Along Williamsburgs’ fabled Bedford Ave. yesterday you would have expected hipsters and the college kids who emulate them to be slavishly completing their brunches and slumpingly parading to a stylized dodgeball game at McCarren Park. There they would be chugging from giant styrofoam cups of beer purchased from The Turkey’s Nest and texting friends about their TOTES crazy life.
Instead all that could be found were hearty Polish ladies with corsages pinned on their heavy woolen coats from the Mother’s Day Services at church, a few of the regular lumpy neighborhood drunks slouched and drooping off the park benches, and some miserable young families forced out of their apartments by sheer child-driven insanity.
That’s why this newly discovered sign by TrustoCorp almost seemed like a cheery promise of warm weather, asymmetric haircuts, neckbeards, and hand-rolled cigarettes just around the corner.
Empresario and street artist Celso has a sense of humor about most things, and street art in particular.
Without reading too much into it, it’s easy to understand how some of the hype surrounding the humongus Art Basel in Miami this week does tend to turn off the hot-headed anti-capitalist anti-consumerist anti-consumption anti-homogenization-of-everything-in-our culture-types in our midst.
Not that any of these artists are in that category, but it is pretty funny to learn that this one-day only art show ends with all the art being burned, and none of it added to your burgeoning street-art collection.
But Marge, what are they trying to say? While we prefer to create original content and not simply copy-and-paste, sometimes it just makes sense to take it directly from the press release >>
ART BURN: The Most Combustible Art Show in the World
International Contemporary Art Expo & Immolation
**To be held at LAS TIAS, 2834 N. Miami Ave., in Miami’s Wynwood District at sunset on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009***
(Miami, FL) — ART BURN, the most combustible art show in the world, will combine an international selection of original art with fire. Original works on canvas, wood and paper by a selection of more than three dozen international artists will be displayed and then flambeed in Miami on the evening of Thursday, December 3, 2009 at sunset. The exhibition/grilling, curated by NYC artist El Celso, will take place in the Wynwood Arts District, within walking distance of Miami’s lesser contemporary art fairs.
An exclusive selection of more than three dozen exceptional pieces by the hottest renowned artists and sizzling, cutting-edge newcomers will be displayed from 1pm until sundown. After the brief exhibition, all of these original works will be burned for the public’s viewing pleasure.Nothing is for sale.
We will be exhibiting and burning new works by:
Leonardo Furtado (Brazil)
Abe Lincoln Jr.
Stefano Pasquini (Italy)
Destroy & Rebuild
Die Dose (Germany)
Robots Will Kill
Garrison Buxton (Peripheral Media Projects)
James A. Willis
Kristina Maria Lopez
Ray Bradbury & very special guests TBA
A sale on melons at Met Supermaket this week? (Celso) (photo Jaime Rojo)
A melange of soot, chain links, and dark clouds (Dark Clouds) (photo Jaime Rojo)
Elbow Toe (photo Jaime Rojo)
“That’s funny, we’ve had a bumper crop of tomatoes this year. We’ve been canning them, freezing them, Arlene even made chutney! Maybe you should have the soil tested,” offered Farmer Bob at the Union Square green market. (Elbow Toe) (photo Jaime Rojo)
Skewville lending words of support to Elbow Toe (photo Jaime Rojo)
Going through life as a lone wolf may not be as romantic as it sounds. (Yote) (photo Jaime Rojo)
I’m a male 9 year old adventurous intuitive Libra, medium-sized with brown eyes and no ear-tufts. I like squirrels and woodrats and occasional truffles. I’m looking for a lady soulmate who likes flying across the park on sunny days and enjoys long stretches of sitting on a branch just observing and talking about the mysteries of life. (Yote) (photo Jaime Rojo)
The healthcare debate is inspiration for commentary on the streets these days (Infirm Society) (photo Jaime Rojo)
Keely and the bridge (photo Jaime Rojo)
Michael Defeo, Smart Crew, and a tall glass building jutting through space (photo Jaime Rojo)
You two are just a couple of lovebirds, anybody every tell you that? (QRST) (photo Jaime Rojo)
Looking forward to that applebee honey! (Shin Shin) (photo Jaime Rojo)