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Kenny Scharf: Far Rockaway Mural

Painter and street art legend Kenny Scharf (b. 1958 in Hollywood, CA) has been active in New York City and around the world since the early 1970's, alongside such artist peers and close friends as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. One of the first artists to inject elements of street culture into contemporary art, Scharf has continued to pioneer murals of all sizes, and projects such as his Cosmic Cavern, a now legendary all-night DayGlo disco party held in the basement of a Brooklyn warehouse. His paintings incorporate imagery from advertisements, cartoons and classic Americana into exuberant compositions with an underlying subversive edge.

Scharf’s newest mural, organized by Clocktower Productions for Playland Motel, reflects the warmth and energy of the Rockaways. Expanding beyond the Playland wall to neighboring cars and garage doors at the request of local residents, Scharf’s project captures the unique qualities of street art –the immediate, performative quality of painting and its direct engagement of the diverse local community that welcomes it.

Kenny Scharf: The Gates Project

Even more of Kenny Scharf's signature style of art is hitting the streets of New York City. Throughout the month of June 2011, Scharf will be painting nearly 100 storefront security gates in various locations throughout downtown Manhattan. In collaboration with the creative agency Lado B, The Gates Project will be presented by Anonymous Gallery as a part of their gallery program. Host Jeannie Hopper sits down with Joseph Ian Henrikson, the founder and director of Anonymous Gallery, and the artist himself to discuss the project.
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Playland Motel

Playland Motel is a Clocktower curatorial partner, co-producing and co-presenting visual arts, performance, and music projects. Playland Motel is a lifestyle brand with emphasis on collaboration, restoration and sustainability. This direction is demonstrated in the room restoration. The team have restored the bones of this early 19th Century building using materials of its age including reclaimed Virginian barn wood and local reclaimed Church materials. Playland has engaged 12 prominent designers and artists to curate individual rooms in their own aesthetic. This innovative idea has drawn talent from internationally known local artist Pat Conlon, to rising New York artist Fede Saenz. Each season, inspiring artists and designers will be given the opportunity to work on a room for the new upcoming seasons. Music is central to the Playland experience. Imagine the perfect summer mix tape compiled by some of the world’s best musical talent. DJs and live acts will weave a unique mix of balearic disco, surf rock, and cutting edge laid-back electronic music. Original programming curated with some of NYC’s best indie labels will be showcased throughout the summer. Music content will feature prominently on the Playland website and social media platforms via live performance streams and a curated music blog.
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