Category Archives: INSIDE THE STUDIO

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! 😉
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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

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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

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.

BABA YAGA

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Had the pleasure of seeing Baba Yaga perform at Good Bye Blue Monday in Brooklyn this passed Friday. These guys can really rock out, bring the funk…and rock your socks off, out the door, and down the block! If you haven’t heard them perform, your missing out. Like them on facebook for more information about upcoming performances and other releases here… BABA YAGA

Happy Sunday folks!

LIMITED EDITION VALENTINES DAY ART FOR SALE! : COLLABORATIVE PIECES BY RACHEL MEULER AND JOSEPH KARWACKI!

Hello friends! We know Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, so we wanted to give you the opportunity to give your loved one something special this year! All of the work in this limited series comes framed and ready to go, and at an affordable price! Get one for your love before they are all gone! 🙂

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5 x 7 INCH PIECES : MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER : $100 !

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4 x 5 INCH PIECES : MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER : $60 !

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2.5 x 3.5 INCH PIECES : MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER : $30 !

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Contact us at joekarwacki@gmail.com for all purchases and inquiries.

Happy Valetine’s Day from two artists who love each other very much!

– Joseph Karwacki & Rachel Meuler