Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Art on Allen: Bansky, NeckFace, and Alex Cao

I am lucky enough to live in Chinatown on the edge of the lower east side, and conduct most of my daily errands walking up and down Allen St. The other day I realized I walk past quite a bit of art. And I had my camera. So I took pictures and here is what I saw, a little about each artist and their websites
ALEX CAO past Delancy on Allen

I walk by this guys studio/store/gallery/whatever it is all the time- Its right between White
Slab and Congee Village. Everytime I go past he has some kind of black and white photo of a
celebrity in the window. However on closer inspection I see that these are made up of tiny little
portraits of someone who has something to do with the larger portrait- i.e. Andy Warhol made
up of tiny Maos, Marylin Monroe made up of tiny JFKs, I forget the other ones but u get it. I
Looked at his website and evidently he's a commercial photographer (who must make a lot of
money to have his own spot on Delancey and Allen) but he doesnt feature any of his artsy pieces
his website. Anyway check him out- I like his Photos because they're a lot of fashiony faces, much
much like my work.

NECKFACE past the Tenement Museum behind a chain fence

I see Neckface's shit around the neighborhood quite a bit. As a matter of fact he tried to tag
next to Banksy's piece (which is the next artist) but they painted over it. Whoever "they" are.
Anyway he's a young artist with that "ten year old" style. He's a favorite of Juxtapoz magazine,
he's 3 years younger than me, and he's persistant. Anyway check him out.

BANKSY right after Canal in front of an Asian restaurant supply store

So Banksy was in town recently for an opening and did one of his pieces on this wall.
UNFORTUNATELY (or not) other little assholes tagged over it spoiling the effect. However is
that wrong? The Shepard Fairey Mural met the same fate however that brings up an interesting debate:
If these guys started as illegal graff artists in the classic rebellious style- but now are rich and
sponsored by Target and having shows all over the world, then I think its the young artists
influenced by them paying homage. So obviously Im divided because part of me wants to see the
work clean and as it is supposed to, and part of me likes the fact that the next generation
is carrying on the graffiti tradition.

So if you get a chance take a lil walk down Allen, there are also a lot of restaurants, bars
galleries and stores to browse, especially a block over on Orchard. :)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

GALLERY WEEK: Tokidoki, Deluxx FLUXX, and Sex With Robots

Its always some art shit here, right? But tha
ts why I like living here soooo these are three things that filled my day up on the beautiful Friday May 7th of Gallery Week, Mercury in Retrograde be damned. WARNING- for men reading my blog, especially if you are straight please proceed to the second section of this article, which contains more man friendly content, by looking for the red 2.
FIRST of all I WILL have my own makeup line some day. And that deciscion was solidified in my mind by divine inspiration when taking my
usual route through the Union Square Sephora (enter on 4th av between 17th and 18th streets then slip through and around, a spritz here, some glitter there, gloss everywhere, and boom leave out the 17th st side and slip into Barnes and Knoble to bat your lashes at the brooding guy browsing through the art magazines) But I digress.
Im looking for some colored eyeliner when BAM- what do I see right in front of me but a FULL FANTASY TOKIDOKI MAKEUP DISPLAY. Now I love Tokidoki. for those of you that dont know its created in the spirit of Japanese young culture by and Italian- genius Simone Legno. -check it out

I used for Donutella and Choco Cromatico Eyeshadow for my eyes, the Sabochan Perfetto Eyeliner, and Cactus Friends LipInk in Fantastico lipgloss- and the kicker is the lip stains and eyeliner are packaged and applied like MARKERS. Simone Legno is an artist get it/ Markers? Genius.

2 See how easy that was? THEN I shayshenayed over to the
Faile and Bast Deluxx FLUXX Arcade on Allen. I loved it. It had been blinking at me as I passed it all week- be it by taxi,15 bus or foot- as I did my daily errands which cause me to go up and down Allen all day I kept seeing this flashing thing at me that said Arcade. Then I read about it. Then I went in and played and took pictures.
I think it is a great contemporary exhibition. WAY better then any bullshit Ive seen at the New Museum lately. As a matter of fact I would love to give these two three floors at the New Museum and see what kind of visual ineractive art whoppers they would feed to the masses. After that last guy (Urs Fischer) who did the giant shits and the melting piano ANYTHING would look good. (btw I loved the mirror boxes at that show- Im not a hater)
They made it a total experience with a 7 games in the front and a blacklight foosball table in the back. There were a lot of noise and lights so I was glad I was by myself so I could really have one on one interaction with the show. Each game is the shell of games we (if we are over 20) probably played at arcades, supermarkets, the skating rink, wherever. We know the joysticks and buttons and fake guns- but they've used it as their medium and reprogramed these to be art games, seemingly under your control but really you are being sucked in to the artists control playing with you and his images engaging you. Awsome mind fuck. BUT to top that off its totally POP and collage looking with familiar images of beauties and beasts sliced up and dancing on the screen in front of you, on the walls, on the floor, and in the well composed music individual to each game. Its how I like my art: pretty, meaningful, and fun
Last I went to my girl Gia's night at Amnesia called "Sex with Robots" where she paints these naked girls to look like robots then they walk around and dance while people get their drink and dance on. Needless to say love it, I will be involved in the future, and love that tiny ass bitch.

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