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May 2011

New Use for Vending Machines - Art O Mat

Pallette Cool News is a compiler of interesting trend setting news bites and they recently published a blurb about Art O Mat vending machines that sell art. Nice idea! Read more....

Clark Whittington is refurbishing vintage cigarette machines to dispense "original artworks, drawings and photography," reports Nick Haramis in the Wall Street Journal (4/30/11). He's been at this for 13 years now, and currently has about 1,000 of his Art-O-Mat machines installed at locations worldwide. The artwork costs between five and seven dollars apiece, and includes both on-spec and commissioned pieces. Corey Hengen is among Art-O-Mat's best-selling artists, and naturally loves the idea. "Art-O-Mat brings art to people who might never go to a gallery," he says.

Art-O-Mat is one of a number of vending machines dispensing surprising wares: "In the Netherlands, vending machines birth rental bicycles ... In Los Angeles, you can buy Quiksilver brand bikinis and board shorts ... In Miami's Catholic-heavy Little Havana, they sell prayer candles from dispensing boxes stamped with an image of the Virgin and Child." In Nanjing, China, you can buy "live hairy crabs" from machines at subway stations. But Japan has more vending machines per capita -- 23 -- than any other country, selling "everything from live lobsters to lingerie, toilet paper to rhinoceros beetles."

Of course, it's not that unusual to find crawfish, crayfish, minnows or worms in American vending machines, courtesy of Live Bait Vending. The same machines also dispense cold drinks. Freshly prepared food is the thing in Australia, with a machine that serves up French fries. In France you can get wine and bread, while Italy has the famous Let's Pizza machine, which whips up a fresh pie. Abu Dhabi probably takes the cake, however, with Gold to Go, a vending machine that dispenses coins and bullion, "aimed at both private investors and tourists." Seventeen such machines currently dot the planet, with gold prices starting at $42. ~ Tim Manners, editor.

Yarn Bombing The Wall Street Bull in New York

Wall-street-bull yarnbombing The latest case of yarnbombing to hit NYC is the one that has wrapped the Wall Street Bull completely with magenta, pink and blue yarn. Beautiful!!

It seems street artist Jessie Hemmons has "graffitied" the Wall Street Bull with yarn as she did the statue of Rocky in Philadelphia. Yarnbombing is international and there are several examples right here in New York. Photos of NYC yarn bombing to follow in future posts.....

Here is a great video of the process with the Wall Street Bull: 


Yarn Bombing in Iceland

But first here is small example of yarnbombing in NYC:


This week's NY Times Magazine section provided a very beautiful example of yarnbombing - yarn based graffiti - in Iceland as part of an article on other aspects of Iceland. I don't think the Times realized that but I am thrilled that they ran this picture (which they do not allow to be shared on other sites). Here is the link:

 Check the photo out here.

Ever since the crash, Ragga Eiriksdottir has been earning a living with her knitting, publishing books and running a series of ‘‘knitting tours’’ around Iceland. ‘‘Knitting is the opposite of idolizing money,’’ she explained. ‘‘Knitting embodies thriftiness and is something old that has been with the nation forever.’’

Credit: Lars Tunbjork for The New York Times


Everything Is Art

My work is represented in this edition of Everything Is Art which is an amazing collection of art and artists from around the world. Beautiful images and fascinating text and content.


This isn’t your average magazine.

This isn’t your average endeavor.

This is an extraordinary new concept in the art world. Focusing on the art and not the page count, and centering on the artist and their work, not what is mainstream. Not what you see every day. This publication is dedicated to the passionate ones.

                The aim of this publication is to bring art to the forefront and make it more accessible to the world. To destroy the boundaries of space and location and replace them with something universally uniting, and to show people that art is everywhere.  Not merely for the highbrow art intelligentsia or the curators of chic galleries, but a platform for the masses; both to view exceptional art and for artists of all paths to be seen, heard and respected.

Bringing what is beautiful and what is moving into the limelight, this publication is aimed at the masses, targeting it’s crosshairs on groundbreaking pieces which will tear down the walls of what you think you know about art and free expression. No holds barred, no stone unturned, no subject too risqué, and no partiality, this is not your average art magazine.

 This is something else, something more soulful and moving.




New York Post - When Museums Hail Graffiti

Rich Lowry of the New York Post decries the institutionalizing of graffiti in museums .. .but for a different reason than me. He thinks it creates a graffiti buzz around the neighborhoods. I think it de-fangs street art and makes it "establishment".

Lowry's recent editorial is called "Glorifying A Blight" and an excerpt is here:

Glorifying a blight


Rarely does a museum ex hibit cause a crime spree. That's the dubious distinc tion of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, where a show on "street art" -- a k a vandalism -- has inspired graffiti "artists" to deface nearby buildings.

The museum's director, Jeffrey Deitch, has long experience in legitimizing graffiti. When he was in New York, his SoHo gallery specialized in the work of the spray-can and Magic Marker set. When he hosted a show featuring a replica of a graffiti-scarred ghetto street in 2000, the NYPD arrested one of the alleged artists under suspicion for having earlier defaced a Bronx middle school.

For all the self-congratulatory transgressiveness of Deitch and other promoters of graffiti, they tend to blithely accept only damage to other people's property, as Heather Mac Donald notes in a withering critique in the City Journal of the "Art in the Streets" show.

The museum paints over graffiti on its own back wall, and "doesn't even permit visitors to use a pen for note-taking within its walls," Mac Donald writes, "an affectation unknown in most of the world's greatest museums." MOCA's implicit attitude is "Heedless acts of vandalism for thee, but not for me."

"Art in the Streets" is simply a glorification of the loathsome practice of painting your name or doodles on someone else's property. As Mac Donald documents, graffiti culture celebrates routine acts of theft and intersects with street gangs. It involves a lifestyle (late-night forays to break the law) and brings consequences (criminal records) that are destructive to young lives.

Then there are the effects for everyone else. Surely, some vandals are gifted artists, just as some drug dealers have keen business minds. But so what?

Graffiti is almost always hideously ugly. It damages private and public property. It costs millions of dollars to fight and remove. It was the cutting edge of the wave of disorder that nearly sank pre-Giuliani New York City. If an aspiring artist is ambitious and talented, there's an obvious recourse -- find a canvas and paint on it. It worked for Rembrandt.

The people who run and back the museum are fortunate enough not to live in neighborhoods beset by graffiti or to own property likely to be targeted for the "art" they celebrate. It's not their children running around with spray cans or their businesses being vandalized. They can afford to excuse and patronize a public nuisance that is the bane of communities everywhere. They are a disgrace even to the decadent elite.

comments.lowry@ nationalreview.com

An Announcement by 5PTZ - Opening Day May 7, 2011

2011 Season Opening

Annual Reopening Party this Saturday


We’re having our annual reopening party this Saturday, May 7th.
It’s gonna be a day packed with Breakdance, DJs, and graff. Starting at 12 pm, it’s an open party to the public so come and bring your friends. Please come in peace. Our B-boys will be here at 12. DJs Milkmoney and Lokash spinning all day. Beatboxing at 4. MCs. Mad artists painting all day. All spots are already booked so no walkins please.
Check out our new 5 Pointz T-shirts, being sold at the reopening.

Come through for a good time and good vibes to show your support for the graffiti mecca of the world. Don’t just love hip-hop. Be hip-hop.

Subway line 7:Court Square.

Thanks for the continuous support.
--5 Pointz Team