It is with great sadness that we just learned of Jon Naar's passing. Jon took the photographs for Faith Of Graffiti, the seminal book on subway art in 1972. His eye for design brought a new perspecitve to "vandalism" and facilitated Norman Mailer's essay where he calls graffiti, art. We became friends with Jon just over the past decade. We were happy to collaborate with him to create a limited edition book + print package when the soft cover of Faith Of Graffiti was released and adding a limited edition print of "Red Bird" to accompany the book.
We were entertained by his stories of his time in British Intelligence and of the day he stepped out of the subway station at 125th street and met his young "writers". Jon was always active and up for a new project. His passion never waned and his energy contagious.
One of our favorite moments was when we collaborated with Jon at Knoll for a panel discussion including Massimo Vignelli (creator of the subway graphic design) and Mike 171 and Butler, graffiti artists from Faith of Graffiti. Massimo had never met a graffiti writer and of course, the writers had not met the designer. When Massimo learned why Mike 171 and Butler were writing on the walls, signage and trains, he had a new perspective and new respect for what he had previously considered vandalism. We are thankful to Jon for being the catalyst of...
Brooklyn-based KAWS is about to open his first-ever UK museum exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. A relevant artist for today's generation, he engages young people with contemporary art and disrupts the worlds of art and design to include street art. *KAWS’s trademark style – nostalgic characters in the process of growing up.
KAWS at YSP Preview from Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Vimeo.
More from KAWS here.
It's on Beverly Boulevard where you can find the latest Dourone art piece titled “Medio lleno, medio vacío." In English: half full, half empty.
The artwork was carried out in Blick’s art store location in West Los Angeles. The parking garage to this famous art supplies store is becoming a museum of urban art in which many national and international artists have already made their mark.
DOURONE started with graffiti in Madrid, Spain in 1999. His style is defined as SENTIPENSANTE* - a contraction of the Spanish words for feeling and thinking. The style was created by Uruguayan journalist and writer Eduardo Galeano.
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If you follow Wooster Collective, you know we believe in the added value of art in our everyday world, and the important intersection of urbanization, decay, and art.
We would like to invite you to the opening of An Art that Nature Makes, the newest film acquired by sister company BOND/360 opening August 10th at Film Forum (209 West Houston Street). Filmmaker Molly Bernstein and subject Rosamund Purcell will be present for Q&As Wednesday and Friday screenings.
The film celebrates photographer Rosamund Purcell whose works are unbound by normality. "A collector of objects who is also deeply curious about the universal human urge to collect, Purcell and her obsessive eye are themselves difficult to classify. This blurry boundary is well captured by writer Jonathan Safran Foer when he asks: 'Is she an artist? A scholar? A documentarian? A living cabinet of wonders? Her originality defies category.'" (Yahoo! News)
From Rosamond Purcell’s studio. Photograph: Rosamond Purcell. Courtesy of BOND/360.
Skeleton against “Metaposition” penmanship sheet. Photograph: Rosamond Purcell. Courtesy of BOND/360.
About the Film
An Art that Nature Makes details Purcell’s fascination with the natural world – from a mastodon tooth to a hydrocephalic skull – offering insight into her unique way of recontextualizing objects both ordinary and strange into sometimes disturbing but always breathtaking imagery.
Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed an oeuvre of work that...
Stinkfish collabs with Mazatl and Kill Joy in Honduras on the Cuma Project, an independent initiative in several rural communities in the western part of the country that borders El Salvador.
The goal of the project was to visit a variety of communities that have been affected by hydroelectricity. The artists completed a series of interventions on school facades and communal houses.
They worked with COPINH (The Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras), an organization devoted to the defense of the environment, the land, and the local indigenous culture, the Lenca.
Stinkfish on the Cuma Project:
"We met up in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. From there we took buses to La Esperanza, the Capital for the state of Intibucá and where the headquarters of COPINH are. Once we got settled in La Esperanza, we planned our work route for the following three weeks, so that we could visit certain communities as safely as possible and work on our interventions despite the heated environment, the constant harassment and threats after several confrontations with legitimate and illegitimate representatives of the hydroelectric corporations, and the assassination of Berta Cáceres (co-founder and leader of COPINH).
The following three weeks we had the opportunity to visit the communities of Llano Grande, La Ceibita, Las Delicias, Las Mesitas and Rio Blanco. In their majority communities that can only be accessed by foot, that ironically don't have electricity and limited means of communication.
The images that accompany these words are a brief summary of the experiences that we had...
Pejac is an artist best known for his elusive creation of socially and environmentally-charged work, such as his recent series in a Palestinian and Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.
He will open his first ever major exhibition at the London Newcastle Project Space from July 22-31st; in the lead up to this, he has created an installation, DOWNSIDE UP, on three locations in Shoreditch, London (Redchurch Street, Shacklewell Street and Granby Street).
Check it out.
To all our NYC fans, our sister company, MEET, is launching The Lamp Art Series. Join us Tuesday July 19th at 6:30pm as we welcome three very special toy art designers to curate our lamps at MEET on Chrystie.
Meet the artists behind our curated lamps. If you've ever visited our MEET on Chrystie location, you've probably noticed our much-talked-about Favorite Things Lamps. Our beautiful pendant lamps showcase MEET's eclectic treasured objects.
This summer, we have partnered with three incredible illustrators and sculptors who are curating the lamps with unique toy art: Justin Alan Volpe, kaNO, and Brent Nolasco. Enjoy an evening of wine and discussion with the artists.
We're keeping our promise to find exciting ways to include art and design at the heart of the types of projects we support.
All pieces will be available for purchase.
We hope to catch you there.
Location: 195 1/2 Chrystie Street Suite 200 New York, NY 10002
Date: Tuesday April 19th, 2016
Here's a special sneak peek at the works:
Justin Alan Volpe
If you've been following Wooster Collective, you know that we love to honor guerilla textile artists. With our sister company, BOND/360, we've been lucky enough to acquire an amazing new film: YARN, that celebrates amazing textile artists.
The film opens this Friday June 24th at the IFC Center (323 Ave of the Americas) and we would love to see you there. Filmmaker Una Lorenzen will be present for Q&As opening weekend, moderated by VOGUE Knitting's Trisha Malcolm on Friday evening.
Check out our new movie poster and trailer below!
About the film:
Meet the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colorful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists such as Olek, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art's hottest trends.
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Australian artist Stormie Mills creates characters that draw on profound senses of isolation and hope. On a monochromatic palette, black represents dirt, white speaks of erasure, grey is drawn from the cityscape, and silver the language of dreams. Check it out.
Sometimes we are all we have
By Dee Dee @deedeewashere & Dain @dain_nyc
In Pushkar, India.