Antonio Estupinan

Antonio  Estupinan, oil paint, the white mesh from the inside of my old swimming trunks, reborn art stretcher pieces, staples, 2011, 13 1/2″ x 7 1/17″

backside revealed

3/4 view

INSTALLED: Ben & Jerry’s

 

Installed and left This S Ur Brain This S Ur Brain On Drugs at Providence’s Ben & Jerry’s located at 237 Meeting Street.

 

 

keithallyn, ben & jerry's, providence

 

 

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INSTALLED: East Side Pediatrics, Providence

Installed and left Da Idea Of Oppression S Used 2 Obscure Transcendence at East Side Pediatrics located at 154 Waterman St # 3 in Providence, Rhode Island. My sons’ pediatrician works there — fine, fine people.

eastside pediatrics, providence, ri, tracey myatt, keithallyn

 

Da Idea Of Oppression S Used 2 Obscure Transcendence

 

Da Idea Of Oppression S Used 2 Obscure Transcendence, oil, green chile burlap potato sack, wood, staples, 2011, 415/16″ x 4 13/16″

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INSTALLED: United States Post Office

 

 

 

Installed and left Consuela Jimenez at the United States Post Office branch located at 24 Corliss St # 100.

I had been meaning to install a painting here for a while since my family and I frequent this branch quite often, but I always hesitated for some reason or another (too many customers around, lingering employees, and paranoia).  usps providenceThis time around seemed perfect as I was about to exit the building; however, as soon as I placed the painting, I realized that a front/help desk postal worker was watching me the whole time from a convex security mirror. I skipped out before photographing the installation. A confrontation in here, federal property, worried me a bit. Maybe they’d be concern it was a bomb or something so I preferred not to take the extra second to take the pic and find out. I bolted. usps providence, keithallyn, painting, graffiti, streetart, intervention

BUT Then, I went back the next day to see if I could luckily grab a pic still and there it was, in the same place I had left it. I couldn’t believe it. Maybe she hadn’t noticed or maybe she didn’t care.

Not originally getting the photo bummed me out and made me realize it is not completely just about the gesture as I had always convinced myself. The documentation is fairly important, too. For one, it’s proof of the act and two, I enjoy looking back and reminiscing about the moment. Don’t get me wrong, the photo document is not the art…or maybe it is, whatever. If I can get a photo of it, I will; but, I won’t be hiring a professional photographer any time soon.

 

 

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INSTALLED: Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island

Past 0ld Friends R Better n d Left was installed and left at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island’s 6th floor family waiting room. I’ll never be able to gain access to this area to see how long it remained for as it is restricted to those visiting family or friends who have just delivered their beautiful (or ugly) babies. I’ve gotta a hunch it’ll be there for a while. It looked Goood in there!

Past 0ld Friends R Better n d Left, oil, old wooden bits and pieces, discarded art fragments, paint residue, staples, 2011, 28/2″ x 6.5493″

 

 

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INSTALLED: Providence Children’s Museum

“Keep and Clean Your Dirty Sex Fights” — Kevin Tocino  installed and left at the Providence Children’s Museum Coming to Rhode Island exhibit.

(installation view)

 

“Keep and Clean Your Dirty Sex Fights” — Kevin Tocino, oil, ink, gamsol scum, clorox bleach, canvas, found wood, staples, 2011, 8″ x 4.556663239389298383929238292300329834282920320323293289320032932893203429239832932040432932093203293420903293290320″

 

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Introducing Baby Dimas

We just had our second baby, yeah!!!

Se llama Dimas Juan. He weighed in at 8lbs 13oz at 11:01 in the morning of August 5th — 10 fingers, 10 toes, great health, and we’re mucho mucho lucky to have him.

“Dimas” comes from my wife’s grandmother’s brother who died when he was just a boy and “Juan” comes from my mother’s grandfather.

Dimas is a grump, a thumb-sucker, alien-like (as all newborns are), and beyond beautiful. I advise you all to run out and have babies if you can. They’ll make you completely scared and utterly joyful at the same time.

Our first born, Ethan, has been super excited and has already started picking on his lil bro: squeezing his head, poking his eye, yelling in his ear, among other and many-more-to-come nuisances.

We r excited and just wanted to share our joy w/ u all. Thnx b to God/the universe/the powers that be for giving us such awesomeness.

 

 

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Fernando Lavenant

Fernando Lavenant, oil paint, my son’s old underwear Toy Story 3 edition – size 5T, old wooden stretcher scraps, paint residue, staples, 2011, 8 2/9″ x 4.0″

backside revealed

3/4 views

REJECTED: HousEART proposal

 

The HousEART Project, a Smith Hill Community Development Corporation initiative, denied my project proposal as pictured above in a digital mockup. Their website describes HousEART as “… a community-wide transformative art project.  It connects artists with neighborhood volunteers in order to bring life and color to foreclosed, vacant houses…”  Their “call for artists” specs granted those awarded a $400 stipend and one or two assistants from the local neighborhood to help each artist. Not bad, eh?

Long story short, my project would have consisted of site-specific paintings, looking much like what my current work is now, garnished around the facade of the foreclosed building. They would have been placed anywhere but locations that may be used for exterior decoration (hence, almost anywhere I wanted, but I gotta give myself some boundaries). The paintings would have remained to run parallel with the structure’s neglect, becoming a marker for change or a lack thereof. Their eventual and hopeful complete removal would have signaled a move toward positive development of the property and neighborhood. Yeahhhh!!

It was worth a shot. Can’t get ’em all. What’s good news w/out bad news? Right? Right!

 

 

 

 

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Juan Leyva

Juan  Leyva, oil, my son’s old underwear-size 3T, wood, staples, 2011, 8 1/3″ x 3 99/100″

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Consuela Jimenez

 

 

 

 

Installed and left Consuela Jimenez at the United States Post Office branch located at 24 Corliss St # 100.

I had been meaning to install a painting here for a while since my family and I frequent this branch quite often, but I always hesitated for some reason or another (too many customers around, lingering employees, and paranoia).  This time around seemed perfect as I was about to exit the building; however, as soon as I placed the painting, I realized that a front/help desk postal worker was watching me the whole time from a convex security mirror. I skipped out before photographing the installation. A confrontation in here, federal property, worried me a bit. Maybe they’d be concern it was a bomb or something so I preferred not to take the extra second to take the pic and find out. I bolted. usps providence, keithallyn, painting, graffiti, streetart, intervention

BUT Then, I went back the next day to see if I could luckily grab a pic still and there it was, in the same place I had left it. I couldn’t believe it. Maybe she hadn’t noticed or maybe she didn’t care.

Not originally getting the photo bummed me out and made me realize it is not completely just about the gesture as I had always convinced myself. The documentation is fairly important, too. For one, it’s proof of the act and two, I enjoy looking back and reminiscing about the moment. Don’t get me wrong, the photo document is not the art…or maybe it is, whatever. If I can get a photo of it, I will; but, I won’t be hiring a professional photographer any time soon.

 

 

Consuela Jimenez, oil, SpongeBob Square Pants pajama bottoms-size 5T, discarded art stretcher (reborn), staples, 2011, 10 1/19″ x 6 5/6″

backside revealed

 

3/4 views

Proof Positive of Negative Results: “Life S Like a Bowl of Cherries, U Never No What U Gonna Get”

 

A month after the painting was installed outside the front of an abandoned house I realized it was finally gone; however, as I slowly drove by, I could barely make out a pinkish hue coming off the floor of the front porch. There it lie, tossed aside, my first proof of a negative encounter between the painting and public viewer.

Life S Like a Bowl of Cherries, U Never No What U Gonna Get

 

All of the overgrown weeds, bushes, and collected trash and debris had been removed. Someone apparently came to clean up the property, but why not toss the painting in the trash with the other garbage?

Maybe it was a slight nod by the workman for me to re-install it if I ever returned or maybe it was a gesture of disapproval. ???

Nonetheless, this is the only second painting I have left outside and I’m starting to believe they resonate more with a traditional graffiti agenda than the ones I leave inside public places which I feel associate with a populist/gift economy agenda. Although, I have no idea if the paintings I’ve installed inside public venues are actually regarded as a gift from those who encounter them, or as a nuisance quickly tossed in the garbage.

I haven’t decided if I will reposition, replace it with a different painting, leave it there on the floor, or just forget about the whole thing.

…to be continued…

 

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