During a particularly successful Street Art Safari over on 10th Avenue in the Chelsea Gallery District, I spotted this wheat paste of an Insulin Vial with a Shark on it near 22nd Street. This piece is part of a series by a diabetic artist/photographer known as Appleton who aims to increase Diabetes Awareness through his art. See more photos and read his Mission Statement at Appleton Artwork Dot Com!
Hey, remember when I found This on 10th Avenue in the Chelsea Gallery District? As far as reader comments go, that was one of my most popular Street Art posts ever, which is saying something, considering it had virtually no accompany text.
The Green Monster Hand, which has been seen around town by me just a few times, is still a bit of a mystery. Its authoring artist is unknown, and it is far from ubiquitous, unlike the Pink Baby Faces, which have been spotted all over the country at this point. I was out in Chelsea this past Saturday (and what lovely fall day it was) and spotted the Green Monster Hand, now holding an old school cell phone (an upgrade from the now-antiquated desk phone handset we saw last time), which is emblazoned with the text “You Go Girl.” Inspiring.
This little dude, who I am just going to call Phil, is by a street artist also named Phil. He resides in a derelict Fire Alarm Box mounted on a light pole at the northwest corner of West 21st Street and 10th Avenue, in the Chelsea Gallery District. The only other post I was able to find on Phil leads me to believe this piece has been on the street since 2011. That’s a long ass time in NYC Street Art Life.
With his purple hoodie and his boom-box, Phil is maybe a little like the Roaming Gnome of Chelsea. Or maybe not.
It looks like he dropped some green. If you have any information on the Phil who made this art, please leave it in the comments. Thanks!
I first started noticing the mysterious Pink Baby Doll Faces as they popped up here and there in my Instagram feed. When I realized there were quite a few scattered all over what is obviously NYC’s Chelsea Gallery District — because of course they are — Geoffrey and I went out on an Urban Art Safari.
A little bit of Googling revealed to me that the Pink Baby Doll Faces started showing up in Denver back in Spring of 2016. I couldn’t find any information on the artist. The origin of the Baby Doll Faces is truly a mystery!
They are fun to spot. Go exploring with friend and turn it into a game!
There are a few different faces, which appear to be made of cast Plaster of Paris and then painted pink (or sometimes violet). Some have hair and others do not.
I will add more to this post as I find them! Enjoy the hunt!
Update 10/19/20: I have identified the artist as Yiannis Bellis.
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I was out in the Chelsea Gallery District for a weekend afternoon Art Safari when I spotted this Giant Inflatable Rat in the likeness of Dump, parked adjacent to the High Line on West 26th Street. As you can see, the resemblance is uncanny!
Dump Rat (my words, since I do my best to never say or type the name of The Evile One) is a take on the Inflatable Scabby Rat, an enduring sign of resistance, which has been re-purposed by BravinLee gallery to help lead protest against Trump’s policies. Their intent is to fabricate an inflatable Trump Rat and get it out into the world, keep it circulating, and loan it out to protests. What a Genius idea, and one I can very much get behind!
According to the gallery’s mission statement: Trump Rat is not about ridicule as in tit for tat or a comeuppance. It is way more than that. It is classic satire, it is art imitating life, holding up a mirror to a president whose modus operandi, MO, every single day, is about governing by ridicule, communicating by ridicule, decision-making by ridicule. Trump Rat is, of course, not literal, but it is in a long tradition of artistic satire and psychological portraiture.
They are also selling Dump Rat T Shirts! Info on how to get one for yourself is below:
Trump Rat is 15’ tall and comes complete with comb-over, unsightly eye bags, a long rat tail, confederate flag cuff-links and Russian Federation lapel pin.
Dump Rat was design by artist Jeffrey Beebe and fabricated by Mac Yates at Inflatable Images. This inflatable was made In America! Find out more about Dump Rat at This Link!
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.
You can see it in the background of this photo, which is of an Elmgreen & Dragset sculpture called Watching (2016).
ClampArt Gallery is currently hosting an exhibit of homo-erotic self-portraits from the ’70s and ’80s by the infamous gay icon, Peter Berlin. The reason there are only two photos in this post is because these were two of the few in which Berlin’s very impressive junk is not fully on display. Here is a bit of background on the photographer and model: in his 20s, Berlin worked as a celebrity portraitist for German television. Around this time, that he began designing and sewing his own skin-tight clothing, which he would wear as he cruised the parks and train stations in Berlin, Rome, Paris, New York, and San Francisco.
After several long-term stays on the East Coast, Peter Berlin eventually moved to San Francisco in 1969, and became a fixture on the streets with his signature look. He soon began producing films and starred in the now iconic Nights in Black Leather (1973), co-directed by Richard Abel. Berlin then produced, directed, and starred in That Boy the following year, and made four shorter films through the mid- to late-1970s, while publishing and selling his photographic self portraits. Peter Berlin was the subject of several Robert Mapplethorpe photographs, three drawings by Tom of Finland, and at least one portrait by Andy Warhol, attesting to his worldwide celebrity.
Still alive and well at age 73, Berlin was truly a vision to behold in his youth. If homoeroticism in your thing, don’t miss this exhibit. Alternatively if you are into leather and the work it goes there will be a few big leather critics there, they review the top industrial sewing machines that can also be used to sew leather.
Peter Berlin’s Wanted will be on Exhibit Through October 10th, 2015 at ClampArt, Located at 531 West 25th Street, Ground Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.
This eye-catching replica of The Rolling Stones‘ famous Sticky Fingers Logo — created entirely from empty Coca Cola cans — is part of a larger exhibit of Rolling Stones‘ inspired art and memorabilia celebrating the band’s fifty years together.
Spotted in the Window of the Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery, Located at 527 West 23rd Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.