Next week, Steve “ESPO” Powers (featured) will be kicking off art season with a new body of work at Joshua Liner Gallery. The show entitled A Word is Worth A Thousand Pictures is Power’s first New York solo exhibition in over seven years. The Brooklyn-based artist has been busy the past few years with a number of high profile projects such as Art in the Streets, as well as the Love Letters Project in Philly, Syracuse and Brooklyn. In Part I of this feature, AM visited […]
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Earlier this week, Jonathan Levine Gallery opened a unique group exhibition entitled Détournement: Signs of the Times. Curated by esteemed pop culture critic and senior editor of Paper magazine, Carlo McCormick, this collection of signed works represents “detournement” and the redirection brought upon intentionally by artists and their artwork in order to go against conventional flow. Included were a diverse list of artists from different genres and age groups like AIKO, Dan Witz, David Wojnarowicz (estate), Dylan Egon, EINE, Ilona Granet, Jack Pierson, John Law (Jack Napier), […]
After bringing you the works of Claudio Ethos, Vhils, and Conor Harrington from Komafest, all the way from Vardø, Norway, we now have a recap of some the other walls that we have not featured yet. Other artists like Steve “ESPO” Powers (seen above with his hilarious take on a common phrase), Husk Mit Navn, REMED, and ROA also visited the Norwegian island community and put up work. Photo credit: kalevkevad.
For those of you who have seen the annual “Best of New York” issue from New York Magazine at the newsstands, you may or may not have recognized the design. This year’s cover artist is none other than Steve “ESPO” Powers. Like the WK Interact cover for Wired Magazine that didn’t end up happening, sometimes it’s nice to see what could have been. The other two finalists were Faile and The Heads Of State. See their designs after the jump…
Starting off this week’s roundup is this new stencil from Bast seen on the streets of New York. This is the first we have shown you from him since his collaboration with Aiko at the end of last year. Other artists whose walls that caught our attention this week include Paul Insect (UK), M-City (Italy), Cranio (Brazil), Escif (Spain), ESPO x EINE (UK), LUDO (France), Pixel Pancho (UK), Know Hope (New York), and Maya Hayuk (Baltimore). See them all after the jump…
The prolific Steve “ESPO” Powers, who recently gifted NYC with a re-showing of the work from part of the Art In The Streets show (covered), has also posted up a photo of a mural from a corner of Brooklyn. The clever wall, Train To Always, features a mock map of train stations like “So So”, “Maybe”, “We’ll See”, and of course “Always”, among many others. Via The World’s Best Ever. Discuss ESPO here.
On Saturday afternoon, Steve “ESPO” Powers and Todd “REAS” James hosted an dizzying one-day reinterpretation of their legendary Street Market exhibition, without Barry McGee, at ICY Signs in Brooklyn. ICY was Powers and crew’s 5400 sq. feet downtown sign-painting studio on Livingston Street while working on his Brooklyn Love Letters project (covered). With that finally completed, Powers and James took the chance to fill the enormous space with many of their paintings and signs from LA MoCA’s widely popular Art In The Streets show (covered), […]
ESPO & REAS are at it again – this time perhaps without the third conspirator, Barry McGee, in regards to the Street Market installation seen recently at the seminal Art in the Streets exhibition at the LA MoCA. On November 19th, the duo will be exhibiting the 5400 sq. feet of signs and paintings from the museum installation at ICY SIGNS (200 Livingston Street in Brooklyn). Make sure you show up to see a piece of history if you are in the area. Showcard and […]
The other night, we attended a great event held at the Wooster St. Social Club for Aidan Has A Posse, a website raising funds for and awareness about Aidan Seeger. Aidan is a young boy who has Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a rare neurological disorder. But he also has a lot of friends, a posse including the likes of Cope2, Tony Curanaj, Ewok, Todd James, Romon Kimin Yang, Greg Lamarche, Steve Powers and Kostas Seremetis – all of whom donated art works to be auctioned off to […]
Back in July, we told you about a series of commissioned pieces by Steve Powers, painted in the stairwell of Ogilvy & Mather in New York. ESPO’s love for signs and phraseology was definitely evident as he reinterpret the words and quotes of agency founder David Ogilvy into inspirational murals. Now comes this insightful video as the Philadelphia-based artist talks about his beginnings and his love for “advertisement,” albeit stripped of its commercial aspect and replaced by emotional content, and diverted to shed light on […]