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Joe Grillo & Jason McLean at Allegra LaViola

Joe Grillo o-pee-chee dirt pileLongtime friends, Joe Grillo and Jason McLean opened a new exhibit at Allegra LaViola on the Lower East Side entitled O-Pee-Chee Dirt Pile. The exhibition is comprised of drawings, collage, painting and installation works by the two artists both collaboratively and solo.

The exhibition is a playground for the eye, with hundreds of individual, colorful works lining the walls of the expansive LES space. Individually, the artwork is playful and familiar with intricate, hand-drawn lines. There is also a wall that has reference pieces for the work and one wall comprised solely of drawings of red-orange bats.

Also of note was the graffitti wall in the back courtyard that was actively painted on throughout the show. Somehow I left the reception with drips of blue spraypaint all down my right arm…

All in all, the work is entertaining as always.

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My week with Dearraindrop

In October 2010, my friends Joe Grillo, Laura Grant, and Owen Osborn of the artist collective Dearraindrop along with Pop Art legend, Kenny Scharf had a show at The Hole Gallery in New York City. The Hole is a new gallery in Soho run by Kathy Grayson and Meghan Coleman – gallerinas extraordinaire, who previously worked with Jeffrey Deitch at Deitch Projects – and wanted to fill the “hole” in the downtown art scene in NYC.

I had the wonderful opportunity to spend the week at The Hole as they got ready for the show aptly titled, Hot Glue Hullabaloo (for the amount of hot glue used to create Cosmic Cavern by Kenny Scharf and the “junk sculptures” by Joe Grillo).

Here is my week in photos:

Joe Grillo Painting

My week starts with Joe Grillo painting.

Laura Grant and Owen Osborn

Laura Grant and Owen Osborn get ready to install the trigger synthesizers with gourd speakers and the guitars.

Tea Party LL Cool J Contest Next Door

Tea Party LL Cool J Contest Next Door

Found this note from Owen in the morning: Went to Philadelphia. Back for lunch.

Synthesizers and Gourds

When Owen returned, we installed the synthesizers and gourds.

Guitars

Then we installed the guitars.

Placement

The next day, we put everything in place for the opening.

Kenny Scharf spray-painting

Kenny Scharf spray paints.

Laura Grant

Laura Grant wearing her own hand-made dress, standing in front of her painting.

Joe Grillo in Cosmic Cavern

Joe in the Cosmic Cavern.

Owen Osborn with Kaleidoloops

Owen toting around his Kaleidoloops.

Meghan Coleman and Kathy Grayson

The Hole Gallery owners, Meghan Coleman and Kathy Grayson.

Lady Miss Kier

Lady Miss Kier plays the guitar.

Scott Brewster

Hole gallerist, Scott Brewster, wearing a Dearraindrop hoodie.

Maria Kucinski, Joe Grillo, Laura Grant at Hot Glue Hullabaloo opening

All in all, I had an amazing time working with these talented artists on an awesome and fun show.

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