Monday, July 30, 2012

Quote Of The Week

"The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life."

Monday, July 23, 2012

Quote Of The Week

"One of the qualities of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding. Therefore, the man who stands in the midst of the struggle and says, "I have it," merely shows by doing so that he has just lost it."

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Stand And Be Counted

Member of The Internet Defense League

"Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

Friday, July 20, 2012

Your Dreams Were Your Ticket Out

"Style is knowing who you are, what you
want to say, and not giving a damn." -Gore Vidal

Brooklynites have a pride that is unmatched, and while the borough has gone through many changes as of late, one thing holds true, Brooklynites from the '70s and '80s have style, and we know it. This style was exhibited in many ways, from the way we dressed, walked (with a knowing swagger), talked (despite mythology, there's more than just one Brooklyn accent), made a stoop our own, or how we wrote on subway trains, walls, and later, canvasses.

While street-art is often referred to as a worldwide movement — and it truly has has become one, co-opted by small commercial interests and big business alike — the art-form got its humble, ink-stained start in the five boroughs of NYC, kicked-off by city-kids for city-kids. The County Of Kings can lay claim to breeding and nurturing many a talented and acclaimed urban artist, hailing from places as diverse as Red Hook, Coney Island, Park Slope, and Bedford Stuyvesant. 

The Brooklyn Yes Indeed show intends to highlight an art movement and subculture that has grown leaps and bounds from its insular D.I.Y. origins, by showcasing artwork that shows the trajectory of a clutch of Brooklyn artists who have taken their work from the trains and walls of our great city onto the next level. In addition to canvas and sculpture work, the exhibit includes photography in an effort to give a context as to where the art was birthed, and by whom.

Brooklyn Yes Indeed — featuring artwork from legendary Brooklyn artists
JOUST (pictured), Mr. KAVES, KEO, RIBS, Jamel Shabazz, and TRIKE — opens
July 27th at Urban Folk Art Studios and runs through the end of the Summer.
The show was curated by David "Chino" Villorente and Lee Greenfeld.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Quote Of The Week

"At the approach of danger there are always two voices that speak with equal force in the heart of man: one very reasonably tells the man to consider the nature of the danger and the means of avoiding it; the other even more reasonable says that it is too painful and harassing to think of the danger, since it is not a man's power to provide for everything and escape from the general march of events; and that it is therefore better to turn aside from the painful subject till it has come, and to think of what is pleasant. In solitude a man generally yields to the first voice; in society to the second."

Monday, July 9, 2012

Quote Of The Week

"We all admire the spangled acrobat with classic grace meticulously walking his tight rope in the talcum light; but how much rarer art there is in the sagging rope expert wearing scarecrow clothes and impersonating a grotesque drunk!"

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Bar Life

The night's finally done,
and the bar is shut-down.
Lazy Cowgirls serenade me,
and I sip my beer in peace.

© 2012 Lee Greenfeld

Monday, July 2, 2012

Quote Of The Week

"A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men."

Sunday, July 1, 2012

45 Revolutions: Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys is New York City — Brooklyn to be precise — and 1973's oft-covered "Wild In The Streets" is one of his many stunning city odes, with a top-flight video to match. (Be sure to also dig this boss video for his latest nugget "Coney Island Winter," from last year's fantastic The King Of In Between LP.)