Made on the LES: Oofu Live Video Art

The Oofu truck of summers past has gone brick-and-mortar on Stanton Street.

It all started in a rented U-Haul truck. For three summers, partners George Cooper and Ryan Kovolak, both architects and self-described “frustrated high designers” rented a truck, slapped their sign on it, and drove the streets of Lower Manhattan seeking out people to perform in front of their video cameras. It was karaoke, it was art, it was fun.

As of last week, the project/business/art experiment they call Oofu has found a more permanent home — and an even wider range of possibilities — on the LES.

“It’s the kind of thing that can only happen in New York, and there’s no better neighborhood for it than this one,” says Cooper, who lives nearby on Forsyth Street and maintains an office for his other business, Koop Architecture + Media, on Chrystie Street. “We are looking to make new content, to just throw everything out, and make something different.”

Vandal Expressionism Takes Over Le Salon D’Art

Exactly What The Hell is Vandal Expressionism?” the debut solo exhibition of NYC-based artist (and long-time Lower East Side resident) Joseph Meloy will open this Thursday at Le Salon d’Art (90 Stanton Street).  They’ll be celebrating with a reception from 7-10pm. So what the hell is it?  Mr. Meloy explains it as: A hieroglyphic graffiti-inflected take on the spirit of abstract expressionism, Vandal Expressionism is a veritable child of New York City, drawing as much from the Abstract Expressionists of the 1940’s and 50’s as from the hordes of graffiti taggers whose scribbles and scrawls wallpaper our streets.