Filed under: Art, Art Show, Graffiti, Inspiration | Tags: Adam Adelson, Adelson Galleries, Art, Art Shows, Boston, Caype, Graffiti, Keep Caype Free, News, OD, OD Crew, Press, Ten Artists, The Boston Globe, Tyson Andree
“GRAFFITI ARTIST FIGHTS HIS ADDICTION TO STREET ART”
by Aaron Dentel-Post GLOBE CORRESPONDENT MAY 31, 2013
Graffiti gained popularity as art on New York City subway trains in the 1970s. Andree says he’s been told that it was artists named Gene, short for Genius, and Sen2 who brought it to Boston around 1980. He says his history of the Boston graffiti scene comes from an artist named Click, one of the originators of Boston’s graffiti scene.
By 1983, Boston had a full-blown graffiti culture. The elevated Orange Line route that ran through Roxbury was a particular hot spot, with graffiti works lining roofs and high walls within view of passing trains.
More than two decades later, balanced on a girder over the iron-gray water of the Charles River, Andree, now 33, is going by the name Caype, and he must be one of the most prolific and longest active graffiti writers in Boston’s history. It’s also a chapter in his life he’s trying to move past.
He is the first graffiti artist to be represented by the Adelson Galleries Boston, which deals primarily in artwork by contemporary and modern masters like Jim Dine, Andrew Wyeth, Alex Katz, and others. Andree is included in a group show titled “Ten Artists,” which runs through June 30.
Some of his works on paper have also been included in Barry McGee’s exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art.
Andree’s eyes are distorted by thick lenses and his torso adorned by a handmade T-shirt. He explains the art that has been the passion and plague of his life since he was 6 years old.
“All those things above there, see they say Zone, Curse — all those little tags — Daze, Alert, are done by Ryze,” says Andree enthusiastically, looking toward the graffiti-covered girder. “There used to be a Ryze piece way up there underneath millions and millions of . . . oh, that’s a fresh Case tag!”
The rusting metal railroad spans near Boston University where Andree is perched are called “The Trestles” by graffiti artists and are covered in the fading paint of old masters, but Andree did what he considers his first good piece in 1994 on “The Incinerator” — an abandoned factory in Roxbury that was torn down a year later.
We met an artist from his crew earlier that day. At a mural they’d painted in Allston, Andree posed for pictures. In his bright blue, striped, and polka-dotted T-shirt, Andree blended poetically with the similarly hued and spastically shaped, brilliantly vibrant 10-foot letters.
I had been following Andree’s tracks for three months. He was difficult to get ahold of at the best of times, but he’d been missing in action for over a month. Finally, I received a strange e-mail from him:
“I’ve had a life changing last three weeks,” the e-mail began. “I’ve come to realizations about myself and my flawed view of graffiti in relation to the law and morality I never knew before that have enabled me to break a vicious cycle of self destruction and misery I’ve been suffering from for years.”
Andree had been arrested in Newburyport a month previously, and had spent several weeks in Worcester State Mental Hospital to wean him off substances. On the way to court, he’d been shackled to a religious devotee who had given him a Bible. Andree was no stranger to religion or jail, but now he was conflicted on the morality of an addiction that had consumed his life for almost 20 years.
“I picked up the Bible and I opened it to a random page and it’s talking about the law of man,” said Andree. “And it says . . . the law of man . . . not only equals morality, that in any given point in time, the law of man describes, is the definition of morality.”
To the artists who do it, graffiti art is an aesthetic of obsession, and Andree has since become convinced it’s an addiction — the rush of illegality and sense of pride that accompany the art recall his compulsions toward drugs and alcohol.
But the way graffiti artists tell it, Andree is behind the times with this realization. With his legal entanglements mostly resolved, Andree attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and he is vowing to never write graffiti again *.
“Graffiti has a definitive aesthetic influence created by its own culture,” says Christian Acker, author of “Flip the Script,” a book of graffiti hand style that features Andree’s hand style, among many others.
Recently, galleries have been more interested in graffiti and street art, Acker says. Street art is created somewhere else and put on the street, whereas traditional graffiti are painted on the spot.
“[Street Art] was something that made it a lot more accessible,” says Acker of the graffiti and street art world. “It’s not as difficult or as risk-assuming as traditional graffiti.”
But it was the culture and the influence of graffiti that attracted Adam Adelson, director of Adelson Galleries Boston, to Andree’s work.
“I saw something in Tyson’s work that relates to his history as a graffiti artist,” he says. “When he finally broke free of that graffiti mentality, he could break out of the limitations of the letters and really start to explore his own psyche and his own passion for art.”
It’s the graffiti aesthetic that makes Andree’s art seem free and alive, Adelson says.
“It’s like A.D.D., it’s all over the place, and it’s so fun and just like his personality,” says Adelson. “It’s not just a white canvas, it’s Tyson’s story.”
Aaron Dentel-Post can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*CORRECTION… ”…he is vowing to [take a break, then] never [get caught] write[ing] graffiti again.”. (Additions added from someone that maybe knows Mr. Andree more than he knows himself. Corrected statement NOT (officially) endorsed by Mr. Andree.)
Filed under: Art, Art Show, Books, Graffiti, Inspiration | Tags: 2013, Alert, Alone, Alone One, Alone1, AloneOne, Art Show, Book release, Books, Christian Acker, Cinik, Cornbread, Cosbe, Eric Haze, Faust, Flip The Script, Graffiti, Grey PVC, Gyer, Handstyles, Kaves, LES, Lions, Lower East Side, Mike Giant, New York, New York City, NYC, Reed Space, Release Party, Slick, SR One THR, Stay High 149, Sure, Toper, Typography, White Rabbit
I got a piece in…
151 Orchard St
(Lower East Side) NYC
Thursday, April 4th. 7-10PM.
UPDATE: Some follow up photos from the night HERE.
Filed under: Art, Graffiti, Inspiration, Photography, Uncategorized | Tags: Atlanta, Bombing, Boston, Chicago, D-30, Detroit, Fill-ins, Graffiti, Houston, Los Angeles, MSK, NEKST, New York, New York City, NYC, Philadelphia, R.I.P., Rest In Peace, Saint Louis, San Francisco, St. Louis, Subways, Trains
The graffiiti world lost another one yesterday with the early passing of
Houston CA NYC, nationwide crusher “NEKST”…
“NEKST” Houston St. (NYC)**
* stolen pic from theKeeganGibbs.com
** stolen pic from ?
Filed under: Art | Tags: 2012, Alone, Alone One, Alone1, AloneOne, Art, Cars, Graffiti, Murals, Paintings, Spraypaint
Painted a car a few weeks ago for my homie. It was a mid 90′s
Oldsmobile OD MOBILE station wagon, but we decided to give it a kind of ”retro” look with some faux wood panelling…
Towards the back I changed up to some woods/trees as a sort of homage to his old whip.
Filed under: Books, Graffiti | Tags: As Seen In..., Can It, Graffiti, M.T.A., New York City, NYC, SubCulture, SubCulture Zine, Zines
Appears I got a little shine on the cover of the new zine “SubCulture #1: Can It”. Good looks.
From their site:
SubCulture #1: Can It
Introducing SubCulture, a new zine about art and culture in the subway. The first issue, entitled “Can It,” is all about the old style trash cans in the subway. These cans acted as a canvas for graffiti writers up until they were discontinued in 2011.
The handmade zine includes 32 pages (including the color cover) of images and text on the topic. Each one comes with the following: one numbered copy of SubCulture #1: Can It, an unique envelope that mimics the design of the subway trash cans complete with a mini CAN IT FOR A GREENER PLANET sticker and handmade mini stickers by over 15 different artists, a Subway Art Blog business card and vinyl sticker, and at least one other assorted sticker.
The zine is limited to an edition of 100. SubCulture is now available at the Subway Art Blog store at: subwayart.bigcartel.com
Filed under: Art | Tags: Alone, Alone One, Alone1, AloneOne, Art, Graffiti, Hello Kitty, Murals, New York, New York City, NYC, Paintings
A Hello Kitty/ New York City inspired bathroom mural I did last year…
acrylic, spraypaint, enamal and glitter make-up on bathroom wall
12′ x 4′ (approx.)
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: A, Alone, Alone One, Alone1, AloneOne, Art, As Seen In..., AV One, Chew, Graffiti, Hert, Inspiration, Kevin Cyr, Malvo, MTK76, Net, New York City, NYC, Ski
Cool oil painting by Kevin Cyr. A NYC van, complete with rust, dents, and graffiti. And upon close examination… ALONE and NET marker tags (under a paint tag) on the door. Haha.. New York City!
“In Praise Of Rust” by Kevin Cyr
Here’s a few more of his paintings…
NEW YORK, NY (April 3, 2012) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce In Praise of Rust, a series of new oil paintings on panel by New York-based artist Kevin Cyr, in what will be his first solo exhibition at the gallery.
In Praise of Rust features paintings of old vehicles seen on the streets of New York—primarily vans and commercial delivery trucks—covered in graffiti, rust, scratches, scuffs, dents and other marks of distinction. Cyr includes a meticulous level of detail in his portrait-like representations with devoted attention to every imperfection and sign of age. Removing the context of the urban landscape, he places a strong focus on his subjects by isolating them in fields of flat, solid color.
The neglected appearance and utilitarian function of these vans carry a bit of nostalgia. Once ubiquitous in large urban cities, they have now become far more rare, replaced by heavily branded box trucks. In the artist’s words, “painting them is my way of documenting a grit that is slowly disappearing from New York. In a culture where people are lured by the appeal of status-enhancing symbols, I find so much character in derelict vans. I have always been interested in painting vehicles that have defined the evolution of the American landscape.”
On the subject of his exhibition title, Cyr says “Rust serves as a good metaphor for this series, a symbol for deterioration and decay. The meaning also changes slightly when used as an adjective, as in: to become ‘rusty’ or impaired through inaction or disuse.”
Common themes in Cyr’s larger body of work have included mobility, sustainability and self-reliance. Referencing consumer culture and the fuel/energy crisis, these paintings offer a subtle commentary on how rapidly the technology of our generation becomes perceived as obsolete, amid an increasingly unstable and uncertain climate of economic and environmental issues.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kevin Cyr was born in 1976 in Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada. He grew up in Madawaska, Maine and received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Cyr is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. His paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations have been exhibited by galleries and museums, internationally. In March 2012, Cyr’s work was the subject of an article in The New York Times. Cyr was recently interviewed by fellow artist Dan Witz for a feature that will appear in the May 2012 issue of Juxtapoz, and the May 2012 issue of NYLON Magazine will include a story on Cyr, as well.
Filed under: Art, Books, Graffiti, Inspiration, Photography | Tags: 2012, Alone, Alone One, Alone1, AloneOne, As Seen In..., Baser, Brooklyn, Carnage, CarnageNYC, Crast, graf, Graffiti, Interviews, Minus, NYC, Stickers, True Grit, Zines
New zine out from CarnageNYC. Thick 60 pages of pics and interviews, stickers, and dope silkscreened covers (frameable pieces themselves). Check em out…
“Stuck” No 1 consists of 60 pages of previously unreleased photos of some of the sickest NYC stickers plus interviews with BASER, ALONE, MINUS and CRASTY. Each copy of the zine comes with three hand-written stickers, along with a full set of four vinyl stickers made exclusively for this issue. The cover image was screenprinted over layers of stickers and up to four colors of paint, giving each cover a completely unique look and texture. (Note: a very small number of covers are available in white ink).
Stuck is limited to 300 hand-numbered copies.
More info and pics at CarnageNYC.
Get a copy here.
Filed under: Graffiti, Photography | Tags: Bloods, Brooklyn, Crips, Gang Graffiti, Gangs, Graffiti, New York, New York City, NYC
After aborting my Los Angeles relocation a few years ago, I thought along with the gang driven drive-by shootings and talk of “colors”, I’d also be leaving the accompanying graffiti. Well, maybe not so quick. Seems that New York has been getting its fair share of gang turf wars as evident on the streets of Brooklyn…
Filed under: Art, Graffiti | Tags: 2007, 2011, Alone, Alone One, Alone1, AloneOne, Art, As Seen In..., Auto, Cars, Graffiti, Murals, Paintings, spraypainted, The Boston Globe
Here’s a better pic of the car…
Filed under: Inspiration, Uncategorized | Tags: Graffiti, Harlan Ellison, Quotes, Writers
“Becoming a writer is easy. Staying a writer is hard” – Harlan Ellison
Filed under: Graffiti, Inspiration | Tags: Boston, Graffiti, Inspiration, Jamaica Plain, Old-School, X-MEN
OK, first off I have to say this is barely an original post, all the pics are stolen off the internet along with the Dash history lesson, but the influence that Boston X-MEN had on my graffiti beginnings can’t be stated enough. Early to mid eighties, Boston’s elevated MBTA orange line was the center of graffiti. Looking out the windows at the cityscapes and the beautiful rooftop murals and signatures made a huge impression on me. When the el was taken down in 1989 focus turned to the streets. And from Egleston Square to Forest Hills up to Roslindale Square… it was all X-MEN…
a classic “X-MEN” blockbuster by MK. Not sure where this one was. There was one of these on a fire escape facing Egleston Sq in 89-90. It was a landmark spot. A very official “Welcome to Egleston: this is X-MEN territory!”
“SCENE” wasn’t X-MEN, but the “DASH” under SCENE’s “S” was. And this photo really brings back memories. After the orange line moved from it’s elevated Washington Street location to it’s present trench location, Amory and Lamartine streets became the new Washington Street in a way. This building was on Lamartine between Paul Gore and Wyman Streets. I would pass this on the regular going to see my first girlfriend on Sheridan St, so of course this time was quite impressionable. When this building was removed in the early 90′s for some new condos (a sign of times to come), it really was a nail in the coffin for an amazing era in Boston graffiti and my youth.
“MK” and “RICH3″ at the top of the bleachers at English High School, home to many a writer’s meatings. Probably 1990. Well visible from Washington Street and Williams Street when cutting over to Amory Street. Great Spot.
great hand styles by WISDOM (X-MEN TUF).
“MKAY” (MK) at Jamaica Plain High School, before it changed to English High School in 1989. Another classic location.
Here’s a quick history lesson taken from BostonGraffitiGhosts.com…
Filed under: Art | Tags: 2011, 5AV, Alone, Alone One, Alone1, AloneOne, Caype, commissary, DFM, EOS, Freedom, Graffiti, graffiti art, Grins, Held Down, jail, jail art, KBN, Kurse, Locked, Locked zine, Lost, martyrs, MTS, OD, Okto, prison, prison art, Street Art, Zines
Featuring the art of graffiti and street artists while they are locked in the system from 1996–2011.
8.5″ x 5.5″
2o+ full color pages stapled with a thick cover.
Each issue is signed and numbered by Alone One in a limited edition of 100.
Grab a copy at one of these locations in Boston, NYC, or Los Angeles or directly online over at AloneArt.com…
Or get one here by making a $10 donation*. Free shipping (include your address in the Paypal comments/notes).
*All of the proceeds go directly to the contributing artists’ defense lawyers and commissaries. These crazy graffiti writers lifestyles require legal funds. So support the cause and get a great collection of art at the same time. Any size donations appreciated, larger donations get larger thank yous! So (speaking for all of us) thanks in advance for your support.
Filed under: Art, Graffiti, Inspiration, Photography, Ramblings | Tags: 2009, Aakash Nihalani, Bushwick, Graffiti, Graffiti vs. Street Art, New York, New York City, NYC, Photography, Poster Boy, Posterboy, Street Art, Streets
If street artists want to co-exist and be accepted by the graffiti world, there’s an old graffiti rule that they should understand. “DO NOT GO OVER OTHER PEOPLE.” ESPECIALLY if it’s bigger, better, or old. Sure those tags and those filled in “throw up” letters DO make a nice looking background to your street art. But that graffiti was there FIRST. It might not seem like much, but those letters were done on the spot with risk of arrest, possibly by someone from another city/country , a king, or even a RIPed writer’s last artifact. Undoubtedly potential historic pieces in the graffiti world. You CAN NOT go over them. Go BEHIND them? Hmm.. Maaaybe? ..If it’s done respectfully. This is a pic I took in Bushwick back in 2009..
“Give respect, Get respect.”