MORE ART VOL. 4

by marissa bea (pic by wolfgang volz of a jeanne-claude and christo installation)

Welcome to the 4th installment of More Art. This first themed post, based around the fact that we’re in NYC and everything around us seems so ominous, metallic, mechanical and just…big sometimes, here are a few artists who work in size Large. Some of them, Extra-Large.

Artist: Deerhoof
Song: That Big Orange Sun Run Over Speed Light


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BK PHOTO SERIES: GOVERNOR’S ISLAND

pics and post by kristen bartley

Whether one’s feeling toward the Clinton reign during the 90′s is love, hate or a general indifference, Governors Island is one thing as New Yorkers we have to thank Slick Willy for. During a helicopter ride over the city in ‘95, Clinton inquired about the 172-acre urban oasis just south of the tip of Manhattan. When he found out that it had been abandoned by the federal government, he thought it should belong to the people of New York, and suggested a purchase price of $1.

Artist: Liars
Song: Clear Island

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A BOOK ABOUT DEATH @ THE EMILY HARVERY FOUNDATION

by marissa bea

On this past rainy Friday, a friend and I waded through the puddles of Soho yuppies to a small, second floor gallery. The front door hidden between the smells of Lush and I think some shoes on the other side, it’s one of those galleries that’s hard to find unless you are looking for it. But on this occasion we had a mission: to read through the “unbound ‘book’ on the subject of death.”

[Editor's note: musical accompaniment on this post comes from London band Stricken City that recently signed with The Kora Records.]

Artist: Stricken City
Song: Pull The House Down


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DUFFY EXHIBITION @ SAPPHIRE LOUNGE 8/27

by brit bartley

Quietcolor visal artist Chris Duffy has an art exhibit opening Thursday night, August 27 at Sapphire Lounge, located on the Lower East Side at 249 Eldridge St. between Houston and Stanton. Primarily an illustrator completing commissions when they come, he takes the opportunity for public display as a playful challenge and undertakes the creation of new works for such events that are much more loose and open to interpretation than any of the his illustration work. His art delves into numerous genres and styles so the art featured in the show should prove to be very varied and have something for everyone to enjoy. The club in which the show will be displayed boasts a large dance-floor and a DJ will be spinning throughout the evening. And of course there’s a bar for thirst quenching and dance fueling. If you can’t make it out for the opening party the art will be up for a week there after. All are welcome. As MP3 accompaniement, here’s a new and happy track from Islands. You can see more samples of Chris’ work here.

Artist: Islands
Song: Vapours

BK PHOTO SERIES: CONEY ISLAND

by kristen bartley

For over a century Coney Island has established itself as one of America’s great cultural icons.  This Brooklyn mecca has been a reoccurring subject in American pop culture from a mention in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, to the theme of songs by Tom Waits, The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, and Death Cab For Cutie.  Even New Kids on the Block jumped on the bandwagon filming one of their videos at the park in the early 90s.

Artist: Shapes And Sizes
Song: Island’s Gone Bad


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BROOKLYN PHOTO SERIES: RED HOOK

by kristen bartley

Today launches our Brooklyn neighborhood photo series by the Bartley sisters. Over the next month and half we’ll present you with photo profiles of the bountiful cultural townships within the great borough of Brooklyn. To start us off, we head south on the BQE to the home of Six Point Craft Ales. Once named the “crack capital of America,” Red Hook is better known these days as the home of the cheap Swedish furniture superstore, IKEA.  Oh yeah, and also the cast of the very un-Brooklyn Real World Brooklyn.  It’s safe to say, this neighborhood has come a long way since its darker days.

Artist: Little Boots
Song: New In Town


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HALEY JANE SAMUELSON: ANOTHER ROOM

by marissa bea

The history of photography is not a long one, but for the short time that it has been with us, photos have changed the face of humans forever. From 19th century explorers, to early portraiture, to modern high fashion, photographs have become a part of our lives, and have created some of the fastest growing art stars in the world today. Lucky for our generation there has arrived a new breed of photographer, and it comes in the ever-changing shape of self-portraiture by Haley Jane Samuelson.

Artist: the Muslims
Song: Beside Myself


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ARTIST PROFILE: BRAD KUNKLE OF ADERBAT

by amy davis

Brad Kunkle is a man that has been gifted with a dichotomy of careers in both the music and art worlds.  The intersections of both the sonic and visual nature has always played a big role in his life and fortunately, his two passions aren’t mutually exclusive.

Artist: Aderbat
Song: Busted Cars

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Some may know Brad as the bass player in the Philadelphia indie rock group known as Aderbat.  With luscious songwriting and unforgettable cord progressions and complex drum beats, they’ve garnished rave reviews as a band that puts on a knock-your-socks off live show. But others, and soon to be many more, will recognize Kunkle’s name as one the East coast’s up-and-coming and extraordinarily unique fine art painters.

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MIKE DEVRIES: A NATURAL TALENT

by marissa bea

Born and raised in sunny, southern California, Mike DeVries just might be the new rock star of the tattoo world. And not just because he tattoos images of them on peoples’ bodies either. His forte: realism, but not your average, black-and-gray portraiture type-deal. These are so naturalistic, brightly colored, and true to nature (down to the tiniest detail), that they are quite nearly unimaginable. His Web site is chock full of portraits, animals, pin-ups and other odds and ends that illustrate his precise talents.

Artist: Stuff Smith And His Onyx Club Boys
Song: Here Comes the Man With Jive


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PHOTO GALLERY: THE MERMAID PARADE

by kristen bartley

The Mermaid Parade at Coney Island is always a photo worthy afternoon of lunacy. Thankfully QC made the rainy journey. Enjoy the visuals…

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