January 11, 2014

Secret street art show #surpluscandy, brought to you by hanksy

Secret street art house party? We're in.

When I saw a bunch of artists on Instagram posting pics with the hashtag #surpluscandy, I knew I had to figure out where all this crazy stuff was going down. Thanks to a few tips, we found it in alphabet city on Friday night, and I'm so glad we did.

A ton of street artists took over a 3-story brownstone that's slated for total gutting in the near future. Organized and curated by hanksy, the show featured an amazing assortment of artists, including Enzo & Nio, Obey, Mrs, Moustache Man, ASVP, FoxxFace, Elle, DeeDee, Choice Royce, Icy & Sot, ToneTank, Alice Mizrachi, Russell King, Bishop203, El Sol 25, Sonni Studios, Gilf, KC Burney and way more.

Everyone was told to come and go as fast as possible, so we hurried our way through, almost falling down questionable staircases and stepping over a healthy amount of broken glass. Every room was decked out - bathrooms, kitchens, and living spaces. The experience was like an art scavenger hunt, and everyone and their mom (and us) was instagramming. There was something to discover around every corner, and we felt like we were in a secret street art heaven. Check out some of our photos below, and search #surpluscandy on Instagram to check out other's photos from the one-night-only event.

December 10, 2013

KAWS 'Pass The Blame' at Galerie Perrotin

While downtown NYC gets treated to the 20 foot Companion statues, KAWS gives the Upper East Side neighborhood a more fine art approach.  The Pass The Blame show at Galerie Perrotin is all paintings done by KAWS on special canvases shaped like popular cartoon and comic book characters- if you look carefully you can spot Snoopy, Felix the Cat and Garfield amongst others.

The gallery building, which is really old world NYC, plays off of the brightly colored canvases to create a very cool juxtaposition of old and new, the same way that the canvases of classic cartoon and comic characters which are filled in with KAWS' contemporary patterns and imagery do.  Although we recommend the Mary Boone show for the shock and awe factor, Pass The Blame is also worth checking out if you're a fan of the artist.

KAWS - Pass The Blame
Galerie Perrotin - Until December 21, 2013
909 Madison Avenue
Upper East Side, NYC

December 9, 2013

Put on Your Riot Gear and Push Your Way to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Christmas time again at Rockefeller Center in Midtown, Manhattan. Swam through the hoards of visitors and people hustling tours to get to the tree.  I managed to snap a couple pictures as I passed through- enjoy the intentional blur and the ultra wide angle.

December 8, 2013

KAWS Shows Massive Wooden Companions at Mary Boone Gallery

What are you looking at? Just 20 feet and 10 tons of pure Kaws action. We were totally breathless when we stepped into the huge space at Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea and were faced with these larger than life wooden (Cameroonian wood, to be precise) Companion sculptures. They're pretty simple, but their sheer size in the empty space makes a huge statement - and great for taking epic Instagram photos.

The pair are titled "Along the Way", and can be yours for a cool $900,000. Sorry, the single guy, "At this Time" is already taken (bought for $500,000 - we're dying to know where that one will end up). The huge Companions are on display until December 21st.

December 7, 2013

Pop Up Flea NYC 2013 - Step Your Rugged Game Up

Pop Up Flea is happening this weekend and not only has it moved to a much bigger space since we last checked it out in 2011 but it's gone super rugged. Not to say that the 2011 edition didn't have nice shirting, raw denim, and all of that, but this year was at another level all together.

Freshly relocated to Soho, PUF had lots of space for its vendors to display their CPO jackets, vegetable-tanned leather goods and hand-crafted loafers.  Manliness was of course the theme, vendors displayed their burliest wares and were offering special markdowns and promotions during the event.

The Gitman Bros. booth was offering bespoke shirting in combination with The Hill-side fabrics.  One of the leather goods vendors had a dude custom hammering monograms.  Freemans Sporting Club was giving shaves.  Man of the World magazine had at least one vintage Mercedes Benz out front.  There was more buffalo check, camo, beards, and selvedge denim than you could find in a bar on a Wednesday night in Billyburg.  The best part is there's still another day to go! Pics below for those that can't make it in person.

Pop Up Flea NYC
December 6 - 8, 2013
82 Mercer Street (btw. Spring and Broome)
Soho, NYC

November 24, 2013

Sunday Funday with Olek

Today we did one of our favorite things - don crochet bodysuits and hang out with Olek and Olek enthusiasts (including the always fabulous Spiderman Rickshaw Guy) in NYC. The shoot was for Vibe magazine, either the December or January issue. Not bad for a Sunday.

November 19, 2013

5 Pointz Whitewashed Overnight

The arts community in NYC suffered a dirty stab in the back Monday night when Jerry and David Wolkoff, the owners of graffiti artist haven 5 Pointz, haphazardly whitewashed the building's facade. An act that was apparently meant to soften the blow of the building's imminent demolition felt more like a huge fuck you to anyone and everyone interested in or involved with the street art scene in New York.

About a dozen people, including curator Meres, were milling around 5 Pointz on Tuesday afternoon, taking photos and tagging a little corner of the building for the last time. There was an air of utter sadness and defeat, everyone questioning why the end had to be like this. The painting of the building seemed like an act of sheer anger, something an uncontrollable kid would do if they were throwing a temper tantrum.  Not only physically destructive, painting over the graffiti was metaphorically destructive as well - it's is a sign of utmost disrespect in the graffiti community.

A unique part of the city which had become a cult international destination for artists and fans; and, more importantly, a creative outlet for a community of New York City is gone for good.  5 Pointz is set for demolition over the next 3 months, and overpriced condos will take it's place. More pictures after the jump.

October 28, 2013

Photographer Focus: Daniela Coelho

Next time Daniela goes somewhere, I'm gonna hide in her suitcase. Obviously a traveler, Ms. Coelho, originally from Brazil, gets around (the world). She captures beautiful scenes from her trips, and has a very interesting perspective. These photos make you want to get up out of your seat and go far, far away. Today's a great day to explore the world, through her photography. Check out more of her gorgeous photos here, and also Meu Amigo Tigre, the band she plays bass guitar in, which is great background music for her photography.

location Brasilia, Brazil, but currently living in London favorite camera Yashica Electro 35 random fact about yourself I just configured a wi-fi router by myself and I'm felling great about it favorite subject matter to shoot Basically almost everything I see when I travel photographers you admire Man Ray, André Kertész, Helen Levitt, Vivian Maier what makes a great photo For me what makes a good photo is not the technique involved, but its impact and how it makes you react. Some of the most beautiful photos I've seen are not "right" in terms of composition or exposure, for example what makes a terrible photo Usually photos of me eating are pretty bad why do you love photography This is such a simple question, but I'm finding it a little hard to answer. I don't think I've ever really thought about it. Taking photos is something I gradually started loving a few years ago. For me it just works as a great way of self-expression, I think. do you do any other art? I play bass guitar in the band Meu Amigo Tigre