Calligraffiti 1984/2013

By Tom Ran

Published: August 21, 2013 under Art

Leila Pazooki's "This Is Not Green"

Photo: Leila Heller Gallery

Various outlets have reported that Jeffrey Deitch would return to New York after his resignation from MoCA. Though he’s still with the museum he’s wasted no time in working with the New York art scene once again. And once again, he has gravitated toward a genre that is familiar to him. He is helping to update an exhibit he curated in 1984 called “Calligraffiti.” The show exhibited works that explored the relationship between graffiti and calligraphy juxtaposing artists from disparate backgrounds and mediums. Thirty years later, “Calligraffiti 1984/2013” returns with over 50 works that includes Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, el Seed and LA2. “Calligraffiti 1984/2013” opens September 5th at Leila Heller Gallery and will be on view till October 5th. (via NY Times and Animal)

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Voice Tunnel

By Tom Ran

Published: August 1, 2013 under Art

Voice Tunnel by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Photo: Summer Streets

Summer Streets returns to Manhattan this Saturday. For three consecutive Saturdays nearly 7 miles will be blocked off for bikers and pedestrians from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park running through Park Avenue. This year will see an addition to the route with an art installation from Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. The interactive piece has been installed inside the Park Avenue Tunnel. Dubbed the Voice Tunnel, it consists of 360 theatrical spotlights and 180 speakers all controlled by participants. The lights intensity depends upon the volume of a person’s voice. The louder it is the more vibrant the light. Meanwhile the participants voice is recorded and looped. Up to 90 voices will be recorded and played back at any given time. As newer voices are recorded, older ones disappear, enabling the piece to be constantly changing. Voice Tunnel will be open to the public during Summer Streets from 7am to 1pm.

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Small Hours

By Tom Ran

Published: July 25, 2013 under Art

Smal Hours

Photo: Bondtoo

For some people the wee hours of the night can be the most productive. A new site launched by creative agency Bondtoo asks colleagues, creatives, critics, and personalities to see how the Small Hours of the night are spent. The catch is the site only operates between the hours of 11pm and 5am. For the sleep deprived or for ones needing a little read before bedtime, it’s an entertaining insight into creatives. The first interview is with Jasper Pope, a partner at Bondtoo.

This isn’t the first time Bondtoo has distorted our notion of time. Several years back they worked with Tobias Wong and Josee Lepage to open The Wrong Store in Chelsea. The storefront was created to feature the works of luminaries in the art and design world like Herzog & De Meuron, Jenny Holzer, Kaws, Joseph Beuys, and many others. Through the window, a showcase of the products were on display but the shop was never open for business.

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Balloon Chain

By Tom Ran

Published: July 8, 2013 under Art

Balloon Chain by Robert Bose over the night sky.

Photo: Balloon Chain

We were wandering the streets of Williamsburg Saturday evening when we saw a string of colorful lights blinking in the darken sky. Suspended in the air by helium balloons were hundreds of LED lights flickering in no apparent pattern. As we walked closer to its source we discovered its origin. It was an art installation by Robert Bose. He was invited by the organizers of Havemeyer Park, the new greenery across the street from the Domino Sugar factory, to display his interactive work. The lights could be controlled either manually or automatically through an app that lets the user manipulate the color and timing. Though Bose is locally based, this was his first time he’d displayed his new work in New York. Similar projects have been exhibited at Coachella, All Points West, the San Francisco Marathon, Governor’s Island Music Festival, and others. Have a look at Balloon Chain’s website to see photos from other events and locations.

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WE THINK ALONE By Miranda July

By Tom Ran

Published: July 5, 2013 under Art

WE THINK ALONE - A Project By Miranda July

Photo: Magasin 3 Gallery

Our online persona is not usually who we really are. Some with ease others with more exacting effort, will craft our alt identities before publishing it to the world. But what about the more private online moments? Email exchanges to family, friends, and colleagues? Do they do a better job at revealing who we are? Possibly. Miranda July’s latest project, WE THINK ALONE explores this area. With voyeuristic intentions, July has created a new project that lets us peer into email exchanges of famed artists, actors, fashion designers, writers, and an athlete. If there’s a population that is well versed in creating a persona, it’s celebrities. They’re groomed and media trained to take on these outward facing roles. The fact that they are well known individuals make these email exchanges all the more alluring. For the next 20 weeks, emails will be forwarded to you from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lena Dunham, Kirsten Dunst, Sheila Heti, Etgar Keret, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Catherine Opie, Lee Smolin, and Danh Vo spanning 20 different topics. The project began on July 1st based on the theme of “money.” See the first batch of emails on Art Nerd. Sign up at to receive an email every Monday. via TWBE

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By Tom Ran

Published: June 28, 2013 under Art

Evan Hecox in his studio

Photo: Evan Hecox

Evan Hecox takes on curatorial duties in Joshua Liner Gallery’s newest exhibition opening next month titled FOLKLORE. The group show explores the “handcrafted works that celebrate the simple and direct experience of visual enjoyment.” Many of the artist in FOLKLORE are Hecox’s contemporaries, painters and photographers that have either shown or worked with him in the past. Artists include Andrew Paynter, Andy Jenkins, Andy Mueller, Benjamin Deberdt, Cody Hudson, Ed Templeton, Evan Hecox, Geoff McFetridge, Jay Nelson, Nathaniel Russell, Nigel Peake, Peter Sutherland, Serena Mitnik-Miller, Stephen Powers, Stevie Gee, and Thomas Campbell. FOLKLORE opens July 11.

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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Classic Car Club

By Tom Ran
Owners Michael Prichinello and Zac Moseley in front of a 1965 Shelby Cobra

Photo: Tuukka Koski

Michael Prichinello has a passion for life and speed. His eyes light up whenever he talks about one of his cars or a motorcycle project he’s working on with a…

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What’s In Store? – Outlier

By Andrew Craig
Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens of Outlier

Photo: Rose Callahan

Outlier’s conceptions is a testament to the uniquely serendipitous moments that life sometimes offers. Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens wanted to design a new breed of functional, smartly…

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