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: 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.

joe iurato

joe iurato

joe iurato

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

5th Annual Welling Court Mural Project

queen andrea x wane

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.

shok1

shok1

shok1

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

Welling Court Needs Your Help

Chris Stain x Billy Mode (photo by Luna Park)
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.

AM x Olek (photo by Luna Park)
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)
Fresh (photo by Luna Park)
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.