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Muralist Returns for Third Try after Bad Luck Streak of ‘Biblical’ Proportions

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

After a false start three weeks ago, street artist Logan Hicks is ready to give his Bowery Graffiti Wall mural another shot. The stencil mural, entitled Story of My Life, was supposed to go up the last week of July, but was scrapped after the wood panels that held the canvas shifted positions overnight, ruining the half-finished piece.  Keep Reading »

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Spread Your Creative Wings: Two Fly Chances to Have Your Art Seen in the EV

Ideal Glass mural "Every Mother's Son" by Sophia Dawson, featuring portraits of mothers who have lost children by way of police brutality. (image via Sam Jablon)

Ideal Glass mural “Every Mother’s Son” by Sophia Dawson, featuring portraits of mothers who have lost children by way of police brutality. (Image courtesy of Ideal Glass)

Whatever medium you work in, it’s hard to be an artist. Barely anyone pays attention to anything you do, so keeping self-motivated can be tricky when you’re consistently weary from day jobs, keeping track of your 1099s and W9s, and closing down that bar you performed at to ensure you grip that sparse handful of wrinkly cash you so rightfully deserve. In the midst of all this noise, it’s easy for all those half-baked ideas to slip into some dark, far-away box at the back of your mind, and potentially never see the light of day.

Luckily, there are some folks out there who are willing to nudge you in the direction of productivity. Here are two upcoming opportunities to inspire artists, both visual and performance types, to get out there and do their thing.

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Head Over to Orchard Street’s New Pop-Up Tonight for Drinks, Cookies, Dreamy Art

(Photo: Courtesy of Gerald Slevin Photography)

(Photo: Courtesy of Gerald Slevin Photography)

Whimsical baked goods? Check. Free drinks? Check. A massive interactive mural with interchangeable bits and pieces you can move around like a giant adult version of a sticker book? Check! Wallplay may not be around much longer to satisfy your LES pop-up needs, but there are plenty of other artist-brand collabs waiting to fill the void. Case in point: Extra Butter. Tonight, the Lower East Side sneaker boutique will be hosting a pop-up event with Argentine-born artist Magda LOVE, who has transformed Extra Butter’s space into a walk-in interactive mural and shop selling LOVE’s paintings, custom stickers, and even furniture designed by the artist.

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Watch: Broad City Fans Paint the Town With Jaime and Bingo Bronson

Arturo Castro alert: on Saturday the Broad City star paid a surprise visit to Comedy Central’s public painting party. Castro, who plays Jaime on the show, braved the cold along with Abby’s post-dentist shopping buddy Bingo Bronson to help hundreds of fans paint-by-number a #BC3 wallscape at North 11th Street and Wythe Avenue. Watch our video for a partial time lapse of the painting process and for Castro’s take on what fans can expect from season three, which premieres on Wednesday, February 17 at 10 p.m. The mural will remain up until February 28.

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See the Latest Murals at Coney Art Walls, Where There’s Now a Sunday Party

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A couple of weeks ago we checked in with the Coney Art Walls as they neared completion. Now here are the latest offerings from the big-name artists curated by Jeffrey Deitch, including fresh works by Retna, Sheryo & the Yok, and more. The Walls officially open this Wednesday with a private party. In the meantime, Thor Equities — which owns the sprawling outdoor lot at 1320 Bowery Street, next to the Thunderbolt — just kicked off Summer Sundays, a weekly jam with DJs programmed by longtime PS1 Warm Up curator Jason Drummond of Rong Music.

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Things We (Can’t Believe We) Saw at Bushwick Open Studios

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Another Bushwick Open Studios has come and gone. In order to make sense of it all (though, let’s face it, there was no making sense of the above) we took some photos and talked to some artists whose work we dug. Click through our slideshow, below, to see this year’s highlights and lowlifes.

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Billy Rohan’s Public Art Project Is About to Up the Game of LES Roll-Down Gates

(Courtesy 100 Gates)

(Courtesy 100 Gates)

While on sabbatical from the NYC winter in Puerto Rico and working on his latest “Illumignarly” video, NYC skateboarder and Samurai founder Billy Rohan received word that his 100 Gates Program had received a $30,000 grant from the Lower East Side Business Improvement District. A Chinatown resident and active neighborhood advocate, Rohan’s idea was to commission artists to decorate 100 roll-down gates connected to businesses in the LES.

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About the Mysterious ‘Detroit’ Banner That Unfurled in Bushwick

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

So a screen-printed canvas banner isn’t exactly in the tradition of Diego Rivera’s proletarian frescos, but the message this building-sized advert is sending to Bushwick residents is loud and clear. Detroit: the land of opportunity, Bushwick: nearing saturation.
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Watch Rostarr's New Mural Go Up at the B+B Newsroom

Last time you saw Romon Kimin Yang, better known as Rostarr, he was 20 feet off the ground, swaddling Music Hall of Williamsburg in his signature “Graphysics” for Absolut’s Open Canvas Initiative. Or maybe you’ve seen his smaller ink and acrylic paintings hanging alongside Basquiat, Haring, Scharf, and Pollock in the “Calligrafitti: 1984-2001” exhibit at the Leila Heller Gallery (on display through October 5). Either way, if you’re familiar with the Brooklyn artist you know exactly why we wanted him to paint our Newsroom in Williamsburg. In the video above, he talks about the concept of intersection, which lies at the heart of his work and at the heart of ours.

Come by and see the wall for yourself. We’ll be working out of the Newsroom — at 155 Grand Street, off of Bedford Avenue — weekdays through October. Our first event, on Tuesday at 7 p.m., is a screening of Captured hosted by the film’s subject, Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson.

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Olek Swaddled a Car in Yarn, and That Was Really Just the Beginning of Open Canvas

"Forgotten Barrier"

Olek's response to the prompt "Transform Today" was this crocheted mural, which read "All we need is love and money."

"Olek Bike"

Brooklyn-based street artist Olek displayed three pieces on North 6th, including her recognizable crocheted bike.

"Auto Install"

Maybe the most incredible piece of the Open Canvas event was Olek's completely crocheted van.

"Auto Install"

A view from the front.

Posters

Posters

Both sides of North 6th were plastered with posters from artists such as Justin Beal, Michael Zahn and tattoo artist JK5.

Posters

Posters

A finished section of posters on the south side of North 6th Street

"Magnus Salo (The Big Surge)"

Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist ROSTARR is known for his signature calligraphic lines, which he painted in acrylic above Music Hall of Williamsburg.

"Magnus Salo (The Big Surge)"

ROSTARR's mural was undoubtedly the highest public art piece of the Open Canvas Initiative.

"Consider Yourself Warned"

Craig Damrauer's work featured barely legible stenciled phrases warning viewers about fireworks, scams and other dangers, which he was covered with layers of paint.

Passersby

Passersby

Williamsburg passersby look at Danish photographer Asger Carlsen's surreal vinyl photographs that he pasted on a construction fence.

"Air Current(s)"

Mark Nystrom used data collected about wind speed and direction to create his seemingly abstract circles. Each ring corresponds to one hour of wind data.

"Mirror, Peephole"

Andrew Kuo's "Mirror, Peephole" featured many appropriated Internet cat photographs.

"Mirror, Peephole."

New York artist Andrew Kuo and team installed his selection of random images from the Internet on glass storefront windows.

By Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe

By Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe

Freeman and Lowe, known for their immersive installations, based their work off of the cult 1970s sci-fi film "The Star Chamber."

"Memories, Landscapes and Other Lies."

New York-based artist Ara Dymond scraped the paint off the wall that was primed for the Open Canvas event, creating this textural mural.

This past weekend, North 6th Street exploded with energy as more than 20 artists chosen by Absolut’s Open Canvas Initiative transformed a Williamsburg block of storefronts, construction fences and bare walls into colorful, stunning murals. Prompted to “Transform Today,” the artists, who were mostly from the Brooklyn area, worked with a wide variety of materials and mediums — starting with yarn.

Click through our slideshow to see how the event unspooled.