Oh, Noh? Oh, Yes!

Noh J Coley (all photos by Luna Park)

Barely skipping a beat after having spent part of his summer out on the West Coast, Noh J Coley returns to the streets of Brooklyn with three exquisitely detailed, new wheatpastes inspired by his time in Los Angeles.

An Elbow-Toe Grows in Brooklyn

Elbow-Toe (all photos by Luna Park)

Upon my return from Berlin, I was very pleased to see that Elbow-Toe had emerged from his studio and put up a slew of new pieces in Brooklyn. Fans of the artist will recognize some of the images below as old favorites (and the very astute will also recognize some of the locations from previous installations). But two of the pieces, including this giant, sunflower image, titled A Study In Fecundity, are brand new.

Continuing with the botanical theme, The Eye of Fatima is a new linocut on newsprint.

“The Shack” sees some new action with a piece last seen in Manhattan in 2007.

Last but not least, a phoenix arises out of the ashes of a skull

Let us know in the comments if you spot any other new pieces.

Swoon’s Ice Queen in Brooklyn

Swoon (photos by Luna Park)

After a long absence, Brooklyn’s own Swoon returns to the borough with a new paste-up at an old wall. Set against a peeling blue wall, the symmetrical Ice Queen print sits alongside the remnants of at least two prior installations, the oldest of which dates back to December 2006 (see below).

JR Turns Park Slope Inside Out

JR 1

photo by Becki Fuller


The TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) prize is awarded annually to an “exceptional individual” with “one wish to change the world”. Past winners have included chef Jamie Oliver, author David Eggers, president Bill Clinton and U2’s Bono. Last October it was announced that the street artist/photographer JR would be the 2011 recipient of TED’s $100,000 award. And with this came an opportunity for JR to state and fulfill his wish: “I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we’ll turn the world…INSIDE OUT.”

JR 3

photo by Becki Fuller


Inside Out is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. By going to the Inside Out website, anyone can upload the black and white portrait of their choice, with the challenge to reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. Your portrait will then be made into posters and sent back to you to be exhibited in your own community. Several residences in Park Slope have already kicked things off, with portraits of local business owners and community members pasted along the steep steps to their homes. One woman that I spoke to was excited to see the owner of the nearby deli as well as the owner of the restaurant at the end of the block. She exclaimed “I know them all because I live right here!”. Several other people asked me if I could make the same portraits for them. Clearly, if the project’s goal is to bring people in a community together with pride and happiness through art, JR is well on his way to achieving it.

JR 2

photo by Becki Fuller

JR 4

photo by Becki Fuller

JR 5

photo by Becki Fuller

JR 6

photo by Becki Fuller

JR 7

photo by Becki Fuller

JR 8

photo by Becki Fuller

JR 9

photo by Becki Fuller

JR 10

photo by Becki Fuller

JR 11

photo by Becki Fuller

Faile’s Wicked (He)Art

Faile continues their beautification of the Williamsburg area with the addition of a new prayer wheel in the McCarren Park area. This is their fourth prayer wheel to make it’s way out of the gallery and on to the street since April of 2009 and is one local trend that I can definitely get behind!

Faile whole

photo by Becki Fuller

Faile 1

photo by Becki Fuller

Faile 2

photo by Becki Fuller

Faile 3

photo by Becki Fuller

Faile top

photo by Becki Fuller

Roa on the East Coast

Roa - Brooklyn (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa – Brooklyn (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa - Brooklyn (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa – Brooklyn (photo by Becki Fuller)

With a successful show with LA’s Thinkspace Gallery at New Puppy Gallery in November under this belt, Roa flew to Miami to participate in Primary Flight. His lengthy wall on a yellow background was the first thing I saw upon arriving in the Design District (photos below). This week he’s been busy again in Brooklyn, adorning the gates at Factory Fresh with a pair of squirrels.

Roa - Miami (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa – Miami (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa - Miami (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa – Miami (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa - Miami (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa – Miami (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa - Miami (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa – Miami (photo by Becki Fuller)

NohJ Coley Gets Frisky

Noh J Coley (photo by Becki Fuller)
Noh J Coley (photo by Becki Fuller)

Cats of Greenpoint, beware! There is a new predator in town, in the form of NohJ Coley’s latest wheatpaste. I was so surprised and intrigued by this image of a cat eating woman that I just had to ask the artist what was going on here. This is what he had to say:

“The piece is about a women who essentially lures cats in to eventually eat them. I guess the moral is that things are never what they appear to be. Sometimes things seem to be exactly what you crave, but in the end it consumes you.”

Noh J Coley (photo by Becki Fuller)
Noh J Coley (photo by Becki Fuller)
Noh J Coley (photo by Becki Fuller)
Noh J Coley (photo by Becki Fuller)
Noh J Coley (photo by Becki Fuller)
Noh J Coley (photo by Becki Fuller)

How, Nosm & Rrobots: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

How & Hosm x RRobots (photo by Becki Fuller)
How & Hosm x RRobots (photo by Becki Fuller)

The Rock Star Bar in Williamsburg got a face lift this week, courtesy of How and Nosm of Tats Cru and R. Nicholas Kuszyk (aka Rrobots). The brothers seem to be on a serious painting spree this summer & fall, collaborating with artists such as Chuck Nicaragua, Rage, Aryz, Saber, Revok, and Rime on murals from Brooklyn and the Bronx to L.A., Poland, and Ecuador.

How & Hosm x RRobots (photo by Becki Fuller)
How & Hosm x RRobots (photo by Becki Fuller)
How & Hosm x RRobots (photo by Becki Fuller)
How & Hosm x RRobots (photo by Becki Fuller)
How & Hosm x RRobots (photo by Becki Fuller)
How & Hosm x RRobots (photo by Becki Fuller)
How & Hosm x RRobots (photo by Becki Fuller)
How & Hosm x RRobots (photo by Becki Fuller)
How & Hosm x RRobots (photo by Becki Fuller)
How & Hosm x RRobots (photo by Becki Fuller)

Lister’s Big Head

Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)

Lister goes big, once again painting his spot at the corner of Metropolitan & Roebling in Williamsburg.

Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)

The Brooklyn Griffin

Brooklyn Griffin (photo by Luna Park)
Brooklyn Griffin (photo by Luna Park)

Despite having been caught “graffittiing” and arrested for criminal trespassing during their first attempt, two visiting artists triumphed and successfully installed a large wooden sculpture on a rooftop in the East Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. According to the New York Times, “The two men, who make art under the names of Jimmy Bumble and Leonard White, traveled to the United States from London as part an art collective called Giant Robots that constructs walking, talking robots made almost entirely from found objects.” I regret to report this robot neither walks nor talks.

Brooklyn Griffin (photo by Luna Park)
Brooklyn Griffin (photo by Luna Park)
Brooklyn Griffin (photo by Luna Park)
Brooklyn Griffin (photo by Luna Park)