Category Archives: Art

From The Platform: Subway Graffiti, 1983-1989

See the New York City transit system at a time the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has tried hard to forget. In the early ’80s, graffiti writer Paul Cavalieri, who writes “CAVS,” was drawn to the colorful tags on trains. He started learning train schedules so he could snap works by many writers of the time. This is a compilation of subway graffiti from 1983 to 1989, when the MTA announced that its fleet was entirely graffiti-free.

More than 325 color photos capture everything from motion-bombed train interiors riddled with pilot marker tags to epic works covering whole exteriors, top to bottom. Artists tell their tales of adventure throughout and reminisce about working on live third rails, navigating the complex subway system to find their works, and witnessing graffiti’s gradual disappearance from the trains. This book presents a nostalgic look at 1980s New York City and the street artists that gave it soul. The book is now available to pre-order from Amazon, with a full release expected in February 2011.

DNA Ancestry Portraits by DNA11

DNA 11, the company that introduced the world to DNA Art, is taking it to the next level with DNA 11 Ancestry Portraits, where your genetic lineage is encoded to create a one-of-a-kind canvas art piece. Unlock the secrets of your ancestry with a personal, scannable barcode that crosses over from physical to digital to trace your maternal lineage.

By scanning your augmented artwork with a camera-equipped smartphone your portrait becomes the gateway to a personalized ancestry page tracing your origins back thousands of years. For more info check out the video below. To order one of your own visit – HERE. Continue reading

It Ain’t Fair 2010 Exhibition by OHWOW – Miami

It Ain’t Fair is the third edition of OHWOW’s annual group exhibition, presented to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach. Offering an alternative to the overwhelming mazes of art fair booths, It Ain’t Fair will highlight a cogent selection of leading-edge art. From painting to performance, sculpture to sound, the exhibition will occupy over 6,000 square feet of gallery space in a comprehensive survey of emerging and established artists’ most recent work. In addition, the exhibition will present special projects and programming, such as site-specific installations and video screenings. It Ain’t Fair is exactly that – not a fair, but a multimedia production, providing a critical scope of contemporary art innovation.  Continue reading

ABSOLUT Art Collection Trailer

The Absolut company officially connected with the art world in 1985. That year Andy Warhol painted “Absolut Warhol,” which became the first of the brands art advertisements.

For the first time ever, the entire collection is now gathered in Sweden where it will get its permanent home at the new Historical Museum of Wine and Spirits. In 2012, the museum will move into new premises at Djurgården in Stockholm, with the Absolut Art Collection as a new offering to its visitors. Continue reading

The Underbelly Project – New York City

In 2009 a project began four stories underneath the streets of New York City. For 100 years, a massive subway station sat unfinished, unused, undiscovered.

Over the course of the last year, artists have been secretly escorted into that station to leave their creative mark. Check out photos of the work below and for more info visit – HERE. Continue reading

MapleXO x Grove iPhone 4 Case

Maple XO has been making jewelry and accessories from recycled skateboards since 2005. Now, the company has branched out into iPhone 4 territory by teaming up with Green iPhone case maker Grove.   Interesting medium, right?  We thought so, and found it even more interesting that each of these cases is made by gluing up to 10+ skateboard decks together perfectly. Continue reading

Turntable DJ Wall Clock

This clock was created using a recycled Sanyo turntable and a Ronco’s Greatest Hits album titled “Get It On” which is replaceable. The clock movement is quartz, and requires 1 C battery (included). The entire clock measures roughly 17″w x 14″h and hangs on the wall like a picture frame with 2 hooks. For more info visit – HERE. Continue reading