Talking Street Art Stories at the Brooklyn Museum

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I’m super excited to have been invited to participate in a panel discussion about street art at the Brooklyn Museum next week. Here’s the official press release with all the pertinent details:

On Thursday, April 24 at 7:00pm the Brooklyn Museum presents
In Conversation: Brooklyn Street Art. Brooklyn Street Art founders Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo lead a dynamic, multimedia conversation that explores the evolution of street art stories as told by the earliest graffiti writers to today’s D.I.Y. artists. They’ll reveal secret backgrounds, show what stylistic themes are recurring today, and hint at the future of street art in New York. They are joined in conversation by artists Swoon and Luna Park, and curator Keith Schweitzer. A reception with a DJ, cash bar, and a guest-inclusive art-making project will follow. Presented in conjunction with the site-specific installation Swoon: Submerged Motherlands, on view from April 11 to August 24 in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery on the 5th Floor.

Tickets are $12, include Museum general admission and can be purchased at www.museumtix.com. Free for Museum Members: to reserve please email membership@brooklynmuseum.org.

ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS

Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo are the Founders of the influential art blog BrooklynStreetArt.com. Proud New Yorkers, artists, and cultural workers for more than twenty-five years, both are experts on the evolving street art scene in New York as well as globally. With daily postings on Brooklyn Street Art (BSA), over 175 articles on The Huffington Post, and tens of thousands of followers on social media, the two have shown and discussed street art, graffiti, murals, and public art in more than 100 cities over the last few years.

Swoon, born Caledonia Dance Curry, currently has an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, Swoon: Submerged Motherlands. Swoon studied at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn before bringing her art to the streets in 1999, wheat pasting her large linoleum and woodcuts on the sides of industrial buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Her art is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and Tate Modern, among others.

Katherine Lorimer (aka Luna Park) is a Brooklyn-based graffiti and street art enthusiast, photographer, curator, librarian, and co-founder and regular contributor to The Street Spot blog. Her photographs have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago and have appeared in leading street art books and magazines.

Keith Schweitzer is the Co-Founder/Director of MaNY Project (Murals Around New York) and the Co-Founder/Director of The Lodge Gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He is also Director of Public Art for Fourth Arts Block, the non-profit leadership organization for Manhattan’s officially designated Cultural District in the East Village.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Admission:
Contribution $12; students with valid I.D. and seniors $8. Free to members and children under 12 accompanied by an adult. Group tours or visits must be arranged in advance by calling extension 234.

Directions:
Subway: Seventh Avenue express (2 or 3) to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum stop; Lexington Avenue express (4 or 5) to Nevins Street, cross platform and transfer to the 2 or 3. Bus: B41, B69, B48. On-site parking available.

Museum Hours:
Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; first Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Impressions from Berlin

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Just / Lost Soul (photo by Luna Park)

My most recent trip to Berlin is already over a month in the past. A week is far too little time to capture it all, but this collection of favorites should give a pretty good indication of the level of graffiti saturation present in Berlin. Big, highly visible blockbuster rollers have been supplemented by an array of equally as impressive extinguisher pieces. A new addition to the visual landscape are colorful, vertical tags reminiscent of pixação, sprayed by rappeling down the sides of buildings. I finally had the opportunity to ride the Ringbahn once around the periphery of Berlin, an experience I recommend to anyone interested in the intersection of graffiti, architecture, and rail infrastructure. I’m itchin’ to go back.

Berlin (photo by Luna Park)

Love Art Hate Cops / Roa / OneTruth (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Grafro / 1UP / Rainbow drips (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Riot (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Trackside (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Trackside: Kripoe (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Trackside: 24/7 PND / Caser / Ivory (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Reka (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Ich bin Pö / Rainbow drips (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Peach Beach / Just (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Orbit (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Nunca (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Mymo / Eltono (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Lush / Chub / Just (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

ÜF / Life (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Life / Berlin Kidz (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Just / Ufoe / NHS (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Just / Blu / BNT / NHS (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Herakut (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Broken Fingas (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Blo (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Alaniz (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Alaniz / Agahn / Grafro / Vhils (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

1UP / Kasper1 (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

BMK / 1UP (photo by Luna Park)

Thanks & much love to Just, Lucky Cat, Various & Gould and Urban Nation for their hospitality and friendship. And if this wasn’t enough, you can find more photos from Berlin here.

Project M/3 in Berlin

Martha Cooper for Project M/3 at Urban Nation Berlin (photo by Luna Park)

Martha Cooper for Project M/3 at Urban Nation Berlin (photo by Luna Park)

After an exhilarating and inspiring week in Berlin, I was very pleased to be on hand to document the third iteration of Urban Nation‘s Project M, curated by Nuart‘s Martyn Reed. I’ll be posting more images from Berlin here on The Street Spot soon, but in the meantime, you can check out some of the installations for Project M/3 over on Brooklyn Street Art.

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic Gallery

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

I went back to Pandemic Gallery this past weekend for a closer look at Cassius Fouler’s solo exhibition, Painting is the Curse of the Drinking Class – I recommend you do the same. The artist’s newest body of work marries his signature letters, characters and symbols with dense swaths of color. The show will be up for about a month – due to irregular gallery hours, I’d also advise making an appointment with pandemicgallery@gmail.com prior to heading over to the Navy Yard. The gallery has posted an overview of available works.

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

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Cassius Fouler at Pandemic (photo by Luna Park)

Previously on the Street Spot: the artist’s solo exhibition at 17 Frost in 2011.

CASSIUS FOULER: Painting is the Curse of the Drinking Class
PANDEMIC Gallery & Event Space
22 Waverly Avenue (btwn Park Avenue & Flushing Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11205
www.pandemicgallery.com

Fade In The Picture

Fade (photo by Luna Park)

Fade “Beettt up bullies” (photo by Luna Park)

There are very few constants in the ever-changing landscape of New York City streets. Writers come and go, hitting the city hard and then fading away. Maintaining any type of career longevity is a monumental task. Legal problems, health problems, girl problems – to name a few – have stopped many a writer in their tracks. Fade AA is the rare name I not only see consistently, but also wherever I’m least expecting it. Here’s a selection of work caught over the last few months.

Fade (photo by Luna Park)

Fade x Adek x BQE (photo by Luna Park)

Fade (photo by Luna Park)

Bast x Fade (photo by Luna Park)

Fade (photo by Luna Park)

Miss 17 x Fade x Ment x Skuzz (photo by Luna Park)

Fade (photo by Luna Park)

Fade x Ment (photo by Luna Park)

Fade (photo by Luna Park)

Sy x Devo x Lae x Fade (photo by Luna Park)

Fade (photo by Luna Park)

Fade x Seka (photo by Luna Park)

Fade (photo by Luna Park)

Fade Odin RIP (photo by Luna Park)

Fade (photo by Luna Park)

Fib x Fade (photo by Luna Park)

Fade (photo by Luna Park)

Fade (photo by Luna Park)

Fade (photo by Luna Park)

Fade x EKG (photo by Luna Park)

Fade (photo by Luna Park)

Fade x Oze108 x Pacman x Map (photo by Luna Park)

Fade (photo by Luna Park)

Fade “If you speak the truth they will deny you” (photo by Luna Park)

Head over to Streets Are Saying Things for a 2013 interview with Fade.

Brought To You By The Letter E

Eine (photo by Luna Park)

Eine (photo by Luna Park)

Artists Eine and ElSol25 show off their letterforms on scaffolding and gates in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Eine (photo by Luna Park)

Eine (photo by Luna Park)

Eine (photo by Luna Park)

Eine (photo by Luna Park)

ElSol25 (photo by Luna Park)

ElSol25 (photo by Luna Park)

ElSol25 (photo by Luna Park)

ElSol25 (photo by Luna Park)

ElSol25 (photo by Luna Park)

ElSol25 (photo by Luna Park)

Painting is the Curse of the Drinking Class

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Mark your calendars, Pandemic Gallery will be showing new paintings, drawings, prints and wood cut works by Cassius Fouler.

Cassius Fouler: Painting is the Curse of the Drinking Class
Opening reception: Saturday, February 8th, 2014, 7:00-11:00pm
Pandemic Gallery & Event Space
22 Waverly Avenue (betweem Park Avenue & Flushing Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11205

New Street Work by Elbow-Toe

Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)

Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)

After a long stint in the studio preparing work for his well-deserved and well-received solo show in Chelsea last fall, it’s nice to see Elbow-Toe return to the streets, where he’s recently left us several new wheatpastes.

Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)

Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits Memorial

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

A massive, 700-pound Wolftits sculpture was installed on a previously empty pedestal outside the former ASPCA Rogers Memorial Animal Hospital near the Gowanus in Brooklyn. Behold it in all its wolfking multi-titty glory!

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

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Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Luna’s 2013 Yearend Roundup

2013 was a year that took me far and wide, with trips to Chicago, New Orleans, Paris, Basel and Philadelphia. A very special thank you to those who took the time to show me around your cities! As in years past, this roundup is a selection of both favorite artworks and favorite photographs as well as a reflection on people, pieces and places that are no more.

See my top choices from 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.

Thanks also to YOU for following The Street Spot!

With best wishes for the Holidays and a Happy New Year,
Luna