He Was Simply A Guy Who Painted Messages In The Street

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Welling Court, Astoria, NY 2012

An Ad Hoc Art Project

Photo: © Jeewon Shin 2012


The stencil project, He Was Simply A Guy Who Painted Messages In The Street is intended to function on two levels.

Most every artist will do a self-portrait at some point in his or her career. Mine is not a traditional portrait; it is a self-portrait with words. Every individual is unique in the world and has something to contribute no matter how small the thought or message might be. Sometimes, a work on the street is all it might take to help someone else get through a difficult moment: an anxious night, a period of strife or uncertainty in their life. Art on the street is for everyone. It can be funny, soothing, insightful, joyous or reflective. It is an instant of communication meant to cause an immediate reaction on the viewer.

The project also functions a tribute to every unknown individual whoever grafftied, scrawled, scratched, wheat-pasted, stenciled or spray painted without anyone ever knowing the name of the anonymous person. With so much unrest in the world, people tend to stop believing in the most simple and basic truths, ideals and needs. An artist’s knowledge is their trade. Artists are here to visual express and share universal concepts of peace, love, hope, compassion, equality and understanding with the general public.


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John Fekner


Enamel, paint marker on wheat paste kraft paper

Pal’s Lounge, Atlanta Georgia

for the birthday celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.  January 16th, 2012

along  the March route & Rally Auburn Avenue

between Peachtree & Jackson Street

LivingWalls crew:

Monica Campana

Alexandra Parrish

Laura Calle

Emily Fisher

Matt Field

Photos courtesy: Nathan Bolster






∅ NO WAR ∅

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John Fekner
Enamel & paint marker on kraft butcher paper


Sept 9-11, 2011
Organized by John Carr
Photo courtesy: LA VS WAR

Your Space Has Been Invaded 1982 to Present

Collaborations, Don Leicht, Exhibitions, Installation, Object/Sculpture, Paintings, Projects, Space Invader, Stencils No Comments

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Pantheon NYC Windows Installation

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A history of art from the streets of New York City

20 West 53rd Street, b/w 5th & 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10019 (across from MoMA)

Group show runs April 2-17, 2011
Open to the public 24 hours


International Projects

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In 1979, Fekner’s stencil work begins to appear outdoors in Sweden and continues in Germany, England and Canada.

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Environmental Warnings

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Fekner’s first environmental stencil project in 1977 entitled A Tribute To The Green Grass That Valiantly Grows Through This Asphalt is painted at Gorman Park.

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The Remains of Industry

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The Remains of Industry is painted at the abandoned Trunz Meat Factory in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with assistance from two brothers who were squatting in the building.



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The NO TV/Read stencil project is Fekner’s first project in which he creates multiple versions in other media including video, music, painting and performance.

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Toxic Junkie

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In the 80s, manifestations of toxicity was rampant not only by the poisoning of the planet by deliberate and careless dumping, but by those who chose a complete disregard for one’s existence with the recreational use of hard drugs. Toxic Junkie was spray painted on a well-used drug den on 2nd Street between Avenues B & C in conjunction with The Black and White Show at Kenkeleba Gallery, Lorraine O’Grady, Curator.


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