NYC///STUDIO VISIT///INSIDE JUDITH SUPINE’S BUSHWICK HIDEAWAY…

August 14, 2007  |  Uncategorized

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Supertouch's Grammy-winning art correspondent & all around man-on-the-street in NYC, DANTE ROSS checks in with one of the street art world's fastest-rising stars, the misleadingly-named JUDITH SUPINE, for a closer look at an artist on the verge. READ ON:

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Judith Supine’s guerilla artwork first caught my mind walking around downtown Manhattan. I also noted his work in Williamsburg and it intrigued me from the start. Initially, I thought Judith was a woman but was corrected by Maya Hayuck, another amazing NYC street artist and a woman herself. I quickly realized with Judith and his art—a mixed media mélange of collaged imagery wheatpasted on city walls—there’s a lot of mindfuckery going on which something I always love. Judith is many things as an artist. While originality is the dominant aspect of his work, the ever-present air of mystery in his art is, to me, what makes his work and process so intriguing.

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To clarify, unlike many of his urban art counterparts, Judith is not rich. Far from it. After seeing his studio in Bushwick firsthand, it’s obvious that Ramen noodles are a delicacy to the dude. That, and some fine greenery. Supine does not have a gallery at present, yet he was an integral part of the much-hyped Wooster on Spring show last Fall and one of the few artists involved in the project without gallery representation of any kind. In fact, he’s never had a formal show of his work except in his studio, which was attended by a grand total of two people: him and me. After spending a little time with the artist, one quickly realizes Judith is a button-pushing, thought-provoking, mind-fucking genius. He is also one of the most prolific street artists in the last year or so, bombing like a possessed madman.

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Judith’s work is controversial, political, and overtly sexual in a perverse and undefined manner. His creations are beautiful, yet ugly, often simultaneously, and his carefully maintained shroud of secrecy frustrating but purposeful. The satirical nature of his work is insightful in its own right, not to mention political. Anybody who’s seen his anti-war statement on YouTube with the artist wheatpasting his work on the army recruiting center in Times Square in broad daylight quickly realizes the risks he takes as an artist.

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Judith’s creative process is amazing to witness and true to the classical essence of street art. He pays for almost nothing, often jacking prints from Kinkos, and usually sources his collage materials from discarded magazines found in dumpster dives. The poetic nature of his creative process is fitting, as the cost of his work is the time and effort he puts into it as an artist, not in the materials used to construct it.

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On the eve of his recent and much publicized Manhattan Bridge bombing (the stuff urban legends are made of), Judith Supine opened his studio and sketchbooks to me for this closeup look at his new works-in-progress. Also, it should be noted, that I will be his cohort on some secret bombing missions in the next few, as I want to see how his process works from the inside, not as a spectator or a fan. Keep an eye out for updates in the coming weeks…

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