It’s really great to see some fresh street art from Franck Duval, a.k.a., FKDL, in New York City. It’s been a long time since we saw new work from the Paris-based artist in downtown NYC. For a while a few years ago, FKDL’s graphical wheat-paste images of glamourous women were popping up everywhere in Lower Manhattan. This artwork is on Elizabeth Street in the Nolita / Lower East Side interzone.
The Empire State Building in New York City as seen at twilight on a recent evening from the rooftop of an artists’ studio in Chelsea. We love that moment when the lights first come on atop this most iconic of New York skyscrapers, especially when the lights are just plain white and it’s still kind of bright outside. (We could live without the building’s other array of garish symbolic and seasonal colors.)
On the street … you turn it on its side and lean it against a building, of course. The trampoline pictured below was on Ludlow Street in the Lower East Side of New York City. It was only there for a day and was used for a scene in a video shoot in which a dude does a series of flips on the trampoline while water is sprayed on him. Fun stuff. Ludlow Street has been the hub of lot more than the usual volume of creative activity in recent weeks.
Here’s another one of those massive “eye” wheat-paste street art pieces by the French artist JR. This one is on the side of a lofts apartment building next to the Williamsburg Bridge, in the Willamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. The placement of the artwork near the busy bridge ensures that a lot of people will see the eye, including the millions of passengers annually who ride the J/Z subway trains that pass over the bridge every few minutes. There’s a lot of new work by JR in New York City recently.
The espresso machine and cute, colorful collection of coffee cups at Je & Jo Comestibles in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. When the espresso machine breaks down at our offices, we head over to Je & Jo for a triple espresso brewed with beans from Cafe Grumpy.
Alright, we’re here in Times Square, New York City, and here they are … lots more fresh photos, including close-ups, of the massive, epic street art building-takeover and billboard by French artist JR. The the giant-eye billboard artwork is the crowning touch on a project that’s been in the works the past few weeks. The images of people faces on the building itself has been a work in progress in since early May, when the artist set up a photo-booth and studio truck in Times Square and then pasted images of volunteer models on the sidewalk and building nearby. The giant eye on the billboard can be seen from quite far away, as photos below and in our previous post show.
French street artist JR he has put the finishing touches on and unveiled another massive eye image, part of the Inside Out Project, on a billboard atop a building in Times Square. Pictures below. JR has been taking photos of people and pasting these to the sidewalk and around a building there for the past few weeks. We’re heading over to Times Square on our bike now to take close-up pictures. We’ll be live-blogging from Times Square and posting more photos in a few minutes.
This recent street art by the artist “WhIsBe” in New York City is charged with provocative, offensive imagery and is a striking piece of commentary on corporate brands and the military. The artwork is a mash-up of the McDonald’s corporation’s red-headed clown mascot Ronald McDonald and its branding with fascist militaristic images (Hitler moustache, Nazi salute and uniform). This is one of the more exciting, fresher pieces of street art we’ve seen in a long time. Seriously, keep it up, WhIsBe! If this wheat-paste street artwork is still up, you can find it on a wall on Thompson Street between Spring and Broome streets in SoHo.
The big sound board set up at the Bowery Ballroom in New York always looks so nice lit up in the darkness of the club. If we could, we’d buy one of these and mount it on the wall of our office as a piece of ready-made art and at night we’d turn off the office lights just to see the sound board it in its light-emitting glory.
Partner in crime Nick, a creative director at an influential downtown New York City advertising agency, took a moment on a recent night out in SoHo to show off and share the awesome three-star tattoo on his forearm. Love it.
“The Holy Trinity” is an artwork by Jonathan Monk that used an intriguing mash-up of pop culture and art culture imagery. Here the black, shiny helmeted head of Darth Vader, the evil icon of “Star Wars,” is represented by a bas-relief-like representation of the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Invader (a.k.a., Space Invader), the French international super-duper street-art star, put up another of his iconic mosaics on the Bowery in NoHo, in downtown New York City. We just noticed this work, but it looks slightly worn already, like it’s been around for awhile. And we’re wondering — if it has been around for a while — how we missed it, since we walk or ride by this spot a couple of times a week.
We’re at the second annual Frieze Art Fair in New York City today, an ambitious event started by influential U.K. art magazine Frieze. Below are some pictures of the venue, including pix of the dramatic entrance to the long, snaking tenets that house the event, which we got to via a ferry up the East River, and our Fair Map.