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The Autumnal Equinox and the Uni Project

by Gabriella Radujko on September 29th, 2012

photography © courtesy Sam Davol

Pop-ups–boutique, market or museum have entered the psyche of hip New Yorkers, but if you are really lucky, you will have experienced the pop-up library known as the Uni Project.

Part-library, part-performance space, the Uni Project, a portable library kiosk with curated cubes, popped up on a stretch of waterfront at the Gantry State Park in Long Island City, Queens on the first day of fall. The blustery weather wrestled with the portable bookshelves and seats, but passersby, especially the short, cute variety with parents hovering close by, intuitively browsed, read and celebrated books, played games and explored portable worm bins for indoor composting. Continue Reading More »

Artcards talks to David van der Leer

by Cielo Lutino on January 16th, 2012

BMW Guggenheim Lab exterior view from East 1st Street, NYC (Photo: Paul Warchol)

Last winter I stood on a cold subway platform and told Y about my new crush: David van der Leer. “Who is he?” she asked, distracted. She was peering down the dark tunnel, hoping to see train lights headed our way. It was one of those very snowy late nights in New York, and we had fallen victim to the slow timetable of weekend trains. I don’t know, I said. Some curator at the Guggenheim. Y turned her gaze on me. “You don’t even know who this dude is?” she asked. I shrugged and told her I liked what he’d been curating. She shook her head. Who falls for someone’s curation? Continue Reading More »

Dear Japan We Love You Silent Auction at Openhouse Gallery

by Helen Homan Wu on April 11th, 2011

Friday, April 8, “Dear Japan We Love You” opened at OPENHOUSE GALLERY on 201 Mulberry Street NYC, another great silent auction benefit curated by our friends Tanya Arakawa Rosenstein, Will Robins, and Foundation World. There was something for everyone with a focus on urban art, and people were quick to scribble in their bids hoping to snatch up pieces by David Ellis, Kenzo Minami, Shepard Fairey, Swoon and more at a 10th of the market value.  A painting by Jose Parla was going for $5,500!

From the producers:

3.11 Project was conceptually created by Yuko Arakawa, one of the producers, who was motivated to start this project because she is from the prefecture of Fukushima in Japan. Her hometown is only 70 miles away from the Nuclear Power Plant, and she is heartbroken by this devastating disaster that has affected her place of origin and her family. Instead of feeling helpless, she is compelled to find a way to give back to her country and to her community. 3.11 is an on-going project that will continue to strive not only to raise money, but to raise awarenes for the victims of northern Japan that were affected by the Tsunami, Earthquake, and Nuclear Radiation.

100% proceeds of all projects we produce will be donated to Japan Earthquake Relief Fund via Japan Society.

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Featured Artists: José Parlá & Rey Parlá

by Carissa Pelleteri on November 30th, 2010

"Wild Child Hand Style" 2010, © Jose Parla

Artists and brothers, Jose and Rey Parla each have unique and recognizable visions. Born into a family of Cuban exiles, they moved to Puerto Rico at very early ages to return to Miami again before they were teenagers. They both currently live and work in Brooklyn, NY. Two weeks ago I had a studio visit with Jose and Rey. Knowing each other since the year 2000 we caught up about their latest projects. It was such a thrill to see all of the work – finished or in progress, their work truly moves me.

Jose’s bodies of work, particularly his paintings, are a combination of memories and experiences, from the many cities he has moved through since childhood and throughout his life. Through these diverse locations, each painting holds the textures, colors and pulse of each place. The walls in which he draws direct inspiration from, hold years of decay and neglect from the layers of paint, to decades of old posters.

"Scratch Graph 1" 2007, © Rey Parla

Rey creates abstract works, which combine film, photography, paint and ink materials. These images are not computer-generated, but are hand-manipulated experimental motion picture based works that create a new kind of a “non-photo” photograph. Continue Reading More »

Levi’s Workshop Meets the Old Deitch

by Helen Homan Wu on November 3rd, 2010

Photos: Jenna Duffy for Artcards

For months, after the last Shepard Fairey show at the Deitch in SoHo, I have always wondered what would come next. Luckily it wasn’t another boutique. Last month Levi’s launched a playground for photo fanatics. We all know that Levi’s is a pioneer in denim wear, but not everyone is familiar with Deitch Projects, which pioneered in its own right as a gallery for street and contemporary art. To give a little background (and props) to the gallery, since its beginnings in 1996 the Deitch has housed a roster of artists such as Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, Yoko Ono, Jon Kessler, Swoon, Mariko Mori, Os Gemeos, and Clare Rojas. Today, the spirit still survives through the Levi’s Photo Workshop with guest collaborators having their work exhibited along with the program. A Levi’s photobooth is appropriately installed in the space, although not as an installation, but as a complimentary booth for everyone. Call it a corporate marketing scheme, but who cares when you can shoot, print, scan, and rent photo equipment completely for free. A complete list of collaborating artists can be found here. Scroll down for more photos. Continue Reading More »

Featured Artist: Mark Warren Jacques

by Howard Hurst on November 2nd, 2010

Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation

I first stumbled upon the paintings of Mark Warren Jacques at Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn. His small, radiant paintings hit me in the face. Mark’s paintings are characteristic of his personality: heady and amorous, and tempered with a languid playfulness. His brightly hued canvases combine a humble, DIY sensibility with otherworldly yearnings and an almost sublime aesthetic. His newest exhibit, I’m Here Now at Gallery Hijinks in San Francisco is open until November 15th. Last week I had the opportunity to talk to the artist about the show, his art, and future plans. Continue Reading More »

NY Times Breaks the Underbelly Project

by Howard Hurst on November 1st, 2010

This weekend New York Times writer Jasper Rees broke the street art story of the year. The story, which has prompted a wildfire rash of blog postings, revolves around “The Underbelly Project.” Street artists Workhorse and PAC curated a selection of some 150 international street artists, inviting each to paint a mural in one night on the walls of an unidentified, unfinished abandoned subway station four stories underground. The exhibition was opened to a select group of journalists and bloggers for one night, and then closed forever, when the gorilla curators destroyed the entrance. The list of artists is incredible: Dan Witz, Faile, Swoon, Anthony Lister and Jeff Soto to name just a few. More details on Vandalog. Continue Reading More »