With the Brooklyn summer charging towards us in full throttle, the sun is shining and the walls outside are buzzing. Artists are getting up everywhere in this neck of the woods: Tristan Eaton, Grace Lang, Lauren YS, K-NOR, and DIMA Drjuchin are tearing up walls left and right with a vengeance. An artistic odyssey, a quest for creation, a journey to allow the greater good a peak into the brains of these amazing makers on a large and public scale at everyone's disposal, making this concrete city a colossal gallery at everyone's fingertips.
Let's take a look into the minds of our artists:
Born in Los Angeles in 1978, Tristan began pursuing street art as a teenager, painting everything from walls to billboards in the urban landscape wherever he lived, including London, Detroit and Brooklyn. After growing up on comic books, graffiti and skateboard culture, Tristan designed his first toy for Fisher Price at 18 years old and began working as an artist full-time. He has since become a driving force in the world of ‘Art Toys’, designing the Dunny and Munny figures for Kidrobot.
Shortly after studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Tristan founded Thunderdog Studios, of which he was the President and Creative Director for 10 years. Thunderdog Studios regularly designs and consults for clients such as Nike, Disney and Barack Obama on projects that span the globe across all mediums. In 2012, Tristan moved back to his childhood home of Los Angeles to pursue his paintings and large scale mural projects full-time. Tristan’s work can be seen in galleries around the world and in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).
Tristan working on his part of a collaborative wall with Cyrcle, "We left our families, We abandoned our homes, We worked for nothing, We slept on floors, We partied hard, We lost our minds, We danced with the devil, We faced our fears, We swallowed our pride, We gave our hearts, We tried and failed, We followed our dreams, We are cyrcle, We never die!"
More shots of collaborative wall.
Ronan looking out for Tristan Eaton.
The wall has been Ronan-approved even before its completion.
Work in Progress on the Tristan Eaton and Cyrcle wall.
Be sure to keep up with Tristan Eaton and Cyrcle by following them on Instagram if you feel so inclined:
Our very own Grace Lang is tearing up the town, getting up in Bushwick and on the Roebling Wall, and even on rooftops with the lovely Lauren YS. Grace has an affinity for tough music and dreams of being Buffy or an alchemist. She studied Illustration at Parsons School of Design while also gaining a BA in Literature from Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts. Grace strives to give her demons and the warriors that slay them form, and is very much interested in the relationship between mind and body. She breathes a light into heavier topics in not-so-serious ways, making her work relatable to many by addressing fears, hopes, and anxieties in a more victorious way. Much of Grace's work stems from the belief that personal demons don't have to be enemies, but can rather be aspects of ourselves that are utilized for good.
Grace's killer mural in Bushwick by the L train.
Grace Lang and Lauren YS collab up in the sky, Grace did the beast and Lauren did the Babe.
Grace Lang babe on the Roebling wall.
Be sure to stay updated on all things Grace by following her Instagram:
Lauren YS moved from Denver to the Bay five years ago to attend Stanford University where she studied Visual Art and English. Unsatisfied with the gallery grind, she started painting murals as a way to work large, travel, connect with urban landscapes and other artists who share a lifestyle of wanderlust. She is inspired by forests and oceans, nasty feelings, things that grow while we are sleeping, ultraviolet colorscapes, little girls who fight monsters, black holes, cybernetic organisms, love, death and jelly.
Lauren's completed gate on the Roebling Wall.
Work in Progress on the gate.
Lauren being a rockstar.
Follow Lauren on Instagram to keep up with her amazing work:
K•NOR is a Brooklyn artist and designer with a penchant for weirdness. He has displayed work in group shows across the US and has worked with top action sports brands including Vans, Burton, Rome SDS, Armada Skis, Vice Media, and Focus Skate Mag. He's been working on a gate at Dardy Bar
just a few doors down from Cotton Candy.
The finished gate for Dardy Bar.
Be sure to keep up with K•NOR by following his instagram:
Dimitri Drjuchin is an artist/musician who was born in Moscow, but grew up making images and sounds in New York City. He graduated Parsons School Of Design in 2003 with a BFA in Illustration. Wielding the culmination of human potential wrought from the depths of the bicameral mind, Drjuchin’s art is a hyperdimensional machine that invokes creatures who come bounding forward with affection and recklessness. These are not the Icons of the Byzantine Church—they are the new Incarnated Symbols of the Multiverse. Drjuchin allows us a glimpse into a fractulated moment of cultural hypnagogic modality and an opportunity to alter our perspectives of reality.
“My work channels different points of reference from my Russian background, to pop culture, to comic books, to fine art, to spirituality, to the occult. I can’t truly say that it’s a commentary on anything, because I am not interested in judging anyone or any thing. I believe it’s more of a reflection of multiple influences that get filtered through my mind and come back out all at once on my canvas redefined to my own liking. That said, I also try not to take anything too seriously and on some level I believe I still paint in a similar mind set I did as a child scribbling on a piece of paper. Most of my ideas are on the spot and I let how I’m feeling at that moment guide me to what happens next in the piece. I think ultimately I’m just trying to entertain myself.”
Dima touching up his gate on Roebling.
Stay up to date with Dima by following his instagram:
The creative energy these people possess is enough to rule the world, check this stuff out while you're walking the streets on the beautiful summer days that await us. Nothing beats the chance to see a massive work of art with no strings attached. No museum fees, no uppity environment. Just raw, stripped down, paint on brick. There's something beautifully honest about the simplicty of the act itself paired with the extensive impact it can have on those who see it. Be sure to follow @thecottoncandymachine
for updates on the artists and walls in the area, and keep an eye out for these amazing art warriors.
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