Darren Hayman at Cake Shop
I was lucky to snag a choice corner from which to sketch Darren Hayman performing on Saturday night. It was a wonderful set from someone I wasn’t sure I’d ever have a chance to see in person. This was his first US show in 15 years. I’m a big fan of Darren’s old band, Hefner, and I’ve recently started checking out all the music he’s released post-Hefner (which hasn’t been released in the US). It’s great stuff! There aren’t many songwriters who achieve the balance he does, between passion and jadedness, humor and pain, nostalgia and novelty. And he managed to get a very un-New-York-like singalong happening for the coda of “The Greedy Ugly People”, especially after he (fairly) admonished us to “stop singing like fucking indie kids.”
Cake Shop was an ideal venue; it seems to be the only rock club in Manhattan where anything worthwhile happens anymore. I had a nice chat with Darren after the show, and showed him this sketch, though it probably looks better here than it did under the dim barroom lights. I’d discovered via Twitter that Darren is an urban sketcher, too! His watercolor postcards are great.
See you at the opening at BRIC tonight! Here’s a map:
Show of My Large Urban Sketch Paintings at BRIC House, July 30-August 31
Come see my large urban sketch paintings at BRIC House, between July 30 and August 31. BRIC House is located at the corner of Fulton Street and Rockwell Place in the Fort Greene side of Downtown Brooklyn; basically halfway between BAM and Fulton Mall. Free admission, 8am-10pm.
The opening reception will be 6pm-9pm on Wednesday, July 30. It’s part of BRIC’s Summer Art Social, which includes a performance by Thessia Machado, open studios with ruby onyinyechi amanze and Miryana Todorova, and Laura Anderson Barbata giving a tour of the amazing Transcommunality stilt puppets. It should be a very fun evening! I really like BRIC and the work they do for the arts in Brooklyn; it’s an honor to have my work shown there.
Some of these paintings have been shown before, but there’ll be a bunch of newer work, also.
BRIC presents the work of artist Jason Das as part of a spotlight on members of BRIC’s online Contemporary Artist Registry. Das’s work will be on view in the hallway across from the Ballroom at BRIC House.
Jason Das is an interdisciplinary artist, organizer, instigator, and concerned neighbor, based in Crown Heights. He serves as President of the global nonprofit Urban Sketchers, dedicated to raising the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing. As Das notes, “The paintings exhibited at BRIC House are an effort to magnify observational urban sketchbook work to wall-sized, while preserving the energy and spontaneity. Creating these large sketches on location can also act as a mild artistic intervention, enabling conversation and demonstration sessions with passers-by in neighborhoods that don’t see a lot of plein air painters. There are compelling compositions everywhere in the city, not just in conventionally picturesque settings. While “authenticity” can be a distractingly loaded concept in Brooklyn today, there’s no doubt that our vast borough (and the whole metro area) has plenty of under-documented corners.”
My Subway Sketches in Canadian Transit Stations
Here’s some photos from the “Drawing the Line: Artists Drawing in Transit” digital exhibit I was part of earlier this year in Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary, Canada. I didn’t have a chance to visit in person, so it’s great to see these!
I’ll try to do a post soon featuring the original images that were included in the show, a sort of “best of” my transit sketches over a few years.
Moleskine City Stories at Columbus Circle, May 17
As part of Moleskine’s new City Stories partnership with Urban Sketchers, I’ll be at the Columbus Circle Moleskine Store from 10am-6pm on Saturday, May 17, demoing, answering questions, and encouraging people to sketch. I’ll also lead a “learning session” at 4pm.
Come by to sketch, or just to say hi! (There’s some instructions to follow on their site if you want a free sketchbook.)
I’m proud to be representing Urban Sketchers alongside Suma CM at Columbus Circle, and Richard Alomar and Josiah Hanchett who will be down at the Soho Moleskine Store. (Also, big thanks to Elizabeth Alley, who organized this for Urban Sketchers!)
From March 3-April 16, six of my NYC public transit sketches are on display in Canada, on digital billboards in the Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary transit systems, as part of “Drawing the Line: Artists Drawing in Transit.”
I am one of 13 sketchers (and 6 New Yorkers!) in the exhibition, and I am in very good company. Let’s hope we can inspire more people to sketch in the cities where the show is!