News12 here in Brooklyn visited the Brooklyn Art Project to feature collaboration in the arts. James Cospito of the Brooklyn Art Project and I have been collaborating on many projects this year including eYecons. We look forward to continued collaboration with local artists and designers to build sustainable business is Brooklyn. Insert some statistics here about art and biz growth.
I’ve been participating and/or attending the DUMBO Arts Festival for about 10 years now. While we’ve watched the neighborhood change and gentrify, the artistic talent persevere as the vibrant life force here. Please come down. Check out the DUMBO Arts Festival website to view a map of all the participating artists in the area. I’m sure there are also many more who are not listed. You’ll just have to do a little exploring . If you see something that you really like, buy it and enjoy it. Your patronage is what keeps all the brilliantly creative and soulful work coming. This is truly a “buy local” opportunity.
I’ll be showing off Reeds and eYecons. The opportunity to work with my good friend James Cospito is truly inspiring. James has been integral in developing imagery for eYecons, including the Thaddeus Says series which will be on display.
Join as and other Brooklyn Art Project members:
Saturday & Sunday | Sept 24th & 25th
12 – 6 & beyond
45 Main Street #1040
Brooklyn NY 11231
Additional info about the festival & BAP
I’ll be adding some photos of the event at some point. In the mean time, I’ve been sending them directly to facebook. Click here.
I’m pleased to see the play yard at PS124 here in Brooklyn get a make over. Many thanks to Gloria Truppi, Paul Conrad, Julie Lee Melissa Comacho, Annabell Martinez, the entire staff and parent community. Thanks to the many hours invested, our children have a much improved place to play, exercise, and day dream. Please visit the links to take a look at additional pictures.
We kicked off the project with posters and handouts explaining the concept and possibilities. All the kids were given the opportunity to draw what they thought represented the future, learning, school spirit, positivity, and creativity in the context of a space theme. Art for this “space” themed mural was entirely drawn by the kids.
We reviewed the entirety of the submissions, about 150 and narrowed those to about 60. I scanned each page into a master Photoshop file and broke up the individual elements from the pages. Elements from each submittal were cut and pasted to fill-out the 270 foot long by 10 foot tall mural space in the digital layout. The layout was then projected on to the wall in the evenings and traced with ebony pencil. Painters (parents, kids, & teachers) carefully filled in the pencil outlines. I only had to ride a few of them for painting outside of the lines. I hope the children who attend PS124 in the future contribute their ideas of community, respect, family, and fun to the mural as well.
I enjoyed working with Out2Play and getting the yard surface painted to meet the needs of the kids.
Four nights of art exhibitions and live performances not to be missed — come celebrate Creative Week NYC and the NY Photo Festival with Brooklyn Art Project at The Sapphire Lounge on the Lower East Side, nightly May 12-15th.
Join us for engaging member work, collaborative drawing, live art and music — every night from 7-10pm, Thursday May 12th through Sunday, May 15th. Sapphire Lounge (between Houston St & Stanton St) All nights are free. 7—10pm. Drink Specials: $4 Domestic Beer / $5 Well Drinks
- Exhibition of photography and light installations | John Lunceford and James Cospito Light sculptures and design by John Lunceford of eXoticforms, photography by James Cospito, street works by “Thadius Says”. Product Launch for eyecons.
- Also featuring projections from the Best of Brooklyn Art Project Q1 project – see over 1,000 pieces of projected art. Works by emerging artists from around the world.
- DJ Twilite Tone kicks off the exhibit with an eclectic blend of avant garde dance music.
- Joseph Gaston – live graffiti works.
- Continued best of BAP Q1 projections featuring 1,000 works of art
- Come get your draw on — BAP meet up and collaborative drawing — bring your paint markers and sharpies for a jumbo size collaboration!
- Continued best of BAP Q1 projections featuring 1,000 works of art
- Best of BAP Q1 Winners (to be announced) – 100 selections of compelling artworks from around the world, guest curated by Samantha Levin Fine Arts.
- Live musical performance by VeryVery unlpugged. Featuring Andrew Ceccon and guest vocalist Teresa Perez.
Take the F train to 2nd Ave.
249 Eldridge St.
New York, NY 10002
I was chosen to participate in the second annual 5th Avenue Storefront Art Walk in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. eYecons will be artfully radiating my original photographs of the Verranzano Narrows Bridge.
Proudly displayed at the
Bay Ridge Eagle
7410 5th Ave. Between 74th & Bay Ridge Pkwy
May 14th – June 13th 2011
69th st through 86th st
Join the artists for a group Art Walk on Saturday, May 21! Meet at Having a Party, 8414 5th Avenue, at 4:00 PM.
Afterwards, mingle with the artists and organizers at Skinflints, a cozy neighborhood restaurant/pub, at 7902 5th Avenue.
Visit the Saw website for more info.
I’ve spent a lot of time in health care facilities including hospitals, doctor’s offices, and labs. Unfortunately, the time spent was not for the purpose of assessing design aesthetic, but as a patron. While meandering drab halls and sitting in stark or mismatched waiting areas I’ve often thought to myself “this could be better”. The debate about the financial status of these facilities and the medical system as a whole can certainly be a complex one and I am not overlooking it. However, I dismiss the argument that nothing can be done.
As most any patient would affirm, there are other places you’d rather be than a doctor’s office. Depending on the severity of the reason for your visit, stress levels and anxiety can be high. I can attest that I was generally stressed to be in an exam-room at our pediatrician earlier this week and I took special notice of the lack of any design aesthetic during this visit. I wasn’t at ease or comfortable and could only assume that the young patients feel the same uneasiness brought on by colors, light, and lack of any visually distracting or engaging decoration.
There’s going to be little debate in saying that design and architecture details go a long way in providing the perception of superior service and quality. An enhanced level of comfort can lead to clients and patients choosing one facility over another. A design influenced facility lends to the effectiveness of the staff whom spend long hours there, often dealing with patients who are there because they were unwell.
There are many studies and articles available examining the effects of color, light, sound, architecture and interior design on human experience.
I took this snapshot with my phone.
I worked it a bit.
There are a few talking points regarding the budget required to produce and maintain this space. Paint and stock art is inexpensive. Having an interior designer put together a complete design package can be an asset and will improve the experience for workers, visitors, and patients. Lighting makes a difference in mood, and waiting areas should be evaluated. Design concepts can be expounded upon endlessly. Let’s start simple. Paint the walls and support the arts with a few original pieces. People will be more comfortable. It’s about the people. It’s about the people who’s prognosis could improve though the comfort of visual stimulation.
Artists and designers can help patients by replacing the commercial/institutional interior with an engaging and soothing experience.
Richard Serra with Charlie Rose part 2… the very last sentence “it’s not the quality, its the effort.”
Serra’s work carries the industrial styling that catches my eye. The progression of his career as an artist is quite interesting. He’s been able to form relationships that have allowed his work to grow in scale to a level most artists will never be able to match. I’m not particularly enamored with the early works which make me say “yeah, of course”. But as a body of work I agree that Serra is a great living American artist.
Its about the effort.