Perfection is Standard, Mistakes Cost Extra


This is a good story about actors in the art market:

ICY Signs – Perfection is Standard, Mistakes Cost Extra .

At its current location, 72 Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn, the ICY shop produces signs for local businesses and serves as an open studio where passersby are invited to enter and witness the painting process first-hand. Beginning on October 24th, the opening of ICY Signs Chelsea (a.k.a. Joshua Liebermann Gallery, images below and here -Ed.) will increase the reach of the ICY project, bringing hand-painted signage to a new neighborhood with the input and blessing of local residents.

In a recent interview, Powers said of his and the work of his co-workers (That is: Sean Barton, Lew Blum, Justin Green, Mike Lee, Sam Meyerson, Dan Murphy, Alexis Ross, Matt Wright):

“We want to make a mark on the landscape of New York. In the way that I did with graffiti, I want to do that now with painted signage—there’s just not enough of it. [...] I want chaos—I want the ninety-nine cent store to look the way it does, I want something crazy next door, and I want something even crazier down the block. That’s the way it should be. That’s the way it was a hundred, fifty, and twenty years ago and the city looked awesome for it.”

[...] In a city that has gone the way of the chain store—where the blocks are cluttered with uniform awnings and vinyl lettering and classic signs are replaced or left to deteriorate—ICY’s job is to make the everyday interesting, and the interesting every day.

ICY’s work has to be appreciated for two reasons: It creates a ground for ESPOs and his coworkers fine art (commercial) works. It opens your eyes for retro signs.

Hello plantlife

So hippie and so now – Nathaniel Russell.

Jason Jägel // Reading, writing // In the make

San Fran both-sides-of-life illustrator Jason Jägel with an interview / studio visit, and the print “Reading / Writing”.

Beauty in decay

This is Stephanie Buer:

“Her urban landscapes explore the many layers of history found in the marginal areas of our cities. From the imprints of industry and production, to its eventual decay. Each subject has a historical context, an original purpose that is now lost. She is fascinated by how these places change as they succumb to the manipulation of vandals, artists and the resilience of nature ever slowly growing alongside. Through her art Stephanie seeks to find beauty and peace in these forgotten and unloved areas of our cities.

She currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.”

Work in progress:


Concentrated on human expressions and streetsy people – Sarah Muirhead (UK). Some pieces are available through thinkspace, prints from her website. Check her inspirations on twitter or read more about the beauty of imperfection here.


Architectural elements are the trademark of Francisco Diaz aka Pastel’s wall paintings. Above alongside JAZ. As you can read.

Lush sux

Man of the hour – Lush. Provocative and not suitable for < 18 years. Check his tumblr and his cartoon manifesto “handjob” available from backwoods gallery.

Herbert Baglione

Far out. Herbert Baglione´s website and his blog his fb his tw. The tags in the video are the names of every victim lost in the tragedy of the Utøya massacre in Norway.

Katja Holtz

Layered. Oil and spray paint on canvas. Katja Holtz. Earlier works here and here.

Karin Felder

Paintings by Karin Felder.

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