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fcee paints mural art nyc Queens Artists Diego 127, FCEE and Whisper aka Chip Love Fashion a Fantastical Alphabet in Jackson Heights

Painted collaboratively by Queens-based Diego 127, FCEE and Whisper aka Chip Love, a fantastical alphabet mural has made its way onto a huge wall on 78th Street adjacent to the Garden School in Jackson Heights. While visiting the site as the mural was near completion, I spoke to classic graffiti writer, Diego 127, who had secured the space.

What an ideal spot for such a striking mural! 

Yes! I’d been eyeing this wall since I moved into this neighborhood in 2004.

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And how did you go about securing it for this mural?

I eventually connected with Dudley Stewart, an active member of the local community and the president of the Jackson Heights Green Alliance. And he was able to get us the support that we needed to make this happen.

How did you come up with this concept — this amazing alphabet?

Lots of text messages between Chip and me! And we loved the idea of playing with the letters of the alphabet — as we so often do — on a big wall.

alphabet mural jackson heights Queens Artists Diego 127, FCEE and Whisper aka Chip Love Fashion a Fantastical Alphabet in Jackson Heights

Why did you choose to work with white, black and grey? I love the effect. The impact of this mural is tremendous.

As an illustrator, I often work in black and white. And Chip, in particular, loves black and white.

Did you guys work from an initial sketch or did it all happen on site?

We had developed a loose plan. But the mural, itself, evolved organically. We free-styled, continually revising it and adding to it.

alphabet mural fragment Queens Artists Diego 127, FCEE and Whisper aka Chip Love Fashion a Fantastical Alphabet in Jackson Heights

How long have you guys been working on this mural?

We started in May; so it’s been two months.

How have the kids responded to it?

They love it and they’ve loved watching the process.

street art mural art artists nyc Queens Artists Diego 127, FCEE and Whisper aka Chip Love Fashion a Fantastical Alphabet in Jackson Heights

Congratulations on this! I’m so glad I got to see it!  What a fantastical alphabet!

Interview with Diego 127 by Lois Stavsky; all photos by Lois Stavsky; photo #1 features FCEE; seated in final photo are: Whisper aka Chip LoveFCEE & Diego 127.

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patch whiskey at work atlanta OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

OuterSpace, an event series that merges public art, live music, design, action sports and culture, has recently added 18 new visually intriguing murals to Atlanta, Georgia’s visual landscape. Pictured above is Charleston, South Carolina-based artist Patch Whisky at work. Here are several more images — some of completed murals, and others while still in progress.

Austrian artist Nychos at work

nychos paints OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

 Atlanta-based artist Greg MikeOuterSpace founder

GREG MIKE Photoby Corey Weimer OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

Atlanta-based Yoyo Ferro

YOYO FERRO Photo by Kristin Ferro OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

Spanish artist Sabek

SABEK Photo by Elliot Alcalde OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

Buenos Aires-based Nase Pop at work

nase pop OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

Atlanta-based Dr Dax

DR.DAX Photo by DV Photo OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

All photos courtesy OuterSpace: DV Photography; 3 Corey Weimer; 4 Kristin Ferro & 5 Elliot Alcalde 

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david hollier taylor swift art David Hollier Solo Exhibit, <em>Ladies and Gentlemen</em>, Continues Through this Weekend at Sideshow in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

I discovered David Hollier‘s distinctly provocative aesthetic a few years back when I came upon his huge murals of such luminaries as Nelson Mandela and John F Kennedy on the streets of Brooklyn.  Earlier this year, I saw his intriguing work on the 69th floor of the World Trade Center. And, yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit his solo exhibit, Ladies and Gentlemen, at Sideshow Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and pose a few questions to him.

When did you first start integrating text into your artwork?

I began in 2010.

What inspired you to do so?

Before incorporating text into my artwork, I was working with lines. I then started repeating words within the works. And when a friend commissioned me to create a portrait of her husband using words, I incorporated a brief biography into the portrait. The response was so positive that I continued working in this style. By 2012 I’d given the collection the name Imago Verbosa, meaning a picture made of words in Latin.

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What media or tools do you use in fashioning these portraits?

I sometimes use a vintage typewriter. I also use acrylic paint. Huge photographic images are often projected and copied onto a range of surfaces.

How do you choose the subjects of your work? Ranging from Susan B. Anthony to Jay Z, they cross generations, nationalities and sensibilities. Among them are many musicians and politicians. 

Yes! I generally select icons. But some are commissioned, and those are selected for me.

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We’ve come upon quite a few of your works on the streets of Brooklyn. Do you prefer working in your studio or working on the streets?

They’re different experiences, and I like both. But the streets can be more challenging.

Do you have a formal art education?

Yes. I studied Visual Art and Public Art at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle, and I earned a Masters degree in Computer Imaging and Animation from London Guildhall University.

David Hollier artwork sideshow williamsburg David Hollier Solo Exhibit, <em>Ladies and Gentlemen</em>, Continues Through this Weekend at Sideshow in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

I’m fascinated by your choice of text infused into each portrait, as many have strong social implications. This exhibit is quite impressive. Do you devote yourself full-time to your artwork?

I divide my time between painting and teaching. I’ve taught at Parsons since 2006.

Congratulations on this! And we especially look forward to seeing more of your public artworks on the streets of NYC.

Note: A CLOSING RECEPTION takes place, tonight, Friday from 6 until 9pm. The show ends of Sunday, July 16th. Sideshow Gallery is located at 319 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Images

1 Taylor Swift, Text: “Never Grow Up,” Acrylic on board, 48″ x 48″

2 Jimi Hendrix, Text: “Fire,” “Voodoo Child” and “Are you Experienced?” Acrylic on canvas, 60″ x 60″

3 Star Stuff, Text: from Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos,” Acrylic on canvas, 72″ x 60″

4 The artist with Susan B. Anthony, Text: from “Women’s Rights to the Suffrage,” Acrylic on board, 27″ x 40″

Photos by Lois Stavsky; interview by Lois Stavsky with Bonnie Astor

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Mikael B. studioj.pg   LA Based Artist Mikael B Solo Exhibit, <em>Reality Shift</em>, to Open July 15 at Gregorio Escalante Gallery

With roots in the graffiti milieu of southwest Copenhagen, where he painted hundreds of walls under his alias KETS, Mikael B has since developed a signature identity fusing elements of wild style graffiti, fine art and graphic design. Aptly titled Reality ShiftMikael B‘s upcoming exhibit presents an alternate reality bursting with bold colors and boundless energy. Pictured above is the artist at work in his studio as he prepares for his solo exhibit opening Saturday evening from 7-10pm at Gregorio Escalante Gallery. Several more images of the artist’s work follow:

Time Bending

Mikael B. abstract graffiti  LA Based Artist Mikael B Solo Exhibit, <em>Reality Shift</em>, to Open July 15 at Gregorio Escalante Gallery

Breaking Out

Mikael B studio art.  LA Based Artist Mikael B Solo Exhibit, <em>Reality Shift</em>, to Open July 15 at Gregorio Escalante Gallery

Close-up

Mikael B abstract graffiti art.  LA Based Artist Mikael B Solo Exhibit, <em>Reality Shift</em>, to Open July 15 at Gregorio Escalante Gallery

 Skyfall

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Located at 978 Chung King R0ad in Los Angeles, Gregorio Escalante Gallery is open Wednesday — Sunday from 1pm — 6pm and by appointment.

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All photos courtesy Gregorio Escalante Gallery 

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ki smith with Ryan Bock art mana contemporary jersey city Speaking with <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Co Founder Ki Smith at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City

While visiting Ryan Bock‘s solo exhibit at Apostrophe NYC‘s Mana Contemporary studio space last month, I had the opportunity to speak to Ki Smith who — together with his brother Sei —  founded Apostrophe NYC  back in 2012. For the past several months Base 12, Apostrophe NYC‘s 12 emerging artists, have been working in a 8000-square-foot space through a one-year residency program at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City.

This is such an ideal space. How did this residency come your way?

Mana actually reached out to us after seeing the wide press coverage we received in response to our guerrilla-style pop-up exhibits.

julia powers at work apostrphenyc Speaking with <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Co Founder Ki Smith at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City

Your pop-up shows were certainly unconventional! It’s not surprising that they — particularly your intervention at the Whitney Museum – generated so much media attention. It was your pop-up exhibits at the Kosciuszko Street stop on the J Line, in fact, that initially attracted my attention. When I first met you, you were based in Bushwick. 

Yes. But as a result of the opportunity that Mana offered us, several of us have since moved to Jersey City.  And we love it here! Mana is a very unique place and is located in a great area that’s just a short walk from Little India and all its great restaurants.

 

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With your distinct styles and sensibilities, you guys all seem to work so well together. 

Since starting the Base 12 project we have all gotten to know each other quite well and I feel like every one has gained a lot of respect for each other’s work and practices. And with 12 of us working together to navigate the contemporary art world, we are able to accomplish so much more than if we were working individually — 12 times as much!

james reyes contemporary art apostrophe nyc Speaking with <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Co Founder Ki Smith at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City

Here at Mana each Base 12 artist has been publishing a book to accompany his or her exhibit. That’s quite impressive.

I feel like making books and records of exhibitions is really important and something that very few smaller galleries do for artists, so we decided that we had a good opportunity to create a new company Apostrophe NYC Books. And in classic Apostrophe style we do everything in house, from printing to binding to working with the artists to designing and hand silkscreening the covers.  Making books is another great way to share art, and because of the especially quick turnaround on the shows we are currently doing, it’s also a great way to memorialize shows that people might miss the opportunity to visit.

charlie hudson contemporary art apostrophe nyc Speaking with <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Co Founder Ki Smith at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City

What’s ahead?

The following solo exhibits are scheduled: Charlie Hudson on July 8th; Kolter Hodgson on July 22nd; Alana Dee Haynes on August 5th; Morell Cutler on August 19th; Julia Powers on September 2nd; Caslon Bevington on September 16th and James Reyes on September 30th. And next Saturday night, July 15th, is the opening of Base 12: Little Big Show, a group exhibit that critiques assumptions of virtual versus “real” representation with two allied narratives in sequential galleries: the first in an exhibition of miniature digital reproductions, the second in a series of original artworks.

That sounds very exciting! I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for you all!

Note: Tonight is the opening of  Charlie Hudson‘s solo exhibit.

charlie hudson Speaking with <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Co Founder Ki Smith at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City

Images

1 Ryan Bock artwork — with Apostrophe NYC co-founder Ki Smith

2  Julia Powers

3  Kolter Hodgson

4  James Reyes

5  Charlie Hudson

Photos and interview by Lois Stavsky

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sunny sundancer mural art LES NYC Sonny Launches International Tour of His To the Bone Project on Manhattans Lower East Side

Based in Johannesburg, UK native Sonny recently brought his extraordinary talents and passion for animals to NYC. I had the opportunity to speak to him when he took a brief break from painting a massive mural overlooking Allen Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

What brought you to NYC?

I am here to launch my first mural in North America for the To the Bone project in partnership with IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

What is the mission of the To the Bone project?

It utilizes street art to increase awareness of animal conservation and to raise funds to rescue animals in crisis throughout the globe.

sonny sundancer mural close up Sonny Launches International Tour of His To the Bone Project on Manhattans Lower East Side

What spurred your engagement in the project?

Living in South Africa surrounded by animals, I developed a passion for them. And painting them on huge murals is a positive way for me to do street art and pay tribute to the beauty of these animals, while raising attention to their plight.

Where else will this project be taking you?

In the weeks ahead, I will be painting in Canada, Russia and in India.

What are some of the other animals represented in the To the Bone Project?

Among them are a rhino, a leopard, an elephant, a bear and a gorilla.  There will be a total of ten, with the gorilla the face of an upcoming exhibition in London.

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You’ve also painted several canvases and released prints in coordination with this project.

Yes. The original artwork will be exhibited and auctioned off, with prints of the works available online — with 10% of sales donated to South Africa landscape work and IFAW’s work with tigers in Russia. Among the original works are hand-painted skull replicas that showcase endangered animals from around the world. These paintings show the animals’ faces breaking away to reveal the raw skeletons underneath, symbolic of how these beautiful creatures are quickly fading away.

Can you tell us something about the patterns that adorn your works? 

They are tribal patterns from the animals’ countries of origin. When we lose these animals, we’re losing a part of our heritage too. That is the message conveyed by these distinct patterns.

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Your murals are stunning. Have you a formal art education?

No. I’m self-taught. I painted my first large-scale mural three years ago.

That’s quite impressive! Are there any muralists out there who have inspired you?

Among these whose works have inspired me are Case Maclaim and Faith47.

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How can folks support your project?

They can visit our website to learn more about the To the Bone project and buy artwork. And they can help us raise money for the IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare by donating here.

Good luck with your project.  And we are thrilled that you launched the international tour of To the Bone here in NYC.

Images:

1-3 New York Lion

4  Jelani, Johannesburg

5 Grizzly Bear, Cambridge Street Art Festival, Ontaria

Photo credits: 1 Lois Stavsky; 2 & 3 Karin du Maire; 4 & 5 courtesy Tess Cunliffe

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T Kid 170 graffiti from the streets From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Scrupulously researched and splendidly presented,  From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art at ArtsWestchester is the perfect homage to the graffiti culture and the modern street art movement it spurred.  Curated by Marc Leader of 212 ARTS and Melissa McCaig-Welles of Curator 19.90, it presents murals, paintings, photography, sculpture and installations from graffiti writers who first made their mark on our subways to contemporary multi-disciplinary artists. Picture above is by the legendary TKid 170.  Here are several more images I captured while visiting the landmark exhibit.

The wonderfully prolific Wane COD

wane graffiti from the streets From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Legendary NYC artists Chris Ellis aka Daze and Carlos Mare aka Mare 139

mare daze graffiti from the streets From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

BG 183, close-up from huge mural by the Mural Kings, Tats Cru

BG183 Tats Cru from the streets From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Damon Johnson, close-up

damon johnson from the streets urban art From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Chilean muralist Dasic Fernandez

dasic fernandez from the streets From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Multidisciplinary artist Li-Hill,  ”Time Marches On”

li hill installation From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Among the many special events in association with From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art is the upcoming July 14 screening of Saving Banksythe story of one art collector’s attempts to save a Banksy painting from destruction and the auction block.  ArtsWestchester is located at 31 Mamaroneck Ave, a short walk from the White Plains Metro North station. The exhibit ends Sunday, July 15 at ArtsWestchester. It would be great if it could then travel, as it deserves a wide audience.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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quik and revolt graffiti urban art fair New York Edition of Urban Art Fair at Spring Studios, Part II: Revolt, Quik, JonOne, LA2, Swoon, Swiz, Alexis Duque, Nick Walker & Crash

The first New York edition of the Urban Art Fair continues through 3pm tomorrow afternoon at Spring Studios in Tribeca.  The artworks pictured above are collaborative works by NYC graffiti pioneers Revolt and  Lin Felton aka Quik at the Green Flowers Art Gallery booth. What follows are several more images of urban artworks, representative of a range of styles, genres and techniques.

NYC native, Paris-based JonOne with Fabien Castainer

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Lower East Side-based LA2 with Dorian Grey Projects

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Swoon with Taglialatella Galleries

swoon stencil art urban art fair New York Edition of Urban Art Fair at Spring Studios, Part II: Revolt, Quik, JonOne, LA2, Swoon, Swiz, Alexis Duque, Nick Walker & Crash

French artist Swiz with David Bloch Gallery

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NYC-based multi-media artist Alexis Duque with H Gallery

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Nick Walker with Galerie Brugier-Rigail

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Bronx-based graffiti legend John Matos aka Crash for Spring Studios

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The Urban Art Fair continues at 50 Varick Street today until 9pm and tomorrow, Monday, from 11am to 3pm. Ticket information is available here.

Photo credits: 1, 3, 7 & 8 Karin du Maire; 2, 4-6 Sara C Mozeson

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noe two paints urban art fair  Urban Art Fair Launches at Spring Studios with Noe Two, Mr Cenz, Hopare, Logan Hicks, Dain, Prefab77, Dan Witz & more

Last evening, the first edition of the New York Urban Art Fair opened its doors at Spring Studios in Tribeca. It continues through Monday, July 3, with three dozen international exhibitors showcasing a diverse range of urban art, along with live painting and book signings. Pictured above is the Parisian artist Noe Two — represented by Les Galeries Bartoux — at work. What follows are several more images — all captured by travel and street art photographer Karin du Maire at yesterday’s launch.

London-based Mr Cenz, also represented by Les Galeries Bartoux

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Paris-based Hopare, represented by Galerie 42b

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NYC-based Logan Hicks with WallWorks NY

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 Brooklyn-based Dain with Joshua Geyer in collaboration with Street Art Direct

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UK-based Prefab77 and NYC’s Dan Witz with Jonathan LeVine ProjectsJonathan LeVine pictured

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The Urban Art Fair is open at 50 Varick Street today until 10pm; tomorrow from 11am to 10pm; Sunday from 11am to 9pm and Monday from 11am to 3pm.  Ticket information is available here.

Photos by Karin du Maire

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nda mural art market surplus nyc Adam Lucas aka Hanksy on His Recent Venture at the Historic Essex Street Market on Manhattans Lower East Side

This past weekend, the now-abandoned Essex Street Market at 140 Essex was the site of Market Surplus, an exhibit featuring ten huge striking murals in a range of styles — from meticulously rendered photorealistic to brightly colored expressionistic. Largely site-specific, they were the perfect homage to a soon-to-be-demolished historic Lower East Side building.  While visiting late Sunday afternoon, I had the opportunity to pose a few questions to its curator, Adam Lucas aka Hanksy.

hanksy mural art market surplus Adam Lucas aka Hanksy on His Recent Venture at the Historic Essex Street Market on Manhattans Lower East Side

This is quite impressive. When did you begin working on it?

It all started a week and a half ago.

That’s quite remarkable. It must have been quite an intense week and a half! What moved you to curate it? 

Essex Crossing has been committed from early on to bringing public art projects to this neighborhood. Awhile back, they tapped me to help them accomplish this. When they offered me this building as a site for this exhibit, I took the opportunity to curate Market Surplus.

sonni  Adam Lucas aka Hanksy on His Recent Venture at the Historic Essex Street Market on Manhattans Lower East Side

It seems like so much effort for a weekend event. It’s wonderful, but I wish it weren’t over so quickly!

Large murals like these generally have long lives.  But I actually like the twist on permanence. Bringing these kinds of murals indoors for this transitory exhibit turns the notion of permanence on its head.

How did you decide which artists to engage?

I reached out to artists I know and like — who were in town. And some of the artists recommended other artists.

faust market surplus calligraphy Adam Lucas aka Hanksy on His Recent Venture at the Historic Essex Street Market on Manhattans Lower East Side

There are quite a few references to the neighborhood in these works.

Yes. Among them is NDA‘s painting of Luis and his son Felix of the Luis Meat Market that is housed at the Essex Street Market.  A key mission of the exhibit was capturing the spirit of the Lower East Side.

I love the variety of styles and sensibilities featured here. Each is distinctly wonderful!

My intention was to present a range of styles. That was one of my criteria in selecting artists.

bk foxx surplus market mural art nyc Adam Lucas aka Hanksy on His Recent Venture at the Historic Essex Street Market on Manhattans Lower East Side

With Market Surplus behind you and now part of the history of the Lower East Side, what is next?

In two weeks, my work will be featured in a pop-up show at the Krause Gallery here on the Lower East Side. Later in the summer I will be painting a mural for the L.I.S.A Project. And there is much more to come!

It sounds great! And congratulations on this weekend’s exhibit.

Images

1. NDA

2. Adam Lucas aka Hanksy

3. Sonni

4. Faust

5. BK Foxx

Photo credits: 1, 2, 3 & 5 Lois Stavsky; 4 Karin du Maire; interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky

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