Monday, May 2, 2016


                                FREE ART ... Help yourself!

all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, April 25, 2016


        The moments are rare, but every once in a while, things just "line up”, 
        and I am grateful every time.

Monday, April 18, 2016


There is a kind of yardart that goes well beyond the usual donkeys, gnomes,
and flamingos and it is found in a handful of small lot parks around the city. They
are usually tended by an owner with a very specific notion of yard aesthetics. I 
love these places for no other reason than the sheer abundance of oddball 
exuberance and creativity that they present. I will often change course just to 
see what new characters or arrangements might have developed. They are an 
ongoing outdoor performance piece and they change with the seasons.

The fact that these places exist at all given the onerous weight of surreal-estate,
makes them extra special in my book.

This collection on Bedford Ave in Williamsburg is diminished,
but still going...

This yard off E. Houston is also diminished, but seems to be
making a comeback.

These welded scrap metal citizens weather
all seasons.

Coco the Gorilla has occupied this corner off
Bedford Ave for several years and changes 
costume regularly.

This park on the corner of 9th and B in the East Village has fence
festooned with scrap sculptures.

The same park also features changing crochet work
by London Kaye.

all photos © Ken Brown

Monday, April 11, 2016


                                        A little Spring catch up on the vertical world

Uni-colonel in Union Square

Dogs and drapes on the Lower East Side

portrait by Aine

Life's little pleasures, a new anthropomorphic
veggie sculpture every week.

Soho shadows

Bill ponders... 

all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, April 4, 2016


I have always been impressed by the talent and technique of the street artists 
who tackle the really big mural projects, the ones that involve whole sides of 
buildings. The ability to transform a design or concept to this scale is a truly 
wondrous thing to behold. There is an amazing array throughout the city, but 
I offer this small caveat, I have watched whole areas of once vigorous artistic 
activity in some neighborhoods disappear in a few short years as 
gentrification moves in.  Enjoy these while you can.

Chris Stain in Bushwick

Westside Hwy.


Osgemeos in the East Village


Spanish Harlem

Jersey City

mural by Dozic Fernandez in Brooklyn


Bird-themed homage to John Audubon, Washington Hts.

all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, March 28, 2016


      Wheat paste pieces, though especially ephemeral, are still a favorite form
      of street art surprise. These were gathered over the past couple of years.

all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, March 21, 2016


Like all real estate, city walls are a precious commodity. Over the past year
I have noticed something that resembled turf wars. Any available surface, especially construction site sheds, are regularly painted over in a neutralizing shade of green, with both ads and graffiti disappearing. I didn’t know if it was a city agency “cleaning up” or someone who doesn’t like posters. The latter seemed more likely, as the question of who owns public space has come up more than once. For me, the interesting thing was the way the subsurface images and occasional graff would still peer through as an organic life force, pulsing, intriguing and artful in unintended ways.

all photos ©Ken Brown