#AdTakeover 15 of 52: An illustration from inside of Aleppo by @mollycrabapple, in collaboration with Marwan Hisham. “In 2015, my friend and fellow journalist Marwan Hisham visited East Aleppo, which was held by rebels at the time. Over a series of weeks, he sent me pictures of life beneath the Assad regime’s daily bombardment, which I then drew from. This drawing shows the frontline neighborhood of Bustan Qusr, where residents had turned a bus into a makeshift shelter from snipers. As Syria makes its annual appearance in American headlines, this is a tribute to people who endured six years of war.” – #MollyCrabapple Photo by @lunapark #adbust #artinadplaces #nycstreetart #streetartnyc #streetart #nycart
For an entire year, NYC’s phone booths — those holdovers from another era — will be transformed by an artist allergic to advertisements.
Caroline Caldwell’s project is called “Art in Ad Places” and actually started in January in Brooklyn when she added a print of “Shipwrecks of Unicorn Beach” by photographer Adam Wallacavage to a phone booth, according to Gothamist. Since then, she has featured artists Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Molly Crabapple and Shepard Fairey, among others.
“The infrastructure is there, but it doesn’t serve any purpose,” Caldwell’s partner RJ Rushmore told Gothamist, referring to the phone booths. “The basic concept for the payphone company is, ‘We’ll provide you with payphones and maintain the infrastructure. In exchange we’ll serve you advertising.’ Well, many of them aren’t working anymore. It seems like a really bad deal!”
Ad takeover 12 of 52: MY AD IS NO AD by @johnfekner. Photos by @lunapark. This piece is a recreation of John Fekner’s historic “MY AD IS NO AD” billboard from 1980, and was installed in solidarity with #subvertisersinternational’s #subvertthecity campaign, an anti-advertising call to action taking place this week around the world. Props to @brandalismproject, @jordanseiler, and everyone else involved in that global ad takeover project. Ad takeovers are not new. We are not the only people taking part. You can too! A message from John Fekner in the comments… #artinadplaces #adtakeover #johnfekner #adbust #nycstreetart #streetart #myadisnoad
[Gothamist] —Christopher Cameron