Summertime Madness- The Flock Photo recap

21 Jun

The way I can always tell summer is in full effect is when I am on accelerated grind mode. For us painters who do public work and art on the street summertime is when a lot of our outdoor work happens. Now that I’m out of my hibernation mode and in stank city heat here are some of the dope projects I’ve been working on…

The Flock by FOKUS took place June 3 in BROOKNAM. It was so much fun to host my bleach batiking workshop with FOKUS and reach out to the community to show innovative ways to create art. I was so busy at my table that I didn’t even get to kick it with my peoples who were also there working. Peep some of the photos below for my brief recap. To see more flicks of the whole jam in depth please check out the FOKUS website….

Thanks to Atiba, Giovanna, Allison and the whole FOKUS team for bringing this event to the community. Building community is a significant part of my aesthetic as an artist- thanks for providing the platform FOKUS!

Welling Court Mural Project

13 Jun

Please come through Saturday for this amazing mural project in Queens organized by Adhoc’s Alison & Garrison. I LOVE PAINTING at this event- the community there is awesome. This year a few more ladies will be featured for the event.


MEDIA ADVISORY – Friday, June 8, 2012 CONTACT: Garrison Buxton, Owner/Director – 917.602.2153 /


— An Art Event Celebrating the Streets, Solidarity, Community, and Culture —

WHEN: Opening Saturday, June 16th, 2012 from noon until 9pm. Afterwards: viewable 24/7/365, so enjoy!

WHAT: The community of Welling Court in Queens, New York first asked Ad Hoc Art to help them spruce up their neighborhood in 2009. Honored to do so, Ad Hoc Art rose to the occasion in May 2010 by organizing a project fitting for the diverse, enthusiastic, and energetic inhabitants. One year later, Ad Hoc assembled another spectacular crew of legendary and groundbreaking artists spanning more than 50 years of activity for the 2nd Annual Welling Court Mural Project. Now in its 3rd year, the project has received remarkable global acclaim and continues to garner support and momentum as more walls, artists, and public art enthusiasts compound those successes.

This third round is not to be missed as ever-more art and eyes visit this Queens gem. To celebrate, the community’s annual block party coincides with the project’s opening, featuring cuisine and music from the ethnically diverse and multi-talented hosts. Whereas this tiny neighborhood is providing some major hospitality, it cannot provide for the attendees en masse, so please think of this as a big social-picnic-potluck-art-fun-action and bring some of your favorite tasty foods, beverages, or other contribution to share with your fellow revelers. If you would like to offer help or assistance to the artists, items always useful are: exterior bucket paint, paint rollers/brushes, spray paint, acrylic paint, exterior primer, etc. If none of those options suite your fancy and/or you would like to contribute some fiscal support, we will be taking donations at the event.

Volunteers Needed: If you would like to help out in another fashion, there are many ways to get involved, as The Welling Court Mural Project is an all-volunteerevent, from the project organizers to the people who help spread the word and take care of the attendees, to the artists creating the work, we need your help to make it as amazing as possible. For general volunteer questions, please contact us at

The project transforms several city blocks into a 24/7 street-level gallery, bringing art from around the world directly to the heart of this community and NYC. Renowned artists with deep roots in the street movement have created site- specific works for this project and your perusal. This fresh array of visual experiences provides new contexts for how people working, visiting, and living in this diverse cultural gem of Queens think about and interact with their environment.

Artists represented this year:

Alice Mizrachi, Alison Buxton, Beau Stanton, Billy Mode, Brian Life, Caleb Neelon, Celso, Cern, Chris Cardinale, Chris Stain, Clown Soldier, CR, CRASH, Cycle, Dan Witz, Darkclouds, Deborah Yoon, Don Leicht, Ellis Gallagher, Free5, Fumero, Gaia, Garrison Buxton, Greg Lamarche, Hell Bent, Joe Iurato, John Breiner, John Fekner, Katie Yamasaki, Kimyon Huggins, Lady Pink, Logik One, Lmnop, Mare139, Mensen, Michael Alan, Mint & Serf, Mr. Kiji, Never, Pablo Power, Peat Wollaeger, Queen Andrea, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, Rene Gagnon, ROA, Royce Bannon, Sheryo, Sinned, Skewville, Sofia Maldonado, Spaze, Stormie Mills, Subtexture, The Wretched Rapture Crew, The Yok, Thundercut, TooFly, Veng RWK, Zam, Zéh Palito, & more…

* In addition to the murals and festivities, there are special events and projects happening throughout the day with…

** Music to boot{y}!!! Super smooth DJ’s Sleptember and Kimyon with blend sublime block party beats to tickle your eardrums and keep you moving all day long. Bring food, water, dancing shoes and prepare for seeing some great art & shaking some body parts.

WHO: Ad Hoc Art + Artists + The Community of Welling Court + You WHERE: 11-98 Welling Court {@ 30th Ave & 12th Street}, Astoria, Queens 11102

TO GET THERE: * By Public Transit: Take the N or W train to 30th Ave. Then: 1) walk 10-15 minutes down 30th Ave or; 2) take the Q18 west down 30th Ave to 12th St. * By Car/Other: Here is a link to the street map:



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.

AM at FOUNTAIN ART FAIR with Mighty Tanaka- 3.9-11.12

6 Mar

Hey all,

Please come by this weekend and check out Fountain Art Fair. I will be showing with Mighty Tanaka. Hope to see you all there:)

31 Ladies Who Rock by Daniela Capistrano

2 Mar

FOr Women’s History Month I’m honored to be presented on Daniela Capistrano’s blog as a “Lady who Rocks”. Check it out:

“Lost &Found” at Mighty Tanaka- 1.13.12

10 Jan

Hey all,

I’m honored to be part of this group show on Friday- please come through and peep some amazing art. See ya there!

Lost & Found, our first show of 2012, explores the usage of found materials and how artists choose to reinterpret the world around them.  Featuring the artwork of five very different artists, Adam VoidAlice MizrachiCurtis Readel, ELLE &John Breiner, their work both compliments and juxtaposes, as they express themselves through a myriad of techniques and approaches centering around artwork created from found objects.

Lost & Found Opening Reception:

 Friday, January 13th

(show runs until February 5th)

6pm – 9pm

 111 Front Street, Suite 224

 (F Train to York Street, A/C Train to High Street)

Mighty Tanaka presents:

Lost & Found

Featuring the artwork of Adam Void, Alice Mizrachi, Curtis Readel, ELLE & John Briener

Look around you; the world is full of art.  We all know the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, however, some individuals choose to take that phrase to heart.  Artists from a range of disciplines utilize a world of scattered debris, creating an array of striking creations from the items that many people would find worthless.  Mighty Tanaka is pleased to bring you our first show of 2012 entitled Lost & Found, a group show of found objects and the artwork that is created from them.  Featuring the vision of Adam VoidAlice MizrachiCurtis ReadelELLE & John Breiner, each artist represents a unique idea of the world through their chosen method of creation.

Lost & Found intends to demonstrate a cross-section of aesthetic interpretation of objects that are generally taken for granted in daily life.  Artwork made from found materials provides the artist with an endless amount of inspiration, as all the necessary components are easily accessible and free to use.  This is the art of the juxtaposition, both complimenting and conflicting itself, as the work is literally born from the streets and transformed into something that is new, exciting and fresh.

Through the usage of mediums such as old beat up currency, abandoned pieces of wood, detached doors and tattered textiles, the artist is able to rebuild forgotten memories and forge them into a new identity.  Lost & Found offers the viewer the opportunity to reconnect with the pieces of the past and the chance to begin anew.

Art Basel 2011 Recap

10 Jan

I been juggling a few projects since November so I’m just getting caught up on the blog. Directly after the Chevy Sonic project I went to Art Basel to paint and show some work. I was impressed with both good and bad art. Most of all it was so much fun painting with my friends in the beautiful sunny weather.Below is a brief slideshow of my experience in Miami for Art Basel 2011. check it

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