oOo Ad Hoc Art 10 year and Luna Park book launch = knockout combo; come back for more! oOo

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Photo: Garrison Buxton for Ad Hoc Art

Wow, what a shindig and anniversary celebration! The doors were indeed blown wide open and the familial freaks came out in full force. 

Luna Park was in full effect moving serious stacks at the launch of her first book, (UN) SANCTIONED: THE ART OF NEW YORK STREETS. This jewel shows some of the best action around through the eye and lens of one of graffiti and the street’s most respected photographers. You can buy it by clicking here!

“Heavy on New York artists, particularly her favorites and dear friends, the collection captures a splendid offering of the spine tingling pieces of ephemera one could stumble upon here in the last 11 years – if they did the hard work. Expertly collected and selected, this above all is a reflection of one personal journey.” – Brooklyn Street Art

We are honored to have written some words for it too.

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The exhibition showcases the eclectic history of art in public spaces, from pre-graffiti to now, and the incredible talent that has come out of the streets and through AHA over the past decade; from old school legends to next level up-and-comers. 

While the exhibit was only viewable in the flesh for one weekend, it will be up online soon!

Participants Include: Alison Buxton, AVOID, Becky Fuller, Billy Mode, Caleb Neelon, Cash4, Cern, Chris RWK, Christopher Cardinale, Col Wallnuts, CRASH, Dan Witz, Daryll Peirce, Dave Loewenstein, Don Leicht, Elle, EpicUno, Ewelina Koszykowska, Ezra Li Eismont, Gaia, Garrison Buxton, Gigi Chen, Greg Lamarche, Halcyon Buxton, Hellbent, Icy & Sot, JC, J Corp, Jaime Rojo, Jenna Morello, Jennifer Caviola, Jennifer Harris, Joe Iurato, Joe Russo, John Ahearn, John Breiner, John Fekner, Jonathan Villoch, Jordan Seiler, Josh Macphee, Kevin Caplicki, Kimyon Huggins, Lady Pink, Lmnopi, LogikOne, Luna Park, Mike Fitzsimmons, Molly Crabapple, Nathan Pickett, Noh J Coley, Patrick Chirico, Peat Wollaeger, Peter Carroll, Praxis, Pufferella, Queen Andrea, RJ Rushmore, Ray Cross, Royce Bannon, Reid Harris Cooper, Ryan Seslow, Sam Horine, SeeOne, Sest2, Shiro, Sinned, Specter, Steve Harrington, Stikman, Subtexture, Swoon, Tod Seelie, Thundercut, TooFly, Veng RWK, Wane COD, YesOne & more.

Many thanks to all of the artists, appreciators, creative freakers, movers and shakers, and supporters that have helped keep this ship sailing. We look forward to many more years of action and adventure with you!

In solidarity; Forever we are one. With many arms, our reach is wide.

Ad Hoc Art

“Tape and Mirrors” Opening NEXT Friday, September 25th!

Tape and Mirrors, the artist’s third solo exhibition in New York, will open on Friday September 25th, 2009.  Aakash for AHA

The public reception from 7-10pm.  The exhibition will be on view weekly Wednesdays through Sundays from 12pm-7pm until October 25th, 2009.

Eastern District is a contemporary exhibition space located at 43 Bogart Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. They pride themselves on the merging of all creative artistic practices and presenting the community with art exhibitions as well as ongoing performance and event-based programming.  Eastern District is excited to be presenting Tape and Mirrors with Ad Hoc Art. Ad Hoc, formerly located at 49 Bogart Street, is a staple in the Bushwick art community that has dedicated itself for years to being more than just a gallery.  Ad Hoc is a passionate creative fulcrum, showing work that is often marginalized by the larger New York art scene. This collaboration is the second of many to come, continuing to build the local art community to another level.

Aakash Nihalani’s street work consists mostly of isometric rectangles and squares. Using brightly colored tape, Nihalani selectively places these graphics around New York to highlight the unexpected contours and elegant geometry pre-existing in the city itself. All execution of his street-level tape work is done on site, with little to no planning.

For however brief of a time, Aakash Nihalani’s work offers people a chance to see a different side of New York, and momentarily escape from their routine schedules and lives. “We all need the opportunity to see the city more playfully, as a world dominated by the interplay of very basic color and shape”. He tries to create a new space within the existing space of our everyday world for people to enter freely and to unexpectedly ‘disconnect’ from their reality.

Playing off of the metaphor ‘smoke and mirrors,’ meaning an illusion created out of an elaborate distraction, Nihalani’s Tape and Mirrors exhibition aims to create a magical experience out of the mundane. By implementing mirrors in key positions throughout the space, the viewer is given an opportunity to step ‘into,’ and view themselves within, Nihalani’s signature tape installations. Creating a playful interruption to the regular gallery schematic, the viewer is prodded from being a bystander to a participant, not only interacting with the space and materials around them, but also with their own reflections.

Let Nihalani’s Tape and Mirrors open up a new portal of reality and experience yourself between dimensions at Eastern District & Ad Hoc Art in Brooklyn.

Original prints and paintings by the artist will also be on view and for sale through the gallery.

To find out more information about Aakash Nihalani’s Tape and Mirrors exhibition, and more about Ad Hoc and Eastern District’s collaboration please go to adhocart.org and eastern-district.com.

For more information on Aakash Nihalani and his art visit aakashnihalani.com.

Refreshments generously provided by Asahi.

Thank you!  We hope to see you join us at 43 Bogart Street on September 25th from 7 -10pm.

AHA