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Just when living in the re-branded NYC was getting me down, I had an opportunity to attend two prestigious art fairs: VOLTA NY , and The Armory Show. This past weekend had a whole slew of fine art festivals, but only so little time to explore. I was given a VIP on Sunday, which left me exactly four hours to check out everything.

VOLTA NY focused more on fine Modern and Post-Modern art.

It’s always amusing to see subcultures you grew up with, now considered to be ‘fine art.’ As with the case with artist Paul Brainard.

Continuing with VOLTA, I stumbled across artist Skylar Fein‘s work. The over-sized installations put the spotlight on items past.

Realizing I hadn’t seen The Armory Show yet, I went next door. First sight was Joan Miro‘s work.

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Artist Joan Miro’s section.

This was one of my top favorites. From artist Charmion Von Wiegand.

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Before my cellphone battery died, I managed to take a snap of this Andy Warhol piece.

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Downstairs was another section, featuring more contemporary art. Unfortunately, my cellphone battery died at this point. These photographs should give you a general idea. Hopefully I’ll be able to attend these two events again, in addition to more next year.

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Right before The Armory Show closed. Artist Joan Miro. Photo by Michele Witchipoo, March 2016.

All photographs by Michele Witchipoo, 2016. 

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Two weeks ago I participated in a group art show, as part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015 festival. It was my second time being part of BOS, the first going back to 2012. The second time worked out better for me, and after the Ridgewood Represent show was over, this round I was able to walk around to catch some of the other events.

Bushwick Open Studios seems to get bigger and better every year. At first, I was hoping to check out the other two completing events: Special Edition NYCC or the indie-based Grand Comics Festival, also taking place in Brooklyn. However, BOS was interesting enough, with this year’s edition of ‘art trucks.’ In other words, people had trucks parted outside in the street showing art, as sort of a mobile gallery. Despite the hipster ratio, I still managed to enjoy myself.

The best part – while I was checking out the other events, someone gave me free art supplies! Can’t beat that.

Below are a few photos from BOS 2015.

Street art from Bushwick Open Studios 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art from Bushwick Open Studios 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Art installation from one of the many 'art trucks' parked outside in the streets of Bushwick, for Bushwick Open Studios 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Art installation from one of the many ‘art trucks’ parked outside in the streets of Bushwick, for Bushwick Open Studios 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Street performance art. Bushwick Open Studios 2015. Man inviting strangers to come look at his cellphone data, including pics and texts. Brave man. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Street performance art. Bushwick Open Studios 2015. Man inviting strangers to come look at his cellphone data, including pics and texts. Brave man. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art seen on Jefferson Street, as part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art seen on Jefferson Street, as part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

One of the many 'art' trucks parked on Jefferson Street, as part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

One of the many ‘art’ trucks parked on Jefferson Street, as part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Stun Sudo pop artist showing work inside truck. Will have gallery show Sept.12 in the Chelsea area of NYC. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Stun Sudo pop artist showing work inside truck. Will have gallery show Sept.12 in the Chelsea area of NYC. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Some people turned their own apartments into a studio gallery for the weekend. As part of Bushwick Open Studios 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Some people turned their own apartments into a studio gallery for the weekend. Like what artist Liam Alexander did. As part of Bushwick Open Studios 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Inside artist Liam Alexander's apartment, which was turned into a gallery for Bushwick Open Studios 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Inside artist Liam Alexander’s apartment, which was turned into a gallery for Bushwick Open Studios 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Inside artist Liam Alexander's apartment, which was turned into a gallery for Bushwick Open Studios 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Inside artist Liam Alexander’s apartment, which was turned into a gallery for Bushwick Open Studios 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

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Last Saturday was the art show MF Gallery had in tribute to the late Dave Brockie, vocalist from the band GWAR. The exhibit was titled ‘ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show.’ It was an open call for all artists, trying to raise money for the Dave Brockie Foundation.

I had contributed a piece. It was an illustration titled “Shock Rock” based on GWAR’s televised appearance on the Jerry Springer show back in the late ’90s.

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Michele Witchipoo at MF Gallery, May 3rd 2014. Photo taken by Bejay Rose.

In a way, hearing about Dave Brockie’s death was sort of like an end to my youth. Cause ever since I graduated high school, GWAR has always been in the background. The funny thing was, they were the type of band I always thought would be around forever. Right before I left Kansas City, MO, someone offered me a chance to see GWAR live for free. She even got me in on the guest list, no questions asked. Wow, I thought, what luck. That’s cause the majority of the time being in Kansas City, my luck was rather on the shitty side. Alas, right as I was psyching myself up to see the show, something happened. True to form, my good luck turned to bad. So bad, it was straight to the airport back to NYC. Seeing GWAR live wasn’t meant to be. I told myself that one day I’ll catch GWAR live. After all, GWAR will always tour again, right? Many years later, especially after taking part of this art tribute event, missing GWAR was something I later regretted.

Before I started my own illustration of Oderus Urungus, I went online looking for references. After my piece was done, I dug deeper into who this man really was. The more I learned about this guy, the more I kinda got inspired, and eventually the more sad I became. You have to give Dave Brockie credit. He lived the life he wanted to lead. Most people don’t get that far. They don’t even become close. Dave Brockie lived day by day with his own set of rules, living among his GWAR creation. An art student who didn’t get disillusioned after he graduated. Instead he formed a band and made a living for himself going on thirty plus years. Along the way, he also did performance art, drew, wrote, did ‘political’ commentary and even acted in a Troma film. Not a bad life to have. GWAR wasn’t as big as let’s say, Slipknot, or Marilyn Manson.  So what? Sometimes it’s better to carve that niche for yourself rather than sell out arenas, only to be forgotten five years later. 

It all goes back to that monologue Dennis Leary had in “No Cure For Cancer.” Where Leary talks about the good musicians always dying, while the crappy ones live on. Guess Leary should know. He swiped his whole stand-up act from comedian Bill Hicks, who now – take a big guess – is dead. Takes one to know one.

But you didn’t stumble upon this blog to hear me rant. You wanted to see photos from the GWAR tribute art show. So here they are. It was an amazing show, packed full of people. My art was hung near where the drinks were being served. I’ve said this before, but it’s been a while since I did an illustration I was truly happy with. Even if it felt as if it was saying goodbye to a part of my youth.

Without further a doo-doo, here’s photos from that night.

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Artist: Michele Witchipoo

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Titled “Fred Phelps Meets Oderus Urungus in HELL.” Artist: Crazy Glenn Werning.

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Artist: Annie Hunter

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Various art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014.

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Artist: Brian Doodley

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Artist: Bob Gorman

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014.

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Artist: MK Ultra

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Artist: Cliff Roth.

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Artist: Sergio Zungia.

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One of the art pieces from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014. Artist: Martina S Russo.

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Various art from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014.

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One of the photographs from the “ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show” at MF Gallery, May 3rd, 2014.

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Entrance at the MF Gallery. Saturday May 3rd, 2014. Artist: Marina S. Russo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My illustration titled “Shock Rock” which describes when GWAR was on The Jerry Springer show will be part of an exhibit this Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, 7 pm.

Over a 100 different artists will have their work on display, in various mediums. Already it’s gotten mentions in the Metal music press. I’m really psyched to be a part of this show. Below is my piece, which along with others will also be for sale. Part of the proceeds will go towards the Dave Brockie Foundation. If you were ever a GWAR fan, definitely check out this show.

Online flyer for the Dave Brockie Memorial Show at MF Gallery, May 3rd 2014.

Online flyer for the Dave Brockie Memorial Show at MF Gallery, May 3rd 2014.

Here’s the link to the Gallery event: http://mfgallery.net/DBmemorial/DBmemorial.html

Below is my illustration. It was done April 2014, pen, ink, and glitter watercolor:

Oderus Urungus from GWAR on The Jerry Springer show, 1997. Episode "Shock Rock." Illustration done by Michele Witchipoo 2014. Gliter watercolor, ink, pen.

Oderus Urungus from GWAR on The Jerry Springer show, 1997. Episode “Shock Rock.” Illustration done by Michele Witchipoo 2014. Gliter watercolor, ink, pen.

Here’s some of the links in regards to the press this event has been receiving:

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/dave-brockie-memorial-art-show-to-open-in-may/

http://www.knac.com/article.asp?ArticleID=11390

http://loudwire.com/all-hail-gwar-memorial-art-show-tribute-late-frontman-dave-brockie/

http://www.antimusic.com/news/14/April/ts23Memorial_Art_Show_Planned_For_Late_Gwar_Frontman_Dave_Brockie.shtml#.U2AHYvldWuI

http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=102105

http://freewilliamsburg.com/mf-gallery-is-hosting-a-memorial-show-dedicated-to-gwars-dave-brockie/#more-30879

…and last but not least, a mention from GWAR’s record label, Metal Blade:

http://www.metalblade.com/us/news/dave-brockie-memorial-art-show/

 

 

 

 

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Been meaning to photograph all the graffiti and street art that can be seen around the Bushwick area of Brooklyn. Then the annual BOS, short for Bushwick Open Studios rolled around. For those who don’t know what BOS is, it’s when artist around and from the Bushwick area open their studios to the general public. Sponsored by Arts In Bushwick, the audience can see various paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography, etc., by various artists. The public can explore different parts of Bushwick, particularly on the L subway line. Stops such as Morgan Avenue, Dekalb Avenue, Jefferson Street, and continuing up to where the borderline crosses into Ridgewood, Queens.

Last year I participated in BOS 2012. This year, I was content just checking out places around the Jefferson stop on the L line. After stopping in a few scattered studios, and coming across some real pretentious artist who advised me to “create the problem, then solve the problem…”, I snapped these photos.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

The early summer sun was already in full blast. This started to remind me of some of the street art I had seen during my visit to San Francisco during April 2000.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

The street art below reminded me of contemporary artist Kenny Scharf. Maybe this was his work.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Suddendly me and two others stumbled upon this car wreck. Actually we discovered this wreck a month earlier. Happily this wreck was not removed, making it a perfect photo opp.

Here in my car I feel safest of all I can lock all my doors It's the only way to live In cars Here in my car I can only receive I can listen to you It keeps me stable for days In cars Here in my car Where the image breaks down Will you visit me please? If I open my door In cars Here in my car I know I've started to think About leaving tonight Although nothing seems right In cars

Here in my car/I feel safest of all/I can lock all my doors/It’s the only way to live/In cars   – Cars by Gary Numan. 1979. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

A few pop culture references came to mind. The song by Gary Numan Cars, Warm Leatherette by The Normal (later covered by Grace Jones, Giddle and Boyd, and countless others), the novel Crash by J. G. Ballard, and the pretend car accident scene in John Waters’ flick Female Trouble. So a little bit fun was had as we joined the car crash set.

See the breaking glass In the underpass See the breaking glass In the underpass Warm leatherette Hear the crushing steel Feel the steering wheel Hear the crushing steel Feel the steering wheel Warm leatherette Warm leatherette Warm leatherette Melts on your burning flesh You can see your reflection In the luminescent dash Warm leatherette A tear of petrol Is in your eye The hand brake Penetrates your thigh Quick - Let's make love Before you die On warm leatherette Warm leatherette Warm leatherette Warm leatherette Warm leatherette Join the car crash set

See the breaking glass/ In the underpass/ See the breaking glass/ In the underpass/ Warm leatherette – Song “Warm Leatherette” originally recorded by The Normal in 1978. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Warm leatherette, Feel the crushing steel, Feel the steering wheel. Warm leatherette melts, On your burning flesh, You can see your reflection, On the luminescent dash

Warm leatherette, Feel the crushing steel, Feel the steering wheel. Warm leatherette melts, On your burning flesh, You can see your reflection, On the luminescent dash. – Warm Leatherette. Song originally covered by The Normal, 1978 on Mute Records. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013. 

Onwards we continued out quest for more street art, graffiti and more BOS festivities.

Traveling onwards in my quest to capture the street art in Bushwick, Brooklyn near Jefferson Street. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Traveling onwards in my quest to capture the street art in Bushwick, Brooklyn near Jefferson Street. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Disgruntled texting woman among the Bushwich street art. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Disgruntled texting woman among the Bushwich street art. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Lots of arty revelers were out in the streets of Bushwick. Spoted a topless woman walking around with a drawn on mustache. Out of respect I didn’t take a photo of her. This other lady caught in the middle of street texting was caught in the digital crossfire instead. The heat was beating upon us cynical folks. Therefore it was onto to Cobra Bar to cool off.

Cooling off at Cobra Bar with an iced coffee and good tap brew. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Cooling off at Cobra Bar with an iced coffee and good tap brew. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

At the Cobra there was tri-hawked artist Antoinette Johnson showing her paintings and photos of her hair sculptures. The battery was dying in my digital camera at this point, so this was the best I could come up with.

Painting by artist Antoinette Johnson, who showcased art  paintings and photos of her hair sculptures. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Painting by artist Antoinette Johnson, who showcased art and photos of her hair sculptures. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Artist Antoinette Johnson, who exhibited paintings and photos of her hair sculptures. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Artist Antoinette Johnson, who exhibited paintings and photos of her hair sculptures. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Cause the weather was getting too hot, we stayed at the Cobra for a few rounds. Bringing us to the end of this blog post. Hopefully next year I’ll tale part in the next BOS fest.

FYI…if anyone knows any of the artists, whose work is shown in the street art photographs, please send me an email to Witchipoo@witchesbrewpress.net. I’ll update this post with the proper info asap.

Photographs may not be used without permission. Again, please email me if you wish to use any of the above photography. Thank you.

Links:

Bushwick Open Studios

The Cobra Club

Kenny Scharf

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Everything’s been going full steam ahead. Much so that I forgot to review the art event I took part of last month.

I had two painting exhibited at this show. The theme was anything to do with space, porn, or hey, why not both? Which is exactly what happened. Combining space, porn, bands and good times. Here’s a few photos I took from the night of Friday August 3rd, 2012.

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Evangelical Holy Drums playing his set at the Hi-5 Bar and Gallery, August 3rd, 2012. Photo taken by Michele Witchipoo.

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Evangelical Holy Drums playing his set at the Hi-5 Bar and Gallery, August 3rd, 2012. Photo taken by Michele Witchipoo.

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Bobo Fett dancer from the Space Porn Art Show, taken at the Hi-5 Bar and Gallery, August 3rd, 2012. Photo taken by Michele Witchipoo.

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Vagina sculpture you could climb into. Artist: Rael Lief. Exhibited at the Space Porn show at the Hi-5 Bar and Gallery, Friday August 3rd, 2012. Photo by Michele Witchipoo

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Mixed medium paintings by Michele Witchipoo. Mostly acrylic and glitter. As of September 2012, the android/robot stripper painting was sold and shipped. The erotic rocket ship painting on the right is still available. Exhibited at the Hi-5 Bar and Gallery Friday August 3rd, 2012. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

There were great paintings by a variety of other artists. Most of the work was listed as ‘not safe for work.’ Well, the theme was space porn.

Above is a photograph of the two paintings I had exhibited at the Space Porn show. Both were mixed mediums, using mostly acrylic and glitter. After the show, the stripper painting on the left was sold. The other painting on the right is still available.

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Not sure what the name of this band was. Performance at the Space Porn art show at the Hi-5 Bar and Gallery, Friday August 3rd, 2012. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Local bands on the bill were: Spewing Cum, a  solo drum set by RYO of Gagakirise (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyNt1L13S_c&feature=youtu.be), Kool Skull w/ Ryo (special collaborative piece), Cum Blood, and a special burlesque performance by Miss Cherry Delight.

The show was covered by the press, featuring another artist: http://heyheychante.blogspot.com/2012/08/art-feature-space-porn.html

So now you have a bit of an idea what I did this past summer.

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Photographer extraordinaire Otto Yamamoto snapped pics of last weekend’s Welcome To My Nightmare V show at The Lake in Brooklyn:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/otto-yamamoto/sets/72157626368669998/

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