Monthly Archives: September 2013

On the Scene … At the DUMBO Art Festival NYC …

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The cobblestones of Water Street in Brooklyn’s scenic DUMBO neighborhood were covered with adhesive plastic sheets, each with a personal, hand-written message as part of an installation artwork at the 2013 DUMBO Art Festival this past weekend.

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In New York … Street Art by “Pastey Whyte”

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Here’s some fresh wheat-paste street art by the artist “Pastey Whyte.” The “wheatie” covers an advertisement for the band Bastille on a building hoarding facing the West Side Highway in Chelsea art galleries district.

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On the Scene NYC … At “That Surfboard Condo” …

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We spent part of our weekend surfing (and checking out a lot of art and drinking a lot espresso, too, of course) at New York City’s Far Rockaway Beach. Some friends invited us too an après-surf Korean BBQ B-day party at a condo across from the beach, where a group of people have rented the condo exclusively for the purposes of storing their surfboards so they don’t have to schlep them from Manhattan and Brooklyn. The living room has been turned into essentially a very large and comfortable closet to keep a quiver of some twenty boards. Clever. Love it.

“Beware” of THAT Dog?

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We stumbled upon this “Beware of Dog” sign on the gate of small house in the town of Carpinteria, in Santa Barbara County, California, last weekend. What struck us was how the bold typographical warning of the sign contrasted to the very small, cute dog lying on the front lawn in the background. The dog was barking super mildly in a way that seemed more like the half-hearted chirping of sociable bird than a dangerous canine. This pooch seemed to be “phoning it in” when it came to protective duties. That said, looks can be deceiving.

In New York … Massive “Grampa” Poster by Fumero in SoHo

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The street art of the prolific New York artist Fumero is a reliable presence on the landscapes of downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. His series of “Grampa” illustrations are rendered and wheat-pasted in various sizes, colors and styles, but rarely as large as this new, giant line-drawing “wheatie” that just went up on a wall at the corner of Crosby and Prince streets in SoHo.

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At RISD … Shepard Fairey OBEY mural

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Our contributing editor Ryan Baum came across this super awesome mural by the ever-prolific Shepard Fairey at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island. Fairey’s artwork here is  site specific, drawing from local architectural imagery and referencing the city’s important industrial history. Great stuff.

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Ping Pong Game as Conceptual Sound Art …

This ping pong table installed in the second-floor terrace of the first-rate Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (and, by design, the museum-visiting couple playing) is a conceptual piece of installation sound art titled “Sound Piece for the Hammer Museum,” one of a series of projects at the museum by Machine Project. Love it.

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Artist Tom Friedman’s Giant Twinkie, Ding Dong and Sno Ball Artwork

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Artist Tom Friedman has a penchant for creating giant, realistic sculptures of popular American junk food. Here we see his large-scale 3D renderings of food-culture icons the Twinkie, Ding Dong, and Sno Ball. His sculpture of a giant wall-mounted pizza artwork sold by the Luhring Augustine Gallery for U.S.$270,000 at the Frieze Art Fair in New York City earlier this year.

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Massive “Brooklyn” Graffiti Mural by ATOM

We caught artist Atom Rodriguez working on another of his many massive graffiti-art murals that dominate the buildings around the Kent Street industrial area near the waterfront between Williamsburg and Greenpoint, in Brooklyn. This one aptly enough is called “Brooklyn” and was still a work in progress when we ran into Atom early Thursday morning.

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In Amsterdam … “Sweepers” Street Art in The Jordaan District

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We like this large street art painting in Amsterdam’s Jordaan neighborhood of a man and a woman holding brooms, as if waiting to sweep up the mess of graffiti on the wall below them. We don’t know who the artist(s), but there a small “FUMS” tag in the lower right of the painting, so maybe that’s  the artist. If you know, send us an email.

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The Stunning and Sublime “To Fly, To Drive” by Artist Marsha Pels

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This installation artwork by American artist Marsha Pels is stunning. The work is a sculptural piece in which two angelic, winged dogs made of translucent resin are illuminated from within and in the shown in the midst of ascending into the air while dragging a car engine behind them. This is one of most beautiful, sublime things we’ve seen in a very long time. The work is on view at the Parker’s Box gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.

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On the Scene Montauk … Surfboards Quiver + Lobster Roll

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With summer winding down, the Global Graphica massive needed to get out of town for what might be the last summer surf day of the season. So we geared up and headed east from New York City to Montauk, at the eastern tip of Long Island, NY, to spend the day at Ditch Plains beach trying to catch some decent surf. And then, after our sesh in the water, to head into town to grab some of those famous lobster roll sandwiches at Cyril’s Fish Shack, a Caribbean-style restaurant and hangout.

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Contemporary Chinese Art … Liu Chuang’s “Love Stories”

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We love this recent artwork titled “Love Stories” by young Chinese artist Liu Chuang. The installation consists of a table stacked with worn copies of Chinese romantic pulp-fiction paperback books that were once part of a lending library. The photos here show the artwork as it appeared as part of the Shanghai-based Leo Xu Projects gallery space at the Frieze Art Fair New York earlier this year. – VC

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On the Scene … Massive New Mural by Faile in NYC

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Street art superstars Faile have just completed a massive new mural on the side of tall brick building in Midtown Manhattan, in New York City. The scale of this piece is epic. Find it on E. 44th Street, on the north side of the street just west of Eighth Avenue, across from the Intercontinental Hotel.

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