Meet my new bike, GRAHAM!

So for the past 6 months or so, I have been patiently working on building up my new, ultimate dream bike.  The story is long and winding, but here is what you need to know.  My dear Blake High School cohort, Zach hooked me up with an all elliptical tubing Panasonic track frame made some time in the early 80s.  He could not find anything like it in the Panasonic history, and certain clues suggest it was most likely a custom frame built for a racer sponsered by the company.  A few months later, Zach also hooked me up with a very affordable powdercoat job.  Trackstar was doing a custom run of limited edition 80s era BMX themed track bikes, and I got to informally throw my frame into the batch.  I went with seafoam green, and was very please with how it turned out.  Over a period of 3-4 more months I patient collected the various components that I would need to not only complete my dream bike, but also make it undeniably beatiful.  The last thing I needed were the rear spokes.  I finally got them last Friday, and built up the rear wheel on Saturday.  Now it is my utmost pleasure to introduce to my newest and coolest bike: Graham.  Thats right, I named my bike after me.  BEHOLD!

I am Leo, and it is only fitting that my bike be branded with the Trackstar lion logo.  I spent a lot of time modifying the NOS Shimano BMX mini brake lever to get to fit around my Nitto drops.  Thanks for the Dremel tool, Dad!

All shots taken in the empty lot next door to my bedroom.  Noe that I chose to use a Deep-V rim on the rear wheel and an Aerohead rim on the front.  This was both for aesthetics and strength matching. 

Note the custom lugging detail on the Benotto fork.  That was a very nice touch, brought to you by Brad and his Girlfriend.  I think that this nicely compliments the gold Chris King headset, which literally and aesthetically functions as the ‘crown’ of my dream bike.

Yes, I must point out that I got a WHITE CHAIN TO MATCH MY WHITE RIMS!

My wheelset features Zip hubs and Velocity rims, hand built by yours truly.

03 07 Bushwick Densification Fantasy Map and English Kills Opening

The following is documentation of my “Bushwick Densification Fantasy Map” installtion at English Kills gallery.  My installation consists of a huge map of my neighborhood, Bushwick.  This piece served as an opportunity for me to satisfy my cartographic desires.  I used to play a lot of Sim City, and this sort of art is a continuation of that game in my head.  Basically, I used the existing road/building/landscape layout as a template for developing a fictitious Bushwick city.  I drew the city in Illustrator using an aerial collage from Google Earth.  This drawing was the basis for the wall installation, and also served as a sellable object (limited edition prints are availble at the gallery).  The show was a blast.  I really enjoyed the process of setting up along side all the other artists.

Niki helped by bringing a projector.  We were able to use this to get the drawing started.  However, unfortunately, my first two sets of materials would not stick effectively to the wall.  I had to come back the following night with new, non-dollar-store tape.

The beginning: silver tape means arterial roads.

Growth: medium roads combine with mass transit or bike lanes.

More development.

Paintings by Steve Harding and Judith Supine, in process.

Capillary roads intact.

Judith Supine working on his installation.

Bushwick Densification Fantasy Map complete.

Bushwick Densification Fantasy Map detail.

English Kills opening, featuring aerial yoga dancers in front of my aerial map piece.

John in front of the ad hoc abandoned van / neo- flavin light installation.

Judith Supine installation complete.

Judith Supine installation detail.

Somebody got naked during the show.  Niki and I agreed that you could tell it was performance art because of the alway present video camera and everyone backing up 15 feet.

One of the artists hung a piano over the entrance to the gallery.

March 07 antiwar march and josh visit

Fun March pictures from ther recent antiwar march and Josh’s visit to Brooklyn!!!

I couldn’t agree more.

Fun flags from the Latin American bloc at the UPAJ antiwar march.

Anarchy!!!

Night shadows from a Williamsburg condo under construction.

Josh checking the internet at the 1Gay loft.

John, Joe, and Ben.

John and I sharing a special moment.

Josh practicing his state of coolness in front of the Manhattan skyline.

My Bushwick rooftop view of Manhattan.

see my installation this Saturday at English Kills Gallery in Bushwick!!!

I am presenting a huge neigbhorhood map installation at English Kills, a new gallery in Bushwick.   The opening party will be this Satuday, March 31st, from 8-12pm.  This will be the gallery’s inargural show, and will most definately be a lot of fun.  My installation will consist of a 30′ x 15′ map constructed out of surveyor’s tape applied directly to the wall.  The map is another one my my “fantasy” interpriations of my neighborhood, Bushwick.  This will be a group show, and we will be selling affordable prints of our works.  This will be my first explicit gallery show in NYC, and your support will mean a lot to me.  Much love to Kim for hooking me up with the gallery director.  Email me if you have any questions: detourne @ gmail.com.

http://www.englishkillsartgallery.com/

bike lock key vs too much information

So a couple months ago Gabrial lost the key to my u-lock.  Last week we finally sat down and ordered a replacement key from the Kryptonite website.  I told him my mailing address, and he filled out the online form.  However, it seems that the key ended up addressed to some other Graham…

02 07 – Jenny Baltimore, John Collage and NYC

Here are an assortment of photos I took during February, including my trip to Baltimore, John Duda’s incredible collage project, and a few of NYC.

Jenny / Baltimore

Ah, my beautiful Jenny – always a winner!

This a view of downtown Baltimore from Jenny’s regal bedroom.  She pays jaw-droppingly low rent for a roughly 1000 sqr ft bedroom and studio.  Bitch.

This is the “living room” at Jenny’s loft.  They had a really fun dance party in this space while I was there. 

The fragmented skin of Baltimore.

Baltimore on the move!

John Collage
The following three images are from John Duda’s recently completed collage book.  I will let him explain why he made such a beautiful object.  (that means comment a-hole).


NYC snow

Mulberry Street, Nolita – caked in snow, next to my work.  I found this scene beautiful, but ultimately not that fun – my skinny bike tires could not handle such conditions.

Lafayette Street, with all that beautiful snow turning into filthy, disgusting city-slurpee, ground cover.

YAY, the sun finally came out!  Here we have a remarkable piece of graffiti left on the big plaque leading up the Williamsburg Bridge.  This piece lasted an impressive TWO WEEKS before someone finally tagged over it.  Thats a hell of a long time for one a single piece of art to last on such a prime piece of visual real-estate.

Thats all for now.

<3 Graham

"Learning How To Make New Friends" opening reception, mack b – oct 6, 6-11pm


Hi everybody,

You are invited to “Learning How To Make New Friends“, the inaugural show at mack b gallery’s new project space.  The reception will run from 6-11pm, with live music starting at 9.  I will be showing a new installation, entitled “ Sarasota Densification Fantasy Map“.  Stop by and let me know how it goes!

Your friend,

Graham

Learning How To Make New Friends
6-11pm
mack b gallery
500 Tallevast Rd, suite B
Sarasota, FL 34243
941.363.9025

The Colossal Squid Candy Cart at The Art Parade 2006!!!!

The Colossal Squid Candy Cart was an incredible success!  After working non-stop for two weeks leading up to the parade, everything came out as planned.  The squid looked great and worked perfectly, we got matching unitards, and I found super cheap candy to throw at the onlookers.  Most importantly, we all had fun.  I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to all of my friends who helped and participated: Ben, Gabrial, Kim, John, Bri, Robyn, and Sasha.  You were all wonderful.  Things that my friends did that made the project so successful:  a) Robyn helped me appropriate the shopping cart from Dome Hepot, b) Ben, Gabrial, Kim, John, and Bri let me use their space to build the damn thing, c) Ben and Gabrial helped me appropriate matching unitards from “US Clothing”,  d) John, Bri, and Gabrial helped push the beast from Bushwick to Soho, and back, with others walking alongside, and e) everyone litterally embodied the Colossal Squid in a candy tossing performance the likes of which have never been seen in New York.  Thank you all so much, I love you.   Now check out the pictures below!!!!


The Colossal Squid being assembled in front of the Bushwick loft.


Gabrial brought the tunes.  He is so dreamy.


John pushing the cart.


We made it over the Williamsburg bridge!


John considers his next career move as others tinkle in Starbucks.


The Squid waiting patiently along West Broadway.


Mr. Squid gets some attention from the camera.


Fischerspooner (a mere two projects away from the Squid) preparing for their incredible parade performance.  We could not have dreamed of a better soundtrack.

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Me and the Tentacles, a true family portrait.


Tentacles waiting for the parade to start.


Other parade participants could not help but worship the ever regal Bri.


Being a tentacle takes a lot of concentration.


We were staged right next to all these “naked” cyclist ladies.


They tried to fight the Colossal Squid.


These people did not hire me, but thats okay because I got a much higher paying job.


The Squid breaks loose!,  AAAAUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tentacles spread.


Intimate parade scale.


Me, happy.


Me, directing where we should park the Squid for the street party.


Where do we go?


Family portrait #2, the aftershot.


And then at the after party, one of the Wal-Mart “workers” danced with a huge, pink-cammo, inflatable bear.