A little late, but as you can see, a lot has happened. In
August, I collected a great deal of posters, as many as 150
lbs of posters from 125th St and Lennox Avenue alone. I sorted
most of them in preparation for another 8' x 8' collage in
which I will use the poster of Abraham Lincoln on the 1 cent
coin and a vintage poster of Martin Luther King that I found
in a dumpster on the Lower East Side, along with the posters
from 125th St. I read an article in the New York Times that
said that the area where my studio is located in (Harlem 133rd
and Fredrick Douglas Blvd.) is considered the most dangerous
neighborhood in the 5 boroughs. I was a bit skeptical until
there were two murders within a block in either direction
of my front door on the same side of the street as my studio.
Included this month along with the pictures of all the posters
that I've collected and saved in the studio are pictures of
the crowd that appeared to gawk at the macabre spectacle.
I heard about 8 shots and waited in the studio until the police
truck pulled up on the sidewalk in front. The people in general
are very friendly, but the gang presence creates more trouble
than anything else. I think it's mostly bloods due to the
fact that I see a majority of red bandannas among the more
hardened denizens. In conclusion, I'll have to say that I
thoroughly enjoyed the process and documentation and exhibition
on line of this project. I'm sure that I will continue to
document my work very similarly and am looking forward to
the 2nd exhibition of the accumulation project and seeing
in the flesh so to speak, the other artists' accumulations.
will gather advertising posters from public spaces (as many
of a specific kind as possible) and create collages from them.