This looks like the work of NYC’s masked avenger Poster Boy.
About a year ago, we were seeing more of these crude cut and paste jobs, even a street art collaboration with NYC street artist Aakash Nihalani. On Jan, 30, Poster Boy was busted by undercover cops in a Soho gallery space and carted off to Rikers. The poster mash-ups came to a halt and Poster Boys identity was revealed as Henry Matvjewicz, a 27 year old art student originally from Connecticut…or was it? The New York Times published a piece on February 4, that Matvjewicz was just a stand-in…and the real poster boy was still at large looming in the shadows, dicing up posters. Matvejewicz story has holes, making the copy-cat artist story plausible, but for now, Matvejewicz has officially taken the heat and continues to stands up for his Poster Boy manifesto. So whats the conviction behind it all?
“Nobody wants to see those ads. Some ads are clever, you know. You watch the Superbowl and you see like a funny ad or a clever ad, and there is some art behind it. You know, composition and color, there’s some appreciation. But then when it’s that big and in-your-face and it’s so aggressive; you get kinda tired of it. You’re like, Damn, I wish that shit would just like disappear. And then someone like Poster Boy comes by and just says, “Fuck it.” I’m going to cut it down with same razor I use in the subway..there are things out there that are not right and probably always will be things that are not right, and you have to decide your level of involvement and how you have to change that. I’ve decided that as a human being, as Henry Matyjewicz, as an artist, as a citizen, as an American. I understand what I can do and what I want to do and my involvement; and I think people should do that too and not be afraid to get arrested because that fear is why were are in this predicament—this moral predicament— in the first place, you know. You need to stop being scared and being empowered and thinking you can make a difference.”- Poster Boy
Whether or not this newly diced up ad is the mark of the actual Poster Boy or not may remain a mystery…one thing for sure, the spirit of Poster Boy is still alive in NYC.
Check out more of Nihalani’s work HERE
British artist Shantell Martin has been experimenting with “skin-illustration” this past year and it seems this trend is catching on. Nina Chakrabarti recently published a new fashion spread in i want you magazine that features some striking photographs of women with skin illustrations as well. While Martin’s illustrates right onto the models, Chakrabarti draws on top of the photographs themselves creating a somewhat different effect…kinda creepy. Sort of a highly evolved, more artistic version of drawing on the kid who passes out at a keg. Maybe the art of eyebrow shaving is next. Top photo is Martin, the bottom two are Chakrabarti.
Discosalt artist Pam Glew has some really sweet new prints for sale.
Candy Pop Antichrist (left) is based loosely on Lily Allen, named Antirchrist because of the inverted union jack has been turned into a kind of upside-down cross.
Saint (right) is also based on a Lily, this one is Lily Cole, the one with the angel face and a saintly look about her, I think the Pre-reaphealites would have loved Lily Cole. The original flags were made from American Flags, turned into Union Jacks with many pairs of denim jeans (the rivets and pockets are still visible). The images are painted with blecah freehand to make these new deconstructed cameo portraits.
Check out more of Pams work at her upcoming “A Mirror Distorted” show at Carmichael Gallery in LA
Over the years, most of Jeffrey’s work was based on creating surreal portraits inspired by icons of pop culture. Influenced by the work of Matisse, Van Gogh and other post-impressionist artists, he has used a plethora of brilliant pure colors to create simplified structures of form in a ‘dream like’ manner. His familiar aesthetic images are primarily created by building layer upon layer of acrylic paint. Moving to Hoboken, NJ in 2002, played an extremely influential part on Jeffrey’s most recent work. Inspired by the scenic view of the NYC skyline from across the Hudson River, he explored photography at sunset and sunrise. His paintings, referencing his photographs and his own personal vision, are created using high contrast acrylic paints and bold geometric representations of his environment. The natural light contrast on the stark and industrial sides of buildings creates a dramatic effect depicted in his choice of intense colors and use of abstract organic shapes. Jeffrey Philip Capossela was born in Connecticut, but lived in several different places throughout his childhood He attended high school in Ridgefield, CT and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Rhode Island. He lived in Hoboken, NJ from 2002-2007 and attended New York University in 2005, where he received a professional certificate in Web Design & Multimedia. He currently lives in Tuckahoe, NY. For more info on Jeffrey’s work click HERE or email email@example.com
Sara Broski gets right to the point. She’s found that being able to get her ideas across as efficiently as possible is a very important and yet often difficult task, but one which she is up for. Through her little paintings, Sara hopes to express her ideas and amuse you at the same time. Life is not as serious as it sometimes seems and Sara wants the viewers of her art to walk away with a smirk on their face. If you are interested in Sara’s work or purchasing prints, check out more of her work HERE or contact a Discosalt rep at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artists are constantly redefining the way we look at and experience public space…and now the way we look at being green. In Brooklyn, Eco artist Edina Tokodi has created a living wall installation on the Green Spaces NY rooftop that is made completely out of plants. The installation was created for the Fort Green Garden Walk event and will eventually be on display in a public space this summer.
Awesome video from the F5 RE: pLAY Film Festival in NYC this past April titled “Idea” from Sehsucht. F5 gathers some of the best creative minds from around the world to present a rich mix of disciplines to redefine creative expression. This video may only last 1:20 but its completely hypnotic. Check it out.
Transparency is certainly the buzz word of our era and there is always a need for simple transparent design. Through some rather ingenious photos, Khristian Mendoza, a student at Swinburne University in Australia visualizes this simple message…and rather effectively at that.
Bruce News work is an attempt to document his existence, to leave a visual record of his thoughts, ideas, and fantasies. He currently reside in the wilds of Kentucky, with a bird and his son, on a mountain top, right next to the sun, where he creates artwork high on butterfly wine. Check out more of Bruces work HERE
Where: Arario New York
521 W. 25t St., 2nd FL
New York, New York 10001
When: Opening Reception Thursday, June 25 (6-8pm)
On view from June 26-July 24
Arario, an NYC gallery for Asian contemporary art is showcasing a new group exhibit called Paraphrase this month. “The title—meaning a restatement of a text or passage; to put something in your own words; or to give meaning in another form—suggests how these artists approach long-established written and visual languages.”
The exhibit will feature works by NYC street artist, Discosalt friend and favorite Aakash Nihalani. We began following the work of Aakash Nihalani just over a year ago and his signature open-air installations which use flourecent tape as his sole medium have become instantly recognizable in and around the city. Nihalani’s street art is one of the most relevant forms of art right now because it gives a fresh persepctive on public space that creates room for new words and ideas.
Two adjacent street art paste ups spotted on the Brooklyn Heights waterfront for ya. One, from what looks like Brooklyn street artist Judith Supine and another rasterbated wheat paste of punk icon Sid Vicious from what could be the work of Discosalt favorite Mr. Brainwash.
Jenna works from a detailed vision that she sets out to recreate, whether arising from her subconscious or something from everyday life that sparks her imagination. A common plant such as a Venus Fly Trap will transform itself into a vagina, eating tiny man flies that she simply must capture. A common kitchen appliance will reveal a bored house wives tool for masturbation that she will recreate and photograph. In case you havent already figured it out, most of Jennas ideas are raunchy, visual puns that you laugh about and later construct. Some of her jokes could be considered bathroom humor while others deal with more serious issues such as gender and roles women have in society. She photographs mostly women, feminine men and mannequins, all of which have roles that are blurred. For Jenna, exploration and a quick imagination allow other visions to surface. She believes in getting her ideas through experience, her minds eye, day-dreams and fantasies, not other peoples.
Lindsey’s work is a visual diary of her experiences, thoughts and imagination. As thoughts are momentary, so are her images-created as narratives of characters seeking truth. Lindsey consciously directs light and matter towards the subjects within the photograph, seeking to create stillness and subtle grace. Lindsey Bushong is a member of the Discosalt Artist Collective and works out of New York.
Born in Linz, Austria, Tom Haslinger began photography in 1999 and was the assistant to Thomas Smetana from 1999 to 2000. In the year 2000 Tom moved to Vienna where he was the assistant for Markus Rossle until 2003. He has worked for some model agencies in London and assistant for ranking, as well as Dazed and Confused Magazine. Tom has worked for advertizing campaigns with Nike, Milka, T-Mobile, Addidas and other local clients. Tom has been working in New York City since 2005 doing test shoots for various modeling agencies and is a member of the Discosalt Artist Collective.
What: Looking at Music: Side 2
When: June 10- November 30th
Where: MoMA, New York
The Yoshiko and Akio Morita Media Gallery, second floor
Damage: $20.00 (Free w/student ID)
The Moma exhibit Looking at Music: Side 2, catalogs NYC’s stripped-down, hard-edged, anti-establishment, experimental art and music scene of the late ’70s and early ”80s. Back when art and music were cross pollinating in NYC, when downtown artists plastered city walls with art, played in bands, squatted abandoned buildings in the east village and turned vacant garages into makeshift super 8 theaters and performance spaces. The punk ethos was alive. That energy seems to have been lost… but you can revisit it all through 120 photographs, music videos, drawings, audio recordings, publications, Super 8 films, ephemera, live events, and punk-film screenings from September-November.
Some Highlights of the exhibition will include: drawings by Patti Smith; photography by Dan Graham, Nan Goldin, and Jimmy DeSana; experimental video by James Nares; issues of influential zines and magazines including Search & Destroy, Interview, and Punk; music videos with songs by Blondie and Suicide; record covers designed by Kim Gordon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Raymond Pettibon; music from Television, The Ramones, and Talking Heads; and live band footage from performances at Max’s Kansas City; Film screenings (Taxi Driver, New York Dolls – All Dolled Up, The Blank Generation, Blank City, Deadly Art of Survival, Underground USA, Downtown 81/ New York Beat Movie, Men in Orbit, G Men, She Had Her Gun All Ready, Rome 78, Stranger than Paradise, Variety, and Bob Gruen’s 1976 video “New York Death Cult (Live at Max’s Kansas City)”. Check the Looking at Music: Side 2 website for film details and show times.
French Illustrator/Musician McBess, a Discosalt favorite, brings his own unique vision to this music video for his band, The Dead Pirates. “Wood” is highly stylish black and white 1940’s cartoon meets Gorillaz Feel Good Inc, done in McBess’s signature style, full of some really crazy intricate detail and lots of tatoos. McBess has a pretty gnarly website with some great 2D art for sale and a shirt from the video featuring The Dead Pirate’s logo on Threadless. You can find that here.
Hedi Slimane, Tunisan/Italian/Brazilian-French Fashion designer and cultural photographer has a new collection of some really compelling black and white portraits taken at Coachella 2009. Slimane whose diverse background includes studying Political Science and Art History also worked on the centenary exhibition of Louis Viton”s “LV” monogramme label in the mid nineties. His most recent photo-diary includes spontaneous shots, stark, intimate portraits and some scattered still life photographs that are worth checking out.
Brooklyn Artist Judith Supine keeps earning street cred with his surreal combination of old engraving art mixed with hand-drawn and painted images around the city. He works with wheat paste posters in cut out shapes of characters with over sized heads and flourescent green skin and inserts them into bizarre street scenarios that require a double take. Supine isnt new to street art and has a history of some really insane street art stunts like wheatpasting a Times Square army recruitment center and dangling an awesomely large figure over the side of the Manhattan Bridge. Check out some of these newer images recently spotted in Brooklyn.
Shane O’Brien is an artist, educator and gallery owner. After finishing an undergraduate degree at Bowdoin College, Maine, he completed his MFA at the University of Colorado in Photography and Electronic Media. He currently lives in Vancouver, Canada and is a member of the Discosalt artist collective. Check out more of Shanes work in the Discosalt artist section or contact him for purchasing at Obrien Gallery
What: HomeBase IV
Where: 232 East Broadway, Lower East Side, New York
When: May 9th – 24th, Wednesdays through Sundays from 12:00-8:00pm.
If Star Trek is sold out but you still need to get out of the rain this weekend and explore strange new space, warp speed your @ss over to HomeBase IV/ Spring 2009. Its kind of like Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home but without the whales…kind of….Now in its fourth year, The Homebase Project (an international, artist-run, site-specific public art project that explores the notions of “Home”) has selected a group of 10 artists to transform a former medical center on the Lower East Side into their playing ground. The project is free to the public this month and will be host to a series of art talks, lectures, workshops, performances, and parties. Energize. Heglu’meH QaQ jajvam! Anyone speak Klingon here? 2009 Artists featured are: David Bar Katz, Willum Geerts, Oded Hirsch, Sandra Lee, Pessi Margulies, J. Morrison, Abby Robinson, Paul Sepuya, Dafna Shalom, Letha Wilson.
When: Friday, April 24th; 7:00pm – 12:00am
Where: 3rd Ward (195 Morgan Ave.)
Damage: Free with RSVP
Discosalt first spotted New York’s mysterious “ Poster Boy ” back in July and now you can check out more of his ironic film commentary and bizarre ad re-mixes this Friday in the gallery at 3rd Ward(but this time endorsed by the advertisers? wait? what?) Show will Feature the beats of DJ Mr. F snacks from BK Salsa , gift bags from Harper Perennial, ad creators and mash-uppers. Plus, free Dogfish beer while it lasts. Maybe he doesnt hate beer afterall…
FIELD , an installation by Richard Box , an artist in residence in the physics department at the University of Bristol, is a major undertaking which includes the installation of several thousand ready- made glass fluorescent tubes. The tubes are ‘planted’ at the foot of an electricity pylon, and pick up the waste emission from the overhead power line causing the tubes to glow when an electrical voltage is set up across it. The result is a field of light sabers that is just amazing and makes visible what would otherwise go unnoticed. Check out more of Box’s photos and work on his on his website .
The Show features new work based on film noir; femme fatales, innocents and sinners. Expect to see vintage American flags, brocade and a very special antique coronation flag of Agness Deyn.
Discosalt artist Pam Glew will be releasing two tiny screenprint editions of 10, made with the the magic bleaching technique on vintage 49 star flags. “Bitter sweet” and “Beautiful Nightmare” are like originals, but pocket sized. Pam is also launching a new line of black tote bags with an image of Marlene Dietrich. The bags are Fairtrade in a limited edition of 200.
PRIVATE VIEW 5th MARCH 2009
SHOW RUNS FROM 6th MARCH – 21 MARCH
Stella Dore: 47 Rivington Street, London (Old Street Tube, Exit 3)
Discosalt Artist Bruce New is featured in this months, February Issue of Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine.
Bruces work is an attempt to document his existence, to leave a visual record of his thoughts, ideas, and fantasies. He currently resides in the wilds of Kentucky, with a bird and his son, on a mountain top, right next to the sun, where he creates artwork high on butterfly wine. Check out some more of Bruce’s work in the Discosalt Artist Section.
The Lower East side gets brainwashed… stumble down Bowery from the East Village towards the LES, eyes peeled for some new giant billboard sized wheat paste-ups with a sarcastic look at pop culture and politics, complements of eccentric French filmaker/graftiti artist, Mr. Brainwash aka MBW. Want more? Check out:
Also keep on the lookout for Mr. Brainwash the the T-shirt, Mr. Brainwash the Coloring Book, Mr. Brainwash the Lunch box, Mr. Brainwash the Breakfast Cereal, Mr. Brainwash the Flame Thrower, oh and Mr. Brainwash the doll…the kids love that one.
No plans Friday night? Feeling abandoned? under-appreciated? neglected? She aint gonna email you… so instead go check out “Quality of Life” @ Factory Fresh and commiserate with some art themes you can relate to. Its an exhibit of urban landscape photography that examines marginalized, forgotten, and neglected spaces in the city…like your bed and your apartment, as well as the graffiti, garbage, decay and people found within these spaces…kind of like your apartment again, except, only more so. You can get out, make some talk and meet some darbs that are as stimulating as you are. The Opening reception starts at 6 and runs until October 31. 1063 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Just take the L to Morgan.
For more details, check out: http://www.factoryfresh.net/index.html
(Photographs and captions all courtesy of Yann Arthus-Bertrand.)
This year at AAF London, Discosalt artist, Pam Glew, will be showing 4 new flag works with Art-file and a very new screen print will be launched titled ‘Shock Awakening’ with Artizan Editions.
The Fair is open Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 October, Battersea Park, London, http://www.affordableartfair.com/
Wednesday 22 Private View 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Thursday 23 11.00am – 5.30pm
Drinks Reception 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Friday 24 11.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday 25 11.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday 26 11.00am – 6.00pm
Artizan Editions can be found here: http://www.artizaneditions.co.uk
Art-file can be found here: http://www.art-file.co.uk
If you would like FREE tickets (usually £25) for the preview evening on Wednesday 22nd or drinks reception Thursday 23rd October, please contact : email@example.com asap
For more info and how to get there, please visit: http://www.affordableartfair.com
Graffle have just released a new Pam Glew screen print ‘Window to the World’
Paper Size: 105cm x 70.5cm
Ink image area: 73cm x 51cm
Signed & Dated bottom right
Titled & numbered bottom left
Measuring 105cm (1 metre) x 70.5 cm (it is the exact same size paper as the Crime Scene print). Its a 2 colour signed and numbered edition of 30.
It is available exclusively from the Graffle website:
Graffle www.graffle.co.uk, a charity raffle of urban/street/graffiti art with ALL the money raised being donated to three children’s charities, is auctioning off “Daughter“, a large bleach on brocade piece by Discosalt artist Pam Glew. The auction is only until 13th September 2008 at 12:00am (24 hr clock GMT)
Graffle has an amazing list of highly sought after artists and each has donated an original piece of artwork, which you can win with a ticket costing just £10. To place a bid go to www.graffle.co.uk/auction/ <http://www.graffle.co.uk/auction/>
Pam also continues showcasing her work at The Foundry show until this Sunday 7th- Old street tube, Great eastern street and The Brick Lane Gallery show until this Monday 8th– Brick Lane, London.
Also check out Pams new website! http://www.pamglew.co.uk
What: Art Parade
When: September 06, 2008 4:00 PM
Where: West Broadway from Houston to Grand Street
Deitch Projects, Creative Time and Paper Magazine host the fourth annual Art Parade in New York City this Saturday along West Broadway. This year’s parade will include over 90 projects, including those by Jim Drain, Barry McGee, Clare Rojas, Beta Tank, Yoko Ono, Dzine, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and Kenny Scharf, and will involve over 900 participants, making this the largest and most dynamic Art Parade yet.
- The Jersey: Northwest corner of Ninth Avenue and 39th Street, near the Lincoln Tunnel
- The MoMA: South side of West 54th Street, east of the Avenue of the Americas
The Ladies’ Mile: West side of Fifth Avenue, north of 57th Street (in front of Bergdorf’s)
The Chelsea: In front of 530 West 25th Street, east of 11th Avenue (in front of PaceWildenstein Gallery)
The Hipster: West side of Bedford Avenue, near North Sixth Street, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
The Olde Times Square: South side of West 44th Street, west of Seventh Avenue
The Villager: In front of 536 La Guardia Place, between West Third and Bleecker Streets
The Wall Street: North side of 82 Wall Street, west of Water Street
The Coffee Cup: West side of Amsterdam Avenue, between West 110th and 111th Streets
What: The Canal Chapter announces the Launch of the Stanton Chapter
New Gallery Space Opening show/ BBBQ
Featuring Discosalt artist Victor Timofeev.
When: Opening Reception June 8, 4-10pm (May 18-June 23)
Where: 176 Stanton, @ Attorney,
Lower East Side
If you were walking along 3rd avenue and 16th street last night, you may have noticed that gramercy residents have either gotten into the habit of elegantly situating their garbage these days or someone is making some crazy awesome street art out of bright orange hangers. You be the Judge. Either way….we want more.
Do you know why you’re afraid when you’re alone? I do…
There’s a scene at the end of the Sixth Sense where Bruce Willis finally realizes he’s a ghost and there are ghosts walking all around him like regular people who only see what they want to…I had a similar revelation when I realized that the “You Go Girl” street art on Avenue A was not an isolated graffiti but that “YGG” is among us everyday…you just have to want to see it. It’s all over and it’s not just in NYC. “YGG” has been spotted in California, New Orleans, Portland and Austin and the legend is growing. There’s even a flickr group dedicated to it…still waiting for the facebook invite. Sources close to Discosalt have told us there is just one prolific guy responsible, running around the country spreading his nationa message of girl power like some feminist Johnny Appleseed. You Go Girl!