BOS Art Parade and Public Showcase, this SATURDAY!

Hi Everyone,Come check out the BOS Art Parade and Public Showcase.  Organizing a neighborhood art parade has been and dream of mine for quite a while, and now I am living it!  JOIN IN THE FUN>>>>

<3 Graham

The Parade:Beginning location:  Mckibbin St. Between Bushwick Avenue and White StreetStages at 10:30amStarts at 11:30amConcludes at (roughly) 12:30 pmEnd location: Maria Hernandez ParkThe Public Showcase:Location: Maria Hernandez ParkStarts between 12:30pm and 1pmEnds between 2:30pm and 3pmTO THOSE WHO WANT TO JOIN, BUT DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO:If you do not have an idea, but still want to be in the parade, please feel free to show up at 10:30am.  We will find something fun for you to do!

BOS Art Parade and Public Showcase 2007 google map


Bushwick Art Parade and Public Showcase, June 2nd, joing us!

Hi Everyone,

As you may or may not know, I am coordinating this years BOS Art Parade. I want to have as many participants as possible, and I would love to hear about your ideas. Below you will find our ‘Call to Artists’ and parade staging details. Basically anything goes for this event, so long as everything stays legal. Feel free to involve as many people as you want in the parade. Please let me know what you plan on doing and how many will be involved. In addition, if you know anyone else who may have suitable work/projects/performances for the parade, forward them the ‘call to artists’ below. This event is totally free.



(aka the official “Grand Marshal”)*

*no, I’m serious, this is a permitted parade, and that is my title with the police.



Join the Bushwick Art Parade and Public Showcase! We are looking for artists, performers, musicians, and anyone else interested in reclaiming the streets and sharing our creativity with the neighborhood.

On Saturday, June 2, 2007, starting at 11:30 am, B.O.S. will be holding the Bushwick Art Parade and Public Showcase. The parade will start at Mckibben Street, between Bushwick Avenue and White Street, and wind its way down to Maria Hernandez Park. At the park we will present an assortment of fun public activities, such as games, installation, music and theater. We are looking for local artists, performers, musicians, and anyone else interested to join us. Eccentric costumes, colorful flags, spectacular floats, unheard of sound, and unthinkable drama â?? we want it all. Anything is possible (almost). If you have an idea, and you can make it happen by June 2nd, tell us about it! The event will stage at 10:30 am, and conclude at approximately 1:30 pm. The parade is completely free and all entries will be accepted. Proposals need to be in a soon as possible to be included on the free promotional parade map.

Parade and Public Showcase Coordinator

Graham Coreil-Allen ..”return>



The parade will stage at 10:30am on June 2nd along Mckibben Street, between Mckibben Court and White Street. SEE MAP HERE. If please call me if you find yourself running significantly late, my cell number is 917 683 5922. When you get to the staging area please look for our check in table next to Potion Cafe. At the check in table myself or a BOS parade volunteer will give you a placement number. This number will indicate you position in the parade. For projects that are time based and or interactive, this number will merely indicate your beginning position. The parade will begin promptly at 11:30am and make its way to Maria Hernandez Park.

Be advised that this is a permitted parade, meaning we will have a police detail. With that in mind, lets try to keep everything legal. The escort will most likely consisting of one patrol car and two cops on scooters. The exact route has yet to be finalized. I will update you with the final parade route sometime soon.

The parade will culminate with our Public Showcase at Maria Hernandez Park. SEE MAP HERE. Feel free to plan on fun, interactive activities that will be suitable for the park, such as performances, games for children, public art making, temporary installations, etc.. Please let me know before hand if you plan on doing something for the public showcase.

Parade and Public Showcase Coordinator

Graham Coreil-Allen

April Pictures! Dowtown Burned Car Tree Art

Hi everyone,  Here are few random images from April. ENJOY!


This is a view of Dowtown and Jersey from the balcony on the Pratt Gallery in Chelsea.

JOHN IS PISSED ABOUT HIS WRECKED CAR! Just kidding, this burned out hulking mass of a yuppie mobile magically appeared one day on Mckibben Street. Pedestrians took it upon themselves to put the eyesore to good use by disposing of their garbage in what used to be the back seat.

Roxy Paine’s newest hunks of public art:  stainless steel trees in Madison Square Park.  INCREDIBLE!

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.


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 @

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