Support Leon Reid’s “Tourist-in-Chief”

Leon Reid & Posterboy Showpaper Box (photo by Luna Park)

It should come as no great surprise that The Street Spot loves the sculptural installation work of Leon Reid. I think he has managed to strike a good balance in remaining true to his roots while navigating the bureaucratic hurdles that come with installing Public Art. He has chosen a typically ambitious project to realize during this October’s annual Art in Odd Places festival. Continuing along the lines of his True Yank installation around Abraham Lincoln in Manchester, England from two years ago, he plans to make a humorous, temporary transformation of a statue of George Washington in Union Square Park. Please consider making a small donation to help Leon make the Tourist-in-Chief a reality.

Skewville Goes Greener


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photo by Becki Fuller


No matter which side of this picket fence in Bushwick you are standing on, Skewville wants you to know that the other side “ain’t greenr”…

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photo by Becki Fuller


…but in just a couple of weeks one side will become a lot more beautiful when Skewville, Trust Art and Ali Ha of Factory Fresh come together for the Bushwick Art Park project. For one day (and in conjunction with Bushwick Open Studios), this artistic power trio will transform an underused and garbage-strewn street into a community sculpture park, featuring the work of Leon Reid IV, Specter, and Skewville. There will also be a brand new mural painted for the event, as well as local vendors and a corresponding group show inside of neighboring Factory Fresh Gallery.

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photo by Becki Fuller

Bushwick Art Park

Saturday, June 4th from 1-7pm

Vandervoort Place, between Flushing Ave and Thames St

Noh J’s Suicidal Tendencies

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Noh J Coley’s newest installation – appropriately titled Suicidal Tendencies – is weird and dark. In a good way.
Strange times we’re living in.

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The Brooklyn Griffin

Brooklyn Griffin (photo by Luna Park)
Brooklyn Griffin (photo by Luna Park)

Despite having been caught “graffittiing” and arrested for criminal trespassing during their first attempt, two visiting artists triumphed and successfully installed a large wooden sculpture on a rooftop in the East Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. According to the New York Times, “The two men, who make art under the names of Jimmy Bumble and Leonard White, traveled to the United States from London as part an art collective called Giant Robots that constructs walking, talking robots made almost entirely from found objects.” I regret to report this robot neither walks nor talks.

Brooklyn Griffin (photo by Luna Park)
Brooklyn Griffin (photo by Luna Park)
Brooklyn Griffin (photo by Luna Park)
Brooklyn Griffin (photo by Luna Park)

Specter-cular!

One might say that Specter is on a real roll these days, with multiple new shopping cart sculptures appearing recently around the Williamsburg & Greenpoint sections of Brooklyn. First came the mysterious white tower under the BQE, and now it’s the Home Depot cart filled with milky white bottles, eternally entrenched in a block of cement. I here that there are more to be found, so keep an eye peeled for rogue shopping carts in the area!

Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)

Specter Towers Below the BQE

In what sounds like a plot line from an early James Bond film, Specter has returned from Russia and installed a mysterious white tower of carts and crates in Brooklyn. Color the locals profoundly confused – in a span of but a few minutes, I was asked whether I was responsible and what it meant.

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More JJ Veronis for the Andy Kessler Foundation

JJ Veronis for Andy Kessler (photo by Luna Park)
JJ Veronis for Andy Kessler (photo by Luna Park)

Hot on the heels of Becki spotting a new piece in Brooklyn, I came across another new JJ Veronis piece in Manhattan yesterday. This is one of several tribute pieces to draw attention to the Andy Kessler Foundation.

New Andy Kessler Tribute Piece from JJ Veronis

JJ Veronis for Andy Kessler (photo by Becki Fuller)
JJ Veronis for Andy Kessler (photo by Becki Fuller)

Andy Kessler Foundation

Paying Tribute

Installed at one of Williamsburg’s prime skate spots, metal sculpture bolt-up artist J. J. Veronis pays tribute to his friend, skateboarding legend Andy Kessler, who died unexpectedly in early August.

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“We loved him for his straight-up candor,” said J. J. Veronis, 46. “That boldness was like an avenue he would open up right in front of you to follow.” [NYT]