John Fekner Luv Flowers 1970

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The Teenage Years

Fekner’s first outdoor work was the phrase Itchycoo Park painted in large white letters on a park house of a Queens playground in 1968 with his friends Robert, Harry, Dennis and Pat while Steve played the lookout.

On Friday night, August 15th, 1969, before leaving from Itcyhcoo Park to go to Woodstock with Robert and Steve, Fekner created his 2nd text-based work of hand-cut letters out of paper. The phrase White Lake Or Bust, pertained to the upstate location of Bethel where the concert was originally scheduled, was taped on the inside windows of a Chevy station wagon driven to the Woodstock Music and Art Festival in upstate New York.

The following summer, Fekner painted two murals entitled Luv Flowers on two backyard walls; one in Jackson Heights, NY and the second in Canoga Park, California.

During the summer of 1968, 69 and 70, Fekner worked as a messenger at 841 Broadway at 14th Street in NYC and constantly used the city subways at that time. The amount of graffiti on subway lines, walls and buildings was not noticeable at that time.

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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Renegades (Space Invaders)

Collaborations, Don Leicht, Object/Sculpture, Paintings, Projects, Space Invader, Street Art No Comments

Ongoing Collaboration with Don Leicht since 1982


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Working on industrial silk-screens, an extremely unconventional material, Fekner executes a series of vibrantly spray painted large-scale works.

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Indoor Installations 1982

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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.

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More Paintings from X Americana X Series

Found Paintings, Paintings, Projects, Stencils, Toxic Wastes Comments Off

The Edge of the World

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Mother Earth Will Survive (Your Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants)

Collaborations, Don Leicht, Exhibitions, Paintings, Public Art, Stencils, Street Art No Comments

Your Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants

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 »

Barely Visible Portraits: Part 3

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Barely Visible Portraits: Part 2

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Van Duyne

Van Duyne 1973
Ink on Canvas
60 x 48 inches
Collection of the artist
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Barely Visible Portraits: Part 1

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Under the Microscope (series) 1970

Under the Microscope (series) 1970
Colorered Ink on Canvas
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