The bomb shelters in Israel's southern town of Sdeot were transformed into vibrant works of art by a group of graffiti artists from Israel and abroad earlier this year. Curious about this town that had become the target of rocket attacks from Gaza in 2007, I was glad to have the opportunity to visit it with my photographer friend, Leora Cheshin, earlier this month.
While ambling through Brick Lane -- a street where East and West (with their opposing sensibilities) collide -- I came upon the StolenSpace Gallery and discovered the work of Word to Mother. Currently based in London, he creates clever -- somewhat biting -- images on salvaged pieces of wood. I loved every piece in this exhibit!
One of my favorite stopovers when I travel back from Tel Aviv to NYC is London. This time I hit the city in the midst of several art fairs and events. The one event I did check out was the preview to the Moniker Art Fair. Though it's difficult to look at, appreciate and document artwork in such settings, it was worthwhile. Most of the work was strong and interesting. The space was packed and folks seemed to be buying art. I noticed red dots next to pieces by Swoon and Elbow Toe when I first entered. I much prefer the streets, but I understand the need/value to the commercial end of this all.
Educator, writer and curator. Poetry Teacher of the Year, 1988, awarded by Poets House and NYC Board of Education. I co-authored three books back in the 90's -- two of which were cited as best Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library. (The Place I Call Home: Voices and Faces of Homeless Teens and Jerusalem Mosaic: Young Voices from the Holy City.) Both books have also been cited by the Library of Congress for their "strong and honest voice of the young adult." I also authored A to Z : The Book of Rap & Hip Hop Slang -- with entries that have since been cited by dozens of dictionaries.