Littlefield 622 Degraw St. Brooklyn, NY
Eric Araujo is one of the most solid individuals I have ever met. I don’t say that lightly. He is highly intelligent, driven, has his feet planted firmly on the ground, and makes incredibly well executed, thought provoking, and interesting art. I met him at SFAI during my one year of grad school there, and we immediately became friends due to our mutual inability to understand the West Coast given our native East Coast upbringings (LOL). We have remained friends and peers in this crazy art world, and he was instrumental in helping orchestrate the show “Eat Peter to Feed Paul” with Christopher Burch in myself in Brooklyn this past March 1st. So with that being said, he has a brilliant show opening tonight at one of my favorite Brooklyn destinations, Julie Kim’s Littlefield venue and art space. Big congrats goes out to Eric for this show and I look forward to seeing it unveiled this evening. Eric is going to go many places in lands afar with his no bullshit work ethic, forward moving attitude, and incredible bubbling talent. And just as a heads up about the guy, I don’t usually say this but its important to me, the dude can draw his ass off!!! I am not sure if he is going to have drawings in this show, but for the record, dude can truly use a pencil and paper! Good luck with all of your future endeavors sir. All the info for the show is explained and listed int he press release below. Also check out his site at http://ericaraujo.com/archivesite/home.html
We have been working our tails off on the new ArtNowNY gallery opening at 548 West 28th Street in New York City’s Chelsea Arts District this coming Thursday June 7th. Working around the clock on a list of tasks and deadlines and things that would make any persons head spin. Being in this new role as Creative Director of the gallery and the Co-curatorial Chair of our programming has been an honor, a pleasure, and one of the most amazing learning experiences of my life. Not to mention I get to bring people I love and respect into the New York City art scene, in Chelsea no doubt, and work with people that I have admired and looked up to for a very long time. Shit , I reconnected with Swoon today at the Bushwick Open Studios in Brooklyn, and just that simple interaction alone really made me see that I truly am in the channel of a higher power and living a life that I never dreamed of. Anyway, all the spiritual mushiness aside, I have really been working just as hard as creative director as I do on my own work, and the balance is creating some amazing programming and collaborative presence in New York. It feels good to be home. I created a video series that we will continue throughout the life of ArtNowNY that captures sections of New York life, culture and people. I filmed Unstoppable Death Machines in Bushwick at a raging show where my homie Ben Robey wild out harder than I have seen in ages (dude fell through the drum set off the bar and kept singing and screaming on the mic!!!!).
I filmed the amazing Alyssa Kazew in the Village dancing at New York’s famous Grays Papaya. I captured Jose Santiago giving a cool patron a straight razor shave design in her hair at Well Connected in the Lower East Side, and I even was shot via Coby Kennedy at Fort Tilden doing what I do best, walking through the middle of nowhere collecting debris and wood to make art with. I am very, very happy with the videos, and I am truly blessed to be in a position to be able to create them right now and be paid for my work. Also I connected with old friend and amazing director Lenny Tso who edited the pieces, and I even got to put my own music as the soundtrack to three of the pieces under my music alias Tekkamaki. Boom, for real!!! Here they are, check them out, more to come, holla. ArtNowNY launches June 7th in Chelsea. The its back to Oakland to get ready for OLD CROW YOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!