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

Throwback Thursday: Tilden

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While it’s wonderful that MoMA PS1 is bringing it’s art-star-laden Rockaway! exhibition to Fort Tilden this summer, I’d like to point out that Tilden was home to a much more organic, arts movement long before Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the Rockaways…

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Michael Alan’s Living Installation

Living Installation (image courtesy Michael Alan)
Living Installation (image courtesy Michael Alan)

This Saturday, Greenpoint’s Succulent Studios welcomes Michael Alan’s Living Installation – in it’s 11th year! – on the occasion of the closing of the current PALABRA group show. “Alice in Wonderland XXX” is billed as an extraordinary 9-hour birthday extravaganza for Michael, featuring live models and a live musical soundscape by Michael and Tim Love Lee. Tickets ($20) are available here.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
4:00PM-1:00AM

Succulent Studios
67 West Street
5th Floor, Room 522
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Greenpoint Avenue G

5th Annual Welling Court Mural Project

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Mark you calendars for the 5th Annual Welling Court Mural Project and Block Party, going down Saturday, June 14th from 12-8PM!

Participating artists include: Abe Lincoln, Jr., AM, Alison Buxton, Beau Stanton, Billy Mode, Brian Life, Cake, Caleb Neelon, Cern, Cey Adams, Christopher Cardinale, Chris RWK, Chris Stain, Clown Soldier, Col Wallnuts, CRASH, Cycle, Dan Witz, Danielle Mastrion, Dennis McNett, Don Leicht, El Kamino, Ellis Gallagher, Free5, Fumero, Garrison Buxton, Gilf!, Greg Lamarche, Hellbent, Icy & Sot, Jamie Hef, Joe Iurato, John Breiner, John Carr, John Fekner, Katie Yamasaki, Kimyon Huggins, Lady Pink, Lmnopi, LogikOne, Mare139, Mensen, Mike Fitzimmons, Never, ND’A, Pablo Power, Peat Wollaeger, Queen Andrea, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, Rene Gagnon, Rex Dingler, Royal Kingbee, Rubin, Russell King, Ryan Seslow, SeeOne, Sheryo, Shok-1, Sinned, Skewville, Sonni, SpazeCraft, Subtexture, Steven Cogle, Thundercut, TooFly, Veng RWK, Vera Times, Vexta, Wane COD, The Yok, Zam, Zed & more.

The Block Party is a potluck, so please be sure to bring something to share. It’s always a good time. Volunteers and donations (monetary and/or arts materials) welcome – contact info@adhocart.org.

Address:
11-98 Welling Court
(at 30th Ave & 12th Street)
Astoria, NY 11102

Getting there::
1) By Public Transit: Take the N or Q train to 30th Ave. Then go west down 30th Ave to 12th St. by a) walking 10-15 minutes or; b) taking the Q18. You are there!
2) LIC Art Bus: Weekends only 5/10-9/14: socratessculpturepark.org/visit/bus/
3) By Car: Here is a link to the street map: tinyurl.com/2e7whgo

[Queen Andrea x Wane at Welling Court, 2012 – photo (c) Luna Park]

Triple Play: Extinguishers

“Rollers and extinguishers are two of my favorite tools of vandalism, largely because their increasingly creative use has allowed hitherto inaccessible space to come into play in a highly visible manner.”

That’s what I recently told Nico Gaude of the relatively newish blog Art Before Fame in answer to one of his questions about street art. For the full interview, please click on over to Street Spotting with Luna Park and be sure to have a look around the site!

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[Rambo x Seedr, Ski x Touch, Droid 907 – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Brooklyn Stikman Sightings

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman cut a wide swathe through Brooklyn lately, leaving a trail of new cut-outs and stickers…

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Wolftits Memorial

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

A massive, 700-pound Wolftits sculpture was installed on a previously empty pedestal outside the former ASPCA Rogers Memorial Animal Hospital near the Gowanus in Brooklyn. Behold it in all its wolfking multi-titty glory!

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
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Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

Mr. Boy

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“That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” said Nietzsche. Life-altering injuries work similarly, pulling not just the injured but also their loved ones into the tumultuous aftermath. What do you do when your feet have literally been wiped out from under you? How do you find your way back to yourself? How do you escape the pain-pill fueled nightmare of fear, rage and darkness? Reality dissolves and perceptions change. You will never be the same. But though bones break easily and incisions run deep, kindred spirits run deeper. With Mr. Boy, a show of highly personal and enigmatic small works by Peter Carroll and Katherine Lorimer (aka Laser Burners and yours truly), the pair put the bleak events of the past year behind them. Their mutual love for graffiti is a strong undercurrent in the work, but it’s hardly the sole source of inspiration. Unleashed over a sprawling mosaic of over one hundred, unique, square tiles, Mr. Boy reflects an insight into the people, places and memories that make life worth living…

Mr. Boy: Small Works by Laser Burners & Luna Park
Opening: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 6:00-10:00pm
On view 4:00pm-4:00am daily through February 20.
Tender Trap
245 South First Street
Btw Roebling & Havemeyer
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Teddy Troops Takeover Tanaka

Flying Fortress w/ Chris RWK, Veng, Most & Nychos (photo by Luna Park)

Germany’s Flying Fortress has been a regular visitor to New York City over the last few years, thanks in part to his close connections to Robots Will Kill. While he’s contributed works to a number of group shows, this Friday’s The One-Man Army show at Mighty Tanaka marks his first New York solo show. He’s been in the U.S. for a few weeks now and has painted two massive new murals in Bushwick, both in collaboration with Nychos and others. The most recent mural (above) is a preview of the Vaughan Bode inspired work – aka his “Bodentruppen”, a pun on the German word for ground troops – he will show at Tanaka. Just to get you in the mood, I’ve put together some of my favorite Teddy Troop pieces from past visits to New York below.

Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Chris RWK x Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Veng x Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Roa x Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Cern x Pez x Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)
Flying Fortress (photo by Luna Park)

Flying Fortress
The One-Man Army
June 15-July 6, 2012
Opening: Friday, June 15th, 2012
6:00PM – 9:00PM

Mighty Tanaka
111 Front Street, Suite 224
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Train: F Train to York St
(1st stop in Brooklyn)

“Breaking & Entering” in Miami with UR New York

UR New York canvas (photo by Becki Fuller)

In the final days leading up to Art Basel Miami, the New York graffiti & street art duo UR New York (aka Ski and 2ESAE, aka Fernando Romero and Michael Baca) are busy putting the final touches on their extensive first solo exhibition “Breaking & Entering”. The full range and abilities of the artists will be on display, with everything from t-shirts & stickers to canvases, limited edition mini-trucks & shadow box diarmas. And while no one who is familiar with the work of UR New York would be surprised to hear that they are showing in Miami, many will be a little shocked to learn just how “Breaking & Entering” came about. Never ones to sit around and wait for anything to come to them, Ski & 2ESAE took matters into their own hands when they decided to become some of the first artists to find a space & finance their own show in the Wynwood District during Art Basel. And where true talent and ingenuity goes, a sponsor is bound to follow: Pop International Galleries was soon on board and rest is history…in the making.

UR New York's "Breaking & Entering" ad in Juxtapoz (photo by Becki Fuller)

Before UR New York left for Miami, I stopped by their studio to see what they were up to and to preview some of their work for “Breaking & Entering”. The duo has really gone to the next level with these pieces, using clean, polished layers and vibrant colors to create texture & bring life to each piece. Ever present is their unique perspective on urban life and the positivity and strength that has taken them to where they are today. This is one show that is bound to be talked about for years to come, as others come to learn that sometimes breaking in is the best way to get what is yours!

UR New York canvas for "Breaking & Entering" (photo by Becki Fuller)
UR New York (photo by Becki Fuller)
UR New York shadowbox diorama (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami bound stickers (photo by Becki Fuller)
UR New York "Breaking & Entering" sticker (photo by Becki Fuller)
UR New York (photo by Becki Fuller)
UR New York canvas for "Breaking & Entering" (photo by Becki Fuller)
UR New York in the process of making limited edition mini-trucks (photo by Becki Fuller)

UR NEW YORK ALONGSIDE POP INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES PRESENT:

“BREAKING & ENTERING”
A SOLO EXHIBITION FEATURING WORKS BY:
SKI & 2ESAE (UR NEW YORK)
MIAMI ART BASEL 2011

2412 North Miami Avenue

DEC 1ST OPENING RSVP ONLY

Send Email to:
RSVP@URNEWYORK.COM