"POETIC POSTER DECAY"

Monday, September 26, 2016

GREEN POSTER WARS

           Last March I posted a collection of painted over posters in what 
           I thought might be a brief skirmish in the turf wars on the poster 
           walls of the city. Not so, the greening continues and the strange 
           subliminal forces of imagery seeping through, provide a bizarre 
           and unintended art of its own.

                                Bernie posters

                                the first of the, "let's just paint over the faces" ...

                                Robert Janz works a wall on Green St

                                designer glass...

green or not, still un pendejo, (Spanish slang for asshole)

the kooples get a makeover

almost  arty, two posters that once said, "forever"

kids with  chalk discover a new canvas...

                           
                                          I ZEE YOU!


                                 All photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, September 19, 2016

"MANNEQUINS OF MANHATTAN"

         As Fashion Week winds down, here is a brief homage to the many
          mannequins who occupy shop windows and labor long hours 
          (in often difficult poses) for the NY fashion industry.











all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, September 12, 2016

"WHAT ONCE WAS..."

We’re all familiar with the notion of “ghost towns”, a fixture of roadside attractions, mostly in the American West. Their history usually had a lot to do with a flurry of activity and enterprise centered around a specific natural resource or location. For some time now, I have been fascinated by the ghost town fringes of post industrial NY and other areas. In this city there will be no quaint gift shop selling souvenirs as the rapid and relentless march of gentrification has completely transformed most of these areas.  Here’s a peak at what once was...

              the Gowanus circa 2008 was a collection of abandoned small 
              industrial structures and this part now stands as a Whole Foods 
              and parking lot.

                 2009. the Gowanus with “Riv View”, now a block long collection of 
              brand new condos.

        Fort Tilden was a former military installation and is now part of the Gateway
        National Recreation Area. Many of the long abandoned old bunkers and
        buildings are favorite graffiti spots.




               Admiral’s Row, is a collection of gorgeous, Second Empire-style 
               officer homes that were located adjacent to the Brooklyn Navy Yard 
               and some dated back to the Civil War. They were owned by the 
               National Guard until recently when ownership shifted to the Brooklyn
               Navy Yard Development Corporation. There had been concerted 
               efforts to landmark and restore, but they continued to crumble and 
               sadly, I watched the last ones go down a few weeks ago. Plans are 
               on for a Wegmans supermarket to open in 2017.





                           all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, August 29, 2016

SELFIE CITY

I have been fascinated for some time by the passion people have for self documentation. The selfie scene, brought to life by recent technological changes has created a portrait parade in the billions and NYC, with it’s wide range of background options keeps my file of people taking pictures of people in constant growth mode.    













all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, August 22, 2016

"THE TATS ARE OUT"

Summertime heat wave and the tats are out … 

I have always been a fan of artful expression and the many forms that it takes. One of the more significant changes in recent years is the obvious inclusion of tattoo art in the way we present. It is as varied as the sizable percentage of (mostly) young people who have adopted it into their lives. This is a very small and non-objective sampling from the many acres of ink that have spread out across the social landscape (OK, I admit to loving the oddball flavors).













all photos ©Ken Brown