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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A2G’s Art Picks for New York in May 2015

Posted by The G on May 12, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos and words by G.  Art by Various Artists.

Spring has arrived in New York (thank god!) and now that you can leave your dwelling without wearing 10 layers and still freezing your ass off, take yourself on an art adventure!  Here’s a handful of exhibits you should see, According to G.

David Shrigley

David Shrigley

David Shrigley by David Shrigley at Anton Kern Gallery, located at 532 West 20th Street.  Now showing through May 23, 2015.

Beau - Mechanical Shark Week

Beau – Mechanical Shark Week

“Mechanical Shark Week” by BEAU at Ami Li Projects, located at 66 Mott Street in Chinatown through June 3, 2015.

Cecily Brown at Maccarone

Cecily Brown at Maccarone

“The English Garden” by Cecily Brown at Maccarone, located at 98 Morton Street through June 20, 2015.

Ron English Mural Bowery and Houston

Ron English “Baby Hulk” Mural Bowery and Houston

Ron English’s “Baby Hulk” Mural at the corner of Bowery and Houston.  Ongoing (at least until June, 2015) and viewable 24/7.

Closeup of "Baby Hulk" by Ron English

Closeup of “Baby Hulk” by Ron English.  Click to enlarge!

Click on the photo to see all the awesome (and hilarious detail).

Christopher Wool at Luhring Augustine

Christopher Wool at Luhring Augustine (Chelsea exhibit pictured)

Christopher Wool at Luhring Augustine.  Located at 531 West 24th Street in Manhattan and 25 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn.  Through June 20, 2015.

Yayoi Kusama - Give Me Love 5

Yayoi Kusama – Give Me Love

“Give Me Love” by Yayoi Kusama at David Zwirner, located at 519 & 525 West 19th Street through June 13, 2015.

Dan Flavin

Dan Flavin

Brancusi: Pioneer of American Minimalism (Featuring historically significant works by Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Ryman and Frank Stella), at Paul Kasmin Gallery located at 515 West 27th Street until July 10, 2015.

The Luminous Poem by Airan Kang

The Luminous Poem by Airan Kang

“The Luminous Poem” by Airan Kang at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, located at 505 West 24th Street through June 13, 2015.

The Whitney Museum.  Now Located in the Meat Packing District.

The Whitney Museum. Now Located in the Meat Packing District.  Photo by Gail Worley.

The Whitney Museum,  now located at 99 Gansevoort Street in New York.

Happy Spring!

Spring 2015 Tulips

Spring 2015 Tulips

 

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

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!

Must Have Art Book: “If You’re Reading This, There’s Still Time.” by Morley

Posted by The G on April 17, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art | Read the First Comment

Photos courtesy of Morley.

"If You're Reading This, There's Still Time." by Morley.  Out NOW!

“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 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!

 

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