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).
His 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.
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:
Here are some examples of BEAU’s diverse body of work :
images via Complex.com and Vandalog.com
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.
Back Against the Wall features iconic pieces from COST, including “Cost Fucked Madonna” and “No Future Cost”.
With an instagram following of nearly 50,000, COSTs unique perspective and artwork is in high demand:
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:
CBS Watch! Magazine Profile’s Joseph Carini and Upcoming Show, Back Against the Wall – Street Art in Carpets
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.
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
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
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.
Carini Lang’s BACK AGAINST THE WALL Collection of Street Art Inspired Luxury Carpets Premiers April 23
CARINI LANG TO PREMIER BACK AGAINST THE WALL
A Collection of 50 Graffiti & Street Art Inspired Carpets
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.
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.”
Warhol’s unexpected color combinations made everyone rethink camouflage.
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”.
“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 and Basquiat sit in front of a massive collaborative painting.
Warhol with Blondie, Truman Capote, and Paloma Picasso at Studio 54 in NYC.
Bob Dylan with Warhol in the Factory.
Mohammed Ali and Warhol, prior to Warhol’s creation of Ali’s silkscreen portrait.
Halston relaxes at Warhol’s Montauk home.
Halston poses near 3 Warhol silk screens in his townhouse.
Jed Johnson used French Art Deco in this whimsical room of the couple’s 66th street townhouse.
Jane Holzer, one of Warhol’s Pop art icons, poses with part of her collection.
Warhol’s flowers decorate the wall of this Manhattan loft.
Warhol’s Pop art portrait of Debbie Harry evolved from the polaroids that he took of the singer.
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.
Coco Chanel by Richard Avedon.