I wanted to initially write an artsy article relating to this years Whitney Biennial and it’s controversial subject surrounding the ‘Black Lives Matter’ theme. But I allowed time to pass and see if there would be any action after outrage over the whole thing?
I basically choose to start creating something based on what I read because I knew I would not be able to see the exhibition in person. It was just a jump off point then the auction happened and I kept getting tagged on my #Facebook page about the record sale of my contemporary artist doppelgänger #JeanMichelBasquiat who he and my friend #KeithHaring continue to either inspire or haunt me at times because of the close relationships.I guess #BlackLivesMatter has been proven or at least the auction sale readdresses the question of representation and value?
Just three days ago was the artist Keith Haring’s (59th) Birthday.
My blog post is to simply keep his memory fresh and alive! Many people have claimed to be influenced by him and many more have benefited from making such claims while they in broad daylight paint their version of ‘Street Art’ for the world to see.
That’s cool if you can get away with it and not get arrested.
Even Keith knew the job at hand was a risk so he made sure to have someone with him photographer Tseng Kwon Chi to document just about all of his activities and use the (one) arrest as a marketing tool to finally be Identified as the chalk using graffiti artist whose humanoid figures touched everyone who encountered them.
Last weekend the New York Comic Convention was in full effect and I think this event personally trumps halloween by 1000x if you could Imagine that;there were at least one million people who attended this costumed (though optional) extravaganza for the comic book geek,to the action hero worshiper and the designer toy collector. But if I stopped there at that description of the people who attend this annual fun fantasy festival I would be not doing very well in trying to give you a visual of the attendees.
I could write at least two blog pages about my experience but I will try to just give the highlights that I feel worth talking about. When me and my friend Joe Carol entered the Javitz Center we were overwhelmed by the crowd that seemed just to be wandering around without any particular direction they wanted to go in or know where what they were really there for was located,totally unprepared just like we were. I knew that I wanted to go to the section where the custom designer toys were and Joe wanted to see if he could get an exclusive on some comic books.
We came across the first vendors who were promoting new releases Tenacious Toys,Toy Tokyo,Kidrobot,Art Whino,MyPlasticHeart and one new comer a company called Dudebox that I was aware of but didn’t have them on my list to check out.
The Art Whino section of the Con was the most exciting because they came equipped with a Dj booth and a dancing Spider Man that got the crowd going every time a popular track was being played and although I didn’t witness it personally I saw a video of a line dance with your friendly neighborhood Spider Man leading the way.
Although I was not able to capture the custom toy that I wanted for my collection I made out even better because I now have a DIY that was given to me to customize by one of the companies that I mentioned earlier and I couldn’t be any happier to have this opportunity to work with one of these companies in the future.
To sum up the experience of the Con this year I would say it was overwhelming to me because of all the people that you have to navigate through but that is just par for the course when you want to go to one of these massive trade shows.All you can do is grin and bear it and have a specific exhibit of lecture you want to attend and work your way around those schedules to see the rest of the convention after your done with those special interest your into.
Next month I’m included in this urban art exhibition along with sixteen street & contemporary artists and two photographers that have documented the third coming of graffiti art and letter based abstraction along with stenciling, a spinoff genre to tagging.
The place, the Riverfront Renaissance Center is a very active place which provides not only artist exhibitions but educational programming for the local community to learn more about the benefits of all types of artistic practices.It’s a very large exhibition space with plenty of restaurants flanking either side of the building along it’s main street.
The last exhibition I was included in at this facility was also an urban art themed show in 2008 where I exhibited a couple of my designer custom toys/sculpture which received a bit of local press to my enjoyment.
This time I will also be exhibiting several of my new platform Qees,Frombie,Oshi the kid and the popular Dunny themed character with a few other surprises sure to spark the imagination of patrons young and old.
The opening reception will be held on June 15th from 6:00 until 9:00 pm and is free to the public. For more information visit the centers website at www.rrcarts.com or phone 856-327-4500><