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Artist Info for Street Art Pop-Up Store, BOS 2012 June 1, 2, 3!

Check it out! Here’s what you can expect to see this weekend from each of our amazing artists, in alphabetical order.


ASVP has stocked the pop-up store with an exquisite print of “Yours Truly,” a signed and numbered 7-color screen print. Number 5 of an edition of only five. Rumor has it they’re bringing other images, too.


Bethany Allard

Bethany Allard has been part of Bushwick’s arts culture ever since she joined one of Bogart Street’s earliest galleries, the now-traveling Ad Hoc art gallery. Now a teaching artist in NYC schools, Bethany has been working recently with collage and screenprinting. For the pop-up store Bethany headed to Bushwick Print Lab to create two signed black-and-white prints of “Bee Clean.”



This summer, Bishop203 will be opening the Low Brow Artique, an art supply store at 66 Knickerbocker that Bushwick artists will want to check out. This weekend’s pop-up store features Bishop203 sticker packs as well as a signed, one-of-a-kind skateboard deck by Good Wood featuring his characters laser-cut into the underside.


Chris Stain

Chris Stain’s works evoke urban America exquisitely and illustrate the struggles of society’s unrecognized and underrepresented individuals.  Recently Chris has been prepping for a summer show at Dumbo’s Mighty Tanaka gallery with Joe Iurato, planning a Transportation Alternatives mural, and finishing up classes—as a teacher and a student. Somehow he managed to take a few minutes out of his schedule to drop off a few copies of his recently released book, Long Story Short, as well as a few hand-colored signed screenprints on wood panel.


Criminy Johnson | QRST

Criminy Johnson | QRST’s paintings depict the world as a bent, slightly pessimistic and occasionally hostile place populated by animals and people who are often reluctant to be interrupted, even by a viewer.  His oil paintings have been shown in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta. Street art by QRST is becoming familiar to New Yorkers but has also appeared in New Orleans and San Francisco. Criminy Johnson’s solo exhibition in Bushwick earlier this year featured a large QRST mural, which the artist hacked to bits at the closing party. The pop-up store has oil paintings, artist books, and a few remaining pieces of his “Eidola” mural.




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Street Art Pop Up Store: June 1-3, Bushwick Open Studios

This year’s Bushwick Open Studios is going to be amazing. This project is the reason my studio has been under construction all week. Looking forward to opening up the studio. Please stop by if you’re in the area!


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Writing new definitions

–The Reading

The Fireside Follies reading at Brooklyn Fire Proof was a success: I decided to read the NYT essay, which was great, because I’d originally written it to be read aloud. People laughed where they were supposed to laugh. Bushwick Daily covered the event, and posted photos, here.

–Collaborations continue.

No matter what I write, visually my thoughts come out of the printer looking the same: black text on white pages. Seeing new pages is always comforting, to print something is to complete one more step in the writing process–first draft, finished work, whatever. But with the move across the country, everything I was looking at was new, so I wanted to look at things in a new way, too. So while I continue to write essays that tell deeply personal stories, I’m also having a lot of fun doing other things creatively, too. In the next month or so I’m playing with making a zine, starting a new blog, and possibly even a piece of art. WIth words, of course.

–The Memoir.

Melissa Febos was one of the readers at the Fireside Follies reading; she read an excerpt from her memoir, Whip Smart. It’s an amazing book, her writing has really helped me think about the story I want to tell, even though my story is very different. So, I’m still structuring the book, and it’s a slow process. An essay featuring some of the material is close to being ready. I’ve got some free time coming up around the holidays, and I have a lot of catching up to do.

–The Beast

Katarina, who created the blog Bushwick Daily just this year, asked me to be part of her photo essay series, and Quel Beast offered to style it. She was thinking minimal, low-key, sort of serious–maybe even black and white. He was thinking–outrageous, colorful, over-the top. It’s funny that their visions were so different, and ultimately she got shots of both. I don’t think it would have worked as well, if it had been only one or the other. Life is serious, and ridiculous. At least, my life is. Here’s the story

–As always, please email me feedback or ask me to read your work or work with you. When I have time, I love working with and for other people.

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Art, words, and more words

–I am reading on October 23rd at Brooklyn Fire Proof for the Fireside Follies. Event details here. I’ve had a crazy amazing, great year, and it means a lot to me that my first-ever NY reading is in Bushwick. The reading series is brand-new, too, so I’m excited to be part of their inaugural event.   



–The first two stories from my collaboration with street artist Quel Beast are out. I started out thinking I would write one essay and one profile, and so far instead I’ve been working on a nonfiction experiment: I created two stories–one a remix of the other. And the essay is still in my head waiting to be written down. 

Story #1, Brooklyn Street Art

Story #2, Remix

–This is a busy month, the other members of my writing group are actively shopping their finished projects. I’m really happy for their accomplishments and I’m learning a lot about what it takes to find the right people to work with. I’m reading, writing and editing a lot for and with friends, and I have 2 or 3 more essays on very different topics close to being ready. I’m writing all the time, or else I’m talking about words and art with other people.  


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