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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

Luna Park’s 2014 Favorites

As 2014 winds down, here’s a look back at some of my favorite art and images from the past year – shot in New York, Berlin, Munich and Washington, DC.

Featuring work by:

ADEK, WOLFTITS, ELBOW-TOE, FADE AA/EKGLABS, MOSA/CURVE/ESSO PAL, ELSOL25, MAYA HAYUK, BERLIN KIDZ, GRAFRO, MARTHA COOPER, DCEVE/SNOEMAN, STIKMAN, SHOK1, SKI/TOUCH, STEVE POWERS, DAN WITZ, SWOON, RUBIN415, JUST, CHRIS STAIN/BILLY MODE, ENX/COST, KUMA, JOE IURATO, UFO 907, TEXAS/GANE, SPONE/WANE/TRAP, ANDREW PONEROS, PIXOTE/RAMBO, PIXELPANCHO, CASH4, VTS, FALSE/PEAR, POSTER BOY, SOBER/NOXER, BARE/HERT/GABLE, RUSK/KATSU, NEVER, AMNY, YOU GO GIRL/JANZ/NEKST, KASHINK, KRIPOE, NESO, SATONE, RIPO, HOUSE OF HADES, JJ VERONIS, CLINT MARIO/ME_NEWYORK, GADSE, SMELLS/DROID 907, GIZ/GHOST/MARVEL, REVS, SPECTER, CEKIS/CERN, ELMS, HOODRICH, SWEET TOOF/DARKCLOUD, REKA, MOMO, TOP DOGS, JEFFREY GAMBLERO/SMART

My gratitude to those of you working in the public space.
Much love to anyone who lost a loved one this year…
#ripafri #ripdg #ripkorn #ripüzit

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)

WTF is street art anyway?

Poster Boy (photo by Luna Park)
Poster Boy (photo by Luna Park)

Poster Boy comes through with quite possibly my favorite ad takeover slash billboard liberation, asking a very pertinent and relevant question indeed.

Poster Boy (photo by Luna Park)
Poster Boy (photo by Luna Park)
Poster Boy (photo by Luna Park)
Poster Boy (photo by Luna Park)
Poster Boy (photo by Luna Park)
Poster Boy (photo by Luna Park)
Poster Boy (photo by Luna Park)
Poster Boy (photo by Luna Park)

Here’s video of the installation:

Tilden Re-Visited

Armer at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Armer at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)

Becki and I poked around Fort Tilden a week ago… although it’s not what it used to be, there’s still plenty of graffiti to be found.

You Go Girl et al at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
You Go Girl et al at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
You Go Girl at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
You Go Girl at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
UFO907 x Penelope at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
UFO907 x Penelope at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Sadue 907 at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Sadue907 at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Sulk x Sebo9 at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Sulk x Sebo9 at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Soulful at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Soulful at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Showta at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Showta at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Rambo at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Rambo at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
News x Serf at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
News x Serf at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Never at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Never at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Net at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Net at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Lush at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Lush at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Klops x Sefu at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Klops x Sefu at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Rusk x Katsu at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Rusk x Katsu at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Host18 at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Host18 at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Kuma at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Kuma at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Mint x Curve at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)
Mint x Curve at Tilden (photo by Luna Park)

Triple Play: Art is Tra$h

Judging by his website, Spanish artist Art is Tra$h has been extremely prolific since arriving in New York City. His whimsical, trash-based installations are very short-lived, which make them a welcome and powerful antidote to the recent proliferation of permissioned murals.

art is trash

art is trash

art is trash

[Art is Tra$h – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Texas & Gane

I’m digging these stylish rollers by Texas and Gane… cool to see some Philly hands in New York.

Texas & Gane (photo by Luna Park)
Texas & Gane (photo by Luna Park)
Texas & Gane (photo by Luna Park)
Texas & Gane (photo by Luna Park)
Texas & Gane (photo by Luna Park)
Texas & Gane (photo by Luna Park)
Texas & Gane (photo by Luna Park)
Texas & Gane (photo by Luna Park)