Wastedland 2: The Quest for UFO 907 & The Meaning of It All

UFO 907 (photo by Luna Park)

After a year of touring the United States with his darkly humorous, philosophical fairy tale, filmmaker Andrew H. Shirley brings Wastedland 2 home for it’s NYC premiere and a blowout celebration at Maspeth’s Knockdown Center on September 15. Following hot on the trail of the all-knowing UFO 907, a motley crew of graffiti miscreants band together on a quest to discover the answer to one of the most pressing questions of our time: What’s the point??


The film will be screened within an immersive art installation featuring work by ADAM VOID, Amy Smalls, CASH4, DARKCLOUDS, EKG, George Vidas, Greg Henderson, NOXER, RAMBO, Ryan C. Doyle, SMELLS, UFO 907, William Thomas Porter, and WOLFTITS. Musical performances by CRAIG ANDERSONIC, DIRTYFINGER, DJ DOG DICK, JACER RACER & THE UFHOES, KARMA KIDS, NINJASONIK and more throughout the evening.

When: Friday, September 15 | Opening reception: 7pm-midnight | Screenings: 9pm & 11pm
Where: Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378

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