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Video: Steve “ESPO” Powers – Love Letter to Syracuse

Building on the amazing success of his Love Letter project in Philadelphia (covered), Steve “ESPO” Powers and his sign-painting crew recently went upstate to the “Rust-Belt” city of Syracuse, New York, to transform the train bridges that divide the town’s poor Near West Side from the rest of downtown to display beautiful and inspirational messages of love from Syracuse to Syracuse. Powers, as seen in the above video, worked with local art groups and talked to people in the community to develop the words used […]
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Showing: Irina Davis – “Nice Girls” @ Sputnik Gallery

Sometimes it’s good to take a second look. That’s what happened when we did a double-take at Sputnik Gallery and discovered Irina Davis. When we first passed by her alluring works, we thought they were simply painted pin-up model pieces. But then upon closer inspection, we noticed that they were real models in pin-up poses. The twist that got us is that Irina actually paints the faces and certain details with watercolor to give the realistic photos a touch of fantasy and character. Davis’ show […]

Teaser: The Hole’s “RE:FORM SCHOOL” Group Exhibit

The Hole will play host to a group show in an abandoned school in NoLIta to raise money for educational reform this weekend, October 9 – 11th. Partnering with Redu and RE:FORM SCHOOL, the exhibit will feature a nice range of contemporary and street art favorites including Shepard Fairey, Faile, WK Interact, Mel Kadel, Sam Flores, Ron English, Gary Baseman, Chris Johanson, SWOON, Maya Hakuk, Friends With You, Jim Houser, TrustoCorp, APAK, and many more. It sounds like a compelling event in the name of […]

Previews: Dale “Vn” Marshall – “Room 101″

In George Orwell’s novel “1984,” Room 101 was the torture chamber in which citizens were subjected to direct peril from their own worst fears, anxieties and phobias. The worlds of fine art and graffiti merge within Dale Marshall’s (streets) work and have been used as his own Room 101 for a more positive form of therapy. The artist, who also goes by the names Vn and Vermin, is open about his history of mental health issues. The duality of the artist and the exhibition echoes Marshall’s […]

Baby Tattooville ’10: Print Shop Presented by Diesel Fuel Prints

If you collect prints, you’re probably used to pressing a few buttons on your favorite artist’s website and having art show up at your door a few days later in a (hopefully uncrushed) tube.  But do you have any idea how your prints are made or how much effort was put into each piece?  Well, attendees of Baby Tattooville this year now do. At the Secret Society gathering, guests were treated to a special screenprinting demonstration by Andy from Diesel Fuel Prints and had the […]
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Audrey Kawasaki Unfinished Pieces

It’s amazing how self-critical some artists can be when it comes to their own artwork. We have even heard of some burning work that doesn’t sell after a show. We suppose that is the price of perfection! Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed) recently posted up some unfinished paintings that just didn’t make the cut for some reason or another – like the one above which would have fit nicely with her upcoming series of shows in Australia next month. Most of these paintings passed the test of […]
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Baby Tattooville ‘10 – Secret Art Sale

Baby Tattooville attendees get to bring home loads of goodies, including one-of-a-kind unique original works that they receive as part of their membership, but there is also the opportunity to purchase even more spectacular original art at the Art Sale.  This year’s selection included pieces by honoree Robert Williams, as well as featured artists such as Coop, Van Arno, Anthony Ausgang, and Suzanne Williams.  Also available were works by past artists, including James Jean, Jeff Soto, Tim Biskup, and Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez.  The biggest surprise […]

Openings: Jean-Pierre Roy – “A Rational Spectacle” @ Rare Gallery

Jean Pierre Roy kicked off Rare Gallery’s art season with a breath taking show. The exhibition entitled “A Rational Spectacle” is a series of works based off of Thomas Jefferson’s statement: “the light which has been shed on the mind of man through the civilized world has given it a new direction from which no human mind can divert it.” This quote used in the context of today’s geopolitics of global energy needs vs. the fixed constraints of planetary resources is the fabric which Jean […]

Releases: Supreme x John Baldessari Skate Decks

It looks like it’s time for another Supreme artist collaboration skate deck release. Fans will be happy to know that they are continuing their respected line featuring prominent artists with John Baldessari. Three different versions will be available starting October 7th for North America (both in-store and online) and on October 9th in Japan. Via Hypebeast.
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Showing: Kaws – “Passing Through” @ Harbour City (Hong Kong)

Kaws recently opened his “Passing Through” exhibition in Tsim Sha Tsui at the popular Harbour City complex in Hong Kong. The show appears to be a semi-retrospective (see pics a full retrospective here) featuring many of his classic as well as new art figures, sure to be a hit among his many collectors in Asia. Although there did not appear to be any new original paintings as many had hoped, there were some drawings included, a rarity for the artist – and of course the […]