Specializing in benevolent mayhem and neccesary magic.
Social Vandalism is a text-based public installation. Utilizing the street art technique of wheat paste and vandalism, I installed one piece a day for 365 consecutive days. Written and executed in 2015, it was designed to be a daily meditation, a practice in discipline. The phrases or fortunes, as they’ve been called cover a range of topics that cover heartache, bravado, social observations, feminism and song lyrics. Each unique piece was pasted in obvious and obscured locations waiting to be seen. I, being the installer, am unaware of the turn of phrase that will be unleashed to the public before its installation, creating a continuous cycle of serendipity for me, the artist, and you, the viewer. I’ve chosen to use the typewriter font to keep gender and genre neutral. All of the pieces are intentionally left anonymous to highlight the message and eliminate the need for authorship. In this I hope to inspire the feeling of connection between the audience and the universe, sparking emotion, thought and reaction.
Day 131, 2015 Boreum Hill, Brooklyn
Day 119, 2015 Dumbo, Brooklyn
Day 135 2015 Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Day 147, 2015 Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
Day 155, 2015 Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
Day 156, 2015 Hells Kitchen, New York City
Day 159 2015 Classon Playground, Brooklyn
Day 170, 2015 Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Day 179, 2015 Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn
Day 183, 2015 Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Day 222, 2015 Riis Beach, Queens
Day 256, 2015 Bowery, New York City
Day 288, 2015 Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Day 293, 2015 Chelsea, New York City
Day 295, 2015 Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Day 303, 2015 Berlin, Germany
In 2012 for Figment, an annual open-air public arts festival held on Governors Island, I created a vending machine, designed to dispense 1000 toy vending machine capsules. Each capsule contained slightly different objects and phrases making each one unique; The intention was to have each person receive one that was for them alone, delivered by fate. The work is meant to spark a sense of childhood nostalgia and wonder while hopefully pushing the recipient to engage into a deeper conversation with their friends and within themselves.
Public Discourse is a turn of phrase that describes the participatory component to the street art campaign that began in 2013, before Social Vandalism was developed. While getting acquainted with the act of street art, I began notice responses to the text. Often the reactions corresponded to the text that was there in an almost poetic sense. Some intentional, some perhaps happenstance, but within, a new phase developed in the work.
Originally designed to be an ad takeover on the NYC Transit system 2013. I was hoping to capture the imaginations of NYC commuters who are often in a "psychic limbo" while traveling to their destinations, hoping to confuse them on whether the words were an advertisement of some sort or perhaps just a message slipped to them in secret. It was abandoned after having a run in with transit police cost me too much in fines…
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Mural on Driggs & s.2nd Williamsburg, Brooklyn NYC
This was a proposal for the LES Beautifying Barriers bench project. 2018