The Meaning Behind the 245 Bowery Plywood Poster

Posted on: June 9th, 2011 at 10:41 am by

As it happens, an unprompted communique from a Boogie reader solved a mystery we’ve been mulling for the better part of two weeks. While documenting the story on the Special Graffiti Unit magazine box, we noticed a ginormous poster taped to the plywood of 245 Bowery which portrayed an interesting mosaic of random people. There was no signature, branding, or the like to indicate the entity behind the art.

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However, the artist, Inda Ortega, reached out to explain the piece, as well as inform us of the identical sibling on the streets of her hometown Amsterdam.

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two weeks ago, passing by the Bowery on my way to the New Museum, i saw the inviting “please respect this vandalism, Paul Richard” sign, which encouraged me, together with the consumerism related work by Gustav Metzger, to scratch my pockets and print my more recent work. My intention with this image is to address the constant imposition of commercial images in -what is supposed to be- the public realm, in a space between vandalism reaction and advertisement strategy, while lacking text as signature, corporate logo or referents to products.

By yesterday evening, a third of the picture was torn apart.

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