Understanding

Spray paint graffiti of a pattern and a broken black heart with the phrase, "Love is key 2 super understanding"

One final piece from this pandemic plywood series. This one with a mix of things going on — the blue cover up, the pattern, the tag overlay, the phrase (stenciled?) and the broken black heart. A good use of the plywood as a reversed color in the pattern versus the heart where instead of drawing two halves, it’s a single heart split with gold. Perhaps that’s the whole point — the pattern of whole things broken and super understanding.

Soho, Manhattan.

We All Need Change

A spray paint cartoon bird wearing a black suit jacket, top hat and striped shirt with large white wings.

The pandemic provided fresh new canvases along with the quiet streets to paint. This piece is a bit sinister as it conjures the grim reaper, the angel of death calling for change. But change is often hard and we do resist. Perhaps that’s why the call comes from the dark. And is that a monocle? Somehow my brain says yes.

Soho, Manhattan.

Exclaim

Spray paint graffiti lettering with stylized mouths in the counters

Again, I’m reminded of a cartoon reference that I can’t put my finger on. The stylized mouths, both happy and comically angry, inside the counters are a great feature. A fairly simple and quick piece, but elevated by the third color used for the highlights.

Midtown, Manhattan.

Teeth

Spray paint graffiti blue cartoon face with large white buck teeth

I’ll always be a fan of cartoons, so this character caught my eye. I love the subtle Japanese hints to the artwork. It’s like a piece of deity fan art.

Midtown, Manhattan.

Love Letters

Spray paint graffiti collage of hearts and stylized lettering

Starting at the top of the gate with a somewhat pedestrian “love” stencil and polka dot banner, the eye travels down into a row of hearts through the chaotic layers of lettering and finally resting once again on the rough hewn hearts. It would seem the security lights in the top corners have not dispersed people from adding signatures on top of this piece, unfortunately muddling the original theme.

Lower East Side, Manhattan.