Sunday, October 26, 2014

WEEKEND GETAWAY: ART IN BOSTON

When we first decided to plan a weekend trip to Boston, the first google search article returning ideas of what to do that weekend, warned me: Do not compare Boston to New York. Easy enough I thought--I know better than to expect any other city to be like mine. 

Throughout the weekend, though, I had to keep reminding myself--you're right, this is not New York. It's a miniature version of a big city, and although its personality was mostly offered in small doses, the charm of Bean-town showed us a great time.
Touristy must-do's of the city aside, I wanted to do the same type of thing I do every weekend in NYC: eat, drink, walk, and enjoy art. And lucky for me, I had a friend to show us around the city and to all the hidden gems.

While at first I was disappointed to find that there was only one street of graffiti in the entire city, I reminded myself not to compare it to the liberal freedom of New York. Not far from Harvard, a little safe haven exists in Cambridge for the graffiti lovers and art without bias. Welcome to Graffiti Alley. 
Located in an alley off Central Square in Cambridge, the art ranges from politically charged murals to hundreds of layers of scribbled names and graffiti tags. In fact, the art flows in a perfect spectrum--first, an ode to the educated, and a rally of support for the riots in Hong Kong. 



 On an already rainy day in Boston, the umbrellas of solidarity for Hong Kong felt right at home in this alley. Continuing down the short street, both bright and dark murals transition into tags and hundreds of colors as a melting pot of art. Skulls, monsters, and religious quotes are all found on this wall, and in a very Lower East Side way, mixes and matches to create a beautiful walkway in an otherwise clean-cut city. 




Outside of this alley, I'm not kidding when I say Boston is not a city for street art. This is all I found....
Since I couldn't occupy myself with street art all weekend, I ventured along to trendier streets full of shops and stores, bars full of Bostonians, and marketplaces full of clam chowder and fellow tourists. Two cemeteries, gardens, bus tours, and breweries later, I found myself relieved to be back on my way to NYC. 

Boston, thank you for a great time. New York, I fall more and more in love with you every time I leave. 

Stay tuned for more coming soon--since being back, I've taken a little trip to the Bushwick Collective and can't wait to show you everything new that's been painted since my last time there.

To the end of October, bring it on! You're amazing, in every city.

Xx
Naomi 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

OCTOBER FUN: DOWNTOWN DESTINATIONS

The East Village and Lower East Side are two of my favorite neighborhoods for many reasons: my friends, my favorite restaurants, my favorite bars, and of course, my favorite art. 

It's nearly impossible to get off at 2nd Ave on the F train and not take a stroll through First Street Green, an open art park just off Houston St and 2nd ave. The art, with ties to the Centre-fuge Public Art Project, is ever-changing in styles, artists, and themes. One thing remains constant, though: from both the street view and from inside the park, there's nothing but added beauty and positive vibrations radiating from E First Street! 

Mural by Hektad
Mural by Richard Plater
@tmoplater
Mural by Al Ortiz
@alortizjr

Art by Claudio Limon
http://claudiolimon.com.mx
How cool is this restructured tree? Yeah, not something you see everyday. While stopping to admire it, an old man chimed in and let us know he had been there all day while the artist was installing it. He's going to be doing a series of art projects like the one above throughout the upcoming months. I'm excited to see what surprises may be next--in the East Village, really, anything is possible! 


From this little sidewalk park, you can take a turn in any direction to stumble upon more art. 2nd ave is a perfect starting point for any East Village/Lower East Side adventure, and has become my one of most frequented subway stops. Now if only the F train came more often....
Here's the latest Bowery mural. I can't say newest, since this is actually a throwback mural from 2009, back on exhibit for a limited time only. Mural is by Osgemeos, a Brazilian street artist with a finesse for bright colors and doll-like details. See up-close pictures below!



I absolutely love the newest Jerkface mural for the side of Rag & Bone. It's hard to choose a favorite among this rotating wall, but this Richie Rich sure ranks high. Walking down Elizabeth St (or any street in NYC, for that matter) and seeing tons of dollar bills is pretty much like walking in a dream. Even if it's raining. 


Here's another mural in the Lower East Side that you can see coming for blocks. The grates can't really get much more vibrant than this, and the psychadelic feel is just perfect for the Neighborhood. Oh, and the sign above? Diamond Equipment.

 All in all, it's been a great month for street art so far. Leaving with you the perfect candid shot on a random side street in the East Village. Sometimes, my bf taking pictures before I'm ready really works out in my favor. Love & grunge in the East Village! 

xx
Naomi 

Monday, October 13, 2014

SEASONS OF STREET ART: CENTRE-FUGE PUBLIC ART PROJECT

Last updated in late July, the Centre-Fuge Public Art Project containers are changing along with the leaves and the weather. Although I'm always sad to see my favorite pieces go, they're replaced with equally lovable and sight-worthy murals on E 1st Street. 

Cycle 15 at Centre-Fuge is just perfect for fall: bright colors, reminiscent of summer's passing, with earthy colors and natural tones to welcome a new season in New York City. 

It's time for leather jackets, fall hats, and combat boots. New wardrobe and new art?! How could I not love October... :) 


How adorable is this raccoon? Titled "Show Me Your Hands" by the talented @MrPrvrt. His animal illustrations make for larger-than-life murals of the wild. Love it!! This comes just days after I watched a gang of raccoons devour a loaf of bread in Central Park. To be specific, there were 14 raccoons and they were nowhere near this friendly looking! 


This first colorful piece can be seen from the street corner. Upon closer look, mustaches and cheesy smiles! By Miss Zookie, @Zukie_art

Spray paint (art) can save the world, per the above. By Sean Gallagher, @MrSeanG and what he calls "Toys as Object". Awesome! 

"Good Fa'U"  by @Sest2



Back into fall colors and animalistic tendencies, this baby + octopus is a great October edition. Halloween costume, anyone? Mural by @Marthalicia

But wait! The color's not done yet. This mural, in classic Dasic Fernandez style, symbolizes the beauty of the seasons changing (to me at least!) The sunshine and the the bright colors will melt away, replaced with the dark clouds behind us. I love that this mural will be relevant through its' installation life cycle: Centre-Fuge containers are here for this cycle through December. Drip, drip, drip...the colors, the impending rain and clouds....it's here! 

Art by @DasicFernandez

To compliment the above colorful, rainy day painting along with the summery murals and autumn animals, the side of this container really summed it up & said it best. "There are no goodbyes, only see you laters." 
Until next year, warm weather! & until next time for Centre-Fuge! This public art project always guarantees murals to match the times we live in, and in no better place than the lively and welcoming Lower East Side and East Village.

Check back this week for more from the neighborhoods---there's all new art at both First Park, Rag&Bone on Elizabeth St., and the Bowery Mural! See you later....


xx
Naomi 


Outfit pictured:
Dress by Angie. Combat Boots by Pikolinos. Leather jacket and wool hat from H&M. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SEASONS OF STREET ART: DOWNTOWN STYLE

The end of September was everything I hoped it would be: beautiful, hot weather and tons of new art popping up. I keep meaning to make it back to Bushwick for the new street art there, but I always find myself being distracted by murals in Manhattan. And here, yet another downtown day full of art and exploration. Not pictured: The Meatball Shop, which was a much needed treat after walking 3 miles in the September sun. The changing of the seasons has arrived, and street art is taking no break in its midst. 

First stop: Broome and Lafayette, a wide street that seems to separate SoHo from Little Italy and NoLiTa, with each neighborhood just a block or so away. This intersection of city life is home to some great art. The newest resident murals on the block are by Max Rippon and Conor Harrington, and both part of the Little Italy Street Art (LISA) Project. 



The detail in the drip is my favorite about each of these paintings, and the continuity between the two makes them great neighbors. 

Conor Harrington is in NYC for his latest exhibition, titled "Eat and Delete" at the Lazarides pop-up gallery. The gallery is on 268 Mulberry, so it was only natural (aka, genius) to put up two murals in the vicinity of the pop-up. Here's the second--excuse the late afternoon shadows!
Just an hour after I snapped this picture, I saw on Instagram that a new mural was in progress on the wall directly next to this one at Suffolk and Rivington in the Lower East Side. Seriously?! Sometimes my timing sucks, but at least I have another excuse to go back next weekend. 

The walk in between Conor's two murals was full of stops for more art. From SoHo to the Lower East Side, here's what I captured along the way.


 Some wheat paste decorations lined Houston Street, while others plastered doorways on Prince St. 

 This Beastie Boys tribute isn't new, and I've seen it at night probably 50 times. The lighting was never right, or I didn't have my camera, and it's too good a mural to half-ass capturing. So finally, here it is! 
By Danielle Matron
Danielle has been putting up tons of new stuff in Brooklyn, including a new street gallery on Dodworth St. Can't wait to see more, and looking forward to the new art that October will undoubtedly bring! 

So until the next time, I'll leave you with this dream....


xx
Naomi