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Freewill Gallery in New Yorks Military Bunker on the Beach

Posted on October 22, 2014

Exploring Fort Tilden

National monuments are typically solemn places for reflection and remembrance. In the case of many decommissioned military installations across the world, the hidden parts of forts and bunkers are also serpentine galleries of freewill art shows. You may call it graffiti or you may call it a colossal explosion of creativity and unscripted free speech, but in all likelihood you will be moved by the clandestine display it in one way or another.

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The entrance… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The site of New York’s abandoned WWI era military base (and site of the first Trans-Atlantic flight departure), Fort Tilden, also conveniently is a beach for many of its creative class and related mis-matched fun loving miscreants. While there are snide asides about this being a hipster spot, it is much more than a place for one-dimensional posers – of only because it is sort of hard to get to. But it is a little utopia for the grimy self-powered soot-covered bicycling city-set who gravitate to the margins and outskirts for a day at the beach; There are art shows and ad hoc performances, long days of reading and smoking pot and snacking, splashing, Backgammon, and nudity. Sometimes all at once.

Also a hidden, yet open, art gallery.

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Artist Unknown. Also, Mika loves Mea. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Perched atop the bunker you can have a 360 degree view of the ocean and most of New York City, including the cluster of skyscrapers in yonder Manhattan. Inside it’s labyrinthine spaces below with a flashlight you will discover a 360 degree view of most all of the graffiti and Street Art techniques that are freely experimented with in these mid twenty teens.

On a recent overcast/sunny day at the end of the summer season we took a tour of the darkened spaces that are open to the public to find what kind of art gallery is on display and to discover hidden gems, furtive artists, discarded liquor bottles and the occasional condom. Are these the aesthetic meanderings of mad minds, the seeds of tomorrow’s art stars, or simply the unfiltered mark-making of youth on a summer day’s spraycation?

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Cake (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cake (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cake (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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DAN (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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NAD (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Elvis (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A monument to Walt Whitman by artist Patty Smith is one of many placed here during this summers “Rockaway!” art show here, organized by PS1′s Klaus Biesenbach. Whitman’s masterpiece “Leaves Of Grass” begins with the words carved on the stone above. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“I Celebrate Myself. And what I assume you shall assume. For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you”

~ Walt Whitman. July 4th 1855

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KUMA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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You Go Girl . Mistakoy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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You Go Girl (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Newser (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Never (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A is for Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“United States of pills and corn syrup”, says ARC as he washes down an Oxycontin with Coke. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Armer (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The New York Skyline from the top of the bunkers. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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Salton Sea Road Trip with Eddie Colla, 2wenty, Caratoes, and Nite Owl

Posted on October 21, 2014

New images today from the barren detritus by Salton Sea in the Colorado Desert near the San Andreas fault line. Here near the water is a landscape littered with sheet metal, stories, tumbleweeds, and skeletons of simple squat structures once useful, now merely casting a shadow.

Until someone decides to clean up the man made remnants of industry and architecture you can be sure that some artist is going to consider that leaning structure or door-less domain to be exactly the perfect canvas for experimentation. Saltier than the Pacific ocean, this sea is also man made; “accidentally created by the engineers of the California Development company in 1905,” says the Wiki entry, and the arid climate will likely keep some of these facades till they are fossils.

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Dark pop illustrational psychodelia from Caratoes  (photo © 2wenty)

Far from any cities or urban landscapes,  four Bay Area artists took a road trip recently to do some site specific works and to photograph each others’ creations here under the enormous expanse of sky. Thanks to Eddie Colla, 2wenty, Caratoes, and Nite Owl for sharing what they found here, and to Nastia Voynovskaya for bringing this to our attention.

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“2wenty takes long­ exposure shots that enable him to write in the air by physically moving a light source across the frame as the camera captures its motion,” says Nastia Voynovskaya, “This writing, invisible to the naked eye, lives on only in the form of photography.” 2wenty (photo © 2wenty)

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Nite Owl (photo © 2wenty)

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Nite Owl (photo © Nite Owl)

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Nite Owl (photo © Nite Owl)

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Eddie Colla (photo © Eddie Colla)

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Eddie Colla (photo © Eddie Colla)

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Eddie Colla (photo © Eddie Colla)

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Eddie Colla (photo © Eddie Colla)

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Eddie Colla (photo © Eddie Colla)

 

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Banksy Hoax, Does Dutch Master Remix of “Girl With the Pearl Earring”

Posted on October 20, 2014

Two things in the news today about Street Art man of mystery, Banksy:

Thing 1: He was not arrested, cuffed and covered with a shroud yesterday as reported and re-Tweeted throughout the street-art-isphere, but that hoax was excellent!  (Also, don’t you think he must be older than 35 by now?) See video at end.

Thing 2: It looks like he has just created a new piece referencing a 350 year old painting by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer that uses a pearl earring for a focal point. In Banksy’s case, it is golden ADT security alarm box.

Brooklyn-Street-Art-Banksy-Girl-Pearl-Earring“Girl With the Pierced Ear” in this new image just released online, appears to be Banksy’s monochromatic take on the oil master Vermeer, below.

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Johannes Vermeer. Girl With a Pearl Earring, Oil on canvas, 1865.

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A lovely cafe from which you can enjoy some chips and a refreshment while gazing upon the new masterpiece by Banksy.

 

 

See the official Banksy site for more murky details, where we found the images above.

 

 

BANKSY Nabbed! Well, maybe not.

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