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R.I.P. Pixnit (Boston)

[This was emailed to me via Pixnit's email address, making me think that the "concept" of Pixnit is now dead. Hope it isn't the artist!]

PIXNIT, 35; Notorious Boston Artist

PIXNIT, the controversial Boston based artist as famous for her anonymity as for her street art, is missing and presumed dead.  Her breakthrough came in 2007 when the Boston Globe ran a profile about her provocative artwork.  Her painting style, combining graffiti with a distinctive stenciling technique, was guerilla art designed to simultaneously beautify and to critique the uses and misuses of the urban environment.

PIXNIT was last seen April 2nd when filmed by a CCTV camera near Pont Alexandre in Paris, France.  It is believed that she was on her way to meet other Parkour enthusiasts for a practice session.

“Parkour is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one's path by adapting one's movements to the urban environment.  Practitioners like PIXNIT run along a route, attempting to negotiate obstacles through jumping, climbing and gymnastics,” said Vanessa Platacis, Project Manager for PIXNIT Productions. 

Joe Boruchow Releases "Stuffed Animals" Cutout Graphic Novel

Stuffed Animals: A Story in Paper Cutouts, my first graphic novel, will be released the evening of March 19th in conjunction with a debut performance by my band, The Nite Lights.  The show includes a slide show of the graphic novel with an instrumental musical score played live by the band.  Four years in the making, the book was awarded a Xeric Foundation grant for graphic fiction allowing for the publications of a hard bound edition that will be available at the show.  
Stuffed Animals is a narrative composed of 100 black paper cutouts.  It tells the tale of a young boy and his shocking discoveries over one adventurous and terrifying night.  An apparition from the past guides the hero through a dangerous secret world in this masculinecoming of age story.  Is manhood more than just a mustache?  Get the book and see!
In addition to celebrating the release of the book at Johnny Brenda's (1201 Frankford Ave, Philly) on March 19, The Nite Lights will debut our most ambitious project to date.  We have been composing the music since November for the 20 min long slide show of Stuffed Animals that will be shown silent movie style with the live band.  (We're hoping to have a DVD of the slide show and music available at the show, but this is now tenuous because the recent snowfall put us a little behind schedule.  I am, however, hopeful that we will have them).  The Nite Lights will play it twice: once at 9 pm (for early birds) and again later at 12am (for you night owls)  with the sweet sounds of Mondo Topless, Northern Liberties and DJ Brown Jeff sandwiched in between for an extra delicious evening of artsy entertainment.  Of course, the book will be available for sale at the event.
Tickets for the event are on sale at www.johnnybrendas.com. To buy the book now visit www.kettledrummerbooks.com or it will be available at most Philadelphia independent bookstores soon.  More at www.joeboruchow.blogspot.com

Jef Aerosol Update

JEF AEROSOL on TV :

"L'Art et la Manière : Jef Aérosol", film de Manuela Dalle (26mn) sera diffusé sur ARTE TV ce dimanche 14 février à 13h.

après la diffusion télé, le film sera visible pendant une semaine sur le site Arte : http://www.arte.tv/fr/Echappees-culturelles/L-Art-et-la-Maniere/2988624....

Article dans le journal Le Monde : http://www.flickr.com/photos/jefaerosol/4340280713/sizes/o/

"L'art et la Manière : Jef aérosol", a film by Manuela Dalle (26') will be broadcast on Arte (French/German TV channel) on Sunday Feb 14th at 1pm.

Then, it will be visible for a week on the Website : http://www.arte.tv/fr/Echappees-culturelles/L-Art-et-la-Maniere/2988624....

Press article in Le Monde : http://www.flickr.com/photos/jefaerosol/4340280713/sizes/o/

Chris Stain Update

New http://www.chrisstain.com/ coming with FB, Twitter, and Regular Updates

What Else Is Up

In other news this month I've painted two murals for separate benefits.
One at WIN Initiative in SOHO for a creative info share called Take 5.
And another in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Bowl called Rock and Wrap It Up which is an anti poverty organization. More on that here Win4Hunger.
Good People.

Spray for Haiti : Buy Benefit Prints for UNICEF

From Joe Iurato:
"As you all know, I released a "Spray For Haiti" limited edition stencil last week. The edition sold out in less than 3 minutes of its announcement. When I announced the second round of the prints an anonymous donor promptly asked if he could purchase them all. His pledge for the 20 paintings -- $3,000. I received a confirmation from UNICEF, and just like that my goal had been exceeded. I would love to credit this person and tell you all who he is, but he asked that I not do so. So I'll honor that. And there's one more catch:

While the release is officially sold out, he asked that I send him one painting - and re-sell the remaining the 19. That said, I'm going to sell "his paintings" for original asking price of $50 each to the first 19 people who reply. The money will go directly UNICEF once again, and I hope now to bring an approximate total of over $5,000 towards disaster relief in Haiti. For more info please email Joe at joe.iurato@gmail.com

Janet Bike Girl in Paper Politics

Paper Politics is a travelling art show curated by Josh MacPhee. Paper Politics is an exhibition of politically and socially engaged printmaking. In 2005, the Seattle edition of Paper Politics opened at the Phinney Center Gallery, with work by 174 artists from the USA, Canada and around the world.

"Paper Politics presents a breathtaking tour of the many modalities of printing: relief, intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, collagraph, monotype, and photography. Most exciting is the inclusion in the show of finely crafted stencils and street printing, traditional media used to convey political thought."

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