Shepard Fairey

eleven spring book cover ELBOW TOE on Eleven Spring, Wooster Collective, Street Art and more

To celebrate the launch of the new book from Wooster CollectiveELEVEN SPRING: A CELEBRATION OF STREET ART, artist ELBOW-TOE remembers the historic event and its impact on the world of street art.

I was talking to a younger artist the other day about street art that I was involved in as opposed to murals — which she considers street art — and she said, “Oh, you mean vandalism.”

How did we get here?

elbow toe 11 spring ELBOW TOE on Eleven Spring, Wooster Collective, Street Art and more

I recall the moment that I knew I wanted to be a street artist – I was at work, and one afternoon, my friend pointed me to this post on a blog I had never heard of called Wooster Collective. It was an image by an artist who had photoshopped street signs, so that they looked transparent from the correct angle. It was absolutely magical. How did it get there? Who was the artist? I had seen some street art around over the years: WK Interact when I was in school in the early 90’s and around the early 2000’s quite a bit of NECKFACE around the corner from a print shop I was using.

wk interact 11 spring ELBOW TOE on Eleven Spring, Wooster Collective, Street Art and more

As I began to explore the archives of Wooster Collective, I saw that there was in fact a community that had built up around these random acts of art that I had paid little heed beyond the internal “huh, that’s interesting.” What was truly fascinating about the work was that, aside from a moniker, the work was anonymous. In that anonymity there existed a mystery. It elevated even the most banal work, purely by the act of risk that was involved. And for the first time in over a decade in the city, it pulled me out of my tunnel vision and got me looking at the walls as spaces to be activated.

11 spring Street ELBOW TOE on Eleven Spring, Wooster Collective, Street Art and more

The Wooster Collective site was such an impeccably curated space that it got people outside of the movement to give it their attention. Having known the Schillers over those early years, I, of course, was head over heels when I was asked not only to be involved in their secret project but to be given a coveted space on the main floor. At the time I don’t think any of us realized that this exhibition would have the impact that it did.

sheard fairey at work 11 spring ELBOW TOE on Eleven Spring, Wooster Collective, Street Art and more

11 Spring was truly a transformative exhibition; it reflected the very transition that would occur wholeheartedly in this movement just by walking from the outside of the building to the inside. The exterior of the building still had the raw power of getting your work up. The work was often messy and might last only a few hours before being covered by a new piece. Contrast the organic energy of the ever-changing composition on the shell with an impeccably curated show inside the five floors of a gutted building, where all these artists were able to truly flex their technical and creative muscles without concern of the work being damaged or transformed by others.

barnstormers 11 spring ELBOW TOE on Eleven Spring, Wooster Collective, Street Art and more

It was this mercurial quality of traveling from the outside to the inside and then back out again that gave this show such power in my opinion. I am not sure that there is a direct correlation of this show to the mural program that followed, but it certainly opened a larger audience up to the possibilities of their public spaces’ potential.

I will always cherish the experience.

Judith Supine David Zucco ELBOW TOE on Eleven Spring, Wooster Collective, Street Art and more

Note: With its outstanding documentation, along with an introduction by Shepard Fairey and an afterword by JR,  ELEVEN SPRING: A CELEBRATION OF STREET ART captures an important moment in the history of the movement. Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 29 — from 6:30 to 8:00 PM – Marc and Sara Schiller, along with FAILE, Lady Pink, Michael DeFeo, and WK Interact, will be at the Strand for a special signing and celebration of the book’s launch. You can buy tickets to the event here

Images 

1.  COVER, ELEVEN SPRING: A CELEBRATION OF STREET ART

2.  ELBOW-TOE  (BRIAN ADAM DOUGLAS), EVERYBODY’S GOT ONE, MADE WITH WOOD BURNER, YARN, AND PAINT. PHOTO ELBOW-TOE

3.  WK INTERACT, THE FIRST ARTIST INVITED INSIDE THE BUILDING. PHOTO JAKE DOBKIN 

4.  11 SPRING STREET, THE DAY OF THE OPENING. PHOTO JAKE DOBKIN 

5.  SHEPARD FAIREY, HARD AT WORK, MAKING IT LOOK EASY. PHOTO WOOSTER COLLECTIVE 

6.  BARNSTORMERS’ COLLABORATION WITH PAINTINGS BY Z¥$, DOZE GREEN AND KENJI HIRATA. PHOTO JAKE DOBKIN

7  JUDITH SUPINE AND DAVIDE ZUCCO (R3KAL), THERE IS HELL IN HELLO. PHOTO DONALD DIETZ 

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keith Haring city kids mural art copy <em>Truth to Power</em> Showcases Socially Engaged Art: Keith Haring, Mear One, Beau Stanton, Shepard Fairey, Lmnopi, Mata Ruda and more

Coinciding with the Democratic National Convention, the non-profit Rock The Vote launched its Truth to Power campaign in Philadelphia earlier this week. Among its events was a three-day pop-up art exhibit featuring a varied range of socially and politically engaged works in different media. Among the artists who participated are many whose works have also surfaced in public spaces. Pictured above is Keith Haring with the City Kids Foundation. Here are several more:

Mear One, False Profits

Mear One political art <em>Truth to Power</em> Showcases Socially Engaged Art: Keith Haring, Mear One, Beau Stanton, Shepard Fairey, Lmnopi, Mata Ruda and more

Beau Stanton, Elemental Crisis 

beau stanton political art <em>Truth to Power</em> Showcases Socially Engaged Art: Keith Haring, Mear One, Beau Stanton, Shepard Fairey, Lmnopi, Mata Ruda and more

Shepard Fairey aka Obey

Obey political art <em>Truth to Power</em> Showcases Socially Engaged Art: Keith Haring, Mear One, Beau Stanton, Shepard Fairey, Lmnopi, Mata Ruda and more

Lmnopi, Tehrir

lmnopi political art <em>Truth to Power</em> Showcases Socially Engaged Art: Keith Haring, Mear One, Beau Stanton, Shepard Fairey, Lmnopi, Mata Ruda and more

Mata Ruda, How Can I Write My Own Future with My Hands Bound?

mata ruda political art <em>Truth to Power</em> Showcases Socially Engaged Art: Keith Haring, Mear One, Beau Stanton, Shepard Fairey, Lmnopi, Mata Ruda and more

Photo credits: 1-3, 5 & 6 Lois Stavsky; 4 Sara Ching Mozeson

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

en play badge 2 <em>Truth to Power</em> Showcases Socially Engaged Art: Keith Haring, Mear One, Beau Stanton, Shepard Fairey, Lmnopi, Mata Ruda and more

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tristan eaton street art detroit Street Art NYC in Downtown Detroit’s Belt Alley with: Tristan Eaton, Pose, Hoxxoh, Hush, Shepard Fairey, Vhils and Dave Kinsey

Showcasing a range of works by first-rate artists, Downtown Detroit’s Belt Alley is a wondrous open-air gallery. Here are a few more images I captured on my recent visit to the Belt, a collaborative venture between Bedrock Real Estate Services and the Library Street Collective.

Chicago-based Pose, close-up

pose street art detroit Street Art NYC in Downtown Detroit’s Belt Alley with: Tristan Eaton, Pose, Hoxxoh, Hush, Shepard Fairey, Vhils and Dave Kinsey

 Miami-based Douglas Hoekzema aka Hoxxoh, close-up

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UK-based Hush

hush street art mural Street Art NYC in Downtown Detroit’s Belt Alley with: Tristan Eaton, Pose, Hoxxoh, Hush, Shepard Fairey, Vhils and Dave Kinsey

West Coast-based Shepard Fairey aka Obey

shepard fairey detroit Street Art NYC in Downtown Detroit’s Belt Alley with: Tristan Eaton, Pose, Hoxxoh, Hush, Shepard Fairey, Vhils and Dave Kinsey

Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils

vhils street art detroit Street Art NYC in Downtown Detroit’s Belt Alley with: Tristan Eaton, Pose, Hoxxoh, Hush, Shepard Fairey, Vhils and Dave Kinsey

West Coast-based Dave Kinsey, close-up

David kinsey mural detroit Street Art NYC in Downtown Detroit’s Belt Alley with: Tristan Eaton, Pose, Hoxxoh, Hush, Shepard Fairey, Vhils and Dave Kinsey

The Belt is located between the two wings of The Z parking garage on Grand River and Gratiot Avenues in Downtown Detroit’s former garment district.

Note: First image is by West Coast-based Tristan Eaton

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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Shepard Fairey street art Jersey City Shepard Fairey Paints Huge Mural for Mana Contemporary in Jersey City

Coinciding with On Our Hands, his solo exhibit of mixed media paintings opening tomorrow evening at Chelsea’s Jacob Lewis Gallery, Shepard Fairey is bringing his distinct aesthetic to two Mana Contemporary spaces in Jersey City.  The following photos were captured earlier this week by Audrey Connolly aka byte girl at the Mana Ice House, 581 Monmouth Street:

At work with spray can in hand

Shepard Fairey street art mural Jersey City Shepard Fairey Paints Huge Mural for Mana Contemporary in Jersey City

Shepard Fairey street art action Jersey City Shepard Fairey Paints Huge Mural for Mana Contemporary in Jersey City

On a brief, contemplative break

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And at work with his crew

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The mural in its final stages — representing Shepard Fairey’s aesthetic vision fusing Russian Constructivism, Chinese Communist propaganda and Americana

Shepard Fairey street art Mana contemporary Jersey City Shepard Fairey Paints Huge Mural for Mana Contemporary in Jersey City

All photos by bytegirl

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This is Part II in an ongoing series of posts featuring politically and socially conscious works that have surfaced on NYC streets:

Caleb Neelon and Katie Yamasaki collaborate on a memorial wall for Kalief Browder at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens

caleb Neelon and Katie Yamasaki street art NYC Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art, Part II: Caleb Neelon & Katie Yamasaki, Shepard Fairey, Kesley Montague, Icy & Sot, Chris Stain & Josh MacPhee, David Shillinglaw & Lily Mixe

East Harlem wheatpastes

east harlem political stencils Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art, Part II: Caleb Neelon & Katie Yamasaki, Shepard Fairey, Kesley Montague, Icy & Sot, Chris Stain & Josh MacPhee, David Shillinglaw & Lily Mixe

Shepard Fairey in Coney Island

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Kesley Montague leaves a message in Nolita

Kelsey Monatague street art nyc Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art, Part II: Caleb Neelon & Katie Yamasaki, Shepard Fairey, Kesley Montague, Icy & Sot, Chris Stain & Josh MacPhee, David Shillinglaw & Lily Mixe

Icy and Sot at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens

icy and sot street art NYC Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art, Part II: Caleb Neelon & Katie Yamasaki, Shepard Fairey, Kesley Montague, Icy & Sot, Chris Stain & Josh MacPhee, David Shillinglaw & Lily Mixe

Chris Stain and Josh MacPhee in the East Village, fragment from mural in First Street Green Park

Chris Stain street art lower east side Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art, Part II: Caleb Neelon & Katie Yamasaki, Shepard Fairey, Kesley Montague, Icy & Sot, Chris Stain & Josh MacPhee, David Shillinglaw & Lily Mixe

David Shillinglaw and Lily Mixe for Earth Day in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

David Shillinglaw and LilyMixe street art nyc1 Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art, Part II: Caleb Neelon & Katie Yamasaki, Shepard Fairey, Kesley Montague, Icy & Sot, Chris Stain & Josh MacPhee, David Shillinglaw & Lily Mixe

Photos: 1 & 2 Dani Reyes Mozeson; 3, 4, 6 & 7 Lois Stavsky and 5 Tara Murray

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Shepard Fairey and Obey Crew 2 Stylish Murals Transform DUMBO’s Visual Landscape: Shepard Fairey, Faith47, DALeast, Eltono and MOMO

It’s been busy in DUMBO, Brooklyn. For the past week, some of our favorite artists have been gracing its walls with stylishly striking artwork, transforming its landscape into a stunning open-air gallery.

Shepard Fairey at work

shepard fairey paints Stylish Murals Transform DUMBO’s Visual Landscape: Shepard Fairey, Faith47, DALeast, Eltono and MOMO

Faith47, close-up from completed mural

Faith47 street art in DUMBO NYC Stylish Murals Transform DUMBO’s Visual Landscape: Shepard Fairey, Faith47, DALeast, Eltono and MOMO

Another Faith47 close-up

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DALeast, close-up from completed mural

DALeast street art in DUMBO NYC Stylish Murals Transform DUMBO’s Visual Landscape: Shepard Fairey, Faith47, DALeast, Eltono and MOMO

Another close-up from DalEast’s mural

DALeast street art mural close up DUMBO NYC Stylish Murals Transform DUMBO’s Visual Landscape: Shepard Fairey, Faith47, DALeast, Eltono and MOMO

Eltono at work

El Tonostreet art DUMBO NYC Stylish Murals Transform DUMBO’s Visual Landscape: Shepard Fairey, Faith47, DALeast, Eltono and MOMO

Another close-up from Eltono mural in progress

El Tono. Stylish Murals Transform DUMBO’s Visual Landscape: Shepard Fairey, Faith47, DALeast, Eltono and MOMO

MOMO, close-up 

MOMO street art in DUMBO1 Stylish Murals Transform DUMBO’s Visual Landscape: Shepard Fairey, Faith47, DALeast, Eltono and MOMO

Another close-up from MOMO mural in progress

MOMO street art in DUMBO Stylish Murals Transform DUMBO’s Visual Landscape: Shepard Fairey, Faith47, DALeast, Eltono and MOMO

These murals are among eight to grace a four-block stretch along the BQE. We will continue documenting DUMBO Walls on our Facebook page.

Photos by Dani Mozeson

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For the past several years, the huge wall on Manhattan’s Bowery and Houston Street has served as a canvas for some of the globe’s most expressive street art.  Featuring the work of a diverse range of artists from the hugely talented Brazilian twins Os Gemeos to Brooklyn’s famed Faile duo, it entices and engages passersby daily. Here are a few highlights of the past two years:

Os Gemeos installation: summer, 2009:

os gemeos street art Bowery New York The Wall on Bowery and Houston Street

Shepard Fairey aka Obey installation, spring 2010:

Shepard Fairey Obey street art Bowery New York The Wall on Bowery and Houston Street

Barry McGee aka Twist. mural, fall 2010:
 Barry McGee street art Bowery New York The Wall on Bowery and Houston Street
Faile, current mural, installed fall, 2011:

Faile street art Bowery New York3 The Wall on Bowery and Houston Street

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