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“Street Crush” Street Art Show at AlphaBeta

STREET CRUSH:
Sexy New Work from the Street Artists
You Have a Crush On.

A Show for the Fans.

“Street Crush” a Brooklyn Street Art show and party, featuring brand new work by 42 street artists, 4 dazzling Street-Tart burlesque performers, and a Kissing Booth will be thrown at AlphaBeta in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Friday, February 13th, 2009.

BROOKLYN, NY-BrooklynStreetArt.com and AlphaBeta are thrilled to be hosting a timely and sexy show of brand new art by veteran and rookie street artists who are on the scene today redefining our ideas of street art. Working around themes of “Love, Sex, and the Street”, well-known street artists like Aiko and Jef Aerosol dig deep for fresh takes on gritty street ardor alongside relative whipper-snappers like Cake and Poster Boy.

In addition to a salon-style show, the opening party will feature live art collaborations and installation.

Full Press Release HERE

THE STREET ARTISTS You Have a Crush On

An unprecedented killer lineup of many of 2009’s best in one Brooklyn location, “Street Crush” will run from February 13 until February 28 and will feature work from an artist list that includes:

Aakash Nihalani, Abe Lincoln Jr., Aiko, Anera, Bortusk Leer, Broken Crow, C. Damage, Cake, Celso, Charm, Chris Uphues, Creepy, DirQuo, Ellis Gallagher A.K.A. (C)ELLIS G., Eternal Love, FauxReel, FKDL, General Howe, GoreB, Imminent Disaster, Hellbent, Infinity, Nobody, Jef Aerosol, Jon Burgerman, Matt Siren, Mimi the Clown, NohJColey, Pagan, PMP, Poster Boy, Pufferella, Pushkin, Chris from Robots Will Kill, Col from Robots Will Kill, Veng from Robots Will Kill, Royce Bannon, Skewville, Stikman, The Dude Company, Titi from Paris, and U.L.M.

STREET CRUSH SHOW OPENING INFORMATION

Friday, February 13, 2009, 7-12 pm
Press Preview by appointment

Location: Alphabeta, 70 Greenpoint Avenue
Greenpoint Brooklyn, New York 11222
Suggested Donation: $8

For more information on Brooklyn Street Art and to see images of the “Street Crush” artworks in the days before the show please visit http://www.BrooklynStreetArt.com

CONTACT: Crush@BrooklynStreetArt.com

THE PERFORMERS

To entertain the Opening Party street art fans, exotic passions will be alerted with Street-Tart Burlesque performances by 4 of today’s award-winning NYC burlesque artists – thrilling, titillating, and Twitterpating the audience in the back-room gallery at AlphaBeta. The rollicking rollcall includes Nasty Canasta, Clams Casino, Harvest Moon, and your MC, Tigger!

THE KISSING BOOTH

A funky loveshack built by artist and set-designer J. Mikal Davis and lorded over by Madame Voulez-Vous, will awaken furtive crushes in the crowd AND raise funds for Art Ready, a mentoring program created by SmackMellon Gallery to serve NYC High School students who are interested in the arts.

For more Information about the Art Ready program for New York City high school students, please visit: http://www.smackmellon.org/education.html

MUSIC

Live DJ sets by DailySession.com will be pumping and streaming live from the “Street Crush” event over the internet all night.

The featured Street Crush DJ will be Jessee Mann, a Williamsburg hottie and self-professed music nerd who plays weekly at Bembe and has mooved booties all over the whirl.

Look out for a special performance by electronic drummer Kamoni, who flagellates the street-sin out of you with a solo live audio collateral collage of beats, sounds, and samples on stage. yeow!

AFTER PARTY AT COCO66 NEXT DOOR

Immediately following the “Street Crush” show opening, guests are invited next door to continue celebrating their new found love at Coco66 and the 68 bar/restaurant, where the booty-shaking music continues and site-specific installations by 2 Brooklyn projection artists, SeeJ and SuperDraw, will blow minds with their original forays into the next horizon on street art.

BIOS OF THE PERFORMERS

DJ Jesse Mann

Jesse’s musical style encompasses all that is soulful and funky, incorporating familiar sounds with obscure forgotten classics and upfront remixes. In a single DJ set he can travel effortlessly between vintage funk and disco to Afro-Latin grooves, house, techno, hip-hop, and everything in between.
His DJing career has taken him far and wide in the last nine years; Paris, Berlin, Vienna and England, to San Francisco, Miami, and Puerto Rico. He has played at many of NYC’s biggest and most revered clubs, its most chic and exclusive lounges, and its most intense underground parties. Favorites include APT, Cielo, Limelight/Avalon, Love, Sullivan Room, Hotel QT, Socialista, Goldbar, Lunatarium, 3rd Ward, Cabaret Sauvage (Paris), Batofar (Paris), Watergate (Berlin), Roxy (Vienna). Currently Jesse is resident DJ at Bembe weekly with the BodyMusic party.

Download his mixes at:
http://www.jesse-mann.com/mixes.html

Live Electronic Drumming

Kamoni
Kamoni is a Brooklyn based sound designer, live performer and sonic experimentalist. His work encompasses everything from live electronic shows to commercial music production and sound library development. Kamoni has acquired numerous credits on TV, film and animation soundtracks while consulting with music software pioneers such as Ableton and Native Instruments. He launched Puremagnetik in 2006 and his work has been featured in Electronic Musician, Sound on Sound, XLR8R, Remix, Computer Music, Knowledge, Keys and numerous other publications.

See an example of Komoni’s work here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBPSRJAaubg

Street-Tart Burlesque Performers

Tigger!

Tigger! (the MC) is The Original Mr. Exotic World! – Best Boylesque 2006 at The Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Winner of Four Golden Pastie Awards including “Performer Most Likely to Get Shut Down by the Law” and “Most Unpredictable Performer.”, and “the King of Boylesque.” The New York Times called him a “hysterical and acrobatic man in drag,” Next Magazine called him “the taboo-defying dynamo,” and San Francisco tried to ban his striptease.

Tigger! has a MySpace page here:
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=16832866

Nasty Canasta

Nasty Canasta is the co-producer of Pinchbottom (“Best Burlesque in NYC” – NY Magazine, “Most Innovative” – Miss Exotic World Pageant) and the impresario behind Sweet & Nasty Burlesque. Her performances combine classic burlesque, pop culture, and a theatrical sensibility to create a dazzling mummery of perplexing proportions. The reigning Cheese Queen of Coney Island, Nasty is, quite possibly, too damn clever for her own good.

Nasty Canasta can be found here:
http://www.nastycanasta.com/

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon otherwise known as the Sultry Siren of Burlesque has been sauntering on burlesque stages since 1995. She has performed in Sydney, Paris and many cities in the US. She is founder of award-winning troupe, The Cantankerous Lollies. In the summer of 2008, Harvest toured the Netherlands and Italy in a special showcase of American Burlesque “Cabaret New Burlesque”. From her homebase in New York City she continues to push the frontiers of modern Burlesque with each new act.

Miss Harvest Moon’s website is here:
http://missharvestmoon.com/

Clams Casino

Clams Casino has been called a “Burlesque Queen” by the New York Times, and is the proud winner of the awards for Most Comedic and Most Innovative at the 2008 Miss Exotic World Pageant in Las Vegas. Clams is the co-producer of the Gameshow Speakeasy at the Slipper Room, AM Gold at Coney Island, Killer Queen Burlesque and Borderline Burlesque:Midnight Madonna Madness at the Zipper Factory, and many other pop-culture obsessed burlesque shows around New York City and the Eastern Seaboard.

Miss Clams Casino can be found here:
http://www.missclamscasino.com/home.html

PREVIOUS EVENTS from BrooklynStreetArt.com

An on-going celebration of the creative spirit, BrooklynStreetArt.com presents “Street Crush” as the 4th street art event thrown in the last 10 months.
Previous events include;

* April 2008: a benefit street art auction of work by 27 street artists at Ad Hoc Art in Bushwick that raised money for the youth and family creative arts and mentoring programs of Free Arts NYC (www.freeartsnyc.org) and launched the book “Brooklyn Street Art” published by Prestel worldwide and authored by Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo.

See highlights on Youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OP3by_SolwA

* May 2008: a street art showcase of 10 street artists at Fresh Kills in Williamsburg also benefiting Free Arts NYC,

* Sept 2008: “Projekt Projektor”, a first-ever curated show of projection artists as street artists in a live show by 6 projection artists on the side of the Manhattan Bridge and the Pearl Street Triangle during 2 nights of the Dumbo Arts festival on September 26 and 27.

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Year in Images 2008

Year in Images 2008

Paradigm Shifting and Cave Writings

Looking back at the powerful changes in ’08,

it’s not hard to see their reflection on the Brooklyn streets, which may serve as tea leaves revealing the messages swirling around us and in us. Each individual act of creating is of significance, yet it is the cumulative effect of the groundswell of new participants that seems so powerful, so hopeful in it’s desire.

Naturally, at the beginning of this selection of images from 2008, we are featuring the most visible street art piece of the year by Shepard Fairey, which appeared here on the streets of Brooklyn and transcended mediums to reach millions of people. Shepard’s graphic design style and his images of the man who would be president helped many to quickly glimpse the character and message of Barack Obama.

A Winning Campaign (Shepard Fairey) (photo Jaime Rojo)

A Winning Campaign (Shepard Fairey) (photo Jaime Rojo)

The image was replicated, adopted, adapted, transformed, re-formed, lampooned even. It became an icon that belonged to everyone who cared to own it, and a symbol of the change the man on the street was looking for. Like street art, Obama’s message was taken directly to the people, and they responded powerfully in a way that brought a historic shift; one that continues to unfold.

Elsewhere on the street we saw themes from topical to fantastical; crazy disjointed cultural mash-ups, celebrity worship or destruction, Big Brother, icons, symbols, death, war, economic stress, protest, dancing, robots and monsters and clowns and angels, and an incredible pathos for humanity and it’s sorry state… with many reminders of those marginalized and disaffected. We never forget the incredible power of the artist to speak to our deepest needs and fears.

The movement of young and middle-aged artists off the isle of pricey mall-ish Manhattan and into Brooklyn is not quite an exodus, but boy, sometimes it feels that way. The air sometimes is thick with it; the creative spirit. The visual dialogue on the street tells you that there is vibrant life behind doors – studios, galleries, practice rooms, loft parties, rooftops.

Even as a debate about street art’s appropriate placement on public/private walls continues, it continues. From pop art to fine art, painterly to projected, one-offs to mass repetition, Brooklyn street art continues to grow beyond our expectations, and our daily lives are largely enriched by it.

This collection is not an exhaustive survey – the archival approach isn’t particularly stimulating and we’re not academics, Madge. The street museum is always by chance, and is always about your two eyes. Here’s a smattering, a highly personal trip through favorites that were caught during the year.

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Regent of the People for Real

Regent of the People for Real

Fauxreel Puts Up Ambitious 11 Piece Project

Oh My Gods, is That Thing Real? (photo Dan Bergeron)

Oh My Gods, is That Thing Real? (photo Dan Bergeron)

Well known these days as a Brooklyn street artist, Fauxreel is frequently pasting his singular figures in an unexpected context, catching your attention as you pass the construction site, or abandoned doorway.  Part sociology, part dry eyed tribute, his eclectic collection of black and white portraits have a weight and a presence that may make you do a double-take; or stop and ask them what they are saying.

Lately they’ve been saying a lot, and Dan Bergeron, the artist known as Fauxreel, has been up to his elbows in buckets of sticky wheatpaste and the concept of community, as it applies to Toronto neighbors in a place called Regent Park.

Working directly with people who live there, his latest project has strengthened ties, encouraged voices, and is bringing a great deal of  attention to the displacement that can occur when the wheels of progress roll into town.  Our interview reveals an artist committed to building bridges and pushing his own creative boundaries.

(photo Dan Bergeron)

(photo Dan Bergeron)

Brooklyn Street Art: What’s the first thing someone needs to know about Regent Park if they come to Toronto?

Fauxreel: Regent Park is Canada’s oldest social housing project, being built in the 1940’s. It is made up of an ethnically diverse range of residents, with over 50 % of the people living there under the age of 18. Although it’s located in downtown Toronto, you most likely won’t pass through Regent Park unless you’re visiting friends and family who live there. Currently, the buildings in Regent Park are being torn down and redeveloped in smaller sections – and rightfully so as they are in ill repair – to make way for newer dwellings; much taller and mixed use, meaning lower income-geared and market rates. As the mix is changing both physically and socially, many people wonder if the same sense of community will remain after the redevelopment occurs.

Ashley keeping it real. (Photo by Dan Bergeron)

Ashley keeping it real. (Photo by Dan Bergeron)

Brooklyn Street Art: Many cities, including Brooklyn, have seen a rapid increase in the pace of gentrification in the last 10 years as real estate developers mow down neglected areas and build instant neighborhoods for a moneyed class.  How has Toronto been affected?

Fauxreel: Similar to Brooklyn, Toronto is in the midst of numerous housing and commercial property developments in and around the city’s core. As our society is shifting from living in suburbs, as our parent’s generation chose, to living in the city again, we’re finding the demographics of those living in the city are changing. In Toronto this has forced some people to move to different neighborhoods that are less expensive and further away from the downtown if they weren’t homeowners, or to pay a similar rent for less space.

Obviously this makes it harder for artists to find large industrial spaces for affordable rents, and it also forces out some mom and pop operations from neighborhoods because their business cannot afford the increased leases. On the other side of the coin, many people made a killing on selling their properties in the city and have more money than they ever dreamed of to build retirement properties outside of the city.

For me, what’s been most annoying or tragic is the loss of buildings, business and public spaces that I grew up frequenting and identifying with. When this happens, not only has a part of the city’s history been removed, but also part of your personal history as well.

The big mistake the city of Toronto has made during this period of growth however, is that they don’t have a design committee that oversees all of these new developments. There is no group working within the city to ensure that the architectural styles of the newer buildings reflect what already exists in that particular neighborhood. This has made for a mish-mash of buildings that form no relationship with one another and make for an uninviting landscape for the people that live and work in these environments.

Looking at Cody in progress. (photo Dan Bergeron)

Looking at Cody in progress. (photo Dan Bergeron)

Brooklyn Street Art: Is that what the Luminato Festival is about?

Fauxreel: The Luminato festival is about promoting arts and culture within Toronto for Torontonians, as well as attracting visitors to the city and showcasing Toronto as an international destination. The idea for the festival was born out of the SARS epidemic and the bad tourism rap the city received internationally due to the negative press. Fortunately for me, I was asked to be involved in one of the projects within Luminato that allowed me to deal directly with a key social issue affecting a large number of Toronto’s residents.

Brooklyn Street Art: When low-income people are displaced, where do they go?

Fauxreel: For the Regent Park redevelopment project, the residents who occupy these buildings that are being demolished are given units to live in, in one of the other Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) buildings around the city. Often this means moving to another end of the city, away from friends, church groups, changing schools and possibly further away from your job.

Valda can see you 10 blocks away so you better watch yourself.

Valda can see you 10 blocks away so you better watch yourself.

Brooklyn Street Art: Your new project features gigantic black and white paste-ups.  Who are these people?

Fauxreel: The people that I pasted on the buildings are some of the residents of Regent Park. I wanted to choose a cross section of people based on race, ethnicity and age to provide an evenly balanced and accurate depiction of the people that live within Regent Park, although that’s very hard to do with only eleven installations.

Tyrone’s got something on his mind. (Photo by Joseph McLarty)

Tyrone’s got something on his mind. (Photo by Joseph McLarty)

Brooklyn Street Art: How did you pick your subjects?  Was it hard to find willing participants?

For the most part, I hung out in Regent Park and picked people based on a gut feeling. Some of the participants came to me by way of an alliance that I made with Regent Park Focus Youth Media Centre who initially acted as a liaison between the community and me. At first people were apprehensive with what I wanted to do and what my motivations were in completing the project. But once I pasted the first image up, most people understood the scope of the project and were more than willing to participate, so much so that I have a waiting list of people who are ready to go up on the walls.

Mubusara gets ready for her closeup.

Mubusara gets ready for her closeup.

Brooklyn Street Art: In a media-soaked environment, the monstrous scale and the character of these must really jolt people out of their distracted selves for a minute.  What do you want to say to them?

Fauxreel: My hope is that through pasting the images up, people will take the time to visit Regent Park and realize that it’s not a bad place and that the people that live there are just like you and me. Everyone in the world has similar problems and for the most part we are all the same, which is why I chose to make the subjects try to appear with no pose, no smile and to look as natural as possible. That way there is no preconceived notions on behalf of the viewer in regards to what the subject is thinking or how they feel. I think this allows the viewer to see more of themselves in the subject then they normally would when people pose or put specific looks on their faces, because it’s almost as if you are looking at yourself in the mirror. People are beautiful because of who they naturally are and for the most part I like to focus my gaze on people who are not usually portrayed in the media so that the playing field is leveled out a little bit more.

Joan re-enacts the pose while Dan puts on the finishing paste.

Joan re-enacts the pose while Dan puts on the finishing paste.

Brooklyn Street Art: Okay, so you didn’t just climb a ladder and smack these on with a glue-stick?

Fauxreel: No. Although the idea in itself is simple – pasting paper on a wall – the time it takes to shoot, create, cut out, prepare for pasting and actually install these large, wallpaper-like images is actually quite intense and time consuming. I figured that it takes about 20 hours in total to complete one of these pieces from start to finish, which probably isn’t all that bad all things considered.

Brooklyn Street Art: This is summer intern season; were there any available?

Fauxreel: I guess it is summer intern season, however that’s never my philosophy when hiring assistants. When you’re working you should be getting paid. I’m not going to say that in all of my future endeavors I won’t have the need for the use of interns, but so far I’ve worked in such a way where the crews are smaller and the work is more intense. I would rather pay someone because then we form an agreement and the person is likely to want to be there more and work harder. Monetary incentive is a definite aphrodisiac, especially when you’re going to get dirty and sweaty for the next 12 hours.

Brooklyn Street Art: What makes this project different from what you’ve done before?

Fauxreel: The scale and the focused purpose. I’ve done projects before that I felt were important and where I felt that I challenged myself and grew as an artist, however this is the first project where I felt that the challenge that I put forth to myself in completing the project – technically, physically and mentally – was on equal footing with the affect that the project had on both the viewers and the participants.

Brooklyn Street Art: If you step back and look at your path over the last few years, where have you been going?

Fauxreel: I’ve been going exactly where I want to be going. I’m working on projects and on individual pieces that I think are not only aesthetically pleasing to the viewer, but that have some social and political commentary in them to provoke the viewer to discuss further, but not so overly socially or politically obtuse that they isolate the viewer.

Brooklyn Street Art: Would you say that this is street art with a social mission?

Fauxreel: I wouldn’t say that my work has a social mission because I don’t want to get all holier than thou. I will say though, especially like an artist like Swoon who has had a huge impact on me, I try to do work that is thoughtful in it’s preparation and presentation and that makes the audience think about something greater than what the art is on its own.

Brooklyn Street Art: How did the girl in the (shalwar kameez) head scarf react when she saw herself for the first time?

Fauxreel: The girl wearing the shalwar kameez is named Fathima Fahmy. She was very giving of herself and trusting of me. She was the first resident that was pasted up and one the reasons that the project was so successful. I owe her a great deal and I hope that I’ve done her justice in how I’ve portrayed her. When she first saw herself up, she gave me a call to thank me and told me how excited she was, which definitely made it worth it to put her up.

Fathima represents. (photo Dan Bergeron)

Fathima represents. (photo Dan Bergeron)

Brooklyn Street Art: Will you be snapping pictures as these images and buildings are being destroyed?

Fauxreel: Absolutely. Most likely I’ll do some time lapses of the buildings as they go down, which I’m sure will be quite striking. I’m looking forward to it for very selfish reasons.

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To find out more about Fauxreel
http://www.fauxreel.ca
http://www1.metacafe.com/f/channels/fauxreel

special thanks to Joseph McLarty
his website

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Brooklyn Street Art Auction Benefit

Brooklyn Street Art Auction Benefit
benefiting Free Arts NYC
celebrating the book release “Brooklyn Street Art”

April 25th, 2008
7-10 p.m. (press preview 6-7)

Ad Hoc Art
49 Bogart Street
Bushwick, Brooklyn
www.adhocart.org
718.366.2466

Confirmed Street Artists include; Anera, Armsrock, Borf, Celso, C.Damage, DAIN, Dark Clouds, Deeks, DiRQuo, Elbowtoe, ELC, Fauxreel, Flower Face Killah, Gaia, GoreB, Haculla, 
Infinity, Judith Supine, 
Jp, McMutt, MOMO, Noah Sparkes, Royce Bannon, 
 Skewville, Swoon, Dan Witz, and WK Interact

A silent auction to benefit the youth and family creative arts and mentoring programs of Free Arts NYC is being generously hosted by Ad Hoc Art on Friday, April 25th to celebrate the launch of “Brooklyn Street Art,” followed by a booty shakin after-party.

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B.S.A. Benefit Auction for FreeArtsNYC at Ad Hoc Art

Brooklyn Street Art Auction Benefit
benefiting Free Arts NYC
celebrating the book release “Brooklyn Street Art”

April 25th, 2008
7-10 p.m. (press preview 6-7)

Ad Hoc Art
49 Bogart Street
Bushwick, Brooklyn
www.adhocart.org
718.366.2466

Confirmed Street Artists include; Anera, Armsrock, Borf, Celso, C.Damage, DAIN, Dark Clouds, Deeks, DiRQuo, Elbowtoe, ELC, Fauxreel, Flower Face Killah, Gaia, GoreB, Haculla, 
Infinity, Judith Supine, 
Jp, McMutt, MOMO, Noah Sparkes, Royce Bannon, 
 Skewville, Swoon, Dan Witz, and WK Interact

A silent auction to benefit the youth and family creative arts and mentoring programs of Free Arts NYC is being generously hosted by Ad Hoc Art on Friday, April 25th to celebrate the launch of “Brooklyn Street Art,” followed by a booty shakin after-party.

BROOKLYN, NY—Ad Hoc Art is thrilled to be hosting and supporting a special silent auction benefit Free Arts NYC and to celebrate the launch of Brooklyn Street Art, a new book of photographs by Jaime Rojo, designed by Steven P. Harrington, and published by Prestel.

Ad Hoc Art is generously donating their gallery space for the celebration and silent auction of approximately 25 works by well-known, emerging, and yet to be discovered artists who know no boundaries and follow no rules—their artistic turf is the public gallery of the Brooklyn streets.  The artists, whose work animates the pages of this new full-color book, are donating their original or editioned works to be bid up and auctioned off, with all proceeds from the winning sales going directly to benefit Free Arts NYC’s creative arts and mentoring programs for at-risk children and families in New York.

Some of the artists have participated in Free Arts NYC’s programs prior to this event and are creating original work to donate to this benefit event to generate significant support for Free Arts NYC.

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