The annual Five Points FestivalDesigner Toy and Comic Show is coming up this weekend, June 1st and 2nd, and I am very excited to be attending for my second year! Coincidentally, I happened to walk by the above mural, located on Allen Street, a few weeks ago, unaware that it was originally created to honor the first-ever Five Points Fest, back in May of 2017. Apparently, the owners of the Allen Hotel reactivated a relationship with the Little Italy Street Art (LISA) Project to bring street artist KaNO to the corner of Allen and Rivington Street, and this 40-foot mural was the result! Sweet!
Taking place at the conveniently located Brooklyn Expo Center, and presented by Clutter Magazine, the festival will bring together the best Indie Artists, Designer Toys, Original Art, Resin Sculptures, Plush, Blind Boxes, Blanks, Minis, Kaiju, Japanese Vinyl, Street Art, Posters, Prints, Apparel, Live Painting, Craft Beer, Food Trucks, Pins, Patches and more!
Trust me, it’s going to be all kinds of crazy fun. Find out more about this year’s Five Points Festival, and purchase your tickets, at This Link!
Photographer Stephen Shore, known for his images of banal scenes and objects, has observed that “Paying attention all the time is an interesting way to go through the day,” and I could not possibly agree more. I am always on the look-out for cool and unusual Pink Things for the blog, and I surely could have walked right by this fabulously pink banal object if I wasn’t paying close attention! Ladies and gentlemen, I present this week’s pink thing: the Pink Graffiti Mail Box!
A closer inspection of all four sides of the box will reveal that it is no ordinary mail box, but rather one of those formerly-dark-green mail storage boxes, officially known as a Postal Relay Box. I looked it up.
Aside from having been originally vandalized by being painted pink, the box is quite clearly covered with stickers, wheat pastes, stencils and graffiti from a collection of local street artists, who have marked their territory as a dog marks a hydrant. I see Phoebe New York! Also located close by: Graffiti Dumpster!
I especially like the little Slug, seen above.
Photographed at the Corner of Chrystie and Rivington Streets on the Lower East Side, NYC.
Update 1/28/20: I just found out that this Pink Mail Box is part of the Love Letters Project. Sadly, this box has been moved by the Post Office, but oou can see more works like this under the hastag #poetwastaken on Instagram!
While my back was turned, Spoke Art Gallery suddenly became Hashimoto Contemporary Gallery. I understand that this involved a simple name change, and that the gallery is being run by the same people, which is a relief, because Spoke/Hashimoto is walking distance from my apartment, and it always has pretty cool art! Example: their latest exhibit is Delicious Monster, a solo exhibition by Dallas-based artist Dan Lam, who is a lady. Delicious Monster is Dan’s fist solo exhibition at the gallery.
Dan Lam is known for her biomorphic sculptures — which she often paints in vibrant, fluorescent colors — that appear to ooze and drip from the shelves on which they perch. These sculptures are made from quick-drying foam, and so they are deceptively light weight, despite appearing to be very heavy.
For Delicious Monster, the artist continues to explore opposing themes of the beautiful and repulsive, and how often these two different sentiments can come from within the same source. With this in mind, the new sculptures explore color and form while experimenting with new materials and layering processes.
To me, these layered sculptures recall exotic undersea coral, but Dan was actually inspired by the Monstera Deliciosa fruit, whose scientific name literally means ‘delicious monster.’ Resembling an ear of corn with a green exterior, this hexagon patterned fruit is sweet, delicious and tropical, yet it can cause severe throat and skin irritation if eaten before it has fully ripened.
Fascinated by the fruit’s tempting contradictions, the works in Delicious Monster explore this relatable concept: patience is often tested by temptation, and the excitement and desire to have an experience before the appropriate moment can often result in dangerous consequences. The sculptures above show examples of a series within the exhibit where these forms appear to be covered in beads or pearls. Dan creates the look by affixing “half beads” to the exterior of the form before paint is applied.
Exploring a variety of textures, from the shimmering iridescent to pointed spikes, Dan’s sculptures appear almost lifelike, as if they were living organisms from a psychedelic universe. Simultaneously alluring and unsettling, their textures, candy colored hues and organic shapes draw the viewer in, tempting you to touch them and enter their alternate universe.
Please enjoy a few more photos from the show:
The gallery installed a ‘Selfie-Wall,’ whose surface emulates the texture of one of Dan’s spiked forms. I was not present at the opening reception, but I can imagine that this wall was very popular!
She also created these miniature sculptures for the gallery’s reception desk Adorable.
Dan Lam’s Delicious Monster Will be on Exhibit Through Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at Hashimoto Contemporary New York (Formerly Spoke Art), Located at 210 Rivington Street (between Pitt & Ridge). Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
This old-school FDNY Call Box on the corner of Bowery and Rivington, is easy to spot, as it is painted a bright florescent orange. According to Bowery Boogie Dot Com, the call box was formerly an art installation; part of Two Rams Gallery’s Alarm! exhibition, which ran from February 5 – 22nd, 2015, and for which the call box was painted bright florescent Red. As the exhibit has now ended, I imagine someone felt it was necessary to achieve closure by painting it orange.
This mural of a whale-shaped ship with a Cyclops-eyed conquistador occupant was photographed at 213 Bowery (Corner of Rivington), home to Regent Restaurant Equipment. If you have any further information on the mural, such as the name of the artist (which I cannot quite make out), please feel free to leave it in the comments!