On the Roof of Mexico City’s MUJAM

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A work trip brought me to Mexico City earlier this year, where I made a beeline for the weird & wonderful toy museum, El Museo del Juguete Antiguo México (MUJAM). The interior of the building houses an impressively comprehensive collection of vintage toys. Spread over multiple floors, the collection is sure to delight and strike a nostalgic chord with all ages. The exterior of the building is just as fabulous, with almost every available surface covered in murals. But no visit is complete without a stop on the marvelous rooftop. Here’s some of what I saw.

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alegria del prado

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lelo

sintrata

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alina kiliwa

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fede kane

All photos © Luna Park. If you enjoy my photos, may I suggest you pick up a copy of my book? ;p

Art Whino Murals in DC

(Reka for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Reka for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)

Recently I had the pleasure of finally seeing in person a number of murals in Washington, DC, organized by Art Whino. This expertly curated series of large-scale murals features the work of Reka, Nawer, SatOne, Momo, Rubin and Kyle Hughes Odgers. I particularly enjoyed the juxtaposition of L’Enfant Plaza’s Brutalist architecture with these large, colorful, and abstract murals.

(Reka for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Reka for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Reka for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Reka for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Reka x Nawer for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Reka x Nawer for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Reka x Nawer for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Reka x Nawer for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Nawer for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Nawer for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(SatOne for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
SatOne for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(SatOne for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
SatOne for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(SatOne for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
SatOne for Art Whino (photo by Luna Park)
(SatOne for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
SatOne for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(SatOne for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
SatOne for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Rubin415 for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Rubin415 for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Momo for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Momo for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Momo for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Momo for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Momo for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Momo for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)
(Kyle Hughes Odgers for Artwhino - photo by Luna Park)
Kyle Hughes Odgers for Art Whino (Photo by Luna Park)

Triple Play: Alice Mizrachi

So glad to see more walls painted by my girl Alice Mizrachi!

[Alice Mizrachi – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Bringing Color to Munich’s Donnersbergerbrücke

Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)

Starting in 2011, the Writers Corner München began working with the Munich city administration to beautify the concrete support structure of the Donnersbergerbrücke. The bridge is an integral part of Munich’s middle ring, serving as an artery connecting neighborhoods on either side of the rail infrastructure leading to and from the main train station.

WCM was able to expand the project in 2013, arranging for primarily Munich-based artists to paint the many parking lot pillars under the bridge. I was particularily excited to see a couple walls by SatOne.

The project was met with great success.

Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
donnersbergerbrücke satone racecar
Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Acid79 (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Acid79 (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Lates (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Lates (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Bastor (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Bastor (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Beastie (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Beastie (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: CrowOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: CrowOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Kult Sanz Zwist (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Kult Sanz Zwist (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Graphism (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Graphism (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Graphism (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Graphism (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Eitel Artworks (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Eitel Artworks (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Devmons (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Devmons (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Kurls (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Kurls (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Mistased Mista Malerone (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Mistased Mista Malerone (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Neso (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Neso (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Philipp Waechter (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Philipp Waechter (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Philipp Waechter (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Philipp Waechter (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Neso (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Neso (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Woodland x Neso (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Woodland x Neso (photo by Luna Park)

Click through for photos of Os Gemeos, et al at the Kultfabrik from my 2011 visit to Munich.

Support A Savage Habbit

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Visitors to Jersey City and surrounding Hudson County, NJ will have noticed that more than a dozen murals have sprung up in the last two years. These large-scale murals – produced by international visitors (Pixel Pancho, Case, Alice to name a few) as well as local favorites (LNY, Mataruda, Li Hill, Mr. Mustart, and more) – are the fruit of Savage Habbit’s labor. Having exhausted their own financial resources, Savage Habbit now turns to you, the art-appreciating public, to help support the production of the next cycle of murals. Please consider making a modest donation to their Savage Habbit Murals Project Kickstarter – it’s already 40% funded, so your contribution can make an enormous difference. It’s simple: all funds go directly towards purchasing paint and supplies to make more murals happen.

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li hill

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lny mataruda

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5th Annual Welling Court Mural Project

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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]

KLUB7 Is Up To Something

Klub7 at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)

KLUB7 – a 10 year old, Berlin-based, art collective focused on collaborative mural and illustration making – has been in New York for less than two weeks, but already their marks can be found in a number of Brooklyn neighborhoods. The group (represented by four of the collective’s six members on this outing) regularly creates intricate chalk installations on sidewalks in public spaces, drawing on their common vocabulary of hand-painted symbols, characters, and lettering. The pier at Coney Island and the Williamsburg Bridge bike path are but two of the locations the collective has hit. You can follow their New York adventures in real time here.

Klub7 at Coney Island (photo by Luna Park)

Of course, their aesthetic is also readily applied to walls, as is the case with this mural, painted on the side of a Williamsburg bakery.

Klub7 in Williamsburg (photo by Luna Park)
Klub7 in Williamsburg (photo by Luna Park)
Klub7 in Williamsburg (photo by Luna Park)

Come see what else KLUB7 have been up to at Pandemic Gallery this Saturday from 7-11pm. The show will feature a signature mural on one of the gallery walls as well as a selection of screen prints and other small works.

Klub7 @ Pandemic Gallery

A Monster Island Finale

Monster Island Paint Pour (all photos by Luna Park)

This past weekend marked the end of an era for Williamsburg’s Monster Island. The building, which housed a number of non-profit performance, studio and art spaces, is slated to be demolished before the end of the year. On Saturday, Monster Island celebrated it’s seventh and final annual block party at the Kent and Metropolitan location (Hyperallergic reports that Secret Project Robot, one of the arts organizations currently housed in the building, plans to move to Bushwick). On Sunday, members of the building’s collective gathered for a ceremonial ‘Paint Pour’, anointing the exterior of the already colorful building known for its murals with a final wash of color. It was a beautiful specter to behold as lines of paint dripped down the facade, splashing the sidewalks below and forming technicolor puddles that oozed towards the gutter. The paint was mopped up with rollers and redistributed along the side of the building – murals from the likes of Other, Deuce Seven, and Roa to name but a few vanished behind blueish-green swatches of paint. While I am sad to see the work – and more importantly yet another community arts space – disappear from the North Brooklyn waterfront, the ‘Paint Pour’ was a spirited and joyous farewell.