Photos, Videos and Words by G.
From Left to Right: Paul Kostabi, Tony Esposito, Mark Kostabi
On April 19, 2015, composer, painter, sculptor and all around good guy, Mark Kostabi hosted a Sunday morning jam session at Dillon Gallery in New York. The show was an unofficial warm up jam for his show with Kostabeat (featuring Tony Esposito) at The Cutting Room in New York on April 21, 2015 (Tickets are available at this link, which will open in a new window).
Art by Mark Kostabi
The vibe was electric for the event and art works by both Mark and Paul Kostabi were prominently featured throughout the gallery.
Sparkl by Paul Kostabi
Here’s a video of Kostabeat performing “Kalimba.” The band features Mark Kostabi, Paul Kostabi (from White Zombie), Mollie Israel (The Lost Patrol), Paul Nowinski (Les Paul, Keith Richards and Rickie Lee Jones), Tony Esposito and Keith LeBlanc (Annie Lennox and Seal).
Mark Kostabi April 2015
Watching Kostabeat could have been more than enough, but as a bonus, we were treated to a set by artist and musician Scott Putesky, who you might remember as Daisy Berkowitz from the classic line up of Marilyn Manson. He warmed us up with a cover of the Pixies’ “Wave of Mutilation.”
In addition to the great music, I got to sample a new and delicious cocktail that just launched called Maven, which is a wine infused vodka drink! It’s available in both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and it’s delicious!!!
And before the event was over, Mark & Paul Kostabi switched it up musically and sat in with the band Contact High. A video is below.
Thanks to Mark for the invite to this rare and intimate jam session!
If you liked what you saw here, make sure you see Kostabeat at the Cutting Room in New York on April 21, 2015. Tickets are available here (link will open in new window).
Photos by G. Various Artists.
Here’s a list of exhibits that are worth checking out if you are in the New York area between now and May 2015. This beats sitting on the couch and texting, according to G.
I Want To Cum In Your Heart by John Giorno
“Space Forgets You” by John Giorno at Elizabeth Dee Gallery (located at 545 West 20th Street) through May 9, 2015.
Paula Hayes – Gazing Globes
“Gazing Globes” by Paula Hayes. Through April 19, 2015 at Madison Square Park. (23rd Street and Park Ave).
“God Complex” by Joseph Grazi
“God Complex” by Joseph Grazi at Joseph Gross Gallery (located at 548 West 28th Street #232) through May 2, 2015.
Thomas Nozkowski 2015 at Pace Gallery
New work by Thomas Nozkowski at Pace Gallery (located at 510 West 25th Street) through April 25, 2015.
“Cacophonous” by Robert Irwin at Pace Gallery
“Cacophonous” by Robert Irwin at Pace Gallery (located at 534 West 25th Street) through May 9, 2015.
“Mise-En-Scene” by William Basso at Last Rites Gallery
“Mise-En-Scene” by William Basso at Last Rites Gallery (located at 325 West 38th Street) through May 16, 2015.
The Drawing Room – Hans De Op Beeck
“The Drawing Room” by Hans De Op Beeck at Marianne Boesky Gallery (located at 509 West 24th Street) through May 2, 2015.
Katsushika Hokusai – “Under The Wave off Kanagawa”
Katsushika Hokusai’s (circa 1830-32) iconic “Under The Wave off Kanagawa” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art located at 1000 5th Avenue (at 82nd Street). Ongoing.
Monir Farmanfarmaian at The Guggenheim Museum
“Infinite Possibility: Mirror Works and Drawings” by Monir Farmanfarmaian at The Guggenheim Museum (located at 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street) through June 3, 2015.
Sascha Braunig at Foxy Production
Sascha Braunig at Foxy Production (located at 623 West 27th Street) through April 18, 2015.
Photos by G. Art by Peter Anton.
The Foodhist Temple by Peter Anton
Namaste! Welcome to the temple! Artist Peter Anton has created a very tantalizing new exhibit at Unix Gallery in New York entitled “Foodhist Temple” and you will not want to miss it. At the entrance to the gallery, which has been completely covered in red carpeting with the walls painted red, you are asked to take your shoes off.
The Foodhist Temple by Peter Anton
As you walk inside the shrine, instead of seeing your typical religious fare, you see life-like (but larger than life) sculptures of what Americans really worship these days – FOOD! Bacon, donuts, pizza, hamburgers, chocolates as well as cake are on display. For those who want to have a “foodhist religious experience” (so to speak), pillows have been laid out across the gallery/temple floor, so the viewer can spend time worshiping these objects.
People worshiping cake
As you can see in this picture, the sculptures are enormous, and yet look life like. Peter Anton used resin, metal, wood, clay and acrylic for the works in this show.
Bacon Thing of the Day: Gail Worley in front of a sculpture of bacon.
Again, to show you the perspective of how big these sculptures are, here’s a picture of Gail Worley worshiping at the altar of bacon. This is definitely the Bacon Thing of the Day.
Life is like a box of chocolates…
“Foodhist Temple” by Peter Anton is on display until May 9, 2015 at Unix Gallery (located at 532 West 24th Street) in Manhattan.
Photos by G. Art by ROA.
Metazoa by Roa
Belgian street artist ROA has a new exhibit at Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York entitled “Metazoa.” ROA specializes in the portrayal of animals, specifically those that have been forced to dwell in the outskirts of urban society, not unlike street artists, whose work once released into the wild can often get them arrested.
Metazoa by Roa
Within each panel of ROA’s works, you can move pieces around to reveal the carcass of each animal.
Metazoa by Roa
It’s definitely worth a look if you are gallery hopping. “Metazoa” by ROA is showing at Jonathan Levine Gallery (located at 529 West 20th Street) in New York through May 2, 2015.
Photos by G. Most art by Hanksy (see captions for details).
Hanksy – Best of the Worst
On March 28 and 29 2015, street artist Hanksy threw one of the most fun pop-up exhibits in recent memory. Located at 104 Delancey Street in Manhattan, the exhibit was called “Best of the Worst,” and it was housed in a vacant building on the Lower East Side.
Mile E. Coyote by Hanksy
Whereas a lot of street artists (and I’m not going to name names otherwise we’ll be here until next week) have tasted a tiny bit of success becoming Instagram-famous, their art started to suck (even more than it already did in some cases) while their egos exploded, I think Hanksy really kicked it up a notch and took it to the next level for “Best of the Worst.”
Fake It Till You Can Fake It On A Larger Scale (Various Artists)
For those who need a primer on Hanksy, I first happened upon his art on the streets of New York in 2011, where he superimposed actor Tom Hanks’ face over a rat, an image made famous by the street artist collective Banksy. It was extremely clever and I remember being delighted each time I ran into a new piece as he mixed street art, celebrity culture and puns in a way that I’d never seen before.
Kanye Brest (sic)
I wasn’t the only one to enjoy his art, and in less than one year, Hanksy was not only showing his art in the streets but also in galleries. Flash forward to 2015, where Hanksy obtained a vacant space in the Lower East Side and turned it into Hanksy-world. With lines around the block to get in for the duration of the 2 day event, once inside you were treated to quite a fun little scene.
TGIF / FML
The Gag-osian Gallery
There was art, not only by Hanksy, but by a host of hot street artists (such as Handed Wave, Frank Ape, Magda Love, Clint Mario, Gilf!, Hue, CB23, Don’t Fret, Lexi Belle, Nda, Elle, Roycer, Joseph Meloy, Beau, Claw Money, Tony Depew, and Col Walnuts) in a gallery within a gallery, appropriately called the ‘Gag-osian Gallery,’ but also, a DJ spun tunes, there was a photo booth, video games, a skateboarding ramp, a balloon artist who was making balloons shaped like penises for guests, free beer and dumplings!
Hanksy – Best of the Worst
Approximately 20 Hanksy originals were on display and very inexpensive prints were for sale as well.
Get Rich or Nye Tryin’
Doing It For the Likes
Because Hanksy’s identity is not disclosed to the public, he was able to wander about the gallery anonymously to enjoy seeing the fruits of his labor without being mobbed for selfies. He told me that it took about a week to set up and once the show is over, he has just a few days to take it all down. On the final day of the show, I was filming an Instagram video of the exhibit (“for 10 likes,” I joked, and as of press time, I was not wrong) and Hanksy reminded me that his suggestion to me via Twitter inspired me to sign up for an account. So for all of my great and not so great Instagram pix, blame Hanksy! Follow us both, just click on the links and hit follow!
Hamuel L. Jackson
To all the street artists out there that are just taking the most recognized images of famous icons and doing little to alter the image and then claiming the work as their own, “Best of the Worst” should serve as a nice little reminder of what bringing your A-Game looks like, or in this case – your H game. Well done, Hanksy!
Rated H for Hanksy