Thursday, April 15, 2010

41st Parallel - From The Eternal City That Never Sleeps

On Wednesday April 28th from 7-10pm, Wooster Collective and Drago will present a hot and heavy round table discussion and Q&A session to explore the current happenings in today’s art movement with nine of the top names from the streets of New York: Chris Stain, Elbow-Toe, Ivory Serra, Logan Hicks, Pax Paloscia, Swoon, WK Interact, as well as Drago Publisher Paulo von Vacano and Wooster Collective’s Marc and Sara Schiller at their super chic venue Meet at the Apartment in SoHo.

Ivory Serra (The Serra Effect), Logan Hicks (Arrivals and Departures), Pax Paloscia (Let the Kids Play), and WK Interact (2.5 New York Street Life) all published books for Drago’s
36 Chamber Series box collection. Chris Stain, Elbow-Toe, Swoon, and WK Interact contributed their work to The Thousands: Painting Outside, Breaking In, a book and exhibition curated by RJ Rushmore and published by Drago.

All books from the artists present and a selection of other Drago publications like Ed Templeton’s Golden Age of Neglect, Nick Walker’s, A Sequence of Events, Aaron Rose’s Young Sleek and Full of Hell, and Estevan Oriol’s LA Woman will be on sale and available at special 25% discount exclusively for this awesome evening.
The contemporary art publishing house known as Drago acts as a rhizome into the international mindset that is fueled by the ideas and values of the current generation.

As a cultural symposium, Drago creates and presents forums for exchange through various pathways by remixing pop culture and undiscovered trends; those pathways include, not only the publication of art books, but hosting events, sponsoring art projects and collaborations, curating exhibitions, executing press and communication strategies, trend scouting, and promotion via the Drago blog ( It is from these creative platforms that Drago contributes to the growth and expansion of the alternative re-evolution that began on the street and over the Internet. Drago represents the mainstream of minorities, where under is over and over is under.

From their home base in Rome, Italy, Drago found a parallel group in New York who maintain the same groin-yearning ardor for art, culture, and the urban experience. Due to the two groups’ equally energetic and eternal lust for participation in and promotion of the arts, Drago sought to collaborate with Wooster Collective and bring some of the great names off the street and in for some page turning, but more for the drinking and debating.

Marc and Sara Schiller founded the Wooster Collective in 2001. Their mission is to discover and document authentic art experiences via salons, publishing, gallery shows, and their website ( Their site is dedicated
to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Benefit for Free Arts NYC

"Street Art New York" Silent Auction Benefit for Free Arts NYC

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"Street Art New York" Silent Auction Benefit for Free Arts NYC
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Event Time: 7-11 pm

Auction Time: Promptly 7 pm to 9:30 pm EST
Absentee bidders please register with Bernadette DeAngelis at or call 212.974.9092.

Location: Factory Fresh Gallery
1053 Flushing Avenue
Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York 11237
between Morgan and Knickerbocker, off the L train Morgan Stop


To celebrate the release of the new book "Street Art New York" and to benefit the programs of Free Arts NYC, original artworks by a stellar array of today's Street Artists from New York and beyond will be featured in a silent auction to take place on April 24, 2010, from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at Factory Fresh Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

The Benefit and the Artists

The Benefit, to be held at one of New York's epicenters for the thriving new Street Art scene, Factory Fresh Gallery, will feature an incredibly strong selection of today's Street Artists joining together for one night as a community to benefit NYC kids from disadvantaged backgrounds as the numbers of poor and low-income children in New York continues to rise. Representing a renaissance in modern urban art at the dawn of a new decade, this will very likely be the largest collection of 2010's street artists in one location.

The list of participating artists thus far includes* Abe Lincoln Jr., Anera, Avoid Pi, Bishop 203, Billi Kid, BortusK Leer, Broken Crow, C Damage, C215, Cake, Celso, Chris RWK , Chris Stain, Creepy, DAIN, Damon Ginandes, Dan Witz, Dark Clouds, Dennis McNett, Elbow Toe, Ellis G, Gaia, FKDL, General Howe, GoreB, Hargo, Hellbent, Imminent Disaster, Jim Avignon, Jef Aerosol, JMR, Joe Iurato, Jon Burgerman, Keely, Know Hope, Logan Hicks, Mark Carvalho, Matt Siren, Mint and Serf, Miss Bugs, NohJColey, Peru Ana Ana Peru, PMP, Poster Boy, Rene Gagnon, ROA, Pufferella, Royce Bannon, Skewville, Specter, Stikman, Swoon, The Dude Company, Tristan Eaton,Veng RWK

*as of March 30, 2010. Please check back for additional confirmations

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Marina Abramović and Ulay, Rest Energy

The tension in this piece is absolutely amazing. Even if it is dated there is a primal quality that seems completely fresh. It would be interesting to accomplish this kind of energy with a medium that is not an actual document of a process.

A Still Life Is A Good Life

The work of Robert Wilson has been an inspiration for years. I was hoping to find some videos of some of his theatre productions to post. I did find some examples, but these Voom Portraits really are quite fascinating. I would definitely suggest going full screen.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

If It Were Possible To Paint Spring, This Would Be It

So here is another artist that I have always found to be quite compelling, and who has been influencing my work as of late. The artist is Richard Diebenkorn. He was the most important of the Bay Area Figurative Painters. The collage work I am doing does not lend itself to the complete fluidity of this type of painting, but it serves as a great reminder of what to aim for. Diebenkorn was absolutely stunning at composition and color. You could follow some of his roots to artists such as Edward Hopper and Cezanne as well as Bonnard.