Must See Art: FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds at Brooklyn Museum

Posted by The G on August 20, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by FAILE (& BAST).

Faile and Bast - Deluxx Fluxx Arcade at Brooklyn Museum

Faile and Bast – Deluxx Fluxx Arcade at Brooklyn Museum

Thank the lord for mind-blowing art exhibits.  The Brooklyn Museum has one that is sure to make your head explode.  It is by street artists FAILE (and BAST) and it’s called “Savage/Sacred Young Minds.”  It consists of 3 parts:  canvases by FAILE, the Deluxx Fluxx Arcade (with BAST) and Temple.  I’ll quickly take you through each one.

FAILE

Faile

If you live in New York, you’ve surely seen FAILE’s art on the streets (and they’ve put it up in many other cities in the world).  The above picture is not a great representation, but if you look closely at their works (use Google!), there are so many things going on in each painting.  Intricate phrases, imagery and other worlds exist in each work and you could spend hours looking at just one painting without getting bored.

Faile/Bast- Deluxx Fluxx Arcade at Brooklyn Museum

Faile/Bast- Deluxx Fluxx Arcade

Next is the Deluxx Fluxx Arcade.  A literal arcade with Faile/Bast art lining the walls, so with that alone, you could be in there for days just staring at all the millions of things going on in each work, but if there were “only” all that going on, it wouldn’t be enough.  So add to that, about 30 video game machines that also feature the art of Faile/Bast that are fully playable, and rather than just being normal arcade games, they are all one of a kind games featuring their art.  Once again, it would be really cool if the arcade stopped there, but alas, you go into the next room which is bathed in black light!

Deluxx Fluxx Arcade

Deluxx Fluxx Arcade

If your head hasn’t exploded by the time you reach this room, I don’t think we can be friends!

Deluxx Fluxx Arcade

Deluxx Fluxx Arcade

 

Deluxx Fluxx Arcade

G inside Deluxx Fluxx Arcade. Photo by Gail.

So after you’ve picked your brain up off the floor from exploding, this exhibit is not done yet!

Temple

Temple

Finally, a temple in ruins, entitled “Temple,” is housed in an atrium of the museum and like everything you’ve seen in the exhibit, there’s a million things going on.

Temple

Temple Sculpture

Inside the temple

Temple Sculpture

View of the inside of the temple

Partial view of the inside of the temple

These pictures don’t do this art justice, so make sure you head down to the Brooklyn Museum to see this amazing exhibit. FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds runs through October 4, 2015 and should not be missed!  Click here for more information.

Deluxx Fluxx Arcade

 

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Photos: Saturday Night Live – The Exhibit

Posted by The G on August 19, 2015 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.

Weekend Update Desk - SNL Exhibit

Weekend Update Desk – SNL Exhibit

It’s hard to believe that the sketch comedy TV show Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th year on the air in 2015.  A major retrospective exhibit was put together to honor this milestone, and naturally, it’s in New York.  Entitled SNL – The Exhibition, if you have ever been a fan of the show, you are sure to get your money’s worth as you will be taken through the process of putting the show together, see all kinds of cool ephemera from the 40 years of the show as well as major set pieces and costumes of a lot of the most beloved characters.

Bass O Matic

A display case featuring many SNL commercial parodies including Super Bass O Matic and Colon Blow

Before I leave you to enjoy a lot of pictures from the exhibit, let me say that you will be reminded of the brilliance of the show and you will laugh out loud as you relive clips from some of the funniest moments of the shows illustrious history.  The exhibit will take about an hour to go through it all and you are allowed to take non-flash photos of all of the items and you can even sit on the actual “Wayne’s World” set or the Weekend Update anchor desk (but they charge an extra fee for that one), plus there is a gift shop (which you exit through – ha!), so you can buy your loved ones SNL-themed merch if that floats your boat.

And now, live from According2g.com…. It’s Saturday Night… the exhibit!

SNL (Good for photo ops!)

SNL (Good for photo ops!)

Church Lady Costume

Church Lady Costume

Coneheads Mask

Coneheads Mask

Dick in a Box costume

Dick in a Box costume

SNL Costumes including Barry Gibb costume, Matt Foley Motivational Speaker, Opera Man, Coneheads

SNL Costumes including Barry Gibb costume, Matt Foley Motivational Speaker, Opera Man, Coneheads

 

Baby Spanx / Oops!  I Crapped My Pants Adult Diapers

Baby Spanx / Oops! I Crapped My Pants Adult Diapers

Eddie Murphy Buckwheat Costume - SNL Exhibit

Eddie Murphy Buckwheat Costume – SNL Exhibit

G on the Wayne's World Set

G on the Wayne’s World Set.  Photo by Gail.

Gilly Costume - SNL Exhibit

Gilly Costume – SNL Exhibit

Celebrity Jeopardy Set

Celebrity Jeopardy Set

Cast Member Photos of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players

Cast Member Photos of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players

Layout of the hosts and musical guests for the 1993 season.

Layout of the hosts and musical guests for the 1993 season.

Click to enlarge so you can see the list of amazing musical guests that were on in the 1993 season.  One of my only complaints of the exhibit was they were very light on the music guest ephemera.  Aside from a Lady Gaga costume and mini TV screens that showed some performance highlights from each season (but positioned in a way you couldn’t really watch them for too long), there was almost nothing of the historical music performances that took place on the show.

The Opening Monologue Stage

The Opening Monologue Stage

Stuart Smalley

Stuart Smalley

The Control Room

The Control Room

Wayne and Garth Costumes - SNL Exhibit

Wayne and Garth Costumes – SNL Exhibit

Turd Furguson

Turd Furguson (Photo by Gail)

SNL Merch

SNL Merch

The Merch!

The Merch!

SNL Exhibit

SNL Exhibit

The Saturday Night Live exhibit is showing through the end of 2015 at 417 5th Avenue in Manhattan (between 37th and 38th Street).  You can probably find cheaper tickets than the suggested price on the official website if you do a little googling.  These pictures are just a sample of what is on display, so if you are an SNL fanatic, do not miss this exhibit!

“Vision Quest” by Dima Drjuchin at The Cotton Candy Machine

Posted by The G on August 17, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Dima Drjuchin.

Vision Quest by Dima Drjuchin

Vision Quest by Dima Drjuchin

I’ve been a fan of Dima Drjuchin’s art for many years and although art is subjective, I don’t see how you could not like it.  In his latest exhibit, “Vision Quest,” at The Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, Dima once again will blow your mind with the fantastical worlds he creates with colors and detail that will have you saying “how does he do that?!”

Vision Quest

Vision Quest

These pictures (which you can enlarge by clicking on them) do not do justice to the amount of detail in each work, so I encourage you to see these in person.  If you’re not a huge art fan but you are into music, you might know Dima’s art from the cover art of Father John Misty’s smash debut album “Fear Fun,” which he brilliantly designed. Dima’s art is surprisingly still reasonably priced, so if you want to own one of his works, I recommend you get on it sooner rather than later.

Vision Quest

Vision Quest

I spoke with Dima at the opening of “Vision Quest” and I asked him 2 of my burning questions about the creation of his works.  I had mentioned that if I had the rest of my life to create paintings, I could never even come close to the brilliance of one of his smaller works, let alone the big ones, so I asked for a ball park estimate of how long it takes him to create a painting.  He said that some of his smaller pieces are made in a single sitting!  Whoa!  Also, since there is so much going on in his works, I wanted to know if each time he looks at a painting if he starts to think of ways he could change or improve (in his eyes, not ours) the painting and he said that he has an easy time separating himself from his works and once he says it’s done, it’s done.  I’ve spoken with many artists over the years who can barely even look at their own paintings because they only see flaws and things they would change if they could, so I found it interesting and inspiring that sometimes there is a definitive stopping point.

Vision Quest by Dima Drjuchin

Vision Quest by Dima Drjuchin

Don’t miss “Vision Quest” by Dima Drjuchin at The Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, which is located at 235 South 1st Street and is showing until September 6, 2015.

“Metazoa” by ROA at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Posted by The G on April 6, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by ROA.

Metazoa 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

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

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.

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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