concept

There are brief and mainly unnoticed images made by accident in New York City every day; unintentional, incidental works of art.  

I focus on the advertising posters on construction site fencing that gets posted and then scraped off or painted over almost every day.  The abstract images unintentionally produced from this process satisfies me the same way traditional abstract art did when I was a student.  The layered and torn images contain elements of abstract expressionism, graphic design, fashion photography and graffiti displayed on large, colorful, public walls. I consider these photographs both as my own art and as a documentation of these temporary and incidental creations.

                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

  Left:   Clyfford Still,   1957-D No. 1   ,  1957, oil on canvas                                                                                                                Right: Tony Luib,  Mercer & Broome #4, 2015

Left: Clyfford Still, 1957-D No. 1, 1957, oil on canvas                                                                                                                Right: Tony Luib, Mercer & Broome #4, 2015

 

 

 

approach

Every season, a new round of commercial posters are added to construction sites, abandoned properties and random walls. This provides new colors, layers, graffiti, images and potentially new ways they're torn, scraped and covered up by the employees of developers. I execute a plan to photograph every block of a neighborhood until I have gathered a body of work from that particular season.  

Titles for all my photos are based on location, first using the street they were shot on and second, the closest cross street to its proximity.

 

                                                           David, a paid contractor, illegally wheat pastes posters on a construction site on 14th street in Manhattan. 

                                                          David, a paid contractor, illegally wheat pastes posters on a construction site on 14th street in Manhattan. 

                                                                           Block by Block Survey of Lower Manhattan & North Brooklyn,  January & February, 2015

                                                                          Block by Block Survey of Lower Manhattan & North Brooklyn, January & February, 2015