Fall Wheatpastes in Brooklyn

Swoon detail (photo by Luna Park)

The last month has seen lots of new activity by old favorites. New wheatpastes have gone up in Brooklyn: Swoon and Over Under in Red Hook, ECB in Bushwick and Judith Supine in Williamsburg.

Swoon (photo by Luna Park)
OverUnder (photo by Luna Park)
OverUnder (photo by Luna Park)
ECB (photo by Luna Park)
Judith Supine detail (photo by Luna Park)
Judith Supine (photo by Luna Park)
Judith Supine (photo by Luna Park)

Recent NYC Wheatpastes

Swoon (photo by Luna Park)
BΓ€st (photo by Luna Park)
H.Veng.Smith (photo by Luna Park)
Erik Berglin (photo by Luna Park)
Labrona (photo by Luna Park)
Over Under (photo by Luna Park)
N'DA (photo by Luna Park)
Noh J Coley remnant (photo by Luna Park)

Oh, Noh? Oh, Yes!

Noh J Coley (all photos by Luna Park)

Barely skipping a beat after having spent part of his summer out on the West Coast, Noh J Coley returns to the streets of Brooklyn with three exquisitely detailed, new wheatpastes inspired by his time in Los Angeles.

An Elbow-Toe Grows in Brooklyn

Elbow-Toe (all photos by Luna Park)

Upon my return from Berlin, I was very pleased to see that Elbow-Toe had emerged from his studio and put up a slew of new pieces in Brooklyn. Fans of the artist will recognize some of the images below as old favorites (and the very astute will also recognize some of the locations from previous installations). But two of the pieces, including this giant, sunflower image, titled A Study In Fecundity, are brand new.

Continuing with the botanical theme, The Eye of Fatima is a new linocut on newsprint.

“The Shack” sees some new action with a piece last seen in Manhattan in 2007.

Last but not least, a phoenix arises out of the ashes of a skull

Let us know in the comments if you spot any other new pieces.

Swoon’s Ice Queen in Brooklyn

Swoon (photos by Luna Park)

After a long absence, Brooklyn’s own Swoon returns to the borough with a new paste-up at an old wall. Set against a peeling blue wall, the symmetrical Ice Queen print sits alongside the remnants of at least two prior installations, the oldest of which dates back to December 2006 (see below).

The Many Faces of Berlin’s El Bocho

elbocho pink girl

On repeat visits to Berlin over the course of several years, one street artist whose work has consistently engaged me is El Bocho. His work has two characteristics that are essential for long-term success as a street artist: a sense of humor and the willingness to change things up. These lovely ladies are part of his Citizen Poster series.

elbocho missvan
elbocho girl orange

Though now decayed due to exposure to the elements and the passage of time, this enormous 2009 portrait was composed with over 11,000 square feet of tape. See it in it’s former glory here.

wedding elbocho

Kalle and Bernd are two CCTV cameras that comment on their surroundings. (“Check out that blonde…” — “I’m fixated on terrorists.”)

elbocho blonde
elbroncho yo

By far my favorite El Bocho character is Little Lucy, who keeps trying to kill her cat. Doner catbab, anyone?


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elbocho deadcat3
elbocho catwash
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JR Turns Park Slope Inside Out

JR 1

photo by Becki Fuller


The TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) prize is awarded annually to an “exceptional individual” with “one wish to change the world”. Past winners have included chef Jamie Oliver, author David Eggers, president Bill Clinton and U2’s Bono. Last October it was announced that the street artist/photographer JR would be the 2011 recipient of TED’s $100,000 award. And with this came an opportunity for JR to state and fulfill his wish: “I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we’ll turn the world…INSIDE OUT.”

JR 3

photo by Becki Fuller


Inside Out is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. By going to the Inside Out website, anyone can upload the black and white portrait of their choice, with the challenge to reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. Your portrait will then be made into posters and sent back to you to be exhibited in your own community. Several residences in Park Slope have already kicked things off, with portraits of local business owners and community members pasted along the steep steps to their homes. One woman that I spoke to was excited to see the owner of the nearby deli as well as the owner of the restaurant at the end of the block. She exclaimed “I know them all because I live right here!”. Several other people asked me if I could make the same portraits for them. Clearly, if the project’s goal is to bring people in a community together with pride and happiness through art, JR is well on his way to achieving it.

JR 2

photo by Becki Fuller

JR 4

photo by Becki Fuller

JR 5

photo by Becki Fuller

JR 6

photo by Becki Fuller

JR 7

photo by Becki Fuller

JR 8

photo by Becki Fuller

JR 9

photo by Becki Fuller

JR 10

photo by Becki Fuller

JR 11

photo by Becki Fuller

This Weekend in Robots

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.

RWK 10th Anniversary Show (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK 10th Anniversary Show (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK 10th Anniversary Show (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK 10th Anniversary Show (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK 10th Anniversary Show (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK 10th Anniversary Show (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK 10th Anniversary Show (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK 10th Anniversary Show (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK 10th Anniversary Show (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK 10th Anniversary Show (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK 10th Anniversary Show (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK 10th Anniversary Show (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK 10th Anniversary Show (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK 10th Anniversary Show (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK 10th Anniversary Show (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK 10th Anniversary Show (photo by Becki Fuller)

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!

RWK group wall (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK group wall (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK group wall (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK group wall (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK group wall (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK group wall (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK group wall (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK group wall (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK group wall (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK group wall (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK group wall (photo by Becki Fuller)
RWK group wall (photo by Becki Fuller)

Attack of the 14 Foot Woman

Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)
Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)

Fresh off his solo show in London, Elbow-Toe returns to the streets of New York with a massive new piece titled Say I’m the Only Bee in Your Bonnet. That’s my bicycle to give an indication of the scale. The artist continues to blur the lines between his studio and street work, in this case enlarging a much smaller, collaged piece and handcoloring it to adapt it for the street. It’s great to finally see some new work pop up in time for spring…

Over Under Gets Literal

OverUnder (photo by Becki Fuller)
OverUnder (photo by Becki Fuller)

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.

OverUnder (photo by Becki Fuller)
OverUnder (photo by Becki Fuller)

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.

OverUnder (photo by Becki Fuller)
OverUnder (photo by Becki Fuller)