This “Instagram Fodder” by humorist street artist Hanksy is located on the northeast corner of Kenmare and Mulberry Streets in Soho, NYC.
If you weren’t making the scene at 104 Delancey Street — the former site of a Chase Bank — this past weekend, then you missed out on your chance to see street artist provocateur Hanksy’s Group Show and Pop Up Happening, Best of The Worst! It was a good time.
For the uninitiated, Hanksy is an “unknown” tagger/artist who emulates the style of Bansky while often incorporating the likeness of actor Tom Hanks. Best of The Wurst not only featured perhaps 20 or so of Hanksy’s punny slogans and celebrity icon parodies, but also included a separate pop up Street Art Gallery within the large gallery space, as well as Free Beer and Asian Dumplings, a Skate Ramp, Photo Booth, Free Vintage Pinball Games, a DJ, and a Clown making Penis Balloon Hats. Just being serious.
The event kicked off Saturday evening at 6 PM, when the doors opened and — thanks to Geoffrey arriving early and holding a space in line for me! — we were inside the graffiti covered walls of this cavernous space within ten minutes. Adding an atmospheric backdrop to Hanksy’s works were contributions from Street Artists such as Left Handed Wave, Frank Ape, Magda Love, Clint Mario, Gilf!, CB23, Don’t Fret, Lexi Belle, Nda, Elle, Roycer, Joseph Meloy, Beau, Claw Money, Tony Depew, and Col Walnuts.
Here are a few of my Favorite Hanksys of the Evening:
In the left rear corner of the space, visitors could check out the Gag-Osian (get it?) Street Art Gallery, with its separate exhibit, Purgers & Acquisitions: Selling Out Tomorrow’s Urban Art Stars, Today. This area displayed small canvases and sculptures by a variety of Street Artists of varying degrees of popularity, priced to sell!
Affordable Hanksy Swag, in the form of limited edition prints and T-Shirts, was also available.
Look at everyone having a fun time and enjoying the art!
I spent about an hour inside before I needed air and decided to head home. As I walked back up the street, I noticed the Sucklord lurking in a nearby doorway, being interviewed by god knows who. All in all, it was a most enjoyable evening.
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.