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Street Art That Has Dicks In It

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Spot The Dick (All Photos By Gail)

While looking through my archives of street art photography, I noticed a few random photos that have dicks in them. This seemed funny to me, and I was ‘hard up’ (pun intended) for an idea, so I decided to make a post out of street art with dicks in it. I’ll add more pics of dicks to the post as time goes on. Because why not? There are more dicks out there waiting to be discovered; of this I am quite sure. I do not know the artist responsible for the banana-as-dick fetish-themed piece above (it might even be an ad), but when you’re feelin’ it, who gives a shit?

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I saw this fun piece in SoHo last summer, when Covid was still kind of a new thing and the George Floyd murder was making people (rightfully) lose their minds. Is it any wonder that such a volatile social climate spawned this bold message of  “Racist(s) Can Suck My Dino Dick” emblazoned above a masked woman riding a, well, Blue Dinosaur-Dick-hybird? I think not.

Let’s zoom in for a closer look:

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Ride ’em Cowgirl!

This piece is by Pure.Genius, whose murals are always topical, and lots of fun. And speaking of fun, please take a closer look at the outfit on the ‘rider’ and tell me you don’t think this lady is modeled after Walt Disney’s Snow White. Because of course she is.

Update: The artist has since told me that yes, it is Snow White, and she is “Using her White Privilege to fight racism!”

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I call this one Mr. Potato Dick. If you know who the artist is, please leave it in the comments!

More Dick Pics coming as soon as possible!

Additional Dicks below, as promised. This one was spotted on 14th Street and 3rd Avenue on May 1st, 2021!

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Here’s another Dino Dick (it looks like a  Brontosaurus) that I found in Bushwick on June 19th! Art by @dick_slaps!

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Pink Thing of The Day: The Art of Eye Sticker

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White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland/Dali-Themed Art By Eye Sticker (All Photos By Gail)

The pandemic has changed a lot about the way I live my life, and it has definitely changed my relationship to art. During the months when galleries and museums were closed, I turned to the galleries of the streets for inspiration, and spent hours each week walking and documenting what I saw. I discovered that many street artists were inspired by the experience of isolation due to Covid, and the increasingly dystopian nature of society imposed by the previous administration, to step-up the surreal nature of their creations. One new artist I kept seeing all over the city, whose work moved me immediately, was called Eye Sticker. Of course, the Eye is Pink.

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Trump Troll

Eye Sticker (also known as EYE) is an anonymous, gender-unspecified persona whose work often centers on a familiar, pop-culture image distinguished by the inclusion of a bright Pink Eye with an x-shaped iris at its center. The first work I saw by Eye Sticker was a paste up on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village, where I  live. The piece depicted Dump as a Troll Doll, with a shock of pink hair and beady pink eyes that looked like those drawn by cartoonists to indicate that a person or animal is deceased. Appropriate, I thought.

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Beauty in Banality: The Art of Jennifer Small

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All Images Courtesy of Robert Berry Gallery

Since the Chelsea galleries reopened a few months ago, there has not been much on exhibit that has compelled me to leave my house in order to see the art in person. I felt differently, however, when I received an email announcing an exhibit of new paintings from Wilmington, DE-based painter Jennifer Small. As soon as I saw her bold and colorful canvases featuring abstract shapes and patterns, they reminded me of the shaped, sculptural paintings by Beverly Fishman as well as the furniture designs of Shiro Kuramata. It delighted me to imagine what a line of art furniture from the mind of this artist might look like. I wanted to see these paintings in person right away. Sadly, I was informed that the show was viewable online only, but gallerist Robert Berry was kind enough ask Jennifer for a statement about her work exclusively for this post. Sweet.

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Detail of Work from Above Photo

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Beauty in Banality is about seeing everyday routine as an opportunity to absorb visual curiosities in situations or places that are often overlooked,” Jennifer explains. “I use abstraction to elevate these glimpses of ordinary environments into bold, engaging compositions that can live in a white cube gallery space but are still approachable and relatable because they are grounded in observations of common things.” It’s nice to know that I am not alone in having taken inspiration from my post-lockdown neighborhood walks.

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“The majority of the paintings in Beauty in Banality were made since the Covid-19 lockdown this past year,” she continues. “I was inspired by walking my dog around the block, witnessing caution tape around playgrounds and abandoned soccer fields. My paintings become a visual diary of my movements in a specific time and place.”

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Suggestive of the works of Thomas Nozkowski, Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park Series, and Wendy White, Small’s work often features a major focal point, as well as secondary items, creating visual interest with neutral areas juxtaposed with detailed patterning. Find out more about Jennifer Small, and see all of the fourteen works featured in the Beauty of Banality series, through January 10th 2021, by visiting  the Robert Berry Gallery.

Trump As The Grim Reaper Mural By Pure Genius

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Photo By Gail Worley

Yes, that is in fact Dump as the Grim Reaper himself in this expansive mural from street artist Pure.Genius. The Dump Reaper’s ignorant declaration, “Don’t be afraid of Covid,” perfectly distills his administration’s campaign of propaganda and misinformation that has lead to hundreds of thousand of needless deaths in this country to date.

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Thank Christ he’ll be gone soon, though not soon enough. This mural is painted near the southeast corner of Houston and Bowery in NYC.

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A Lone Astronaut Roams Deserted Urban Landscapes in Scott Listfield’s Quarantine

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All Photos By Gail

In the early days of the Covid 19 lockdown, most of us — not just here in Manhattan but around the globe — were spending close to 24 hours a day in our homes. It was during this time that photos began appearing on the Internet and Instagram depicting places like Times Square and other generally heavily-populated ‘tourist destinations’ in states of complete abandonment. It was as if civilization as we know it had ceased to exist, and our cities been left to the elements. The world was looking more apocalyptic by the day. The only thing missing were the zombies.

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I thought of these images immediately when I got an email from Hashimoto Contemporary Gallery about their latest exhibition, Quarantine by artist Scott Listfield — who is known for his paintings featuring a lone exploratory astronaut lost in a landscape cluttered with pop culture icons, corporate logos and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references.

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The gallery is walking distance from my home, so I made an appointment to see these enigmatic and compelling paintings in person. I was the only person in the gallery at the time of my visit, which made the experience even more powerful. To say that Scott Listfield’s work encourages imaginative extrapolation is an understatement.

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