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John Fekner City Squad – Another 4 Years!

1950 in John Fekner City Squad – Another 4 Years! York, New York, U. American innovative multidisciplinary artist who created hundreds of environmental and conceptual outdoor works consisting of stenciled words, symbols, dates and icons spray painted in New York, Sweden, Canada, England and Germany in the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1968, Fekner painted the words Itchycoo Park in large white letters on an empty building in Gorman Park, New York. In 1978 he curated the Detective Show at the same outdoor location in Queens which included the words street museum on the invitational card. In reaction to the desolation of the abandoned burnt-out buildings of the South Bronx, Fekner stenciled Last Hope in large letters above one crumbling structure so that every time you passed it you couldn’t block it out of your vision. Now you know you can’t change the world, but you can’t sit back and watch it implode either, so you’ll do your part, have your own little victory, and so will the next guy and the next, and maybe things will start to change. Fekner began writing poetry as a young teenager, and his first outdoor graffiti in 1968 were the words Itchycoo Park painted at Gorman Park 85th Street Park in Jackson Heights, Queens. Along with a few buddies on the park house roof, he painted the phrase in large white letters across the front of the building.

Fekner’s Warning Signs project focused on accentuating deteriorating conditions that dominated New York City and its environs in the 1970s. Fashion Moda is most often associated with graffiti art and its acceptance into the art world through such figures as Fekner, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jenny Holzer, and Keith Haring. Through his association with Don Leicht and Fashion Moda, Fekner stenciled six spray painted messages at Charlotte Street including Decay, Broken Promises, Falsas Promesas, Last Hope, Broken Treaties and Save Our School. The message of Fekner’s stencils focused on pointing out the deteriorating conditions and issues of inadequate housing, poor services and deplorable social problems afflicting the neighborhood residents for over two decades.

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