29 June 2009

Joe Iurato Sports the NoLA Rising message at WK Interact / Invader Show at Jonathan Levine Gallery

ReX salutes Joe Iurato for sporting the NoLA Rising message
JUNE 27, 2009

(Photo by Joe Russo)

23 June 2009

Priest Takes Mobile by Storm

Priest, a stencil artist, has recently put up some work in Mobile. While we weren't able to catch up with Priest while in town, we came across a variety of his work. Enjoy!


Quote of the Day

Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground!

[Jalal al-Din Rumi,1207-1273]

22 June 2009

The Curious Case on Benjamin Buttons - Quote of the Day

"For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again."

--Quote of the day from The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons

Jonathan Blum Returns to Re-Paint a Mural

Last month, Jonathan Blum returned to the Crescent City to re-paint a mural he painted in 1989. Now, there's more of a modern adaptation almost 19 years later. Jonathan used to live in the space with a friend of his that is a photographer.

The building is now home to friends of NoLA Rising, Rick and Deborah, who went through the permit procurement process to ensure that the ghastly ghost cannot illegally coat their artwork with his unsightly paint. Wanting to make sure everything was in order, the brought Joanthan down for Jazzfest and invited him to repaint his mural.

On May 2nd, 2009, they held a private party to unveil the new Rabbi that is entitled with a peace offering. Savvy news reporter Doug MacCash was on seen to do a Nola.Com video as seen below. Those of us at NoLA Rising applaud Rick, Deborah and Jonathan for brightening up the neighborhood! We could all use a little more color around New Orleans.

St. Roch Avenue mural

15 June 2009

Barrel Monsters by "U Live and You Burn"

Sometimes, there are folks who decide to make art in public. We found this story on Wooster and am repeating it here for anyone who might be interested...


Autoblog reports that a North Carolina State University student was arrested and charged with larceny for converting orange construction barrels into "Barrel Monsters". The artist, who goes by "U Live and You Burn" is seeking support by asking them to write the prosecutor on his behalf:

Wake County Prosecutor C. Colon Willoughby, Jr.
Tenth Prosecutorial District
State of North Carolina
8th Floor, Wake County Courthouse
Post Office Box 31
Raleigh, N.C. 27602-0031
telephone (919) 792-5000

Our hope is that they treat him fairly, as they did Roadsworth in Montreal.


A student at North Carolina State University has been arrested and charged with larceny for swiping some of those bright orange construction barrels from the road and creating what has been dubbed the "Barrel Monster". Joseph Carnevale, who also went by the handle "U Live and You Burn" before he was caught and his real name revealed, has made barrel art before (see gallery below), but none were so brash, or so big, as the Barrel Monster. Aside from being an artist, Carnevale also does graffiti and is an "Urban Explorer", which basically means he trespasses in all those cool places that citizens aren't supposed to go like construction sites, sewer drains and abandoned buildings.

He has also chronicled his exploits on a blog at nopromiseofsafety.com where he is currently soliciting compassionate parties to write on his behalf to the prosecutor. Let's hope the DA doesn't browse his blog, as it's filled with evidence of trespassing, vandalism and the like. Though some public property was damaged in the case of Carnevale's Barrel Monster, we do hope they let him off light. Frankly, most highways could use a Barrel Monster.

14 June 2009

Banksy Hits Up the Bristol Museum

The iconoclastic graffiti artist Banksy unveils his largest project to date this weekend, when the doors of Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery are flung open to reveal that he has “remixed” the entire building. Renowned for infiltrating museum collections without their knowledge, Banksy has this time sought co-operation from the museum’s director and used it to install marble statues of drunken ladettes and paedophile bishops amid the columns of the three-storey Edwardian baroque building. A burnt-out ice-cream van replaces the usual information counter as a policeman in riot gear rocks perpetually on a fairground horse. The sound of chicken nuggets singing fills the vast rear hall, and a live leopardskin coat sleeps on a branch. Among the museum’s collection of old masters, an oil painting of parliament is now entirely populated by monkeys.

Elsewhere, the museum’s permanent collection has been infiltrated in more subtle ways — the vitrine holding locally produced pottery now shares space with a used hash pipe (also locally produced) and the life-size Bristol biplane suspended from the ceiling provides refuge for a Guantanamo Bay escapee.

Organised under tight security, the event has been kept secret from the museum’s entire staff and trustees, allowing the artist to work inside the venue, creating what promises to be the most exciting graffiti show held in a regional southwest museum this summer.

The exhibition is open daily, 10am-5pm, until August 31; admission free

***Words jacked from The Sunday Times***

08 June 2009

ReX WerX

ReX WerX
Originally uploaded by dingler1109
A section of painting recently completed by ReX on a loose canvas, approximately 9' X 5'. Photo by N.O. Lady.

06 June 2009

NoLA Rising...Nunca Entrega Sus Suenos!

Our Brother in Arts, Charles has recently taken a position with the French Embassy. We salut him in his new endeavor! Before he went to D.C. on his current mission, he traveled South America spreading the word of NoLA Rising. In his own words:

"Attached are a few images from South America. I wish I had more but unfortunately my camera broke during the trip... too much rumba. It was an unbelievable adventure and I hope to make it an annual trek. All those that received a ReX original were extremely happy. They were a hit for sure! I was among artists (visual and performing) throughout the entire trip so everything went to good people. Your work is now being admired in Montevideo and Punta del Este, Uruguay as well as Buenos Aries, Argentina and Santiago, Chile!"

Well I be!

05 June 2009

Casey Foote at CANARY


Opening Reception Saturday, June 6th, 6p-9p

Born at Bunkie General Hospital in Bunkie, LA and raised in Cheneyville, painter Casey Foote has been creating work non-stop in the French Quarter since 2003. Foote got his BFA at LSU and taught art in Barcelona and Valencia before settling in New Orleans. The work featured at The CANARY Gallery is from 3 different series: Louisiana Landscapes, The Red Series (based on ancient myths), and The Symbolist Series: Jung's Unconscious. The show will be up during the month of June, and the opening reception will be June 6th from 6p-9pm at 329 Julia St.

04 June 2009

Endless Love Crew and 112 Greene Street

112 Greene Street Studio

The Combine and Royce Bannon of the Endless Love Crew Present “Work To Do”
March 26 – April 16


Choice Royce and Sydney

El Celso and Infinity

112 Greene Street Studio


03 June 2009

Herakut Show at Red Flagg - NEW YORK

I love getting to see new artwork, but more than that, I love getting to see new artwork from artists that I think are amazing. So, on my last jaunt up to New York to visit Sarah, we hunted down the Red Flagg Gallery in Chelsea to see the Herakut show.




To see the show, check out the Red Flagg Gallery at 638 West 28th Street between 11th and 12th, Ny Ny - 207-522-1194 -

MAY 21 thru JULY 3


02 June 2009

The Inkwell Press

Every so often, I dig around the internet and see what's out there. I used to spend all day doing it and then all night lurking the streets. Now, I rarely have time for either. So when the rare chance comes along, I plop my butt down and check out what's near and dear to the heart of New Orleans.

Imagine my surprise when I came across the InkWell Press site. Since I know the owner, you'd think I would have known where it was. Given that I know we've talked about it, I'm glad to be able to say, "hey everybody, check this out." It's a full design studio, screen printing and cd producing shop for New Orleanians to go to.

The Inkwell Press uses water-based eco-friendly inks and materials. Located in the heart of the Bywater, Inkwell is dedicated to sustainable business practices and providing quality products for artists, musicians and businesses alike.

About the t-shirt, the Etsy store has this description listed: "A graphically touched photo of the St. Louis cathedral. I like its gothic appeal and New Orleans nostalgia. Its not really a religious homage, but an architectural one. Either way it is a part of New Orleans imagery that is ingrained in our psyche."