JIM JOE Feels the Bern

Our favorite subway artist turned studio artist, turned album cover designer, JIM JOE, has announced artwork supporting Bernie Sanders for President.

The work features a photograph by Jamie-James Medina and JIM JOE’s signature scrawl forming the words “human being.”

The artwork has been made available for download in high resolution for free at the link below:
http://www.human-being.co/

SubCulture Volume I Now Available!

Sub Vol I

The first three (completely sold out) issues of SubCulture are back as one massive 128-page, perfect-bound art book.

This collection contains the following three issues:

  • SubCulture 1: Can It (2012) – Graffiti stickers on subway trash cans
  • SubCulture 2: Etches and Scratches (2012) – Super-permanent etch and scratch graffiti in the subway
  • SubCulture 3: WET PAINT (2014) – Paint and ink graffiti in the subway

128 pages, black and white interior. Each copy comes with a SubCulture sticker.

Check it out now on the brand new Subway Art Shop!

Orchestra of Subway Buskers Conducted Remotely Over WiFi

Several subway musicians were recruited by filmmaker Chris Shimojima to perform a composition by Ljova. But here’s the catch—all of the musicans were all in different subway stations. The group was conducted by Ljova himself over in-station WiFi connections, on laptops and phones.

If you frequest the subway, chances are you recognize some of the iconic musicians. Check out this amazing video now!

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You can also check out a studio recording of the composition here!

Fun with Wet Paint Signs – Al Diaz

A few years ago, I attended Art Basel Miami and spotted something curious in the street—collages made of NYC subway Wet Paint signs. A few months ago, I spotted similar collages at an art show in NYC. Today, I finally figured out these collages are the work of a man named Al Diaz.

It’s worth noting that Diaz is one of the artists behind the famous SAMO© tags that appeared in New York in the late 70s, commonly associated with his collaborator Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Check out some of Diaz’s awesome work below.




Check out Diaz’s site for lots more.

This Friday: BuskNY Presents SHOWTIME

I’m very excited about this Subway-themed art show opening on Friday. Several subway art veterans are in the show including Edwin Class and Joan Iaconetti.

Subway arts organization BuskNY presents a night of subway artist advocacy amid the NYPD’s much publicized “crackdown” on subway performers.

As the ‘Broken Windows’ policies of NYPD Commissioner William Bratton have led to ejections, tickets, and arrests of performers in contradiction of the MTA’s own laws on artistic performance, BuskNY has led efforts to record these interactions and bring them to the public, and worked to draw attention to the consequences of an attack on one of the last public spaces where music and dance can be shared with millions of members of the public for free.

In this exhibition, SHOWTIME, BuskNY turns the spotlight to a less-remarked subject: the visual art created about and within the New York City subway system. SHOWTIME features some of the best-known freelance visual artists to have used the subway in their work, including Steven Bartoo, Yehuda Blum, Edwin “EQ” Class, David Everitt-Carlson, Joan Iaconetti, Ming Liang Lu, Ron Richter, Marina Ross, Michah Saperstein, Kalan Sherrard, Rie Shimamura, Lorena Toyos, Milo Wissig, Chris Wright, and Heidi Younger.

The opening will also feature live performances by award-winning subway performers, including New York Times-featured sculptor Ming Liang Lu, dance crew Waffle Life, and violinist Filip Pogady. Together, these performers will showcase the diverse achievements of artists working in transit spaces, and give a voice to all of those who face ejection and ticketing. There will also be an interactive painting workshop by High Line artist David Everitt-Carlson.

Opening:
Friday, October 3rd, 7-11pm

(with live music and dance performance, refreshments, and garden party)

Additional gallery hours:
Saturday, October 4 from 12-6pm
Wednesday, October 8 from 3-9pm
Saturday, October 11 from 12-6pm
Also available by appointment–contact Armature Art Space to schedule.

Location:
ARMATURE ART SPACE, INC
316 Weirfield Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237
armatureartspace.org

 

Apostrophe Holds Guerrilla Art Show On J Train Platform

Katie Killary for Bushwick Daily

An unauthorized art show took place on the Kosciuszko Street J train platform this past Friday. The exhibition was organized by a group called Apostrophe, who previously ran an art space in Brooklyn. Check out Bushwick Daily for more photos and the full story!