M-City Returns to Welling Court

M-City in progress (photo by Luna Park)

Three years after he first painted at Welling Court, Polish stencil artist M-City returned to the quiet Queens neighborhood yesterday to paint another one of his signature, large-scale murals. Tirelessly working against the clock in a race against the setting winter sun, M-City signed off on his stenciled carousel at dusk, having taken roughly five hours to complete. Up next he paints a massive wall in the South Bronx – when it’s done, I promise you won’t be able to miss it.

M-City in progress (photo by Luna Park)
M-City in progress (photo by Luna Park)
M-City signing his piece (photo by Luna Park)

Welling Court Mural Project 2011

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In addition to John Ahearn’s life casting (which I covered in yesterday’s post), Welling Court was frenzy of painting activity on Saturday afternoon, with the number of artists participating in the Welling Court Mural Project over doubeling from last year! Here is a little slice of some of the walls and people that could be seen:

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Leon Reid IV, Peat Wollagear, Tristan Eaton (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Joe Iurato (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Chris Stain (photo by Becki Fuller)


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El Kamino, Alice Mizrachi (photo by Becki Fuller)


Dan Witz

Dan Witz (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Cycle, Lady Pink, Free Five (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Cern (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Fumero (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Kati Yamansaki and Caleb Neelon, Beau Stanton, Dark Clouds and Celso (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Ezra Li Eismont and Bunnie Reiss (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Ezra Li Eismont and Bunnie Reiss (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

Lopi

Lopi (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Never (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Jessie Jones, Sinned (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Veng RWK, Over Under, Sophia Maldonado and ROA (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

 

Sculptor John Ahearn’s Life Casting at Welling Court

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

On Saturday, June 25th, members of New York City’s rich and varied street art & graffiti community came together with the equally diverse community of Welling Court in Queens for the 2nd Annual Welling Court Mural Project and block party. Curated by Ad Hoc Art’s dynamic duo of Alison & Garrison Buxton, this year’s crew of legendary and groundbreaking artists represented over 50 years of activity. However, for me, the highest of the highlights came courtesy of the acclaimed sculptor and public artist, John Ahearn. Though he may be best know by many for his “repetitive life casting” of real people in his South Bronx neighborhood, Ahearn has been bringing his artistic works to communities around the world – as well as galleries and museums – since the early 1980’s. And this weekend those of us at Welling Court were treated to a live casting of one fortunate (and apparently not-at-all claustrophobic) young girl named Karlee. Surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd of party goers, Ahearn and his assistant engaged us us all in his casting process, from start to finish.

Public works of Ahearn and his frequent collaborator, Rigoberto Torres, can still be seen around the South Bronx and in Socrates Sculpture Park.

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

 

 

Willoughby Windows v2.0

Garrison & Alison Buxton of Ad Hoc Art are back in downtown Brooklyn for the second year in a row, bringing us their latest installation of Willoughby Windows. The concept remains the same: to bring art directly to the community by creating a storefront gallery along an entire block of Willoughby Street, though the artists have changed. This year’s lineup includes C.Damage, Chris Mendoza & Pablo Power, Daryll Peirce, Faust, Hellbent, Jef Aerosol, Joe Iurato, Laura Lee, LogikOne, Ron English, Skewville, and Thundercut.

Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Willoughby Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)

The Last Days of Ad Hoc

Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)

On Wednesday night, Ad Hoc Art Gallery threw one last party before closing its doors for good. It was a time of mixed emotions for many us. While it was a night of celebration, conjuring up memories of shows gone by and good friends made, the closing of Ad Hoc is also a big loss for the street art community & Bushwick itself. Not to be too jaded, but I doubt that the pro audio equipment store moving that is moving into the space will bring people together in quite the same way that the gallery did.

Luckily for those of us who still need to get our art fix on, many of the people who have been associated with Ad Hoc over the years have moved on to other exciting projects. Alex Emmart recently opened a new gallery space in D.U.M.B.O, Mighty Tanaka. Andrew Michael Ford is currently the director at Last Rites Gallery and is the owner of the fantastic online AMF Gallery. In December Ray Cross opened the Bushwick Print Lab, a new community silkscreen space in Bushwick/Ridgewood. And though Alison & Garrison Buxton may have closed down their Bogart Street gallery, they continue on with their curatorial endeavors as Ad Hoc, bringing Poland’s M-City to the streets of Queens and France’s Jef Aerosol to Eastern District(opening Friday, January 29th, running until Sunday, February 21st, 2010).

Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ad Hoc closing (photo by Becki Fuller)

Ad Hoc Closing Party

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Come out and show your support and appreciation for Garrison and Alison Buxton at the closing of the Ad Hoc Art Gallery tonight. Their gallery has been a stalwart for the street art community and introduced me to many wonderful artists over the last few years. I know they’ve got a couple tricks up their sleeve yet and wish them all the best for future endeavors. See you at Ad Hoc… one last time.

49 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Wednesday, January 13th, from 7:30-11:30pm
L train to Morgan Avenue (exit on Bogart)

New York M-City

I first came across the insanely detailed, large-scale, black & white, architectural stencil work of Polish artist M-City at Planet Prozess in Berlin in 2007.

M-City (photo by Luna Park)
M-City (photo by Luna Park)

Upon returning to Berlin a year later, I saw his work in the context of the Urban Affairs exhibition (with Dolk and Emess in the background).

M-City (photo by Luna Park)
M-City (photo by Luna Park)

Conveniently, he’d also done a wall in the Friedrichshain neighborhood down the street from where I was staying.

M-City (photo by Luna Park)
M-City (photo by Luna Park)

Yet the wall that has impressed me the most to date was this collaboration with Sten and Lex at La Forge in the Belleville section of Paris.

M-City (photo by Luna Park)
M-City (photo by Luna Park)

M-City painted his first mural in New York shortly before Christmas (at a wall curated by Ad Hoc).

M-City (photo by Luna Park)
M-City (photo by Luna Park)

Word has it he’ll be back in New York after New Years. Stay tuned for further M-City updates…