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Triple Play: Toynbee Tiles

[Toynbee Tiles – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Recent Works by Cern

Cern x Cekis (photo by Luna Park)

Cern x Cekis (photo by Luna Park)

It’s always a pleasure to photograph Cern‘s work… here’s a selection of some murals painted around New York this year. His colorful flora and fauna (kitties!!) always put a smile on my face.

Cern (photo by Luna Park)

Cern (photo by Luna Park)

Cern (photo by Luna Park)

Cern (photo by Luna Park)

Cern  (photo by Luna Park)

Cern (photo by Luna Park)

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)

Throwback Thursday: Tilden

bunker

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

Reid & Seslow Launch Technophemera Project

Leon Reid IV & Ryan Seslow with their casts (photo by Luna Park)

Leon Reid IV & Ryan Seslow with their casts (photo by Luna Park)

I recently ran into artists Leon Reid IV and Ryan Seslow installing newly cast pieces from their collaborative project Technophemera at Welling Court. Curious to learn more, I asked them a few questions about the genesis of the project.

LP: How did this collaboration come about?

LR: The collaboration came about in an organic way. Ryan reached out to me around 2012 by inviting me to speak as a guest lecturer during his “History and Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti” course at LIU Post. From there we connected on alot of conceptual levels and decided to work collaboratively in some capacity. As with many collaborations, the concept for a work isn’t finalized in the beginning of the relationship, but rather over the course of many conversations and exchanges.

LP: What are you saying about art and technology with this installation?

LR: Previous to our meeting, Ryan had already begun casting old computer hardware in concrete – suggesting a fossilization process. After seeing these, I decided to bring my installation background to the table and came up with the idea that the hardware casts should be buried in an excavation site to create the illusion of ancient history.

The central theme behind the project is that technology is invented at such a rapid pace that devices even 5 years old may as well be treated as fossils.

Leon Reid IV & Ryan Seslow's technophemera casts (photo by Luna Park)

Leon Reid IV & Ryan Seslow’s technophemera casts (photo by Luna Park)

RS: I coined the term “technophemera” in late 2011 when I started placing casts in and around the NYC area. I leave them in public places free for people to take and/or become aware of their presence and displacement. The displacement is both obvious and also contextual. It questions they way we dispose of old technologies and hardware as well as our personal relationships to those devices and who we are becoming over time through this new consciousness. I still continue to leave various casts in and around and have also expanded to other objects like old aerosol cans – this gets a bit more specific, as it speaks directly to graffiti artists, how everything changes and evolves, with us or without us. We must choose who we are in relationship to those changes to maintain authenticity.

Leon Reid IV & Ryan Seslow's technophemera casts (photo by Luna Park)

Leon Reid IV & Ryan Seslow’s technophemera casts (photo by Luna Park)

Leon and Ryan are hoping to realize a collaborative installation of Technophemera on the LIU Post campus in connection with the Steinberg Museum of Art at Hillwood starting this fall. For more information, please visit http://www.leonthe4th.com/technophemera/1.html.

UPDATE: A Kickstarter has been launched to support the initiative as well: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/leonreid/technophemera.

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:

lister

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

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]