New work from: 907 Crew

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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.

( ( ( EKG ♥ NYC ) ) )

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Photo by Mag3 @mag_three

 

Valentine’s Day tops my list of saccharine Hallmark holidays that suck. When my good friend EKG shared his plans to put on a dark, Valentine’s Eve extravaganza, I knew his idea would resonate with many people:

“The EKG♥NYC exhibition installation is a silhouette of an abstraction of our cityscape constructed of everyday objects painted black and orange: a metaphor for human resonance manifested on the corporeal plane and the wafting misty sparking static of the Aetherial Semiotosphere that electrifies the space between the physical and the mental, consisting of an aspirational architecture of spires and grids; a wireframe conglomeration of modular three-dimensional schematics; an energizing iconographic display of orange resonance, wraiths, chimeras, apparitions, projections, illuminations, emanations, vibrations, palpitations, oscillations, transmissions, frequencies, broadcasts, signals, ripples, waves, pulses, blips; an uplifting experience broadcast through radars, tridents, buttons, balloons, stickers, t-shirts, zines, prints, patches, flags, drawings, paintings.”

Sound designer Jefferson Wells will also strike some chords at the opening. Come for the mutant cityscape, stay for the dronecore – it promises to be a very metal way to ring in the weekend.

( ( ( EKG ♥ NYC ) ) )
An All Hallows’ Valentine’s Eve Celebration of Misfit Love, Mutant Science and Aesthetic Rebellion.

Opening: Friday, February 13, 6-10pm
Viewing hours: February 14 & 15, 12-6pm. February 16-28 by appointment.
Location: Skewville Laboratories, 35-18 37th Street (btwn 36th & 35th Aves), Long Island City, Queens, NYC.
Transit: R/M trains to “Steinway” stop; or N/Q trains to “36th Avenue” stop.

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:

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)

Throwback Thursday: Tilden

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While it’s wonderful that MoMA PS1 is bringing it’s art-star-laden Rockaway! exhibition to Fort Tilden this summer, I’d like to point out that Tilden was home to a much more organic, arts movement long before Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the Rockaways…

armer have fun and die

are you coulrophobic?

other

host18

sɐpn

navy8 bugle

taboo dym

runic beast

Triple Play: Lister

Australian artist Anthony Lister’s been very busy in the weeks leading up to his solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, opening tomorrow night. It’s been a while since we last featured him here, but I’m glad to report he’s showing his former hometown some love by completing a number of murals in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Here are three of the five seven he’s done so far:

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lister

lister

[Lister – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Lister is also the subject of the forthcoming Anthony Lister – Adventure Painter release from Gingko Press, authored by Roger Gastman and Tristan Manco.

Anthony Lister: Power Tripping
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street
9th Floor
New York, New York 10010

June 28—July 26, 2014
Opening: Saturday, June 28, 6—8pm

Serpent on the Banks of the Esopus

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)

Over the course of the last year, New York based artists Andrew H. Shirley and Amanda Wong built a tree-house in the boughs of a sugar maple tree on the banks of Ulster County’s Esopus Creek near Kingston, NY.

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
The Esopus Creek (photo by Luna Park)

The tree-house was built entirely out of reclaimed materials sourced from nearby abandoned structures. The tree-house, reached by rickety ladder, is a sculptural space which will host three exhibitions this summer.

Amanda Wong explained the intent of the project: “Constructing the tree-house was a sculptural and curatorial project seeking to challenge the conventional places and aesthetics that form contemporary art practices by recontexualizing where and how art exists. The tree-house situates the exhibition of art within remote nature as a gesture towards geographically decentralizing and ideologically reconfiguring cultural centers such as museums and galleries.”

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)

On Saturday, June 21st, the tree-house was inaugurated with a light installation by Andrew Poneros. Poneros’ illuminated, etched glass bottles were mounted individually on trees surrounding the tree-house.

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)

And within the tree-house, Poneros mounted a stunning chandelier, whose motifs of serpents, birds, fish and plants couldn’t have been better suited to the bucolic location. As the sun set, the tree-house slowly took on a warm and enchanting glow.

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)

At the base of the tree-house overlooking the creek, a small black & white TV played one of Poneros’ animations on loop. Be sure to take two minutes and watch Prey for the Eaten.

Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)
Andrew Poneros in Andrew H. Shirley/Amanda Wong Treehouse (photo by Luna Park)

Triple Play: Pacman

pacman rooftop

curt x pacman x low5

ufo907 pacman

Bonus *before*:

gen2 x ufo x pacman x muk123

[Pacman, Curt/Pacman/Low5, UFO907/Pacman, Gen2/UFO907/Pacman/Muk123 – all photos (c) Luna Park]