Loudly Crying Face | 2017

Loudly Crying Face | 2017

1 of 50 prints in the series Smiling Face with Tears of Joy. Titles of emoji's randomly combined with different toned backgrounds.

Confused Face | 2017

Confused Face | 2017

1 of 50 prints in the series Smiling Face with Tears of Joy. Titles of emoji's randomly combined with different toned backgrounds.

Thinking Face | 2017

Thinking Face | 2017

1 of 50 prints in the series Smiling Face with Tears of Joy. Titles of emoji's randomly combined with different toned backgrounds.

Anguished Face | 2017

Anguished Face | 2017

1 of 50 prints in the series Smiling Face with Tears of Joy. Titles of emoji's randomly combined with different toned backgrounds.

Smiling Face with Open Mouth | 2017

Smiling Face with Open Mouth | 2017

1 of 50 prints in the series Smiling Face with Tears of Joy. Titles of emoji's randomly combined with different toned backgrounds.

Face with Tears of Joy | 2017

Face with Tears of Joy | 2017

1 of 50 prints in the series Smiling Face with Tears of Joy. Titles of emoji's randomly combined with different toned backgrounds.

Worried Face | 2017

Worried Face | 2017

1 of 50 prints in the series Smiling Face with Tears of Joy. Titles of emoji's randomly combined with different toned backgrounds.

Money-Mouthed Face | 2017

Money-Mouthed Face | 2017

1 of 50 prints in the series Smiling Face with Tears of Joy. Titles of emoji's randomly combined with different toned backgrounds.

Grinning Face with Smiling Eyes | 2017

Grinning Face with Smiling Eyes | 2017

1 of 50 prints in the series Smiling Face with Tears of Joy. Titles of emoji's randomly combined with different toned backgrounds.

YOU MAKE YOU Installation | Ongoing

YOU MAKE YOU Installation | Ongoing

Text paintings on canvas, wall paintings, LED displays and projections investigating the ambiguity of identity and meaning in the disembodied virtual community.

Identity is Fluid | Ongoing

Identity is Fluid | Ongoing

Text paintings on canvas, wall paintings, LED displays and projections investigating the ambiguity of identity and meaning in the disembodied virtual community.

Play #101 | Ongoing

Play #101 | Ongoing

Installation with paint and digital projection.

Play | Ongoing

Play | Ongoing

Digital painting, projections and paint on canvas.

$100 plus tax and shipping | 2015

$100 plus tax and shipping | 2015

*Grunge Milk | Ongoing

*Grunge Milk | Ongoing

An extended media project exploring the fluidity of identity, branding and commerce. 

*Grunge Milk | Store

*Grunge Milk | Store

An extended media project exploring the fluidity of identity, branding and commerce. 

*Grunge Milk Store

*Grunge Milk | Store

*Grunge Milk | Store

An extended media project exploring the fluidity of identity, branding and commerce. 

*Grunge Milk Store

*Grunge Milk ArtShirts | For Sale

*Grunge Milk ArtShirts | For Sale

An extended media project exploring the fluidity of identity, branding and commerce.  

*Grunge Milk Store

 

*Grunge Milk ArtShirts | For Sale

*Grunge Milk ArtShirts | For Sale

An extended media project exploring the fluidity of identity, branding and commerce. 

*Grunge Milk Store

*Grunge Milk ArtShirts | For Sale

*Grunge Milk ArtShirts | For Sale

An extended media project exploring the fluidity of identity, branding and commerce.

*Grunge Milk Store

Line: Disambiguation Project | 2013-2014

Line: Disambiguation Project | 2013-2014

A time based drawing project where only one line a day was drawn every day from 6.12.2013- 6.12.2014. 

*Wall Drawing, 1 line from 1 day

*Video of one month

*12 prints, 1 composition of each month

*1 large scale print, composition of the entire year

*Archive of 365 drawings

 

 

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8.5.2013

8.5.2013

8.10.2013

8.10.2013

8.19.2013

8.19.2013

8.22.2013

8.22.2013

8.31.2013

8.31.2013

8.1.2013-8.31.2013

8.1.2013-8.31.2013

One month of lines layered on top on each other sequentially.

Line: Disambiguation Project

VIDEO | 8.1.2013 – 8.31.2013

ONE MONTH
FROM
ONE LINE
ONCE A DAY
FOR ONE YEAR

 

 

Death by Misadventure Performance | 2010

Death by Misadventure Performance | 2010

In 2010, Vanessa Platacis ended the body of work titled “PIXNIT” by releasing the following obituary to the media:

PIXNIT, 35; Notorious Boston Artist

PIXNIT, the controversial Boston based artist as famous for her anonymity as for her street art, is missing and presumed dead.  Her breakthrough came in 2007 when the Boston Globe ran a profile about her provocative artwork.  Her painting style, combining graffiti with a distinctive stenciling technique, was guerilla art designed to simultaneously beautify and to critique the uses and misuses of the urban environment.  

PIXNIT was last seen April 2nd when filmed by a CCTV camera near Pont Alexandre in Paris, France.  It is believed that she was on her way to meet other Parkour enthusiasts for a practice session. 

“Parkour is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one's path by adapting one's movements to the urban environment.  Practitioners like PIXNIT run along a route, attempting to negotiate obstacles through jumping, climbing and gymnastics,” said Vanessa Platacis, Project Manager for PIXNIT Productions.  

Police believe PIXNIT was engaged in such activity near the Seine River and maintain she is missing and “presumed dead by misadventure”.  Although friends launched an extensive poster campaign and police searched with dogs, divers and from the air, her fate remains unknown.

Despite her prolific street art, PIXNIT was far from an art-world outsider. Her most notable work is currently on view at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA.  The two room painting installation titled “Folie que la Nouveaute” addresses the perennial interweavings of fashion and politics, the contemporary and the historical, and the real and the faux.  PIXNIT’s work has also been exhibited in venues such as the Judi Rotenberg Gallery in Boston, Gallery Revisited in Los Angeles, and the Scope Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland.

“For years we have followed her work on the street, and were lucky to work with her on an installation in our home in 2009.  PIXNIT was a warm and positive person, a pleasure to work with and was very kind to our cat, Daisy, during the installation,” said art collectors, Geoff Hargadon and Patricia LaValley.  “In our view, PIXNIT ranks high in our book among street artists of her generation.”

Although art critics championed PIXNIT’s work, it was also greatly admired by more wide-ranging viewers.  In 2008 she was voted The Best of Boston Graffiti/Street/ Performance Artist.  Her fans used the catch phrase “That’s so PIXNIT” in reference to a decorative element added to any surface, such as a cardigan sweater with a floral appliqué.

"As we get farther from her work, we're going to recognize that she’s a different voice in contemporary art," said Chris Constas, Fine Art Enterprises.  "This quarreling over graffiti is going to fade, and she will be recognized as a great American artist."

Installation | 2009

Installation | 2009

Somerville, MA
3 Floor Installation
Spray paint on wall

Video

PIXNIT | 2005-2010

PIXNIT | 2005-2010

Embracing the contradictions in our contemporary celebration of Graffiti and Street Art, PIXNIT works synergistically as a street artist who stencils work in public places, and as a gallery artist who exhibits commissioned work in commercial and institutional spaces. The name PIXNIT is derived from the Latin word pinxit, often included in the signature of paintings from the 1800’s, meaning she/he painted this work. For this artist, the identity PIXNIT functions as both a veil of anonymity as well as a means to name a finite body of work. 

In her new exhibition titled, “Hello my name is PIXNIT,” the artist presents a pictorial space where architecture is flattened and painting becomes three-dimensional. PIXNIT integrates her signature stenciled wall paintings with mixed media sculpture and dimensional painting, creating an opportunity for interaction, as well as invitation to physically navigate around the various sites in the show. Overall, the exhibition is an installation that negotiates space and plays with the expectations of the viewer. 

Borrowing and re-contextualizing elements from historical sources, PIXNIT presents a panoply of imagery throughout the gallery. She engages the decorative arts with references to architectural and interior ornament, combining imagery of chandeliers, gates, urns, and birdcages. The entire exhibition is a decadent theater of reflection and artifice--encouraging us to reconfigure our notions of beauty and excess. 

“Hello my name is PIXNIT” highlights the pervasive malaise of the modern era, while engulfing us in the indulgences of the Western world. It is a conversation with history, universality, excess, cheapness, middle-class banality, objectivity, romanticism, and sappiness. Whether one eventually experiences her work as a pointed critique or aesthetic event, pleasure and humor will serve the experience. 

 

 

Hello My Name is PIXNIT | 2008

Hello My Name is PIXNIT | 2008

Judi Rotenberg Gallery
Boston, MA
Solo Exhibition
Installation
Latex, vinyl and spray paint on wall
Detail 

Hello My Name is PIXNIT | 2008

Hello My Name is PIXNIT | 2008

Judi Rotenberg Gallery
Boston, MA
Solo Exhibition
Installation
Latex, vinyl and spray paint on wall
Size variable

Hello My Name is PIXNIT | 2005

Hello My Name is PIXNIT | 2005

Judi Rotenberg Gallery
Boston, MA
Solo Exhibition
Installation
Latex, vinyl and spray paint on wall
Detail

Hello My Name is PIXNIT | 2009

Hello My Name is PIXNIT | 2009

Phosphorescence, 2009
Installation
Spray paint and vinyl on wall

Folie que la Nouveaute | 2008

Folie que la Nouveaute | 2008

DeCordova Museum
Lincoln, MA
Multiple room installation
Latex, vinyl and spray paint on wall
Size variable
Detail
 

Folie que la Nouveaute | 2008

Folie que la Nouveaute | 2008

DeCordova Museum
Lincoln, MA
Installation
Latex, vinyl and spray paint on wall
ize variable
Detail

 

Folie que la Nouveaute | 2008

Folie que la Nouveaute | 2008

DeCordova Museum
Lincoln, MA
Installation
Latex, vinyl and spray paint on wall
ize variable
Detail

 

In Pursuit of Beauty | 2008

In Pursuit of Beauty | 2008

Montserrat Gallery
Beverly, MA
Group Exhibition
Latex, vinyl and spray paint on wall
Size variable

 

In Pursuit of Beauty | 2008

In Pursuit of Beauty | 2008

Montserrat Gallery
Beverly, MA
Group Exhibition
Latex, vinyl and spray paint on wall
Size variable
Detail

 

In Pursuit of Beauty | 2008

In Pursuit of Beauty | 2008

Montserrat Gallery
Beverly, MA
Group Exhibition
Latex, vinyl and spray paint on wall
Size variable
Detail

L' E'tat, C'test Moi | 2007

L' E'tat, C'test Moi | 2007

Artist Project
Scope International Art Fair
Basel, Switzerland
Latex paint, spray paint and vinyl on wall
14' x 40'

L' E'tat, C'test Moi | 2007

L' E'tat, C'test Moi | 2007

Artist Project
Scope International Art Fair
Basel, Switzerland
Latex paint, spray paint and vinyl on wall
14' x 40'
Detail

L' E'tat, C'test Moi | 2007

L' E'tat, C'test Moi | 2007

Artist Project
Scope International Art Fair
Basel, Switzerland
Latex paint, spray paint and vinyl on wall
14' x 40'
Detail

L'E'tat, C'test Moi | 2007

L'E'tat, C'test Moi | 2007

Artist Project
Scope International Art Fair
Basel, Switzerland
Latex paint, spray paint and vinyl on wall
14' x 40'
Detail

L' E'tat, C'test Moi | 2007

L' E'tat, C'test Moi | 2007

Artist Project
Scope International Art Fair
Basel, Switzerland
Latex paint, spray paint and vinyl on wall
14' x 40'
Detail

L' E'tat, C'test Moi | 2007

L' E'tat, C'test Moi | 2007

Artist Project
Scope International Art Fair
Basel, Switzerland
Latex paint, spray paint and vinyl on wall
14' x 40'

Pollination | 2007

Pollination | 2007

Gallery Revisited
Los Angeles, CA
Solo Show
Spray paint on canvas and wall

Spore Project | 2005

Spore Project | 2005

By combining the history of the decorative arts, architectural ornament, ironwork and wallpaper, PIXNIT hand-draws and cuts stencils she calls “Spores”...

Reproductive mechanisms adapted for dispersal in unfavorable conditions.  Drawn with a knife, a template is used to create mass-produced public paintings.

PIXNIT’s street art combines graffiti with a distinctive stenciling technique and is an intervention into public and private space; guerrilla ‘art fare’ designed to simultaneously beautify and to address the uses and misuses of our urban environment.

Video

Spore Project | 2005

Spore Project | 2005

Drawn with a knife, a template is used repeatedly to create mass-produced public paintings.

Spore Project | 2005

Spore Project | 2005

Drawn with a knife, a template is used repeatedly to create mass-produced public paintings.

Spore Project | 2005

Spore Project | 2005

Drawn with a knife, a template is used repeatedly to create mass-produced public paintings.

Spore Project | 2005

Spore Project | 2005

Drawn with a knife, a template is used repeatedly to create mass-produced public paintings.

Spore Project | 2005

Spore Project | 2005

Drawn with a knife, a template is used repeatedly to create mass-produced public paintings.

Spore Project | 2005

Spore Project | 2005

Drawn with a knife, a template is used repeatedly to create mass-produced public paintings.

Spore Project | 2005

Spore Project | 2005

Drawn with a knife, a template is used repeatedly to create mass-produced public paintings.

Spore Project | 2005

Spore Project | 2005

Drawn with a knife, a template is used repeatedly to create mass-produced public paintings.