Brooklyn-based anatomically named artist ELBOW TOE is commemorating the Great 21st Century Depression of our modern age by creating a fresh body of fine art based around the central character of the "Everyman," who has just made his debut on the wall in downtown Williamsburg. In the words of the artist:
My current body of work is an allegory about memory's power to hold us back or move us forward. The central character in this parable is a 6' x 10' linocut of an Everyman, who has lost it all and wanders the plains with all his belongings strapped to his back. He navigates a world in crisis by learning from his past. The remainder of the characters that he encounters are individuals lost in regret. I have developed these paintings and prints during the American housing and credit crisis of the past year. In contemplating where we are and where we might be, I have found myself looking back at history, remembering the Great Depression, and considering what effects it had on the American psyche. The uncertainty that existed then is present now, and I am addressing the kind of escapism through nostalgia that can occur in the midst of calamity. Every character that the Everyman sees is gripped by this need to escape their present circumstance. They are people lost in a memory at the very point when they should be paying attention to what lies ahead."
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One of Supertouch’s favorite promising Brooklyn-based artists is DAN WITZ, a classical painter who straddles the very disparate worlds of “fine” and “Street Art” with incredibly unique and separate bodies of work. Coming to prominence recently with a series of photorealistic “mosh pit” oil paintings, Witz has also made a home for his work in the streets with an incredible ongoing series of trompe l'oeil -style mixed media painted photo appliqués that depict his renditions of people imprisoned behind immovable grates and vents that are applied to the sides of, in Witz’s words, “ugly new buildings” as a sort of personal commentary on the dismal state of modern architecture and gentrification throughout the rapidly changing landscapes of Brooklyn and lower Manhattan.Read More
Supertouch's own SCOTT CAMPBELL is one of the world's foremost tattoo and graphic artists whose shop, SAVED TATTOO, also doubles as a clubhouse for Manhattan's A-list artists, hipsters, and prime movers, and makeshift art gallery for periodic shows featuring work by the city's brightest young art stars. The exclusive inker of fashion genius MARC JACOBS, Scottie C has branded the designer with all of his permanent icons including cartoons like Spongebob, an M&Ms character, a Simpsons version of himself, Eric Cartman from Southpark's stuffed animals, his pet bull terriers, a couch on his hip, the word "Shameless" on his chest, two renditions of the logo for porn mag Oui, and an epic forearm tattoo that reads "Bros Before Hos" that is also shared by Campbell and a small circle of friends. Collaborating recently with photographer friend TERRY RICHARDSON, some of Campbell's A-list clients including Jacobs, and actors LEO FITZPATRICK and LILLY COLE posed for a series of iconic tattoo portraits in TR's trademark style. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Last week saw the opening of the "East Coast-vs- West Coast," a tattoo fine art show at SAVED TATTOO & GALLERY, owned by none other than Supertouch's own resident tattoo legend SCOTT CAMPBELL. The exhibition was truly a gathering of talent that showcased some of the best artists working in the trade today, including Chris O'Donnell, Tim Lehi, Mister Cartoon, Juan Puente, Mike Rubendall, Horitomo, Grime, Aaron Cain, Henry Lewis, Bob Roberts, Phil Holt, and Shawn Barber, to name a few. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Nothing like a NECK FACE "Eat Your Baby" van sighting to brighten up an otherwise hot, humid, sunny Brooklyn afternoon...
What? You thought "Too Far Too Close" at DEITCH PROJECTS was the only art show by Brasilian twins OS GEMEOS up in the NYC right now? Grinding away in the gallery for weeks before last weekend's opening, the bad boys of Sao Paulo still found time to bomb the walls of Brooklyn and leave a little street-level exhibit for the masses on the walls of the Power Brake Service shop on the corner of Clay and McGuinness in Greenpoint. They even took the time to glue fabulous pink sequins onto the shirt of one of thier characters. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Last weekend Brooklyn's emporium of high tattoo art, SCOTT CAMPBELL's SAVED TATTOO played host to the East Coast installment of the American Breast Cancer Foundation's charity art show "Seul Contre Tous ('Alone Against All'): Art for a Cure" where tattoo art heavyweights like CHRIS CONN, FILIP LEU, HORIYOSHI III, GRIME, CHRIS O'DONNELL, TIM LEHI, and DAN TROCCHIO, showed original works alongside modern art stars like BANKSY, SHEPARD FAIREY, DEREK HESS, MICHAEL HUSSAR, and BLEK LE RAT. All work sold benefits the research foundation directly and is tax deductible, so break out those black cards and ring up our boy Othelo (718 486 0850) now to take home some original art. HAVE A LOOK: