Oct
5
2013

Can You Catch Banksy in NYC?

The Famous UK Street Artist is Tagging the Streets of NYC All Month!

In a rare excursion to the U.S., the famous street artist known as Banksy is hitting the streets of New York City and tagging city walls all over in a new project throughout the month of October. Best known from his first film Exit Through the Giftshop, Banksy is probably the United Kingdom's most famous and controversial graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter of the last decade. He is well known for his distinct stenciling technique, dark humor and contempt of the government's policy of graffiti as vandalism. 

Banksy has now taken his artistic skills to the streets of New York in a project called Better Out Than In, and with his newly formed Instagram account, he's sporadically tagging walls, and anything he can get his paint on, and sending his fans on a scavenger hunt through NYC to find all of his new tags. Here are some of his so far over the last few days:

 

 

The street is in play, Manhattan, Oct.1st.

 


 

Mural #2, Westside, Oct. 2nd

 


 

All I Ever Wanted Was a Shoulder to Crayon, Midtown, Oct 3rd.

 


 

 

 

Random graffiti given a Broadway makeover, Delancy, Brushwick, Williamsburg, Oct.4th

 

So, if you're in New York this month, keep on the lookout for the ever elusive Banksy and his artowrk and let us know if you find anymore of his work! We at Jerry's Artarama will definitely be on the lookout. 

Oct
3
2013

Whats the Buzz- Matisse Structure Acrylics

"More Money doesn't always mean Higher Quality"

In todays edition of Whats the Buzz we are looking at Matisse Structure Acrylics. We did a company profile on Matisse a couple of months ago (you can find our blog article here), and you all have responded by asking questions and leaving us more comments about the paint than ever before. We love to hear from our customers and fans about what our products have done for them and how we can continue to bring them even more top-quality art supplies. Our readers responded and there is definitely a Big Buzz about this professional acrylic paint, and why not? Derivan, the Australian-based company behind the Matisse Structure line holds contests to see who can recycle the most paint tubes, gives away bikes to their employees to help the environment and cares about their paint!

Matisse Structure Acrylics are the perfect heavy body, high viscosity artist's acrylic. They are heavily pigmented with brilliant colors and made with no masking agents. The vibrant colors included in the line are a big plus with all of their fans, and with 96 brilliant colors to choose from, who would complain?  in use, they are great for heavy, impasto use and their thick texture gives birth to some beautifully textured work like these below.

"Dawn at the Waterhole"

Painted with Matisse Structure. "I love the unique colors."-Joan, NC

 

"Nautica 1" 

"Matisse's vast range of color allows me to create with vivid brilliance large abstracts that command the attention of the observers eye. Of all the acrylics that I have used professionally (and I've used plenty), none has the complete range of color than that of Matisse. Their Australian colors seem to find their way onto my palette, especially Southern Ocean Blue and Australian Sienna. The rich jewel tones I achieve with this color line of acrylics is unsurpassed." -Joe D, NC

As you can see above, the range of vibrant, brilliant colors is amazing. Now lets see what others have to say about the quality of Matisse Structure Acrylics.

"They've developed some brilliant jewel colors down there in Australia"-Big Duke, NY

"I love the color choices in the two sets that I bought. These paints do not disappoint - they apply easily and are of a great, buttery consistency!"-Dustdevil, MD

"This product goes smoothly on the canvas and the color is rich and true to the description. It feels like no other brand I've used."- Ella, CT

"I am a teacher as well as a professional artist. I really like Matisse structure because of the way it builds up on the canvas and the brilliance in the colors are incredible. They also blend very nicely."-Nicki, NC

Even professional artist Andy Russell had this to say about Matisse Structure: 

"I use Matisse Structure Acrylics for a thick textured, bold impasto look. They are also excellent for covering large areas...I am completely sold on Matisse Acrylics. I hghly encourage every artist, professional or pleasure painter to experience these paints for themselves."

An Amazing Value

Now, we've saved the best for last and the Number 1 thing that artists love about the Matisse Structure acrylics line is the PRICE! Artists have buzzed so much about the price of these acrylics that at Jerry's Artarama, if you don't think that Matisse Structure Acrylics are as good or better than other brands, we'll give you your money back! And if you want proof that you'll love this paint, check out what other artists had to say about the price:

"Never have I ever found such a perfect paint for this kind of low price. The colors are vivid and the texture matches for thick rich backgrounds in my paintings. At the price offered, I'm able to use gratuitous paint and paint more often than I would be able to with other brands!"- Donald, NY

"You guys hit it out of the park with this paint, it's an unprecedented value for the price listed. As an art teacher, I have all of my students pick up the Structure line. Most classes have to require cheaper paints, but when the price is right, you've got to go for it!"-Pguy6969, TX

"The Matisse Acrylic paints are a high quality product offered at a reasonable price. Their rich variety of colors make them a preferred product."-Steve, CA

"Love the price on the structure, its the only acrylic I use."-Lisa, IL

There you have it folks. And thats it for this week's edition of Whats the Buzz. Remember, we love to hear what you have to say and always listen so make sure to get in touch with us, email us or make sure to leave us comments in the space below or check out the Matisse Structure Acrylics page and let us know what you think of Matisse Structure and our other products and you might see yourself on another Whats the Buzz!

 

Oct
1
2013

Dangerous Art: One Pittsburgh Exhibit Sends Viewers to the Hospital

Art Lovers Beware, Exhibit Bites!

Not really, but authorities have shut down a popular Pittsburgh room-sized art exhibit after it left three viewers feeling seizure-like symptoms. The exhibit "ZEE" by Chicago-based Austrian artist Kurt Hentschalger is an interactive art experience involving thick artificial fog and bright strobing lights. 

Now, before you can enter the exhibit, hopeful viewers have to sign a waiver notifying them of the dangers of being completely submerged in light, sound and fog. The waiver tells the viewer that the artist cannot be held responsible for any injuries sustained.

Once the waiver is signed, small groups of people are taken through a thick fog filled room guided by ropes for ten to fifteen minutes where they experience a "loss of spatial orientation." Eerie music accompanies the other environmental distortions to let the viewer experience a total separation from the norm and an other-worldly experience. One viewer described it as "purely sensual" while another viewer asked, "If you didn't have a body, would this be what death is like?"

 

The latest victim, a 18 year-old girl from was treated at the scene for "seizure like symptoms" after leaving the exhibit. All people with photosensitive epilepsy, breathing or heart problems, migraines, claustrophobia and anxiety had been warned not to go inside. 

The installation is currently closed they retool it to make it a little more safe. Firefighters were even contacted to test the air quality with all of the thick artificial fog involved, but found that the fog was not harmful, even at the high levels used in the exhibit. Even with people being treated at the exhibit, Kurt Hentschlager, the artist who created the art exhibit, could not be reached for comment. 

The real question is whether this controversial exhibit should be changed before it reopens? It's typically okay if art is edgy, but can art be dangerous? Is it okay if it allows the viewer to experience or perceive something differently? If you watch the following video and see the reactions of the viewers who experienced ZEE as it is, is it wrong to change the exhibit when a waiver warns all voluntary viewers of danger and yet, the exhibit itself leaves viewers speechless?

 

The exhibit will be reopened once changes are made for it in the downtown Pittsburgh Gallery. The question still stands though, should art like ZEE be changed to protect the viewer? How do you feel about the changes being made to an exhibit to make it safer for the general public? Please, let us know in the comments below. 

 

 

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