Dan Witz: In Plain View Book Release TODAY!

Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)

It is probably an understatement to say that Dan Witz has one of the longest running and well regarded careers in street art…beginning decades before street art could even possibly be considered a career for most artists. For the last 30 years, Witz has been adorning the streets of New York with his hummingbirds, hoodies, shrines, skateboarders, Do Not Enter signs with a twist, and trompe l’oeil-style painted photo appliques that mimic the grates on buildings. The genius of his work is how he can make something so brilliant and intricate appear so simple, accessible, and unpretentious. Well, accessible, that is, if you can even see what he has left right in front of you in the first place! Appropriately enough, the name of his first (can you even believe that?!) book, released today by Gingko Press, is Dan Witz: In Plain View – 30 Years of Artworks Illegal and Otherwise. I was fortunate to be able to view a copy last week during a visit to Dan’s studio, and I was impressed by this monograph in every sense possible. With a librarian for a mother and a New York sized apartment, I am not big on buying books, but this will definitely be a very worthwhile purchase for me this week.

And while looking on Amazon I was excited to see that he also has a calendar of his hummingbird images in pre-order for 2011. Now everyone can afford to have a Dan Witz piece on their wall!

So, moving on from my corny sense of humor and on to something that is actually good: images from Dan Witz’s studio:

Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dan Witz studio visit (photo by Becki Fuller)

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)

Doors of Perception

Like most New Yorkers, I’m admittedly obsessed with real estate. If there’s a hole in a fence, I’ll peek through it. If I spy an open door or window, I’ll slow down to take in the view. Seriously, who isn’t curious about how the other 8 million New Yorkers live?!

dan witz... is creepin' me out

Since Dan Witz started putting up his latest series of grates and windows, I’ve found myself looking at real estate in an entirely new way. In the past, I would have ignored a window while scanning a door for stickers and tags, but now I constantly have to remind myself to pay attention to the entire door. Service grates and exhausts on buildings are so ubiquitous, it’s easy to habitually overlook them. Dan’s pieces blend so well, they’re easy to miss! Learning to spot them has become a good exercise in being more aware of my surroundings.

Lucky Angelenos will be treated to the entire Dark Doings series when Dan’s solo show opens at the Carmichael Gallery on November 5th, 2009.