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 #ripüzit

New Street Work by Elbow-Toe

Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)
Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)

After a long stint in the studio preparing work for his well-deserved and well-received solo show in Chelsea last fall, it’s nice to see Elbow-Toe return to the streets, where he’s recently left us several new wheatpastes.

Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)
Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)

Brian Adam Douglas: How To Disappear Completely

Image (c) Brian Adam Douglas
Image (c) Brian Adam Douglas

I’m super excited for my friend Brian Adam Douglas – you may know him under his street moniker, Elbow-Toe – whose first solo show in New York, How to Disappear Completely, opens at Chelsea’s Andrew Edlin Gallery this Thursday! Do not miss this rare opportunity to view his meticulous, cut paper collages in person.

Brian Adam Douglas: How To Disappear Completely
Opening: Thursday, September 12, 6:00-8:00pm
September 12 – October 26, 2013
Andrew Edlin Gallery
134 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Tel. +1 (212) 206-9723

Elbow-Toe’s Street Cat Looks Back in Anger

Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)

It’s been a while since he last graced the streets of Brooklyn with new work, but Elbow-Toe has returned to form with a fabulous, large-scale, feline piece titled Look Back in Anger. Click here to see the original, cut-paper collage upon which this piece is based. Fans of his work will recall that he put up an equally impressive, large-scale dog almost two years ago to the day.

Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)
Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)
Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)

An Elbow-Toe Grows in Brooklyn

Elbow-Toe (all photos by Luna Park)

Upon my return from Berlin, I was very pleased to see that Elbow-Toe had emerged from his studio and put up a slew of new pieces in Brooklyn. Fans of the artist will recognize some of the images below as old favorites (and the very astute will also recognize some of the locations from previous installations). But two of the pieces, including this giant, sunflower image, titled A Study In Fecundity, are brand new.

Continuing with the botanical theme, The Eye of Fatima is a new linocut on newsprint.

“The Shack” sees some new action with a piece last seen in Manhattan in 2007.

Last but not least, a phoenix arises out of the ashes of a skull

Let us know in the comments if you spot any other new pieces.

Attack of the 14 Foot Woman

Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)
Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)

Fresh off his solo show in London, Elbow-Toe returns to the streets of New York with a massive new piece titled Say I’m the Only Bee in Your Bonnet. That’s my bicycle to give an indication of the scale. The artist continues to blur the lines between his studio and street work, in this case enlarging a much smaller, collaged piece and handcoloring it to adapt it for the street. It’s great to finally see some new work pop up in time for spring…

A Date with Elbow-Toe in the UK

Bears (artwork by Elbow-Toe)
Bears (artwork by Elbow-Toe)

As a friend and occasional model for Elbow-Toe (that’s me with my brother above in a piece titled Bears), I couldn’t be happier for his upcoming UK solo show at the Warrington Museum. He will be presenting Due Date, a series of collaged paper paintings revolving around themes of parenthood. He writes, “As an artist in the process of trying to become a parent and living in one of the most parent-centric sections of NYC, I am keenly aware of the mania that strikes at the heart of parents young and old. In these paintings I am addressing fears (loss of individuation as well as of the proverbial unknown), the strengthening of bonds in times of crisis, the issues of trying to become a parent later in life and the wisdom gained through the process of parenting.”

Sweet Dreams(artwork by Elbow-Toe)
Sweet Dreams(artwork by Elbow-Toe)

If you are in the UK, I highly recommend your visiting this exhibit, as the exquisite details of these collages are best seen in person.

Due Date
Warrington Museum
Museum St
Warrington, Cheshire WA1 1JB
December 4, 2010 – February 19, 2011

Black Rat Projects
Through Cargo Garden
Arch 461, 83 Rivington Street
London EC2A 3AY
March 2011

Shots From Electric Windows 2010

Electric Windows - Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows – Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows - Bigfoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows – Bigfoot (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows - Cern (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows – Cern (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows - Chor Boogie (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows – Chor Boogie (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows - Chris Stain (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows – Chris Stain (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows - sketch (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows – sketch (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows - Elbow-Toe (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows – Elbow-Toe (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows - Joe Iurato (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows – Joe Iurato (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows - kids (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows – kids (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows - Kid Zoom (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows – Kid Zoom (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows - Logan Hicks (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows – Logan Hicks (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows - stencils (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows – stencils (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows - Mr Kiji (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows – Mr Kiji (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows - Peru Ana Ana Peru  (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows – Peru Ana Ana Peru (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows - Ron English (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows – Ron English (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows - Skewille (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows – Skewille (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows - Ava! (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows – Ava! (photo by Becki Fuller)

Electric Windows 2010, This Saturday in Beacon, NY

Electric Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)

Back in 2008, Open Space Gallery hosted the first installation of Electric Windows, a day of live painting, music, local food and fun, in Beacon, NY. The lineup of artists included favorites from both the street art and graffiti world such as Cycle, Pink, Ron English, Elbow Toe, Michael DeFeo, and Chris Stain. This year’s group of artists is an impressive mix of returning & new faces, many of whom I look forward to seeing in action for the first time!

Electric Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)
Electric Windows (photo by Becki Fuller)

ELECTRIC WINDOWS 2010
An art and music Celebration in Upstate NY

30 artists painting live / Live music / Live screenprinting / vendors & more!
Saturday July 31st 2010
12pm to 7pm

510 Main Street Beacon NY

featuring:
Big Foot
Buxtonia
BoogieRez
Cern
Chor Boogie
Chris Stain
Chris Yormick
Depoe
Elbow Toe
Elia Gurna
Erik Otto
Eugene Good
Faust
Gaia
Joe Iurato
Kid Zoom
Mr Kiji
Logan Hicks
Lotem & Aviv
Michael De Feo
Paper Monster
Peat Wollaeger
Rick Price
Ron English
Ryan Bubnis
Ryan Williams
Skewville
thundercut

For more information and directions, check out the Electric Windows website.

Who Let the Dog Out?

Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)
Elbow-Toe (photo by Luna Park)

With his latest piece, Elbow-Toe has adapted the paper collage method he’s developed for his gallery work for the streets. Meticulously cut and glued in the studio, then enlarged and hand-colored, this vicious guard dog is off the chain and ready to bound into your next nightmare.

Elbow-Toe in action (photo by Luna Park)
Elbow-Toe in action (photo by Luna Park)