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LOU PATROU

Lou Patrou is an artist that recently came across our radar. He lives in Westchester County, though his work could just as easily fit in at the Coney Island Museum. Patrou is a painter and printmaker who exhibits in gallery spaces—his last NYC show was at the Chelsea 27 Gallery—and also creates licensable patterns for the...

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B-REEL NYC

Lighting installations in galleries and museums, as well as 3D light shows at live music events, have brought a bit of the party vibe to contemporary art. Mad Men is finished, but that hasn’t stopped a new wave of pop art (the genre that keeps on giving) from also finding inspiration in the perversely exploitative....

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CERN ONE

Before street art began party-crashing the blue chip galleries, Cern (aka CernOne, aka Cernesto) was a local tagger of subway cars and brick walls. His meditative, playful murals still grace walls (and a few regular delivery trucks) around Greenpoint and Williamsburg, the latter where Cern has kept a studio since the late ’90s. Those were...

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JOSHUA BEN LONGO

Joshua Ben Longo makes imaginary creatures. The Brooklyn-based artist recently dropped off a batch of new prints at the Desert Island Comic shop on Metropolitan and Lorimer, though what he is best known for is his sculptures, which happen to look like surrealist versions of Muppets, Star Wars critters, even mystic beings from Brian Froud’s...

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INTERVIEW: SCUMBAGS AND SUPERSTARS

Scumbags and Superstars is an alt-culture boutique in Bushwick that specializes in t-shirts, hats, patches, and other assorted collectibles of cartoon fiends. They opened in 2012 and quickly became square-one in the tiny NYC low-brow scene. Last year, however, the store came under fire for their official logo: a skull wearing an Indian headdress and a Nazi Iron...

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ALEX GREY

For those inclined to the more mystical side of contemporary art, there is perhaps no bigger name than Alex Grey. His mix of new-age design, ancient iconography, op-art, and fractal imaging has made Grey the avatar of an anarcho-spiritualist movement that includes other visionaries like Paul Laffoley and Jonathan Marshall, to name but a few. Grey’s...

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