One of our favorite functionally named streets, Extra Place, is now infused with cool street art that’s literally on the street! The ArtUP program by non-profit organization FABnyc animates underutilized spaces in the Lower East Side through art and community partnerships. The current installation features art on the sidewalks by Jon Burgerman, Abe Lincoln Jr. and street artist Ellis Gallagher.
Burgerman’s signature distorted characters and landscapes brighten up the alley with its bold colors. Ellis Gallagher’s piece traces the shadows of fixtures in the alley: pipes, bicycles, and fire escapes- creating permanent shadows that are cast by streetlamps at night, a true symbol of the city. Abe Lincoln Jr’s playful characters mesh a retro comic strip style, and honor the area’s proximity to seminal punk rock palace, the former CBGB.
Here are some photographs from Artist Alley:
And here’s a fun play-by-play of the making of the 2011 mural on EVGrieve.