Thursday, July 31, 2008

Celso in Dumbo

Dumbo Street Art
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
I've decided that there are no more than five NYC "street artists" whose work I see almost everywhere. Celso is one of them. This one has an atypical glossy finish.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bronx Street Art

While parts of the Bronx are undergoing revitalization, other parts are as bleak as ever. Many of the blocks on East Tremont reek of poverty and despair. How ironic to see the Statue of Liberty here -- where generations seem trapped.

Jasmine Murrell Uptown

I've been meaning to check out her work for awhile. This looks intriguing.
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Monday, July 28, 2008

Inwood Memorial Mural

This bit of writing on a memorial mural made these senseless deaths all too real to me. I thought about my many former W.H. Taft H.S. students who lived on University Avenue in the Bronx.

Inwood Religious Graffiti

The Writing on the Wall: For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who don't, no explanation is possible.

Sunday, July 27, 2008


Conceptual painting meets sculpture in this exhibit of conceptual abstraction at Deith Projects @ 76 Grand Street. This installation is by Ara Peterson and Tauba Auerbach.
It continues through August 9 and is worth a visit. Just don't go when you're feeling dizzy!
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Abraham Obama!

Up in Woodstock

Up in Woodstock
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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Back to Os Gemeos

Back to Os Gemeos
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
I had to return to the amazing Os Gemeos exhibit at Deitch. I loved it as much as I did when I first saw it. Dani came along. He decided it was the second best exhibit he's seen this year -- second only to Kara Walker's “My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love” at the Whitney!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Some Amazing Artists

I love these guys. I've exhibited their work in a number of places in NYC. (Julio of 44 flavours currently has a piece in "Visual Slang 2008")

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Cope and Indie in Berlin

I wish I could be there!

Rebel Without a Crew: Street Artist A1one in Tehran

GraffMuseum - includes a link to Hrag Vartanian's interview with A1one and to my Flickr photostream.

Interview with A1one

Hrag's interview with A1one is the most thorough one I've read. I'm impressed!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

5Pointz LIC

5Pointz LIC
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
Dani continued his documentation of 5Pointz. He shared some more photos with me today. 'so interesting to see the changes within the course of less than a week. Especially interesting is the evolution of certain pieces -- as this one by Kezam.

Zito in Visual Slang 2008

For years one of the cool things of working on the LES was Zito's space on Ludlow Street. Outside his gallery there was always art on the street -- mostly portraits on a variety of found materials. Zito always welcomed my students into his oasis. Along with so much of the LES, Zito's space has been a casualty of gentrification, and I miss it. But through August, a series of his work can be viewed on the walls inside the first floor of the Abrons Arts Center. All are painted in hi-gloss enamel on found materials.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ovni in Visual Slang 2008


I discovered Ovni's charming pieces on the walls in Barcelona this past January. I am delighted to feature some new work from her Pink Series in this year's Visual Slang exhibit.
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Chris Cortes in Visual Slang 2008

This was still drying when Chris stopped by with it, but it was worth the wait. He is a master of urban calligraphy melded with inimitable images.

Nelson Rivas aka Cekis in Visual Slang 2008

I love all of Cekis's characters. I wasn't sure, though, which one I was going to include in Visual Slang 2008. When he brought this piece over this morning, I knew I wanted to feature it.

Monday, July 14, 2008

5Pointz LIC

5Pointz LIC
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
I'm used to seeing Chris Cortes's amazing work on canvases. This is the first I've seen it on a wall, and I'm blown away.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

5Pointz LIC

5Pointz LIC
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
Dani returned to 5Pointz and came back with over 100 photos. They all intrigue me. This one's colors and curves mesmerize me.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Zito Self-Portrait in Visual Slang 2008

Zito did this one on a garbage can!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Alice Mizrachi and Too Fly @ Alphabeta

'caught up a bit with Too Fly whom I hadn't seen since last spring's Visual Slang exhibit @ the Abrons Arts Center, and I was delighted to meet Alice Mizrachi whose work I fell in love with @ Fuse.
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INOPERAbLE in Nü York @ Alphabeta

Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
When I stopped by Alphabeta yesterday, I found out about an exhibit happening later in the evening. I stuck around Greenpoint, as my interest was piqued by this flyer. I'm so glad I did. All of the artwork from this Austrian crew was excitingly innovative.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Kenor of Martinez Family in Visual Slang 2008

Pez, whom I met in Bogota, introduced me to Kenor -- also of the Martinez Family, a renowned Barcelona crew. These canvases exemplify Kenor's particular style of abstract graffiti.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Nany Redesigns Her Bag


Nany's original design got washed away in the rain. Nany redesigned it today!
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Imminent Disaster in Chelsea

I found her again -- this time in Chelsea. 'checked out some of my favorite spots after picking up Onesto's pieces from Jonathan LeVine -- but there seemed to be a paucity of street art in the area. This freshly pasted image was the exception.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Dani's Piece in Meres's Black Book

Dani photographed the piece he did for Meres's black book. I'm glad I got to see it!
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5Pointz, LIC

5Pointz, LIC
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
While I was in London, Dani continued photographing 5Pointz. His photos remind me how much I love anything that reminds me of old school graffiti -- the colors -- the letters -- the characters. Wow!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Visual Slang 2008 -- Collage

In my quest to learn how to create a digital collage, I googled "collage." A simple free program -- which I already have -- Picasa -- came up. It took a moment to do this.

Stencil Nation

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Monsters I'd Like to Meet

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Melbourne Stencil Festival

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Sti(c)kman in SoHo

SoHo Street Art
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
While in SoHo and Williamsburg this past Thursday, I noticed a resurgence of Sti(c)kman in all shapes and forms.


I picked up a new book on stencil art at MoMa's bookshop on Thursday. (Howze, Russell. STENCIL NATION: GRAFFITI, COMMUNITY AND ART. Manic D Press, San Francisco, 2008.) 'recognized many of the artists whose work I'd just seen at the Cans Festival in London. I love the diversity of what's included here. I wish, though, that there had been a stronger sampling from Tel Aviv. Its two pages devoted to TA stencil art -- despite its inclusion of Ame72 and Rami Meiri -- are hardly indicative of what's happening there. 'was glad to see A1one's work represented.

Friday, July 4, 2008

East Williamsburg Street Art

When I first saw this image in the street, I couldn't decide whether it was the work of Swoon or Elbow Toe. On visiting Ad Hoc Art, I discovered that it was created by the artist, Imminent Disaster. Her work on exhibit in Poets of the Paste is certainly diverse. The exhibit continues through 7/13 @ 49 Bogart Street in East Williamsburg.

Os Gemeos @ Deitch Projects

This mesmerizing exhibit continues through August 9 @ 18 Wooster Street. I am already eager to return!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Shepherd Fairey in London

London Street Art
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
The folks in London seem to love Shepherd Fairey. I saw more of his work there than I've seen in the States for awhile -- except, of course, for his ubiquitous Obama posters and stickers.

Visual Slang 2008 - An Evolving Set on Flickr

Visual Slang 2008 - a set on Flickr:

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Chris Stain @ The Black Rat Press

I discovered Chris Stain's stunning work a few months ago when I saw this character on a sticker on NYC's Rivington Street. I was tempted to remove the sticker, but I didn't. (Someone else did a few days later!) I rediscovered Chris Stain's work at the Black Rat Press Gallery on London's Rivington Street. It is hauntingly beautiful.