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
Photos by G.
Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein
I don’t know his music and from what you see in the scandal mags, Justin Bieber seems like a total douche bag. However, hotness is hotness. The Beebz’ Calvin Klein ads are on a massive wall on Houston and Layfayette in New York at the moment, so for all my ladies and gays, here you go.
Tell us in the comments section: Justin Bieber – hot or not?
Justin Bieber Billboard
Photos by G. Art by Jeff Koons.
Split-Rocker by Jeff Koons
If you find yourself in the Rockefeller Center area between now and late September 2014, make sure you check out Jeff Koons’ massive work “Split-Rocker.” The piece is over 37 feet high and features over 50,000 flowering plants!
It will be on display 24/7 through September 25, 2014.
Split-Rocker (Side View)
Photos courtesy of Morley.
“If You’re Reading This, There’s Still Time.” by Morley. Out NOW!
Artist Morley has not only made the leap from the streets to galleries, but he can also add ‘Author’ to his list of career highlights. His first book “If You’re Reading This, There’s Still Time.” is out now! If you are unfamiliar with Morley’s work, you can remedy that by reading a Q&A Morley and I did in 2011 (wow, where does the time go?!) and you will instantly fall in love with his wit (and as a bonus, he sent us a photo of his cat Nelson wearing a sweater!). Morley’s art has been seen all over the world and he is equal parts Banksy and Steven Wright. Needless to say, I’ve loved his work for years and I am ecstatic about this book! Congratulations Morley!!!
IF YOU’RE READING THIS, THERE’S STILL TIME — MORLEY BOOK PROMO from Morley on Vimeo.
Morley on Tour!
Morley is embarking on a book tour (with unique free gift at each stop) and you will not want to miss your chance to meet him in the flesh.
The dates are as follows. Click on the above photo for more details.
4/19/14 Lab Art, Los Angeles, California
4/21/14 Skylight Books, Los Angeles, California
4/24/14 Book Soup, Los Angeles, California
5/1/14 Campfire Gallery, San Francisco, California
5/2/14 The Phoenix Theater/Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma, California
5/4/14 Powell’s Bookstore, Portland, Oregon
5/6/14 Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, Washington
5/9/14 The 11:11 Gallery, Tarzana, California
5/24/14 The Art in Public Panel, Tarzana, California
5/29/14 The Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore, Maryland
5/30/14 Atmosphere, Arlington, Virginia
5/31/14 Prarie Lights, Iowa City, Iowa
If you attend any of these events, tell him “According2G sent you.” And he’ll no doubt reply to you with “Who in the hell is that?”
“If You’re Reading This, There’s Still Time.” by Morley can be yours at this link (which will open in new window)!
Get it now and tell a friend!