The new street-art class
These seven artists are doing their part to make NYC more beautiful.
Tue Feb 22 2011
Gabriel Specter (specterart.com)
"Characteristics of location are important to me," says Gabriel Specter, who aims to enliven abandoned spaces with his site-specific paintings. "I often deal with socially marginalized people and places [in my work]." At Marcus Garvey Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue in Bed-Stuy, his ongoing If I Saw You in Heaven series features portraits of homeless people; Specter prefers to view his subjects as "celebrations of humanity rather than symbols of blight." Outside Flatbush's Parkside Avenue subway stop, the DOT- and ISCP-commissioned A Collection of Local Memories interprets stories from local seniors into a freestanding, three-sided mural. Also check out Unwanted Collaboration, painted with street artist Swoon, at Franklin Avenue and Dean Street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Where his work has been:
1. Mural portion of If I Saw You in Heaven: Corner of Marcus Garvey Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn
2. A Collection of Local Memories: The Parkside Avenue B/Q subway station, Flatbush, Brooklyn