Last Cigarette

June 6, 2009


The next artist we’d like you to get familiar with is Robert Slawinski. He has studied electrical engineering in his native Poland and  computer graphics and 3D animation at Pratt Institute in New York. He has always been fascinated by classic cartoons, especially Tex Avery’s classics and Tom & Jerry series. Some of those classic animated tales inspired a story of a spider who tries to quit smoking, which materialized as Robert‘s thesis project, 4-minute 3D short “The Last Cigarette”. The film (which he he wrote, directed and animated himself) was subsequently shown at few international animation festivals, including Ars Electronica in Linz; it also won 1st prize in animation as well as the Audience Award at the New York Independent Film & Animation Festival.
In case you asked, he has never smoked in his life.


Ticket To The Moon

June 5, 2009


Cary Conover is a freelance photographer, working and living in New York City. His work appears regularly in the Village Voice and The New York Times, but his true passion is black and white street photography in the tradition of Henri Cartier-Bressson. Lately, Cary has been experimenting with digital technology, especially with time lapse technique. Combined with his utter fascination with cosmos, moon and its motion, he’d been going up to New York City’s rooftops, trying to catch the path of the moon and creating a beautiful, out-of-this world journey. It’s called “Lunar Motion Studies” and you can see it projected at Tom&Jerry’s bar on Sunday, June 7th.

Photographic Journey

June 4, 2009


Meet Aristide Economopoulos, who is a photojournalist and is kind enough to share with us his photographic journey to Cuba in 2001 on Sunday. He’s been a staff photographer at The Newark Star-Ledger since 2000 and covered local to international assignments, ranging from the 9/11 attacks in New York City, Athens Olympics, to hog wrestling in Indiana.

He’s an accomplished and well regarded artist – through his work, he has won numerous awards including World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International and the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism. Aris is also a three-time winner of NYC & NJ Press Photographer of the Year. In 2005 he was part of the staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting.
Aris resides in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and fellow photojournalist Julia Xanthos.

Smells Like Dream Spirit

June 3, 2009


We’re excited to introduce Lucia Jeesun Lee, the first artist that’s going to be presented at “Real Art For real people, vol.3” (remember: June 7th, at 6pm, at Tom&Jerry’s bar!)

Her name is Lucia Jeesun Lee and she’s a recent graduate of Interactive Telecommunicaton Program at NYU. But, more importantly, she also happens to be an incurable dreamer, and you can see it in her work. As a child, Lucia wanted to be: a painter, poet, pirate, inventor, writer, architect, and astronaut (not necessarily all at once). Now, through her video installations, interactive screens and objects, motion graphic, animation, peformance and photography, Lucia wants to make another dream come true. She wants to bring life to urban landscapes, connect strangers in the city and Remind citizens of their forgotten dream.

Do you remember what your dream is? Maybe, looking at two of her video animations – “Dream” and “One”, you’ll remember?

Save The Date!

June 2, 2009

It’s that time again! We’re happy to announce: “Real Art For Real People, Vol.3” is happening this weekend! This time, we’re having a “Night of the Moving Pictures” – projection of picture and paintings slideshow, timelapse, animation and video art. Come by and check it out on Sunday, June 7th, at 6pm.