Luna Park’s Favorites for 2015

For me personally 2015 marked a year when things got real and everything – including documenting street art & graffiti and most definitely blogging – was put on the back burner. Nevertheless here’s a small selection of artworks, places and moments that resonated with me this year.

top 40 for 2015

My thanks and gratitude for all the love and support these past months…
XOXO, LP

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)