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Artist Spotlight: BEAU

April 16, 2014

 

photo credit: Phillip Mansfield for Complex

photo credit: Phillip Mansfield for Complex

BEAU is an NYC street artist who has been making quite a name for himself, in fact, he’s handwritten it across the entire city, four letters at a time. A lot of his work is quick and light, brining a smile to passerby when they see a couch tagged up with BEAU in the Lower East side or a fill-in in a super visible spot. But BEAU also creates in the studio (Complex).

beau-vs-brainwashHis work is scattered throughout the U.S. and Europe, some on the walls of His collectors and some Executed upon public compositions.  Bradbury has managed to gather a handful of clients over the past 3 years throughout his endeavors, through which he has experienced trades such as Mural and Sign painting, Glass painting, Gilding (glass and floor), Decorative faux, Custom Portraiture, Carpentry (sign building, 2D jig saw cutout), and finding in his spare time to practice stone and wood carving.

Hand painted Invitation by BEAU for Back Against the Wall

Hand painted Invitation by BEAU for Back Against the Wall

It is apparent that Beau’s inherently insistent gravitation towards expressing himself through the arts, in any arrangement, won’t stop any time soon (via BeauArt).

 

Carini Lang’s Back Against the Wall collection features a signature BEAU image:

BEAU's Limited Edition Microchip Rug in Back Against the Wall Show on April 23

BEAU’s Limited Edition Microchip Rug in Back Against the Wall Show on April 23

Here are some examples of BEAU’s diverse body of work :

 

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BEAU Mural on Mulberry & Grand, NYC as part of the L.I.S.A. Project NYC

BEAU Mural on Mulberry & Grand, NYC as part of the L.I.S.A. Project NYC

 

images via Complex.com and Vandalog.com

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Artist Spotlight: COST, the Tag Machine

April 15, 2014
photo credit: Mark Hewko via Village Voice

photo credit: Mark Hewko via Village Voice

Arguably one of the most influential street/ graffiti artists, COST aka the Tag Machine has been making street art for over 20 years.

New Yorkers of the early 1990s didn’t have to be versed in the graffiti subculture to recognize Cost.

A Graffiti writer schooled in the techniques of bombing, Cost saw an opening to use the public space in a new way. In his campaign of simple white 8 1/2² X 11″ paper postering on the backs of Walk / Don’t Walk traffic signs, he took the idea of guerilla bombing and combined it with the blatant mass appeal of advertising.

The language had changed from the insider hieroglyphics of graffiti to the simple text of cold type that anyone -young and old, black and white, rich and poor, could read. As a result the city paid attention with one 1995 New York Times Letter to the Editor calling Cost “probably the worst graffiti vandal in the history of New York” (NYTimes).

Unlike traditional graffiti tags that became aesthetic background noise, Cost’s messages – “Cost Fucked Madonna”, “Cost Was Here” – were dead simple, and blanketed the city in a way that no one could ignore (highsnobiety).

Though many young Street Artists take the credit for the novelty of what they do- the bad boy persona of breaking the law, mixed with the brilliant creativeness and inventiveness of a marketing agency- they seem to have forgotten rule number one in Graffiti, and in Street art – ORIGINALITY is king and COST DID IT FIRST.

via @costkrt instagram account

via @costkrt instagram account

Back Against the Wall features iconic pieces from COST, including “Cost Fucked Madonna” and “No Future Cost”.

Carini Lang Back Against the Wall Graffiti artist COST-FUCKED-MADONNA

First & Only Edition COST FUCKED MADONNA rug in Black & Gold

With an instagram following of nearly 50,000, COSTs unique perspective and artwork is in high demand:

via @costkrt instagram

via @costkrt instagram

via @costkrt instagram

via @costkrt instagram

via @costkrt instagram

via @costkrt instagram

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One of Rae’s Pieces in BACK AGAINST THE WALL

April 11, 2014

Only Carini could envision the street art and graffiti that he walked by every day to and from the studio as the exquisite patterns and images they become in woven form. Check this transformation of Rae’s work:

 RSVP to the Opening on April 23 at 6:oo here
RAE's vibrant street art is translated into woven perfection

RAE’s vibrant street art is translated into woven perfection

Rae_bk Carpet at Carini Lang Show Back Against the Wall

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Rae_bk Carpet at Carini Lang Show Back Against the Wall

Teeth

Rae_bk Carpet at Carini Lang Show Back Against the Wall

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CBS Watch! Magazine Profile’s Joseph Carini and Upcoming Show, Back Against the Wall – Street Art in Carpets

April 10, 2014

Carini’s ability to weave magic carpets is at the center of the show Back Against the Wall: Street Art in Carpets.  Conceived and curated as a way to shake up traditional views of what street art might be, walls are hung with one-of-a-kind carpets displaying work by artists like Dain, Elle, Reader, Ben Eine and Beau.

Carini Lang Back Against the Wall Show Review

Street Art is important because it provokes you, it makes you think, it’s in your face and multitudes of people can experience it.  It can be poetic, political and maybe even a whimsical medium.  It is a sign of the individual against the system -Joseph Carini

Carini Lang Back Against the Wall Show Review

The idea of paintings that are placed on the floor is exotic. Love in art is a force and when it comes through, then the muses are talking to you -Joseph Carini

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Rusk’s Piece from BACK AGAINST THE WALL

April 4, 2014

Here’s our second preview from Back Against the Wall, from a Julian Gilbert collaboration with Rusk.  The image was featured as the cover of their zine, about which Vice Magazine wrote “If you forked up the 15 bucks to go see Exit Through the Gift Shop, now’s your chance to make amends… [and] …celebrate the graffiti artist…” Rusk.

Rusk

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Dain’s piece from BACK AGAINST THE WALL.

April 3, 2014

We’re excited to open our newest show, Back Against The Wall, and will be previewing another piece every other day until the show.  Here’s our first, from Dain.  Check out his show tonight at Folioleaf if you can.

Dain's piece at Back Against The Wall

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Carini Lang’s BACK AGAINST THE WALL Collection of Street Art Inspired Luxury Carpets Premiers April 23

April 2, 2014

CARINI LANG TO PREMIER BACK AGAINST THE WALL

A Collection of 50 Graffiti & Street Art Inspired Carpets

Back Against the Wall ft Dain, Elle, Cost

Artists

COST, RAE, DAIN, BEAU, JIM JOE, ENX, RUSK/JULIAN GILBERT, KOSBE, ELIK,PIXOTE, ELLE, BASER, TAXI, PERU ANNA ANNA PERU, BEN EINE, THIRD WORLD PIRATE, STINKFISH, EARSNOT & READER

More About The Show

Street art is a spirited form of personal expression that has been part of the urban landscape since ancient times. Back Against the Wall is a collaboration by Carini Lang and 20 street artists who bring a freshness and authenticity to the work.

Joseph Carini is a master carpet maker who creates contemporary carpets reviving ancient techniques.

“I have always loved the imagery and color of graffiti and the pleasure of coming upon it in an unexpected place. This was a way to merge my interest in street art and my dedication to fine carpets.”

Fifty unique carpets have been hand woven in Nepal and will be on display beginning April 23, 2014 in the Carini Lang showroom in TriBeCa.

RSVP here or on Facebook.

 

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WARHOL AT HOME

February 17, 2014

WARHOL AT HOME 

1974. I was a 13 year old kid visiting a neighbors house that had been recently renovated. In the dining room I  saw 3 richly colored silkscreens of Chairman Mao. They both disturbed and fascinated me. At that time Mao was an especially iconic figure, we had studied him in school and watched him on television with Nixon. But Andy made him look delicious, like a beautiful piece of candy. Warhol became the artist of my adolescence… his look and influence was everywhere, he defined the times.

Warhol…. a buzz word, a brand, a style, an era. The icon’s reach extends far beyond the world of art. He created a ripple affect in culture, art, design, fashion,  that is still with us today. Making  everyday things into heroic things and heroic things into everyday things, Warhol showed us new ways to see and define art. His advice was to “…let the little things that would normally bore you suddenly thrill you.”  

Mao

Mao

WARHOL AT HOME

WARHOL AT HOME

WARHOL AT HOME

Warhol’s unexpected color combinations made everyone rethink camouflage.

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Warhol called his book Exposures “boring”

His album covers were provocative and innovative. The Sticky Fingers cover seemed to be more of an object than an album cover. I remember feeling like I owned an original Warhol in some small way. And of course, it was interactive. It had a real zipper. The same was true of the Velvet Underground  and the Some Girls covers. I still look at them today as “art”.

WARHOL AT HOME

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“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” – Andy Warhol

WARHOL AT HOME

Warhol and Basquiat sit in front of a massive collaborative painting.

 

WARHOL AT HOME

Warhol with Blondie, Truman Capote, and Paloma Picasso at Studio 54 in NYC.

WARHOL AT HOME

Bob Dylan with Warhol in the Factory.

WARHOL AT HOME

Mohammed Ali and Warhol, prior to Warhol’s creation of Ali’s silkscreen portrait.

WARHOL AT HOME

Halston relaxes at Warhol’s Montauk home.

WARHOL AT HOME

Halston poses near 3 Warhol silk screens in his townhouse.

WARHOL AT HOME

Jed Johnson used French Art Deco in this whimsical room of the couple’s 66th street townhouse.

WARHOL AT HOME

 

WARHOL AT HOME

Jane Holzer, one of Warhol’s Pop art icons, poses with part of her collection.

 WARHOL AT HOME

Warhol’s flowers decorate the wall of this Manhattan loft.

WARHOL AT HOME

WARHOL AT HOME

WARHOL AT HOME

Warhol’s Pop art portrait of Debbie Harry evolved from the polaroids that he took of the singer.

 

 

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BLACK AND WHITE’S EFFORTLESS APPEAL

February 3, 2014

Carini Lang's "Spin" in a modern room.

Spin” rug by Joseph Carini; interior by Axis Mundi.

Classic, chic, elegant, minimal, refined, bold. Any of these words, and infinite more, could describe black and white. But maybe the best word for the combination is “effortless.” It appeals to everyone, everywhere. Black and white films, Avedon’s photography, print on a stark white page. It’s always in style – a universal thread that connects all parts of our culture.

BLACK AND WHITE'S EFFORTLESS APPEAL

Coco Chanel by Richard Avedon.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT KITCHEN RUG

January 18, 2014

HOW TO CHOOSE A RUG FOR THE KITCHEN

It’s not the first room that comes to mind when outfitting a home with rugs, but kitchen flooring shouldn’t be an afterthought. The possibilities are endless and the right choice adds charm, style, and warmth to the space. In most homes, the kitchen is the center of attention and one of the busiest rooms.

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