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Fun Friday 05.13.11



This weekend is a perfect storm of shows that are opening on the East, West and points in between.

Up Close And Personal: RJ Curates Street Artists Into an Upper West Side Apartment (NYC)

In the intimacy of a private residence in the Manhattan suburbs of UWS, RJ Rushmore of Vandalog fame along with Keith Schweitzer and Mike Glatzer of newly minted M.A.N.Y. have mounted a fresh new open house show just off Broadway. An exquisitely curated show with marquee names and a few newbies the selection is solid in quality and unusual in it’s scale.


Troy Lovegates aka Other (image courtesy of the curators)

Participating artists include:
Aiko, Chris Stain, Clown Soldier, Don Leicht, Edible Genius, Elbowtoe, Gaia, How & Nosm, Jessica Angel, John Fekner, Know Hope, Logan Hicks, Mike Ballard, OverUnder, R. Robot, Radical, Retna, Skewville, Tristan Eaton, Troy Lovegates aka Other and White Cocoa.

Aiko’s cans are on proudly on display at the bachelor pad, and that’s not all (image courtesy of the curators)

Dates: May 12th– 15th, 2011
May 12th, 7 – 9pm
May 13th, 7 – 9pm
May 14th, noon – 9pm
May 15th, noon – 7pm
Note: Due to the limited exhibition space, people may be admitted in block times every half-hour.
Location: Apartment on the Upper West Side (217 West 106th Street, Apartment 1A, New York, NY 10025) – Between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues.
Cost for entrance: Free

Go to Hellbent and John Breiner Tonight in Brooklyn (NYC)

Mighty Tanka is presenting a show with two Brooklyn based artists: Hellbent and John Breiner.
Mr. Hellbent says of the show: “The best part of making a show like this is to finally see it up on the wall and the way that everything interacts. I have been thinking of these pieces as parts of a quilt, different fabrics being stitched together. The different colors, floral stencils, animals, and jaw bones melding together and playing off one another, even down to the different depths and sizes of panels, but until it was hung they were just pieces, not yet a whole. Its given me an opportunity to show the different elements that i am working with and how they have grown out of one another and to display all the different carvings and stencils patterns together, where on the street they are separated in different locations.”

To learn more about “Smiled Distress” at Mighty Tanaka tonight please click on the link below:

Matt Siren and My Plastic Heart present “Ghost in the Machine” (NYC)

25 spirits in the material world have made tributes to Street Artist Matt Siren’s Ghost Girl character for this show on the Lower East Side tonight. The custom toy show transforms the character that appears in doorways around New York, each putting its own unique spin on his character.


The show includes work from 64Colors, Royce Bannon, Steve Chanks, Chauskoskis, DarkCloud, Deeker, Gril One, J*RYU, Jester, Keely, Abe Lincoln Jr., Map-Map, Marka27, Brent Nolasco, Lou Pimentel, Reactorss, Marc Reusser, Todd Robertson, Robots Will Kill, Chris Ryniak, Matt Siren, Scott Tolleson, Julie West, Wheelbarrow, Wrona

Click on the link below to learn more about this show:

210 Forsyth St   New York NY 10002 | 646 290 6866
Ghost in the Machine
May 13th 2011 – June 12th 2011

Chicago Street Art Show Tonight (CHI)

Tonight the book “Chicago Street Art” is being released at the the Chicago Urban Art Society  in conjunction with a show titled “The Chicago Street Art Show”


Brooklyn’s AD HOC has a New Puppy in Los Angeles (LA)


On the West Coast the dynamic duo and husband and wife Garrison and Allison Buxton have curated a group show “I have a dream, I have a nightmare: Friday the 13th” at The New Puppy Gallery opening this Friaday from 7:00 to 11:00 pm

Artists include: Alison Buxton, Beau Stanton, Bill Fick, Broken Crow, Bunnie Reiss, Chor Boogie, Chris Stain, CRASH, Dabs & Myla, Daryll Peirce, David Loewenstein, Don Leicht, Ezra Li Eismont, Garrison Buxton, Hellbent, Joe Iurato, John Breiner, John Carr, John Fekner, Jordan Seiler, Know Hope, Lady Pink, Michael De Feo, Mikal Hameed, Paul Booth, Peat Wollaeger, Ray Cross, Rex Dingler, ROA, Robert Steel, Sean Starwars, TheDirtyFabulous, & Thundercut.

Ad Hoc Art –

New Puppy LA –

WHERE: 2808 Elm Street, Los Angeles, California 90065

English Kills Group Show Saturday, “The Mother Ship” (NYC)

Chris Harding, owner and ringmaster of the Bushwick Brooklyn-based space station English Kills brings out his strong stable of artists for this group show aptly titled “The Mother Ship” opening this Saturday at 7:00 pm. It’s not necessarily Street Art – but this is a hotbed of new ideas so it is always worth your trip.


Participating artists include:

Brent Owens, Andy Piedilato, Vilaykorn Sayaphet, Jim Herbert, David Pacheco, Hiroshi Shafer, Gyles Thompson, Sarah H. Paulson, Holly Faurot, Tescia Seufferlein, Peter Dobill, Steve Harding, Judith Supine, Lenny Reibstein, Andrew Ohanesian, Jason Peters, Don Pablo Pedro, Steven Thompson, Andrew Hurst and Rob Andrews.

English Kills is located at:

114 Forrest St. Ground Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 366-7323

Specter is a “Repeat Offender” 5/14 at Pawn Works in Chicago (CHI)

Brooklyn based artist Gabriel Specter’s solo show “Repeat Offender” opens this Saturday at the Pawn Works Gallery.


Opening Reception Saturday, May 14, 2011/ 6-10pm

1050 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60622

Ph: 312.841.3986

London Police in Denver, “Amsterydynasty”

In Denver Colorado Black Book Gallery brings back the glamour of the 80’s with The London Police and Handiedan in a show titled “Amsterydynasty”


Opening reception May 14th at 7pm

Click here to learn more about this show

Olek Crochets for a Bicycle in Poland

ROA in San Francisco

Women’s Faces in Art

500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art by Philip Scott Johnson.

MoCA Art in the Streets. Wisk, Ser, Chubbs and Prime destroy a wall.

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Vandalog and M.A.N.Y. Present: “Up Close and Personal” (Manhattan, NY)

Up Close And Personal

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Troy Lovegate AKA Other (image courtesy of the curators)

Starting on May 12th, a New York City home will play host to a new type of street art exhibit. While the community concentrates on artists creating larger murals in often controversial public spaces, the subtle nuances of the genre are lost in the hype. Up Close and Personal explores the craft of artists who usually work in large-scale formats outdoors, by challenging them to create pieces that conform to the intimacy of a residential indoor setting. The works will be no larger than 30 x 30 inches, as small as a Metro card and exhibited on the walls of a small city apartment. As street art continues to morph into an all-encompassing art genre, Up Close and Personal will showcase works by talented artists whose work is impressive both indoors and outdoors. Up Close and Personal is curated by RJ Rushmore of Vandalog, and Keith Schweitzer and Mike Glatzer of M.A.N.Y.
Participating artists include:
Aiko, Chris Stain, Clown Soldier, Don Leicht, Edible Genius, Elbowtoe, Gaia, How & Nosm, Jessica Angel, John Fekner, Know Hope, Logan Hicks, Mike Ballard, OverUnder, R. Robot, Radical, Retna, Skewville, Tristan Eaton, Troy Lovegates aka Other and White Cocoa
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Logan Hicks. Detail on anodized aluminum.  (image courtesy of the curators)

Dates: May 12th– 15th, 2011
May 12th, 7 – 9pm
May 13th, 7 – 9pm
May 14th, noon – 9pm
May 15th, noon – 7pm
Note: Due to the limited exhibition space, people may be admitted in block times every half-hour.
Location: Apartment on the Upper West Side (217 West 106th Street, Apartment 1A, New York, NY 10025) – Between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues.
Cost for entrance: Free
M.A.N.Y. (Murals Around New York) is a team of artists and curators who organize street and contemporary art exhibitions around the United States.
Vandalog is an international street art blog that covers the art scene as it evolves. Posting interviews, art news, show critiques and photographs of relevant works, Vandalog has gained a loyal following among the street art world. Founded in 2008 by then teenager RJ Rushmore, Vandalog now includes various writers and publishes across a number of social media platforms. Vandalog was Arts Media Contact’s top art blog of 2010.
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Street Artist Edible Genius : New Topiaries On the Block

Street Artist Edible Genius : New Topiaries On the Block

Astroturf: It isn’t just for PR Firms Anymore

Astroturf has become so prevalent in sports that you may prefer it over natural grass. When it comes to subverting democracy of the grassroots, as in the case of the fake outrage by store-bought artificial citizens groups fighting against health care or workers rights, I prefer the real thing.


Edible Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As pertains to Street Art, astroturf is cutting a new silhouette in the form of portraits by a new artist we’ve found named Edible Genius. The outlines of old-timey heads and shoulders in artificial grass are a cross between Kara Walker and Edina Tokodi and in this case are symbolic of what we lost in the simplifying of complex issues.  We like to talk about how busy we are, and how we are multi-tasking.  This work is questioning our comprehension of events, and what we are giving up in the simplification of individuals and issues.

The Street Artist who calls himself Edible Genius refers to his pieces as “topiary garden portraits” and has recently been installing them in neighborhoods in Brooklyn as a series. He says they’re a call to simpler times, and speaking to him about his work recently on the street the themes of discontent with mass media and our inability to discern fake from true came up in different ways. Like many young adults, there is a longing for a time he never actually lived in, a nostalgia for an era that looks more genuine and congenial. By putting up Street Art that is simply surreal, he hopes to jog perceptions about what is real.

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Brooklyn Street Art: What are your silhouettes of?
Edible Genius: My silhouettes are made out of astroturf: “fake grass-artificial grass”. The concept was around the idea that I and some of the artists that I  collaborate with have discussed, which is the belief that our society has become overly complex and artificial for our own good to the point that even our grass is now fake.

Brooklyn Street Art: Tell us about your name “Edible Genius”
Edible Genius: Edible Genius comes from the idea that, I guess is sort of a backlash to current times where a lot of people get their news through sound bites. Because of the nature of a sound bite you have to take a very complex idea and chop it down in a way that sort of it gets distributed to the masses. It is watered down or simplified. People are oftentimes making decisions from what they perceived as facts – or information that they perceive is whole, but it’s actually just a piece of something much greater.

I guess the name is more of a look towards a better time when you could basically pop something in your mouth and be a genius. That’s the edible genius. It would be a lot better if we could take very complex ideas and transmit those ideas in an efficient manner to everyone so when they are making decisions and forming opinions they are based on all the data and facts.


Edible Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: Why are you putting your art on the street?
Edible Genius: I have always been interested in public art. When I was growing up I would go around with my grandmother, who was an artist at one point in her life.  She would always take us to public art events and so I think I always viewed it as something that was inherent to any sort of civilization or advanced culture that you’d have a lot of public work. It’s almost as if I viewed it as the highest level one could achieve in the visual arts; creating something that the great majority of people can see. Also I guess, maybe from my middle class upbringing, I don’t view art as something that is for the rich or for a certain niche. I view it as being for everybody because various art exhibitions and public works were available to me when I was younger.


Edible Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: And that’s the reason why you don’t mind when people take your art from the street and bring it home?
Edible Genius: That’s right. I get satisfaction out of knowing that people like the work to begin with. But then the fact that they can take it home is a response to the experiences I had when I was younger and I would go to various art institutions or galleries and I knew that the art was something that I couldn’t financially achieve at the time. If I liked the painting there was no way that I’d be able to ever acquire it. So I think that I like the idea that there’s work that is actually accessible to people and that if they like it then they can have it.  I was educated in finance as well as in art and art history and I’m very cynical with how commercial our society is now. So I think that is great that if people like something, especially art, then they can just have it. They don’t have to get a second job to pay for it or buy on layaway.


Edible Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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