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ERIK PARKER

NYC’s Erik Parker is a master stylist. In recent years, the artist’s work has become blue chip: his prints now sell through Pace Gallery, one of the biggies in New York and on the international scene. Yet part of Parker’s crossover appeal is the way he marries outsider styles (graffiti, illustration, art brut) with traditional fine art...

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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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DAVID OSTOW

Brooklyn-based illustrator David Ostow is a man out of place. In his Huffington Post bio, which the artist sometimes contributes to, he refers to himself as someone who “just doesn’t get it… is totally lost.” That sense of displacement is both political and existential in Ostow’s work, which goes a long way towards explaining his mix of Harvey Pekar’s...

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MARK A. REYNOLDS

Mark Reynolds is not a New Yorker in any domestic sense of the word. He holds tenure as a geometry and philosophy professor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He also makes art and shows in a number of galleries on the two U.S. coasts. His first show in Brooklyn—at the Pierogi...

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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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