THE LEGACY OF AN ARMY OF ONE: JEF CAMPION at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery

Posted by The G on April 4, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G.  Art by Jef Campion/Army of One.

"Adam and Eve" by Jef Campion aka Army of One

“Adam and Eve” by Jef Campion aka Army of One

Castle Fitzjohns Gallery in New York is currently paying tribute to one of the art world’s fallen soldiers – Jef Campion aka Army of One.  Campion’s most recognizable work as street artist Army of One was a message to give peace a chance, to stop violence and to end all war.  On the streets of New York or Los Angeles, you could often see Diane Arbus’ iconic “Grenade Boy” image mashed up with messages of love and peace from Army of One.

Give Peace A Chance!

Give Peace A Chance!

Jef Campion was more than an artist – he was also a firefighter, who was one of the first respondents in the 9/11 tragedy, and he worked tirelessly with the Ronald McDonald House to help sick children.  Though in person Jef was one of the sweetest guys you’d ever want to meet, in private, he battled a lot of inner demons and Jef passed on in early 2014.

Original Sin

Original Sin

This exhibit showcases many pieces that his fans are familiar with, as well as many unseen works that show a completely different side of his art.  During his life, he invited me to his studio many times, but our schedules could never coordinate and I am sad that I will never get to speak with him about these great works of art, most of which I was seeing for the first time at this retrospective exhibit.

Ball of Confusion

Ball of Confusion

I’ve known Jef for several years and of course we bonded over having the same name (though different spellings) and we also lived in the same neighborhood, so I’d see him out and about at art functions and of course, his art is all over the streets of Los Angeles and New York, so his presence was always felt.   This exhibit is a beautiful and touching tribute to a beautiful man.  I hope you go see it.  If you can’t make it, at least ponder Jef’s mission statement: Give Peace A Chance!   Rest in peace, my friend.

Gone but not forgotten - Army Of One aka Jef Campion.

Gone but not forgotten – Army Of One aka Jef Campion.

Castle Fitzjohns Gallery is located at 98 Orchard Street.

Judith Supine Shows His Face At “Golden Child” Opening

Posted by The G on March 31, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G, Street Art | Read the First Comment

Photos by G except where noted.  Art by Judith Supine.

Judith Supine

Judith Supine

The back story of street artist Judith Supine is quite interesting.  He was unable to speak until the age of 17 and he adopted his mother’s maiden name as a persona and for the duration of his career has kept his actual identity hidden.  Until now!  At his exhibit “Golden Child” at MECKA Gallery in Brooklyn, the artist showed his face for the first time.  And a good looking face it is.

Judith Supine

Judith Supine

The exhibit is located in the heart of Brooklyn (read: far for Manhattanites), but if you are a lover of street art, it will be worth the trek.  Unfortunately, it’s unclear if this exhibit is a one night only affair or not (read: if you want free publicity or people to show up, you should at least put the who, where, what on your goddamned website!)

Judith Supine

Judith Supine

The opening night party was awesome and at it, I spotted artists Icy and Sot, Insurgency Inc., WK Interact and Anthony Michael Sneed.

A "hidden" work

A “hidden” work in the exhibit.  Location unknown.

Speaking of Anthony Michael Sneed, whose work I am a huge fan of, he was kind enough to take a photo of Judith Supine and myself.  Full disclosure:  I attempted a selfie but Judith is tall and I am very short and the photo I took was a hot mess!

See what Judith Supine looks like, after the jump!

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Maya Hayuk Mural on Bowery and Houston

Posted by The G on February 9, 2014 under Street Art | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G.  Art by Maya Hayuk.

Maya Hayuk Mural on Bowery and Houston

Maya Hayuk Mural on Bowery and Houston

If you look closely, you can see the artist admiring her work.

Maya Hayuk Mural on Bowery and Houston 2

Maya Hayuk Mural on Bowery and Houston

Tony Montana (Al Pacino) is Street Art

Posted by The G on January 25, 2014 under Street Art | Comments are off for this article

Photo by G.

TO NY Montana

TO NY Montana

No cocaine was snorted or sold during the taking of this photo.  But if you’ve got some to share, let us know!

Lou Reed & Velvet Underground Mural in Brooklyn

Posted by The G on January 22, 2014 under Street Art | Read the First Comment

Photo by G.

Lou Reed Mural

Lou Reed Mural

I saw this mural in Brooklyn recently.  These two ladies are fans of the late Lou Reed as the woman on the left is wearing a “Transformer” T-shirt (and on her fingers, the words “Wild Side” for “Walk on the Wild Side” are tattooed).  The lady on the right is a Velvet Underground fan and she is wearing the iconic Andy Warhol image that is also the cover of The VU’s first album with Nico.  If you know the artist of this cool mural, please let us know in the comments section.

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