Archive | May, 2012


31 May

Hey all,

I’m honored to be part of this benefit tonight for a friend who passed away a few years ago. In the few years that I knew Kess, he was always supportive of my art. He often included me in the shows he put together and til this day I’m so thankful to him for that. So now a few years later, here I am supporting the foundation for a true leader who help mold the skate industry to what it is today. Please come check out the work and come support the cause.

Kessler Benefit Auction Press Release

The Flock

28 May

Hey all,

I will be at Flock this year doing a bleach batik workshop. Please come thru and join us for the fun festivities. See you there!

FOKUS presents The Flock 2012:  Arts Party in The Plaza

(Brooklyn, NY) Art is a cause for celebration and creates a space for gathering. With this in mind, FOKUS created The Flock in collaboration with Soul of Brooklyn, to share unique craftsmanship and provide an opportunity for strangers, artists and art forms to gather in one eclectic place. On Sunday, June 3rd from 1-6pm, artists and their communities will gather at The Flock to showcase and engage with thearts under the summer sun at the Putnam Triangle Plaza (on Fulton and Putnam) in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, NY. Live music, art exhibitions, and workshops will be available for creative folks of all ages. DJ Lynnee Denise will be providing the musical soundtrack for the event in addition to a live performance by Sophia Urista.

New Yorkers will be invited to Brooklyn to peruse artwork, watch performances, shop for various goods, support small local businesses and participate in creative workshops. 15 vendors/ artists (of many mediums)/ artist educators will set up shop for one day only, providing a space for anyone, children and adults, to experience a variety of artwork in one space at their leisure. The Flock 2012 will focus on supporting creative small business models, that have become characteristic of Brooklyn, through its collaboration with the FAB (Fulton Area Business Alliance) and Sacred Brooklyn Yoga and Movement Studio.  Come join us for an afternoon of music, dancing, crafting, and celebrating art in its many forms! 

The Flock 2012
Putnam Triangle Plaza
(at the intersection of Putnam Ave and Fulton St)
Brooklyn, NY

June 3rd, 2012

Participating Artists

  • DJ Lynnee Denise
  • Sophia Urista
  • T. Cleo. Austin
  • Charlotte Corini
  • Johnnie Hwowane
  • Chanel Kennebrew – Junkprints
  • Zoe Kessler
  • Jessie Levandov – Debris
  • Suzanne Goldberg – Bon Bon Trust
  • Marthalicia Matarrita
  • Kali-Ma Nazarene
  • Breukellen Riesgo


  • “My Own Kaiju” – SpazeCraftOne
  • “Cityscape Batik” – Alice Mizrachi
  • “Funky Good Time: Improv Dance w/ the Littles” – Aimee Cox/Sacred Brooklyn Yoga & Movement
  • “Introduction to Papermaking” – Anny Mefford
  • “TerraCotta Pot Painting” – Anna the Bumble Bee

Soul of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Arts Council, Fulton Area Business Alliance (FAB), Sacred 

C/S to Franklin Ave
C to Clinton-Washington
G to Clinton-Washington

The Flock is made possible, in part, by the Soul of Brooklyn Regrant program, which is supported by funding from a Rockefeller Foundation New York City Cultural Innovation Fund award and administered bythe Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA).

YOUNG NEW YORK fundraiser at White Box- 5.29.12

28 May

Please join me and my friends tomorrow evening for a fundraiser benefit at White Box for YOUNG NEW YORK. I am pleased to be donating a piece of my art for this silent auction. Come thru!

YOUNG NEW YORK | At Risk Youth Being Seen, Heard, and Known


 Curated by Natalie Trainor & LNY 


Steven Holl, Steve Powers ESPO, NohjColey, Joe Iurato, Miguel Ovalle, Overunder, Gaia, Rudie Diaz, Marissa Paternoster, Ian Kuali’i, LNY, Blackmath, Doodles, Feral Child, Cake,ND’A, QRST, Sean 9 Lugo, Radical!, C215 from the Vandalog collection, Gilf, Rachel Hays, SUE works, Clown Soldier, Jill Cohen, Yulia Pinkusevich, Alyse Dunn, NEVER,Shane Nash, Jesse Hazelip, Sheryo,the YOK, ASVP, Labrona,Then One,Tom Smith, Day Le, Danielle Riechers,  Jon Burgerman, Darnell Scott, Nathan Pickett, Joseph Grazi, John Breiner, Anne Grauso, ONE 9, SMURFO, Beau Stanton, Chris Cycle, Jamie Bruno, Luna Park, Sam Dylan Gordon, Fay Ku,Michael Bilsborough, Felipe Baeza, Sam Fleichner, Alice Mizrachi, Mare 139, and more….

We are pleased to announce Young New York: A Silent Art Auction & Fundraiser.  This one night event will benefit Young New York (YNY), an art focused social justice program working with 16 and 17 year olds who, legally classified as adults, have been thrown into New York State’s adult criminal justice system.

With space provided by White Box, food provided by Maimonide of Brooklyn, and drinks provided by Bomb Lager, the funds from the silent auction will help build the first stage of the program – a series of creative workshops with fifteen young New Yorkers. The young New Yorkers will work closely with a team of successful artists, designers, teachers and social workers to responsibly and creatively develop their message around their own experiences with, and hopes for, the treatment of youth in the criminal justice system. 

YNY will auction and exhibit the works of emerging and established international artists whose work touches on the realm of the social in urban space, thereby creating a dialogue with the work being developed in the YNY workshops.

Young New York is supported by the Goodman Fellowship at Columbia University and Brooklyn Defender Services.

For more information visit

Event Supporters:  White Box, Maimonide of Brooklyn, Bomb Lager, Loci Architecture

Program Supporters: The Goodman Fellowship – Columbia University, Brooklyn Defender Services, GoPro, Maimonide of Brooklyn.

“I AM YOU, YOU ARE ME” student exhibition at Rotunda Gallery

16 May



Hey all,

Come through if you can to support the kids I worked with in Brooklyn and check out the Teaching Artist interview Bric posted of me.

BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn presents I AM YOU/YOU ARE MEthe 24th Annual BRIC Contemporary Art Education Exhibition of student artwork. Curated by Hawley Hussey, BRIC’s Director of Contemporary Art Education, the exhibition presents artwork in a wide variety of media by students from 10 public schools across Brooklyn as well as in Queens and the Bronx. This is the first year that the student exhibition is thematic, focusing on identity and individuality as it relates to one’s larger place within a community.

I AM YOU/YOU ARE ME showcases artwork made by students at public schools that participate in BRIC’s in-school Contemporary Art Education Residency program. Through the program, professional artist teachers partner with classroom teachers to design contemporary art residencies in such academic areas as math, English, social studies, and science. These artist teachers are educators as well as practicing artists who are sent directly into the classroom for residencies in which they use visual arts concepts and techniques to help students learn about contemporary art while better understanding a range of academic subjects.

This is the first year that the student exhibition is thematicI AM YOU/YOU ARE ME was inspired by the launch of artist teacher Kate Fauvell’s 1.1 project for which she will partner with artists, teachers, and students across the city to produce 1.1 million life-size images of children, one to represent every child in the New York City public school system. The project, and likewise, I AM YOU/YOU ARE ME, focuses on themes of identity and community and teaches students the importance of their own voice and individuality, particularly as it relates to being part of a larger community.

The exhibition represents 10 school partners and presents work in such varied media as painting, quilting, collage, poetry, spoken word, graphic novel, site-specific installation, sculptural photography, and digital media.  Some of the projects completed for the show include self-portrait sculptures inspired by Pop-era artist Marisol Escobara 25 foot-long Sharpie mural reflecting the school’s feeling of community; numerous contributions to the1.1 project; and a photo transfer installation which honors loved ones in a unique, impactful way. During the opening reception, a section of BRIC Rotunda Gallery will be transformed into the 1.1 Studio, where portraits for Kate Fauvell’s project will be created on-site by Kate and her students.

I AM YOU/YOU ARE ME represents only a fraction of the artwork created in residencies, giving viewers an idea of the level of engagement reached by BRIC’s Contemporary Art Education program in each school.

Opening Reception: May 16, 2012, 6 – 8 pm

Associated Public Programs

BRIC Rotunda Gallery will host a Family Day art-making workshop on Saturday, May 19, 2012, from Noon – 3pm. Families with kids of all ages are invited to drop by and observe and create their own artwork using inspirational and fun materials. The workshop is led by one of BRIC’s talented artist teachers.