NO(W)HERE* Urban Art Expo at Starkart Exhibitions Feb. 21, 2014

Artist: Dran (France)Artist: Dran (France)Artist: Dran (France)Artist: Dran (France)Artist: Martin Whatson (Norway)Artist: Dran (France)
Artist: Martin Whatson (Norway)Artist: Martin Whatson (Norway)Artist: Martin Whatson (Norway)Artist: Stinkfish (Mexico)Artists: Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Smash 137Artist: Stinkfish (Mexico)
Artist: Banksy (UK)Artist: Invader (France)Artist: Invader (France)Artist: Hyuro (Spain)Artist: Hyuro (Spain)Artist: Hyuro (Spain)
Artist: Hyuro (Spain)Artist: Hyuro (Spain)Artist: Shepard Fairey (USA)Artist: Shepard Fairey (USA)Artist: Nick Walker (UK)Artist: Judith Supine (USA)

On Friday February 21st, Starkart Exhibitions in Zürich, Switzerland hosted a new show called NO(W)HERE*, featuring classic pieces from top street artists from around the world, including: Shepard FaireySpace InvaderC215Paul InsectLudoKidultVhilsDranDal EastMark JenkinsM-cityROAFaith47Smash 137EscifHyuroStinkfishJudith SupineJAZSwoonSweet ToofLushBTOYBlek Le RatBladeBanksyBen EineReroMartin WhatsonMau MauStf MoscatoPennyNick WalkerSHOK-1 – Btoy

Dran

The atmosphere was relaxed and jovial in the recently renovated gallery, with a steady stream of admirers intermingling with local and international artists inside the gallery and lounge and outside in the lot. Two floors of top-choice pieces from Starkart’s collection were the main draw of course, but original works on the outdoor walls drew as much attention from the people enjoying the mild night air.

BTOY

BTOY

Starkart has been steadily offering great showcases of graffiti and street art (as well as other modern styles) for many years now, but this opening proved that the gallery should be considered on equal footing with any other more well-known establishments in this art-infused city.

Blek Le Rat

Blek Le Rat

Catch the NO(W)HERE* show at Starkart Exhibitions, Brauerstrasse 126, 8004 Zürich
February 21 – March 29, 2014
Gallery hours: Thursdays and Fridays 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturdays 2:00pm – 7:00pm

Paul Insect

Paul Insect

Cool things happen in bookstores…

I went to Orell Füssli in downtown Zürich this afternoon to take some pictures of the book in the store, and the coolest thing happened. Well, actually, a couple of things.

First, it took me a minute to find the books, but when I did, I got all excited – and being the dork I am (especially here in Regulation Central, where everything is done so strictly), I picked up a copy and took out my ID and walked over to two of the staff who were casually talking, and said, “Hi. This (pointing to my name on the cover) is me (pointing to my ID). I’d like to take some pictures of the book here in the store; is that okay?”

Now, I had already gotten permission from the buyer (a very cool woman named Julia that set up the in-store-stocking of the book in the first place), and the staff knew this and said that they were expecting me. (Of course. Because this is Switzerland.)

But then, the guy smiled and walked over to where the books were stacked, and asked if I wanted one of the book stands to prop it up and make it look better. So of course I said yes, and he left me alone to play interior designer/fashion photographer. This was the first shot:

So I’m there, happy as can be, taking photos and beaming like a little kid – and this woman (holding the book below) walks over and strikes up a conversation.

And it turns out that her partner is an aspiring writer, and while I’m talking with him, she goes and buys a copy, and then comes back to join the conversation – all without me having to “sell” her on the book at all. I ended up chatting with both of them for a while, and got a chance to vibe in that spontaneously connecting way that makes life so beautiful, and we all left with big smiles on our faces. Thank you Jennifer and Joe, you guys made my day!

And that’s it, right? That’s all I need to do – go to bookstores and talk with people, in person, and make that direct connection. Because in the end it’s not really me, or the book – it’s the space. It’s the vibe in that special space.

Because bookstores are where cool things happen…