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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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CHEUNG CHI WAI HKwalls Okuda Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

A celebration of street art and creative collaboration, HKwalls 2017 will take place in the industrial district of Wong Chuk Hang from March 18 to March 26. Since its launch in 2014, HKwalls has actively engaged the public, while providing opportunities for artists to showcase and share their talents — as they bring intrigue and color to Hong Kong’s streets. The images featured here (1-9) were painted during HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016.

Madrid-based Okuda

CHEUNG CHI WAI HKwalls Okuda mural tall Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

Malaysian artist Dmojo at work

Wailok HKwalls Dmojo Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

Japanese artist Suiko

Kyra HKwalls Suiko Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

Manila-based Egg Fiasco

Wailok HKwalls Egg Fiasco Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

Singapore-based Clogtwo

Wailok HKwalls Clogtwo Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

Taiwanese artist Colasa at work

Cheung Chi Wai HKWALLS Colasa Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

Italian artist Peeta 

HKwalls Peeta Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

NYC-based Faust and London native Roid

HKwalls Faust and Roids Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

Among the artists to be featured in HKwalls 2017 are: Zoer, Amuse, Merlot, Snik, Mauy Cola and Swoon, who several weeks ago visited Hong Kong and wheat pasted an entire tram — a collaboration among HKwalls, Hoca Foundation and Hong Kong Tramways — for HKwalls 2017.

Swoon HKWALLS HOCA HKtramways 5 2 Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

During the nine days of HKwalls 2017, there will also be other activities — including a print exhibition featuring the artists’ works and a closing block party on March 26th. Among HKwalls‘ partners are: Vans, eico paints, MTN and Eggshell Stickers.

Photo credits: 1, 2 & 7 Cheung Chi Wau; 3, 5 & 6 Cheung Wai Lok; 4 Kyra Campbell and 8-10, courtesy HKwalls

Note: Hailed in a range of media from Wide Walls to the Huffington Post to the New York Times, our Street Art NYC App is now available for Android devices here.

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faust handstyle <em>ALL BIG LETTERS</em>    Curated by RJ Rushmore    Continues Through March 3 at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in Haverford, PA

On view at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in Havorford Pa. is ALL BIG LETTERS, curated by Vandalog editor RJ Rushmore. In his “attempt to demystify graffiti,” RJ focuses on the tools and strategies of writers – rather merely on their styles. And he succeeds brilliantly. What follows are several images from the exhibit, largely illustrative of the various tools and strategies employed by writers in their quest to attain recognition. Pictured above is a huge wall painted by Faust who initially made his mark on our streets with hundreds of stickers featuring his exquisite handwriting.

Curve, an installation featuring his writing on a range of found materials

Curve graffiti <em>ALL BIG LETTERS</em>    Curated by RJ Rushmore    Continues Through March 3 at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in Haverford, PA

Lee Quinones, Howard the Duck

Lee quinones graffiti canvas <em>ALL BIG LETTERS</em>    Curated by RJ Rushmore    Continues Through March 3 at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in Haverford, PA

Martha Cooper, photography; below — a range of tools of the trade — both homemade and commercial 

martha cooper implements <em>ALL BIG LETTERS</em>    Curated by RJ Rushmore    Continues Through March 3 at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in Haverford, PA

EKG, The Tools of Graffiti 

EKG tools of graffiti <em>ALL BIG LETTERS</em>    Curated by RJ Rushmore    Continues Through March 3 at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in Haverford, PA

A sampling of stickers from DB Burkeman’s stuckupofficial collection

stickers <em>ALL BIG LETTERS</em>    Curated by RJ Rushmore    Continues Through March 3 at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in Haverford, PA

And accompanying the exhibit is a catalog with an outstanding selection of images, accompanied by insightful essays by both RJ and Carlo McCormick. Located on the campus of Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Avenue, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is about a 30-minute ride from Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station. ALL BIG LETTERS can be seen through March 3.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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Connecting artists and businesses, the 100 Gates public art project continues to transform dozens of metal store shutters on the Lower East Side and in Chinatown into intriguing outdoor canvases.  What follows are just a few:

Mas Paz, X Cubicle, 25 Essex Street

mas paz street art gate NYC 100 Gates Public Art Project: Mas Paz, Damien Mitchell, Billy the Artist, Ida Noelle, Abigail Kaage, Claw Money & Miss 17, Faust & Shantell Martin, Jessica Deutch and Buff Monster

Damien Mitchell, Michele Olivieri, 118 Orchard Street

damien mitchell street art shutter 100 Gates Public Art Project: Mas Paz, Damien Mitchell, Billy the Artist, Ida Noelle, Abigail Kaage, Claw Money & Miss 17, Faust & Shantell Martin, Jessica Deutch and Buff Monster

Billy the Artist, Michele Olivieri, 88 Delancey Street

Billy the artist Lower East Side street art NYC 100 Gates Public Art Project: Mas Paz, Damien Mitchell, Billy the Artist, Ida Noelle, Abigail Kaage, Claw Money & Miss 17, Faust & Shantell Martin, Jessica Deutch and Buff Monster

Ida Noelle, The Sill @ 84 Hester Street

Ida Noelle 100 gates 100 Gates Public Art Project: Mas Paz, Damien Mitchell, Billy the Artist, Ida Noelle, Abigail Kaage, Claw Money & Miss 17, Faust & Shantell Martin, Jessica Deutch and Buff Monster

Abigail Kaage, Zest, 249 Broome Street

abigail Leora kaage shutter 100 Gates Public Art Project: Mas Paz, Damien Mitchell, Billy the Artist, Ida Noelle, Abigail Kaage, Claw Money & Miss 17, Faust & Shantell Martin, Jessica Deutch and Buff Monster

Claw Money & Miss 17Red Mango, 145 Allen Street

claw money shutter 100 gates 100 Gates Public Art Project: Mas Paz, Damien Mitchell, Billy the Artist, Ida Noelle, Abigail Kaage, Claw Money & Miss 17, Faust & Shantell Martin, Jessica Deutch and Buff Monster

Faust and Shantell Martin, Lowline Lab/EDC Warehouse, 140 Essex Street

faust and ShantellMartin street art nyc 100 Gates Public Art Project: Mas Paz, Damien Mitchell, Billy the Artist, Ida Noelle, Abigail Kaage, Claw Money & Miss 17, Faust & Shantell Martin, Jessica Deutch and Buff Monster

Jessica DeutchLucky Jack’s, 129 Orchard Street

Jessica Deutch shutter street art nyc 100 Gates Public Art Project: Mas Paz, Damien Mitchell, Billy the Artist, Ida Noelle, Abigail Kaage, Claw Money & Miss 17, Faust & Shantell Martin, Jessica Deutch and Buff Monster

Buff MonsterBondy Export Corp, 40 Canal Street

buff monster street art shutter LES NYC 100 Gates Public Art Project: Mas Paz, Damien Mitchell, Billy the Artist, Ida Noelle, Abigail Kaage, Claw Money & Miss 17, Faust & Shantell Martin, Jessica Deutch and Buff Monster

Founded by NYC artist and professional skater Billy Rohan, this public art project is managed by Natalie Raben, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Lower East Side Business Improvement District. If you own a business on the Lower East Side and would like to become involved with 100 Gates, check this out.

Photos: 1, 2, 5-9 Tara Murray; 3, 4 Lois Stavsky

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This is the fourth in a series of occasional posts showcasing sticker art that surfaces on an array of NYC public surfaces:

Screwtape’s homage to Army of One

screw tape sticker art NYC NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

Skullphone goes small

skull phone sticker NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

One of Kosby‘s many musings

Kosby NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

Fling’s curious creature

Fling street art stciker character NYC NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

RAE’s lovable, zany character

RAE street art sticker NYC NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

Faust‘s calligraphic handstyle

faust NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

Milwaukee-based RealAbstract‘s magnetic sticker

real abstract street art sticker NYC NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

CB 23′s now-iconic character in the rain

CB 23 NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

Zato’s much-loved fellow

Zato street art sticker NYC NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

And for those stickerheads who’d like to participate in the upcoming Sticker Nerds 3, organized by the inimitable Skam Sticker, the deadline to get your slaps in is this Friday, March, 14th.  Send them to Sticker Nerds 3, Post Office Box 13492, Portland, Oregon 97213.

sticker nerds 3 NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

Photos of NYC sticker art by Lenny Collado, Dani Reyes Mozeson and Lois Stavsky

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This is the third in an occasional series of artwork on NYC shutters by both local artists and those visiting from abroad:

Phlegm — in from Sheffield, UK — in the East Village

Phlegm street art on NYC shutter NYC Shutters – Part III: Phlegm, Never, Faust, Meres, Most & Flying Fortress, Ozbe, Kenny Scharf, Grad/Smart Crew and Tracy168

Brooklyn-based Never in Astoria, Queens

Never street art in NYC1 NYC Shutters – Part III: Phlegm, Never, Faust, Meres, Most & Flying Fortress, Ozbe, Kenny Scharf, Grad/Smart Crew and Tracy168

NYC-based Faust’s tribute to Sure RIP in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

faust street art and graffiti in NYC NYC Shutters – Part III: Phlegm, Never, Faust, Meres, Most & Flying Fortress, Ozbe, Kenny Scharf, Grad/Smart Crew and Tracy168

Meres at 5Pointz in Long Island City, Queens

Meres street art and graffiti in NYC NYC Shutters – Part III: Phlegm, Never, Faust, Meres, Most & Flying Fortress, Ozbe, Kenny Scharf, Grad/Smart Crew and Tracy168

Germany’s Most and Flying Fortress at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens

Most and Flying Fortress street art and graffiti in NYC NYC Shutters – Part III: Phlegm, Never, Faust, Meres, Most & Flying Fortress, Ozbe, Kenny Scharf, Grad/Smart Crew and Tracy168

NYC’s Ozbe at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens

Ozbe street art in NYC NYC Shutters – Part III: Phlegm, Never, Faust, Meres, Most & Flying Fortress, Ozbe, Kenny Scharf, Grad/Smart Crew and Tracy168

Veteran artist Kenny Scharf on the Lower East Side

Kenny Scharf street art in NYC NYC Shutters – Part III: Phlegm, Never, Faust, Meres, Most & Flying Fortress, Ozbe, Kenny Scharf, Grad/Smart Crew and Tracy168

Grad of Smart Crew in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Grad Smart Crew street art and graffiti in NYC NYC Shutters – Part III: Phlegm, Never, Faust, Meres, Most & Flying Fortress, Ozbe, Kenny Scharf, Grad/Smart Crew and Tracy168

The legendary Tracy168 at West Farms in the Bronx

Tracy168 graffiti in Bronx NYC NYC Shutters – Part III: Phlegm, Never, Faust, Meres, Most & Flying Fortress, Ozbe, Kenny Scharf, Grad/Smart Crew and Tracy168

Photos by Lenny Collado, Dani Mozeson, Tara Murray and Lois Stavsky

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