"POETIC POSTER DECAY"

Monday, February 19, 2018

NYC POSTERS

           As a lover of good art of all flavors, I have always been drawn to the vibrant 
          graphic shenanigans of poster design in NYC. The visual scramble of the city 
          requires special skills to draw eyes to their subject. I admit, I often forget the 
          product, but I love the design. Here are a few recent favorites.

      










all photos ©Ken Brown




Thursday, February 15, 2018

5 POINTS

     
     This weekend, artists from the 5 Points, graffiti landmark in Long Island City, were awarded a 6.7 million settlement for the destruction of their work by a real estate developer. The ruling upholds the Visual Artist Rights Act that protects artists works in public places.
     I have been documenting the walls for well over a decade, and, like everyone else, was stunned and saddened by the loss. It was internationally known and served as a major tourist destination from early on.
Here is a small sampling from those years...
Streetside 2007

a favorite photo-op spot





space is the place, and artists from around the world would
sign up for a spot.



Winter in the courtyard/loading dock


last visit, Winter 2013

all photos ©Ken Brown


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A DIP IN THE "VERTICAL" FILES

                    Here's a new year dip into the "vertical" files...

 lookin' at you...

          Frisky skyscrapers downtown have proliferated 
               with an abundance of offspring condo towers 
that no one can afford to live in.

Staying in shape while under construction...


Trumpty Dumpty

when the shark bites...

Gandhi gets a makeover in Union Sq.

public art in the East Village...

Paint job

Back in the day...

waiting for an Uber in Bushwick...

all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, January 29, 2018

CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA

     We were most fortunate to take a trip to Cartagena, Colombia recently. This ancient (1533) port city on the Caribbean coast has the bonus points of beautiful Spanish colonial architecture, crumbling edges, culture, color and a tropical climate.

          Gabriel Garcia Marquez, local and notable hero celebrated on a wall in   Gethsemane, a neighborhood with lots of street art, cafes and night life.

Streetart in Gethsemane


Levitating in one of the many public squares.

                 Extensive coral block walls surrounded and fortified the old city 
in the sixteenth century.

Local street market

   While walking home through a neighborhood park, we noticed 
     a group of people staring up into the branches. We looked up 
       and noticed the subject of the gaze fest was a three toed sloth, 
slowly nibbling leaves with a newborn baby hanging on.

Fishermen working their hand toss nets on a river just north of the city,

 I got to satisfy my obsession with hand painted signs and a boat trip through 
a labyrinth of mangrove swamps.

Iguanas were a familiar presence along rural pathways.

 
It was after Christmas, and Santa was hanging on.

Victor Nunez, a local hero was represented in this carved trunk
by Tomas Castro.

 Palenque women, fruit vendors, and a colorful presence in 
the markets everywhere.   

all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, January 22, 2018

WOMEN'S MARCH 2018

     This past weekend, hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country joined the Women's    March 2018 and gave a sense of strength, solidarity and sustenance to a movement that grows by the moment.  Here is a small selection from the oceans of artwork that appeared in spontaneous fashion throughout the day.










                              all photos ©Ken Brown