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After a decade in Long Island City, Local Project searches for a new home
After a decade in Long Island City, Local Project searches for a new home
Arts & Music Alexa Altman 12/28/2012 at 9:52AM

At the edge of Long Island City, where warehouses haunt like rusty fossils of an industrial past, obscured by the elevated subway tracks, street art fights for survival. Encircled in graffiti-wrapped sarcophagi, the low brow legacy of Local Project and 5Pointz await doomsday, untouched by the sterile glass high-rises that erupt from the ground almost [...]

Cristián Pietrapiana’s naturalistic realism
Cristián Pietrapiana’s naturalistic realism
Arts & Music Mitchell Kirk 11/12/2012 at 8:12AM

From Buenos Aires to Long Island City, Cristián Pietrapiana has seen his art career go from helping out his painter grandfather in his studio to having over 30 exhibitions, his work featured in private collections and galleries, several commissions, and the opportunity to study all over the world. While Pietrapiana appreciates art that strives to [...]

Legacy: Memorial exhibit of Arthur Hammer’s works
Legacy: Memorial exhibit of Arthur Hammer’s works
Arts & Music Mitchell Kirk 10/08/2012 at 7:45AM

Long Island City — and the entire art world — lost one of its own in March of this year. Arthur Hammer, LIC resident for nearly 40 years, had a passion for painting portraits that was rivaled only by his passion for life. His daughter, Deirdre Hammer, fondly described him as being “the nutty artist [...]

Instead of paint, L.I.C. artist uses chocolate
Instead of paint, L.I.C. artist uses chocolate
Arts & Music Samuel Lieberman 7/05/2012 at 8:33AM

Sid Chidiac eats his work. For the past 10 years, the artist, born in Australia and raised in Lebanon, has painted with chocolate. Now based in Long Island City, Chidiac has a distinct, creative routine unseen among those working with oils and acrylics. He cleans his brushes by licking them, and is forced to repeatedly [...]

Local artists angry over plans for 5Pointz
Local artists angry over plans for 5Pointz
Arts & Music Alexa Altman 7/03/2012 at 1:36PM

Taggers armed with cans of spray paint who flocked to leave their mark on the paint-laden walls of graffiti mecca 5Pointz may soon be searching for another canvas. The 200,000-square-foot Long Island City graffiti art exhibition space, home to over 350 multicolored murals, could soon be knocked down in favor of building two high-rise apartment [...]

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‘Draw’ing inspiration from Astoria
‘Draw’ing inspiration from Astoria
Arts & Music Michael Pantelidis 4/09/2012 at 2:58PM

A blank canvas – lacking a defined identity and purpose – can be a daunting task for any artist. Many grow to hate its vacant stare, praying for inspiration to end the monotony of its colorless complexion. Often, it can lead to hasty or unimaginative work. Such dilemmas are nonexistent for Louie Gasparro, who adores [...]

Queens artist ties the knot
Queens artist ties the knot
Arts & Music Alexa Altman 3/06/2012 at 6:54AM

Dapper, dashing and debonair, the notoriously sophisticated bow tie has acquired an artistic injection from a Queens creative. Nicholas Ruiz constructs imaginative bow ties from found objects, fashioning his original accessories from everything from pills to newspaper, film negatives to wine corks. Originally from Florida, Ruiz attended college at Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he [...]

FBI busts teacher’s aide for allegedly making child porn with students
FBI busts teacher’s aide for allegedly making child porn with students
News Jay Lane 2/07/2012 at 4:07PM

FBI busts Brooklyn teacher’s aide for allegedly making child porn with students A teacher’s aide at a Brooklyn school was arrested again yesterday by the FBI and charged with making child pornography videos of students he was assaulting at the grade school where he worked, authorities said today. It is the second time in the [...]

Time to Create: Artist Violet Baxter paints L.I.C.
Time to Create: Artist Violet Baxter paints L.I.C.
Arts & Music Steve Mosco 1/12/2012 at 5:37PM

Art is comprised mainly of two elements: time and raw materials. While the art itself is physically constructed with materials – paint, clay, trash, whatever – it is time that decides whether or not the art lives on. Prehistoric people decided to paint on cave walls, and time decided to preserve that work for modern [...]