During a whirlwind weekend trip to Manhattan this past January, I was committed to navigate myself via two NYC subways on a wet and dreary Sunday to the Brooklyn Museum. Determined to see the exhib…
During a whirlwind weekend trip to Manhattan this past January, I was committed to navigate myself via two NYC subways on a wet and dreary Sunday to the Brooklyn Museum. Determined to see the exhibit of one of my most beloved street artists, Stephen Powers (a.k.a. ESPO), I was on a mission — it was a BIG DEAL to see Stephen Powers’ work in such a well-respected venue! After all, I’ve been a huge fan of his work for several years! Initially, I fell in love with his A Love Letter For You mural project when I learned about it in 2011 (it was completed in Philadephia in 2010); and now, I’m extremely fortunate to read these testimonials of devotion twice a day during my commute on the Market-Frankford El through West Philly.
Powers’ installation, Stephen Powers: Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (To A Seagull) consists of colossal collages and multiple layers which exemplify of his unique mastery as a language-based artist: the colorful, exotic, graphical and textual signs for which he is internationally known. As I studied each piece, one-by-one, from top-to-bottom throughout the expanse of the 5th floor high-ceilinged rotunda, my eyes carefully lingered on the seemingly self-directed messages that pulled me in, causing a visceral emotional reaction and a tug on my heart. Powers is a clever wordsmith and an expressive genius with a natural affinity to understand the reality of what it means to be simply human.
The installation also includes contributions by artists Justin Green, Matt Wright, Mike Levy, Dan Murphy, Mike Langley, Mimi Gross, Alexis Ross, Sean Barton, Eric Davis, and Tim Curtis.
Initially slated to close on March 13, 2016, the exhibit has been extended an additional 5 months (yay!) thru August 21st. I encourage everyone to see it — you will undoubtedly encounter a message to which you can relate.