The crew and I headed out to NY for the Wooster Collective 10th Anniversary Show and did a mural over in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn. The wall is near where I did my E Pluribus Venom show, and Jonathan Levine was kind enough to help facilitate the 26×46 foot beautiful brick wall right by the York St. subway stop (Jay & York Street). I wanted to retain the character of the brick, so I just stained it a little darker and then painted on top of the stain. We had good weather so it went pretty quickly. WK Interact and Pat Miller stopped by to say hi as well as my RISD pals from Urban Folk Art, Adam and Jason. Thanks to Z Bomit, Kyle, Nic, Jon, and Dan and JLV Staff for their help!
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The Not Great Men print was inspired by the Gang of Four song of the same name from their album “Entertainment”.. Gang of Four are a great band musically and lyrically with many of their songs tackling subjects like consumption, capitalism, obsession with power, exploitation, narcissism, and class structure. The song Not Great Men has long struck me as a wise indictment of the contradiction or paradox of leadership and power. It takes assertive, charismatic people with self-confidence to be leaders, but on the dark side, leaders are often power hungry, manipulative, and abusive of their power. Once someone has power it is not only possible for them to shape history for better or worse, but it is also easier for them to manipulate historical portrayal of their role in their favor. I think Gang of Four’s point with Not Great Men is to suggest that power is not inherently great and should be feared as much as revered. The world is often shaped by those who are not great men. On a personal note, I think a larger percentage of women in public leadership roles would bring more diplomacy, fairness, and benevolence. Of course, that is a generalization because one can cite Margaret Thatcher and Imelda Marcos as brutal women. Regardless of gender, the public needs to be less seduced by, and in awe of, power… and leaders need more checks and balances to their power.
Blondie guitarist and primary songwriter Chris Stein has an opening of his photography tonight at the Morrison Hotel gallery at the Sunset Marquis. He has amazing photos of his friends and contemporaries. He and I are collaborating on a poster of Joan Jett that he took on Blondie’s first trip to LA. Look out for that soon with at least some being signed by me, Chris, and Joan. This show is not to be missed!
10 Years of Wooster Collective: 2003-2013
An Exhibition Curated by Marc & Sara Schiller
Exhibition celebrates urban art and its incredible diversity of creativity over the past decade. The show features work by Shepard Fairey, Space Invader, JR, Anthony Lister, Ben Eine, Bast, Blek le Rat, Crash, Paul Insect and many more greats. Check it out if you’re in NYC!
Wednesday, August 7 | 7-9pm
525 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011
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SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS and FLASH ASSOCIATION presents
BDX-LAX: FARAWAY SO CLOSE
Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 • 8 – 11 PM
Exhibition Dates: August 2 – August 24, 2013
BDX-LAX: Faraway So Close is a group exhibition featuring contemporary artists from Los Angeles and Bordeaux (twin cities since 1964). SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is the first West Coast venue this ongoing exchange has been exhibited. The aim of the project is to support and promote the local art scene of both cities through an exhibition series that alternates between locations each year, featuring contemporary artists from both areas.
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