BACK IN BUSINESS FOR 2014!

I’m more than happy to announce that Be Nice Art Friends is back in business. Thanks friends for your patience through all the technical difficulties, and thanks friends who helped to get us back on track! :)

Today you get a little bit of everything to get things rolling! First, some music!

Tuesday tunes on Wednesday:












GENTLEMAN’S GAME

A lot of great things happening over at GENTLEMAN’S GAME!
They have a new limited series out right now so get them while they are hot!
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Follow them on Facebook HERE!


FIELD PROJECTS

Join Field Projects on Wednesday February 5th for the New York launch of Christopher Rodriguez’s book, “Sublime Cultivation”. The event will be running from 6 – 8 pm.
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Follow Field Projects on Facebook HERE!


ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN

Watch these two handsome studs rock the clock at Remix at tomorrow, January 30th at 8 pm! The more the merrier, and the more the more tunes we get to enjoy! ;)
27 Park Place
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Follow Abominable Snowman on Facebook HERE!


AWESOME ANIMALS:

Sea Slug : Elysia chlorotica
They look leafy and there’s good reason! These little guys perform a cool trick called kleptoplasty. They utilize the chloroplasts from the algae they eat by absorbing them into their outer membrane. They can then collect the energy of the sun as a source of food…

yeah I know!
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Thank you for coming by, and look forward to more updates and news!

Best Wishes and a Happy 2014!,
JOEY!

RYAN MICHAEL COMMINS

WC GALLERY

Join Working Class Gallery as they introduce the works of Brooklyn based artist Ryan Michael Commins at their first ever event at Deluxe Salon in Williamsburg.

October 19, 2013 : Saturday
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Deluxe Salon
211 N. 4th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Additional info:
workingclassmag.com

INTERVIEW : ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN

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A few weeks ago, I had my first Abominable Snowman sighting! In Brooklyn! I know! And it wasn’t even snowing!
I’m talking about the fantastic band Abominable Snowman, comprised of the very talented Don Porcella and Roland Auer.

I had a great time hanging, talking, and even banging on the bongos, while talking about their music and their debut album “Gasoline Rainbow”.


Here’s their new music video for “Getting Used To It”

Don and Roland have been playing together for a while, and they had all this music, so they started to contemplate how they could release it. The days of the CD are pretty much over, releasing on vinyl is one option, but the internet, and the acquisition of music digitally has taken reign over where fans get their albums.
One of their goals was to give listeners a unique experience in getting their album. They’ve created an Abominable Snowman action figure (made by Don Porcella) containing the music. Pull off his head and bam, you have a thumb drive containing the full album.

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HERE IT IS! :)

Their sound warms my spirit, and the more I listened, the more I heard influences from Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Neil Young, to just about the entire rest of cast of the Traveling Wilburys. I even heard a little Walker Brothers in there.
Starting out as two people, they’ve found their own sound taking the traditional and transforming it by incorporating electronic and found elements. Clinking glasses together, tapping pipes, etc. were part of the samples they used for their tracks. They turned them into wonderful elements in their music. They consider themselves from a folk-tronica background, without staying too tied to it. Don comes from a folk background, while Roland comes from an electronic background as well as many others. It’s the type of music that hones in appreciation from a lot of different crowds. A fan of Wilco would enjoy it, while a fan of Guided By Voices, or even Tom Petty would like it. One of their goals is to eventually be a full membered band, while still maintaining their core sound. Check out their new single “Misery” below. Also check out their debut album “Gasoline Rainbow” through the link below the album art.


Their new single “Misery”

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Album Art Work by Don Porcella
Check out the rest of their debut album on SoundCloud.
CLICK HERE!

For more updates about the band, new music, and other awesome content follow them on facebook HERE.

THE LOST COMMUNITY IN PHOTOS

I live in Floral Park, well actually, as of recent it has been decided that I officially live in Glen Oaks (according to the US Postal Service as well as both towns respectively). I am part of the Lost Community.

It is a circle of towns dubbed so during post world war two times. When our veterans came home, this particular area served as an ideal living opportunity. Due to the rapid population growth and housing built, the postal service needed to make sure they would get their mail out on time. They decided to make every person an occupant of Floral Park, Glen Oaks, Bellrose, Little Neck, and New Hyde Park (the west end) all at once. Mail could be sourced out easier, and would get to its recipients in a timely manner.

Since then, the town lines have become so blurred that it’s almost served as a bermuda triangle of sorts. I’ve been stopped while walking by drivers on the road asking me what town they are in, followed by a declaration of the town they needed to be in. Sure enough it would always either be Floral Park, Glen Oaks, Bellrose, New Hyde Park, or Little Neck. I’ve even been revisited by a lost driver, semi frustrated saying ” I drove up four blocks and asked someone else and they said I was in Bellrose, and i looked right and saw a sign a few blocks away for the Glen Oaks shopping center, you told me I was in Floral Park!”.

Growing up here was a unique experience. The suburbs of Queens, where the city meets the island, creates an almost perfect middle ground to live. You can have the city and its hustle and bustle, but you can also have the island, going to the beaches and walking the town. Then, when you’ve had it all, you can go home. It acted as the inspiration for my first series of serious works, “The Monsters of the Lost Community”.

“I come from suburban America. It was a very safe environment and it was a good place to come from in that it was a good place to leave.”
– Robert Mapplethorpe
(he grew up in Floral Park)

Here is the first part of a five part set of photos I have taken of the Lost Community. It will also include some of the work I mentioned above as the set continues. I work on the island, as well as in the city area. When I have had it all, I come home. When I decide to go for a walk, this is what I see.


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Warding off evil spirits.
(sidenote, when I uploaded this photo to the post, set to our width of 450 pixels, the height equaled 666 pixels, creepy huh?)

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Bushes

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Sunflowers

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Tree Skewers, or Goal Posts, or The Landing Site

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One of the North Shore Towers.

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Super Rock

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If you stand on the Super Rock this is what you see.

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The moon as seen from my corner


photographs taken by Joseph Karwacki with iphone 4s.