As my friend Vanessa and I were headed to 14th Factory, a massive pop-up art space in the industrial area of Lincoln Heights, we weren’t quite sure if we were headed in the right direction being that everything around us was completely abandoned.
It’s rare that I visit an exhibit more than once, but after spending an afternoon in Tomás Saraceno’s Stillness in Motion-Cloud Cities exhibit last month, I had to return for more. Continue reading
I’ve had the Hamon Observation Tower, which is located in the de Young Museum, on my bucket list for sometime now and finally went to visit it a couple of months ago. Continue reading
This was my very first visit to an art gallery in the City of Angels. Having done some research on the best galleries in the city, I read nothing but rave reviews about Ace Gallery. Located in the Miracle Mile, I found parking about a block away and then strolled on over to 5514 Wilshire Blvd. Continue reading
The Whitney is among one of my favorite museums to visit in the city.
There are so many galleries in the city that there is no way a single person can keep up with every exhibit…unless they don’t work. I had the luxury of working part time a few years ago and was able to galley hop all kinds each week. But, for the past year, my 9 to 5 has only allowed me to catch a couple of galleries during the week since they all close at 6 pm.
I’ve always admired windows. Whether they be tall, wide, or narrow, to me they are unusually romantic.
Who doesn’t like to walk into a room covered with eggs!? 7,000 Sunnyside side up eggs that is.
It’s been months since I’ve posted, how terrible of me! I have nothing but the usual excuses to give you…I’ve been busy, I got a new job…but it really is true.
In the month of October 2013, the elusive Banksy hit the streets of NYC with a different piece of street art almost every day. I remember clearly that on October 2nd as I was getting ready for work, I had tuned into NPR and heard about Banksy’s “Better Out Than In” residency. The story goes from there, I commited myself to this one month hunt, which was extremely fun and exhausting. I rode many subway lines that I have never ridden and stepped foot in neighborhoods that I have never been in. It was more than just a scavenger hunt because along the way I learned a lot about NYC, street art, different neighborhoods, and even about myself. Who would have known. I met some great people during this adventure who taught me a lot about street art culture and how to network on Instagram. By the time I reached many of the pieces, they had been “buffed” out, stolen, auctioned off, and even hidden behind cardboard. Although I didn’t get to see six of his pieces for reasons I had no control over, I want to thank you, Banksy, for an awesome month and I look forward to your next piece of art!
I had to come back and add to two extra notes to this post. A year after the Banksy run, photographer Ray Mock published his book Banksy in NY, which serves as a sort of diary to everyone that experienced his residency in one way or another. My friend came upon a contest that was being held in December 2014, which would give away 5 books to people that entered a few of there Banksy photos. I was lucky enough to win a book and by surprise was even featured in the book on the Day 24: Waiting in Vain page.
A whole year later in December 2015, Lizabeth Zendel, an author and director, got a hold of me and asked if she could use some of my photos from the residency in her short film titled, Keep It Real: Banksy NYC. I agreed and was invited to her dinner and screening in Brookyln. Lizabeth was extremely kind and introduced me to her colleagues and even gave me a shout out during her Q&A portion.
Banksy’s residency was a highlight of 2013 that even resurfaced into the years to come. I have nothing but fond memories, fun stories, and even a book to look back on. Thanks again Banksy.