Luna Park’s 2014 Favorites

As 2014 winds down, here’s a look back at some of my favorite art and images from the past year – shot in New York, Berlin, Munich and Washington, DC.

Featuring work by:

ADEK, WOLFTITS, ELBOW-TOE, FADE AA/EKGLABS, MOSA/CURVE/ESSO PAL, ELSOL25, MAYA HAYUK, BERLIN KIDZ, GRAFRO, MARTHA COOPER, DCEVE/SNOEMAN, STIKMAN, SHOK1, SKI/TOUCH, STEVE POWERS, DAN WITZ, SWOON, RUBIN415, JUST, CHRIS STAIN/BILLY MODE, ENX/COST, KUMA, JOE IURATO, UFO 907, TEXAS/GANE, SPONE/WANE/TRAP, ANDREW PONEROS, PIXOTE/RAMBO, PIXELPANCHO, CASH4, VTS, FALSE/PEAR, POSTER BOY, SOBER/NOXER, BARE/HERT/GABLE, RUSK/KATSU, NEVER, AMNY, YOU GO GIRL/JANZ/NEKST, KASHINK, KRIPOE, NESO, SATONE, RIPO, HOUSE OF HADES, JJ VERONIS, CLINT MARIO/ME_NEWYORK, GADSE, SMELLS/DROID 907, GIZ/GHOST/MARVEL, REVS, SPECTER, CEKIS/CERN, ELMS, HOODRICH, SWEET TOOF/DARKCLOUD, REKA, MOMO, TOP DOGS, JEFFREY GAMBLERO/SMART

My gratitude to those of you working in the public space.
Much love to anyone who lost a loved one this year…
#ripafri #ripdg #ripkorn #ripüzit

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)

Throwback Thursday: Specter

Throwback to September 2010, when Specter artfully “sidebusted” some of the biggest names in NYC street art…


specter sidebusts swoon

specter sidebusts bäst

specter sidebusts skewville

obey law & order

[Specter vs Swoon, Bäst, Skewville, and Obey – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Bushwick Art Park

Bushwick Art Park: El Celso (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Skewville x El Celso x Sweet Toof (photo by Luna Park)

Some images from yesterday’s Bushwick Art Park at Factory Fresh: featuring sculptural pieces by Skewville, El Celso, Sweet Toof, Leon Reid IV, Infinity, Specter, and others & with a block-long mural by Veng.

Bushwick Art Park: Infinity (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Infinity x Veng RWK (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Skewville (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Skewville (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Leon Reid IV (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Leon Reid IV (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Skewville x El Celso (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Skewville x El Celso x Sweet Toof (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Veng RWK x Leon Reid IV  (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Veng RWK x Leon Reid IV (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Veng RWK (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Veng RWK (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Veng RWK x Leon Reid IV (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Veng RWK x Leon Reid IV (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Specter (photo by Luna Park)

Skewville Goes Greener


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photo by Becki Fuller


No matter which side of this picket fence in Bushwick you are standing on, Skewville wants you to know that the other side “ain’t greenr”…

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photo by Becki Fuller


…but in just a couple of weeks one side will become a lot more beautiful when Skewville, Trust Art and Ali Ha of Factory Fresh come together for the Bushwick Art Park project. For one day (and in conjunction with Bushwick Open Studios), this artistic power trio will transform an underused and garbage-strewn street into a community sculpture park, featuring the work of Leon Reid IV, Specter, and Skewville. There will also be a brand new mural painted for the event, as well as local vendors and a corresponding group show inside of neighboring Factory Fresh Gallery.

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photo by Becki Fuller

Bushwick Art Park

Saturday, June 4th from 1-7pm

Vandervoort Place, between Flushing Ave and Thames St

Becki Fuller’s 2010 Top 40

2010 has been yet another crazy year, filled with lots of change, adventure, and as always, fun. The highlight for me was the adoption of my dog Ava, who I consider to be New York’s #1 pit bull street art model. I was also very fortunate in getting to meet and spend time with some really fantastic people, such as ECB, Jef Aerosol, Sweet Toof, Ludo, and Roa, during their stays in the city. My trips to Oaxaca, Art Basel Miami, and getting to see Steve Powers bring his Love Letter project to my hometown of Syracuse were a great way to rounded out the year. After taking a look back on this year, I would like to share some of my favorite photos, people, art & events from 2010 (see Luna Park’s list here).

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Photos include work of: El Mac, Retna, How, Nosm, Aryz, Veng, Themo, Deem, ECB, “Sugar Junkie”, Specter, Sweet Toof, The Dude Company, Ludo, Skewville, C215, Dolk, MOMO, Faile, Swoon, Chris Stain, Joe Iurato, Lapiztola, Dan Witz, Gaia, Elbow Toe, Sofia Maldonado, Shepard Fairey, Steve Powers, Over Under, N D’A, Broken Crow, Cern, Cekis, Jef Aerosol, Cash4, Smells, Rambo, Trusto Corp, White Cocoa, Rime, Swampy, Celso, Nekst, Paul Richard, Goya, Faro, Darkcloud, Sadue, Gen2, UFO, Roa, Cahil Muraghu, Tati, and Kid Acne

Specter Sidebusts Swoon and others

Specter Sidebusts... Swoon (photo by Luna Park)
Specter Sidebusts… Swoon (photo by Luna Park)
Specter Sidebusts... Swoon (photo by Luna Park)
Specter Sidebusts… Swoon (photo by Luna Park)

Specter has put up a new series titled “Unwanted Collaborations/Sidebusts”, in which he’s added to pieces on the street by Swoon, Bast, Skewville and Faile. In the case of the Swoon (above), Specter’s addition has not only breathed new life into a piece that had been badly dissed (see his website for the before & after), but also cleverly paid homage to the original piece. The other alterations are so subtle as to be almost indistinguishable from the originals.

Specter Sidebusts... Faile (photo by Luna Park)
Specter Sidebusts… Faile (photo by Luna Park)
Specter Sidebusts... Faile (photo by Luna Park)
Specter Sidebusts… Faile (photo by Luna Park)
Specter Sidebusts... Skewville (photo by Luna Park)
Specter Sidebusts… Skewville (photo by Luna Park)
Specter Sidebusts... Bäst (photo by Luna Park)
Specter Sidebusts… Bäst(photo by Luna Park)

Specter-cular!

One might say that Specter is on a real roll these days, with multiple new shopping cart sculptures appearing recently around the Williamsburg & Greenpoint sections of Brooklyn. First came the mysterious white tower under the BQE, and now it’s the Home Depot cart filled with milky white bottles, eternally entrenched in a block of cement. I here that there are more to be found, so keep an eye peeled for rogue shopping carts in the area!

Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)

Specter Towers Below the BQE

In what sounds like a plot line from an early James Bond film, Specter has returned from Russia and installed a mysterious white tower of carts and crates in Brooklyn. Color the locals profoundly confused – in a span of but a few minutes, I was asked whether I was responsible and what it meant.

towering under the bqe

towering under the bqe

Workin’ it at Brooklynite

When I stopped by Brooklynite on Sunday for a visit with Berlin-based duo Various & Gould, I could tell a lot of work had already gone into the Make It Fit show, which opens this Saturday. The two of them were furiously at work crafting bold and colorful new collages using printed material brought from Germany and objects sourced in Brooklyn. From what I’ve seen, I would say they’ve definitely stepped up their game since last showing at Brooklynite with Dain in Fall 2008.

Various & Gould (photo by Luna Park)
Various & Gould (photo by Luna Park)
Various & Gould (photo by Luna Park)
Various & Gould (photo by Luna Park)
Various & Gould (photo by Luna Park)
Various & Gould (photo by Luna Park)

Brooklyn-resident Specter – who last year garnered respect and admiration from peers, fans and strangers alike with his hand-painted, wheatpasted portraits of New York’s largely invisible working class – has also upped the ante. Taking his portraiture as a point of departure, he has built an impressive series of sculptural installations that are a natural progression from his recent street work.

Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Specter (photo by Luna Park)

Make It Fit
Brooklynite Gallery
334 Malcolm X Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11233 (A/C to Utica Avenue)
March 20-April 17, 2010
Opening reception: Saturday March 20th, 2010, 7-10pm