Announcing… (Un)Sanctioned: The Art on New York Streets

Layout 1I’m very proud to announce my first book, (Un)Sanctioned: The Art on New York Streets, the culmination of a decade of obsessively keeping up with NYC graffiti and street art. (Un)Sanctioned presents a photographic overview of art found on NYC streets, covering a vast spectrum of styles, mediums and techniques, running the gamut from illicit handstyles to guerilla sculptural installations to full-blown production murals done with permission. The 192 page hardcover volume, published by the UK’s Carpet Bombing Culture, is set to be released October 28. (Un)Sanctioned includes an introduction by art critic Hrag Vartanian, an essay by yours truly, and contributions from artists Elbow-Toe, Leon Reid IV, Jordan Seiler, Garrison and Alison Buxton, and Fade.

big-adhoc-xA book launch and signing will take place in conjunction with the 10 Years of Ad Hoc Art anniversary exhibition at 17 Frost Gallery on October 22.

(Un)Sanctioned: The Art on New York Streets
Release date: October 28, 2016
Publisher: Carpet Bombing Culture
ISBN: 978-1-908211-33-0
Price: $29.95

Book Launch: October 22, 2016, 6:00-10:00pm
Location: 17 Frost Theater of the Arts, 17 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Welling Court Needs Your Help

Chris Stain x Billy Mode (photo by Luna Park)
Welling Court 2013: Chris Stain x Billy Mode (photo by Luna Park)

Since 2009, Ad Hoc Art has organized and executed four large-scale mural projects at Queen’s Welling Court. More than 80 local and international artists have contributed hundreds of murals, sculptures and installations to the neighborhood. This endeavor requires enormous time, effort and a small army of volunteers to pull off every year… and lots and lots and lots and lots of paint. If you enjoy any of this fine work – on display for all to see, 24/7, 365 days a year and free of corporate sponsorship – please consider donating to the Welling Court Mural Project on Indiegogo.

AM x Olek (photo by Luna Park)
Welling Court 2013: AM x Olek (photo by Luna Park)
King Bee (photo by Luna Park)
Welling Court 2013: King Bee (photo by Luna Park)
Fresh (photo by Luna Park)
Welling Court 2013: Fresh (photo by Luna Park)

The roster of participating artists includes:
Abe Lincoln, Jr., AM, Alison Buxton, Beau Stanton, Billy Mode, Brian Life, Caleb Neelon, Carlos Mare, Cekis, Cern, Christopher Cardinale, Chris Mendoza, Chris RWK, Chris Stain, Clown Soldier, Col Wallnuts, Cycle, Dan Witz, Dennis McNett, Don Leicht, El Kamino, Ellis Gallagher, Free5, Fumero, Gaia, Garrison Buxton, gilf!, Greg Lamarche, Hellbent, Ian Kuali’i, Icy & Sot, Joe Iurato, John Breiner, JC, John Fekner, Jonathan Villoch, Katie Yamasaki, Kimyon Huggins, Lady Pink, lmnop, LogikOne, M-City, Magdalena Marcerano, Matt Siren, Mensen, Mike Fitzsimmons, Mr. Kiji, Never, ND’A, Olek, Pablo Power, Phetus, Prolifique, Queen Andrea, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, Rene Gagnon, Royal Kingbee, Royce Bannon, Rubin, Russell King, Ryan Seslow, SeeOne, Sheryo, Sinned, Skewville, Sonni, SpazeCraft, Subtexture, Steven Cogle, Thundercut, TooFly, Veng RWK, Vera Times, Vexta, Wane COD, The Yok, Zam & more

Impressions from 2012 Welling Court

Olek for Welling Court 2012 (photo by Luna Park)

This past weekend’s third iteration of the Welling Court block party, organized by the tireless Alison and Garrison Buxton, was a huge success. The total number of walls now painted in this corner of Astoria has almost reached 100! Here’s a small taste of what went down on Saturday…

Toofly (photo by Luna Park)
Sheryo in action (photo by Luna Park)
Never and The Yok pieces in progress (photo by Luna Park)
Score and Flying Fortress in progress (photo by Luna Park)
Skewville piece in progress (photo by Luna Park)
Chris RWK in action (photo by Luna Park)
Veng in action (photo by Luna Park)
John Fekner & Don Leicht (photo by Luna Park)
Ellis G in the foreground w/Sinned in progress (photo by Luna Park)
Fumero in action (photo by Luna Park)
Taking in Joe Iurato’s finished piece (photo by Luna Park)
SpOne (photo by Luna Park)
Cost, Darkcloud and Keely (photo by Luna Park)
Admiring Chris Stain and Billy Mode’s work (photo by Luna Park)
Cekis (photo by Luna Park)
URNewYork in action (photo by Luna Park)
Cern’s balloons (photo by Luna Park)
Score by night (photo by Luna Park)

Click through for The Street Spot’s coverage of Welling Court in 2011 and 2010.

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)

 

 

Weekend Recommendations

Lady Pink, Cycle, Free5 at Welling Court (photo by Luna Park)

Just a quick reminder that the next iteration of Ad Hoc Art’s public mural project in Astoria, Queens kicks off with a block party tomorrow!

Artists include: Alice Mizrachi, Ashley Jane Laird, Alison Buxton, Beau Stanton, Bunnie Reiss, Caleb Neelon, Chris Mendoza, Chris Stain, Celso, Cern, Chor Boogie, Cicelia Ross-Gotta, CR, Cycle, Dan Witz, Darkclouds, Dave Loewenstein, Don Leicht, El Kamino, Ellis Gallagher, Ezra Li Eismont, Free5, Fumero, Garrison Buxton, Greg Lamarche, Jesse Jones, JMR, Joe Iurato, John Ahearn, John Fekner, Jordan Seiler, Katie Yamasaki, Lady Pink, Leon Reid, Matt Siren, Mensen, M-City, Michael Alan, Michael De Feo, MIMEO, Mr. Kiji, OverUnder, Pablo Power, Peat Wollaeger, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, Remi Rough, Richard Nugent, ROA, Ron English, Royce Bannon, Sinned, Sofia Maldonado, Stormie Mills, Sweet Toof, TooFly, Tristan Eaton, Veng RWK, Zam, and more.

Saturday, June 25th, 2011 from noon until 9pm
11-98 Welling Court @ 30th Ave & 12th Street
Astoria, Queens 11102
N or W trains to 30th Ave

And Miss Bugs returns to Brooklyn with a slew of new work, promising to transform Brooklynite Gallery into a Parlour.

Saturday, June 25th, 2011 from 7:00-10:00pm
Brooklynite Gallery
334 Malcolm X Blvd, Brooklyn, New York 11233
A or C trains to Utica Ave

Welling Court Mural Project

Welling Court (photo by Becki Fuller)
Welling Court (photo by Becki Fuller)

Yesterday, members of the Welling Court neighborhood in Queens and a veritable who’s who of the street & graffiti world came together via Ad Hoc Art for a day of eating, dancing, painting & pasting. Wanting to beautify their neighborhood walls and enliven their surroundings, the ethnically diverse melting pot welcomed artists representing over 50 years of the street art movement to do the job. Participating artists include: Alice Mizrachi, Beast, Chris Mendoza, Chris Stain, Celso, Cern, Cey Adams, CR, Cycle, Dan Witz, Darkclouds, Daryll Peirce, Don Leicht, Free5, Gaia, Garrison & Alison Buxton, Greg Lamarche, John Fekner, Lady Pink, Leon Reid, Matt Siren, Michael De Feo, Mr. Kiji, Pablo Power, Peripheral Media Projects, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, Ron English, Royce Bannon, Sofia Maldonado, Swoon, TooFly, Tristan Eaton, and Veng RWK.

If you want to see the walls for yourself, a searchable address is 11-98 Welling Court, Queens, NY 11102. The project begins at the intersection of Welling Court, 30th Avenue and 12th Street and extends north along 30th Avenue and then east along Main Avenue, across the street from the Two Coves Community Garden.

SweetToof (photo by Becki Fuller)
SweetToof (photo by Becki Fuller)
Royce Bannon x Matt Siren (photo by Becki Fuller)
Royce Bannon x Matt Siren (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ron English x Dan Witz (photo by Becki Fuller)
Ron English x Dan Witz (photo by Becki Fuller)
PMP (photo by Becki Fuller)
PMP (photo by Becki Fuller)
JMR (photo by Becki Fuller)
JMR (photo by Becki Fuller)
Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)
Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)
Cern (photo by Becki Fuller)
Cern (photo by Becki Fuller)
Michael DeFeo (photo by Becki Fuller)
Michael DeFeo (photo by Becki Fuller)
Swoon (photo by Becki Fuller)
Swoon (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)