Stencil by Lambros, Brooklyn, N.Y. Photo by Kelsey Savage.

Reading the Streets: Infamous Lambros in Greenpoint

Stencil by Lambros, Brooklyn, N.Y. Photo by Kelsey Savage.

Stencil by Lambros, Brooklyn, N.Y. Photo by Kelsey Savage.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Infamous for sneaking into the MET and MOMA, unbeknownst to the museum staff and hanging his own pieces for a personal exhibit, Lambros has planted a less subversive stencil on a wall in India Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Like his museum-planted pieces, which combine popular culture and iconic movie references (one of which, a portrait of Beyonce as Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s created additional controversy thanks to its label denoting falsely that it was part of Jay-Z’s personal collection) this stencil references The Godfather.

Lambros states on his website that he believes stenciling offers him a more “intimate collaboration with a city wall.” Whereas wheatpasting covers up an area, stenciling requires the artist to interact with his canvas and adjust accordingly. The material behind the paint will inevitably be part of the creation and so although stencils ostensibly create identical imagery, the actual final product differs each time depending on the background.

Playing off the cinder blocks, the Godfather reference not only plays off the sternness of the concrete blocks behind it, the character’s dripping torso disrupts the clean lines of the stencil and adds to its presentation.


ADDITIONAL IMAGE OF NOTE


Stencil by Lambros, Brooklyn, N.Y. Photo by Kelsey Savage.

Stencil by Lambros, Brooklyn, N.Y. Photo by Kelsey Savage.

Stencil by Lambros, Brooklyn, N.Y. Photo by Kelsey Savage.

Stencil by Lambros, Brooklyn, N.Y. Photo by Kelsey Savage.