Report: “Best of the Worst” by Hanksy

Posted by The G on March 30, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Most art by Hanksy (see captions for details).

Hanksy - Best of the Worst

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

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 Make It

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)

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

TGIF / FML

The Gag-osian Gallery

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

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'

Get Rich or Nye Tryin’

Drake-O Malfoy

Drake-O Malfoy

Dicki Minaj

Dicki Minaj

Doing It For the Likes

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

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

Rated H for Hanksy

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“Cyclicscape” by Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly Gallery

Posted by The G on March 24, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Mariko Mori.

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

In Cyclicscape, Mariko Mori’s sculptural works play with the infinite loop of the Möbius strip as a visualization of our universe’s never-ending renewal of invisible energy. Futuristic and ethereal, the large-scale aluminum and stainless steel works seem to transcend their physical matter. With no beginning, middle, or end, the forms symbolize an eternal cycle of existence — of nature and the universe in perpetual motion.

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Partial Gallery View of Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

I copied that entire paragraph from the press release because nobody reads this shit anyway.

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

But that is your loss, isn’t it?

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Check out “Cyclicscape” by Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly Gallery (located at 475 Tenth Ave) in New York through May 2, 2015.

Here’s a bonus photo of the artist in a rare performance at the opening night reception, in which we all braved a snow storm to experience!  Lucky us!

Mariko Mori performing  at Sean Kelly Gallery for the opening night reception.

Mariko Mori performing at Sean Kelly Gallery for the opening night reception.

A Portrait of According2g by Carl ‘Screwtape’ Paoli

Posted by The G on March 23, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photo and art by Carl “Screwtape” Paoli.

According2g by Carl Paoli

According2g by Carl Paoli

Wow!  What an honor to be immortalized by the amazing artist Carl ‘Screwtape’ Paoli.  Carl is a jack of all trades who has found success in Hollywood as a stuntman, is a film-maker and documentarian and he’s also an artist whose work has been shown in the streets as well as galleries all over the world.  He presented me with a painting of myself this weekend and I am both thankful and humbled to be painted by such a great talent.  Please visit his website (link will open in a new window) and follow him on Instagram at IM_Screwtape.  He often posts time-lapse videos that document his paintings and they will blow your mind.   Thanks again Screwtape!!!  I am so honored!

“naturalhistory” by Richard Butler at Freight + Volume

Posted by The G on March 20, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Richard Butler.

Richard Butler - naturalhistory

Richard Butler – naturalhistory

Richard Butler leads quite a busy life.  When he is not out on tour with his band The Psychedelic Furs, he is an accomplished painter, whose 3rd solo exhibit “naturalhistory” opens at Freight + Volume in New York on March 20, 2015.

Partial Gallery View

“naturalhistory”

If you follow this site (and I thank you kindly for your patronage), you are familiar both with Richard’s music, as well as his first two exhibits “hypochondriacatthegrammercyparkhotel” and  “ahatfulofrain” (Click on the hyperlinks and they will open in a new window).

Partial Gallery View

Partial Gallery View

In “naturalhistory,” Richard Butler again draws inspiration from his family, most notably his daughter Maggie, who is pictured below.

Maggie and Richard Butler at the opening night reception

Maggie and Richard Butler at the opening night reception

You can see the progression in Richard’s work as his paintings have evolved from being dark and fetishistic to paintings of a much more contemplative nature in his quest to show the viewer the emotion that hides behind the facade.

Richard Butler - naturalhistory

Richard Butler – naturalhistory

I had a nice chat with Richard at the opening for “naturalhistory” and the moment was captured by the amazing photographer Derek Storm.  You can see photos from the opening night party on Derek’s website.  The link will open in a new window.  I encourage you to take a look around his site because coming from someone that sees and does a ton of stuff, Derek definitely finds himself at the right place and the right time a lot.  RESPECT!

Richard Butler - naturalhistory 6

Richard Butler – naturalhistory

Back to Richard Butler.  “naturalhistory” by Richard Butler is showing at Freight + Volume, located at 530 West 24th Street in New York, through April 11, 2015.  Don’t miss it!

The Psychedelic Furs are also going to be hitting the road again in May 2015, and you can find out their tour dates on their official site.

“Layers of Life” by Tali Lennox at Catherine Ahnell Gallery

Posted by The G on under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Tali Lennox.

"Layers of Life" by Tali Lennox

“Layers of Life” by Tali Lennox

Prior to her exhibit “Layers of Life” at the Catherine Ahnell Gallery in New York (which opens to the public on March 20, 2015), artist Tali Lennox already has an impressive resume.  In her early 20s, Tali Lennox has had a successful modeling career and she’s also the daughter of one of my favorite singers of all time, Annie Lennox of Eurythmics.  Don’t let those impressive credentials fool you into thinking her art is a vanity project that is only made possible because of her fame.

Layers of Life by Tali Lennox

Layers of Life by Tali Lennox

In “Layers of Life,” Tali Lennox reacts to the social media generation by creating a series of ‘selfies,’ but instead of hiding behind a computer to express herself as so many of us do, Tali has used paint and canvas as the medium.  To be so young and to be such a deep thinker is very impressive and this is expressed perfectly in her work.

Layers of Life by Tali Lennox

Layers of Life by Tali Lennox

Like with things we post online, we can only judge what we see in that moment and what happens before and after is a mystery.  It would be fascinating to hear mother and daughter discuss their thoughts on this topic in relation to the iconic images they’ve been a part of.  And if Tali or Annie are reading this, I volunteer to conduct said discussion.

Tali Lennox poses in front of her work at the "Layers of Life" opening.

Tali Lennox poses in front of her work at the “Layers of Life” opening.

I spoke with Tali at the opening night reception for “Layers of Life” and she was kind enough to pose in front of one of her works.  She was embodying the emotion in her painting, hence her covering up her absolutely gorgeous face.  You can see exactly what I mean after the jump.

Congratulations to Tali Lennox on a great exhibit and I have no doubt that we will be hearing her name a lot in the years to come.

“Layers of Life” by Tali Lennox is showing at Catherine Ahnell Gallery, located at 66 Grand Street in New York, through April 19, 2015.

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