LEGENDS OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE
Edited by Clayton Patterson, Troy Harris, and Orlando Bonilla
New York City Collectors Edition 2011 | Hardcover
BOOK COVER & DESCRIPTION
CHARACTERS LIST: Clayton Patterson + Joe McCarthy SEMZ + Dash Snow SACER + Jim “Mosaic Man” Power + Luther Vandross + Kevin Harris + Doron Lamb + Elsa Rensaa + Harold Hunter + Chico Garcia + Soe + Peter Missing + Sen4 + Luis Guzman + Roberto “Tru Life” Rosado + Freaky Frige + Angel “LAII” Ortiz + Donte Harris + Tom Otterness + Lucien Bahaj + Zac Bahaj + A-Ron Bondoroff + Jerry Pagane + Ai Weiwei
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THE VILLAGER | Nov 24, 2011 | Colorful L.E.S. characters are ready and waiting for crayons by David Austin: Representing the ultimate correlation between hard work and hard fun, and bridging the gap between youth and age, “Legends Of The Lower East Side” seeks to highlight both the diversity of the neighborhood as well as the multifaceted and truly timeless characters that dot the streets between 14th St. and the Brooklyn Bridge. From the timeless soul music of Luther Vandross to the high-energy skateboard skronk of Harold Hunter, the Lower East Side lives and breathes through this book.
This project began as a bit of a laugh between three guys talking it out at the Outlaw Art Museum on Essex St. Clayton Patterson had this idea of publishing books on his own, the dream of getting the gears of the machine turning hot during the brutal summer months. Troy Harris and Orlando Bonilla saw the spark in the idea…but what to publish? The answer is now before you, as 24 pages of the joy of the creative process sprawl out for you to color in.
Before you go about setting markers and crayons to these pages, give your itching fingers a break and take a look at the intricate shading and fine inks of Bonilla. Admire how he captures the essence of his subjects, finding the unholy balance between fine and street art.
One must also take into account the endless hours of discussions, visions, planning and dreaming that both Patterson and Harris put out there in order to achieve the end result. This project completely embodies the true love for the neighborhood and all of its ghosts that Patterson and Harris express in all of their work. From book publishing to filmmaking, their work stands on its own as authentic documentation of an era that still lives on, even if time — and gentrification — seeks to take it all away
Sadly, several of the subjects contained herein are no longer with us. While this project was conceived in fun, keep in mind that we may never see the likes of Harold Hunter or Dash Snow again. Everybody in this book stands equal among their fellow giants, and “Legends Of The Lower East Side” is a reminder of the importance of every human life and that their important contributions to the culture of the Lower East Side (and thus, the world) are not forgotten.
So, enjoy the work…feel the passion…grab your favorite coloring utensils and get to coloring. Make your own art.
BOWERY BOOGIE | Nov 30, 2011 | Legends of the Lower East Side: How else can the Lower East Side be packaged and commodified, you ask with bated breath? Good question. It’s not merely enough to have an official clothing line (LES Clothing Co.) and a cable series (How to Make it in America). Time to welcome the arrival of a new downtown-themed coloring book, featuring the outlined likenesses of many “colorful” neighborhood luminaries. Both past and present. Behold, Legends of the Lower East Side!
As David Austin reports in the current edition of The Villager, Legends of the Lower East Side was a genius collaborative effort forged in the Outlaw Art Museum over the summer among photographer-owner Clayton Patterson, and artists Troy Harris and Orlando Bonilla. Patterson was kind enough to divulge more details on the project, as well as all the mock pages you see herewith.
Legends of the Lower East Side will likely run in the $12.00 range, depending on the cost of printing, which Patterson plans to keep in the neighborhood (Source Unltd on 9th Street). As it stands, the book boasts twenty-four characters, each with a coloring page and bio. Distribution will likely be of the grassroots variety, with hand deliveries in as many local establishments as possible - book shops, galleries, etc. We want one!
FLAVOR WIRE | Dec 5, 2011 | ‘Legends of the Lower East Side’ Get Their Own Coloring Book by Alison Nastasi: The Lower East Side (LES) neighborhood has been the subject of countless movies, songs, and stories — but now the downtown locale has its own coloring book. Legends of the Lower East Side is a collaboration between Outlaw Art Museum owner and photographer Clayton Patterson, and artists Troy Harris and Orlando Bonilla. The roughly $12 book (not on sale just yet) features 24 of the neighborhood’s most iconic and colorful characters — several no longer with us. In keeping with the spirit of the project, Patterson intends to sell them locally. Everyone from artist Dash Snow SACER and activist Ai Weiwei are included. Click through for a preview of the book, see who you recognize, and debate who should or shouldn’t be included below.
ANIMAL | Dec 5, 2011 | Legends of the Lower East Side, The Coloring Book by Marina Galperina: Got spawn? Peek at the Legends of the Lower East Side coloring book from the Outlaw Art Museum, photographer-owner Clayton Patterson and artists Troy Harris and Orlando Bonilla. It’s a good antidote to those, other hate-bred coloring books and a chance to turn your LES nostalgia into something productive, like arguing about who deserves or doesn’t deserve to be in this thing in front of the kiddies. Featuring twenty-four debatable characters, from Jim “Mosaic Man” Powers to Ai Weiwei and on, it will be printed (eventually) and sold (locally) for $12.00 a pop.
BOWERY BOOGIE | Dec 6, 2011 | Legends of the Lower East Side | Coloring Books Now Available: Sharpen the worn-down Crayolas and uncap those assorted magic markers, as the Legends of the Lower East Side coloring book is available sooner than initially thought. Just in time for your holiday shopping spree, in fact. One-third of the collective brain behind the project, Clayton Patterson, informs us that a limited supply is currently for sale inside his Outlaw Art Museum at 161 Essex Street. Prices run $12 a pop. Ring the bell, and get ‘em while you still can!
As previously reported, Legends of the Lower East Side is an artistic collaboration between Patterson, and artists Troy Harris, and Orlando Bonilla. Collectively, the trio pays homage to twenty-four “colorful” neighborhood characters, both past and present, famous and obscure. Each chosen personality boasts a full-page drawing plus a bonus bio.
EAST VILLAGE RADIO | Dec 6, 2011 | Outside the Lines: Legends of the Lower East Side Coloring Books Out Now: Sharpen the worn-down Crayolas and uncap those assorted magic markers, as the Legends of the Lower East Side coloring book is available sooner than initially thought. Just in time for your holiday shopping spree for that hard-to-find gift for the burgeoning artist who wants to keep it loal. One-third of the collective brain behind the project, Clayton Patterson, informs Bowery Boogie that a limited supply is currently for sale inside his Outlaw Art Museum at 161 Essex Street. Prices run $12 a pop. Ring the bell, and get ‘em while you still can. More info direct from our pals at the Boog as below.
The book boasts twenty-four characters, each with a coloring page and bio. Distribution will [likely] be of the grassroots variety, with hand deliveries in as many local establishments as possible - book shops, galleries, etc. Characters list (which includes the likenesses of Mosaic Man and Luther Vandross) is below the full on image of street artist, Chico. Who do you want to toss some colors on?
ARTS JOURNAL 12/18/2011 | Color Them In: Legends of the Lower East Side by Jan Herman: I can't let the year end without taking note of a new coloring book — yes, a coloring book — titled Legends of the Lower East Side. It's a collaboration of the artists Troy Harris, Orlando Bonilla and the unstoppable documentarian Clayton Patterson. The book features their confederates in nonconformity, artistry, community activism, and "colorfulness." If the International Herbert Marcuse Society were to give a Great Refusal prize to honor colorful outsiders, Patterson should get it. Since there is no such prize, a coloring book will have to do.
I've written about Patterson before, the first time in connection with 326 Years of Hip, a group show of outsider artists Mary Beach, Taylor Mead, Boris Lurie, and Herbert Huncke, which Patterson produced and curated in 2005. I wrote about him again in connection with Lurie and the NO!art movement. But that only scratched the surface of someone I think of as the opposite of what Marcuse called one-dimensional man.
Patterson — rightly dubbed a "docucontrarian" — has lived a multidimensional life of exemplary defiance and commitment. His record of arrests for antagonizing authority is by itself enough to put him in a category far above extraordinary. If you asked Patterson what he's proudest of, however, he would probably point to the massive archive he has created with his partner Elsa Rensaa, who is also featured in the Legends coloring book.
Their archive documents the people, culture, and history of Manhattan's Lower East Side, and captures the neighborhood's dramatic changes over the past three decades with hundreds of thousands of photographs, approximately 2,500 hours of video, and a unique collection of ephemera. Many of Patterson's projects are a direct outgrowth of the huge amount of material he has gathered as a historical legacy, including a handful of books — Inside Out (1994), Wildstyle (2003), Captured (2005), Resistance (2007), Arabic Tattoos (2007), and the Front Door Book (2009) -- all of them dedicated in one way or other to free expression. ►more