Luna Park’s 2014 Favorites

As 2014 winds down, here’s a look back at some of my favorite art and images from the past year – shot in New York, Berlin, Munich and Washington, DC.

Featuring work by:

ADEK, WOLFTITS, ELBOW-TOE, FADE AA/EKGLABS, MOSA/CURVE/ESSO PAL, ELSOL25, MAYA HAYUK, BERLIN KIDZ, GRAFRO, MARTHA COOPER, DCEVE/SNOEMAN, STIKMAN, SHOK1, SKI/TOUCH, STEVE POWERS, DAN WITZ, SWOON, RUBIN415, JUST, CHRIS STAIN/BILLY MODE, ENX/COST, KUMA, JOE IURATO, UFO 907, TEXAS/GANE, SPONE/WANE/TRAP, ANDREW PONEROS, PIXOTE/RAMBO, PIXELPANCHO, CASH4, VTS, FALSE/PEAR, POSTER BOY, SOBER/NOXER, BARE/HERT/GABLE, RUSK/KATSU, NEVER, AMNY, YOU GO GIRL/JANZ/NEKST, KASHINK, KRIPOE, NESO, SATONE, RIPO, HOUSE OF HADES, JJ VERONIS, CLINT MARIO/ME_NEWYORK, GADSE, SMELLS/DROID 907, GIZ/GHOST/MARVEL, REVS, SPECTER, CEKIS/CERN, ELMS, HOODRICH, SWEET TOOF/DARKCLOUD, REKA, MOMO, TOP DOGS, JEFFREY GAMBLERO/SMART

My gratitude to those of you working in the public space.
Much love to anyone who lost a loved one this year…
#ripafri #ripdg #ripkorn #ripĆ¼zit

Serpent on the Banks of the Esopus

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)

Over the course of the last year, New York based artists Andrew H. Shirley and Amanda Wong built a tree-house in the boughs of a sugar maple tree on the banks of Ulster County’s Esopus Creek near Kingston, NY.

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
The Esopus Creek (photo by Luna Park)

The tree-house was built entirely out of reclaimed materials sourced from nearby abandoned structures. The tree-house, reached by rickety ladder, is a sculptural space which will host three exhibitions this summer.

Amanda Wong explained the intent of the project: “Constructing the tree-house was a sculptural and curatorial project seeking to challenge the conventional places and aesthetics that form contemporary art practices by recontexualizing where and how art exists. The tree-house situates the exhibition of art within remote nature as a gesture towards geographically decentralizing and ideologically reconfiguring cultural centers such as museums and galleries.”

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)

On Saturday, June 21st, the tree-house was inaugurated with a light installation by Andrew Poneros. Poneros’ illuminated, etched glass bottles were mounted individually on trees surrounding the tree-house.

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)

And within the tree-house, Poneros mounted a stunning chandelier, whose motifs of serpents, birds, fish and plants couldn’t have been better suited to the bucolic location. As the sun set, the tree-house slowly took on a warm and enchanting glow.

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)

At the base of the tree-house overlooking the creek, a small black & white TV played one of Poneros’ animations on loop. Be sure to take two minutes and watch Prey for the Eaten.

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)