The Lower East Side-based street artist Lady Millard alerted us to a super cool Kickstarter campaign for an upcoming preview exhibition for the “UNDER ONE ROOF: Art for the Arts” project. The show is planned as a kind of guerilla exhibition of street art and its influence on contemporary popular culture. The show is part of a larger project involving a group of some 50 artists that is renovating and turning an old brownstone house in the Bronx into a shared, public live-in artist studio space. The campaign is to fund the exhibition, as well as a documentary about Under One Roof. The show runs from May 17 – 30 and will include artwork by artists such as Swoon, Ben Frost, Street Level Culture, and 4Fun, as well as work by Lady Millard herself.
The Apple Macintosh computer turned 30-years old this past week. Apple has produced a website and short video that looks at some famous Mac users and talks with them about their first Macs and how the machines have changed the way they work. Check it.
We went to Miami and popped by the SCOPE contemporary art fair in South Beach as part of Art Basel Miami 2013 to check out some of the art, including this beautiful art installation by New York-based artist Tom Fruin. The artwork is titled “Maxikiosco” and the vinyl, stained glass-like house-shaped structure is a featured exhibit in the foyer to the SCOPE tent on the SoBe beach itself. The work is part of Fruin’s “Icon” series, which includes a similar stained glass-like water tower atop a lofts building in Brooklyn’s DUMBO (it can seen from the Manhattan Bridge as you cross by subway or car). Fruin is can be seen in one of the pictures below.
We stumbled upon this political-labor protest this morning outside the Grand Street subway station in Chinatown while on our way to a meeting at our offices uptown. What really struck us was the style of the the placards and signs, especially the hand-drawn illustrations depicting restaurant delivery men on their bicycles.
We just caught up with the first Banksy truck, the one with the “mobile” garden” (a diorama-like nature scene with waterfall, rainbows, etc.) installed in the back of the vehicle, parked at the comer of Bleecker and Thompson streets in New York’s Greenwich Village. The mobile garden truck rolled out on October 5th, Day 5 of Banksy’s month-long New York City street-art show “Better In Than Out.” More pix to follow shortly. Stay tuned.
As part of his month-long October residency and “Better In Than Out” art show in New York City, Banksy on Tuesday put up this stencil street art piece in TriBeCa depicting lower Manhattan’s pre-9/11 skyline with the Twin Towers in silhouette. The artwork is at the base of a building at the corner Jay and Staple streets and literally a few blocks away from the World Trade Center site. Visitors subsequently turned the sidewalk next to the street art into a mini shrine with candles, flowers and a handwritten note (see pix below). When we went to view the artwork late Tuesday night, a small crowd had gathered at the site and a heated argument was breaking out between a man making what seemed like spurious claims to be the building’s owner and a young woman holding a spray-paint can who said she wanted to write the words “Inside Job” on the wall nearby.
If you’re looking for each of the locations of Banksy’s New York October street exhibition (“Better in Than Out”), the Google Map below will help you hunt down the street art. It includes daily updates of the location of the roving Banksy truck.
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.
We paid a visit to the New York City studio of Polish artist and filmmaker Aleksandra Niemczyk a couple of months ago to view work in progress for an upcoming solo show, which opened last week at Galleri A in Oslo, Norway. The show is titled “Density – Urban Landscape” and draws heavily from the architectural environment of Niemczyk’s New York studio and specifically from Manhattan’s vertical urban landscape. Niemczyk’s work is abstract and minimalist, but exudes a warmth rescued from big-city density. The exhibition runs through September 22. Check it out if you’re in Oslo or see more of the show via Niemczyk’s blog.
By the way, as some of our readers have discovered, we’re on Instagram. In fact we’ve been there for a while, but we’ve started posting there a lot more often in recent months – it’s such a great way to share stuff that often doesn’t get posted to the blog due to time or that’s more random and personal.
We went to see Shirli perform with her Los Angeles-based band the Leftover Cuties last weekend during their New York City tour stop at Rockwood Music Hall. Great show. And good to see Shirli and some of our L.A. crew back in NYC.
Hawaiian-bred musician and ukelele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro stopped by our office while in New York on his tour for a brief performance that was amazing and impressive for its musicianship, range and energy. Shimabukuro has pushed the boundaries of how the ukelele can be played and what it can play. His instrumental cover of Queen’s rock classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” is
nothing short of jaw-dropping.
Back in May, in New York’s Meat Packing District, there was a massive video projection of Kanye West’s minimalist music clip for the song “New Slaves,” a sparse acid-house-hip-hop tune about racism and materialism. The video was projected on the side of a building and the event coincided with video projections in 65 other locations around the world. We missed this event in NYC, but we would have loved to have experienced the video in person. This clip is the next best thing to having actually been there.