Reading the Streets: Judith Supine’s Brooklyn wheatpastes
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Fluorescent wheatpastes created by Judith Supine showed up in Williamsburg in late October. Some of Judith’s abstract women have additional decoration on their toxic green faces and bodies – cholo-style tattoos drawn on by artist Jesse Hazelip. The pieces reflected similar themes and imagery from Supine’s September solo show at the Jonathan Levine Gallery.
Supine, who uses his mother’s maiden name as an alias, is known both for his studio and his street art, and has noted that part of what draws him to producing wheatpastings for the streets is the thrill of transgressing the law. His history has demonstrated this no-holds-barred approach. One of his most eye-catching stunts involved hanging one of his piece with his signature color scheme over the Manhattan Bridge in 2007, a feat he recreated two summers later on the Williamsburg Bridge.
The Brooklyn-based artist collages together images, some strikingly pornographic, others disparately innocent to make his wheatpastings, sourcing the material from secondhand books, from magazines recovered from his dentist’s office or the public library, and even gathering items from bankrupt porn shops. The current examples in Williamsburg are perfect examples of the way the combination of previously unrelated images comes together to create the surreal and extremely striking.
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