Saturday, January 29, 2011

Erik Mark Sandberg @ Jonathan LeVine

As I was in Chelsea, I checked out the currrent exhibit at Jonathan LeVine. Despite my strong prejudice against this type of pop surrealism, I was somewhat intrigued by Erik Mark Sandberg's eerie portraits that -- according to the press release -- focus "on the relationship between projected idealized archetypes and their unattainable emulation." Now -- that I can dig!

The Perils of It All

A few days ago, Jesus Saves contacted me to let me know that he'd been in jail for the past few weeks. I asked him to write up an account of what had happened, as I've met few writers who haven't had to deal with this kind of thing. I edited some and here it is:

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Stuck on the Williamsburg Bridge

I was amazed by how many stickers -- from contemporary classics like these to weathered ancient ones -- we came upon while crossing the Williamsburg Bridge yesterday.

From the Williamsburg Bridge

Tara and I got some great views of tags, bombs, throw-ups and pieces yesterday -- as we walked over the Williamsburg Bridge. But we vowed never to do it again in such frigid weather!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

News: 'Street art' provides text for understanding cities in transformation || Bucknell University

Beautiful Decay

In Williamsburg
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
I'm starting to pay attention to fragments -- mostly of wheatpastes -- I used to overlook. I've been following this wall in Williamsburg for years. It's been in various stages of decay for awhile now!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Speaking with Baser

5Pointz, LIC

5Pointz, LIC
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
I hadn't been to 5Pointz since the early fall. But as I was in the neighborhood yesterday, I stopped by. The place is as brilliant and vibrant as ever -- even in the dead of winter. Among the few new pieces that have made its way there since the fall is this intriguing character.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Joan Mitchell/James Schuyler in PAINTERS and POETS

My two greatest passions -- poetry and art -- merge in this exhibit at Tibor de Nagy. I found out about it by chance as I glanced through the ADAA Calendar in Friday's NYT's Fine Arts section earlier in the day. As I was in the neighborhood, I stopped by. 'glad I did, as there's much of value here from an aesthetic perspective as well as a historical/cultural/literary one.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Banksy Sticker In Chelsea

In Chelsea
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
Moriah and I were on our way -- in the dark -- to Joshua Liner's gallery on West 28th St. when she spotted this Hello sticker. At first I thought it was torn; then I realized the white on top is part of the clever image. 'first (and only) time I ever saw a Banksy image on a sticker!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Kid Zoom aka Ian Strange in the Meatpacking District

As I was down in the Village yesterday, I decided to walk over to the Meatpacking District to check out the walls, etc. Not much is happening. It seems as though the street art "scene" is almost entirely in Brooklyn these days. But I did come across some pieces by Ian Strange aka Kid Zoom. They didn't do much for me, but I was happy something was happening in my borough, besides the fabulous stickers that catch my eye every day.