Three years after he first painted at Welling Court, Polish stencil artist M-City returned to the quiet Queens neighborhood yesterday to paint another one of his signature, large-scale murals. Tirelessly working against the clock in a race against the setting winter sun, M-City signed off on his stenciled carousel at dusk, having taken roughly five hours to complete. Up next he paints a massive wall in the South Bronx – when it’s done, I promise you won’t be able to miss it.
After a brief visit to New York last December, M-City was back in Brooklyn over the long holiday weekend, doing what he does best: large, house-sized, stenciled murals. The above are progess shots at the end of a second, exceedingly hot day at the wall. The crisp, mechanical, black and white lines stand in stark contrast to the waist-high weeds of the abandoned lot. I understand he’s on his way to Los Angeles next, so keep your eyes peeled for more of his signature work.
Dolk continues to paint the city black & white in the hours leading up to his show with M-City at the Brooklynite Gallery tonight. Here are a couple more of his beautiful new and HUGE stencils:
“Two titans of the street art world collide when DOLK and M-CITY invade Brooklynite Gallery for what is sure to be a show for the ages.
Reclusive, Norwegian stencil artist DOLK, emerges from the shadows to showcase a new collection of cutting imagery. Often monochromatic with one precisely placed color, DOLK crafts strangely beautiful story-lines into his work, infusing a wry sense of humor into such wide ranging topics as celebrity, religion and societal pressures. As a whole, DOLK’s new body of work conveys a bit more cynicism than the past, with most figures displaying enigmatic expressions as well as the inclusion of one key prop that at times will leave you scratching your head. However, what does remain consistent within the history of DOLK’s work is the intrigue he manages to garner with simple, clean black lines and spot-on subjects.
Look closely at a satellite picture of the earth and you just might see an M-CITY mural. Listen to the echoing sounds of metal forging, pistons firing, and air compression as M-CITY, Poland’s most prolific artist working in the public space, erects yet another large scale mural on any number of continents. Using his graphic brand of stencil artillery that includes images of smoke-stack factories, cogs and gears, steam ships, and repetitive city blocks, M-CITY redefines the Industrial Revolution. That same crushing imagery is transferred seamlessly to his deliberate, grey-scale canvases which could easily be passed off as Cold War propaganda.”
Thank heavens half the space at Brooklynite Gallery is outdoors — quite conducive for these two addicts of outdoor activity who also plan on leaving many gifts to the people of NYC.
DOLK • M-CITY
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 8th, 7-10pm
334 Malcolm X Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY 11233
Special Musical Guest: The Legendary DJ Scratch (EPMD)
Upon returning to Berlin a year later, I saw his work in the context of the Urban Affairs exhibition (with Dolk and Emess in the background).
Conveniently, he’d also done a wall in the Friedrichshain neighborhood down the street from where I was staying.
Yet the wall that has impressed me the most to date was this collaboration with Sten and Lex at La Forge in the Belleville section of Paris.
M-City painted his first mural in New York shortly before Christmas (at a wall curated by Ad Hoc).
Word has it he’ll be back in New York after New Years. Stay tuned for further M-City updates…