On one not-so-sunny Saturday afternoon back in February, I went for a long walk — an Urban Art Safari as I like to call them — on the Lower East Side. This happened a full month before any kind of lockdown thing was even a glimmer of an idea, which you can tell because there are cars and people in the photos. Continue reading Buff Monster and Crash BR163 Murals on Tienley Enterprises Building
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While some purists may argue that the actual streets provide all the gallery space that street art needs, one venue in the East Village, Dorian Grey Gallery has become the go-to space for formal exhibits by some of the most popular names in the movement.
Currently, Dorian Grey is hosting Street Artists Unite, an unprecedented set of collaborations featuring Hank O’Neal (aka XCIA)’s oversized photographs of classic street art compositions in collaboration with 13 artists including Army of One, AV ONE, BTA, COPE2, CRASH, ENX, Fumero, Kid Lew, Screwtape, SEE One, Chris Stain, Robots Will Kill and TMNK (The Me Nobody Knows). If you’re even a casual fan of street art you will recognize most of the iconic images in these works, many of which we saw plastered on mail boxes, fire hydrants and convenient doorways during our 10 minute walk to the gallery from East 14th Street!
This past Wednesday’s opening reception became quite the scene as fans and artists alike flooded the gallery and the sidewalks outside to socialize and enjoy a common interest. If you’ve not yet been to an exhibit at Dorian Grey, consider Street Artists Unite to be your open invitation to check it out.
Street Artists Unite will be on Exhibit through August 5th, 2012 at Dorian Grey Gallery, Located at 437 East 9th Street, just West of Avenue A, NYC. (NOTE: The Doran Grey Gallery Has Now Closed for Good.)
It’s always fun to discover cool new shops, restaurants and places to hang out in your own neighborhood, which was the case this past Saturday evening when we were introduced to the Dorian Grey Gallery, a hip art space located just west of Avenue A on 9th Street. Although Dorian Grey has apparently been open for close to two years, we had no idea it was there until we attended the opening night reception for the gallery’s currently exhibit, Group Graff. As you might have guessed from the name, and show “Tag” pictured above, this is a group showcase of various types of Graffiti and Street Art — a genre in which the gallery specializes.
Group Graff features works by New York artists such as Keith Haring, LA 2, Futura, Richard Hambleton, COPE 2 & CRASH, as well as International artists including Bansky and DOLK, and modern innovators XAM, SeeOne, Penn, Hanksy and AVone. Some of the pieces we had seen before but others were new discoveries. I’d say this a good exhibit to check out whether you are a seasoned fan of the Street Art or just want to get a bit of introductory exposure to this very hot creative movement.
Dorian Grey Gallery also seems to attract a fun and diverse clientele. We ran into a few old friends in the crowd as well as many local artists! We will definitely be keeping this place on our radar for future shows.
Group Graff is on Exhibit until May 16, 2012 at The Dorian Grey Gallery, located at 437 East 9th Street between 1st Ave and Ave A. in NYC’s East Village. Hours are Tuesday – Sunday 12 Noon -7 PM.
On This Date, April 6th, in 1978: The Normal released its only single, “T.V.O.D.” backed by “Warm Leatherette” – which, at least in the circles I ran in back in the day, was as big a “hit” as the A side. The Normal was really just a solo project by London film student Daniel Miller, who went on to form Mute Records. Distinguished by Miller’s monotone vocals and minimal, electronic beats, both songs deal lyrically with fairly bizarre fetish behaviors. “T.V.O.D” tells of a person who inserts a Television aerial (antennae) into his veins, literally overdosing on TV signals. “Warm Leatherette” – like David Cronenberg’s 1996 film, Crash – is about a guy who gets off by having sex in the aftermath of a fatal car crash. If this post has piqued your curiosity at all, you can download a ringtone of “Warm Leatherette” at this link.
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