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.

On Augmented Reality Advertising

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Takeover in Times Square July 24th, 2011

Public Ad Campaign & The Heavy Projects

Featuring John Fekner, Ron English, PosterBoy, Doctor D and Ox



Photo courtesy: Rebecca Fuller


Your Space Has Been Invaded 1982 to Present

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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


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

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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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Fashion Moda-Selected Projects

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Danger Live Artists

Fekner visits Fashion Moda in 1979 which leads to his installation of NO TV/READ which is simultaneously shown at P. S. 1 and Galerie S:t Petri -Archive of Experimental and Marginal Art in Lund, Sweden. In the window of Fashion Moda, Fekner creates an installation with a TV set, a stenciled logo and a statement in both English and Spanish in February 1980. Read the rest of this entry »

The End of Reading in A Straight Line

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By John Fekner & Don Leicht

Turn Green

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Summer/Fall 2009
John Fekner & Don Leicht
“This is Art” Galleri Jonas Kleerup and various locations in Stockholm, Sweden 2009 Read the rest of this entry »