Chicago-based artist Dzine recently opened a solo show entitled “Voodoo” at NY’s Leo Koenig Projekte. The inspiration for this current body of work came from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, during Dzine’s residency at the Instituto Buena Bista, Curaçao’s Center for Contemporary Art. While there, he stumbled upon Swaybar, a unique aspect of the island’s popular culture in which youth create custom elongated bicycles as both transportation and status symbols. Dzine, who is well-known for his own customized low-rider bicycles, secretly created one of […]
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Opening tomorrow night at NYC’s Leo Koenig Projekte is the latest solo show by Chicago artist DZINE entitled, “Voodoo.” The exhibition includes one of the artists’ amazing custom bicycle sculptures, as well as a video installation, sculptural drawings and photographs—each inspired by and partially produced on the Dutch Island of Curacao during his residency at the Instituto Bena Bista Curacao Center for Contemporary Art. Check out a few more preview images, after the jump.
AM was living large at the exclusive release party for “Stickers: Stuck-Up Piece of Crap,” an amazing book just published by Rizzoli chronicling stickers in contemporary music, design and art. The passion-project of DB Burkeman – drum and bass DJ and jack-of-all-trades, “Stickers” contains images of approximately 4,000 pieces from Barry McGee, Kaws, ESPO, Neckface, Shepard Fairey and many many more. For a lot more background and info about the book, check out this extensive interview with DB by our friends at The Art Collectors. […]
Last week, the Brooklyn Museum opened a mid-career survey of the work of Brooklyn-based artist Fred Tomaselli. Tomaselli—who grew up in Southern California, but has been working in Williamsburg since the ’80s—is known for his exciting mixed-media paintings, created by collaging figures and patterns from images of plants, birds and body parts clipped from nature field guides and magazines. Tomaselli also incorporates actual pharmaceutical pills into his works, before covering them in clear resin and then painting over top. The result is totally unique, combining […]
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 […]
AM friends and super French art duo Supakitch and Koralie were recently in Gothenburg, Sweden, for the set-up and opening of “Kimono Fusion,” an exhibition of Japanese fashion mixed with pop, street and graffiti culture at the Varldskultur (World Culture) Museum. In addition to having work in the show, the two spent a few days creating an amazing mural, documented in the video above. Check it out, as well as some still shots from Kimono Fusion after the jump.
August in NYC is not typically the time to see great new art, as galleries tend to schedule group shows in order not to waste their A material on the few gallery goers left in town instead of summering in the Hamptons. Past experience, however, has shown us that the Joshua Liner Gallery defies expectations with their summer show, taking the opportunity to set the stage for their upcoming season, by exhibiting a strong selection of their regular roster and introducing us to a few […]
Tomorrow night, Giant Robot New York will host the opening reception for “Animal Style,” featuring the work of San Francisco-based outsider artist Matt Furie. Furie uses ink and color pencil to create a funny and bizarre universe of intricately drawn comic characters heavily steeped in 80’s pop culture (e.g., BMX bikes, Rubix Cubes, The Neverending Story). According to GRNY, the show will feature more than 70 pieces of art, most of which will be “small and affordable.” See a few more preview images, after the […]
Our friends at Rivera & Rivera just let us know about their reception tonight from 8-11pm for a new floor-to-ceiling installation by abstract L.A. street artist Retna. The scope of the project looks impressive, so if you are in the area, RSVP to [email protected] and check it out. See a few additional preview images, after the jump.
Last week, Copenhagen’s V1 gallery opened the stunning new show “Brush Strokes,” featuring the works of Todd James (aka REAS) and Lydia Fong (aka Barry McGee). According to the V1 site, the title of the exhibition is a reference to the humorous NYC public-access TV show. McGee filled the gallery with several large scale installations — a text-heavy cluster of new style panels, another of only geometrics and another framed photos and paper pieces — as well as several smaller works, while James contributed a […]