Saturday, June 30, 2012

STREET ARTISTS UNITE! Four Decades of Photo Bombing at Dorian Grey Gallery - It's Hot Out, But This Show Is Hotter!

Newsflash! Update to this post:  Dorian Grey Gallery will be hosting an afternoon street art event on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, around 1 p.m. with Army Of One & Hank O'Neal!  The duo will be engaging in a live art/painting performance where you'll be able to see them work up close! The gallery is located at 437 E. 9th in the E.Village (Bet. 1st Ave. & Ave. A.) Don't miss this intimate summer afternoon event friends!

One of the best street art gallery shows took place this past Wednesday night as the Dorian Grey Gallery presented STREET ARTISTS UNITE! Photo Bombing Four Decades of Street Art Photography by Hank O'Neal (aka XCIA.)    (Fashion people: think Bill Cunningham.)  
It was an event I was told about months ago, anxiously awaiting, and it did not disappoint. It was packed wall to wall, hot, really hot, and beyond exciting!  The event featured the works of twelve street artists that were selected to "bomb" over sized photographs taken by O'Neal (aka XCIA) as the show coincides with the release of the app and Artist Edition of XCIA's Street Art Project (by O'Neal.)  

Army Of One, AVONE, Billy the Artist, Cope2, CRASH, ENX, Fumero (you'll see him also photographing below), Kid Lew, Screwtape, SEE ONE and TMNK all graced the walls with truly crazy, iconic pieces. In addition to the bombed photographs, eash artis presented an accompanying solo piece. 
Famous New York images include a Richard Hambleton/Jean-Michel Basquiat collab from 1982; Hambleton's "Shadowmen" series from the early 1980's; and a unique look at Lady GaGa, and of course, Madonna and Andy Warhol mixed in the artwork, you'll see below...

I would love this in my living room....
If you ever ride the 7 Train this is a familiar site of 5Points (near Court Square)
The man himself, Hank O'Neal
Lots of Army of One here, (in the gray shirt), amazing to meet the masters!
Save The Children by TMNK
Skull Face On Shadow Man by Hank O'Neal & RWK
Hank O'Neal and SEEone colab
Hank O'Neal & Army Of One
Work by Carl Paoli, aka Screwtape
TMNK bombing a very happy fan's vest....we agreed, it was like Xmas for her!
The finsihed product....and thats the book to the right that she is clutching
TMNK signing another....
Army Of One (left), below Fumero in blue and Army Of One's signature to a fan....
Fumero and a fan with the new book, and a peice of "one of a kind" art that comes with the book bought at the gallery.
Dogs appreciate street art too.
Artists and friends, hat & accessories designer Jennifer Ouellette to the right (with the hat)...
Josh  from Siman Media Works, publishing company of the book and Fumero, Fumero colab below....

TCMK on the door, next door to the gallery
For more details on the art, prices, etc. contact Dorian Grey Gallery and visit TThe show which will hang until August 5, 2012 visit the gallery at 437 East 9th Street @ Avenue A in the East Village.  When you approach and walk the streets, if you are like me, you'll feel the early 80's vibe of Keith Haring, Madonna, Fab Five Freddy, Deb Harry and all the great congragating about.   You'll find a sense of history here you cannot miss!   
Second look; one of my favorites via Instagram

 Go today, they have air conditioning!