Yesterday morning, Pose MSK finished up this mural for The L.I.S.A. Project NYC at 188 Lafayette (Lafayette and Broome). This is phase one though. Later this year, Pose will be back to paint the entire five story wall.
Pose’s mural was organized by The L.I.S.A. Project NYC with support from Robin Mui, CEO of Sing Tao Newspapers NY, and Kate’s Paperie, which is right next to the mural.
Pose in in New York City because he’s showing with Jonathan Levine Gallery at VOLTA this weekend for Armory Week. VOLTA tends to be one of my favorite fairs, along with Fountain and Scope. Fountain is great because it’s unpretentious and fun, Scope tends to have the most artists whose work I’m familiar so it’s a nice way to see what people have been up to, and VOLTA is where I go to find great new artists. VOLTA’s format is a bit abnormal, but it works great. Each gallery only shows one artist in their booth, so (at least compared to other fairs) it feels a lot less like a flea market or a mall. For a more detailed list of the art fairs happening in NYC this week, check Hyperallergic.
With their vigorous, brightly-hued fusion of pop imagery, comic art and graffiti elements, Pose and Revok, along with support from other MSK crew members, have fashioned — perhaps — the most dynamic mural to ever grace the famed Bowery and Houston wall. Along with their current exhibit, Uphill Both Ways at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, their artwork is a testament to graffiti’s ongoing evolution and vitality.
And in their tribute to the legendary Nekst and to the true spirit of graffiti, the two have, also, left their mark on the streets of Bushwick, Brooklyn:
Photos by Dani Mozeson, Tara Murray and Lois Stavsky
Okay I’m gonna write this quickly and get outside, because it’s basically been cloudy and rainy for two straight weeks in Philadelphia and now there’s finally some sun. But just in case the weather where you are isn’t so nice, here are some links:
I haven’t had a chance to listen to this yet, but Jowy of Subway Art Blog has started a new podcast, Jowy’s Blackbook, and gilf! is the guest on episode 1.
Rowdy has a new print out. I really like that the print is laid out on the page so that the whole thing looks like a blown-up polaroid photo. The print is pretty massive though, which could make it difficult to hang.
Ron English has a new resin version of his MC Supersized toy available on his website (technically this is the MC Lover variation of the character). Not that there aren’t already about a million variations of this character out there, but it’s great to see such an iconic image by English available for just $40.
Honestly, I wouldn’t have selected Revok and Pose to paint the Bowery/Houston wall if I were the curator. Especially not right after How&Nosm and Crash. And as the mural was coming together, I kept thinking that it looked like it wasn’t really coming together. But then I saw the finished piece. Revok, Pose and the other members of MSK who joined in absolutely nailed it. The result is a mural that fans of graffiti and random New Yorkers can all love. This is one time where I’m very glad I didn’t speak out sooner, because my initial thoughts were completely wrong. I just with the wall itself weren’t a hoarding that pops a few feet off the building, inevitably making anything painted there look a bit like a billboard, but I guess that can’t be helped (after all, there’s an Os Gêmeos mural behind that hoarding).
Hailing from the Windy City, Pose made his first attempt at graffiti in 1992. Since then he has added a multitude of contributions to the Graff game and set out to conquer every medium visual art has to offer; on and off the streets. Pose and photojournalist KC Ortiz recently teamed up to combine two of their exhibits atKnown Gallery. Check out some photos from the show below!
My highlight of Art Basel was almost definitely Primary Flight, the huge mural project in the Wynwood district. They had over 100 artists painting murals, from big names like Shepard Fairey and Nick Walker to local graffiti writers. Here’s some of what they did.