Perfection is Standard, Mistakes Cost Extra

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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.

The art lot

Psychic orientation‘ (2011) by Jessica Cannon. Outdoor installation at the art lot Brooklyn. Now. Previous highlights: Bushwickedest Skewville and his mini golf area ‘The putting lot‘ (Photo: Becki Fuller), and Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo with ‘Nooks‘, lightboxes capturing NYC street corner life.

Uninvited collaborations with nature

Crazy interventions in nature. By Nina Katchadourian. Her works are diverse and she sometimes goes streetsy.

It’s not about working hard, it’s about working from the heart

Raw forms by Federico Saenz Recio.

José Lerma

Supersized mixed media by José Lerma.

The fine line

The Fine Line is a moustache-inspired art exhibition to be launched in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto in November.

Contributing artists possibly include Chris Johanson, Natas Kaupas, Cheryl Dunn, Patrick O’Dell, Gia Coppola, Sage Grazer, Kelsey Brookes, Mike Perry and Anna Wolf.

100% of the proceeds from the donated artwork benefit Movember and their beneficiary partners, Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG.

Stories behind objects

26 photos from around town by Gary Fogelson. Indexhibit network.

Kevin Cyr – Vans series


A series of twenty vans based on Vandura, Chevy, and Econoline Chateau vans documented in Brooklyn, New York by Kevin Cyr. Oil and silkscreen on panel. Additional die cast miniatures. Related to the cellybrain.