dylan egon

the random files – jersey city style

I had been hearing about Jersey City for a while now.  Several photos on other blogs had totally piqued my interest as many of my favorite artists have been creating work out there.  There comes a time when you are a NYer when traveling to places like Jersey City, New Jersey (even though it is just 15 minutes from Wall Street) are travels into the vast unknown of the wasteland that lies beyond.

So the Path Train it was, complete with its Disney Man like announcements and clean shiny seats. Easy ride to Grove Street and the adventure began.   I didn’t have a clue where any specific pieces were but the exploring proved fruitful and with the exception of a couple here and there,  I think I found everything I went looking for.

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Downtown Jersey City is actually quite lovely.  It has a quaint American Main Street feeling with a wonderful burst of diversity. The glass and steel is slowing creeping in, but hopefully some of the charm will survive.

First of the artists I had come to see, Alice Pasquini.  I had photographed a piece of hers a week or so ago down in Little Italy.  If you head over to my instagram feed @bytegirl24 you will find her behind the Italian Flag.

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Next up Li Hill.

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Another of my favorites Case Ma’Claim

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This one blew me away in person.  Like a surreal fantasy dream, shades of Tim Burton.  Dulk is a visionary.

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Ekundayo

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Hudson Valley Art Supply is the proud host to a couple of pieces by Dylan Egon  including Petey below.  Be sure if you are there to look for Target Mickey in their window.

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We even had the good fortune to stumble on work in progress.  Nanook and Mataruda busy with the paint rollers.  Always good to have a reason to want to go back.  Can’t wait to see the finished piece.

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Another beauty by Li Hill.

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Pixel Pancho is one of those artists that really blows my mind.  If you remember back during the Bushwick Block Party he and Case Ma’Claim  collaborated on a pretty crazy piece of genius… you can find it in this blog post:

https://bytegirlphotography.com/2014/06/10/once-more-we-go/

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And a new one on me, an instant favorite and certainly someone whose work I will be eagerly seeking out from now on, NoseGo.

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Last place to walk by, Dylan Egon’s.  He had posted a photo online of the Sandy High Water Mark he painted on the front of his studio and I had to see it for myself.  Still hard to believe how much damage this area took.  Really puts it all in perspective.

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All and all a pretty successful day,  still have a couple of pieces to hunt down on the next trip into the wilds of Jersey.

So,  next time then…

scenes from an opening

Throughout my life I have had the great fortune of making the acquaintance of a few truly talented people.  One of these is Dylan Egon. He is one of the gifts photography has given me.   

I have been photographing Dylan’s work in the wild for a few years now.

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It was through this photo that I actually met Dylan and his mother, who is now a good friend. But that is a story for another day, a story of New York serendipity with a touch of Santa Fe magic thrown in.

Last night was the opening of Dylan’s newest show at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in Chelsea.  Entitled ‘American Holy Relics’ it is a great example of the scope of Dylan’s talents.  I am not a critic and I don’t always know the right words to explain why and how art touches me but I will attempt a few.  

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Every piece, every idea is clean, clear and crisp.  Perfection on every level.  His drawings are sharp and graphic, as well they should be considering he draws with an x acto knife (YES an X ACTO KNIFE).  The sharpness translates to a bold, pop in your face.  I love the lines,  always the perfect number,  no extra or out of the way.  His assemblages takes the often mundane and elevates it by accentuating clean lines and smooth surfaces.  And I love the message,  the turning of icons and the slight twist to show that maybe there is something deeper, a puzzle hidden in our culture of excess.

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The artist, Dylan Egon

 

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Congratulations to Dylan.  It was a crowded and seemed to be quite a well received opening.  I look forward to reading reviews in the upcoming days.

If you are in the NYC area the show runs thru May 3rd,  check this link for more info:

http://jonathanlevinegallery.com

To see more of Dylan’s work:

http://dylanegon.us/

http://regenerationfurniture.com/dylan-egon/