Sunday, June 29, 2014

VINTAGE TIMES: A WEST SIDE SATURDAY

Summer is in full swing and I couldn't be happier about it. The humidity in NYC has either been cooperating really well, or I've been here too long and can't remember what dry heat feels like. In any case, I'll take the excuse to walk down the west side of Manhattan in search for an adventure.

 The Upper West Side is full of parks. Both Central Park and Riverside Park are just 2 avenues from where I live on either side. And a little further uptown, Riverside Park turns into Hudson Park. Gorgeous greens are the continuation from one to the next, and you wouldn't even know it was a different park unless you saw the signs.

I've been waiting to wear these new flowered pants, and this was the perfect day. I got them for $2 at a thrift store in California in April. I instantly fell in love, but left the matching oversized blazer at the store :) 
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After some fun in the park, we headed downtown to Chelsea. Usually art gallery openings are on Thursday nights, so when I read there was one on a Saturday, I planned my day accordingly. Art gallery openings are a lot of fun and I love the energy, but are usually very crowded. We got there right at opening time for the perfect vibes... and before the crowds had arrived, you could still have conversation and didn't feel like you were in the only ones in the room. 

This solo exhibition by Rafael Silveira was absolutely stunning. Besides beautifully detailed artwork, the frames on these paintings have to be the coolest I've ever seen. Check it out! 











It wasn't easy to choose a favorite because I love all of his work. It's so retro glam with a modern twist. Classy and fabulous!! The picture below is my personal favorite. Upon first glance it's amazing, but in closer concentration the detail is just...something I have never seen before! Perfection. 

Rafael Silveira is an artist based out of Brazil. His art in being exhibited at the Jonathan Levine Gallery until July 26th. You can see more art on his website here.

Check back soon for another post about the exhibit next door Rafael Silveira's "Unforeseeable" show!! 


xx
Naomi 


Outfit: Top, Urban Outfitters. Aviators from a street vendor. Pants from Goodwill, Southern California. Shoes by A.N.A. 


Sunday, June 22, 2014

LIVING IN COLOR: LOWER EAST SIDE ART



Some weekends, I plan out the exact murals I want to see. This weekend, though, I wanted to do some old fashioned wandering the streets to see what I could find. I knew that there were 3 Bradley Theodore murals in the area, and figured I would run into plenty more art on my way. After cruising the streets of the Lower East Side, NoLiTa, and SoHo, this is what I found. My adventures never end! 






Bradley Theodore has been a favorite of mine ever since I saw his first mural on Mott St. (featured in two of my other posts here and here!) The first I found walking around I almost missed--it's inside a cozy cafe called Marm. I enjoyed the mural while drinking fresh watermelon juice in the cafe, and then went about this perfect summer day to look for more.
The next mural by BTH is at Hotel Chantelle, which is not actually a hotel but a bar with a gorgeous rooftop. Sweet! Here I'm posing with Nick Wooster, who's been dubbed the "alpha male of  American street style" by GQ. He's appropriately covered in tattoos in real life, and between the real him and this amazing skull version, I've decided he is most definitely this week's MCM. 

Just a few blocks away, another amazing piece of art. Bradley's rendition of Terry Richardson, iconic fashion photographer. I thought it was only right Terry snapped a couple of pictures of me. Seriously, I'm having so much fun at this point. 

And the fun continues.....
Logan Hicks


Kenny Scharf
Boy Kong

"Imagination is more important than knowledge"

And then I heard a rumor...that miniskirts are back. Hmmm, I beg to differ.
You know what? WHATEVER. All I hear is blah blah blah. 
Okay seriously though, I wish this could be the background for a lot of events in my life. This is great!!! New fave. Artist; unknown.

All in all, a colorful and enjoyable day in the Lower East Side. There's still more to see, so stay tuned for more from my most favorite neighborhood next to the Upper West Side. Loveeee!!!  


xx
Naomi


Outfit pictured: Parrot top with Ruched Sleeves by Zara. Maxi skirt from Laundry by Shelli Segal, bought at Buffalo Exchange. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

JUICY ART FEST: THE BROOKLYN CHRONICLES PART DEUX


Even though I love the seemingly weekly additions to the Bushwick Collective and it's surrounding neighborhood, that's really only where the street art culture begins. I've said this before, but it is really is my favorite type of exhibition when an artist I know from their street murals has a gallery with their smaller canvases. So when I heard about the Juicy Art Fest, I knew it was going to be an event right up my alley.


Exit Room NY is an art gallery and cultural space in Brooklyn, residing next door to a private event space, The Well Public House. The venue has a huge outdoor space, and there was live paintings going on at the art fest. See below for all my in progress shots! Links below each picture if you'd like to see the artist's finished product. Enjoy!! 

Iena Cruz



Don Rimx
Nepo Art  and Son

Inside the venue there was plenty of art and beer to enjoy. It was also the perfect weekend for a combined indoor and outdoor event--the weather was beautiful, but some much needed air conditioning was only a few hundred feet away! 



The block outside of the gallery was covered in amazing art in time for the festival, too. Here are a couple of my favorites: 




Right off the Montrose stop on the L train in Bushwick, this will definitely not be my last time at Exit Room. Also, rumor has it that the Well Public House will be opening to the public soon. Drinking in an outdoor space full of murals? Count me in!

Stay tuned for my adventures this weekend, and have an adventure of your own!


xx
Naomi