Pink Panther (1988) depicts a 1950s pin–up, modeled on the American B–movie actress Jayne Mansfield, with one hand covering a breast bared by a garment that has slipped down—a predicament for which Mansfield was notorious. The stuffed Pink Panther she clutches with her other hand is cheekily extending his tail toward the waistband of her skirt. Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: Jeff Koons, Pink Panther
Jamie and I were out at Coney Island to see the Fireworks on the Friday before the Friday before the Labor Day Weekend. As we sat eating hot dogs and fries at the boardwalk-adjacent tables by the Nathan’s that faces the beach, I noticed a Pink Panther earning some cash by posing for photos with tourists. Because a panther’s gotta make a living.
This delightful Pink Panther Mural by the Queens-based street artist known as Jerkface was photographed by me on Morgan Avenue between Ingraham Street and Johnson Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Signage indicates that the building houses Max Cellar, a new music venue located in the basement below the now closed Amancay’s Diner. The front entrance of the building is at 2 Knickerbocker Ave.
NYC’s premier East Village Street Art Gallery, Dorian Grey, kicks off the new year with a vibrant group show featuring three artists who have already established their brand in the realms of Street Art, Illustration, Clothing Design and beyond. New Spirit fills the intimate gallery space with recent works and a special series of collaboration paintings between artists John Paul O’Grodnick (JPO), Sean Sullivan (Layer Cake) and Mike Mozart (MiMo).
As soon as I saw the work above I was all, “Oh look, Alec Monopoly,” referring to the LA-based street artist whose stenciled likenesses of the Monopoly Man are just everywhere. Only, it’s not Alec Monopoly; it’s Mike Mozart (aka MiMo), who “collaborated” with Alec Monopoly for years until he got tired of that shenanigans and decided to come out of the shadows and take credit where credit is due. Good for him.
Many of MiMo’s works are created on vintage Monopoly Game Boards with his original painted designs and elements of collage — very cool! The show also includes collaborations between MiMo and JPO, whose art we will get to in just one minute.
Sean Sullivan (aka Layer Cake) creates mixed media paintings that include iconic cartoon characters and other characters pulled from TV or period magazines, such as Speed Racer, Pink Panther and Popeye.
Sullivan’s canvases are deep with texture, built up with layers of vintage comic book pages, creating a substrate of eye catching collages that are then completed with his trade mark stencil compositions.
Rounding out the talented trio, we have the colorful abstracts of JPO, AKA John Paul O’Grodnick. I was surprised and pleased to learn from reading a bit about this artist that not only is he influenced by a love of music (Jazz in particular), and artists Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, but that he also practices meditation and feels that his artistic inspiration is channeled. Very cool.
I absolutely love his color palette.
Find Out More about New Spirit, and upcoming exhibits at the Dorian Grey Gallery, at This Link.