Dark Sun

Ari Marcopoulos documents NYC's incognito surfing community in his upcoming solo show

Photographer Ari Marcopoulos, who got his start as an assistant to Andy Warhol, documents the diverse and often gritty subcultures of American youth. His new solo exhibition, “Dark Sun”—opening tonight at Nike’s Bowery Stadium in NYC—casts an eye on the lesser seen community of surfers who call America’s largest urban metropolis home. Shot on 35mm over just two weeks, Dark Sun takes a raw look …

New Work by Orfeo Quagliata

Chains, ring pops and weapons in a master glass designer's latest experiments with crystal

Though master of crystal and glass design Orfeo Quagliata, 39, has been producing his own transparent wonders for several years (he’s been working with glass since age 12 and heads up Phuze Design), a recent collaboration with Swarovski Elements has led the Mexico-based artist to explore a more subversive side of the material. After the success of his initial partnership with the crystal leaders (he …

Ugly-Kid Gumo

Parisian street artist brings his gritty vision of Oz to NYC

As rebels against not just art world norms but against conventions for public space, many see graffiti as by definition disagreeable. Artists like Ugly-Kid Gumo embrace that position, providing commentary through art that originated on the street. Gumo’s raw, emotional figures and faces draw attention to the flaws and fallacies in our urbanized society by literally and figuratively staring straight at them. The 30-year-old Parisian …