DUMBO

"Tom Fruin"

Particularly impressive about this year’s DUMBO Arts Festival was not only the extraordinary array of art just about everywhere, but the wide extent of community engagement and expression in public space. Here’s a small sampling:

"The World We Want"

"Dumbo Arts Festival"

Leaving a brief personal statement

"DUMBO Arts Festival"

 And reading those left by others

"Dumbo Arts Festival"

Creating artwork with others

"Dumbo Arts Festival"

Or alone

"Dumbo Arts Festival"

Signing a Giant Get-Well Card for Humanity

"Dumbo Arts Festival"

Or just leaving your mark

Dumbo-Arts-Festival-Chalk-wall-in-DUMBO

Sponsored by Two Trees Management Company, this year’s DUMBO Arts Festival serves as a model of community engagement with art in public space.

First image is of art installation, Reflection/Kolonihavehus, forged by Tom Fruin from recycled materials.  

All photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson.

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Marka27

Both on the streets and in their studios, Marka27, Don Rimx & Ian Kuali`i fashion extraordinarily rich tantalizing images. An intriguing selection of their largely character-driven mixed-media paintings, prints and more were presented by M27 Designs in the remarkable one-night pop-up exhibit TR3SPASS at the Dumbo Spot this past Friday evening. Here’s a small sampling:

Victor “Marka27” Quiñonez

Marka27-character

Marka27

Ian Kuali`i

Ian Kuali`i

Ian

David “Don Rimx” Sepulveda

Don-Rimx-character-art-Trespass

"Don Rimx"

Photos of artwork by Sara C. Mozeson and Lois Stavsky

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DAIN

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

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

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

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

 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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Shepard Fairey

It’s been busy in DUMBO, Brooklyn. For the past week, some of our favorite artists have been gracing its walls with stylishly striking artwork, transforming its landscape into a stunning open-air gallery.

Shepard Fairey at work

Shepard Fairey

Faith47, close-up from completed mural

Faith 47

Another Faith47 close-up

Faith 47

DALeast, close-up from completed mural

DALeast

Another close-up from DalEast’s mural

DALeast

Eltono at work

ElTono

Another close-up from Eltono mural in progress

ElTono

MOMO, close-up 

MOMO

Another close-up from MOMO mural in progress

MOMO

These murals are among eight to grace a four-block stretch along the BQE. We will continue documenting DUMBO Walls on our Facebook page.

Photos by Dani Mozeson

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