Trespass: Uncommissioned Public Art

Updates from and letters to the editor

Teaser 7

We collected so much material in researching Trespass that we weren’t able to include all the photos and references in the book. Following is a selection. Of those we couldn’t get in, my favorite is Akay’s project in which the artist, Made and Kidpele collected secrets from people and engraved them around Stockholm — on street signs, subway trash cans, and even park benches. The series pushes the limit of Street Art by being permanent, and it goes beautifully with the theme of making visible what is otherwise unseen.

Akay, Made, Kidpele, Secrets, Stockhom, 2009
Akay, Made & Kidpele, Stockholm, 2009

Nicaragua, 1980s Photo by Susan Meiselas
Political Stencils, Nicaragua, 1980s, Photo by Susan Meiselas

Avant, "Drive-In Show", Soho, New York, 1984
Avant, “Drive-In Show”, Soho, New York, 1984

New York City abandoned pier for artists
David Wojnorowicz and Keith Haring in Piers, New York, 1980s
Photo by Timothy Greathouse

The last two photos are from New York City in the 1980s — the Avant group painted a parking lot in Soho in the “Drive-in Show”, a direct placement of art outside the gallery complete with a list of titles and prices painted on the parking booth. Also during this time, Trespass artists such as David Wojnarowicz and Vito Acconci brought art to the abandoned Hudson piers in creating alternative spaces.
While graffiti and Street Art have gotten a lot of attention in recent years, history shows us that it’s not entirely new. I still sorely miss photos of graffiti by King Mob in 1970s London, and hope to bring more images and histories together in the follow-up title to Trespass.

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