here are a few of the things i checked out…
Crest Fest 2012- Equally abundant in beards and beers, Crest Fest continues to be a beacon for art, hardware, gardening and community. Several sound spaces, tons of food from local vendors, local artisans and an easter-egg-hunt of an art show make this an event to hit every year.
images by Anne Jenkins and The Self-Portrait Project
Fresthetic’s Makossa Cookout- Summertime, love, and bbq fills the sky at the backyard of the Brooklyn Tap House, mingling with the incredible sounds of DJ Wonway Posibul and friends. Mikey Cordero greets everyone as they come in with a warm and humble smile, thanking us for the support, chatting about creative projects making headway in the carribean. Its a true honor to be among the kind creatives here.
images by John A DeMato
Ladies First- Personally curated by artists James Tops and Nova at Azucarera Gallery, and featuring an international blend of female urban artists, this show was an incredible premiere for the space. While the show is scheduled to run til september, many of the artists, like Shiro and Scratch were present, gladly talking to fans and fellow painters, autographing sketchbooks and comparing markers. The stand out piece for me was 2 tapestries that shiro made, in the traditional japanese style and blend of fabrics but with contemporary paint-marker portraits of the characters she’s become known for.
images by Naima Atti
Brooklyn Bridge Secret Midnight Party- A magical mixture of star children and tourists, this sophomore event has earned its stripes. Powered by the peoples mic and the accoustic stylings of the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Brooklyn, BrainSpace and Deathrow Tull, this event blew us away. The staggering number of attendees was enough to fill the final destination, superfine, to capacity and beyond.
images by Caitlin Davis and MASQQUE
SEE YOU NEXT TIME!!
Happy saturday guys!! Here’s a quick recap of last night:
Mighty Tanaka Presents: Flying Fortress One Man Army
I went to check out Flying Fortress’s One Man Army show at the Mighty Tanaka Gallery last night, hands down one of my favorite new galleries. Its a small space, but they always fill it with great work and you get to chat with the artists (usually because theres no where to hide, lol). The show was DOPE. Fortress has been doing lots of work with MSK and TSL artists, huge pieces in detroit and developing his own merchandise, but his show featured the Teddy Troops, which we’ve all grown incredibly fond of, taking on new and old shapes and color schemes.
ALSO! and perhaps my favorite part, Fortress is in the midst of an ode to Bode, a late 70’s early 80’s artist who developed beautifully stylized characters. Fortress’s Bode pieces are incredible, exquisitely detailed and perfectly colored.
The X Collective - Meet and Greet
This art collective, a hodgepodge of active and collaborative artists based in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx, had an impressive array of works. Covering all the bases from photography, collage and printmaking to body painting and performance art, this family-like crew of hispanic artists are extremely talented and very progressive, taking on serious themes when approaching their work. i had the distinct pleasure of getting to shake hands with all of them. I’m really excited to see what the future will bring for this collective.
See you all Next time! I’ll be doing this for as many art shows as i can in the future and these posts will eventually become a column in MERCURY SOAPBOX MAGAZINE.
On the streets of NY SPECIAL !!!
Today we caught up with Retna and Martha Cooper while Retna was working on the now imfamous wall on the corner of Houston and Bowery. Martha Cooper was photographing as Retna went up and down the white washed wall (Previously a Faile piece) writing his own brand of language which he is now known for world over. When asked what he had planned for this piece today he told us simply, ” I’m freestylin it! ” Dopeness.
On February 10th, Retna opened his first solo show in New York, “The Hallelujah World Tour”, presented by Andy Valmorbida and Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld, in conjunction with New York City’s Fashion Week. The tour will continue with exhibitions in London and Venice.
We like this. We will have images of the finished piece manana.