I saw a couple of these Homer Made To Stay stickers — where the “O” in Homer is a Pink Frosted Sprinkled Donut — on 11th Avenue between 18th and 20th Streets when I was in that area recently. I can’t find any reference to its meaning or creator on the Google. And so, it remains a mystery until someone leaves an enlightening message in the comments; which means you’ll be waiting a long, long time.
Artist Conrad Stojak was taking photographs in his neighborhood one day when he happened to take a closer look at a defunct New York City Parking Meter. He noticed how the domed glass, with its tiny built-in shelf, reminded him of the dioramas he used to make in school. And then he got an idea: why not make use of the literally thousands of disused meters to make a different kind of street art?
Having had some experience as a graffiti artist, and having realized that dressing in all black was not necessarily the way to go, Conrad ventured out at night in florescent clothing like that worn by construction workers, thus hiding in plain sight. With tiny figurines he purchased from a hobby store, he used chopsticks and glue to carefully create dioramas that would tell stories of various aspects of city life.
Overnight, the glue on his tiny figures would dry and he would return with his camera to immortalize the scene forever. The best part about this project is that the artist wasn’t leaving any permanent mark or anything that could be construed as vandalism on private, public or city property.
Looking at photographs of these dioramas encourage endless imaginative extrapolation regarding the story behind these tiny scenes, and there is a printed version of Conrad’s back story on how the project evolved posted along with the photographs at Daugherty Gallery. This is a must-read, as his completely engaging personal story adds great value to his unique artwork, the likes of which I’ve only seen in the photographs of artist Randy Hage.
Conrad’s beautifully framed photographs are also very affordable, each selling for around $300, so they are quite a good investment, as I am sure he is an artist we will be hearing from for a long time. You can find out more about the art of Conrad Stojak at This Link. The exhibit opened on Friday, May 16th and I am not sure how long it will be up, so call the number below to plan your visit accordingly.
The Dougherty Gallery at Crescent Grill is located at 38-40 Crescent Street at 39th Avenue, LIC Queens, NY 11101. Phone 718-729-4040 or Visit Crescent Grill Dot Com for more information or to make a Dinner Reservation.
Hey, remember when you used to see Stikman everywhere? I haven’t seen him as much around NYC recently, but I did spot this nice Stikman Stencil right outside of Jonathan LeVine Gallery’s West 23rd Street space. So, I thought I should snap him. Stikman Lives!
Jamie and I were walking down Ninth Avenue towards 14th Street to catch the bus after having a fun time at the opening party for Chris Stein’s new exhibit of Debbie Harry Photos, which was held at the fabulous Dream Hotel on West 16th Street, when we passed by the headquarters of the Google. I was, of course, immediately attracted by their huge Neon Google Doodle sign on the wall of the building’s lobby, which I was able to shoot through the locked revolving doors with a little adjustment of the camera lens. Very Nice.
Hilariously, just a few feet down the road, we saw the neon sign pictured below, which I discovered (via Google – Ha!) is by Lower East Side icon Clayton Patterson. Apparently, “Elgoog” is a thing, but I don’t feel like going into that right now.
Hey do you remember back in 2011 and 2012, when the Moustache Man was all over the city, writing the word “Moustache” in the shape of a moustache on the upper lips of models in ads in the subway and everywhere? I sure do. Well, The mad Moustache Tagger has returned, as evidenced by a tagged a row of Revolve Clothing Ads all along East 14th Street, where they are getting ready to demolish everything to put up luxury housing that no one in this neighborhood can afford. Moustache!
It’s always fun to pop into the Patricia Field boutique, even if it’s just to check out the many colorful displays and artwork in this bi-level space that includes a downstairs hair salon. I just had to capture an image of this “Tree” made up of strings of green lights draped over a tree-like frame. Innovative!
Patricia Field is located at 306 Bowery, between Bleecker and Houston, NYC.
This very colorful mural by renowned street artist turned fine artist Kenny Scharf adorns one side of a building located near the corner of Lafayette and Prince Street in SOHO. The 50-foot high abstract painting is part of the Taking Back the Streets campaign from WAT-AAH bottled water to promote the popularity of drinking water among children and teens. Find out more about the campaign at This Link.
This guitar was custom made for Scott Ian of Anthrax when he was on The Simpsons. The front and back features every major and minor character on the show as well as an image of Scott. There were only two made and it took over 60 hours of work to complete.
You can see the likeness of Scott in the upper right hand corner of this photo of the guitar. He is on a Blue background if you need more help finding him, though he appears to be lacking his trademark beard thing.
Here is Scott holding the guitar!