August 2012

Fun Friday 08.31.12

You thought it would never end, but here it is, last day of August, and you have gorged yourself on as many popsicles and watermelon slices and street festival delicacies as possible and blasted your eardrums at free concerts, splashed and sunburned in the city pool, barfed off the edge of a roof BBQ party, and danced naked on the beach in Fort Tilden while your buddy Drew hit up the wall and Jenelle drew an arrow on her inner thigh with a sharpie. All the summer shares in the manicured Hamptons are having their last blow outs and next weekend there are a bunch of new art shows opening for fall so everybody will be coming back. For now let’s just have a fish fry and play some more. Also, pass that marker.

1. NYC Night Dancing (Video)
2. Trailerpark Festival (Copenhagen)
3. Dabs & Myla @ ThinkSpace (LA)
4. Fuzi UV TPK Free Tattoos at The Hole (NYC)
5. IBUg 2012
6. Live is Porno 4D (Video)
7. Nychos and Flying Fortress in Vienna (Video)
8. Basquiat, Fab 5, & Futura Hidden Wall (Video)

First, fancy night dancing in NYC streets.
Then, some random passersby who love the camera. (VIDEO)

Trailerpark Festival (Copenhagen)

America is full of trailer parks. Just waiting for a hurricane.

Want to find out how the weather is in Copenhagen, Denmark and have some Trailer Park fun? Starting today the Copenhagen Trailerpark Festival promises great visuals and music with Letterbenders, Furious Styles, Big City Brains, Soten, Chifumi and Ogre.

For further information regarding this festival click here.

Dabs & Myla and Friends at ThinkSpace (LA)

Australian expats and Street Artists Dabs & Myla have again gathered friends with ThinkSpace Gallery to host an art party of sorts called “Marvelous Expeditions”. Themes are about taking trips, hanging out with your people, and the making art together.

Featured are 16″×20” works from 123 Klan Aaron, De La Cruz, Askew, Augustine Kofie, Axis, Cat Cult, Dscreet, Dvate, EINE, Elliot Francis Stewart, Ephameron, Greg Lamarche, Honkey Kong (aka Adam Hathorn), Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez, KC Ortiz, KEM5, Logan Hicks, Luke Chueh, Mark Mulroney, Meggs, Misery, NEW2, Pose, Remi Rough, Revok, Rime, Stormie Mills, Tatiana Suarez, Tom Gerrard, Tristan Eaton, Witnes and The Yok.

Dabs & Myla on the streets of Miami. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Revok on the streets of Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ephameron at the RC Cola Lot in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Fuzi UV TPK at the Hole (NYC)

Tattoo and Graffiti Artist Fuzi UV TPK will give you a free tattoo at the Hole Shop in Manhattan. I know, that sounds funny the way I said it sis. It’s like, “Dr. Snapdragon will give you a free appendectomy if you stop into the emergency room tonight”. But, seriously, this well known tattoo artist is on a mad dash visit to NYC and he’s looking forward to seeing you, needle poised.

Fuzi Tattoo Session. (photo © Silva Forest courtesy of Fuzi)

A fine wall piece. Fuzi UV TPK (photo © courtesy of the artist)

For further information regarding this event click here.

Also happening this weekend:

The IBUg 2012 – Festival of urban art and culture in Glauchau, Germany opens today for those intatiable lovers of Graff and Hip Hop. Click here for more details on this festival.

Life is Porno 4D (VIDEO)

Nychos and Flying Fortress in Vienna Part I (VIDEO)

Hidden Wall discovered with Basquiat, Fab 5, & Futura Behind It (VIDEO)

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Festival Bien Urbain 2012 (Besançon, France)

Bien Urbain

Pour cette deuxième édition, une douzaine d’artistes investissent l’es- pace public bisontin, plus particulièrement le quartier Battant et le cam- pus de la Bouloie. Peintures murales, installations et aussi parcours sous casque, vitrine interactive et performance, ces interventions ur- baines transversales proposent de nouveaux regards sur notre quoti- dien. BIEN URBAIN se crée sur un mois et demi et s’improvise par né- cessité : les rencontres, les anecdotes, les surprises (et la météo !) sont autant de moteurs pour les artistes et les bénévoles. Au fil des jours, des parcours artistiques se créent, et les visites ouvertes à tous sont prétextes à la discussion et au débat.


Peintures, installations, oeuvres multimédia dans le quartier battant, sur le campus de la bouloie


Visites encadrées par un(e) médiateur(trice); Basées sur l’interprétation des visiteurs


Librairie spécialisée, lieu de rencontre


avec Javier Abarca artiste, enseignant à l’Université de Madrid

Mark jENKINs
et sandra FERNANDEz (USA), hYURO (Argentine), MOMO (USA),
ElTONO (France),
EsCIF (Espagne),
sAM3 (Espagne), Agostino IACURCI (Italie), Guillaume BERTRAND (France), pascal RUEFF (France), Graffiti Research lab (France), pascal RUEFF (France),
jIEM (France),
Caroline AMOROs & Co (France)


☞Jeudi 6 septembre – 19h – Place Marulaz

Ouverture de Chez Urbain + Première mise à jour de la carte + Lancement de Pas de porte à céder + Mise en circulation des casques de la promenade son- ore Enfance #5 + Présentation des créations du Graffiti Research Lab France !

— vIsITEs

☞RDV Chez Urbain À pied (environ 1h – 1h30) : mer. et dim à 18h, sam. à 14h

— RENCONTREs AvEC lEs ARTIsTEs ☞RDV Chez Urbain pascal RUEFF,

autour de ses créations sonores 3D sous casques

En vélo (environ 2h) : Tous les mardis à 18h


autour de son projet Outside the Box

Guillaume BERTRAND,

☞Vendredi 7 septembre à 18h ☞Vendredi 14 septembre à 18h

autour de son installation interactive Pas de porte à céder

☞Vendredi 21 septembre à 18h


L’ensemble de Bien Urbain est en accès libre et gratuit.
Du 6 septembre au 6 octobre, ouverture de Chez Urbain, lieu de rendez-vous pour les visites des parcours.


Les artistes interviendront pendant un mois sur deux quartiers de Besançon : Battant et le campus de la Bouloie. Bâtiments du CROUS, passages ignorés, maisons individuelles, rues ou places publiques seront le théâtre des inter- ventions éphémères ou pérennes.


☞À l’angle de la Place Marulaz et de la rue de l’École.  ☞Du lundi au samedi, de 14h à 20h

– prêt de casques pour découvrir la pièce Enfance #5 de Pascal RUEFF. – librairie spécialisée : une sélection d’ouvrages traitant

d’interventions urbaines – rencontres avec les artistes

– mise à jour de la carte les 6 et 22 sept. et le 6 oct. à partir de 18h – informations


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Brooklyn Museum Presents: GO See Art in Brooklyn: A Community – Curated Open Studio Project (Brooklyn, NYC)



FOR “GO See Art In Brooklyn,” sponsored by Brooklyn Museum

Vote for Your Favorite Artist & Two or More Artists will be included in BROOKLYN MUSEUM Exhibition

Put on your walking shoes and come visit the studios of Brooklyn’s vast array of artists over the weekend of September 8-9, 2012 from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.   Come meet the artists and watch them work in their medium, from sculpting and painting to photography, textile arts, print making and illustration, among others.

“GO See Art IN Brooklyn” is sponsored by the Brooklyn Museum.  During the open studio weekend, voters will visit artists’ studios and check in using text messaging, the GO mobile app, or the GO mobile website.  After votes have checked in, they will be eligible to nominate three artists from their visits for inclusion in an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.

The ten artists with the most nominations will receive studio visits from Brooklyn Museum curators. Two or more nominated artists will be chosen by the curators to have their work displayed as part of a Brooklyn Museum group exhibition opening at TARGET FIRST SATURDAY on December 1, 2012.

Brooklyn Museum Invites Brooklyn Artists to Open Their Studios for Community Members and Curators to Collaborate on an Exhibition

The Brooklyn Museum is launching a borough-wide initiative in which Brooklyn- based artists will be invited to open their studios, allowing community members to visit and nominate artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to be held at the Museum. Brooklyn Museum curators will visit the studios of top nominated artists to select works for the exhibition. The open studio weekend for GO: a community- curated open studio project will be held September 8 and 9. The exhibition will open during Target First Saturday on December 1, 2012, and will be on view through February 24, 2013.

Web and mobile technology will be a central component bringing artists and community together to share information and perspectives on art. All participants (artists, voters, and volunteers) will be able to create a personal online profile at the project’s website, Artist profiles will include photos of each artist and their studio, along with images and descriptions of their work. Volunteers will be connected with their respective neighborhoods online, and voters will have profiles that track their activity during the open studio weekend and provide a platform on which to share their perspectives.

The project organizers are Sharon Matt Atkins, Managing Curator of Exhibitions, and Shelley Bernstein, Chief of Technology. GO: a community-curated open studio project is inspired by two predecessors: ArtPrize, an annual publicly juried art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the long tradition of open studio events that take place each year throughout Brooklyn.

GO is sponsored by Deutsche Bank.

The L Magazine is media sponsor.

“GO is a wide-ranging and unique project that will transform how Brooklyn communities engage in the arts by providing everyone with the chance to discover artistic talent and to be involved in the exhibition process on a grassroots level. Through the use of innovative technology, GO provides every Brooklyn resident with an extraordinary opportunity to participate in the visual arts in an unprecedented way,” says Brooklyn Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman.

The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, NY. For more information go to:

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Citizens of Humanity Presents: FUZI UV TPK. Free Tattos at The Hole Shop (Manhattan, NYC)



Saturday, September 1, 2012
12 to 5 p.m.

The Hole Shop
312 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

On Saturday, September 1, French graffiti writer and tattoo artist FUZI UV TPK will make his first-ever trip to the United States, where he will tattoo at The Hole Shop in New York. The tattoos will be provided to the public for free, courtesy of Citizens of Humanity.

FUZI is a veteran graffiti writer, who dominated the trains and subways of Paris for more than a decade. He imposed his “ignorant style” on the masses, a style that is instantly recognizable for its ironic twist and self-confident assertion.

Passing with ease from one medium to another, FUZI taught himself how to tattoo and brought a freshness to his designs that were inspired by his brutal lifestyle: direct black lines with devastating punch lines. “I did my first tattoo on the arm of my friend and graffiti partner RAP,” says FUZI. “It’s maybe my favorite tattoo ever, and I have maintained that self-taught style throughout my practice because I want to be without influence and learn from my own errors.”

FUZI chooses to tattoo in unique locations, using streets, subway tunnels and art galleries as his ephemeral tattoo studios. “I want to develop my vision of tattooing outside of the traditional tattoo studio,” FUZI says. “Each of my tattoos is unique, never duplicated, and I execute them in unusual places, because it leaves a mark on the memory, not just on the skin.”

The Hole Shop is the perfect venue for FUZI’s first time in the United States. The Hole is an influential, avant-garde gallery and creative project space, and its shop is directed and managed by the New York Art Department, which curates, produces and promotes emerging, cutting-edge cultural content.

For the event, FUZI will create 50 unique tattoo flash designs, inspired by New York. “I created these drawings as I do each time. I use a strong theme, and the idea goes directly from my brain to the paper, without corrections,” FUZI explains. “This time, NYC influenced my ideas, but the city and its lifestyle has always been an enormous influence on me and is an integral part of the symbols I use in my flash. You’ll find violence, graffiti, women and money, but humor is present also.” People selected for appointments will choose from one of these flash designs, and FUZI will tattoo them free of charge.

In addition to the tattoos, FUZI and Citizens of Humanity will release a limited-edition Ignorant People T-shirt, and 100 shirts will be given away at the event on a first-come first-serve basis.

This event is part of Citizens of Humanity’s ongoing commitment to support arts from around the world, which also incudes sponsorship of Miss Van’s exhibition at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, and Barry Mcgee’s retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum.

“Coming to NYC for the first time is an important step for me,” FUZI says. “I left my train line in the suburbs of Paris so that I could present my art to the world, without compromise, and being able to do that in New York will be a powerful experience for me.”

The event will take place on Saturday, September 1, from 12 to 5 p.m., at The Hole Shop, 312 Bowery, New York, N.Y. 10002. FUZI’s books Ma Ligne and Flash Tattoo Collection N°1 will also be available to be purchased at the shop, and can be signed by FUZI.

Email for a chance to win one of the appointment slots. People selected for appointments will be notified no later than August 24.

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Get Up Gallery Presents: TRXTR “Lucked Up” (Las Vegas, Nevada)



September 7th, 2012 from 7:00pm-11:00pm


Derek Douglas : 702-529-3330 | |


September 7th, 2012 through September 29th, 2012


Emergency Arts
c/o Get Up Gallery 520 Fremont Street Las Vegas, NV 89101


Derek Douglas


Lucked Up: New Works By TRXTR


UK based artist TRXTR’s work explores social and moral issues and his distinctive style using a wide variety of techniques fusing together the art of photography and painting. This is not an artist who is wedded to any particular medium, but for him a rather more Machiavellian ‘ends justifies the means’

approach while acknowledging the historical importance of traditional media.TRXTR’s images are thought provoking, poignant, current and seductively captivating showing us an eclectic mix of atmospheres and emotions, as are the techniques he uses to produce them. Their overall effect is disturbing and alluring in equal measure. Concerns about exploitation, globalization and corruption appear over and over again, but the tone is ambivalent. He is not preaching to us, but reproducing some of the sickly sweet images of commercialism in a way that it is genuinely hard to tell if he is celebrating them or railing against them. This interesting and unsettling approach has something of the effect of Jeff Koons and Warhol.

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Gallery X AKA Elder Gallery Presents: Chor Boogie “The Divided State of America” (Charlotte, NC)

Chor Boogie

“The Divided State of America” National Art Exhibition to Launch During Democratic National Convention

Featuring symposium to highlight solutions for an ideologically fractured America “The Divided State of America,” an innovative political art series, will make its national debut in a symposium for attendees of the Democratic National Convention at 12:00 PM ET on September 6, 2012, at Gallery X (aka Elder Gallery) in Charlotte, NC. The session will feature a roundtable discussion with prominent thinkers about the themes of the exhibition, asking them fundamental questions about why America is currently polarized and how to solve the crisis before the election.

The “Divided State of America” is a larger-than-life collection spray painted by world-renown artist Chor Boogie and commissioned by pharmaceutical and biotechnology entrepreneur Nirmal Mulye. The paintings depict universal issues that have affected Mulye’s life and the lives of many other Americans – policies affecting immigration, energy, the economy, class, and religion – to stimulate discussion and political discourse

The exhibition will be on show throughout the convention in the lounge of Gallery X, hosted by entrepreneur coalition StartUp RockOn, and later in a series of public events throughout the country in the run-up to the Presidential Election in November. More information is available at

ABOUT NIRMAL MULYE:  Nirmal Mulye emigrated to the U.S. from India in 1987 – barely able to speak English, and without financial aid or assistance. After receiving his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from Temple University in 1992, Mulye went on to found seven innovative companies and employ over 400 people under the umbrella company, Nostrum Pharmaceuticals, LLC

ABOUT CHOR BOOGIE:  The work of artist Chor Boogie has been featured in numerous exhibitions worldwide, including a recent installation for the Smithsonian Institute on the National Mall in Washington D.C. His work has influenced and inspired a generation of young adults through his dynamic, positive message. Using the contemporary medium of spray paint, Chor Boogie’s soulful portraits and abstract elements combine in color therapy, inviting the viewer to see and think, internally and externally.

Elder Gallery

1520 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28203

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Hold Up Art Gallery Presents: Eddie Colla. Hugh Leeman and V Young D “Epilogue” (Los Angeles, CA)


The Bay Area’s most prolific vandals, Eddie Colla, D Young V, and Hugh Leeman create a fully immersive installation inspired by America’s gun loving culture, its corporate behemoths, and a financial meltdown. Reclaimed billboards, fire stencils, carbon soot emissions, and hand painted assault rifles take the place of canvas and oil paint at this timely Los Angeles exhibit. Know more, see here “Epilogue” opens Saturday, September 8th at Hold Up Art Gallery in downtown Los Angeles, 2 blocks south of the Geffen Contemporary MOCA, 358 E. 2nd St.

Show opening Saturday September 8th, 7p.m. PST
Eddie Colla, D Young V, Hugh Leeman

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Creative Alliance Presents: “Zim Zum” A Collaboration Exhibit with MOMO, Michael Owen and GAIA. (Baltimore, Maryland)


ZimZum Show Explodes Street Art World with Genre-­‐Defying Piece Created by Street Artists MOMO, Michael Owen, & Gaia Opens Sept 15, 2012, 7-­‐9pm

ZimZum turns street art on its head with a first-­‐time collaboration between renowned artists Michael Owen, Gaia, and MOMO, by merging the work of multiple street artists into one unified piece that subsumes the individual styles of the artists into a new, singular voice. Such an intertwined, profound collaboration is rarely done in the street art world, where maintaining one’s unique imprint is at the essence of the genre.

The colossal work will fill the Main Gallery and spill onto the street, thereby pushing street art and the artists in a second way. The work must resonate with two radically different audiences simultaneously: the gallery world and the pedestrian consumer of street art, the casual passer-­‐by. ZimZum is the kabbalistic idea that the creation of the universe was caused by God breathing in then out.

With large wheat paste line drawings of animals and historic figures referencing urban development, Gaia has burst into public view since 2009, exhibiting internationally from New York to Seoul, and Los Angeles to Amsterdam. Michael Owen is known as the artist behind the Baltimore Love Project, a planned series of 20 murals across Baltimore with silhouetted hands spelling the word “Love.” He’s also a Resident Artist at the Creative Alliance and has completed numerous public and private commissions, including one of the world’s longest murals in the underpass near the Baltimore neighborhood of Highlandtown. MOMO garnered early notice for “the world’s largest tag,” an innocuous, wobbly, 8-­‐mile line of orange paint, spelling his name across the streets of Manhattan. He has since emerged as a leading presence internationally, with beautiful, site-­‐sensitive, geometric-­‐abstract murals pushing both abstraction and street art in new directions.

Following the opening, stay for the Sweatboxx Dance Party, from the producers of the successful FUSION series, paying tribute to the Baltimore club scene. We dare you to dance ALL NIGHT LONG! Two DJs, Booman (B-­‐More) and Jav (Chocolate City), bring you the best of Baltimore Club and classic Hip Hop in one night. DJ Booman Is well known for his Doo Dew Kidz classics like “Watch Out For The Big Girl.” He’s engineered remixes for Usher, Katy Perry and Michael Jackson. DJ Jav (Javier Velasco) is a regular on WPFW’s “Decipher” Hip Hop Show.

Creative Alliance at The Patterson
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224

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Jonathan Levine Gallery Presents: Jeff Soto “Decay and Overgrowth” (Manhattan, NYC)

Jeff Soto

Jeff Soto
Decay and Overgrowth
Solo Exhibition

September 8—October 6, 2012
Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 8, 7—9pm
Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce Decay and Overgrowth, a series of new works by Southern California-based artist Jeff Soto, in what will be his fourth solo exhibition at the gallery.

Expanding upon the themes explored previously in Lifecycle, Soto’s solo 2010 exhibition, works in Decay and Overgrowth deal with the passage of time, early man and life after death, as well as primitive myths and legends attempting to explain the unknown.

Two of Soto’s grandparents passed away within the last year, prompting the artist to research how different cultures explain life and death. Attempting to celebrate their lives rather than mourn their deaths, he has been working these ideas into his paintings. A connective thread of mortality runs throughout the work, conveying themes such as the transient nature of life, brevity of the average lifetime and inevitability of death.

Soto selected symbols of hope and growth to symbolize the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Organic shapes and elements such as mountains, plants, flowers, rocks and crystals are juxtaposed with manmade objects such as cell phone towers, weapons, polished gems and modern architecture. The resulting imagery combines a bit of magic, unanswered questions and a glimpse into the unknown.

In the words of the artist: “I’ve been thinking more than ever about how our lives are short, fleeting and unexpected. I’ve been researching man’s migration across the planet, our domestication of plants and animals and the slow evolution of different cultures. I find it interesting that each generation adds their own small part to our collective human experience. I’m continually fascinated by mankind’s relationship to nature and how humans have been bending the environment in good and bad ways for tens of thousands of years.”

Jeff Soto was born and raised in Southern California, where he currently resides with his wife and daughters. In 2002, he graduated with Distinction from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Soto’s distinct color palette, subject matter and technique resonate with a growing audience: inspired by childhood toys, skateboarding, graffiti, hip-hop and popular culture. His bold, representational work is simultaneously accessible and stimulating. Soto has been featured in numerous publications and published two monographs: Potato Stamp Dreams in 2005 and Storm Clouds in 2008. In 2008, his work was the subject of an exhibition at Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, California. He has painted multiple large-scale public murals in addition to exhibiting his artwork in galleries and museums around the world.

Jonathan Levine Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm. For further information, please visit:, call: 212.243.3822, or email:


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Jonathan Levine Gallery Presents: Judith Supine “Too Much for one Man” (Manhattan, NY)

Judith Supine

Judith Supine
Too Much For One Man
Solo Exhibition

September 8—October 6, 2012
Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 8, 7—9pm
Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present Too Much For One Man, a series of new oil paintings on panel by acclaimed Brooklyn-based artist Judith Supine, in what will be his first solo exhibition at the gallery.

Using his mother’s maiden name as an alias to keep his identity anonymous, Judith Supine has become renowned in the street art scene for his distinct style, unique wheatpastes on building façades and impressive placement of public interventions in daring locations throughout New York City. In 2007, he hung a 50-foot figure off the side of the Manhattan Bridge, in 2008 he left a piece floating in the East River and then in 2009 he left one in a Central Park pond, one in a Queens sewer and another on the highest point of the Williamsburg Bridge.

In recent years, Supine has focused more on studio work and elaborate gallery installations. His process involves a pastiche of printed ephemera. Supine describes the collage technique as “combining seemingly disparate images to reveal something that wasn’t previously apparent.” Procuring visuals from found materials such as salvaged books and magazines to form his inventive assemblage, the artist uses a photocopier to create figures with odd proportions and dramatic scale in high-contrast black and white. He then applies vibrant washes of his signature color palette in psychedelic fluorescents (mainly neon greens, pinks and purples) before finishing with a seal of high-gloss resin.

There is a poignant quality to Supine’s surreal subject matter, likely the result of his effective skill in manipulating and combining image fragments—altering them so far beyond their original intention that they transform completely. These visual contrasts highlight class issues, twisted ideals and culture clashes. Supine turns airbrushed fashion and cosmetic beauties into monstrous creatures. Subverting sexy into scary, innocent into depraved and privileged into pornographic, children’s faces are superimposed onto adult nude bodies as luxury brand supermodels merge with the world’s impoverished. Supine’s work exposes the grotesque vulgarity of its advertising sources yet also manages to touch upon core truths of humanity, posing profound questions that resonate.

Judith Supine was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, in 1978. He did not speak until he was seventeen years of age, during which time he used drawing and collage as a form of communication. The artist spent years traveling throughout European cities including London and Amsterdam. In 2005, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he is currently based. Supine’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including books such as: DELUSIONAL: The Story of the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, published by Gingko Press in 2012, TRESSPASS: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art, published by Taschen in 2010,  Beyond The Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art, published by Gestalten in 2010 and Street Art New York published by Prestel in 2010.

Jonathan Levine Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm. For further information, please visit:, call: 212.243.3822, or email:

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SEE ONE Merges Graffiti and Street Art Abstractly with Flying “Shards”

SEE ONE Merges Graffiti and Street Art Abstractly with Flying “Shards”

New Video Debut and Interview with the “GEOMETRICKS” artist See One

A New York native, See One is a self-taught visual artist with a big imagination which was electrified as a kid in the city seeing graffiti growing up in the 1980s. Constantly drawing for hours on end as a child, he was also inspired by the characters, cartoons, and comic books of the time and he began creating his own world at a young age in sketchbooks and on walls. His initial pieces on the street were character-based and paid homage to that earlier New York traditional graffiti style, and he still likes that too.

Around 2009 See One began to experiment and develop a more abstract style for his works on canvas and on the street, using a recurring symbol that he now refers to as “Shards”. As his style evolved, a new world opened before him as his swift and swooping hand and arm movements produced fluid and jagged abstract graffiti patterns that fly and flow, evoking broken shards of glass that inhabit a third dimension, making the art pop off the wall. With this new practice, See One effectively opened a door for himself to combine graffiti and Street Art influences into one distinctive vision.

Beginning September 22nd new work by See One will be featured in the GEOMETRICKS show curated by Hellbent and presented by BSA.

See One. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: You have evolved through graffiti and more character based work in your painting to something that seems newly abstract. How is the experience different when working with more abstract forms and shapes?
See One:
It’s a totally different world.  All the rules that apply when drawing characters or environments are thrown out because none of it applies to the style. I’ve learned that my abstract work bends and breaks all rules that I try to implement. With each new painting the style grows and evolves and is far different from doing illustrations – It’s a wild style on its own.


See One. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: Is it important to have a label for the kind of work you do on the street?
See One:
No, but I think the public’s need to give it a label is high though. People don’t know what they’re looking at when they see a wall or painting. My Shards are a hybrid of styles so it can be tough to put it in any certain category.  I don’t see a need to label it.  It should just be.

Brooklyn Street Art: How has the work of Jose Parla impacted you or inspired you? Why is he good?
See One:
Jose Parla is the man! Long before I started doing my abstracted works, he inspired me.  I always like the way he builds history in his paintings; Some of them literally look like uncovered walls from the 1980s, which I find fascinating. Now that I am doing abstract work he stills inspires me because we are both working in layers, texture and depth – in two completely different ways. Jose Parla is great at capturing the feeling of an era in one of his paintings and his eye for detail is amazing. I hope to meet him one day.

Here is the new video of See One at work on this wall –  produced and created by


See One started his engagement with graff and Street Art with a character he continues to dig. This week we found him  merging all his styles in Bushwick, Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: Looking at the bending undulating flying shapes, or shards, in your work, a person could think that there is a mathematical equation happening, a sort of infographic. Does this style of painting feel like math to you?
See One:
I’m terrible at math! I think there is a type of visual math or “style equation” to my paintings in that certain parts of a painting need to be in the right place, or doing the right thing. I know it looks like a lot of chaos flying around, but there is a method to the madness. The colors have to be balanced and the composition and placement of each shard is also important. If the flow is off, the painting is off.

Brooklyn Street Art: What is your favorite jam to listen to when painting?
See One:
It always changes. Lately, I’ve been listening to Flosstradamus. It’s high energy dub-step. It’s what one of my paintings would sound like. I’ve been known to listen to cinematic soundtracks, hip hop, and some rock while working.  I’m a fan of instrumental hip hop mixes as well, anything that I don’t have fast-forward through is great.


See One. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: You have sited graffiti artist Futura as an influence on you. He is one of the original graff guys who bravely evolved his style and brought it into the gallery setting. Can you see yourself exclusively on the street or in the gallery?
See One:
Both. I couldn’t be exclusively in either. The streets are the biggest galleries in world and I think the streets are driving the art that is now getting into galleries. Being in a gallery is great – it allows the artist to have a platform to engage an audience and sell artwork. But the street is where the excitement over that artwork begins.

Brooklyn Street Art: You have participated in venues where you were painting live in front of an audience. How much of your process is improvisational, how much is planned?
See One:
It’s about 60/40. I like to have an idea of where I’m going even if I don’t know where I’m going to take it and just let it flow. That’s how my abstract style came out. I was painting life at a lounge, I sketched the profile of a cute girl I saw on the train as I was heading to the lounge. When I was there, I painted the profile and wasn’t sure what to with the other half of the canvas and these sharp jagged shapes came out and people loved it. Too much planning can ruin great art.


See One. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: What would be the most perfect compliment someone could give your work?
See One:
If I’m walking through a show and watching people stare at my paintings and discussing my art and hear them wonder how it was done. The look of wonder and inspiration in someone’s eyes is exciting, that’s what you want to see in a good painting. Your eyes need to move and take in all that you’re seeing. If they also bought the painting, that is the ultimate compliment because something I made is now hanging proudly in someone’s home, office or business to be shared with their friends and family.

Brooklyn Street Art: When you create these grand swirling layered storms of strikingly hued shards, do you think of them as graff letters or shapes or waves of energy or something else?  Are they a mirror of anyone?
See One:
When I first started in this style I used to think of them as abstracted letters only because I could see something letter-esque in the shapes. But that really stopped me from keeping the style in the abstract realm of my imagination because I was putting the style into an already pre-conceived form of something familiar. While Shards are reminiscent of letters, they aren’t quite there yet.

Later, I realized that Shards are jagged alien forms of wildstyle burners in motion on a smaller scale. Imagine what a wildstyle would look like if it exploded in slow motion. Broken down beyond chunks of 3-D letters are blocks of colors ripped apart from each other into broken pieces. The fills, the outline, forcefield and most importantly, the energy of wildstyle is broken down in the molecules. Colors and shadows fly around each other, almost fighting for space amongst themselves..a sort of “get in, where you fit in” type of fight for the right place.  That’s what Shards are.

Brooklyn Street Art: How do you know when a work is finished?
See One:
It’s a feeling I get, I have to be visually satisfied with what I see. I set a high standard for my work and if I don’t see the finish line then I know its time for more coffee, because there’s more work to do.

See One. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

See One is one of the 11 participating artists in GEOMETRICKS


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“See No Evil” in Bristol Brings Thousands to the Streets

Basking in the warm glow of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the “See No Evil” festival unabashedly celebrated Street Art in Bristol with thousands of fans thronging through the street while London was scurrying to deal with the threat of the unofficial Street Art of the Olympic kind.

In its second year, the one-week festival invited about 40 Street Artists from around the globe to hit up the walls of one long street while visitors traveled great distances to watch. In yet another sign of the full emergence of this first global art form, people witnessed live painting day and night, took photos, visited pop up galleries, attended graffiti workshops, danced to live music on six stages, and ate huge mountains of food at what organizers called a “New York Style” block party.

M City, Nick Walker, She One and El Mac. (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

On the map for the Street Art scene since the early 1980s, Bristol was known for its own style then, eventually giving rise to some of todays’ better known names. With this expansive celebration initiated by locally raised graffiti star Inkie, many styles from the worldwide scenes of graffiti and Street Art exist alongside one another in this grand thoroughfare. Notably only 3 of last years 72 or so works survived into this year (by Nick Walker, Aryz and El Mac), suggesting a very slim chance that many of these new pieces will last for long, but few seemed to mind this month.

El Mac. (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

The 2012 crop includes painters from Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Poland, Austria, and across the UK who used an estimated 3,500 cans of aerosol to collectively create a massive gallery of public art. With roots in what was once strictly illegal, it’s mind-bending to imagine how occasionally even a police officer or mayor has been photographed proudly adding to the artworks at festivals like these. Within the space of one small decade or so, the appreciation for this form of expression has skyrocketed and in fact this month thousands in Bristol are seeing no evil in it.

Our special thanks to the talent of photographer Ian Cox, who shares these images with BSA readers. Also thanks to Ben Merrington for his photo of the ROA piece.

M City, Nick Walker, She One. (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

M City (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

She One (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

Conor Harrington (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

Conor Harrington. Detail. (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

TCF Crew (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

Sick Boy (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

Sick Boy (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

Pixel Pancho (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

Mark Lyken (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

Mark Lyken (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

Paris (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

Nychos, Flying Fortress (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

Nychos (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

Flying Fortress (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

Cheo, Soker, CanTwo and Mark Bode. (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

Mark Bode (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

Duncan Jago (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

Kashink (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

Kashink (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

KTF Crew (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

She One (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

Lucy McLauchlan (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

ROA (photo © Ben Merrington 2012)


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