Bodega Blog


Bodega with White

For the last year I’ve been working on a blog called the Beautiful Bodegas. The blog is a collection of photos and images as a tribute to the neighborhood corner market. I’ve been basically compiling photos of these stores wherever I go and also scouring the internet for images.

Marwa Halal Market

Recently I added a submission page so anyone out there can send me photos of their local markets. I’m hoping people will send photos so we have an online collaborative space. Feel free to look at the images, send me a message and hopefully you can also send me some photos, drawings etc. in dedication to the our local store.

American Liquor Store

 

Brass Magic Band Drinker

Snip of Coin Logo Drinker Final

Always trying to expand on a theme with my work, it’s great to see this image for the band Brass Magic worked in with a little detail. We’re hoping to get these made into t-shirts for the band to sell as swag for their concerts. There’s a festive feel to this man sitting on a bench with a bottle of horns! I’ll post the shirts when and if they get printed.

Brass Magic and the Logo

Brass Magic in Washington Square

Daniel Lubin from Brass Magic asked me to make his album cover art. You can see them above busking in Washington Square Park in New York City. I wanted to capture the energy of the band and make a logo that felt like the sound of the horns but also to give them some brand identity. The lead musician Daniel Lubin is a Tuba player so we decided to go with the logo of the tuba as a representation of his spirit and influence, but to also give you the sense that this is no doubt a horn playing funky brass band!

Brass Magic Coin

The final logo for Brass Magic

Brass Magic 2 Horns

This was an early idea for the Brass Magic Logo that didn’t make the cut

Brass Magice 3 Horns Black and White

I like this one in black and white! I think the fonts are nice too!

Daniel Lubin and the Brass Magic guys wanted something festive so we went with a guy holding a bottle of Vodka for the album cover and also maintained the two tubas logo on the inside of the cover.

Album Cover

Front cover to the CD

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Back Cover of the CD

My Summer Project 2013

Invite for Voices of Taraz Project

Throughout the summer I’ve been working on a project called Voices in Taraz in Kazakhstan. Above is the invite which has already past at this point in time. The exhibit was wonderful and we had a great learning experience. We had a blog for the whole project which was in Russian and English: http://voicesoftaraz.blogspot.com/p/the-idea.html House and Fruite tree Two Buildings in Taraz

Lots of incredible artwork came out of the exhibit! I made some video installations, took lots of photographs and most of all my love for watercolor was fully explored this last summer. I painted my favorite subject which are houses!

Watercolors

And people.
Opening eventVideo Installation and Artwork Viewing a video Viewing Art

We had a wonderful exhibition at the Central Exhibition hall in Taraz! There were all sorts of different people from the community who came! We were really happy to see all of the wonderful people who came to talk about their city and local history!

Gulnara, Daniel and Eva

The artist Gulnara Kospakova (Left) Me, and Anthropologist Eva Marie Debuisson on my right

Opening event

Farukh Badykhov and Sax Player

Event Opening

We got to collaborate with a bunch of really wonderful people too! That’s the real power of art when you can bridge the everyday with a project about their city and they can all contribute a little to the project to make it something really fun! 

Pinata and Children 2 Pinata and Children Pinata and participants in Taraz

My favorite part of the project may have been making a pinata for the kids as a memory of my own childhood to share with them. It wasn’t easy to do something like this because they had little idea how to play this game. I had to teach them plus I had to build the pinata. They had a great time and someone from the exhibit said they were going to build their own too!

I hope to make more projects in the near future! We’ll see what happens next!

Abtodrom (Bumper Cars) in Taraz, Kazakhstan

Autodrome Square Autodrome Original

 

I found this wonderful sign at an amusement park here in Taraz and had to make it into an image. I hope to make it into something in the near future. Perhaps it would make a great print but I haven’t quite figured out what for yet. I love the way the original sign painting follows the contour of the building. For my design I balanced out the size of the O and the letter M.

Snug Harbor on Untapped Cities New York

Beautiful old architecture in Snug Harbor

Beautiful old architecture in Snug Harbor

I’ve recently published an article in Untapped Cities New York about the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island. Check it out and leave a comment if you can. Here’s the link: http://untappedcities.com/newyork/2013/05/03/snug-harbor-staten-island/

A country lane in New York City!

A country lane in New York City!

The front entrance and gate house to Snug Harbor Cultural Center

The front entrance and gate house to Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Buildings on the grounds of Snug Harbor

Buildings on the grounds of Snug Harbor

Drone Wars and Illustration

2 Drones Snip

Over dinner a friend mentioned that he was helping out with organizing a talk about the Drone Wars at Columbia University. My wife quickly mentioned that I’ve been making some artworks on the whole aesthetic of the drone planes. Anyhow the whole talk of drone planes was quickly turned into a quick negotiation of how to get my work on the poster for the event.

The 18th of June 2004

 

Here some of the images I made. I will continue with this project on the critique of U.S. use of remote controlled planes over foreign lands. Also, here is a link to a wonderful interactive web project documenting the deaths by Drone planes. http://drones.pitchinteractive.com/

Drone Flyer

More work on this series will come in the near future. I think this might make a great series for informing people about this issue. I’ll post more as I make them.