Labrona has been busy lately working on seven new screenprints. They are all available online now. As a fan of ridiculously affordable prints, my favorites have to be Bowed and Crossed, which each come in a red colorway and a blue colorway and are part of Brooklynite Gallery‘s Snub Nose series. That means, that not only are that beautiful, but they are super-affordable. Each of the Bowed and Crossed prints are a 6×8 inch edition of 30 available for just $25. These prints are available online here, here, here and here.
Back home in Canada, Labrona has his Zombie Stance and Dog Man Rides Again prints at station16. Zombie Stance is 22×22 inches and an edition of 15. Dog Man Rides Again is 22×30 inches, an edition of 13 and available in both a yellow/blue and green/pink colorway. Zombie Stance and Dog Man Rides Again are each available online here for 100 Canadian dollars.
Stinkfish and Troy Lovegates aka Other are showing together now at Brooklynite Gallery now for their show Thinkers of This, but it’s almost over: Thinkers of This closes on November 26th. I wish I could have seen all this in person, but in case you’re like me and will only have a chance to see Thinkers of This online, here are some highlights:
With intricate patterns and elegant shapes, South America’s Stinkfish and North America’s Other have created a strikingly beautiful exhibit celebrating the richness of humanity. Thinkers of This opens tomorrow – Saturday evening – from 6-9pm at Brooklynite Gallery at 334 Malcolm X Boulevard. It continues through November 26th.
Other than seeing some rollers around NYC and a vague recollection of a collaboration with Faile and Bast that made its way to auction at some point, I would not have been able to say much at all about Elik a week ago. Very quickly though, I’m realizing that this was due more to a lack of knowledge on my part than on a lack of skill from Elik. I just came too late into street art and Elik hasn’t been getting up for a while. Back in 2003 though, it looks like Elik was the man in NYC, with a wide range techniques for getting up. After a break since 2005, Elik is returning with a show at Brooklynite Gallery next month (and hopefully some street work too). Snake Bite, which unfortunately does sound like it will be relying on the the much overused idea of a shanty-town installation in the gallery, opens May 7th and runs through June 4th. I’m a bit wary mostly because this sort of return could go very wrong, but I’m hopeful that it will go very right, as Elik seems like a talented artist.
Cost, one of New York’s most legendary writers and (though I’m sure he’d hate the label) an unwitting pioneer of street art along with Revs, has just released his first ever screenprints. They are available now at Brooklynite Gallery. They are based on two of his classic paste-ups from the 1990’s. There are 6 different prints available, all 5.5 x 4 inches.
The two 1-color prints above are editions of 500 and they cost just $25 each. They are availableonline.
Additionally, there is a 4-pack available for $150 with some brightly colored backgrounds (they’re an edition of 50):
This 1977 Winnebego was in Miami last week, where it was converted by Brooklynite Gallery and Pawnworks (a really interesting sticker project) into Sugar Junkie, a mobile party and semi-art-gallery. Despite a max speed of about 5 miles per hour, Sugar Junkie made its way around Miami last week, making stops at all the big events and letting just about anyone have a go at painting it. It was covered inside and out. Here are some of the artists whose work can be found on Sugar Junkie: COST, ELIK, MISS BUGS, SPACE INVADER, REMED, VARIOUS & GOULD, AIKO, DAVID WALKER, D-FACE, SKEWVILLE, PERU ANA ANA PERU, COLLIN VAN DER SLUIJS, JOE BLACK, ELUS, SPQR, DAIN, LUDO, CASH4, CHRIS MENDOZA, UFO 907, GAIA, NET KRT, STINKFISH, THUBDERCUT, NOJ, VUDU, LEAS, DDOCK, 5003, CASH FOR YOUR WARHOL, CELSO, RUBY, JULIA, HOPE, PAWNWORKS, RAE.
The opening night at Brooklynite Gallery for the “Portraits” show with Sten and Lex and I proved to be a great success, which came to no surprise considering the crowd’s the gallery has attracted in the past. Here are some photos from Brooklynite’s flickr page and some pieces from the show.
October 16 – November 6 Opening: October 16, 7-10pm
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The world’s oldest known “Portrait” is believe to be created over 27,000 year ago. So why after all this time is it still the most often used subject of creation? A portrait often speaks much less about the physical features we are viewing, then it does about what’s behind the gaze in ones eyes or the telling angles of their mouth. This fascination continues to intrigue us through the work of three street artists who use traditional and non-traditional techniques to create their own brand of “PORTRAITS”.
Just because street art tandem, STEN & LEX are widely considered to be the pioneers of “stencil graffiti” in their Italian homeland, doesn’t necessarily mean they are content with resting on the title. Best known for introducing their “halftone stencil” technique, these two self-proclamined “Hole School” artists spend ample time hand-cutting pixel dots and lines to compose their imagery which is best viewed from a distance. Choosing to forgo the common pop culture imagery often associated with street art, STEN & LEX’s subject matter pulls no punches. Saints, Popes and the Italian Christian Church were primarily referenced early on –minus the often added social commentary. However, most recently and for their upcoming exhibition here, the subjects of choice comes from the historic Italian archives they’ve rescued. The 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s portraits from all walks of life are the focus this time around, as they are put through the rigorous transformation of stencil cutting style that is trademark STEN & LEX. The final appearance of these portraits appear to have been fed halfway through a paper shredder then pulled back at the last minute leaving the shreds left to dangle. The images are for the most part of common folk—young and old. People who have lived lives and have stories to tell. Just read their faces.
Seems as if the young, hard charging NYC street artist GAIA has been showcasing his bold imagery to the masses since before he could walk. Well maybe it hasn’t been quite that long but over the past few years he’s managed to garner a lot of attention by using more traditional techniques to create his wildlife animals and distinguishing human portraits. Taking a more intelligent, reflective approach to his work, this “old soul” uses wood block carvings and hand-drawn methods to achieve the fur textures of bears, tigers and rabbits as well as the worn lines in the faces of his latest portrait series entitled, “Legacy.” At it’s core, “Legacy” raises the question of infrastructure design and how we are forced to live with the decisions, good or bad, created by figures such as Robert Moses, James Wilson Rouse & Mies van der Rehoboth, all of whom have shaped parts of the American landscape. GAIA also plans on featuring a series of faded self portraits called “Sunsets”. Sunsets are a portrait of the nature of the street artist as an identity. It’s a pseudonym, to the person behind the work and the conflict between the secret, the collective and the fame of the individual. Some of the work is directly painted onto reclaimed street posters and found materials.
Brooklynite Gallery is proud to present our first exhibition of 2010 entitled,
“Stealth: Artists Above The Radar”, featuring the works of Collin Van Der Sluijs
and Derek Shumate. From February 13 to March 6th, we offer up our gallery walls
as a soapbox for these two under-exposed artists from different ends of the world,
both of who use their canvases much like mental filing cabinets to store information
full of free expression and socio-political views. Follow us, if you will, on these
two hypothetical journeys.
Imagine a blender that can be filled with ripe pieces of paper containing creative
juices, leafy ideas and plump inspirations. Imagine that it can also be filled with
lush subconscious thoughts, including healthy, fresh social and political views. Add
in a sprinkling of vivid, circular planet-like shapes. Now, add in black smoke stacks,
toxic chemicals and dust-covered landscapes. Top it off with disproportionately sized
animal/human hybrids covered in oil-based liquids. Flip the “on” switch to this blender
and watch as it mixes and intermingles these colorful thoughts, robust ideals and tart
visions. Pop the top and pour directly on a canvas. …You’ve just recreated the work of
Dutch “Pop-Fantasy Life” painter, Collin Van Der Sluijs.
Imagine if you will, a Houston-born, abstract artist by the name of Derek Shumate with
multi-colored, circuitry wires running out from the back of his head. These wires
immediately transfer a continuous flow of conscious thoughts from the portal to new
mediums and surfaces for fear of losing spontaneity. Bold colors, upon layers and
layers of torn bits of information, which often resemble a topographical map, are
collected from various sources, including but not limited to, personal tragedies,
today’s headlines and the artists’ imagination. These issues appear to be clouding, as
they often do in life, the human existence as it relates to the environment. This
obsessive-compulsive process produces work that is free from traditional morals or
social constraints and like a young adolescent, expresses opinions full of honesty.
That is —to those that can decode the artist’s messages.
So frankly, Dererk Shumate’s art just isn’t the sort of thing that I like, but I know a lot of people like that sort of thing. Moving on. I’ve seen some of Collin’s work at The Pure Evil Gallery though and while some of it is a Jeff Soto/MyMo mash-up, lots of it looks really great. New Yorkers should definitely make it down to see Collin’s work in person. I think Brooklynite has definitely done a nice job with this show by finding two artists from outside of New York/London/Paris/California and giving that a the sort of show that they deserve and probably would have been given long ago if they lived in the “right” city.
For STEPPING UP and taking part in an auction we are having to raise funds for an orphanage in Haiti.The orphanage is called: CHANCES 4 CHILDREN
100% of the PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE ORPHANAGE.
CHECKS / CHARGES WILL BE MADE DIRECTLY TO THE CHARITY.
We at the BROOKLYNITE have an indirect link to this organization through very good friends of ours who were in the process of adopting two children when the earthquake hit. The orphanage is running out of resources. We want to get funds and supplies directly to them.