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Streets: Steve “ESPO” Powers – A Love Letter To Brooklyn

Following up on his Love Letters to Philadelphia and Syracuse, Steve Powers most recently transformed downtown Brooklyn with his witty and endearing public art. Powers was given the walls of Macy’s department store parking garage for his project, and instead of the colorful palettes of his previous Love Letters, for BK NY, he chose black and white, reminiscent of his early days with Exterior Surface Painting Outreach. And unlike his other work, which tends to combine text and images equally, this new project is almost all […]

Openings: Steve Powers / Barry McGee / Todd James – “Contemporaries” @ Galleria Patricia Armocida (Milan)

A couple weeks ago, Patricia Armocida Gallery opened a group show curated by Steve Powers (aka ESPO) at their Milan location. For Contemporaries, the venerable Philadelphia-based street artist hand selected ten artists from both the East and West Coasts of the United States, balancing the artistic dialogue between the old school and the new school generations. Of course, taking center stage were Barry McGee (aka TWIST), Todd James (aka REAS), and ESPO himself, the trio being longtime friends and collaborators perhaps best known for their […]

Openings: Stephen “ESPO” Powers – “Flights of Genius” @ Ogilvy & Mather

Last Thursday, AM attended the much anticipated unveiling of Flights of Genius by Steve “ESPO” Powers. Created in association with Joshua Liner Gallery and held at the corporate offices of Ogilvy & Mather (see previous project there), the marketing agency commissioned ESPO to create a series of works that lined each floor of the stairwell for the historic building with direct quotes by legendary founder David Ogilvy. We walked the entire building to catch the comedic and still relevant sayings which compliment ESPO’s witty artistic statements nicely. We […]

Preview: Jeff Canham, New Bohemia Signs, and ESPO @ Guerrero Gallery

Steve Powers aka ESPO has been a busy man. First, came his part in the epic recreation of the immersive Street Market installation at the MOCA for the Art in the Streets exhibition. Then, he jetted to Copenhagen, where he opened his Days exhibition at the V1 Gallery (covered). Now comes word of a joint show involving Mr. Love Letter For You along with the artists at New Bohemia Signs and Jeff Canham, an artist whose work also utilizes the craft and traditions of sign […]

Videos: Steve Powers (aka ESPO) – “Days”

Peering into the ESPO creative process as it relates to his recent exhibition, Days (covered), which revolved around his practice of producing a single painting – metaltations – every single day as form of artistic meditation, comes a new video, aptly dubbed Days. The footage illuminates Steve Powers as a father and as an artist, focusing on the creation of the 100th daily painting created in succession. A noble accomplishment and a testament to the dedication to his craft, evidenced firsthand by the sheer amount […]

Openings: ESPO – “Days” @ V1 Gallery

Steve Powers aka ESPO has had a busy few weeks.  First, came his part in the time-consuming Street Market installation at the MOCA for the historic Art in the Streets exhibition. Then, last Friday in Copenhagen, he opened his latest solo show at the V1 Gallery entitled simply Days. A fitting title as the work in the show includes some of his daily metaltations ruminating on the complexities of everyday life with his poetic world play and signature visual language using enamel paint on metal. […]

Teaser: ESPO – “Days” @ V1 Gallery

After an epic recreation of the historic Street Market installation along with Barry McGee and Todd James at the MOCA, Steve Powers aka ESPO has already moved on to his next undertaking. This time, it will be a solo endeavor at the V1 Gallery in Copenhagen entitled Days opening on May 6th. The show looks like it will include many the legendary writer’s daily metaltations he posts on his blog that his fans will be familiar with. Via Vandalog. Discuss this show here. Discuss ESPO […]

Releases: Steve Powers (ESPO) – “You and Me” Print

Street art icon and Fullbright Scholar, Steve “ESPO” Powers, who made waves last year with his A Love Letter For You urban revitalization and documentary film project (see trailer here), has released a new print with with Exhibition A today. Produced in an edition of 100, “You and Me” provides the perfect representation of ESPO’s work, with clever word play, tight typographic elements and simple imagery. The 12″ x 12″ canvas print is priced at $200 and is available for sale here! Discuss ESPO here.

Setup: Moniker Art Fair – London 2010

We’re in London excited for the upcoming Moniker Art Fair on October 14th-17th (coinciding with Frieze Art Fair). It looks to be a rad event with many of the galleries that you’ve come to love on AM exhibiting like New Image Art, Carmichael Gallery, Black Rat Projects, CampBarbossa, Galleria Patricia Armocida and Anonymous Gallery. We caught the setup as the crews are busy setting up site specific installations. Steve “ESPO” Powers & Faith47 were on hand to create gorgeous murals on the outside of the […]

Video: Steve “ESPO” Powers – Love Letter to Syracuse

Building on the amazing success of his Love Letter project in Philadelphia (covered), Steve “ESPO” Powers and his sign-painting crew recently went upstate to the “Rust-Belt” city of Syracuse, New York, to transform the train bridges that divide the town’s poor Near West Side from the rest of downtown to display beautiful and inspirational messages of love from Syracuse to Syracuse. Powers, as seen in the above video, worked with local art groups and talked to people in the community to develop the words used […]
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