I’m sad to say that the Revs pieces below are but three of a number of pieces that were recently stolen from the streets…
[Revs – all photos (c) Luna Park]
Artists Chris Stain and Billy Mode extended their long-standing collaboration to include 13 youths from creative-arts youth development organization Cre8tive YouTH*ink in their process. The result? Sign Language, a stunning mural on the side of 267 Pacific Street (at Smith Street), based on a photograph by legendary street photographer Martha Cooper.
Billy Mode has just dropped Omni, a series of small edition, hand-sprayed, hand-cut, multi-layer, stencil prints available via Freshly Baked.
[Chris Stain & Billy Mode for Cre8tive YouTH*ink, Bushwick Collective & Welling Court – all photos (c) Luna Park]
“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!
[Rambo x Seedr, Ski x Touch, Droid 907 – all photos (c) Luna Park]
Below are three of several very recently pasted works by Swoon in Bushwick. Submerged Motherlands, her installation at the Brooklyn Museum, remains on view through August 24.
[All photos (c) Luna Park]
Stikman cut a wide swathe through Brooklyn lately, leaving a trail of new cut-outs and stickers…
I’m super excited to have been invited to participate in a panel discussion about street art at the Brooklyn Museum next week. Here’s the official press release with all the pertinent details:
On Thursday, April 24 at 7:00pm the Brooklyn Museum presents
In Conversation: Brooklyn Street Art. Brooklyn Street Art founders Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo lead a dynamic, multimedia conversation that explores the evolution of street art stories as told by the earliest graffiti writers to today’s D.I.Y. artists. They’ll reveal secret backgrounds, show what stylistic themes are recurring today, and hint at the future of street art in New York. They are joined in conversation by artists Swoon and Luna Park, and curator Keith Schweitzer. A reception with a DJ, cash bar, and a guest-inclusive art-making project will follow. Presented in conjunction with the site-specific installation Swoon: Submerged Motherlands, on view from April 11 to August 24 in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery on the 5th Floor.
ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo are the Founders of the influential art blog BrooklynStreetArt.com. Proud New Yorkers, artists, and cultural workers for more than twenty-five years, both are experts on the evolving street art scene in New York as well as globally. With daily postings on Brooklyn Street Art (BSA), over 175 articles on The Huffington Post, and tens of thousands of followers on social media, the two have shown and discussed street art, graffiti, murals, and public art in more than 100 cities over the last few years.
Swoon, born Caledonia Dance Curry, currently has an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, Swoon: Submerged Motherlands. Swoon studied at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn before bringing her art to the streets in 1999, wheat pasting her large linoleum and woodcuts on the sides of industrial buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Her art is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and Tate Modern, among others.
Katherine Lorimer (aka Luna Park) is a Brooklyn-based graffiti and street art enthusiast, photographer, curator, librarian, and co-founder and regular contributor to The Street Spot blog. Her photographs have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago and have appeared in leading street art books and magazines.
Keith Schweitzer is the Co-Founder/Director of MaNY Project (Murals Around New York) and the Co-Founder/Director of The Lodge Gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He is also Director of Public Art for Fourth Arts Block, the non-profit leadership organization for Manhattan’s officially designated Cultural District in the East Village.
Contribution $12; students with valid I.D. and seniors $8. Free to members and children under 12 accompanied by an adult. Group tours or visits must be arranged in advance by calling extension 234.
Subway: Seventh Avenue express (2 or 3) to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum stop; Lexington Avenue express (4 or 5) to Nevins Street, cross platform and transfer to the 2 or 3. Bus: B41, B69, B48. On-site parking available.
Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; first Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
2013 was a year that took me far and wide, with trips to Chicago, New Orleans, Paris, Basel and Philadelphia. A very special thank you to those who took the time to show me around your cities! As in years past, this roundup is a selection of both favorite artworks and favorite photographs as well as a reflection on people, pieces and places that are no more.
Thanks also to YOU for following The Street Spot!
With best wishes for the Holidays and a Happy New Year,
I’m very pleased to be included in Galerie F’s upcoming group show, Shot From The Hip: A Photography Exhibition, which opens in Chicago this Friday. I will be showing an affordable selection of prints and photo transfers on acrylic. This exhibition highlights photographers active in the urban environment and features work by Sergej Vutuc, Diane Ribaupierre, Brock Brake, Tom Fennell, Oscar Fotoflow, Eden Leavy, Pete Rangel, Senor Codo, and httpill. Sadly, I can’t make it out to Chicago this weekend, but if you’re in the area, please come out and support!
Shot From the Hip: A Photography Exhibition
Curated by Billy Craven
Opening: Friday, August 23rd, 6:00-10:00pm
August 23-September 1, 2013
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00am-6:00pm
2381 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60618
“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.
245 South First Street
Btw Roebling & Havemeyer
Brooklyn, NY 11211
On the occasion of All City, a graffiti and street art initiative launched by the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, the Goethe-Institut Chicago is dedicating the month of January to street art in Germany. Programming includes free screenings of the graffiti films Whole Train and Alter Ego – both highly recommended – as well as an exhibition of Berlin and Munich street art photographs by yours truly and Los Angeles’ own Lord Jim. We’ll both be on hand to talk about the German street art scene at the opening this coming Friday night. If you’re in Chicago, please come out to support.
All City – Street Art from Germany
Opening: Friday, January 11th, 6:00pm
January 11 – January 31, 2013
150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 200
Chicago, lllinois 60601
Tel. +1 312 263-0472