Idioblast John Fekner City Squad, New York 1985

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This is John Fekner’s second record album. His first was produced two years ago by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Fekner is a visual artist as well as a musician. He is clearly associated with the East Village “Post-Graffiti” group. His word/images were shown at the Civilian Warfare Gallery in May 1984. IDIOBLAST is distributed by EXIT Art in New York. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sight of the Child 1983-2008

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“I find them everywhere. Discarded objects from another time. The old folks are the only ones who remember the magic these shattered wooden cabinets possessed at one time. Read the rest of this entry »

Last Days of Good & Evil

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Conceived by street artist John Fekner, City Squad consisted of musicians and non-musicians, and functioned as a musical extension to the Queensites outdoor stencil projects.

When The Future Collides With History

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Performed by the John Fekner City Squad. Music & lyrics by John Fekner (voice) & Dave Santaniello (vocal). Animation and graphics by Andrew Ruhren and John Fekner and students from Southampton College, edited by Fred Baca. Thanks to Steve Grivas for playing the bass, deejaying pirate radio station (WHAT) in Jackson Heights, NY and encouraging me to pursuing the audio fun. This one’s goes out to Larry and Nancy Mullins. Dedicated to the memory of our best buddy, Dave Lella.

John Fekner’s Music

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Fekner formed his own band City Squad in 1983 which was composed of musicians and non-musicians as an extension of Queensites, a group of teenagers from Jackson Heights who assisted with the outdoor stencil work.

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Another 4 Years(Edit/Elect08)

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Another 4 Years (Edit/Elect08) functions as a documentation of Fekner’s outdoor stencils in the South Bronx, but served as a reminder to vote on Election Day in November 2008. Most of the stencils and video are from 1980 when Charlotte Street was a victim of NYC’s financial crisis, greedy landlords, abandonment and arson.

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Concrete People Video

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In this collaborative City Squad project, street artist John Fekner (vocals, keyboards, percusssion, lyrics) wrote the song with musicians Dennis Lattmann (piano, synths) and Al Belfiore (Linn LM-1 drum sequence). Dedicated to Dennis G. Lattmann (1950-2008) with the thunderous heart.