Invited by curators at contemporary art institutions and museums, Fekner installs temporary site-specific installations with sound and video components in one person and group exhibition settings.
In 1981, Fekner began using stylized stencils of leaping deer that were painted outdoor as well as indoor installations.
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Fekner appropriates the front and back of billboards and highways signs as ‘alternative billboards’ with his subliminal messages.
Gary Hütter/Random Dates in Queens was the first stencil series he does anonymously on the streets and highways of Queens, NY in the winter of 76-77.
Fekner’s first environmental projects include Decay and Decay and Abandoned on neglected properties in Queens. They also appear on the East River bridges that were in state of disrepair.
The Edge of the World
Central Park, NY
The Daze of Toxic Water
Collaboration with Andrew Ruhren
The Post No Bills/Post No Dreams project was one of the first examples of street art culture jamming and subversive advertising. Other stencils created in the series included Instant This Instant That, No TV, Soft Brains Watch The Screen And Buy The Jeans, Doomsday and My Ad Is No Ad. Read the rest of this entry »
John Fekner and Don Leicht were invited to participate in the outdoor street exhibition Welling Court Mural Project organized by Ad Hoc Art in Queens, NY. After a preliminary visit to the site, they decided to paint on a wall directly facing the Two Coves Community Garden and the NYCHA Astoria Houses Development. The location of their collaborative site-specific work was important for two reasons: not only did it connect with the communities’ thriving volunteer-run urban garden; it also provided a platform to address the catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »
John Fekner & John Crash Matos
John Crash Matos, a graffiti artist, and I collaborated on a project entitled THE SUFFOLK STREET FALLOUT SHELTER. The mural, painted on an abandoned building on the Lower East Side, depicts a nuclear bomb exploding in the New York City. A stenciled warning in English and Spanish reads: IN CASE OF NUCLEAR WAR STEP INSIDE/EN CASO DE GUERRA NULCEAR ENTREN. Read the rest of this entry »