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

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]

Triple Play: Swoon

Below are three of several very recently pasted works by Swoon in Bushwick. Submerged Motherlands, her installation at the Brooklyn Museum, remains on view through August 24.

swoon

swoon

swoon

[All photos (c) Luna Park]

Talking Street Art Stories at the Brooklyn Museum

brooklyn-street-art-in-converstaion-brooklyn-museum

I’m super excited to have been invited to participate in a panel discussion about street art at the Brooklyn Museum next week. Here’s the official press release with all the pertinent details:

On Thursday, April 24 at 7:00pm the Brooklyn Museum presents
In Conversation: Brooklyn Street Art. Brooklyn Street Art founders Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo lead a dynamic, multimedia conversation that explores the evolution of street art stories as told by the earliest graffiti writers to today’s D.I.Y. artists. They’ll reveal secret backgrounds, show what stylistic themes are recurring today, and hint at the future of street art in New York. They are joined in conversation by artists Swoon and Luna Park, and curator Keith Schweitzer. A reception with a DJ, cash bar, and a guest-inclusive art-making project will follow. Presented in conjunction with the site-specific installation Swoon: Submerged Motherlands, on view from April 11 to August 24 in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery on the 5th Floor.

Tickets are $12, include Museum general admission and can be purchased at www.museumtix.com. Free for Museum Members: to reserve please email membership@brooklynmuseum.org.

ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS

Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo are the Founders of the influential art blog BrooklynStreetArt.com. Proud New Yorkers, artists, and cultural workers for more than twenty-five years, both are experts on the evolving street art scene in New York as well as globally. With daily postings on Brooklyn Street Art (BSA), over 175 articles on The Huffington Post, and tens of thousands of followers on social media, the two have shown and discussed street art, graffiti, murals, and public art in more than 100 cities over the last few years.

Swoon, born Caledonia Dance Curry, currently has an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, Swoon: Submerged Motherlands. Swoon studied at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn before bringing her art to the streets in 1999, wheat pasting her large linoleum and woodcuts on the sides of industrial buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Her art is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and Tate Modern, among others.

Katherine Lorimer (aka Luna Park) is a Brooklyn-based graffiti and street art enthusiast, photographer, curator, librarian, and co-founder and regular contributor to The Street Spot blog. Her photographs have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago and have appeared in leading street art books and magazines.

Keith Schweitzer is the Co-Founder/Director of MaNY Project (Murals Around New York) and the Co-Founder/Director of The Lodge Gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He is also Director of Public Art for Fourth Arts Block, the non-profit leadership organization for Manhattan’s officially designated Cultural District in the East Village.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Admission:
Contribution $12; students with valid I.D. and seniors $8. Free to members and children under 12 accompanied by an adult. Group tours or visits must be arranged in advance by calling extension 234.

Directions:
Subway: Seventh Avenue express (2 or 3) to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum stop; Lexington Avenue express (4 or 5) to Nevins Street, cross platform and transfer to the 2 or 3. Bus: B41, B69, B48. On-site parking available.

Museum Hours:
Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; first Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Fall Wheatpastes in Brooklyn

Swoon detail (photo by Luna Park)

The last month has seen lots of new activity by old favorites. New wheatpastes have gone up in Brooklyn: Swoon and Over Under in Red Hook, ECB in Bushwick and Judith Supine in Williamsburg.

Swoon (photo by Luna Park)
OverUnder (photo by Luna Park)
OverUnder (photo by Luna Park)
ECB (photo by Luna Park)
Judith Supine detail (photo by Luna Park)
Judith Supine (photo by Luna Park)
Judith Supine (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

Recent NYC Wheatpastes

Swoon (photo by Luna Park)
Bäst (photo by Luna Park)
H.Veng.Smith (photo by Luna Park)
Erik Berglin (photo by Luna Park)
Labrona (photo by Luna Park)
Over Under (photo by Luna Park)
N'DA (photo by Luna Park)
Noh J Coley remnant (photo by Luna Park)

Grottaglie’s Fame

The sleepy town of Grottaglie, located in the high heel of the boot that is Italy, is admittedly not on most tourist itineraries. Yet thanks to the tireless efforts of Studiocromie’s Angelo Milano, whose Fame Festival this summer celebrated it’s 4th year, I have made two pilgrimages to the tiny town – known primarily for ceramics – deep in southern Italy. Fame has attracted some of the international street art and graffiti scene’s most talented artists and let them paint the town red. Big walls by Blu, Aryz, Sam3, Ericailcane – to name but a few – and whimsical characters by Os Gemeos scattered across the medieval town center have made Grottaglie a must-see destination for a street art aficionada like me. The images below are some of my favorite walls, all shot over two, gloriously warm, and sunny days this past November.

108 in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
108 in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Aryz in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Aryz in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Bastardilla in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Bastardilla in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Bastardilla in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Bastardilla in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Blu in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Blu in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Boris Hoppek in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Boris Hoppek in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Boris Hoppek in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Boris Hoppek in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Dem in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Dem in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Dem in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Dem in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Erica Il Cane in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Erica Il Cane in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Erica Il Cane in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Erica Il Cane in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Escif in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Escif in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Escif in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Escif in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Escif in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Escif in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Ethos in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Ethos in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
MoMo in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
MoMo in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
MoMo in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
MoMo in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Nespoon in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Nespoon in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Nunca in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Nunca in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Sam3 in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Sam3 in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Sam3 in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Sam3 in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Vhils in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Vhils in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Vhils in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)
Vhils in Grottaglie (photo by Luna Park)

Showpaper Box Roll Out

Mikey 907 x Doyle x Showpaper (photo by Luna Park)

The first batch of Showpaper boxes from this summer’s Community Serviced Too show have hit the streets. Given the, ahem, “great interest” with which the first round of boxes from last year’s inaugural newspaper box show were met, I’ll be curious to see how this round fares…

Mikey 907 x Doyle x Showpaper (photo by Luna Park)
Swoon x Showpaper (photo by Luna Park)
Swoon x Showpaper (photo by Luna Park)

I caught the UFO box, my personal favorite, in transit on its way from Brooklyn into Manhattan.

UFO 907 x Showpaper (photo by Luna Park)
UFO 907 x Showpaper (photo by Luna Park)

It’s Ladies Night

Tonight there are a couple of shows happening in the New York area, which I’m happy to say are featuring some of the best established and up-and-coming female artists around.  Check out the “Heat Beaten” show at Pandemic Gallery in Brooklyn for works by the versatile Abby Goodman and Sofia Madlonado, as they say ‘goodbye’ to the summer and ‘hello’ to fall.

And at the Yonkers Riverfront Public Library the all-female collective YOUNITY presents “GODDESShood: Our land is our jewel” an art exhibition featuring 10 artists in conversation with the themes mother earth, the hood and sustainable farming.  All of the artists in the exhibition, Lichiban, Swoon, Sofia Maldonado (a double threat tonight!), Krista Franklin, Marthalicia, Diana McClure, Faith 47, lmnop, Lady Alezia, and Alice Mizrachi, were asked to utilize the idea of the hood as a metaphor for not only local neighborhoods and urban culture, but also land, nature and the natural environment at large.