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MCA Beastie Boys Mural on East 7th Street

MCA Beastie Boys Mural
Photo By Gail

This nice homage to the late Adam Yauch, AKA MCA of The Beastie Boys, was spotted by me one afternoon as I was walking home. I am not sure how long it has been up, but it is at least the fifth such mural in a series created to honor Yauch, who died of cancer on May 4 2012, at age 47, that has inhabited this exact location on some kind of heavily-chained door. You can see a few of the other past murals at This Link. The artist is Cramcept. I have no idea what’s behind the door.

The Where Have You Been MCA Mural is Located on the South Side of East 7th Street Just West of First Avenue in the East Village NYC.

Chris Cornell Memorial Video Clip of The Week: Soundgarden, “Outshined”


I got up feeling so down
I got off being sold out
I’ve kept the movie rolling
But the story’s getting old now, oh yeah
I just looked in the mirror
And things aren’t looking so good
I’m looking California and feeling Minnesota, oh yeah

So now you know, who gets mystified
So now you know, who gets mystified

Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today
Yeah, it gives me butterflies, gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again
Yeah I’m feeling
Oh, I’m feeling outshined, outshined, outshined, outshined

Oh yeah
Yeah
Someone let the dogs out
They’ll show where the truth is
The grass is always greener
Where the dogs are shitting, oh yeah
I’m feeling that I’m sober
Even though I’m drinking
I can’t get any lower
Still I feel I’m sinking

So now you know, who gets mystified
So now you know, who gets mystified

Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today
Yeah, it gives me butterflies gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again
Oh I’m feeling
Oh, I’m feeling outshined, outshined, outshined, outshined

Oh yeah, hmm

Outshined, oh oh

Oh, so now you know, who gets mystified
Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today
Yeah, it gives me butterflies gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again
Oh I’m feeling
Oh, I’m feeling

Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today
Yeah, it gives me butterflies gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again
Oh, I’m feeling
Oh, I’m feeling
Outshined, outshined, outshined, outshined

Chris Cornell
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Chris Cornell: July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017. Rest In Peace.

David Shrigley, Memorial

David Shrigley Memorial
All Photos By Gail

Across the centuries, memorials have acted as public sites of collective remembrance and markers of our shared cultural heritage. Some monuments continue to hold a contemporary significance, while others have become obsolete in an ever-changing urban and social landscape; their meanings often lost from civic consciousness.

Memorial, Rear View
Memorial, Rear View (Plaza Hotel in Background)

Memorial, by British artist David Shrigley honors one of the most common of all acts: the writing for a grocery list. By engrave this ephemeral, throwaway list on a solid slab of granite — a material ubiquitous with the language of monuments — the artist humorously subverts both a daily routine and the role of the classic memorial.

While Shrigley’s shopping list might appear to posture as a counter-monument, through its celebration of common activity, its anonymity and absurdity, the sculpture becomes a memorial both to no one and to everyone — perhaps standing as a simple but poignant ode to humanity.

David Shrigley: Memorial will be on view through February 26, 2017 in Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, Fifth Avenue at 59th Street. 

Stephen Romano Gallery Presents: Saint Bowie Group Show, Coming March 2nd!

Saint Bowie Art Exhibit
Image Courtesy of Stephen Romano

Save the Date: Stephen Romano Gallery is very honored to be presenting the group exhibition Saint Bowie, opening March 2, 2016, with a reception from 5 – 9 PM. Saint Bowie will be comprised of artist-made devotional mementos, Ex Votos, Santos, Spirit Photos and other reliquaries which mourn the loss of the Starman, and also serve as a means by which to commune with Bowie on the other side.

Saint Bowie will feature art by some of our very favorite artists including Sas and Colin Christian, Nyazhul Blanco and Lori Field, among many others, listed below.

Saint Bowie Art Exhibit

See you there!

Photos of The Shrine In Front of David Bowie’s Apartment Building

12 Feet Deep
Flowers, Photos, Artwork and Gifts from Fans and Mourners Stretch Eight Feet Deep in Front of David Bowie’s Former Home in Downtown NYC (All Photos By Gail)

I’m sure I am not alone when I say that I haven’t really felt centered since I heard the news of David Bowie’s death when I woke up at 6:00 AM on Monday morning. No matter how many bittersweet memories of seeing Bowie in concert back-in-the-day, or engaging personal accounts of ways in which David Bowie profoundly impacted countless lives that I read in my FaceBook news feed — and, trust me, the verbal tributes haven’t stopped coming — this news just doesn’t seem like it could be real. It’s almost like I need to ‘see the body,’ so to speak, for it to really sink in. Because I thought David Bowie was going to live forever. Didn’t we all?

I like to think of myself as being respectful of other’s personal space but, despite being  somewhat mortified at the thought of exploiting David Bowie’s death in any way, or getting in his family’s face when they just want their privacy, the more I thought about it, the more I felt compelled to just go to his house; to make my own pilgrimage to visit the memorial shrine that fans have built over the two short days since he passed, which is growing in front of the building where David Bowie lived with his wife Iman and daughter Lexi. I didn’t know exactly where the building was, but I know downtown pretty well and I recognized a fairly distinctive landmark from seeing many  on-the-scene TV reports, so I was able to figure out where to go.

Let's Dance Graffiti
“Let’s Dance” Graffiti Adds a Bit of Levity to an Otherwise Reverent Shrine Site

A light mist was falling as I walked uptown from the subway station, and the air had that still crispness, indicating that it could just start snowing at any minute. I hoped it would not start snowing just yet. And then I saw the crowd.

Shrine Left Front

My photos are not great because I forgot to turn on my flash for some of them, and also I was trying not to step on, or in front of, anyone else who wanted to get pictures of this very beautiful tribute of love for a man whose music touched almost everyone I know. The collection of beautiful, fragrant flowers, personal David Bowie artwork, toys, gifts, and a small collection of Jesus Candles, is surrounded by metal police barricades, but if you have something you want to add to the shrine, the police will let you walk around and lay it where you feel it should rest. Everyone was very, very cool and respectful.

Cover of AM New York

Up front: The cover story from Tuesday’s issue of AM New York, a free morning daily, generally available as you enter or exit the subway.

Eye Drawing

There is so much artwork left by fans, and I can’t even imagine what has already been covered and buried deep under flowers and mementos.

Bowie Shrine Left

I'm Not Dead

Here’s a sentiment we all wish were true.

Teddy in the Flowers

I wonder who left that little Teddy Bear, and if it held any special message meant for David.

Thank you note and flowers

Posters

British Flag

Bowie’s music played unobtrusively as I stood and took in this scene, and I could hear people sniffling, but a reprieve from the wracked sobbing that I imagine we have all been doing a bit of. It was very peaceful. I think David would have really loved to see such an outpouring of adoration from his fans.

Candles

I wish everyone who loved, and now mourns David tonight could see how beautiful this place is, and feel how much love went into creating it. I didn’t want to intrude on his family’s grief, but I almost felt like I had to go so I could represent for those who are not able to be near this energy.

Bowie Shrine Right

God Speed You David Bowie. We will Miss You Forever.

Joey Ramone Memorial Mural in the Bowery

Joey Ramone Mural
Photo By Gail

This image of the late Joey Ramone wearing a pair of Cheap Boxing Gloves was created to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Ramones debuting at CBGB. The mural went up on September 3rd, 2015 but it took me a few weeks to get around to seeing it for the first time, in early October, which is when I took this photo while (literally) standing in the middle of the street between idling cars that were waiting for the light to change at the corner of Bleecker and the Bowery — directly across from the former location of the legendary music venue, which is now a John Varvatos Clothing Boutique. The mural was painted by Solus and John CRASH Matos, who you might remember from This Post.

Update: As of August 24th, 2017 The Joey Ramone Mural has been Replaced by a Mural of Blondie’s Debbie Harry.

Open Call to Artists: Dave Brockie of GWAR Memorial Art Show

GWAR Full Band
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March 23rd, 2014 marked the untimely and tragic death of Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus of the band GWAR. On Saturday May 3rd, MF Gallery is hosting a special memorial art show dedicated to this legendary artist. Dave collaborated many times with MF Gallery, from his solo show / performance piece in 2004 to GWAR’s Crack-a-thon in 2010 and 2011 and numerous group shows throughout the years.

This is an open call to all artists who want to memorialize the Universe’s Greatest Scumdog, or the man behind the mask. MF Gallery will accept all submissions representing GWAR/ Oderus/ Brockie, as long as they are received by April 25th. Interested artists should email info@mfgallery.net for mailing address and more details.

The Opening Party, on Saturday May 3rd (7-10pm) will be a cash & carry sale, with one third of the proceeds going to The Dave Brockie Foundation. Art from the show will be available for viewing and purchasing online at: MF Gallery DB Memorial.

Donations can also be made directly to The Dave Brockie Foundation at: This Link.

Special party events and further details to come. Admission is free and open to all ages. Artists, fans and friends of GWAR / Dave are all invited to come see the show and celebrate this great man’s life with MF Gallery!

MF Gallery is located at 213 Bond St. in Brooklyn, NY. Take the F or G train to Bergen St. The A or C to Hoyt/Schermehorn or the R to Union. For more information, contact Martina Secondo Russo at (917)446-8681 or info@MFgallery.net.

Joe Strummer Memorial Mural Recreated in East Village NYC

Joe Strummer Mural East Village NYC
Photo By Gail

It must have been a while since I walked west on 7th Street towards Avenue A, because today I noticed for the first time that the Joe Strummer Memorial Mural has been restored to the East 7th Street facade of the exterior of Niagara Bar, located at corner of Avenue A and 7th Street. The original mural, created by street artists Dr. REVOLT and Zephyr after Strummer’s death in 2002, was removed in 2013 to facilitate structural repairs to the building. The piece has now been recreated (a little Googling reveals it reappeared in September 2013) by Dr. REVOLT in a similar but still recognizably different style.

You can see what the original mural looked like at This Link.

Update, September 9, 2018:

I walked by the mural this afternoon and you can see that it as been touched-up to create a more realistic likeness to to Strummer. Nice!

Joe Strummer Mural 2018