ALL BIG LETTERS at Haverford College

My new year is starting off with a flurry of activity, the first of which is my participation in the ALL BIG LETTERS group show curated by Vandalog‘s RJ Rushmore at Haverford College’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery. If you are in the Philadelphia area, I hope to see you at the opening on Friday, January 20.

The exhibition focuses on the tools & strategies of graffiti and features art, photos, tools, and ephemera from Adam VOID, Aric Kurzman, BLADE, Biancoshock, CURVE, DB Burkeman, Egg Shell Stickers, EKG, Evan Roth, FAUST, Fumakaka Crew, Jordan Seiler, Katherine “Luna Park” Lorimer, Lee George Quinones, Loiq, Martha Cooper, MOMO, NTEL, Smart Crew, Steve Weinik, stikman, and more.

My contribution are photographs of graffiti executed with rollers, extinguishers, mops and welds.

ALL BIG LETTERS
January 20–March 3, 2017
Opening: Friday, January 20, 4:30-7:30pm

Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery
Whitehead Campus Center
Haverford College
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041

ECB in Brooklyn

ECB (photo by Luna Park)
ECB (photo by Luna Park)

German artist Hendrik ‘ECB’ Beikirch has painted in Bushwick with and as part of Robots Will Kill for many years. A recent return visit was inspiration to look back in my archive for photos of past work painted – these images stretch back to 2008.

ECB w/ChrisRWK & Veng (photo by Luna Park)
ECB (photo by Luna Park)
ECB (photo by Luna Park)
ECB (photo by Luna Park)
ECB (photo by Luna Park)
ECB (photo by Luna Park)
ECB in front of his work (photo by Luna Park)
ECB (photo by Luna Park)
ECB (photo by Luna Park)
ECB (photo by Luna Park)
ECB (photo by Luna Park)
ECB (photo by Luna Park)
ECB (photo by Luna Park)
ECB (photo by Luna Park)

Read Becki’s excellent interview with ECB from 2010 here.

MOMO Back in Brooklyn

MOMO at M. Carter Shop (photo by Luna Park)
MOMO at M. Carter Shop (photo by Luna Park)

After a long absence, MOMO returns to Brooklyn with a solo show at Greenpoint’s M. Carter Shop, a space the artist called home until 2010. The show features wooden sculptures, watercolors, and drawings. A zine will be available as well as a limited number of hats, bags, and shirts designed by MOMO for M. Carter.

MOMO at M. Carter Shop (photo by Luna Park)
MOMO at M. Carter Shop (photo by Luna Park)
MOMO at M. Carter Shop (photo by Luna Park)
MOMO at M. Carter Shop (photo by Luna Park)

MOMO at M. Carter
February 6 – 22, 2015
Opening: February 6, 6-8pm
Shop hours: Thurs-Sun 11ish to 7ish

M. Carter Shop
141 Engert Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

More MOMO on the Street Spot.

Triple Play: Clet Abraham

[Clet Abraham in NYC – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Art Whino Murals in DC

(Reka for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Reka for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)

Recently I had the pleasure of finally seeing in person a number of murals in Washington, DC, organized by Art Whino. This expertly curated series of large-scale murals features the work of Reka, Nawer, SatOne, Momo, Rubin and Kyle Hughes Odgers. I particularly enjoyed the juxtaposition of L’Enfant Plaza’s Brutalist architecture with these large, colorful, and abstract murals.

(Reka for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Reka for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Reka for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Reka for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Reka x Nawer for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Reka x Nawer for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Reka x Nawer for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Reka x Nawer for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Nawer for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Nawer for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(SatOne for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
SatOne for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(SatOne for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
SatOne for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(SatOne for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
SatOne for Art Whino (photo by Luna Park)
(SatOne for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
SatOne for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(SatOne for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
SatOne for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Rubin415 for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Rubin415 for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Momo for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Momo for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Momo for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Momo for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Momo for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Momo for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Kyle Hughes Odgers for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Kyle Hughes Odgers for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)

Sweet Toof Rolls Into Pandemic

Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)

Taking his inspiration from the storied US freight train, London’s Sweet Toof’s Derailed rolls into Pandemic Gallery this Friday night for his second New York solo show. Spanning the spectrum from traditional oil paintings on canvas to sculptural installations with salvaged train sets, the artist has transformed the gallery into a maniacally toothy and phantasmagorical homage to boxcar culture. Come out, you won’t be disappointed.

Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)

SWEET TOOF “DERAILED”
Opening Reception: December 12, 2014, 7-11pm
PANDEMIC gallery & event space
22 Waverly Avenue (btw Park Ave/Flushing Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Subway: Clinton/Washington stop on the G & C trains (15 min. walk)
Bus: B62 – Park Ave/Washington Ave (1 min. walk)
Car: BQE West, Exit 31 KENT/WYTHE – BQE East, Exit 30 FLUSHING AVE

Triple Play: Alice Mizrachi

So glad to see more walls painted by my girl Alice Mizrachi!

[Alice Mizrachi – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Bringing Color to Munich’s Donnersbergerbrücke

Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)

Starting in 2011, the Writers Corner München began working with the Munich city administration to beautify the concrete support structure of the Donnersbergerbrücke. The bridge is an integral part of Munich’s middle ring, serving as an artery connecting neighborhoods on either side of the rail infrastructure leading to and from the main train station.

WCM was able to expand the project in 2013, arranging for primarily Munich-based artists to paint the many parking lot pillars under the bridge. I was particularily excited to see a couple walls by SatOne.

The project was met with great success.

Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
donnersbergerbrücke satone racecar
Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Acid79 (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Acid79 (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Lates (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Lates (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Bastor (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Bastor (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Beastie (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Beastie (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: CrowOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: CrowOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Kult Sanz Zwist (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Kult Sanz Zwist (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Graphism (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Graphism (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Graphism (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Graphism (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Eitel Artworks (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Eitel Artworks (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Devmons (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Devmons (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Kurls (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Kurls (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Mistased Mista Malerone (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Mistased Mista Malerone (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Neso (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Neso (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Philipp Waechter (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Philipp Waechter (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Philipp Waechter (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Philipp Waechter (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Neso (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Neso (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Woodland x Neso (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Woodland x Neso (photo by Luna Park)

Click through for photos of Os Gemeos, et al at the Kultfabrik from my 2011 visit to Munich.

On Banksy’s Fall 2013 Residency in New York

Banksy NYC residency (photo by Luna Park)
Documenting the documenters during Banksy’s NYC residency (photo by Luna Park)

It’s been just a little over a year since the world’s most high profile street artist, Banksy, manifested Better Out Than In, his October 2013 show in New York. His residency proved to be a runaway sensation, achieving an unprecedented media saturation by enthralling legions of increasingly rabid fans with a calculated, daily presentation of new pieces citywide. In all my years of documenting street art in New York, I’d never experienced anything quite like this residency. The month-long spectacle rolled out largely via social media, with seasoned documenters and newbie, self-proclaimed Banksy hunters alike sharing their experiences each day in a frenzied race against the clock and against the myriad forces that conspired to cut each piece’s longevity short. For those in the know, the #banksyny hashtag became the mainline for the daily Banksy infusion. And as documentation from each daily scene showed, many New Yorkers got hooked… on the art as well as the ensuing sideshow.

Banksy NYC residency (photo by Luna Park)
Banksy NYC residency (photo by Luna Park)
Banksy NYC residency (photo by Luna Park)
Banksy NYC residency (photo by Luna Park)

Via his well-respected Carnage imprint, fellow street photographer and long-time Banksy fan, Ray Mock, recently published Banksy in New York, an account of the residency from the point of view of a quintessential graffiti insider. I can’t recommend this volume enough.

Banksy NYC residency (photo by Luna Park)
Banksy NYC residency (photo by Luna Park)

And this past Friday, on the one year anniversary of the close of the residency, filmmaker Chris Mourkabel’s documentary Banksy Does New York was released on HBOGo, with the premiere, cable TV broadcast on HBO scheduled for Monday, November 17th at 9pm EST. The bulk of the footage for the film was crowd-sourced, allowing for multiple, unique perspectives on the residency as it unfolded. I’m honored to have been interviewed for the film alongside Jaime Rojo & Steve Harrington of Brooklyn Street Art, RJ Rushmore & Caroline Caldwell of Vandalog, Hrag Vartanian of Hyperallergic and others. You can watch a short trailer below:

NYC Bus Shelter Ad Takeovers

Ad Takeover by Clint Mario & Me_NewYork (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Clint Mario & Me_NewYork (photo by Luna Park)

There’s one trend this summer I actually welcome wholeheartedly and that’s a steady uptick in the number of ad takeovers. (Hey, the New York Times is even sorta on it.)

Empowered by adbusting, artist activists such as Poster Boy and PublicAdCampaign (NO AD app coming soon), public space minded artists are keying into NYC bus shelters, newsstands and phone booths, replacing ads with art (and impunity).

This recent phonebooth takeover collaboration between Clint Mario and Me_NewYork includes a hilarious riff on a well-known Mens Wearhouse ad featuring former founder George Zimmer – they promise that we’re “gonna like the way Clint looks.”

Ad Takeover by Clint Mario & Me_NewYork (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Clint Mario & Me_NewYork (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Clint Mario & Me_NewYork  (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Clint Mario & Me_NewYork (photo by Luna Park)

Italian artist BR1 used a visit to NYC to introduce a series titled “Israeli Olives from Palestinian Trees”.

Ad Takeover by BR1 (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by BR1 (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by BR1 (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by BR1 (photo by Luna Park)

After a long absence, Specter returns to New York City’s streets, installing a series of abstracts, a project I hope he continues.

Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)

Lister hit a couple bus shelters in Manhattan, but they were removed before I could catch them.

Ad Takeover by Lister (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Lister (photo by Luna Park)

The QRST and ELLE shelter pieces below both ran surprisingly long, despite QRST insisting “This is Temporary”.

Ad Takeover by QRST  (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by QRST (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by QRST (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by QRST (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by ELLE (photo by Luna Park)

PublicAdCampaign leads by example.

Ad Takeover by Public Ad Campaign (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Public Ad Campaign (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Public Ad Campaign (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Public Ad Campaign (photo by Luna Park)
Bonus Bus Shelter Takeover by Adek BMT - no key necessary (photo by Luna Park)
Bonus Ad Takeover by Adek BTM – no key necessary! (photo by Luna Park)