June 2010

San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art Presents: “Viva La Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape” Featuring works by Prominent 20 Street Artists from Eight Countries

San Diego Museum for Contemporary Art

Date Farmers, Me No Sugar, 2008, mixed media and collage on found metal. Courtesy of Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Date Farmers, Me No Sugar, 2008, mixed media and collage on found metal. Courtesy of Jonathan LeVine Gallery

For the first time in history, the majority of the world’s population lives in urban communities. The urban setting and its corresponding lifestyle are major sources of inspiration in contemporary culture. This is an historic revolution in visual culture, in which the codes and icons of the everyday—found on the streets in graffiti, signage, waste, tattoos, advertising, and graphic design—have been appropriated and used as an integral part of contemporary art-making. The urban landscape inspires and serves as both a platform for innovation and a vehicle for expression for many artists. The city itself, its buildings, vehicles, people, and advertisements, are not only the surface where the art is applied. The city fuels the practice.

A multifaceted exhibition that explores the dialogue between artists and the urban landscape, Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape features works both in the Museum’s galleries as well as at public sites throughout downtown San Diego.

The exhibition includes a diverse range of 20 artists from 8 countries that are linked together by how their work addresses urban issues — Akay (Sweden), Banksy (U.K.), Blu (Italy), Mark Bradford (U.S.), William Cordova (U.S.), Date Farmers (U.S.), Stephan Doitschinoff [CALMA] (Brazil), Dr. Lakra (Mexico), Dzine (U.S.), David Ellis (U.S.), FAILE (U.S.), Shepard Fairey (U.S.), Invader (France), JR (France), Barry McGee (U.S.), Ryan McGinness (U.S.), Moris (Mexico), Os Gemeos (Brazil), Swoon (U.S.), and Vhils (Portugal).

Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape is curated by guest curator Pedro Alonzo and MCASD Associate Curator Lucía Sanromán.

Members Opening: Viva la Revolucion

Saturday, July 17 at MCASD Downtown, Jacobs Building
7-10 PM
Members: Free
General: $20

1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard
(between Broadway and B Street)
San Diego, CA 92101
858 454 3541

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Mighty Tanaka Presents: “City Scapes” A Four Person Photography Show Featuring the Works of Vinny Cornelly, Mari Keeler, Shane Perez & Bryan Raughton

Mighty Tanaka

Mighty Tanaka

Mighty Tanaka

Mighty Tanaka is excited to present our next show entitled CityScapes, a four person photography show that delves into and documents a variety of perspectives in and around NYC.  Featuring the work of Vinny Cornelli, Mari Keeler, Shane Perez & Bryan Raughton, each photographer individually deciphers their own unique interpretation of the City through a myriad of techniques and inspirations.

CityScapes invites the visitor to explore the seemingly ubiquitous and familiar environments of New York City through the eyes of the photographers, as they excavate new vantage points through their exceptional observations.  From grand panoramas to the subtle details, the show looks to provide the viewer with an in depth examination of the urban environment that most people are likely to overlook.

From multiple exposure photography and models posing in precarious locations to textured urban environments and the grimy gems of the City, this New Century art exhibition aims to uncover the hidden treasures constantly found on the streets of NYC and fuse them within our daily lives.

Featuring the photography of:
-Vinny Cornelli
-Mari Keeler
-Shane Perez
-Bryan Raughton

Friday, July 16, 2010 – 6:00PM-9:00PM, and closing August 6, 2010

Mighty Tanaka
68 Jay St., Suite 416 (F Train to York St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hours: M-F 12PM to 7PM, weekends by appointment only
Office: 718.596.8781
Email: alex@mightytanaka.com
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Dan Witz Tonight at Spoonbill and Sugartown

Street Artist Dan Witz Signs Copies of His New Book “In Plain View”

Dan Witz is a 30+ year veteran of New York City street life, beginning in the late 70’s as an art student in the bombed out East Village, inspired simultaneously by the punk rock explosion and an analogous expression of the discontent that graffiti contained.

Since then he has explored a great deal about how we relate to art on the street, bringing a skilled analyst mind to play with perception, feeling, and our peripheral intake of information. In recent years his studio work has finely combined new digital possibilities with the more traditional oil based tools, producing startling realism and an auric glow that calms and unsettles.

Dan Witz "True Love"
Dan Witz “True Love” (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Witz’s hyper-real street installations have become known for being missed by the busy passerby because of his uncanny and witty ability to integrate them into the urban environment below our perceptual radar. More recently his pieces have grown thematically darker and evermore perfect in their placement, daring you to overlook them.

With the release of this 30 year collection of work, Witz can clearly stake his claim as one of the forerunners of the current explosion of street art and it’s various discontents. Even in his controlled approach to study, practice, and implementation, the underlying punk rocker rips through the fabric of any bourgeois malaise you may be tempted to slip into.

Dan Witz (Photo© Jaime Rojo)
Dan Witz (Photo© Jaime Rojo)

Wednesday June 30th

Spoonbill And Sugartown
At 7:00 PM In Williamsburg

Spoonbill and Sugartown

218 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Dan Witz, born 1957, Chicago, IL, attended Cooper Union in New York City’s East Village. In 1982 he received a NEA grant and in 1992 and 2000 fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His first book, “The Birds of Manhattan” was published in 1983 by Skinny Books. Solo exhibitions include Semaphore Gallery NY (1985,1986), Clementine Gallery (1996), StolenSpace, London (2007); DFN Gallery NY (2003-5, 6, 7, 8, 10) and Carmichael Gallery, LA (2009). Group exhibitions include: Buying Time: Nourishing Excellence, Sotheby’s NY(2001); and Fifteen, NYFA Fellows at Deutsche Bank, NY (1999). Submission (curated by Juxtapoz) Fuse Gallery NY (2005); From The Streets of Brooklyn, Think space Art Gallery, LA (2009) and Beach Blanket Bingo, Jonathan Levine Gallery NY(2009). Dan lives and works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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Edgeware Gallery Presents: “Out From Underground” A Group Show With Shepard Fairey, Chor Boogie, Jaime Rojo and More…(San Diego, CA)

Edgeware Gallery

For Immediate Release Contacts Joshua Bellfy       (San Diego )          619-788-9665

David Gillerman  (Los Angeles,)       818-625-7872

Edgeware Gallery Hits the Street (Art )


San Diego Gallery to debut Street Art Exhibition July 24, 2010

San Diego’s Museum of Contemporary Art is having the first major International Street Art Exhibition, Viva La Revolucion, which opens on July 18, 2010 and features works by artists from 8 countries, including Banksy, Shepard Fairey, and Invader.

To coincide with this show and capitalize on the media attention and public awareness, Edgeware Gallery in San Diego will also be having a street art/modern pop show,  Out from Underground, which will open July 24, 2010 and run through early September.

Edgeware will boast its own A-list of artists at the exhibition including Shepard Fairey, Chor Boogie,  Brett Amory, Acamonchi, Michael Cuffe, Mark Rimland, Frank Vicino, Bryan Snyder, Caryn Southward, SkEm oNe, Eric Wixon, Jaime Rojo and artists to be named later.

Media ranges from canvas to posters to photos of Banksy’s April San Francisco bombing, to a live painting by spraymaster Chor Boogie, who is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego.

Edgeware Gallery is run under the auspices of the Autism Research Institute.  100% of the net profits from art sales go to fund autism research.  At Edgeware, talented West Coast artists are exhibited alongside Mark Rimland,  Edgeware’s gifted resident artist with autism.


Out From Underground:              Opening:   July 24, 2010     5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Regular Hours:   Wed, Fri :   5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sat, Sun :   1:00 p.m. to  7:00 p.m.

Runs:  July 24 to September 17, 2010

Edgeware Gallery:  4186 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA  92116   (619) 534-8120

www.edgewaregallery.com info@edgewaregallery.com

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Stencil Top 5 on BSA : 06.29.10


The Stencil Top Five as chosen by Samantha Longhi of Stencil HistoryX featuring Joe Iurato, Flying Fortress, Indigo, Broken Crow, and Lee Cofa

Joe Iurato just launched a new series of portraits featuring a selection of musicians performing the famous song “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess. The first of them is Tom Waits in a stencil style unique to Joe Iurato; delicate and poetic.  Summertime remains one of my cult songs so I’m personally looking forward to the portrait of my favorite, Janis Joplin, and also the very sexy Scarlett Johansson. Thank you Joe. (image courtesy the artist)

Flying Fortress & Indigo at the Café Belgique, Amsterdam (image courtesy Indigo)
Flying Fortress & Indigo at the Café Belgique, Amsterdam (image courtesy Indigo)

A new blue ram from Broken Crow in Minneapolis (image courtesy Stencil History X)

A new blue ram from Broken Crow in Minneapolis (image courtesy Stencil History X)

Anonymous, original drawing by Bill Watterson (image © Psychonautes)
Anonymous, original drawing by Bill Watterson (image © Psychonautes)

Lee Cofa (image courtesy Stencil HistoryX)

Lee Cofa (image courtesy Stencil HistoryX)

“Summertime” Tom Waits

(all images courtesy Stencil History X and their photographer)

See more at StencilHistoryX.com

See more Joe Iurato images here

See more Broken Crow images here

See more Indigo images here

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Images of The Week 06.27.10 at BSA


Our weekly interview with the street: this week featuring street art by Bast, Billi Kid, Bishop203, ,Brummel, El Sol 25, Faile, Grimus, Girl With Bikini, Homosapien Erectus, Kosbe, Mike Graves, Monkey, Over Under, WDZ, and ZHE155

Kosbe (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bast (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Billi Kid

Billi Kid (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bishop 203
Bishop 203 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Girl with a paper bikini
Zako. Girl with a paper bikini (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Grimus (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Grimus (photo © Jaime Rojo)

    Billi Kid tribute to Buz Blurr from the Road to Colossus (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Billi Kid tribute to Buz Blurr from the Road to Colossus (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25
El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Homo Sapiens Erectus
Homosapien Erectus (photo  © Jaime Rojo)

Mike Graves
Mike Graves (photo © Jaime Rojo)

M is for Monkey
M is for Monkey. Brummel (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)

WDZ (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Zhe 155 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Zhe 155 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Street Artists Faile Talk About the Social & Political

Single Moms, War Profiteering, Church Pamphlets, and Drag Queens


June 27, 1969. The Streets of NYC.

That’s where the modern day Gay Liberation movement was born.  Instead of getting punched and kicked, intimidated and humiliated by the police as usual, people pushed and punched back into the street. In the small riots and demonstrations in the streets of New York over the following days, people who once were hidden now marched out in the streets – a tradition that grew and continues to expand across the globe.  Today that march for equality includes what is known as the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgendered) community.

June 27, 2010. The Streets of NYC.

The streets of NYC will have a GLBT parade with roughly 1 million spectators and with 18 year old Mississippi native Constance McMillen as The Grand Marshall because she stood up to the administration of her high school who cancelled the prom this year rather than permitting her to bring her date.  The public message, delivered on the streets, remains a potent and powerful force.

This month of June we also began seeing new pieces on the street by the Brooklyn street art duo Faile, who have frequented the social and political spheres with their stenciled messages numerous times over the last decade.  Among the pop and pulp inspired images were a couple of GLBT themed pieces, not usual in the Street Art or graffiti world. BSA had the opportunity to ask Faile about these new pieces and their significance to the artists.

Faile (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

“The wording inspired from an old church pamphlet. Given the controversy of Gay Marriage and Equal Rights swirling around, this new image and wording seemed a perfect symbol to embrace this and be open to love in all it’s forms.” Faile (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

BSA: You still see and hear words like “faggot” and “homo” thrown around in graff and street art community occasionally. How would you describe the attitudes you see in the street art culture, and before that, graffiti culture, toward people in the GLBT community?
Faile: I don’t think we’re around this that often. At least not among the people we hang with. These words are thrown around casually by some, unfortunately, though this is not specific to street art. Either way, this isn’t a place we really dwell. We’re a little more lone wolf than pack hunters, on the street anyway.

BSA: What drew you to the topic of equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered people?
Faile: We didn’t specifically set out to make work about this topic. Many times, and especially recently, our image-making process is loose and experimental. We’ve been having fun with that again, really just playing. As some of the new images have come together we found something very provocative about an image of two girls locked in a passionate kiss. It was only later that in passing the image back and forth we placed this type from an old church pamphlet I found in my Grandma’s house. “No change my heart shall fear” seemed to speak so honestly, when paired with this image, to this crossroad in our culture. Where there is a group of people that are unfairly singled out and not given the same rights, especially with regard to marriage equality. It was this change that we spoke to, though in the image’s openness it can be interpreted in many ways.

The image-making is like this at times. You’ll create an image or collage something and it will just sit like that for some time. At times, it doesn’t need anything more and it’s better left open-ended and other times it really helps complete the idea; coming alive when there is type or a message paired to it.

The Gender Bender image of the “girl” at the urinal was again coming from a place of rawness and just the fun of making imagery. Sometimes it’s not until later that these have a power once they are out in the world, independent of our intentions. The work really invites the viewer in this way to bring their own interpretation to what’s there. The Bunny Boy image is a great example of that, it’s enticing and visceral in its mystery. Images speak to people in a variety ways.

Faile (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

BSA: Recently, a piece on the street by Faile expressed support for single moms and you’ve talked about war profiteering.  How important is advocacy of social or political opinion in your street work?
Well if we are trying to say something or place a message in our work then it’s there for a reason. We were really raised by our Mom’s as products of divorced parents, despite having great Dad’s, but we can relate to that.

War profiteering was a response to an intense time in the world and an ongoing issue that related to a series we were exploring at that time centered around oil and the war in Lebanon.

But I think our work is more emotional. It’s more about the wonder and the mystery than it is meant to be so literal. You have to see some fantasy in the world; a place for the imagination to run and have room for daydreaming. Often, our work lives here. The product of overly-stimulated and media-saturated people living in a city that never sleeps. If you still can’t find the quiet spaces and those tiny moments where everything just lines up you’re in trouble. We hope to create those moments in the work and on the street.

Faile Support Single Moms

Faile Supports Single Moms, Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)

BSA: From a broader perspective, what role do you think Street Art can or should play to affect social or political change?
It’s a form of communication for the people. Meaning it’s direct and aims straight to the masses. In it’s most sincere form it’s there for anyone and not wrapped up in a hidden agenda. In this way, it has great power and people respond to that. I think it has saturation points and has been co-opted by some along the way, but I also believe there is a huge energy there and when struck in the right way can move mountains.

Projekt Projektor in Dumbo, Brooklyn as part of Under the Bridge Festival September 2008 Image of Mary by Faile photo by Jaime Rojo for Brooklyn Street Art

Image of Jesus projected on the Manhattan Bridge during BSA’s “Projekt Projektor” in Dumbo, Brooklyn in September 2008 (photo and projected image © Jaime Rojo)

BSA: Punk posters in the 70’s and 80’s used assemblage of text and images to create messages that struck at the heart of a system people considered hypocritical or sick.  How much of your work feels like punk to you today?
Faile: Our process has always resembled this loose and fast critique on society, whether it be literal or figurative. Our image-making has at times been very methodical and researched, other times it’s been experimental and dirty. Street art at it’s roots is “punk.” It set out to critique and comment on a world it felt outside of. I don’t know if it’s for us to decide really. We are just doing what feels right to us. If people see this as that, then so be it.

Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Banner image from Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution, by David Carter

See Faile’s Website HERE

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Sneak Peek at “Death Warmed Over” Show Tonight

A Group Show of Street Artists and Photographers Opening This Evening


Becki Fuller, Cake, Luna Park, Chris RWK and Veng RWK will be hosting a COOL new show about warming. Death warming. Re-heated. Warm Death. Each artist has embarked on an exploration into the many nuances to be found in the meaning of ‘death’ and have incorporated their unique interpretations into their art.

Also at the show will be the musical stylings of DJ Royce Bannon, Live Painting in the backyard, and a Scavenger Hunt!

Becki Fuller (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Becki Fuller (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Veng RWK (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Veng RWK (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Luna Park (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Luna Park (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cake (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cake (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Chris RWK (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Chris RWK (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Death Warmed Over”
Paintings by Chris RWK, Veng, and Cake
Photography by Luna Park & Becki Fuller

Opening Reception
Friday, June 25th, 2010

560 Grand Street
Brooklyn NY, 11211
(between Lorimer St & Union Ave)

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Brooklyn Stand Up, 99% Gallery and Art Center Silent Auction

36920_461559474198_691319198_6242782_8289811_nFollowing the success of the inaugural print auction here at 99% Gallery (where almost 500 were in attendance) comes Brooklyn Stand Up, where local Brooklyn artists will get a chance to exhibit their work for a silent auction on Friday, June 25th from 7-11pm.

This show will take place during the same weekend as the L Magazine’s Northside Festival, allowing the maximum exposure for the artists exhibiting their work. The goal of the Northside Festival is to celebrate the community of independent musicians, filmmakers and visual artists in the place where it thrives the most, shining a light on the sheer talent and creativity that Brooklyn cultivates.

Please arrive early to register to bid on items in the auction. Auction starts at 7:30pm and ends roughly at 10:30pm. Bids must increase in increments of $20 after the initial minimum bid has been placed.


Afterparty starts immediately following the auction (RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER FROM THE GALLERY) at The Counting Room, located at 44 Berry Street (on the corner of North11th).

Particpating artists include:
Adam Collison
Chris Smith
David Byrd
Eun-Ha Paek
Don Pablo Pedro
Eddie Alfaro
Eulas Pizarro
Jaz Harold
Jessica Angel
Jess Ruliffson
John McGarity
Jordan Awan
Leif low-beer
Lisa Von Enxing
Marissa Olney
Michael DeNicola
Quel Beast
Tiffany Walling-McGarity
Tod Seelie
Wil Pagan
Yunmee Kyong

99% Gallery
99 North 10th (between Berry and Wythe)
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Fun Friday 06.25.10 : A Street Art Salute to the King of Pop


A Street Artist Tribute to Michael Jackson a Year After His Death

The pain is still fresh for those of us who were shocked last June 25th to hear the talented musician and entertainer we grew up with had died too soon.

We found some comfort in the sincerity and hilarity of this couple of French buddies who like to make giant mural tributes to musicians who have died. Today at one minute past midnight and with much fanfare Shygun and Keflione released photos of their tribute to Michael Jackson.

Pulling together many of the visual elements associated with the 40+ year career of Jackson, the artists inject a dose of cheeky irreverence to keep it light, if verging on disrespectful. Perhaps the most impressive and endearing part of their work is that not only do these guys paint, they also re-enact shots and poses of their honoree in action.


BSA: Can you tell us about your personal history as artists?

Shygun and Keflione: We are Street artists from Rennes, France, and we started graffiti almost 10 years ago in abandoned factories.

I’m Shygun and I live and work in Rennes, France. I’ve been active as an artist for ten years now, with my bro Keflione since day one. I gradually moved away from graffiti but never let it go completely. Today I use a logotype representing a gun with a bent barrel as a signature, and I’m planning to publish a comic book series by the end of the year.

I’m Keflione, also known as Keflouis Vuitton or Keflouis XIV.  I live and work in Paris as an artist and designer. Even if I don’t do graffiti, I’m a font addict and I still work in the streets.

BSA: Why did you do this tribute to Michael Jackson?
Shygun and Keflione:
MJ tragically passed out a year ago now, and since we are kids from the 80’s, it was a big loss for us. His music is eternal, and we felt we had to pay him this massive tribute. Since he was an active musician since he was 5, they were many aspects of Michael’s life to represent.  The first anniversary of his death was the right moment to release our masterpiece.

BSA: Who dresses in the costumes?
Shygun and Keflione: We both get dressed as MJ look-a-likes. The costumes are as important as the painting itself. It’s not Graffiti anymore; we consider it as a performance with a painting, costumes and a photoshoot. For every artist we paid tribute to, we enjoyed using their dress codes, accessories, and the whole atmosphere of their music. It’s a part of the whole concept, pushing our limits off the wall!

BSA: What motivates you to pay such strong tributes to the memory of musicians who have passed away?

Shygun and Keflione: It’s a kind of tradition in the Hip-Hop culture.  As street artists, we never did such a thing. Here we wanted to give it a try with something more creative and fun. Biggie and Tupac are Hip Hop icons who are often painted in the streets. Our goal was to go further, and represent other main artists. As Graffiti is sometimes still considered as vandalism, we choose to ironicaly use celebrities to conquer a larger public. We had so much fun doing the first one (Bob Marley) so we choose to go for a series.Brooklyn-Street-Art-copyright-Shygun-and-Keflione-michael-jackson-thriller

To see more photos of the Michael Jackson Wall and their other tributes to musicians who have passed including Bob Marley, Biggie Smalls, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, and Elvis, go to http://www.keflione.com/prevolution.html

At the moment, Keflione is putting an exhibition together about a year when he travelled in Asia in 2008-2009 (India, Brunei, Singapour, Thailand, Cambodia). The first “Call ME His Majesty” show will presented at the Traffic-Art-Gallery in Brussels, Belgium, in February 2011.

Check out Keflione’s work on : www.keflione.com or his blog : http://keflione.ekosystem.org/

All images courtesy and copyright of Shygun and Keflione.

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Pop Surrealism? Aisle 2. French Realism? – Check the Shovels

As the lines continue to blur between HI/LOW Art, Outsider Art, Public Art, Fine Art, and Street Art, a stunning show hides in the garden hoses.




As we wandered the aisles at the new show at a Brooklyn hardware store (and garden center) that is thick in the migration of hipness between post-cool Williamsburg and wild untamed Bushwick, a lightbulb went on. BA-ZING! This show is not mere novelty! This is where we are in 2010. The walls are being torn down before our eyes.

Dave Tree "Peasants on Shovels" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dave Tree “Peasants on Shovels” (Photo Jaime Rojo)

The massive democratization of arts and culture, with tools ever cheaper and more accessible to any artist with the inclination, is handily jack-hammering the pillars of hallowed art institutions and clipping the locks on the traditional art clubby gates and their keepers.  Call it American anti-intellectualism but when you feel no sense of irony or discomfort stalled out and contemplating a tire rubber ram sculpture while next to you a couple is looking at a lawn chair and a greasy handed guy is talking to a salesman about re-wiring a lamp, we’re pierced a veil.  While meandering past two young women I overheard them discussing rather deeply their feelings about an illustrated book they had discovered on the shelf and what kind of memories it evoked.

Ji Young Ho "For.Elk 1" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

“For.Elk 1”

Ji Young Ho  (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Deatail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ji Young Ho (detail) (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

The 198 pieces by more than 140 artists are each hardware themed or inspired. Some are “crafty”, true, and others are merely clever. But a number of pieces utilize their space so well, submerging themselves in their surroundings so completely, or bending your expectations so far, that you’ll have to admit that there may be a genius in the geraniums.

Darkcloud (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

It was the same color of lightbulb that illuminated the day in the early 2000’s when I had attended a conceptual/sculptural/animation show at the now defunct Roebling Hall in Williamsburg and, in a dizzy haze I hit the street and looked at the sky. Overhead the jet stream to JFK and the planes rhythmically appearing in line every 2 minutes across the sky so closely mimicked the installation I had just seen indoors that the transition from art to artful reality was completely seamless. And no mushrooms were involved. Suddenly Street Art, this new explosion we had been documenting and exploring, seemed of the same cloth as any other art that was entrapped behind closed doors.

Chris Collicot "Manny" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Chris Collicot “Manny” (trying looking at this with your cellphone camera) (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

If you are not too suspicious or jaded, this may be one of the best shows of the season – one that feels equal parts installation and performance, one that challenges common conceptions without an accompanying 4 page exegesis on the inner workings of the mind of the curator.  Joe Franquinha is a bright gentleman of course, and it is because of his vision and wanderlust that these artists gladly participate in this show. But as you walk the aisles with your artwork guide in hand you’ll find yourself slipping seamlessly back and forth through worlds you once considered distinct, at times questioning which one you are in at the moment.  For my money, it’s a priceless view.

General Howe

Installation by General Howe (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Joel Adas (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Joel Adas (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mark Houston "Every Job;s a Nightmare" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Every Job’s a Nightmare”

Mark Houston  (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Julian Zee "Marulin Marley Will Kill Pop Art" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Marylin Marley Will Kill Pop Art”

Julian Zee  (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nomade "Bust with Burgundy" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nomade “Bust with Burgundy” (Photo © Jaime Rojo) (Silent auction piece benefiting the programs at Free Arts NYC)

Skewville (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Subtexture "Loggin Saw Sunset" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Loggin Saw Sunset”

Subtexture  (Photo © Jaime Rojo)


(Through July 30)

558 Metropolitan Ave
(between Union Ave & Lorimer St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-9521

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