Street Art Adventures: 5Pointz – Queens

Some people may be hesitant when you think of going to a warehouse in Queens to look at Street Art. To me, this was a NO BRAINER. DUH. The building, which takes up around a block, is covered from head to toe in FABULOUS murals, wheat pastes, stencil works, etc… But actually. While it is sad to think that there are people who want to tear down this landmark (WHY THE EFF WOULD YOU WANT TO DO SUCH A THING?!), I suggest you go out and experience this STREET ART MECCA. 100% worth the trip. 100% BRILLIANT. My pics below do not even give justice to this monument. Check them out and see for yourself, but if you have the time to go out and see it in person before it is torn down, DO IT!

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I think you get the picture… This is a GLORIOUS PALACE of Street Ar/Urban Art and CULTURE. I truly hope I have persuaded you to go and visit yourself. It is an experience in itself. Enjoy it and take it in while it lasts.

XX, DP

MOMA: My Love for Modern Art is an Understatement

I was born into the Modern Art world. I was raised as a Modern Art enthusiast/fanatic. And going to the MOMA only made me love everything from 1900-1970 even more. And what was even better is that Claes Oldenburg’s The Store and (The Street) are on exhibition. Check out the pics below!

The Store:

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But Oldenburg is not my only true love at this museum. Everything from Warhol (Pop Art) to Judd (Minimalism) to Lewitt (Minimalism) to Kosuth (Conceptual Art)… and MORE was FASCINATING, BREATHTAKING, and BRILLIANT!

Warhol:

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Judd:

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Lewitt:

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Kosuth:

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And on top of all these MIND BLOWING iconic works, there is currently an Ellsworth Kelly exhibition of his Chatham series (below) to TOP IT OFF. WOWZAHS.

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MOMA you are totally ROCKING the Modern Art game. If you are a MODERNIST I heavily suggest to block out at least three hours to truly absorb everything this institution has to offer. Or more.

XX, DP

p.s. More art from my American excursions (NYC and Philly) to follow throughout the week! Boy, do I have a plethora of Art to show you dudes! Get excited! I am!

RAE BK – The Interview

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I first came across this piece in London (above – left), and I thought to myself, “HOLY **** THIS IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.” Exciting, fresh, different, intriguing… the list goes on and on. And that is when I decided to try and find out who this artist is. Turns out he is not London based, rather he is is based in Brooklyn. I was on a mission to find out more… His name is RAE BK. Read the interview below to see what I learned (and you will too)! VERY COOL.

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1. Where are you based? While I found your work in London I see that a lof of your work is in NYC… are you an NYC native? Is this your home? I’m based in Brooklyn, NY.  Born and raised.  I have recently been out to London and will be back soon.

2. Your style is not typical street style – then again, what does typical street style mean? Your work exudes difference through its almost Picasso meets Basquiat figures… How would you describe your style? Do you prefer to work with spray paint, wheat pastes, or a brush (and wall or canvas)? I guess my work could be considered ‘Urban Folk Art’.  But in the end it’s simply about making what I like.  Sometimes it involves pounding metal other times it’s pasting up paper.  I tend to go off of the materials I’m presented.  Found paint or objects dictate what the next piece will be like.  I’m influenced by things that are made crudely and for practical use.

3. Which piece of yours is your favourite? Where was it done? Is it still around? A piece I call “Subway Skaters” might be my favorite.  Maybe because it was the most tricky to get up.  It’s still running in a NYC subway station.

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4. Were you trained in the arts or did you feel you had something to bring to the people and this was your means of communication – or both? When I was about 6 my mom’s record player broke.  Rather than throw it out she handed me a screw driver and said “go play”.  I spent hours taking everything apart creating mini-sculptures and developing a love for discarded things. As far as putting art outside on the streets— It’s one part about trying to get away with it and another part about getting a reaction from people noticing it. 

5. If you could collaborate with any other artist – of any form – who would it be and why?! Collaborations are tricky.  It’s like trying to get two pizza makers to make one pie.  One likes sweeter sauce the other salty.  One likes thin crust the other doughy. The end result might taste funny.  With that said, most of my art comes from unintended collaborations. Things I find made by others often get incorporated into my work. 

WELL FOLKS, THERE YA HAVE IT. If you are in Brooklyn, NYC, or even London, keep those eyes open. I PROMISE you will NOT be disappointed.

XX, DP

Street Art Adventures: NYC-Chelsea

Dearest Kiddies,

I have flown across ze pond and landed in the magical New York Citaaaay. And this has not stopped my passion for going on Street Art Adventures… and let me tell you I have found some good surprises:

1. Apparently, this is what the world needs… and I agree, don’t you?

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2. Andre the Giant (right) has now becomes “Andres the Giant,” I wonder what Shep (Fairey) has to say about this….

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3. Mr.Chat has left Paris and has come to Chelsea, NYC… What an INTERNATIONAL feline that pussy cat is…

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And lastly…

4. This pole wants you to eat it… ouch!

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That is all for now folks… I do not suggest eating cement poles, but I do recommend embracing LOVE, SWEET LOVE. And with that I bid you farewell.

XX,

DP

 

 

GZUP: The Interview

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This past December when I was in PARIS I came across these seven-legged OCTOPUS dudes and wondered who the artist was. After spotting one after another (but actually), I finally came across one with the tag on it “GZUP,” and then googled who this “GZUP” was. These paste ups were fun and exciting to spot, from Tupac to Minnie Mouse, Spiderman to Johnny Depp, and more, GZUP has taken over the Paris street art scene within the last few years. Luckily, I got the incredible experience to interview this artist and am here to share it with you all! Enjoy kids!

1. You are known for your seven legged octopi that range in characters from Johnny Depp’s character in Pirates to Tupac, and you even create your own characters. First off, how did you come up with creating a seven-legged octopus (is that what you refer to your work as?) and what does it mean to you? I actually make octopus from something I like; I can do a Golgorak or 2Pac’s one but I will never make one with Nicolas SARKOZY or something I hate. I don’t make any concession, I just do it solely for my own pleasure. The seven-legged octopus is based on the Octopus you can find in the game “Wonderboy” on Sega Master System. This one has only seven legs too.

2. Does any of your work differ from the octopi? Or is this creature your signature style? For now I’m focused on octopi and yes that is my signature.

3. I first came across your work in Paris (especially next to a bunch of Invaders – totally awesome/great location). Is Paris your home base? Where else can we find your work? I first pasted my octopi near other figures of street art, (for) now I discover places by myself all over Paris and often with immaculate walls. 
Now street artists paste near me, it’s a sort of recognition. I pasted 446 wood octopi in Paris (July 2013) and you can find my work in Lille, Rennes, Rouen and soon in Caen and Lyon……..

4. Are you solely a street artist? Do you exhibit in gallery shows or one day do you hope to show in galleries? Because some people ask me for some (Octopus) I did a collective exposition last year. I must admit this is not a finality in my work for now. My greatest pleasure is to expose my art in the streets.

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5. From what I have read, you are fairly new to the street art game (please correct me if I am wrong), yet your work is incredibly different, stands out, is friendly, fun, and exciting. Where does this inspiration come from? Are you a trained artist (if so, where did you study and what medium was your favourite in school)? I started pasting my octopi in May 2011. Just before in Fall 2010 I bombed the streets of Paris with aerosol (spray paint – below). And a long time ago in the 90’s I used to make graffiti. Many guys used to be street artists but they don’t keep up their presence in the streets. For me it’s not a fashion it’s MY way of life. You would be surprised how many times I dreamt about pasting up my pieces or just note a spot in my IPhone. It’s like a drug for me! I am determined in what I do. My inspiration comes mainly from manga, comics, and everything from everyday that I like.
 And in terms of schooling, I have no formation in art, I’m autodidactic.

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6. Who is your favourite seven-legged friend you have made to date? Is he still around and chilling somewhere for people to spot? If so where can we find this dude? My favorite is always my last one to come. I can tell you I’ve got 10 pieces to paste: it will be the hardest ever ‘LOL’.
For example my first piece I ever pasted-up is still in place. That’s a part of history…But when you come to Paris, there will always be a “GZUP” in the corner. I’m working towards this…

So my friends, next time you are in France, for now primarily Paris, look up at the street corner (signs), for it is rare that you will NOT spot one of these seven-legged octopi. Take a pic, and share with us! Or post your pics with GZUP pasties on his Facebook.

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XX, DP

P.S. Rumour has it we will soon be seeing these dudes in London! Tres exciting!!!!

Jay-Z and Marina Abramović Join Forces @ Pace Gallery NYC for Jay-Z’s NEW MUSIC VIDEO “PICASSO BABY”

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History is in the making. Rap master/lyricist SENSATION Jay-Z aka HOV and performance GODDESS Marina Abramović have combined forces for Jay’s new video “Picasso Baby.” Yesterday, clips and images were released of HOV shooting his video with the goddess herself at Pace Gallery in New York City. Listen and watch the interaction in this video, it is  truly AMAZING seeing these two artistic power houses unite. This I would say is PERFORMANCE ART at its FINEST!

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Can life get any better right now? I think not!

XX, DP

Camden Street Art Sightings

This past weekend was another one of those absolutely B-E-A-UTIFUL weekends we had in London. So, per usual, I decided to take advantage of the weather and go on yet again, another STREET ART ADVENTURE – YAY. This time, the location was CAMDEN MARKET/HIGH STREET. While I am unsure as to whom any of these artists are… their work still captivated my attention. Hopefully you will He(ART) it like we do.

From artists on the streets creating incredible chalk drawings, to finding wheat pastes, graffiti – especially that of AMY WINEHOUSE – who was born in CAMDEN TOWN, and even a mosaic of LOVE, if you don’t like shopping in Camden – trust me, the art will keep you entertained…

Sidewalk Chalk:

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Wheat Paste:

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Graffiti: Amy Winehouse, “Nobody Stands In Between Me and My Camden”

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Mosaic:

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Happy Hunting, Happy Week

XX, DP

Soho (London) Street Art Sightings

If you are in Soho around Frith Street, keep your eyes open for these three new pieces, or at least new to my eye.

The first is an incredible stencil piece by #PaulDonSmith (below) I assume entitled “When Liberace Smiles” by the hand written text he added to this masterpiece. Truly fascinating. Detailed is an understatement. Brilliant in colour and technique.

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The second piece that I came across was a piece that was done by the organisation Secret Walls. A company that creates local competitions between local street artists in cities from across the world (London, NYC, Berlin, and more) to create fabulous murals for the people. While I am unsure of the artist below, maybe you could help me out. Regardless of the artist, I still find this idea fascinating. Check out this black and white gem (below).

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Lastly, I looked up and BOOM: an Invader (below). Shockingly, and I do not know how, I have never come across it before. While it is small and fading, it is still an Invader and still an artist I admire and am always excited to come across.

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Happy Hunting Kids.

XX, DP

C215 (Christian Guemy): The Interview

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We here are CultureHe(ART)s could not be more THRILLED than to announce that we got to interview a Street Art LEGEND Mr. Christian Guemy aka C215. He may be from Paris but you can find his works all over the world. From London to Bratislava and more, you may have come across his incredibly detailed stencilled Street Art, mostly of portraits (and cats) that range in subject from his daughter Nina (who too is a stencil artist) to the Old Master Caravaggio. But his work isn’t only on the streets. You too can find it in a plethora of galleries WORLD WIDE (right now he is showing work in London at Opera Gallery).

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Okayyy. Enough of his bio let’s get to the interview!

1.     When did you know you wanted to be an artist? Did you go to school and study art? Your ability to create such intricate and beautiful works is absolutely incredible. I never wanted to be an artist. I did my best not to become one. I studied History in Unversity and never been to art school. People told me I was one, they wanted to buy my works, so i accepted to become one.

2.     Where is your home base? Where can we see a lot of your works on the streets – any favourite city?? I live in vitry near Paris, a city where it is more easy to paint than in the capital. Thats why it is also my favorite city. I am happy to live in street art friendly city.

3.     I see you show in galleries on top of gracing us with outdoor work. Do you have a preference for creating street art or working on canvas? Or any other material for that matter… I do contextual art, so I like to paint on recycled objects, which, as in the streets, provide me a context to interact with.

4.     How did you come up with making stencil creations your main style? How has your style evolved over time? My stencils turned more and more complex with time. I would be bored repeating always the same thing or the same vision.

5.     I see you often depict your daughter in the works, Nina (below). It is as if she is your muse and inspiration. I find it refreshing. How does she feel being the star in your works (if you don’t mind me asking)/are we going to see her follow in her father’s footsteps in the future? Nina is 10, she is a little girl and I can’t really know precisely her feeling about that. We’ll see later what will be her opinion.

6.     If you could collaborate with one artist in the future to make a mural who would it be with (Does not have to be a street artist)? I would love to do a mural with my daughter when she will be older .. who knows ?

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Well guys, there you have it! Check out C215 on Facebook for more details on his latest projects and work and follow his Instagram @ChristianGuemy.

What a BRILLIANT and EXCITING way to start the week, eh?

XX, DP