Sunday, July 24, 2011

Save The Date August 13th "Street Art Stories"


July 24, 2011

Brooklyn Street Art invites you to "Street Art Stories", a presentation and panel discussion about new stories told on the street today, to be held at MOCA Grand Avenue Ahmanson Auditorium, Los Angeles, California on Saturday, August 13, 2011, at 3 pm.

Presented by Brooklyn Street Art
A Presentation and Panel Discussion About New Stories Told on the Street Today

In Street Arts' latest chapter, the storytellers are hitting up walls with all manner of influences and methods. More than ever before, formally trained and self taught fine artists are skipping the gallery route and taking their work directly to the public, creating cultural mash-ups and highly personal stories of their own, altering the character of this scene once again. Eclectic, individual, and as D.I.Y. as you can imagine, these Street Artists may have knowledge of who came before them or not, but they are determined to be a part of one art scene that is perceived as authentic, relevant, and alive.

Join Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo, authors and founders of Brooklyn Street Art and contributing Street Art writers for The Huffington Post ARTS, as they show and compare examples of work from New York's streets today. Then join a lively discussion with knowledgeable panelists about precursors to this storytelling practice and how it may be evolving what we have been calling "Street Art" for the last decade.

Hosted by The Huffington Post ARTS and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) at MOCA Grand Avenue Ahmanson Auditorium, our panelists are:

• Kimberly Brooks, Fine Artist and Founding Arts Editor of the Huffington Post
• Shepard Fairey, Fine Artist, Street Artist, and Graphic Designer
Marsea Goldberg, Director of New Image Art Gallery in West Hollywood, CA
• Ken Harman, Managing Online Editor at Hi-Fructose Magazine and Owner and Curator at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, CA
• Ethel Seno, Editor of "Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art" and Curatorial Coordinator for the MOCA exhibition "Art in the Streets" at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Presenters and moderators, Steven P. Harrington, Editor in Chief, and Jaime Rojo, Editor of Photography at BrooklynStreetArt.com

MOCA Grand Avenue
Ahmanson Auditorium
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date and Time:
Saturday, August 13, 2011, at 3 pm

Admission is free and seating is very limited so please RSVP your request to MOCApanel@BrooklynStreetArt.com today. You will receive a confirmation via email by August 4 __if your request can be honored.

While in LA, please check out Street Art Saved My Life : 39 New York Stories, a show curated by Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo of BrooklynStreetArt.com

Presented by Brooklyn Street Art in collaboration with ThinkSpace and C.A.V.E Gallery
August 12 - September 4, 2011 at C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice, California www.cavegallery.net

Street Art Saved My Life : 39 New York Stories Online Press Release: http://mim.io/692a11

HuffPost ARTS http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arts/
MOCA http://www.moca.org
Brooklyn Street Art http://www.brooklynstreetart.com/
©2011 BrooklynStreetArt.com | Brooklyn, New York

Friday, July 22, 2011

We're Stoked !!!

Annie Vought just received a review by Leah Ollman of the Los Angeles Times

Check it out:
Art Review: Annie Vought at New Image Art

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

RETNA -- West Hollywood Library Mural Project

Today I stopped by the West Hollywood Library to follow up on RETNA's portion of the mural project. His blue gestural script is now becoming part of the cityscape. Here are photos of the mural.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The West Hollywood Library Mural 3

Here is the start of the West Hollywood Library Mural project featuring Shepard, Kenny and Retna.
Here is Retna high above starting his wall. Makes us proud to be in WEHO!
Special thanks to our intern Camille for taking the shots and getting the artists to snap a few for us up close and personal.

Neck Face Invades Fairfax Alley

I am not sure what was in the cooler on the ground behind the Fallafel Place on Fairfax but I do know
it was strong, tasty, yellow and on ice. Rumor had it -- it was filled with Margaritas...

Last night Neck Face's genius video debuted under a full moon and black sky.
It was a totally special eve for the locals- being the freeway was shut down...

Practically magical.

 Neck Face's film is hysterical I mean really really hysterical.
Funnier than The Hang Over 2 on half the budget and staring Neck who is funnier than
well almost anyone....

The film will be on the internet and I am sure will create a huge sensation.....

Right Robin and Nina???!!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

++++^^^^****OWEN SCHMIT*****^^^^^+++++

These wonderfully chaotic and tactile surf collages are the work of Owen Schmit. If you weren't familiar with the artist it might seem as though they were made in a grungy van by a sunburned acid casualty surf legend, but they weren't. They were made by a talented young lady from southern california who isn't much of a surfer, but the finds inspiration in this extreme sport. She has an art show with Paul Wackers opening July 30. Go see it. I don't know if she boogey boards or gets gnar on the aggressive  in-lines, so you'll have to find out for yourself.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

In the spirit of Swoon... comes Dithyrambalina.

Collaborative culture, collective intention and a regenerative resolve underlies Swoons latest imaginative endeavor - Musical Architecture in New Orleans.
Together with local and national sound artists and musicians, Swoon is realizing a larger than life music-box landmark for permanent public installation.

Instruments are in development that are to be built into the walls and the floorboards, so that visitors can make music by interacting with the space, and in the space together. Block party orchestrations are surely performances the community can look forward to upon actualization of this sculpture..

Swoon has designed the structure, giving the salvaged remains of an old Creole Cottage that once stood on the site another chance to thrill the residents of the Bywater neighbourhood.

The logistics involved with the development of ideas like singing walls, a floorboard operated organ and heartbeat sensitive percussion - offer all of us the opportunity to support a dream so visionary. The kinetic sound artists on the job need time and money to get all the mechanisms perfectly planned before final erection.

Please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1132047121/swoons-musical-architecture-for-new-orleans?ref=video and pledge your support for possibility :)

Bravo to all members of the constellation that is the Dithyrambalina team.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Paul Wackers & Owen Schmit - Opening - July 30th

Here is tall grass Nina liked outside the studios and Nina with her poncho that someone gave her when she was in Big Sur. This is a bad pic of Nina but anyway...

Last night Nina and I drove out to  Pasadena to visit the Graduate Studios of Art Center College of Design. We forgot out cameras so here are some foggy cell photos of our visit with artist 
Owen Schmit. Owen and Paul Wackers will be showing paintings with us this July 30th.
Paul Wackers just sent us images of some of his new paintings.
Paul's original style of inventive techniques continue to forge ahead into beautiful territory.

Here are Owen's new paintings. They are structured and inspired by California's  natural environment.