Triple Play: JJ Veronis

It’s been a while since we featured JJ Veronis on the blog, so I’m very excited to share some of the excellent, new work he’s put up recently!

[JJ Veronis – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Throwback Thursday: Revs

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…

fuckin revs

windows where there once were none

avenge

[Revs – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Kenkeleba Revs

Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)

If you push your way through the dense shrubs at the East 2nd Street entrance to the Kenkeleba House Garden, you’ll find a secret sculpture garden that houses this piece by Revs. Founded in 1974, the Kenkeleba House gallery and artist house not only holds an historic collection of African-American art, but also champions artists who work outside the commercial gallery system.

Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)

In the Studio with Leon Reid IV

Draft P (all photos by Luna Park)

Last weekend I had the opportunity to spend some time with Leon Reid IV in his studio. He’s in the midst of fabricating his 100 Story House, which he hopes to install in a Brooklyn park sometime later this summer. Before I left, Leon made a get-well piece for my partner, Peter, who recently broke his hip. Here’s how he made it, from start to finish. Thanks, Leon!!

Leon starts cutting out the P with a torch.
Sparks fly as the flame cuts through metal.
With a well-practiced hand, Leon expertly completes the first cuts.
The outline of the P takes shape.
Leon applies a final burst of heat to cut out the center of the P.
The molten center of the P glows from the heat.
The hot P is dunked into a bucket of cold water.
Slag has formed along the edge of the P.
Leon chisels the slag off the back of the P.
Any remaining rough edges are polished off with a grinder.
Leon cuts a base for the P with an angle grinder.
Leon employs a MIG welder to fuse the P onto the base.
One last tack and the weld is complete.
The P takes a final, cooling dip in water.
Leon and the finished P!
Yo, P, feel better soon!

JJ Veronis’ Sacred Heart

JJ Veronis (photo by Luna Park)

JJ Veronis‘ latest street piece is absolutely exquisite – a weeping St. Mary is surrounded by a circle of welded fire, while a sacred heart wrapped in barbed-wire dangles below. A very special shout-out to eagle-eyed Allan Mohlo for finding this.

JJ Veronis (photo by Luna Park)
JJ Veronis (photo by Luna Park)
JJ Veronis (photo by Luna Park)

New Andy Kessler Tribute Piece from JJ Veronis

JJ Veronis for Andy Kessler (photo by Becki Fuller)
JJ Veronis for Andy Kessler (photo by Becki Fuller)

Andy Kessler Foundation