Monday, January 19, 2015

BUSHWICK SCENES: BLOCK PARTY DOWN BROADWAY

Of all changing neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Bushwick is my favorite for its vibrant street art community. From the parts of the 'wick that are eerily quiet blocks lined with warehouses, to the hustle & bustle of Broadway, there is art around pretty much every corner. 

I've been putting off my adventures to Brooklyn because they involve a lot more commuting and walking--and now that winter has finally arrived, quite frankly, I'm lazy to leave the Upper West Side! This weekend I vowed to leave my apartment in search of new art, even just for a short trip. We headed to the Dodworth Street Mural project, founded late in 2014, which has been growing in murals of every shape, style and size.

A few train delays later, we had arrived. The above- ground J and Z trains leave a shadow down Broadway to follow, and so we began. The first corner you turn after getting off the train may be my favorite piece of all--this bright, attention grabbing collaboration between Miss Zukie and Lexi Bella. Seeing this in person? First it makes you smile, then it makes you want to party. 
And really from here, the rest is left up to you. Welcome to the latest Bushwick block party!  Beautiful portraits and neighborhood odes are seen with each passing street. From walking about half a mile up Broadway back towards Manhattan, we saw these 30 or so murals. Albeit freezing outside, it was a great time and worth the chill! 
Danielle Mastrion

Danielle Mastrion 
Fumero 
David June Louf

Iena Cruz

"Frank Ape" by Brandon Sines
Lexi Bella 
And this, is what truly makes mural projects and art collectives "urban art". In what other medium does trash (and random creepy chairs??) look like they belong? 
Damien Mitchell 
Marthalicia & BK Foxx
Marthalicia
See One
Jay Shells
Vera Times

Eelco Van Den Berg
Calligraffiti by SpreadArt 
Danielle Mastrion
The reason why I love coming down to this area so much is the colorful, youthful vibes that these paintings embody. For every obnoxiously elegant doorman and storefront in Manhattan (not that I don't love all that too, but...) there's a funky, bright as **** mural in Brooklyn. I do love BK, in all it's unpretentious glory. I especially love this in-your-face 80's dance party mural by Queen Andrea. It truly makes this street rock. 


More to come soon. Stay warm, New Yorkers! 

xx
Naomi



Outfit pictured: Coat by Zara. Dress from TJ Maxx. Oxblood combat boots by Pikolinos. Beanie from Urban Outfitters. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

NEW YEAR, NEW INSTALLATION: CENTRE-FUGE PUBLIC ART PROJECT

The week or so leading up to the new year always has such an exciting energy. Between the reminiscence of a year's past, and hopeful beginnings of a year to come, there are celebrations of cycles both going and coming. At the Centre-Fuge Public Art project in downtown Manhattan, celebrations are in full swing. Cycle 16 includes some new and some returning artists to the containers on 2nd Ave and E 1St, all with one satisfying common denominator--creating a more beautiful block and neighborhood, and encouraging art of all communities to be welcomed and celebrated. 
Art by Zukie, Foxx Faces, BK Foxx, and Sest 2

Art by BK Foxx, Sest2, Joshua David McKenney, Michael DeNicola
Art in Progress by Basilsema
Art by Lexi Bella, Lelax CuboTopia, Master Moody Mutz
Art by Denton Burrows
Art by Michael DeNicola
It was so sunny this day that shadowless pictures were impossible. After snapping a few shots and expressing initial disappointment at the results, I realized the shadows from myself and First Park trees added their own natural character to the art. I enjoyed the rest of our little adventure in the East Village, but I also vowed to come back and take more pictures before the cycle ends. Enjoy this version, and let's just be thankful it didn't rain! 



Just down the street is the entrance to the First Street Garden, which is also curated and organized by Centre-Fuge. The basketball courts in the corner are a more graffiti style than the containers, but just as festive and endearing for the new year. 



I'll be back to Centre-Fuge before this cycle ends, but couldn't wait to share the beauty with you all. Happy New Year--I can't wait to see what adventures are in store for 2015!

xx
Naomi


Outfit pictured: Sweater by H&M, Leather leggings by Mimi Chica from Nordstrom, & booties from Zigi Soho. Coat from Buffalo Exchange.