All posts tagged: Vincent Michael Gallery

Fun Friday 04.01.11


1. Birdsong ZINE Benefit
2. Nomade on LA Freewalls
3. 10th Anniversary of Robots Will Kill in Philadelphia Tonight
4. PANTHEON Opens in Manhattan on the Street Tomorrow
5. EL Celso Closing Party Saturday at Pandemic
6. Spring is Just Around the Corner!  Time For Wedding Planning!
7. GAIA Does Giant Martha Cooper Tribute in Chicago
8. BSA Was in the Newspaper Yesterday
9. Happy April Fools! Insane German Synth Pop “Razor Scooter” Video
10. Banksy Revealed as Nude USC guy having sex on the roof

Birdsong ZINE Benefit – Support Your Local ZINE – Tonight at Brooklyn Fireproof


The Birdsong Zine birthday party and benefit — celebrating 3 years of the Brooklyn artist small collective that produces birdsong among other zines, celebrate with a print show and sweet live music.

art: featuring limited edition $20 prints by a group of artists who have contributed to, or who have been interviewed by, birdsong over the past three years: Blanco, Cara Fulmor, Cat Glennon, Elizabeth Hirsch, J. Morrison, Julia Norton, Joey Parlett, Danielle Rosa, Will Varner, and Michelle Yu
When: Friday, April 1st. Doors at 8pm, bands start at 9pm
Where: Brooklyn Fire Proof,119 Ingraham St @ Porter Ave, Brooklyn (Morgan L)
Why: $$$ goes to offset some of the cost of producing birdsong #15, a Brooklyn-based full color bi-annual lit/art/interview zine.

Nomade on LA Freewalls

Haven’t seen these fellers in action before, now, have ye?  Bunch of black blobs on their faces though. Did you see the pictures of the final installation here a couple of days ago?

10th Anniversary of Robots Will Kill in Philadelphia Tonight

And if you find yourself in Philly today and want to have a good time and experience great art and excellent company head over to the Vicent Michael Gallery where RWK Art Collective is celebrating their 10th Anniversary of art making



At the Robots Will Kill show will be this piece “Winter Flower” by Veng RWK

PANTHEON Opens in Manhattan on the Street Tomorrow

Curators Daniel Feral and Joyce Manalo invite you to go window shopping this Saturday April 2 to view and buy the art on display on the windows of the old Donnell Library across from MOMA for their exhibition PANTHEON: A History of art from the streets of New York City.  See some detail pics from the show here:


907 Crew. Detail. “907 Was an Inside Joke” (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

A history of art from the streets of New York City

Windows exhibition runs April 2-17, 2011
On view 24 hours a day

chashama at the Donnell
20 West 53rd Street, b/w 5th & 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10019 (across from MoMA)


Image Credit: GRAFFITI & STREET ART diagram by Daniel Feral is a 75th Anniversary celebration of Alfred H. Barr’s CUBISM & ABSTRACT ART diagram.

EL Celso Closing Party Saturday at Pandemic

Pandemic will be hosting a closing party for their El Celso show tomorrow night (1/2) from 7-11pm


It’s your last chance to dance like a maniac in their exclusive…El Celso Mini Discoteca.

37 Broadway (between Wythe and Kent)

Brooklyn, NY 11211
(917) 727-3466

Spring is Just Around the Corner!  Time For Wedding Planning!

Fools rush in …. where angels fear to tread. Enjoy some of these inspiring Photoshopped delights from romantic Russia and your friends at Sad And Useless




GAIA Does Giant Martha Cooper Tribute in Chicago

Pawn Works and Maxwell Colette Gallery recently hosted New York Street Artist GAIA in Chicago for his “Resplendent Semblance” show and helped him find some walls, like this one in an image from the Pawn Works site, which doesn’t mention that the original image is a photograph from Martha Cooper.  Ms. Cooper’s Remix show prep begins in earnest today as she touches down in LA to start installing the her photos and the 50+ original works by graffiti and street artists who have reinterpreted them.  Brooklyn-Street-ARt-WEB-Copyright-Pawn-Works-Gaia-Chicago

Image of GAIA piece courtesy and copyright of Pawn Works

From our piece with Chris Stain, Billy Mode, and Ms. Cooper a couple of weeks ago:

Brooklyn Street Art: Oh yeah! Gaia is doing that one for this show!
Chris Stain:
He is?  Cool, that’s cool.
Brooklyn Street Art:
Well he loves doing birds, and feathers, and animals.
Chris Stain:
Well Gaia’s a bird brain, that kid, so it makes sense.

BSA Was in the Newspaper Yesterday

Yes we geeked out to see Brooklyn Street Art in the AM New York newspaper yesterday morning! Plus we were all over the fact that NohJColey and El Sol 25, two of the newest talents on the street got some props. Oh yeah, and that guy Shepard.


See it in the online version here.

Happy April Fools! Here’s An Insane German Synth Pop “Razor Scooter” Video

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Vincent Michael Gallery Presents: RWK 10th Anniversary “Never Say Die” (Philadelphia, PA)

Never Say Die
brooklyn-street-art-RWK-vincent-michael-galleryIt all started in a small Staten Island, NY apartment in late 2000. Chris knew that Kevin was into web/graphic design and started to pick his brain about launching a website. It was to feature the work of Chris, as well as a few artists he collaborated with. The name was already chosen, Robots Will Kill. He had come up with it while in the midst of an art fellowship in Vermont the year before. Over the course of the seemingly charged conversations that followed, it became apparent to Chris that this could be something greater than a single Artist’s portfolio. He realized that there was opportunity to be found in the abundance of incredible artwork being overlooked by the mainstream world. The rebellious spirit of Graffiti and Street Art having been such tremendous inspiration for all involved- Chris summed up this move toward inclusion in no uncertain terms: “you wouldn’t give us a space so we built one”.

In March of 2001 Robots Will Kill went live. It was stocked with images from artists that Chris knew personally and also with a collection of Graffiti and Street Art pictures that he had been collecting for years. The site began small and slowly worked to a boil, the audience was growing with every new feature and content update. Emails from artists all over the world started to come in. They wanted in. Messages filled with graffiti pictures, hundreds of pictures, each week started to pour in! With the addition of the Graffiti/Street Art Self Upload feature, visitors were able to upload their own pictures, with complete anonymity, and the site exploded!  The rising visitor ship, coupled with the free time that the Self-Upload provided, prompted RWK to design/sell more clothing and stickers that would help promote itself, with the added advantage of bringing in some money for printing and advertising.

Fast forward, and the next few years brought about some roster changes. Veng (USA) originally got involved with Robots Will Kill through painting walls around the New York area.  His unique style and wide array of artistic influences have definitely made an impact on RWK as a collective.  JesseR  (Belgium) was one of the earliest contributors to RWK, and has remained one of the biggest supporters and artistic allies. Jesse’s combination of styles, illustrative and gritty subject matter and his range of media have made him a perfect fit and major influence on the other members.  Peeta’s (Italy) foundation in graffiti helps keep RWK in touch with its roots, while his innovative 3D lettering style has elevated the medium to new heights.  Flying Fortress (Germany) has used his smooth illustrative lettering and characters to build a cohesive collection of imagery that is unmistakably his in both subject and style.  ECB (Germany) mixes lettering and incredible portraiture work to present expressive, technically superb pieces pulling the viewer in to a distorted reality. Kevin’s work, combining street-art stencilling and “free” painting techniques, has evolved over the years into symbol-rich portraiture with content inspired by such varied disciplines as Psychology, Theology/Mythology, Physics and Geometry.  Chris has used his cartoon-like style and vocabulary of images to create canvases, wall murals, clothing and stickers that have been sent to 6 out of the 7 continents, gaining attention for RWK from collectors and visitors around the world.

As 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of Robots Will Kill, each of its members are proud of what we’ve accomplished, and more so- filled with hope for what’s still to come.

brooklyn-street-art-chris-RWK-vincent-michael-galleryChris RWK “Underdog”


Veng. Untitled

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Fun Friday 02.04.11


All Eyes on the Streets of Egypt


Image from his Twitpic © Ahmed Ramadan

How can you not be riveted to Al Jazeera online and Twitter and Facebook and Youtube right now as a purely people-powered movement in the streets of major cities all over Egypt is working to dislodge their president?  Even after the government shut down the internet in the most comprehensive way in history, Egyptians have taken to the streets to reassert their right to self-determination.

Mint&Serf & BSA @ District 36 Tonight


Joe Iurato and Shai Dahan @ Vincent Michael Gallery in Philadelphia

brooklyn-street-art-joe-iurato-shai-dahan-vincent-michael-galleryExhibition Details
What: Natural Selections & Salvation: Featuring New Works from Shai Dahan and Joe Iurato
Where: Vincent Michael Gallery
1050 N. Hancock St. Suite #63 Philadelphia, PA 19123
When: Exhibit runs February 4th thru February 25th
Opening Reception Friday, February 4th 7pm – 10pm


Conor Harrington in Tel Aviv (VIDEO)

Crossing Lines is a short film that documents Irish artist Conor Harrington’s trip to Tel Aviv, Israel and Bethleham, Palestine in May 2010.

Chris from RWK has a brand New Website

Check it out!

Chris RWK (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Chris RWK (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Henry Rollin is 50! Shepard Slips One In

Keep your eyes open today for a new print release celebrating American Hardcore superstar and punk poet laureate Henry Rollins.  Dude is a far cry from the pretty candy coated mummification of punk that ensued as it became a commercialized lifestyle. This is the first of a two part release by Obey celebrating the quest for truth that fires inside Henry.


18 x 24 Screen Print, Signed and Numbered Edition of 700.

Release Date: 2/4/11

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Joe Iurato Offers “Salvation” in Philadelphia


Joe Iurato “Bulletproof” (photo © Joe Iurato)

The work for Street Artist and fine artist Joe Iurato uses stencil as it’s central technique, and the human figure and gesture as a means of expression. For his dual show with Shai Dahan opening tomorrow at Vincent Michael Gallery in Philadelphia, Iurato expresses a turbulent time in his recent life when he battled economic insecurity, deep rooted fears, and feelings of low self-esteem. For “Salvation” the artist contemplates his relationship with his religious faith, and he questions the strength of it’s foundation and his life.

As a gift to the BSA family, Joe speaks here about his development of the theme and offers a rare insight into the intersection of faith and creativity in an artists life, and the catharsis that can take place.


Joe Iurato Installing his show “Salvation” at Vincent Michael Gallery (photo courtesy the artist)

“Salvation” addresses a personal struggle I’ve had during the past couple years. It’s a conflict that everyone, regardless of social status, will go through at least once in life. It’s about the struggle with faith and where we stand with our own beliefs. It’s easy to say “I believe in this” or “I don’t believe in that” when times are good.

brookln-street-art-joe-iurato-Ill_Take_Care_of_you_WebJoe Iurato “I’ll Take Care of You” (photo © Joe Iurato)

After I was laid off, like probably half of the people reading this, in 2008, I watched the job market crumble and I just fell apart with it. At the time, I was sole provider of a new family at home, and I just remember feeling the greatest sense of failure I’ve ever known. Pure defeat. Regardless of what I believed or didn’t believe prior to this, I went through all sorts of soul searching. I questioned everything. I was angry at somebody, but I didn’t know who. Sometimes I’d look up and question why, and sometimes I’d look down and place the blame on myself. It’s like you don’t know exactly where or what went wrong and suddenly these crutches appear – like if you leaned on them they’d save you. Looking back on it, it’s rather desperate and borderline silly. But, there’s no denying they were there. And it left me wondering. Now, I ponder the validity of it all.

brookln-street-art-joe-iurato-Rubble_WebJoe Iurato “Rubble” (photo © Joe Iurato)

You can interpret the paintings any way you like; religious, spiritual, desperate. I’m not saying any conclusions are right or wrong. Whatever you see will probably be a testament of your own faith and where you stand with it. For me the story begins with the struggle, leaps into the arms of faith, and ultimately ends with salvation.

brookln-street-art-joe-iurato-Nobody_WebJoe Iurato “Nobody” (photo © Joe Iurato)

About the work itself: I used some new techniques and ideas, especially with the concept of supports. I used glass and shadow boxes for depth with “local” wood harvested from Amish farms in Pennsylvania. I stayed away from being exact and clean, and got a little looser with my cuts and compositions. I’m hoping this segues into something new for me on walls outside, too. The works are primarily based on photos of me, since the topic of salvation is so personal. Carrying the theme a step further, I made an installation in this show using the coat and shoes I wore while creating these pieces; the rope, some torn stencils, unused wood scraps and cuts of paper. Guess it’s my way of retiring a critical time in my life and moving forward.

brookln-street-art-joe-iurato-Safety_Net_webJoe Iurato “Safety Net” (photo © Joe Iurato)

brookln-street-art-joe-iurato-Stranger_Coming_Home_WebJoe Iurato “Stranger Coming Home” (photo © Joe Iurato)

brookln-street-art-joe-iurato-Salvation_webJoe Iurato “Salvation” (photo © Joe Iurato)

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Vincent Michael Gallery Presents: Natural Selections & Salvation New Works by Joe Iurato and Shai Dahan (Philadelphia, PA)

Joe Iurato


This February, Vincent Michael Gallery is pleased to present a dual exhibition featuring new works from artists Shai Dahan in the exhibition, Natural Selections and Joe Iurato in Salvation. Both exhibitions will be on display February 4th to February 25th. In honor of our artists, Vincent Michael Gallery will be hosting an opening reception Friday, February 4th 7PM to 10PM.

In his newest body of works Natural Selections, artist Shai Dahan has continued to explore the issues of survivalism within the animal habitat by addressing the effect of human’s behavior and disruption to the natural order and environmental conditions. In Natural Selections, Dahan has created a series of aesthetic paintings that exemplify this struggle and focus on wildlife’s two key traits of which they must depend on: Movement and Survival.

Dahan portrays the distress to the natural society of wildlife by combining elements of realistic portrayal and abstract motion. He takes his interpretation of this environmental conflict and unseemingly symbiotic relationship a step further by utilizing amusing hints of industrialism and manmade weapons.
Along the same lines, Joe Iurato explores another deep-seeded relationship for man: the struggle between belief amidst trials and hardship.

In his first solo gallery exhibition, artist Joe Iurato’s latest works in Salvation examine the ever-present bond between man’s faith and misfortune in modern times. With his illusive imagery, Iurato portrays the struggle between seeking solace in self, God, or society – everyone turns to something during times of adversity.
Coming off his recent success at Art Basel Miami with ArtWhino Gallery’s “The Takeover” exhibition, the NBA supported “Art of Basketball” exhibition, and Primary Flight, Iurato set focus on developing a new body of work for his gallery exhibition, utilizing new methods and mostly found materials. For Iurato, Salvation is a deeply personal body of work, one that arose from the question: Is our faith, wherever it may come from, a road to greener pastures or is it merely a component of tragedy in disguise?

Exhibition Details
What: Natural Selections & Salvation: Featuring New Works from Shai Dahan and Joe Iurato
Where: Vincent Michael Gallery
1050 N. Hancock St. Suite #63 Philadelphia, PA 19123
When: Exhibit runs February 4th thru February 25th
Opening Reception Friday, February 4th 7pm – 10pm
More Information 215.399.1580 x. 704 / International – 1.877.291.1138 or

About The Artists

Shai Dahan, founder of Abztract Collective, is a New York artist who currently resides in Sweden. Shai’s work predominantly focuses on animals and their environment conditions, and how the repercussion of human tampering causes them to evolve into survivalism. Animals painted and illustrated with witty and humorous hints of man-made weapons, expresses Shai’s hopes in letting the viewer see the hybrid effect of man’s hands in animal society and its disruption on the natural order.

brooklyn-street-art-shai-dahan-vincent-michael-galleryShai Dahan: “Foolishly Loaded” 48″ x 48″. Wheatpaste, acrylic, markers, spraypaint, watercolor on plywood.

Joe Iurato is a New Jersey based artist, prolific in street art and mural installations and has shown
extensively in New York City, L.A., Miami and Europe. Joe Iurato specifically signs his work :01. It’s not an alias to conceal his identity, though. It’s a reminder to himself, and one that he chooses to share, that a single second is the most powerful measurement of time. “It only takes a second to decide you’re going to move forward in a positive direction regardless of the obstacles or challenges you’re facing in life,” Joe says. “And from that decisive moment on, you should never look back. Know that life isn’t a race or a competition – you can’t lose unless you give up on yourself. When you get slapped around, get back up, wipe the dirt off and move forward with purpose and conviction. While you’re at it, make it your business to help others along the way.”

brooklyn-street-art-joe-iurato-vincent-michael-galleryJoe Iurato: “Rubble” Spray paint and polyurethane on cardboard affixed to a reclaimed cabinet door

About Vincent Michael Gallery
Wanting to support and contribute to contemporary art, owners and avid collectors Elizabeth Gault, Armon Vincent and Andrew George established Vincent Michael Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. The gallery is a multifaceted space that exhibits diverse forms of art from both emerging and established artists. By incorporating the use of progressive technology, we strive to challenge contemporary art as well as our artists, and seek to create an open forum for on-going dialogue and community engagement.

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Vincent Michael Gallery Presents: Jordan Seiler Solo Show “Taking From The Tip Jar” (Philadelphia PA)

Jordan Seiler

After a few years of large scale organizational projects and other collaborative efforts, I am happy to announce I will be opening up my first solo show in 5 years at the Vincent Michael Gallery on November 5th in Philadelphia. New works will include 16 multimedia drawings, a small video installation, and a few street pieces. Anyone familiar with my work knows that some sort of outdoor advertising has to be challenged with anything I do and this show is no exception. All of the drawings are framed in phonebooth advertising structures procured from the streets of NY over the past few months. While I know many of you will not be able to make it down to Philadelphia, the entire catalogue will be available online in the next few days and any inquiries can be directed to the Vincent Michael Gallery.

Thank you kindly for your support and I hope to see some of you in Philadelphia.

Event Details
What: Taking From The Tip Jar: A Solo Exhibition Featuring New Works From Jordan Seiler
Where: Vincent Michael Gallery
1050 N. Hancock St. Suite #63 Philadelphia, PA 19123
When: Exhibition runs November 5th – December 3rd
Opening Reception Friday, November 5th 7PM – 10PM
More information 215.399.1580 x. 704 / International – 1.877.291.1138 or

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“Paper Monster Ate That Little Boy” Opening Tonight (PHILA)


Who’s the Paper Monster?

Who’s the Little Boy?

And who are all these ferocious kittens that Paper Monster features on the street and in the studio and gallery, with their piercing sharp stares and barbed wire bangs?  The young NYC street artist isn’t sharing too much about the inner psyche of the creator, but our armchair analyst will only charge you 50 cents to connect the Freudian dots, and it’s worth every penny.


According to the press release for the show opening tonight, “each piece is a beautiful combination of layered imagery, textures and colors conveying themes of love, anger, fear, passion and mystery.” Truth is, Paper Monster has been banging out successively more intricate and polished stencils of these comely ladies, with their alter-ego wild sides, in the quietly  consistent manner of a panther. Once you get past their jet-black razor wire exterior, you find a lawless riot of fluorescent color and shapes, decorative and comic, leaping and pouncing about inside.

Paper Monster Image Courtesy of the Artist
Paper Monster Image Courtesy of the Artist

Enjoy these pics of Paper Monster and his new show, six months in the making. If you are in Philadelphia tonight, stop by and give him a shout out from BSA.

Paper Monster Image Courtesy of the Artist
Paper Monster (Image courtesy of the artist)

Paper Monster Image Courtesy of the Artist
Paper Monster at work. (Image courtesy of the artist)


“PaperMonster Ate That Little Boy” running Friday July 2nd to Saturday July 31st

Opening Reception: Friday, July 2nd 6pm-9pm

Vincent Michael Gallery
1050 N. Hancock St. Suite #63
Philadelphia, PA 19147

More information and RSVP Contact: 215.399.1580 x.703 or

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Vincent Michael Gallery Presents: “PaperMonster Ate That Little Boy” (Philadelphia)

Paper Monster

Paper Monster "Caught in the Storm"

Paper Monster "Caught in the Storm"

“PaperMonster Ate That Little Boy” is the latest titled of PaperMonster’s ( solo exhibition opening July 2nd in Philadelphia, PA at the Vincent Michael Gallery ( PaperMonster will show over twenty new works of stencil art collages on canvas full of powerful portraits of women exploring themes of strength, fear, passion, and mystery. Several portraits are woven together with combinations of women and animals; each speaking to the strength, ferocity, and power that women carry within. His collage work within each painting allows the audience to develop their own perception and theories as to who these people are and what they hide. PaperMonster will also be having an artist talk on July 24th from 2-4pm covering his thoughts on stencil art and the art world at large. You can find more on PaperMonster and his solo show over at:
PaperMonster Solo Show
“PaperMonster Ate That Little Boy”
Vincent Michael Gallery
1050 N. Hancock Street Suite 63
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Opening Reception: Friday, July 2nd 6-9 PM
Artist Talk: Saturday July 24th 2-4Pm
Show available from: July 2nd- July 31st
Full Post on PaperMonster Site:
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