Street artists transform abandoned East Village building into dynamic canvas

January 13th, 2014 | By | 2 Comments »

Hanksy. Photo by Dani Reyes Mozeson.

Over three dozen artists were busy last week transforming an abandoned East Village building into an explosively expressive canvas. Conceived and coordinated by Hansky, the venture culminated in a one-night showing, “Surplus Candy,” that rivaled the best gallery exhibits in town.  Here are a few more images:

LNY (huge fragment on left) and Icy and Sot

LNY (huge fragment on left) and Icy and Sot

Alice Mizrachi

Alice Mizrachi. Photo by Dani Reyes Mozeson.

Magda Love

Magda Love and Edapt +

Hanksy and Mata Ruda

Hanksy and Mata Ruda. Photo by Dani Reyes Mozeson.

Col with Enzo Nio on extreme right

Col with Enzo Nio to the right. Photo by Lois Stavsky.

And a message from Gilf!

And a message from Gilf!. Photo by Dani Reyes Mozeson.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson, City-as-School intern Eduardo Dibono and Lois Stavsky

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Hanksy explains it all

May 15th, 2013 | By | 1 Comment »

Have you ever wondered why Hanksy does what he does? This video may or may not answer all of your questions.

Also, Hanksy has a show in LA opening next Friday at Gallery1988. Click here for more info about the show, How The West Was Pun.


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Keith Haskel films Hanksy

November 28th, 2012 | By | 1 Comment »

Filmmaker Keith Haskel met up with Hanksy recently as he was putting up his work for The New York Comedy Festival’s The Art of Comedy. Here’s the video Keith made of the night:

Photo by Lois Stavsky

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Happy T.hanksgiving

November 22nd, 2012 | By | No Comments »

Being the lighthearted soul that they are, Hanksy went out earlier this week to spread a little Thanksgiving cheer, but not without a signature pun in hand. With a holiday that begs for a Tom Hanks pun, the artist brought his work to the streets of Bushwick.

Photo courtesy of Hanksy

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Wrap up: The Art of Comedy

November 19th, 2012 | By | 1 Comment »

gilf!. Photo by Tali Blankfeld.

Last weekend we finished up The Art of Comedy with The New York Comedy Festival, Little Italy, Ron English, Hanksy, and gilf! with a tour around New York’s Little Italy to see all the new work that Ron, Hanksy and gilf! have painted there. We were even joined by comedian Jim Gaffigan and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez. For those who couldn’t make it, here’s what’s new on Mulberry Street:

Ron English. Photo by Luna Park.

Hanksy. Photo by Jake Dobkin.

gilf!. Photo by Tali Blankfeld.

gilf!. Photo by Tali Blankfeld.

Hanksy. Photo by Tali Blankfeld.

Hanksy. Photo by Tali Blankfeld.

Jim Gaffigan was so taken with Hanksy’s piece staring that the two had been tweeting back and forth and Jim took his kids to see the wall. Hanksy knew that Jim would also be coming by the art crawl, and so he came prepared with a painting to give to Jim…

Jim’s new painting, Hanksy, Caroline Hirsch, Jim Gaffigan, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, and Ralph Tramontana. Photo by Tali Blankfeld.

Ron English. Photo by Tali Blankfeld.

Photos by Tali Blankfeld, Luna Park, and Jake Dobkin

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The Art of Comedy “Art Crawl” Saturday at noon

November 9th, 2012 | By | 1 Comment »


Come by NYC’s Little Italy tomorrow (Saturday the 10th) at noon for some food and street art at The Art of Comedy Art Crawl. We’ll be meeting at Caffe Roma on Mulberry and Broome and walking down to Sambuca’s Cafe by Mulberry and Canal. In between, we’ll be checking out all of the spots that gilf!, Hanksy, and Ron English recently painted along Mulberry as part of The New York Comedy Festival‘s art component, The Art of Comedy. Jim Gaffigan will be there to check out Hanksy’s piece depicting Jim at Mulberry and Grand, and Ron English will be putting a few finishing touches on his 30-foot-tall mural.

The event is free and open to anyone, but you can RSVP on Facebook.

Photo by Rhiannon Platt

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Hanksy Wraps Up “The Art of Comedy” with a Collab

November 8th, 2012 | By | No Comments »

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, both gilf! and Hanksy returned to Little Italy to find parts of their walls for The Art of Comedy damaged and in need for repair. Pieces of the artist’s wheatpaste had been ripped in the storm and another artist had also added some work of their own to the street artist’s wheatpastes. Wedged between two of the final pieces in the panel, a stick figure girl had been draw in peach chalk on the wall beside the word “poop.”

Through the magic of Twitter, Hanksy confirmed that comedian Jim Gaffigan had in fact taken a stroll in the neighborhood past the wall recently. When paying a visit, his children decided to try their hand at some of their own childstyle street art.

Before the artist began buffing the wall I took a picture of the character that Gaffigan’s kids collaborative work next to Hanksy. Working from this photograph, Hanksy recreated the young artist’s drawing on mural, this time making it permanent through spray paint. The stencil is intended to be given to his daughter with the note “for the world’s youngest street artist.”

In addition to repairing existing walls, Hanksy also comepleted the final piece in his series for the New York Comedy Festival. Taking the imagery back to its roots, the artist chose to stencil an “OG Hanksy Rat” between two Italian restaurants. With handwriting similar to that of Gaffigan’s daughter, Hanksy doused the freshly primed space with red paint, bringing a more literal meaning to the saying “caught red handed.”

Photos by Rhiannon Platt

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Who wants to win some NY Comedy Festival tickets?

November 5th, 2012 | By | 5 Comments »

Hanksy’s piece on Mulberry Street inspired by Jim Gaffigan

Since The New York Comedy Festival is behind The Art of Comedy, the series of indoor and outdoor art installations that Wayne Rada and have been organizing recently in NYC with Hanksy, gilf!, and Ron English, Vandalog has three pairs of tickets to give away to New York Comedy Festival shows.

We have two pairs of tickets to see Marlon and Shawn Wayans at Carolines on Broadway on Thursday November 8th, Friday November 9th or Sunday November 10th. On Thursday and Sunday, they have shows at 7:30pm and 10:00pm. On Friday they have shows at 8:00pm and 10:30pm. The Wayans Brothers have starred in a number of films including Scary Movie, White Chicks, and Little Man.

We also have one pair of tickets to see Jim Gaffigan at The Apollo Theater on Saturday November 10th at 10:15pm. In case you don’t know Gaffigan’s stand up, here’s a great sample.

To enter our contest to win any one of these pairs of tickets, just leave a comment on this post or tweet @vandalog with the reason that you should win tickets to one of these shows. The winners will be my favorite three responses out of those received before midnight on the east coat on Wednesday November 7th and I’ll get in touch with the winners soon after that to sort out the details.

Hanksy’s piece on Mulberry Street inspired by Jim Gaffigan

Photos by Rhiannon Platt

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Hurricane Sandy delays The Art of Comedy murals and gallery openings

November 1st, 2012 | By | No Comments »

Ron English’s mural on Mulberry Street

Last week we announced The Art of Comedy, a series of art installations and murals with The New York Comedy Festival that Wayne Rada and I curated. The Art of Comedy also coincided with solo shows by all three of the artists involved: Ron English, gilf!, and Hanksy. Due to Hurricane Sandy, both the official unveiling of the murals that these artists have painted in Little Italy and their solo show openings have been delayed by a week. So, here’s what the calendar looks like now for The Art of Comedy and those gallery shows:

Also, in the past week, we’ve had interviews by Rhiannon Platt with gilf! and Hanksy, and Rhiannon also took some photos of Hanksy working on two of his three murals.

Photo by Wayne Rada

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Hanksy at work for The Art of Comedy

October 28th, 2012 | By | No Comments »

Early Saturday morning, Rhiannon Platt joined Hanksy as he worked on two of his walls for The New York Comedy Festival‘s The Art of Comedy, which was curated by myself and Wayne Rada and also supported by Montana Cans and Little Italy. The walls feature Jim Gaffigan and Aziz Ansari, who are both performing at the New York Comedy Festival.


Photo by Rhiannon Platt

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