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Mexican Artist Smithe our latest mural at the Bushwick Art Park
August, 2013

In collaboration with Mex in the City and All City Canvas for their ACCGSNYC event bridging NYC and Mexico the group brought Mexican Artist Smithe to paint the latest 200 ft mural at the Bushwick Art Park. His mural at the Bushwick Art Park was written about in the NY Times & NY Magazine. The mural took 2 weeks to complete and you can see photos of the entire process at All City Canvas's Google+ page.

Below is the 200ftx20ft Mural at the Bushwick Art Park:

Photo by Paula Villanueva.

Photo by Paula Villanueva.


A block party event was held on August 3rd to celebrate the completion of the mural.


photo by All City Canvas

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JR's Inside Out Project Collaboration with Saman Arbabi at the Bushwick Art Park
June, 2013

Persian political satirist Saman Arbabi (of Voice of America’s OnTen and Parazit fame) covered a 20-foot X 50-foot wall with portraits of 40 Iranians killed after the 2009 presidential elections. He’s calling it Inside Out Project: Iran. The striking images of the dead hang in Brooklyn at the Bushwick Art Park, which has also showcased works from around the world. Arbabi and his team of Iranian-American artists and journalists were inspired by artist JR’s global participatory project Inside Out. Though over 120,000 people have engaged with the Inside Out project, only one was from Iran. This reminded Arbabi of how under represented Iranians are in many global conversations. And even more, how the individual voices of Iranians are lost in the din of political war drums.

This prompted Arbabi and his team to create Inside Out Project: Iran,  this visual memorial, in the days leading up to the anniversary of the violence following the 2009 elections.
His goal: to reignite the conversation about the importance of free elections.


On June 14 from 7:30-9:30 p.m., the day of the Iranian elections a candlelight vigil was held that the Iranian-American community in New York had organized at the Bushwick Art Park honoring the lives of those killed in aftermath of the 2009 elections.

Below is the 50ftx20ft Inside Out Project: Iran piece at the Bushwick Art Park:

 

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Skewville installation along the entire facade of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.
October, 2012
Video courtesy HVCCA Peekskill

We met Cora Harris from working on the Bushwick Art Park project together. She was part of our team writting her thesis for Pratt on our project. Since then she took this amazing position in Peekskill and asked Skewville and Leon Reid to be part of the “Peekskill Project V”.

In the above video Ad Deville of Skewville works on his installation at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art for the Peekskill Project V
and dangerously drives a crane around a giant musuem.

This project & Skewville's work was discussed in a recent NY Times article from the October 19, 2012 issue. Click here to read >>

 

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Jim Avignon paints the Bushwick Art Park for Pictoplasma's Character Walk
& Jon Burgerman creates the Garden of Eden

November, 2011
Photo Essay by Ali Ha

This November Jim Avignon painted the Bushwick Art Park for Pictoplasma's Character Walk event. He worked for a week during the sunny autumn daylight of late October. With classic Jim Avignon representations of American sayings in a bright colorful mashups of characters. Jim Avignon's mural will be on view thru 2012.

Below are photos of Jim Avignon's week painting the 200ft Bushwick Art Park:

 

While Jim Avignon painted the Bushwick Art Park, we had our good friend Jon Burgerman paint the courtyard of Factory Fresh for Pictoplasma's Character Walk event. Jon created the Garden of Eden in our courtyard with Adam and creatures from the begining of time in a Bushwick tribute piece. Jon Burgerman's mural will be on view till November 20th & beyond.

Below are photos of Jon Burgerman painting the Factory Fresh Courtyard:

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Chris Stain, Billy Mode & Pat Voke paint the Bushwick Art Park
August, 2011
Photo Essay by Ali Ha

Childhood friends Chris Stain, Billy Mode & Pat Voke for years have worked together as "In the Dream", a collaborative mural project group. During July 28 thru August 2nd they painted the Bushwick Art Park on Vandervoort Place. Factory Fresh was the first stop of their summer tour. To conquer the 25’ x 200’ wall Bill broke out the paint sprayer to cover some ground. Then the group collaborated and painted the lettering over the 5 days. The mural will be up till the end of August.

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Veng paints the Bushwick Art Park
June 4, 2011 Bushwick Open Studios event
Photo Essay by Ali Ha

Our good friend and fellow NYer Veng was a one man machine, Veng conquered the 25’ x 200’ wall in five long day/nights. He buffed and painted the entire wall by himself. He told us it was his mission to have no intern/helpers. He wanted to paint Old School, just him and the wall. The wall was ready intime for our Bushwick Art Park event which opened during the Bushwick Open Studio weekend event. Veng's dreamy world of people and bird houses was in corallation with our Surrealist show inside the gallery during the month of June. This mural is up until the end of July, 2011.

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Jaques Frague & Yakita Fields paint the Bushwick Art Park
Photo Essay by Ali Ha

As part of the continuing mural series on Vandervoort Place curated by Factory Fresh we had artist Jaques Frague & Yakita Fields paint for the month of March 2011. Jaques Frague & Yakita Fields grew up on a Pueblo Reservation in New Mexico. We got lucky and it was great weather while they were visiting. They came and painted for the entire weekend. We discussed there art and I learned a mission of theres is to dispell the view of Native American art culture and show that is isn't all wolves and indians. I really enjoy their work and below are some photos of their process over the weekend.

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Talking Evil with Jeremiah Maddock and Amanda Wong: A Short Review

Written by team member Ksenia Baranova

The show SEENOEVILSEENOEVILSEE EVIL raises many questions, but answers none directly. The artists Jeremiah Maddock and Amanda Wong are equally elusive, however they did agree to answer a few questions. Jeremiah and Amanda have been collaborating together in various projects for the past couple of years and it really shows: between Jeremiah, Amanda and Daniel, the walls of Factory Fresh have been transformed into one seamless, often nightmarish vision.

The newcomer Amanda Wong is an installation artist and a native New Yorker as well as currently a Junior at Parsons School of Design. To get into the semi-hidden installation room it’s necessary to crouch down through a low opening and then you’re in a murky, incense infused, and frankly perfectly creepy living room, down to the skipping player, and the pickled pig fetus jars on the wall. Part of the multi-media installation involves a “soundscape” made though the mixing and cutting of vinyl: funky, broken beats. While explaining the idea behind the room Amanda emphasized that the installation itself is a look at the closely interwoven relationship between humans and animals, though it could also be seen as a good look at the fetishization our culture has with the occult.


Amanda hopes "the viewer’s experience of the installation will both intrigue
as well as raise questions on their own stance in this relationship."

The work of both Jeremiah and Daniel are incorporated in Amanda’s installation, something that would have been impossible if all three weren’t closely related in theme. As it is, the three artists are able to combine their energy into a potently macabre, visually rich environment. The work featured in the show by Jeremiah Maddock was completed only in the last couple of months, and although his style is highly recognizable, it’s hard to pinpoint a clear description. Hypnotic might be a good word, obsessive too.

Although this is Jeremiah’s second show at Factory Fresh when asked about his ties to the Brooklyn art world he answered that he still didn’t really see himself as part of the hip Brooklyn crowd, instead he refers to himself as an “outsider”, and to his work as “outsider art.” Though he originally hails from the West coast, Jeremiah has been settled in Brooklyn for some time now. Maddock describes his studio as a menagerie of thousands of semi-broken markers, pens, and felt-tips that are never discarded, but kept for later use.

When asked about his interest in using discarded book covers and paper in his work Jeremiah had a very straight forward answer.
"When I first came to New York I was surprised by the amount of abandoned books I found in the streets."

By taking off the covers and making his work on their backs, Jeremiah has been able to avoid contributing to this waste. Using the recycled book covers is another way Jeremiah adds a transformative element to his mesmerizing work: building his weathered colors upon an already richly layered product of time and use.

 


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