With the season officially opening at Coney Island this past weekend, the good people at No Longer Empty took advantage of the area’s “developing landscape” (that is, imminent destruction) and arranged for artists Over Under and Veng to tackle a long stretch of blue construction barriers. The seaside carnival themed mural can be viewed at the nexus of Coney Island, the intersection of Stillwell and Surf Avenues. How much local flavor the area will retain in coming years remains to be seen…
This weekend Robots Will Kill celebrated their 10th anniversary with a show, featuring new works from every crew member, at the Vincent Michael Gallery in Philadelphia. It was a full house from start to finish and many dedicated friends, fans and family members made the traffic heavy trip down to support the guys. It was extra special to have both ECB and Peeta make the trip over from Europe in order to attend the opening as well as paint some walls in Brooklyn.
Not ones to rest on their laurels, Chris, Veng, ECB and Peeta woke up the day after the opening and got right to painting at their spot in Bushwick. Never and Over Under joined in for what is shaping up to be one of the best collaborative walls RWK has painted in some time. ECB even found some time to put up a rare wheatpaste. Congratulations RWK!
Last weekend while I was enjoying the music and warm weather at SXSW, Over Under busy collaborating with his friend No Touching Ground on one of the most mind blowing pieces that I’ve laid eyes on in years. We all know about the ephemeral nature of wheatpaste, though this has typically been considered a shortcoming rather than an asset of the medium. The genius about this piece, aside from the fact that it is big, beautiful and well executed, is that its disintegration is expected and has been prepared for. Underneath the paper arm is a skeletal mural painted onto the wall, inspired by, well, inspiring people such as buZ blurr, his brother, Sunset Justice, and Reader. Check out Over Under’s blog to see some amazing process shots & for a peak at what lies underneath.
And because Over Under is not just a talented artist, but a upstanding human being, he has used this opportunity to bring a message of giving, hope, and optomism in the face of the recent tragedy in Japan. If you have been at all inspired by his work, or just feel the need to do a good deed, consider making a donation to the Red Cross today.
One of my surprise favorites this year has been the New York based artist, Over Under. While I was really enjoying some of the collaborative murals that he was doing with Cahil Muraghu prior to his travels around Europe with Other, it wasn’t until his return to the city earlier this summer that we got to see more of the range that Over Under is really capable of. Two recent posts of mine highlighted some of the phenomenal wheatpastes that he has been producing lately, however there is also something to be said for his simple outlines and Over Under-isms that can be found on an increasing number of doors and walls around the city.
Over Under & N D’A
Over Under & N D’A
For part one of this post, click here
In recent weeks, a slew of new wheatpastes have been showing up around Brooklyn. Some old favorites are back in action (Over Under, Feral, Labrona) as well as a few new-to-me faces (White Cocoa, Gawd). I’m not quite sure how we got so lucky, as to have so many great artists in town all at once, but I’m not complaining!
Over Under with N D’A
White Cocoa (I kind of love how the tag interacts with this one)
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Imminent Disaster revisits a favored Brooklyn boxcar and once again graces it with a large-scale piece. The image on the wall is a variation on the 3-dimensional “Crossing the River” installation she presented at Thinkspace Gallery as part of the Refuge show together with Armsrock last March. Below, her girl with the flowing hair (from fall 2008) has recently been joined by the cut-out, seated woman with child as well as the new, figurative piece by Over Under in the doorway.
Recent ex-New Yorker and all-around renaissance man Over Under (aka Erik Burke) needs your help to get his next venture rolling!
I first came across Erik’s work via his Small Worlds project in the summer of 2008:
I had the pleasure of meeting him shortly thereafter, when he helped Broken Crow complete a large mural in Bushwick:
What never ceases to amaze me are the sheer number of projects Erik juggles at once. While completing his MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons last year, he found time to collaborate with New York based and visiting artists as well as install a faux memorial plaque on the legendary Writers Bench and code a tribute to the golden days of NYC subway graffiti.
For an exhibition at MOHS in Copenhagen this spring, Erik and Canadian artist Other plan on cycling across Europe, gathering material and inspiration for the show along the way. To that end, they are trying to raise $2,000 to cover “travel expenses related to sustenance, survival, and the creation of work”. You can read about their plans and donate here. I’ve already put my money where my mouth is and I encourage you to do the same. Not only are you supporting a good cause, but you’re also helping two genuinely talented artists make their marks.