Wolftits Memorial

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

A massive, 700-pound Wolftits sculpture was installed on a previously empty pedestal outside the former ASPCA Rogers Memorial Animal Hospital near the Gowanus in Brooklyn. Behold it in all its wolfking multi-titty glory!

Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park) new
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)
Wolftits (photo by Luna Park)

HOTTEA Pays Tribute to Dondi

Hottea Dondi tribute (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA Dondi tribute (photo by Luna Park)

After his yarn installation on the Williamsburg Bridge this summer met with so much interest, I lept at the opportunity to help Minneapolis-based street artist HOTTEA realize his next New York City project. On an unusually warm and sunny November day, I met up with HOTTEA and a small crew of fellow assistants, Jaime Rojo of Brooklyn Street Art, Disco Bryso and Patrick Sullivan.

Jaime Rojo and HOTTEA hold up the panel at the 1st location (photo by Luna Park)
Jaime Rojo and HOTTEA hold up the panel at the 1st location (photo by Luna Park)

HOTTEA came prepared with two heavy panels: each bore a meticulously stenciled recreation of one of Dondi’s iconic 1980 Children of the Grave wholecar pieces applied onto a series of yarn rectangles fastened onto a metal framework. It was our job to position these panels in such a way so as to create the illusion of Dondi’s work passing by on the modern subway.

Of his inspiration, HOTTEA wrote, “As an ex-graffiti writer of 12+ years there is no denying the influence of 80’s NYC subway graffiti had on me. I still remember the first time watching Style Wars and how much of an impact it had on me and my work. Dondi’s work stood out to me amongst them all. The way he spoke about his work, the colors and the style in which he wrote his letters were very inspiring. I no longer practice writing graffiti and have taken on yarn as my new medium of choice. I wanted to create a piece about one of my biggest influences non-destructively.”

This was no easy task, as each passing train gave us merely seconds to line up the panels, all the while gauging the proper distance of camera to panel to train to achieve the desired proportions. Multiple attempts had to be made at several Brooklyn locations.

HOTTEA lines up his panel at the 2nd location (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA lines up his panel at our 2nd location (photo by Luna Park)

After much trial and error – coupled with some rare patience for the MTA’s labyrinthine weekend scheduling – success! With a little suspension of disbelief, the magic of Dondi on rolling stock is in the air…

The memory of Dondi lives on... (photo by Luna Park)
The memory of Dondi lives on… (photo by Luna Park)

Invasion!

Invader (photo by Luna Park)
Invader (photo by Luna Park)

In town to introduce his film, Art4Space, French street artist Space Invader wasted no time and immediately got down to doing what he does best… invading. The charming, half-hour film is definitely worth seeing – London, you’re up next – if ever there were a paean to the DIY ethos in street art, this is it.

Invader (photo by Luna Park)
Invader (photo by Luna Park)
Invader (photo by Luna Park)
Invader (photo by Luna Park)
Invader (photo by Luna Park)
Invader (photo by Luna Park)
Invader (photo by Luna Park)
Invader (photo by Luna Park)
Invader (photo by Luna Park)
Invader (photo by Luna Park)
Invader (photo by Luna Park)
Invader (photo by Luna Park)
Invader (photo by Luna Park)
Invader (photo by Luna Park)

Brooklyn Shelf Life finds a home outside of BAM

Showpaper presents Brooklyn Shelf Life at BAM

In celebration of its 150th Anniversary, the Brooklyn Academy of Music commissioned Showpaper¬†to build a five sculpture installation called Brooklyn Shelf Life. ¬†Each sculpture has been built not only to stand alone as a piece of art work, but they are also used as a way of independently distributing Showpaper’s free bi-weekly, print only publication about the DIY music and arts scene in the NYC/tri-state area. ¬†Much like his¬†past projects¬†for Showpaper, curator Andrew H. Shirley brought together pairs of street & graffiti artists to upend and reinterpert the ubiquitous NYC paper box. ¬†So far three of the sculptures, the collaborations by Swoon & Ryan Doyle, Leon Reid IV & Noah Sparkes, and Cassius Fouler & Faust, have been installed outside of BAM (right around the corner from the new bike racks designed by the eternally inspiring David Byrne). ¬†The pieces by Gaia & Adam VOID and UFO 907 & W. Thomas Porter have not yet found a home, but hopefully we will see them on the street or in a public space in the very near future. ¬†The UFO 907 & W. Thomas Porter collaboration, in particular, is way too epic to be kept under wraps…but until then, here are some pictures and an interview with the guys over at¬†Brooklyn Street Art.

Showpaper boxes by Swoon & Ryan Doyle, Leon Reid IV & Noah Sparkes, and Cassius Fouler & Faust find their home outside of BAM
Leon Reid IV & Noah Sparkes for Brooklyn Shelf Life at BAM
Leon Reid IV & Noah Sparkes – Stylin n’ Profilin’
Leon Reid IV & Noah Sparkes for Brooklyn Shelf Life at BAM
RIP Surer – Faust & Cassius Fouler for Brooklyn Shelf Life at BAM
Faust & Cassius Fouler’s collaboration for Brooklyn Shelf Life at BAM
Faust & Cassius Fouler collaborate for Brooklyn Shelf Life at BAM
Faust & Cassius Fouler collaborate for Brooklyn Shelf Life at BAM
Swoon & Ryan Doyle’s collaboration for Brooklyn Shelf Life at BAM
Swoon and Ryan Doyle’s collaboration for Brooklyn Shelf Life at BAM
Detail shot of Swoon & Ryan Doyle’s collaboration for Brooklyn Shelf Life at BAM
Detail shot of Swoon & Ryan Doyle’s collaboration for Brooklyn Shelf Life at BAM
Swoon & Ryan Doyle’s collaboration for Brooklyn Shelf Life at BAM
Swoon and Ryan Doyle’s collaboration for Brooklyn Shelf Life at BAM
Showpaper presents Brooklyn Shelf Life at BAM
Showpaper presents Brooklyn Shelf Life at BAM

Get Your Wall/Therapy in Rochester, NY

Freddy Sam (photo by Becki Fuller)

In July 2011, Brooklyn native Ian Wilson brought Cape Town-based graffiti artists Faith47, Dal, Freddy Sam and Mak1one to Rochester, NY for the inaugural ¬†year of his mural project “Visual Intervention”. ¬†The artists painted several walls alongside members of the local graffiti crew, FUA and Shawn Dunwoody of the Four Walls Gallery. ¬†Wilson’s hope was for the walls to inspire and rehabilitate communities, bringing a positive & visually stimulating message of “belief” to a city that spends a good part of the year awash in the grays of winter (as I know all too well from growing up in Syracuse!). ¬†Clearly the murals were well received by the city, as later this month “Visual Intervention” will enter into its second movement, known as Wall/Therapy. ¬†The project appears to have grown, with more artists participating, coming from as far as¬†Africa, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Belgium and New York City.¬†¬†The impressive lineup of artists, or “therapists” includes:¬†DALEast,¬†Ben Eine,¬†Liqen,¬†ROA,¬†Cern,¬†Case,¬†St.Monci,¬†Mr.Prvrt,¬†Theivin’ Stephen,¬†How and Nosm, and¬†Siloette. ¬†See below for pictures of the walls from 2011 and for a list of all Wall/Therapy 2012 related events, including a fundraiser TONIGHT at the delicious Roc Brewing Co.

Freddy Sam (photo by Becki Fuller)
Freddy Sam (photo by Becki Fuller)
Faith47 (photo by Becki Fuller)
Faith47 (photo by Becki Fuller)
Faith47 (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dal (photo by Becki Fuller)
Dal (photo by Becki Fuller)
Freddy Sam (photo by Becki Fuller)
Freddy Sam (photo by Becki Fuller)
Mak1one (photo by Becki Fuller)
Artists Dal, Faith47, Freddy Sam and Mak1one with local artists Shawn Dunwoody, Snoe (FUA Crew) and Zone (FUA Crew) (photo by Becki Fuller)
Mak1one (photo by Becki Fuller)
Freddy Sam (photo by Becki Fuller)
Oz FUA (photo by Becki Fuller)
Zoher FUA (photo by Becki Fuller)

WALL/THERAPY 2012 Events

WALL\THERAPY ‚ÄúTherapy Session‚ÄĚ Fundraiser at Roc Brewing Co.
56 S. Union St
Rochester, NY 14607
Saturday, July 14th 2pm-10pm

Roc Brewing Co. beer flight (photo by Becki Fuller)

WALL\THERAPY Kickoff at 1975 Gallery
89 Charlotte St.
Rochester, NY 14607
Friday, July 20th 7pm-10pm

Street Art Block Party
Pennsylvania Avenue at The Rochester Public Market
280 N. Union St.
Rochester, NY 14609
Sunday, July 22nd 2pm-10pm.

Community Dialogue with the Artists
School of The Arts
45 Prince St.
Rochester, NY 14607
Wednesday, July 25th 6pm-7:30pm

Impressions from 2012 Welling Court

Olek for Welling Court 2012 (photo by Luna Park)

This past weekend’s third iteration of the Welling Court block party, organized by the tireless Alison and Garrison Buxton, was a huge success. The total number of walls now painted in this corner of Astoria has almost reached 100! Here’s a small taste of what went down on Saturday…

Toofly (photo by Luna Park)
Sheryo in action (photo by Luna Park)
Never and The Yok pieces in progress (photo by Luna Park)
Score and Flying Fortress in progress (photo by Luna Park)
Skewville piece in progress (photo by Luna Park)
Chris RWK in action (photo by Luna Park)
Veng in action (photo by Luna Park)
John Fekner & Don Leicht (photo by Luna Park)
Ellis G in the foreground w/Sinned in progress (photo by Luna Park)
Fumero in action (photo by Luna Park)
Taking in Joe Iurato’s finished piece (photo by Luna Park)
SpOne (photo by Luna Park)
Cost, Darkcloud and Keely (photo by Luna Park)
Admiring Chris Stain and Billy Mode’s work (photo by Luna Park)
Cekis (photo by Luna Park)
URNewYork in action (photo by Luna Park)
Cern’s balloons (photo by Luna Park)
Score by night (photo by Luna Park)

Click through for The Street Spot’s coverage of Welling Court in 2011 and 2010.

Houston at Bowery: 5 Years

The last five years have seen enormous changes to the face of New York City. It’s been especially noticeable on the once illegal wall on Houston at the Bowery – now home to commissioned public art works by international stars of the graffiti and street art scene (on an increasingly pricey piece of real estate).

Retna/March 2012 (photo by Luna Park)
Faile/October 2011 (photo by Luna Park)
JR/June 2011 (photo by Luna Park)
Kenny Scharf/December 2010 (photo by Luna Park)
Sace RIP/November 2010 (photo by Luna Park)
Barry McGee/August 2010 (photo by Luna Park)
Shepard Fairey/May 2010 (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos/July 2009 (photo by Luna Park) - Last masterpiece to be painted on the actual wall before it was covered in wooden scaffolding!
Keith Haring recreation/April 2008 (photo by Luna Park)
Omni/September 2007 (photo by Luna Park)

Update: The links below offer further insight into the history of this wall.

On the occasion of Os Gemeos painting the wall, Martha Cooper shares photos of past artists at the wall from her archive (including Keith Haring). [12ozProphet]

Jeremiah Moss makes the argument that the Houston mural wall is part of the larger gentrification process of “turning the Bowery into a luxury lifestyle destination”. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York]

Brian Rose examines the wall’s humble origins as a handball court. [Journal/Brian Rose]