I last wrote about the Artin Ad Places project in February 2017, a few weeks into the year-long, anti-advertising marketing campaign. We’ve since completed our 52 week mission of replacing NYC phone booth ads with art. This Friday, we celebrate at Lucas Lucas with a show of my photographs of the project, each featured artist’s statement on why they participated, an installation from our friend Jordan Seiler, and a launch for the booklet we’re releasing about the project. Details of the show after some highlights below:
Art in Ad Places | Exhibition, Book Launch, Celebration
January 26 – February 3, 2018
Opening: Friday, January 26, 7-10pm
57 Conselyea Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
There’s one trend this summer I actually welcome wholeheartedly and that’s a steady uptick in the number of ad takeovers. (Hey, the New York Times is even sorta on it.)
Empowered by adbusting, artist activists such as Poster Boy and PublicAdCampaign (NO AD app coming soon), public space minded artists are keying into NYC bus shelters, newsstands and phone booths, replacing ads with art (and impunity).
This recent phonebooth takeover collaboration between Clint Mario and Me_NewYork includes a hilarious riff on a well-known Mens Wearhouse ad featuring former founder George Zimmer – they promise that we’re “gonna like the way Clint looks.”
Italian artist BR1 used a visit to NYC to introduce a series titled “Israeli Olives from Palestinian Trees”.
After a long absence, Specter returns to New York City’s streets, installing a series of abstracts, a project I hope he continues.
Lister hit a couple bus shelters in Manhattan, but they were removed before I could catch them.
The QRST and ELLE shelter pieces below both ran surprisingly long, despite QRST insisting “This is Temporary”.