When I made wheat paste glue from scratch last week to make venetian plaster, I was reminded of the street posters that were the way that local artists and musicians advertised before email became the norm. Friends would call for assistance and we would hit the streets at night armed with posters, a bucket of wheat paste and a brush. We called it scumming. The messages change but the street poster will never die.
Posters recently seen in Loisaida, New York.
In late 2009 the New York City Council voted to phase out the metal roll-down gates that cover storefronts all over New York City in favor of the gates that you see covering the storefronts inside malls. They say the roll-down gates invite graffitti and are “scary”. Not surprising, the “mall-ification” of New York City continues. We have many storefront gate murals in Loisaida. Luckily we have until 2026 until they are all gone.
5C Cultural Center and Cafe
Big Doves Blogspot.com
children of loisaida
Summit Bar gate
Much of the public art in the community is created by Antonio Garcia, the artist known as Chico. The Summit Bar gate before the cocktail hour.
brand new bobwhites
New restaurant Bobwhite Counter commissioned their gate way before they opened.
Mut Gallery’s gate mural.