you?

I think the only response that has surprised me so far is one from last week’s Futura episode, where I asked him how important he thinks music is to his creative process.  I was surprised when he, a legend — who has appeared on a Clash song, recorded music himself, and worked with musical artists such as UNKLE — replied, “Not that important.”  But, we all get inspiration in different ways. He has great taste in music, regardless.

Who are some of the other artists you’d like to interview?

I have a laundry list. There are a few I’m actively trying to get, to the point where I might be annoying them. And some of them are long shots, but my wishlist in no particular order: Judith Supine, Jim Joe, ASVP, Paul Insect, Ron English, Neckface, Erik Yahnker, How & Nosm, Icy and Sot,  Sheryo + The Yok, Adam Wallacavage, Skullphone, Raymond Pettibon, Cameron Gray, Asger Carlsen, ElSol25, Douglas Kolk, Swampy, David Shrigley, Stinkfish, Theo Rosenblum, Maurizio Cattelan, Trustocorp, Olek, Jean-Paul Malozzi, Faile.  If anyone can help me out with any of these, please message me!

OverUnder Background Noise  Bomarr Presents the Background Noise Podcast Series with Roycer, RAE, Enzo & Nio, OverUnder, Tony Depew, Futura and more

What kind of music do you like to listen to?

I literally listen to it all. I’m a bit fan of 80’s synths, whether it’s synth pop or obscure minimal synth music — Gary Numan/Tubeway Army, all that stuff.  I love 60s psych rock, hip hop, metal, John Fahey, Fennesz….I’m all over the map.

What do you think of New York City’s current street art scene? 

I think it’s great! It’s really starting to gain some momentum too lately. Maybe I wasn’t as in tune with it a couple of years ago, but it seems like there’s a lot going on right now. It’s great seeing things like Hanksy’s Surplus Candy show, another Jim Joe solo show at the Hole, all these shows that Royce Bannon is curating, the Yoav Litvin Outdoor Gallery book. The New York City current street art scene is really bustling, and I think people are going to start to notice even more very soon.

Tony Depew Background Noise1  Bomarr Presents the Background Noise Podcast Series with Roycer, RAE, Enzo & Nio, OverUnder, Tony Depew, Futura and more

What’s ahead for you?

I’m having a baby girl in a few weeks, so that’s first and foremost on my mind right now.  But outside that, I just want to keep this project going for as long as I can. I have a lot of great artists lined up: Jilly Ballistic, Elle, Left Handed Wave, Don Pablo Pedro, C215, Beau, Cash 4, Hellbent, Joseph Meloy, Hanksy, N’DA….all very exciting. Stay tuned!

Congratulations! It all sounds great!

Images with links to their podcasts

1. Roycer  2. RAE  3. Enzo & Nio  4. OverUnder & 5. Tony Depew

Questions for Bomarr by City-as-School intern, Annie Loucka; interview edited by Lois Stavsky. 

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Logan Hicks artist talk Love Never Saves Anything    Paintings and Photos by Logan Hicks Continues through March 19 with Artist Talk on Sunday

Love Never Saves Anything, a solo exhibit of stencil paintings and photographs by the wonderfully talented Logan Hicks, opened last week during Armory Week and remains on exhibit through Wednesday, March 19. Here’s a small sampling of the haunting stencil paintings on view:

A Drop of Blood Shed

Logan Hicks A Drop of Blood Shed Love Never Saves Anything    Paintings and Photos by Logan Hicks Continues through March 19 with Artist Talk on Sunday

Her Hands Said What her Lips Couldn’t

Logan Hicks Her Hands Said What Her Lips Could not Love Never Saves Anything    Paintings and Photos by Logan Hicks Continues through March 19 with Artist Talk on Sunday

Behind Her Eyes

Logan Hicks Behind Her Eyes Love Never Saves Anything    Paintings and Photos by Logan Hicks Continues through March 19 with Artist Talk on Sunday

 Treading Water

Logan Hicks Treading Water Love Never Saves Anything    Paintings and Photos by Logan Hicks Continues through March 19 with Artist Talk on Sunday

Deep Sleep

Logan Hicks Deep Sleep1 Love Never Saves Anything    Paintings and Photos by Logan Hicks Continues through March 19 with Artist Talk on Sunday

The following scenes were captured at last week’s opening:

Logan Hicks and artwork Love Never Saves Anything    Paintings and Photos by Logan Hicks Continues through March 19 with Artist Talk on Sunday

Logan Hicks opening night Love Never Saves Anything    Paintings and Photos by Logan Hicks Continues through March 19 with Artist Talk on Sunday

Logan Hicks signs book Love Never Saves Anything    Paintings and Photos by Logan Hicks Continues through March 19 with Artist Talk on Sunday

And the artist talk with Logan Hicks, led by Lori Zimmer, will take place 4PM this Sunday, March 16, at the gallery on 154 Stanton Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. This exhibit is the artist’s second solo show with PMM Art Projects.

Photos of artwork by Lois Stavsky and Dea Sumrall; images of opening by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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