Post by Brooklyn Street Art on Jan 8, 2010 19:54:55 GMT 1
Hello Folks! - BrooklynStreetArt.com is proud to be helping out with the NYC Debut by Jef Aerosol at Ad Hoc Gallery on January 29th. Thanks! Go Brooklyn!
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January 8, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JEF AEROSOL “ALL SHOOK UP” NYC DEBUT AT AD HOC GALLERY JANUARY 29TH. ****************************************************************** Ad Hoc Art presents international stencil master Jef Aerosol in New York City for “All Shook Up”, a stunning show of cultural icons by a Street Artist with 30 years in the game.
The show with Ad Hoc Art, a gallery widely regarded as one of Street Art’s polestars, features brand new stenciled works as well as the now-classic pieces that have made Jef Aerosol’s name itself iconic; on paper, wood, and found objects.
A true originator who helped spark what is now known as “Street Art” when he sprayed his first stencil series across the city of Tours, France one night in 1982, the self-taught Aerosol has continuously rocked the streets with his oversized portraits and helped define a new public art nomenclature with other French artists like Blek Le Rat, Miss Tic, and Speedy Graphito.
Steadily from the ’80s to the ’10s Aerosol has cut and sprayed stunning portraits of his heroes; cultural icons who stand undiminished by the hype. They connect directly with the masses and shake public opinion with humor and provocation; Strummer, Cash, Vicious, Hendrix, Bowie, Bardot, Cobain, Lennon, Smith, Jagger – all brainy agitators and vixens cut and sprayed in stark layers of black, grey and white. And each with Aerosol’s signature hot red arrows affixed nearby for exclamation.
In Street Art and in the gallery, Aerosol has not purely focused on those well-known personages. Among the faces you’ll find a number of self-portraits and portrayals of the more anonymous among us such as those living and working in the streets.
Like the best photographers, Aerosol catches the instant of truth in his portraits, and reveals a universal humanity in each subject. “In my work I love to call up my feelings and emotions to honor these modern day heroes who have fed my life with their music, art and ideas. This new show is a powerful and vivid collection of these inspirations that I am really excited to bring to New York for the first time,” Jef Aerosol.
Three decades of getting up on walls in cities including Paris, London, Lisbon, Chicago, New York, Bejing, Venice, Amsterdam, Rome, Zurich, Berlin, Dublin, and Tokyo have given him all the “street cred” Jef Aerosol will ever need.
Sighted in numerous books and by authors like Tristan Manco (Stencil Graffiti, Street Logos), blogs like Wooster Collective and Brooklyn Street Art, and newspapers like The New York Times as one of the lynchpins in the stencil art movement that came to be called “street art”, Jef Aerosol’s work has become a perennial favorite of collectors. His work resides in hundreds of private collections, has exhibited in numerous galleries in Europe, the U.S. and Australia (list below), and is regularly auctioned with Bonhams (London, New-York), Artcurial (Paris), Drouot (Paris), and Dreweats (London).
In 2007 Aerosol published a gallery of portraits in VIP Very Important Pochoirs (éditions Alternatives, Paris, 2007).
Galleries where the work of Jef Aerosol has been shown include: Galerie Brugier-Rigail (Paris), Galerie Raison d’Art (Lille), Signal Gallery (London), Zozimus Gallery (Dublin), Art Partner Galerie (Brussels), Galerie Anne Vignial (Paris), Galerie Storme (Lille), Galerie Onega (Paris), Carmichael Gallery (Los Angeles), ATM Gallery (Berlin), and Famous When Dead Gallery (Melbourne).
One week from his debut solo show in New York, internationally known Street Artist Jef Aerosol showed his love for NYC with a large stencil tribute to one of Street Art’s recognized inspirations, Jean-Michel Basquiat. From some of the newest kids on the scene to guys like Aerosol, who has about 30 years in the game, it's remarkable how Basquiat’s artistic legacy has such magnetism and a clout across the field.
Photographer Vincent Cornelli was out on a legal wall tour with international stencil artist Jef Aerosol this Saturday; With a name like Aerosol, you don’t invite photographers to watch you work otherwise. The sunny January afternoon pretty much blew Vinny’s mind, and he writes here about how he got such rockingly cool pictures:
"On Saturday, I had the privilege of showing Jef Aerosol around the streets of Bushwick, Brooklyn. I think the day was the perfect example as to why the Street Art Movement is so special…and it is deserving of capital letters. Encounters such as these are not only incredibly rewarding and inspiring, but they foster an intimate connection between you and a city that is changing right in front of you. It was one of the greatest of days."
Post by Jef Aerosol on Feb 13, 2010 16:59:26 GMT 1
As a reply to several private messages, maybe i should explain a few things about the whole show.It was prepared and painted on location : I arrived 10 days before the opening, bringing with me a mix of old and brand new stencils and I purposely mostly painted on cheap torn brown wrapping paper and found wood boards. I went to the fineart store though to purchase a couple of stretched canvases (for Brigitte Bardot and Angela Davis) and one large loose one (for the huge Basquiat). The idea was to offer the widest range of prices, with many cheap pieces. Prices go from 80 dollars up to 9000 dollars. In those times of crisis, it seemed that was the least I could do. We had 3 of the paper pieces very professionally framed so that the people could see how neat cheap torn brown paper can look like when nicely framed. You all know that Ad Hoc Art had to close down, so i didn't want the show to cost money. Garrison and alison Buxton managed to find a space (Eastern District is a small space just next door) and I offered to avoid all expenses (such as shipping pieces from France, or paying custom taxes, etc...) and to paint the pieces in the gallery before the show. Paying for my flight etc was my way of supporting Ad Hoc's work and involvement in street art for the last few years. They were extremely kind and helpful, paying for the equipment and frames etc and doing a great job in the organization of the show, always being there whenever i needed something or some help. I also have to say a HUGE thank you to Steve and Jaime of Brooklyn Street Art who did an awesome job too : public relations, publicity, warm welcome, excellent hanging, etc etc... All for the love of the art ! Thank you so much my friends ! Steve Harrington also helped me a lot with deciding about the themes and topic of the show and we decided to focus on NY and Brooklyn icons. People I've always admired and loved or who have become real symbols. I also decided that one piece should be sold 100% for Haiti, so if you purchase the smiling boy on wood, the whole money will go there. I also want to thank all the good friends and people I met during those two awesome weeks : Carlito Brigante, Luna Park, Becki Fuller, Vinny Cornelli, Gabriel Specter, Joe Russo, Andrew, Chris Stain, Logan Hicks, Rae and Hope of Brooklynite Gallery, Tido, Veng, Jim, Lois Stavski, Meg, Magali, Louis De Caunes, Rex "nola rising", etc etc...
Brooklyn the Borough “Just last week, Aerosol put up a stencil of the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat on a Brooklyn rooftop- a true gift to Brooklyn if there ever was one.” brooklyntheborough.com/?p=4733
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