Lot F Gallery Exhibit: Brother From Another Mother

“Local Boston artists, Dana Woulfe and Kenji Nakayama have long been collaborating in their South Boston studio and as members of the artist collaborative Project SF, but the duo’s counter balancing styles will be on full display in their first ever joint exhibition, showcasing collaborations and solo works at the Lot F Gallery, 145 Pearl St #4, Boston, MA. The show opens with a reception on Friday, April 8, 2011 from 7-11PM.

The two artists and Distillery studio mates who are also employed as Converse footwear designers, posses vastly divergent styles and have been experimenting for several years with large scale mixed media work that combines Woulfe’s wildly abstract, vibrant and at times chaotic landscapes with Nakayama’s incredibly detailed, precise and realistic cityscapes.

“We’re excited about this exhibit, said Woulfe. “It provides us with a backdrop for a large body of work that we’ve been developing over the past year and gives us a chance to showcase the juxtaposition of our different backgrounds and styles – mine which is influenced by abstractionism and graffiti and Kenji’s which comes from a more precise, stylized sign painting background.”

Artists’ Background

Woulfe is a founding member of Project SF, the Boston based artist collective that was originally conceived as a multi-disciplined graffiti/street art crew. Project SF is comprised of artists and designers based mainly in Boston and New York. The group organizes exhibitions and events in galleries, warehouses, lofts and alternative spaces from Montreal to Tokyo. Nakayama was asked to join the collective shortly after moving to the United States and the two have been collaborating and working together creatively and professionally ever since. Individually, their work has been shown at Woodward Gallery (NY), Carmichael Gallery (LA), Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (Sydney) , Massachusetts MOCA , Fourth Wall Project (BOS), Bodega (BOS), and in publications such as Juxtapoz, XL8R, IdN, HOW Journal, Graphotism, Clouded Thoughts, Sole Collector and the Boston Globe.

“Dana and I just think alike” commented Nakayama. “So it’s easy for us to make art together. He starts to paint something, then I come and do something over it and we just go back and forth like that until we feel like it’s finished. Our styles just work very well together and we have a good rhythm. We’re like brothers from another mother.”

About Kenji Nakayama

Kenji Nakayama was born in Japan and moved to Boston in 2004 to attend Butera School of Art with a focus on sign painting. Previously he had been an engineer at Toyota and from this technical background, Kenji brings a high degree of discipline and precision to his work. He layers incredibly intricate, hand-cut stencils to produce photo-realistic paintings on canvas, and adds dimension to the duo’s collaborations with hand painted pin striping.

About Dana Woulfe

Dana Woulfe grew up in Rhode Island where he learned art under the tutelage of his grandmother, Betty Jehan, a RISD graduate, professional illustrator and lifelong oil painter and watercolorist. He attended Mass College of Art where he got involved in graffiti in the mid 90’s. His style is influenced by his background in street art and his work uses aerosol, oil and layering techniques to create intricate textures.

The combination of these two styles will be on display in Brother From Another Mother and the result is surprisingly harmonious. The exhibit contains several large scale collaborations as well as smaller works and individual pieces. The opening reception is free and open to the public and both artists will be on hand. The show runs for one month and the gallery is open by appointment only.”

Opening Reception: Friday, April 8, 7-11pm – free and open to the public

Show Runs: April 8, 2011 – May 7, 2011
Lot F Gallery, 145 Pearl St #4, Boston, MA 02110

contact: James Wormser
617.620.8452

James@lotFgallery.com

www.lotFgallery.com

Gallery open by appointment only after opening

ACRONYM – SS11 At Bodega

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ACRONYM® SET-1>4 [LFDB] from ACRNM on Vimeo.

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A couple videos our friends at Acronym displaying their most recent designs.

“The History of American Graffiti”: From Subway to Gallery – PBS Interview

“The History of American Graffiti” co-authors, Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon, are featured in this video courtesy of PBS News Hour. Throughout the video they touch on subjects such as timing, inspiration, and the evolution of graffiti culture all in relation to their recently released project. Go ahead and grab your copy now in-store at Bodega and for more information on this project check out some of our previously posted material:

“The History of American Graffiti”

Caleb Neelon Interview

Karen Moss – “Dissonant Worlds” April 1st through April 26th

Karen Moss – “Dissonant Worlds” At Fourth Wall Project

Opening Reception April 1, 2011 7-9PM
Show Runs Through April 26th

Fourth Wall Project presents Dissonant Worlds, an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by acclaimed veteran artist Karen Moss that presents large scale works focused on unsettling images of a world gone awry. The exhibition encompasses a transition in Moss’ style from human-animal hybrids inspired by vintage coloring books to depictions of real people in naturalistic settings. These narrative works depict scenes of post-apocalyptic landscapes, global warming, urban decay, eating disorders, overconsumption and war. There will be an opportunity for participants to meet the artist by appointment at the gallery and share their stories about contemporary anxieties, which could become source material for future artworks.

Karen Moss’ earliest influences were stories and illustrations found in children’s books. She is attracted to narrative and social commentary and is inspired by news items relating to problems in society. She received a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For over 25 years she taught drawing and painting in Massachusetts institutions including Wheelock College, Massachusetts College of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Harvard University.

Karen Moss’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is included in numerous public and private collections, such as the Graham Gund Collection, DeCordova Museum, Boston Public Library, Vassar College Art Gallery, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

For more information, see karenmoss.com.

Gallery Hours: Tues- Friday 1-6pm Sunday 12:30-5pm.

The History Of American Graffiti

Our friend Caleb Neelon (all the artwork currently at the shop is by Caleb and and he also had a solo show at the gallery in May 2010 ) just completed a massive book. Mazel Tov!

THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN GRAFFITI

By Roger Gastman & Caleb Neelon

Foreword by TAKI 183
Book Release Date: April 5, 2011

“‘Wild Style’ graffiti may be the most influential art movement since pop art. Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon have written the definitive history of the origins and the heritage of the graffiti styles that emerged in Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles in the early 1970s and inspired young artists around the world.”
— Jeffrey Deitch, director, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art

“Graffiti is a much-maligned and misunderstood social movement, which I am proud to be a part of. This book offers the definitive perspective on graffiti – finally, we have a historical textbook for the most colorful art form modern society has known.”
— David Arquette, actor

THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN GRAFFITI (Harper Design; April 2011) is the definitive story behind the most explosive and influential art form of the last one hundred years. Unprecedented in scope, the book traces the evolution of the movement from its early freight train days to its big-city boom on the streets of New York City and Philadelphia to its modern-day influences.

Featuring interviews with more than five hundred key artists and exclusive behind-the-scenes stories gleaned from over four-years’ worth of interviews, THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN GRAFFITI unveils the entire scope of American graffiti history, from forgotten street legends to the present-day stars: from TAKI 183 to IZ THE WIZ to SANE AND SMITH; from Barry “TWIST” McGee to REVOK; and historical figures, including for the first time, the story behind the WWII legend KILROY WAS HERE. Authors Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon provide an insider’s perspective on the most popular trends and styles that have dominated the scene for the last fifty years, revealing the story behind the culture that spawned today’s street artists.

THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN GRAFFITI is packed with over one thousand photographs—the majority of which have never before been seen—from more than two hundred photographers, most of whom also created the artwork. The authors have spent the better part of the last four years interviewing key figures in the graffiti world throughout America—from the bedrock cities of New York City, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles to more than twenty metropolitan hotspots, including Chicago, Boston, Miami, New Orleans, San Diego, and Seattle. Approximately 90 percent of the art in this book has never been published, and was sourced directly from the artists who lived the scene, giving the book a raw street vibe as authentic as the history it documents.

The foreword is by legendary graffiti artist, TAKI 183. Considered one of the founding fathers of the graffiti arts movement, TAKI 183 has never before contributed writing to any book or media article on the subject. 2011 marks the fortieth anniversary of the 1971 New York Times article written on TAKI 183, “TAKI 183 Spawns Pen Pals,” that ignited the movement in New York City and cast TAKI 183 as the world’s first famous graffiti artist.

Despite many small niche titles catering to graffiti’s practitioners, there has never been a comprehensive and accessible book that details the full history—from the 1800s to the present day—of American graffiti. THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN GRAFFITI is unlike anything ever published before on the subject. It is the category game-changer and the ultimate word on the medium as told from the artists who created it.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Roger Gastman started writing graffiti as a teenager in Bethesda, Maryland, and was able to parlay his love for it into a legitimate career, becoming a trusted mediator between the underground art scenes and mainstream culture. A consulting producer on Banksy’s Oscar-nominated Exit Through the Gift Shop, Gastman is co-curating MoCA’s Art In the Streets exhibition in April 2011, alongside Jeffrey Deitch and Aaron Rose. He founded and published two respected pop-culture magazines—While You Were Sleeping and Swindle (co-publisher)—as well as more than a dozen highly sought-after art books. He is the founder and creative director of R. Rock Enterprises, a multi-platform media agency that specializes in print, art, design, marketing, and brand development, and has nurtured the careers of internationally recognized artists. Gastman is producing two independent documentary films, and speaks at universities and major museums across the country. Gastman currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Caleb Neelon is a writer, educator, and prolific graffiti artist who has painted the streets of over twenty countries on five continents. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. Neelon is the co-author of Street World, Graffiti Brasil, and Caleb Neelon’s Book of Awesome, and he has collaborated on nearly a dozen other books. In the past five years, Caleb’s writing has frequently appeared in Print, Juxtapoz, and Swindle, where he was editor-at-large. Caleb speaks regularly at universities, international conferences, and festivals. He lives in Cambridge, MA.

PRE-ORDER LINK HERE

THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN GRAFFITI
By Roger Gastman & Caleb Neelon
Harper Design
April 5, 2011
ISBN: 9780061698781/$40.00

New England Art Awards Nominations

Several of Fourth Wall’s Projects and Artists have been nominated for New England Art Awards! Here’s a breakdown of our nominations that you can vote for here.

Book

Emily Arkin, Greg Cook, Tom Spurgeon and friends “Right Thing the
Wrong Way: The Story of Highwater Books”

http://comicscomicsmag.com/2010/09/right-thing-the-wrong-way-pt-1.html

Jef Czekaj “Hip and Hop, Don’t Stop!”

http://www.amazon.com/Hip-Hop-Dont-Stop-Czekaj/dp/142311664X

Drawing and printmaking

Raul Gonzalez “Artadia Boston” at BCA and “Boston Related”

http://cerebot.blogspot.com/

Public exposure (public performance, sculpture, street art, scandalous
arrest, etc.)

Caleb Neelon, Raul Gonzalez, Kenji Nakayama, and Marco
DePaolis “mural at Chelsea Boys and Girls Club”

http://calebneelon.com/projects/street-work-2005-present-2/

Essay by a local writer about locally-made art

Caleb Neelon “Ten Short Memos to Young Boston Artists” New England
Journal of Aesthetic Research

http://gregcookland.com/journal/2010/08/27/neelon-ten-short-memos-to-

young-boston-artists/

Group show featuring local artists

“Boston Related” Antoniadis and Stone at 4th Wall Project

http://fourthwallproject.com/flog/?cat=46

“Right Thing the Wrong Way: The Story of Highwater Books” TD Sidell,
Emily Arkin, Brooke Corey, Jef Czekaj and Greg Cook at Fourth Wall
Project

http://fourthwallproject.com/flog/?p=861

Votes must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, to be counted so get crackin.

Probation Vacation Opening Saturday Jan 22nd

Fourth Wall Project Presents:
Probation Vacation: Book release and Exhibition
Opening Reception Saturday January 22nd, 7pm-10pm
Exhibition Runs through Jan 30th

ABOUT PROBATION VACATION:

Probation Vacation is the long-awaited debut book by Danielle Bremner AKA UTAH and Jim Clay Harper VI AKA ETHER. Featuring 36 high-quality offset printed pages, Probation Vacation is a collection of photographs taken from Bremner and Harper’s vast archive of rare images that, until now, have been viewed by only their closest confidants. For the first time ever, in the form of the Probation Vacation book and accompanying gallery exhibition, the general public will be granted an insider’s glimpse into the exclusive and often inaccessible world of youthful rebellion otherwise known as graffiti.



ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Though born and raised in Queens NY, Danielle Bremner has spent much of her life traveling and spraying her way around the globe. Well known within the graffiti world for her unique style and relentless assaults on the walls and trains of whatever city she happens to find herself in, it is only natural that Bremner began documenting the highs and lows of her and her friend’s adventures. The results of this relentless documentation have been shown at exhibitions worldwide, including AMPM Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan and The Grand Palais in Paris, France. Bremner has been featured in Subwaynet, and Incognito magazines as well as having her work spotlighted in books such as “Freight Train Graffiti”, “Graffiti NYC”, and “Graffiti Women”. Her art was also prominently displayed throughout the Beastie Boys “Ch-Check it Out” music video.

Hailing from Chicago, IL, Jim Clay Harper VI has become well respected within the graffiti scene for his technical pieces on walls and trains throughout the world. Since the early 2000’s, Harper has focused his efforts on constantly evolving and refining the signature style that has gained him notoriety and acclaim amongst his peers. A graduate of Bowling Green University, Harper is also an accomplished photographer and graphic designer. His clients include Apple, Harley Davidson, Mountain Dew, Bodega, and 004connec. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as Advertisement Age, Promo Magazine, Xplicit Grafx, Subwaynet, Mass Appeal and “Graffiti Planet”. He has exhibited his art locally and internationally, and has made appearances in multiple graffiti related documentaries.

UTAHETHER.COM

Bodega x Nice Kicks: Reebok Night Sky Wikileaked

Had no idea we put info about this project out…..but Patrick from Dime mag just sent me heads up that it’s out and he approves. Thanks Patrick! And Damn You Julian Assange!!!!!!

via nicekicks.com

Bodega’s collaborations, up to this point, have been nothing less than superb to say the least. Its latest work with Reebok, on the Night Sky, is another fantastic design in its long list of joint efforts. Bodega and Reebok chose to cater to the sneaker enthusiasts who go through extreme winters with this design. The athletic-based, outdoor boot is laced with suede and nylon panels colored in beige and blue. Other aspects, such as the padded collar, hiking laces and a gum sole, give this shoe a boot construction feel. Lastly, a Bodega tongue label provides a little color to the somewhat subtle design. Look for the Bodega x Reebok Night Sky to hit retailers in 2011.

Call For Entries: Say Something Poster Project.

We’re hosting this benevolent design competition at Fourth Wall Project in February. The call for artists has been out for a while but here’s the skinny from us (fatty).

Overview:

The Say Something Poster Project is a poster design competition
and gallery show created to generate posters that will be donated
to The Home for Little Wanderers, (The Home) a children’s home and
orphanage in Boston, MA.

The goal of this poster project is to support The Home’s counseling
and educational efforts by reshaping their surroundings with
engaging imagery that will inspire, motivate and educate their kids.

10 winning posters along with part proceeds from poster sales will be
donated to The Home.

An Interactive Process

Poster designs will go through 3 independent rounds of judging. The
first round involves an online rating system where anyone, anywhere
in the world can rate poster designs.

The second round involves a 5 person judging panel which
includes 3 design veterans, 1 representative from The Home and 1
representative from the Massachusetts education board.

The Third and final round takes place at the show where event
attendees will use score cards to determine the 10 winners.

Voting Closes Dec 25th, so get on it!



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