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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.

( ( ( 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.

Triple Play: Joe Iurato

I’m a big fan of Joe Iurato’s work not only for his crisp & clean stenciling abilities, but also because he understands the importance of good placement. His series of wooden cut-outs – see skater series below – are installed with great care and consideration for their context. More please, Joe.

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[Joe Iurato for Bushwick Collective & Welling Court – all photo (c) Luna Park]

5th Annual Welling Court Mural Project

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Mark you calendars for the 5th Annual Welling Court Mural Project and Block Party, going down Saturday, June 14th from 12-8PM!

Participating artists include: Abe Lincoln, Jr., AM, Alison Buxton, Beau Stanton, Billy Mode, Brian Life, Cake, Caleb Neelon, Cern, Cey Adams, Christopher Cardinale, Chris RWK, Chris Stain, Clown Soldier, Col Wallnuts, CRASH, Cycle, Dan Witz, Danielle Mastrion, Dennis McNett, Don Leicht, El Kamino, Ellis Gallagher, Free5, Fumero, Garrison Buxton, Gilf!, Greg Lamarche, Hellbent, Icy & Sot, Jamie Hef, Joe Iurato, John Breiner, John Carr, John Fekner, Katie Yamasaki, Kimyon Huggins, Lady Pink, Lmnopi, LogikOne, Mare139, Mensen, Mike Fitzimmons, Never, ND’A, Pablo Power, Peat Wollaeger, Queen Andrea, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, Rene Gagnon, Rex Dingler, Royal Kingbee, Rubin, Russell King, Ryan Seslow, SeeOne, Sheryo, Shok-1, Sinned, Skewville, Sonni, SpazeCraft, Subtexture, Steven Cogle, Thundercut, TooFly, Veng RWK, Vera Times, Vexta, Wane COD, The Yok, Zam, Zed & more.

The Block Party is a potluck, so please be sure to bring something to share. It’s always a good time. Volunteers and donations (monetary and/or arts materials) welcome – contact info@adhocart.org.

Address:
11-98 Welling Court
(at 30th Ave & 12th Street)
Astoria, NY 11102

Getting there::
1) By Public Transit: Take the N or Q train to 30th Ave. Then go west down 30th Ave to 12th St. by a) walking 10-15 minutes or; b) taking the Q18. You are there!
2) LIC Art Bus: Weekends only 5/10-9/14: socratessculpturepark.org/visit/bus/
3) By Car: Here is a link to the street map: tinyurl.com/2e7whgo

[Queen Andrea x Wane at Welling Court, 2012 – photo (c) Luna Park]

Triple Play: Shok1

London-based aerosol artist Shok1 recently treated New York to three variations on his X-rainbow series.

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[Shok1 for LISA Project, Bushwick Collective, and Welling Court – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Welling Court Needs Your Help

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Welling Court 2013: Chris Stain x Billy Mode (photo by Luna Park)

Since 2009, Ad Hoc Art has organized and executed four large-scale mural projects at Queen’s Welling Court. More than 80 local and international artists have contributed hundreds of murals, sculptures and installations to the neighborhood. This endeavor requires enormous time, effort and a small army of volunteers to pull off every year… and lots and lots and lots and lots of paint. If you enjoy any of this fine work – on display for all to see, 24/7, 365 days a year and free of corporate sponsorship – please consider donating to the Welling Court Mural Project on Indiegogo.

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Welling Court 2013: AM x Olek (photo by Luna Park)
King Bee (photo by Luna Park)
Welling Court 2013: King Bee (photo by Luna Park)
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Welling Court 2013: Fresh (photo by Luna Park)

The roster of participating artists includes:
Abe Lincoln, Jr., AM, Alison Buxton, Beau Stanton, Billy Mode, Brian Life, Caleb Neelon, Carlos Mare, Cekis, Cern, Christopher Cardinale, Chris Mendoza, Chris RWK, Chris Stain, Clown Soldier, Col Wallnuts, Cycle, Dan Witz, Dennis McNett, Don Leicht, El Kamino, Ellis Gallagher, Free5, Fumero, Gaia, Garrison Buxton, gilf!, Greg Lamarche, Hellbent, Ian Kuali’i, Icy & Sot, Joe Iurato, John Breiner, JC, John Fekner, Jonathan Villoch, Katie Yamasaki, Kimyon Huggins, Lady Pink, lmnop, LogikOne, M-City, Magdalena Marcerano, Matt Siren, Mensen, Mike Fitzsimmons, Mr. Kiji, Never, ND’A, Olek, Pablo Power, Phetus, Prolifique, Queen Andrea, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, Rene Gagnon, Royal Kingbee, Royce Bannon, Rubin, Russell King, Ryan Seslow, SeeOne, Sheryo, Sinned, Skewville, Sonni, SpazeCraft, Subtexture, Steven Cogle, Thundercut, TooFly, Veng RWK, Vera Times, Vexta, Wane COD, The Yok, Zam & more

M-City Returns to Welling Court

M-City in progress (photo by Luna Park)

Three years after he first painted at Welling Court, Polish stencil artist M-City returned to the quiet Queens neighborhood yesterday to paint another one of his signature, large-scale murals. Tirelessly working against the clock in a race against the setting winter sun, M-City signed off on his stenciled carousel at dusk, having taken roughly five hours to complete. Up next he paints a massive wall in the South Bronx – when it’s done, I promise you won’t be able to miss it.

M-City in progress (photo by Luna Park)
M-City in progress (photo by Luna Park)
M-City signing his piece (photo by Luna Park)

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.

Sculptor John Ahearn’s Life Casting at Welling Court

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(photo by Becki Fuller)

On Saturday, June 25th, members of New York City’s rich and varied street art & graffiti community came together with the equally diverse community of Welling Court in Queens for the 2nd Annual Welling Court Mural Project and block party. Curated by Ad Hoc Art’s dynamic duo of Alison & Garrison Buxton, this year’s crew of legendary and groundbreaking artists represented over 50 years of activity. However, for me, the highest of the highlights came courtesy of the acclaimed sculptor and public artist, John Ahearn. Though he may be best know by many for his “repetitive life casting” of real people in his South Bronx neighborhood, Ahearn has been bringing his artistic works to communities around the world – as well as galleries and museums – since the early 1980’s. And this weekend those of us at Welling Court were treated to a live casting of one fortunate (and apparently not-at-all claustrophobic) young girl named Karlee. Surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd of party goers, Ahearn and his assistant engaged us us all in his casting process, from start to finish.

Public works of Ahearn and his frequent collaborator, Rigoberto Torres, can still be seen around the South Bronx and in Socrates Sculpture Park.

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