Johnaker Paints The Town

by Brian Slattery | Feb 5, 2016 12:00 pm | Comments (1)

Brian Johnson, one half of the art team Johnaker, held the frame of the silkscreen still. Graham Honaker, the other half, applied the magenta paint.

“See how this ink is ... gak-like?” Honaker said. Johnson nodded. It was the kind of comment that might suggest that maybe the silkscreening was in trouble. But not under Honaker’s steady hand, as he spread the paint evenly to apply one of Johnaker’s images to a shirt that already had a little paint on it, which made it a perfect sacrifice for a demonstration. He used one of Johnaker’s most popular images: a smiling salt shaker on roller skates brandishing a porterhouse steak on a fork, which Johnson and Honaker call Speef.

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Yale-New Haven “Art Corridor” Revitalized

by Allan Appel | Feb 4, 2016 12:00 pm | Comments (1)

Allan Appel Photo When photographer Terry Wild submitted a color evocation of a bench at the beach for display at a hospital in Pennsylvania, it was rejected for suggesting isolation and being too depressing for ill patients and their visiting families.

At Yale-New Haven Hospital’s St. Raphael campus, Wild’s image of the bench by the sea easily made the cut.

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An Amphibious Assault

by Alessandro Powell | Feb 3, 2016 12:00 pm

Hartford’s Amphibious Man, a jammy, grungy, surf rock band with a vaguely Spanish sound, opened its set at Cafe Nine last Thursday with their tidal wave of a single, “Laureline.” (The video stands as a DIY triumph.) As the song wound down, singer and guitarist Jason Principi turned around and slowly pressed his heel onto one of the many pedals that filled his effects briefcase. It let the audience catch a glimpse of Principi’s guitar strap, thoroughly duct-taped to his Stratocaster.

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