NYC Public Art On View Now

Entertaining family over Thanksgiving? Or, better yet, looking for free things to do for Buy Nothing Day on Friday? It should come as no surprise that New York City has a wide range of public art on view. Here’s a selection of current projects and where to see them. The forecast for the next few days looks great, so no excuses for not taking advantage of all that NYC has to offer. Put your phone in your pocket, soak up your environment and enjoy the moment!

Barbara Kruger [photo by Luna Park]

As part of this year’s Performa Biennial, some large-scale, text-based works by Barbara Kruger were installed throughout the city. The billboard is at 10th Avenue and West 17th Street, best viewed from the Highline. More information and other locations over at Performa 17.

Yoko Ono [photo by Luna Park]

Creative Time launched the Pledges of Allegiance series this summer, having commissioned 16 artists to create flags that speak to some of the most pressing issues of the day. The current flag by Yoko Ono can best be seen from the corner of East 4th Street and the Bowery, though it is also being flown at 13 further locations across the US.

Ai Weiwei [photo by Luna Park]

With Ai Weiwei’s Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, the Public Art Fund presents an ambitious, city-wide, multi-media exhibition on view through February 11. I came across a number of these banner portraits of migrants and refugees on the Bowery just north of Houston Street, but you can find all of the more than 200 locations on the project’s interactive map.

The Rae Show [photo by Luna Park]

Last but not least, I’d be remiss in not recommending you check out The Rae Show at 130 Allen Street ASAP. The masked artist Rae is winding down his weeks-long, live/work residency in a Lower East Side storefront today, but his installation remains on view around the clock until Friday morning.

Of course there’s PLENTY more art on view to the public all over New York, so keep your eyes peeled at all times… Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.

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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.

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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.

Triple Play: Clet Abraham

[Clet Abraham in NYC – all photos (c) Luna Park]

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)