In the summer of 1985 without a studio to work in, John Fekner turned a Sunday painter using his car as a traveling studio and setup shop at a few of his favorite locations alongside a highway in Queens and a parkway in the Bronx. Fekner said it was the best place to work outside without being disturbed; no phone calls, only the birds and the whizzing of cars and trucks. A favorite spot was under the Long Island Expressway at the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway exit where he previously spray painted Trees, Toxic, and RUA Vidiot?
For the series, X Americana X, Fekner spray-painted over found kitschy paintings thrown out in the garbage or bought in art store thrift shops and garage sales. In this series, Fekner twists the content of the original paintings to represent environmental disasters and looming annihilation.
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