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Five Points Festival: The Mother of All Photo Recaps is Here!

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All Photos By Gail

If you happen to be a fan of character-based, pop culture collectibles — which includes dozens of items encompassing such must-haves as enamel pins, plushies, art toys, limited edition / designer vinyl toys and action figures, monsters, model kits, art prints, novelties and seemingly endless subcategories of amazing swag — then the Five Points Festival, which took place in Greenpoint, Brooklyn over the weekend of June 2nd and 3rd, 2018 is the only place you want to be. There’s a lot to distill in this recap, so we are going to get right to it. If you weren’t at Five Points Fest, here is just some of what you missed!

Kidrobot Booth

You can’t really talk about Five Points Fest without at least mentioning Kidrobot, acknowledged worldwide as the premier manufacturer and retailer of limited edition art toys, signature apparel and lifestyle accessories. Their booth was crammed full of goodies like these pocket collectibles.

Andy Warhol Dunny
Andy Warhol Dunny Series 2

Andy Warhol Brillo Box
Andy Warhol Brillo Box Object Series

Kathie Olivas Dark Harbor

Artists Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters have designed a new mini figure series called Dark Harbor, which Kidrobot manufacturers and distibutes. We’ve been fans of Kathie’s work forever, so these super cute little guys are fun to see!

Sad Salesman Banner

Eric Althin’s Sad Salesman designer toy and vinyl collection started as a labor of love and has grown into a family of endearing characters inspired in part by Eric’s young son and daughter.

Dessert Oracle

The Dessert Oracle came home with me to join my collection!

Pink Astral Wizard

Eric’s Pink Astral Wizard (created in a now sold-out limited edition just for this show) also won Sad Salesman an award for Breakthrough Artist! Congratulations!

Breakthrough Artist Award

Jim McKenzie in his Booth

Jim McKenzie is a formerly New York-based artist who has enjoyed great success with his unique hybrid character creations such as the Pumpkin CrabRacoonicorn and the Pugglepillar, as well as his adorable Scarecrow who is, literally, scared of crows. Jim recently relocated to live the dream out in Burbank, California so we were happy to catch up with him at Five Points Fest!

Racoonicorn
Racoonicorn

Jim painstakingly hand sculpts all of his creations.

Pink Scarecrow
Limited Edition Pink Scarecrow

Octopump

He also does amazing digital paintings. Jim McKenzie!

Frank Ape Booth

Frank Ape is another character that has evolved from the street to the merchandise market thanks to the innovative vision of his creator, Brandon Sines.

Frank Ape Onesie

Here is Geoffrey hanging out with Frank Ape on the exhibit hall floor. Hilarious.

Geoffrey and Frank Ape

Matthew Lineham

Do you like Rock Stars? I get yer Rock Stars right here. Meet Matthew Lineham, who makes all kinds of wildly collectible merchandise featuring his own charicatures of famous rock stars from back when pop music did not yet suck. His shit is the shit.

David Bowie Valentines

Check out these David Bowie Valentine Cards, which are just insane.

M Lineham Art

Robert Smith T Shirt

If I was a person who still bought T Shirts, I would have to own this Halloween-themed Robert Smith design for sure. Twenty Bucks? What a bargain! I hope that you are doing a Google on Matthew’s website (M Lineham Art) right now because I am not going to make it easy for you by adding any hyperlinks to this post. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Jellykoe

Husband a wife team Kelly and J. Spencer Shill work with both original and appropriated characters for their Jellykoe line of prints and soft toys. Do you like Uglydolls? Check out these out Mini Monsters that Kelly sews from Spencer’s original designs. Ugly Cuddly!

Ron Swanson
Ron Swanson’s Meat Palace

Ron Swanson Fans: this one needs to go in your TV room right now. And this Pennywise poster; just brilliant.

Pennywise

Pidgin Dolls

Move over, Barbie and make way for Pidgin, the fabulous creation of New York sculptor and doll maker Joshua David McKenney.  A reinvention of the fashion doll, Pidgin is a medium for the language of style! All dolls begin life from an identical sculpt, and are then hand painted and styled by Joshua, so that no two are alike. The dolls have ball joints, so they’re fully posable and can be interacted and played with, as well as being a unique work of art!

Pidgin Doll

Beautiful!

Naoshi Booth

If you were at the fabulous Ramones and the Birth of Punk Exhibit out at the Queens Museum a couple of years ago, then you may have seen the art of Naoshi, who created a very memorable Kawaii-influenced picture of the band!

Ramones By Naoshi
Ramones By Naoshi

Naoshi Art

Naoshi also works with sand (called Sunae in Japan) to create colorful tiny pictures, and makes enamel pins of her characters. Oh, the cuteness. You can find her shop on Etsy.

Tara McPherson
Posters By Tara McPherson

Five Points Festival proved to be an ideal place to pick up original paintings, drawings and other unique wall art that you’d otherwise have to scour dozens of galleries to find — if you could find them at all, because a lot of these guys are underground, baby!

Art By Justin Lieter

Look at this cool and affordable Monster art by Justin Lieter! You can see the top of Justin’s head behind the number 5 on the Kewties sign!

Sharpy

Do you like Sharks? I sure do. This awesome grinning shark character is the signature creation of the street artist known as Sharpy. I think his work is just fantastic.

Chil Pepper By Mike Grossman
Chil Pepper By Mike Grossman

Chil Pepper (which, genius) is the creation of Mike Grossman and is part of his Goofy Froot series of anthropomorphic fruit characters. Yes, I just typed that.

Christian Hooker Monroe Eyeball

Okay, how great is this unintentional homage to The Residents? An artist named Christian Hooker (real name? Likely not) took one of photographer Gene Korman’s most iconic images of Marilyn Monroe ever, photoshopped out her face and replaced it with a giant, flame-encircled eyeball. It is so many kinds of brilliant.

Live Painting Event

Many of the artists in attendance participated in a Live Painting Event, where each artist created an original spray paint artwork on-the-fly!

Jim and Chris Paint

Here are Chris RWK and Jim McKenzie in action!

Jim and Chris Paint 2

Here are Chris and Jim again, a little bit farther along!

Glazed and Confused Mini Donuts

It was fun to watch the artists paint while enjoying tasty snacks from a selection of food trucks, like these mini donuts from Glazed and Confused!

Glazed and Confused Truck

Live Paintings

All the paintings were auctioned off, with all proceeds going to benefit Planned Parenthood! Excellent!

Meow 3D Printed Planters

We saw many very cool examples of toys and other merchandise made via the magic of 3D Printing, such as these adorable little planters from Meow 3D Printing! Check out the Pink Hedgehog!

3D Mucky Chris Bat Buddha

You’ve seen his Batman Buddha on Worley Gig before, but were you aware that the artist known as 3D Mucky Chris has created an entire universe populated with Buddha-fied versions of many of your favorite sci-fi characters? It’s true!

3D Mucky Chris Buddha Mash Ups

Tardigrade Small Figure

The Tardigrade is an actual Living Thing That Exists, and now DoomCo Designs have created a Tardigrade character for all of you Tardi-fans. His name is Tarbus and he comes in variety of colors and two sizes!

Tardigrade Large Figure

Big Ten Inch Tarbus!

Tardigrade Enamel Pins By Doom Co Designs

Tardi-great is more like it!

Here’s a bunch of other random stuff we liked enough to snap a photo (or two). Enjoy!

Mister Self Indulgence (Cherry Flavor edition) by Nouar

Is this the cutest thing in the universe or what? Presenting Mister Self Indulgence (Cherry Flavor edition) by Nouar (Martian Toys).

Mister Self Indulgence and Lil Scoopy

Mister Self Indulgence (a cherry pie with a chubby-cheeked grin who is poised to eat a slice of his own head) is a soft vinyl figure and he comes accompanied by his friend Lil’ Scoopy, who is a dish of ice cream. So cute, I can’t even live.

Mister Self Indulgence

I am dead now, from the cuteness.

Pink Wookie Cosplayer By Nick C Kirk

Artist Nick C. Kirk made this Pink Wookie character based on his photo of an actual Cosplayer whose likeness can be seen on the box.

GWAR Comics

GWAR Comics. I am speechless.

Pork Dumpling Display
Pork Dumpling Pocket Toy

Topic: The Japanese have too much time on their hands. Discuss.

Pork Dumpling

“Do Not Eat Me.”

This Shit Blinks KT Ferris Creations Jewely

Since art toy obsession is a legitimate lifestyle, you need some accessories to help you rock the look, amirightKT Ferris Creations (#ThisShitBlinks) is  a line of handcrafted Jewelry featuring hyperrealist doll eyes that open and close with the movement of the jewelry. Lovely and Disquieting!

Handbags By Marzipan Physics

We like these handbags by Marzipan Physics! Stylish!

Marzipan Physics

Mr.DEATH 2nd color Version

Do you like Monsters? I got yer Monsters right here. This guy is called Mr. Death (2nd color Version) designed by  Rockin’ Jelly Bean for their  Freaky Monster Village series (sold by Black Book Toys).

Lonely Monster Toys By Elliot Lobell

Here’s a Pink Monster from Lonely Monster Toys By Elliot Lobell.

Zombie Alex InstincToy

Zombie Alex from InstincToy is due for release in October 2018.

Mothership Toy Gallery

I don’t know this little guy’s name, but he looks like some kind of Monster Travelling Salesman,  and he is just fantastic-looking! I found him at the booth for Mothership Toy Gallery.

Grinning Horns

Mummy Spice Version of King Creepy By Richard Strohmeyer.

One of a Kind Figures By Emilio Subira

One-of-a-Kind Figures by Emilio Subira (those that did not sell at Five Points Fest are available online from Mothership Toy Gallery).

JPK Jon-Paul Kaiser Captain Sturnbrau

I am pretty sure this Pirate Dude is called Captain Sturnbrau and he is by JPK, which are the initials of toy designer Jon-Paul Kaiser. Aaargh!

Clutter Display Wall

Before I forget, I  must give a shout out to Five Points Festival’s primary sponsor, Clutter, which is the world’s premier magazine and media source for Designer Toys, and the originator of the Designer Toy Awards, as well as having a gallery dedicated to art toys, and doing custom manufacturing on-demand!

Clutter Toys

Thanks to Clutter for all that they do to support the community! See you next year for another rad Five Points Festival!

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Os Gemeos Break Dancers Double Mural on West 14th Street

Os Gemeos Mural Western Face Week of Sept 23Os Gemeos Mural Eastern Face Week of Sept 23
All Photos By Gail

Over the course of three weeks in September (though the exact beginning and completion dates are unknown to me), I watched Brazilian street artists (and twin brothers), Os Gemeos, paint the above murals, which cover the exposed facades of two buildings that border a vacant lot, located on the north side of West 14th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. The murals portray two rival break dancing crews from the ’80s. I imagine that this fun piece, which is a great example of Os Gemeos very distinctive style, will stay up until someone decides to put up a building. Which could happen at any time.

Os Gemeos Mural Western Face Week of Sept 9Os Gemeos Mural Eastern Face Week of Sept 9

This is what the murals looked like when I first walked past them, during the weekend of September 9th.

Os Gemeos Mural Western Face Week of Sept 16Os Gemeos Mural Eastern Face Week of Sept 16

And here is the progress one week later, on September 16th. You can see that the Pandolfo Brothers (Os Gemeos true identities) have started to incorporate structural characteristics of the buildings into the mural and its characters!

 

Ghetto Blaster Os Gemeos

The Boom Box located in the lower left corner of the western mural is painted to extend onto the attached storefront.

Os Gemeos Hat Chimney Detail

And a building chimney vent has been transformed into another character’s hat — very fun!

Os Gemeos T Shirt Detail

The painted denim jacket that the girl is holding up also contains a tribute to the late graffiti legend Dondi in a design by Todd James. Very meta! Once again, the globally  famous graffiti  twins have come out with a delightful piece of public art that is over the top!

Os Gemeos Mural Eastern Face Week of Sept 23

Os Gemeos Mural Dual View

Delusional: Jonathan LeVine Projects Launches First Ever Artist Competition!

Jonathan Levine

Hey what’s up. I’ve got some good news for all of my artist friends out there who wish they could catch a break when it comes to finding exposure for their art, or the elusive gallery representation. Our very favorite art gallery, Jonathan LeVine Projects (now located in beautiful downtown Jersey City) has issued an Open Call to Artists! It is pretty sweet.

It is no secret that LeVine has been the go-to destination for the very best in contemporary Pop and Street Art for over a decade.  If you’ve ever thought that your art would be a perfect fit for the gallery, now’s your chance to get in on the action.  Jonathan LeVine is looking for the world’s next great artist and wants to see if you have what it takes. The gallery’s first (of what will become an annual) art competition is now open to artists ages 18 and older, and from all backgrounds and levels of experience. Whip out your portfolios and show off your best stuff!

To submit your work, you’ll have to visit This Link. Artworks will only be considered if they are submitted via this platform.

Here are the major guidelines:

  • There is an Entry Fee of $45 for 3 submissions ($10 for each additional submission)

The following must be included with each submission:

  • CV/Bio
  • 1 image for two dimensional works and 2 images for 3 dimensional works
  • Work details (title, year, medium, dimensions, price). There is a size limit of 6 x 6 feet for Paintings and 6 x 4 feet for Sculptures.

More information is available at the link above. Once the deadline has passed and all artworks are received, a selection of submissions will be chosen for exhibition in Delusional, a group show highlighting the finalists. Delusional, will open on August 9th, 2017.

Jonathan LeVine will personally choose first, second and third place winners and award the following prizes:

1st Place – Solo Exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Projects

2nd Place – Participation in a group show at Jonathan LeVine Projects

3rd Place – A week of promotion via Jonathan LeVine Projects website and social media platforms

The Submission Deadline is July 5th, 2017, so get to work! Good luck to all!

Changing Subjects By Elmgreen & Dragset at Flag Art Foundation

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Untitled, 2011 By Elmgreen & Dragset (All Photos By Gail)

The Flag Art Foundation is currently hosting Changing Subjects, a solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed Scandinavian artists Elmgreen & Dragset. Changing Subjects, designed by the artists, presents new and existing works from the duo’s twenty-year-long collaboration that address existential issues linked to identity, sexuality, and mortality, as well as an examination of social value systems and the expectations that surround them.

Changing Subjects investigates the multiple meanings of the word “subject” as a noun. In grammatical terms, the subject can be a noun functioning as one of the main components of a clause, making it the element about which the rest of the clause is predicated. In turn, the predicate is the part of a sentence or clause that expresses what is said of the subject on its own. In the context of Changing Subjects, the subject of each work exists independently of the others, yet when viewed together, they shift positions, creating a complex interconnection between the autonomous works.

Go Go Go
Go, Go, Go!

The works in the exhibition, ranging in date of creation from 1998 to 2016, collectively guide visitors on a non-linear journey through various life stages. However, the sculptures and installations do not mark momentous occasions; on the contrary, they show introspective, unspectacular moments, by way of a figurative representation, by the use of a minimalist symbolic language, or by employing the actual materials to which they refer. Even when a lifelike human form is not shown, presence is implied through absence. The repeated use of an antiseptic material like stainless steel underscores a sense of a clinical study and evokes solitary feelings of abandonment.

Modern Moses
Modern Moses

Among the works in the exhibition on the 9th floor is Modern Moses, 2006, a wax figure depicting a sleeping baby in a carrycot at the food of an ATM machine; and The Experiment (2011) a sculpture of a little boy in front of a mirror wearing his mother’s lipstick and high heels.

The Experiment

Powerless Structures Fig 19
Powerless Structures, Fig. 19

An early readymade by the artist duo, Powerless Structures, Fig. 19, (1998), consists of two pairs of Calvin Klein underwear inside faded Levi’s jeans lying on the floor, as if someone has just undressed and dropped them.

Side Effects

Side Effects (2015), fills the 10th floor with an installation of hand-blown glass vases filled with the actual pastel-colored pigments used to coat the latest generation of HIV medicines. The title refers to the physiological effects of the life-saving medication, as well as the resulting decrease in media attention that has followed these medical advances.

Side Effects

The exhibition also includes a site-specific sculpture on its outdoor terrace, overlooking the Hudson River.

Watching

Watching (2016) is a new, life-size sculpture of a man on a lifeguard stand, likely more voyeur than rescuer, looking out over the Hudson River with monoculars. Made out of stainless steel, the polished surface mirrors and distorts the surroundings, and shifts the perspective on who and what is being watched.

Changing Subjects By Elmgreen & Dragset will be on Exhibit Through December 17th, 2016 at Flag Art Foundation, Located at 545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Water Tower

Pink Water Tower Close Up
All Photos By Gail

Ah, a pink-hued water tower, what a pleasant object to spot on the skyline. I shot these photos from the 9th floor patio of the Flag Art Foundation, which is located at 545 West 25th Street (Between 10th and 11th Avenues), so this tower is also going to be somewhere on the south side of West 25th Street, in that same block.

Elmgreen & Dragset Watching, 2016

You can see it in the background of this photo, which is of an Elmgreen & Dragset sculpture called Watching (2016).

Pink Water Tower Distance

Perspective!

BKLYN House: Affordable Boutique Hotel Showcases Work By Local Street Artists!

BKLYN House Front
BKLYN House, Located at 9 Beaver Street, Brooklyn NY (All Photos By Gail)

Street art fans already know that the neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, with its artist-friendly rent and budding gallery scene, is also one of the hottest, most fertile areas in NYC to find amazing new street art popping up virtually everywhere you look. Appropriately, BKLYN House, an affordable  new hotel, which had its soft opening in December, 2015, is providing a dynamic venue for showcasing  the work of many of Brooklyn’s local artists.

BKLYN House Lobby
Lobby of BKLYN House Features This Brooklyn-By-Neighborhood Mural By Artist DINK C

The bright, loft-style boutique hotel has 116 guest rooms, a modern and sleek industrial-style design and a collection of local street-art inspired artwork, including unique murals — one on each floor —  depicting one of the unique areas of Brooklyn, which were commissioned specifically for the BKLYN Hotel.

Brooklyn 718

Additionally, the walls of the hotel’s common areas, such as the breakfast room — where guests can enjoy a delicious free breakfast that is included with their room reservation — and the lounge / business center, feature many colorful paintings that pay homage to the vibrant neighborhood scene.

Lounge

Business Center

Two Brooklyn

BKLYN House Art

Brooklyn Street Signs

All art was curated by local gallerist Steven Gonzalez Marin of the Renaissance Collective, who partnered with Image Gallery to select a group of 11 artists, each assigned a neighborhood in Brooklyn that would inspire a wall-sized thematic mural. Check these out!

Bed Stuy Mural
Welcome to Bed Stuy (Bedford Stuyvesant) by Josie’s Boy.

Bed Stuy Mural Detail
Bed Stuy Mural Detail

Bushwick by Mano a Mano
Bushwick by Mano a Mano

Bushwick Detail Biggie
Bushwick Mural Detail (Biggie)

Crown Heights by Rez Shaolin
Crown Heights Mural on Post Card by Rez Shaolin

Flatbush by Yes One

Flatbush Mural on Post Card by Yes One

Fort Green eby Mason Eve

Fort Greene Mural on Post Card by Mason Eve

Coney Island

Coney Island Mural by Ovrlnd Collective

Coney Island by Ovrlnd Collective Detail

Coney Island Mural Detail

Dumbo 2

Dumbo Mural By Phetus 88

Dumbo 1

Watch a fun video of the murals in the process of being created, including interviews with some of the artists, at This Link.

Single Queen

BKLYN House features comfy single and double occupancy rooms with Queen size beds, each room featuring Pillow-top Bedding, Flatscreen TV, Free High Speed Wi-Fi and In-Room Coffee Service, among other amenities.

Double Occupancy Room

I tried out the beds and they are super comfy.

BKLYN House is located in Bushwick, Brooklyn at 9 Beaver Street, Between Fayette and Ellery streets. The closest subway station is the J or the M Train to Flushing Avenue, and then a very short walk to the Hotel. Visit BKLYN House Hotel Dot Com for Rates, Reservations and More information!

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Corey Helford Gallery Presents Between Worlds Group Show

Whisper By Carol Liu
Whisper By Carol Liu (All Photos By Gail)

In addition to its really amazing exhibit of bold new works by Ron English, LA’s Corey Helford Gallery is also hosting Between Worlds, a group exhibition curated by Caro that explores the fantasy of planets and lands yet to be explored.

A Possible World by Carlo Cane
A Possible World by Carlo Cane

The exhibition is a follow up to Dreamlands, where artists pushed the boundaries of the limitless landscape of our imaginations. Inspired by the spirit of NASA’s photographs of Pluto, Between Worlds features 30 international contemporary artists who share an otherworldly quality in their art. In a variety of media and styles, their works romanticize both their hope and despair for the future, and express a deep desire to reconnect with our home planet, which is threatened by pollution. Participating Artists include: Ana Bagayan, Carlo Cane, Carmel Seymour, Carol Liu, David Slone, Hannah Yata, Heiko Müller, Hikari Shimoda,Jennybird Alcantara, Jess Littlewood, Joe Hengst, Juan Travieso, Kazuki Takamatsu, Kazuhiro Hori, Meghan Howland, Naoto Hattori, Natalie Shau, Nathan James, Okuda, Sarah Dolby, Simone Legno, Hirabayashi Takahiro, Tom Bagshaw, Yasuaki Okamoto, Yoko d’Holbachie, Yosuke Ueno, Yoh Nagao,Yumiko Kayukawa and Yusk Imai.

Cow By Okuda
Cow By Okuda

This psychedelic, cubist Cow Head sculpture by multidisciplinary artist Okuda (Oscar San Miguel Erice) is one of my favorite pieces in the show!

Reflections of God By Okuda
Reflections of God

Okuda also contributed the painting above, which displays an array of easy-to-grasp, thematic symbolism.

Love is Not Light Years Away
Love is Not Light Years Away By Simone Legno

I also really love this vibrant-hued painting by Italian artist Simone Legno, creator of Tokidoki, the Japanese-inspired lifestyle brand that produces apparel, footwear, accessories and other products using art, iconic characters and the logo designed by Legno.

Here are some of our other favorite pieces from this fabulous show:

Dream Garden By Jennybird Alcantara
Dream Garden By Jennybird Alcantara

Dream Garden Detail
Dream Garden Detail

The Forgotten By Tom Bagshaw
The Forgotten By Tom Bagshaw

Distance By Kazuhiro Hori
Distance By Kazuhiro Hori

Mechanical Love By Natalie Shau
Mechanical Love By Natalie Shau

Ocean Planet By Natalie Shau
Ocean Planet By Natalie Shau

Hello By Kazuki Takamatsu
Hello By Kazuki Takamatsu

Solitary Child 1 By Hikari Shimoda
Solitary Child 1 By Hikari Shimoda

Let the TV Teach You By Nathan James
Let the TV Teach You By Nathan James

If you’re in or near the LA area, be sure to check this show out before it closes this coming weekend. The good news is that Corey Helford Gallery will be hosting a new exhibit by SHAG (one of our favorites) beginning on January 16th!

Between World’s Group Show will be on Exhibit only Through January 9th, 2016 at Corey Helford Gallery, Located at 571 South Anderson Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. Get directions, and gallery hours, at This Link!

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