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Second Saturday | Steve Lurkel Preview & Interview “Oh! You Pretty Things” Opening Feb 13, 6-9p

February 13, 2016

Forage Space: Describe your work to viewers that might not be familiar with it.
Steve Lurkel: My work stems mostly from a graffiti background. I started playing around with different imaginative characters some years ago and I decided to make stickers out of them. I grew from there. Learned to paint very non-traditionally; without an initial idea to build off so you can always find my stuff pretty random, mostly on found objects, like old windows, palettes, or doors. Bold bright colors and several different mediums make up the majority of my pieces usually accompanied by thick black opaque lines. I aim to provide a cutesy feeling mixed with a little harsh reality. Be it the little guy who always has a hand over his mouth, a baby narwhal, or an overweight bird it’s never too hard to decipher.

FS: Do you name your characters?
Lurkel: Funny y’all ask. My main guy didn’t have a name until about 3 years ago. Which is CRAZY because I’d already been drawing, cutting, and placing them in the streets of Boston and New London by the hundre

ds for years. Never once did I have a name or think of one. As for the rest of them, no I don’t have names for those dudes. I like to consider them all family though. Like, immediate family, not no step-kids.

FS:  Favorite Mid-Winter Meal
Lurkel: Toss up between Dumplings and Turkey meatloaf.

FS: What should we expect for your opening on Feb 13th?
Lurkel: People should expect a very chill dude from South Eastern Connecticut trying to spread love with some cat-dog-mice and lots of vibrant colors. And lots of high 5’s and hugs! Or handshakes, whatever y’all prefer. People are so weird when it comes to hugs and that’s crazy to me.

FS: Do you think living on the East Coast influenced your work?
Lurkel: Absolutely. Especially, early on; over the years though I’ve gained influence from so many things and so many places from old pysch rock album covers to infamous European graffiti artists like “Horfe” and plenty of my close friends.

FS: What are you listening to while you’re creating this show?
Lurkel: Oooo. That’s a tuffy. My tables and record collection are always set up at the studio taunting me so I’m usually all over the place. Heavy rotation off the tops has definitely been a lot of Madlib, Electric Wizard, Howling Wolf, and of course, Bowie.

 

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Art Talk: The Lodge Gallery

January 20, 2015

Video and host and editing and all that crap by me. Ethan Minsker.

The Lodge Gallery is proud to usher in the new year with Alterity, a group exhibition featuring works by Reuben Negron, Emily Burns, Curt Hoppe, Rebecca Goyette, Frank Webster and Ulrike Theusner.

As individuals we choose to keep our personal obsessions with physical pleasure close to the vest, under the table and sometimes in the closet. As a society we are a lot bolder. We build our public fantasies on magazines, advertising campaigns and big budget films but inside we all long for a deeper connection to our true selves. Anyone who has dressed up for a masquerade or is accustomed to a uniform knows the transforming effect that donning a costume can have. Useful as a largely positive mechanism for coping with social anxiety, we all dress up in our own self constructed costumes that mask our true selves in order to navigate the daily complications of our public lives. For some, the only way to explore more personal subjects such as desire, power, control and role reversal is to embrace an ulterior identity associated with a literal mask or costume to be donned as a shield of safety from judgement and public scrutiny. Sometimes these masks are literal and other times they are as subtle as an attitude or context. Each of us, in our own subjective way, learns to stitch together the necessary disguises we require in order to reconcile our pursuits of the baser instincts of human nature and to act out on our natural desires or secret fantasies.

“People seldom change. Only their masks do. It is only our perception of them and the perception they have of themselves that actually change.”

― Shannon L. Alder

The Lodge Gallery, founded by Keith Schweitzer and Jason Patrick Voegele, is located at 131 Chrystie Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It is the exhibition venue of Republic Worldwide and serves as both an art space and a gathering place for hearty discourse and experimentation.

Tallgrass TV – ‘Self Medicated: a Film About Art’ Interview

November 24, 2014

My interview at Tallgrass film fest.

Trailer: Dwelling art show

November 24, 2014

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/112702267″>Trailer: Dwelling art show</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/ethanminsker”>Ethan H. Minsker</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Here is the first trailer for our Dwelling Project. We are looking for artists from around the world who want to build buildings at the scale of 5 stories to one cereal box and recycled elements. Then you ship it to Sydney when we get an address. You will not get it back. You will not get paid. And it might be destroyed as part of the project. If you do this its for the love of creating. We are making a film about the project so your work may live on. First let us see your work and we will give you more info. Please re-post or send this to artists you think want to take part.

Dwelling: art project. Sydney, Australia

October 29, 2014

We need your help on our next art project. Please go to our page on Iniegogo and donate. You can get our zines, books and films and more.

http://igg.me/at/dwelling/x

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dwelling-art-project-sydney-australia#home

Building a global community of artists. Creating venues that allow artists to experiment.

Short Summary

Over the past year my team and I have been looking to do a project in Australia. I am excited to announce that we have touched base with local artists in Sydney who are thrilled to work with us. However, as with any event in another country, there are costs involved. I need your help getting there in order to fulfill this project and to help provide spaces for young artists to do the same!

This will be the fourth overseas art project and film the Antagonists have created in the last 8 years. From New York, Germany, Portugal, and Ecuador continue to work with and develop the artists we encountered on past projects. We couldn’t have made those trips possible without the help from our supporters via Kickstarter campaigns . Each project resulted in a feature documentary film that continues to help the artists involved. We try to provide venues for artists, mentoring, job placement, and exposure, and we hope—with your help—we can do it again. We have everything ready for this event, but we need your help in covering travel, accommodations, and final production costs to build the exhibition and workshops. With your support, we will expand our reach and discover new art and artists.

Thank you

Ethan Minsker

Fanzine :CFA talk with Ethan Minsker

October 29, 2014

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/110285079″>Fanzine :CFA talk with Ethan Minsker</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/ethanminsker”>Ethan H. Minskel</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p> <p>Fanzine :CFA talk with Ethan Minsker and Eric Wallin<br /> <br /> Find our facebook page here. <br /> <br /> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Psycho-Moto-Zine/447328075291752<br /> <br /> Psycho Moto Zine was a periodical published from the late 1980s to early 2000s, consisting mostly of short stories, reviews and artwork. This fanzine would later birth the Antagonist Art Movement, a consortium of like-minded artists, writers, filmmakers, etc.<br /> <br /> The magazine was originally published in 1989 under the name East Coast Exchange by Ethan H. Minsker. Copies were produced illicitly by friends who worked in copy shops during Minsker&rsquo;s college years at School of Visual Arts in New York City and in Washington D.C. during Minsker&rsquo;s summer breaks.<br /> <br /> By 1994 Psycho Moto Zine (PMZ) had transformed into an arts and literary fanzine with reviews that covered underground art, fanzines, films and music. This connection between different creative elements was the inspiration for what would later become the Antagonist Art Movement.</p>

Surplus Candy – Street Art Documentary

September 26, 2014

Hanksy! One of my top graffiti artists is debuting a web series on street art October 1.

“There’s a bunch of art getting painted on walls between New York City and LA,” Hanksy noted in a statement. “And it’s my opinion that if a knucklehead artist like myself is randomly given some weird pseudo-serious spotlight, they use it for good not evil. Surplus Candy is a filmed continuation of the illegal show I held earlier this year in the East Village.”

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