With Half Mast, Derek Fordjour debuts a new work that reflects on the current national reckoning with mass shootings, and the relentless threat of violence against Black and Brown bodies. A portrait of this divided moment in U.S. history, Half Mast presents law officers, students, and ordinary civilians in one compressed, shared space. Alongside teddy bears and balloons reminiscent of street-side memorials, some figures appear marked with targets while others have been reduced to silhouettes.
Fordjour’s image holds no one person or group responsible for the violence, even as it speaks to loss and abuse of power. Painted brightly in his signature graphic style, the work points to possibilities of a future civic movement or celebration. Derek Fordjour first made Half Mast as a painting; here, in his first solo museum exhibition, it is presented as a public art installation in the form of a large vinyl print, located outdoors at the intersection of Gansevoort and Washington Streets, across the street ands down one block from the Whitney Museum, and directly across from the end of the High Line.
Skulls and Tanks: they go together! Graffiti artist K-NOR created this exciting and proactive mural, which may or may not be called Dandelions (check out the mouth of the tank gun) for the Wasteland-themed show at First Street Green Art Park. This piece is on the south side of the park facing Houston Street! See if before it’s history!
A lady holding a potted cactus seems like an apropos image to usher in the spring, but this mural by artist Sara Erenthal has actually been up since September of 2018. You can find this work at the corner of Delancey and Allen Streets, where you previously saw This Piece and This Collaboration!
Sara even left this tag on the sidewalk near the mural, which is part of The New Allen project!
When Pantone teamed up with Instagram to promote their 2016 Color of the Year (which, in that year, was actually two colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity), they chose muralist WERC (@W3RC) to represent NYC with this depiction of a man wearing an Armadillo as a Helmet, or something like that. Read the full story behind this mural, and the global ad campaign of which it was a part, This Link.
Photographed at the Southwest Corner of 10th Avenue and 50th Street in Hell’s Kitchen NYC.
Just in time for Spring, the First Street Green Art Park has turned over a new batch of cool and colorful murals, such as this one by Brooklyn-based multi-media artist Grace Lang, AKA Grooseling. This piece went up in early March, 2019. Find out more about Lang and see work from her extensive portfolio, at This Link!
“Let Go of Who You Were, to Become Who You Are.” — Frank Ape
This fun and inspiring mural can be found on the security gate at East Village Collective, a vintage clothing store located at 545 East 12th Street (Between A and B), East Village, NYC. The mural went up in April of 2018.
This great mural of Patti Smith by Brooklyn-based street artist Huetek recently had to be touched-up by the artist after it was badly tagged by a random dick bag. The pose is modeled after the famous series of images by Smith’s close friend and former lover, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe — which were used as Smith’s first press photos as well as the cover of her debut album, Horses. Originally painted in July of 2018, the mural is part of the East Village Walls project, and can be found outside of Julie’s Vintage Clothing Boutique at 84 East 2nd Street just west of First Avenue. Punk Lives!