The Artists

For now, the full line up of Art in Ad Places is a secret. To see it all, you're just going to have to keep following the project. This page will be updated as each new artwork is revealed.

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Lala Abaddon - New York City, NY

Lala Abaddon seeks to examine the dual nature of binary relationships with parallels that give shape to their physical existence. In her woven work she integrates many components in her process, capturing her unique images multiple times through a repetitive sequence of traditional analog photographic methods, then arranging the large format prints into precise and deliberate pairings.

 
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Jon Burgerman - New York City, NY

Jon Burgerman is a UK born, NYC based artist instigating improvisation and play through drawing and spectacle. He is a purveyor of doodles and is often credited and referenced as the leading figure in the popular 'Doodle' art style.

 
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Monica Canilao - Oakland, CA

In the heart of Oakland, California, Monica Canilao spends her days stitching, painting, printing, and breathing life into the refuse that dominates our time and place. Moving across media, sometimes with friends and sometimes alone, Canilao makes a delicate visual record of the personal and communal. She received a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and has shown in galleries, community spaces, abandoned places and worldwide.

Eric Loundy - OAKLAND, CA

Far out Freebird who has journeyed coast to coast at least three times on his motorcycle and flew through the Grand Canyon in his astral body.

 
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Candy Chang - New Orleans, LA

Through the activation of public spaces around the world, artist Candy Chang creates work that examines the dynamics between society and the psyche, the threshold between isolation and community, and the role of the commons in contemporary wellbeing. She is interested in the relationship between public space and mental health, the tension between individual liberty and social cohesion, and a city that exposes and fosters the complexity of the individual and collective psyche.

 
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Nomi Chi - Vancouver, Canada

Nomi Chi is a tattooer and visual artist currently residing in Vancouver, Canada. She holds a BFA in illustration from Emily Carr University of Art & Design, and is a resident tattooer at Gastown Tattoo Parlour.

 
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Martha Cooper - New York City, NY

Martha Cooper grew up surrounded by cameras, her father and uncle were camera store owners. From an early age she accompanied her father on outings with the Baltimore Camera Club. She took her first photographs at age 3. In the decades since, Cooper’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide including Museum of the City of New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Her first book, Subway Art (with Henry Chalfant), has been reprinted multiple times and is affectionately called the “bible” by graffiti artists. In the 33 years it has been in print has consistently outsold nearly every other art book on the market.

 
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Molly Crabapple - New York City, NY

Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer living in New York. Her work has been described as “God’s own circus posters,” by Rolling Stone, but beneath the lavishly detailed surface, it engages injustice and rebellion. Molly has been called “equal parts Hieronymus Bosch, William S. Burroughs and Cirque du Soleil,” by The Guardian; “THE artist of our time” by comedian Margaret Cho, and “a brilliant and principled artist” by BoingBoing. She spent four years as the staff artist of The Box, one of the world’s most lavish (and notorious) nightclubs. Molly has taken her sketchbook from burlesque halls to refugee camps, always with a skeptical eye for power.

 

Parker Day - Los Angeles, CA

Parker Day is a Los Angeles based photographic artist whose work explores identity and the masks we wear. Through costuming and exaggerated expressions, Day toys with the truth of who and what she portrays. She deliberately eschews Photoshop in favor of in-camera capture on film. Lurid color bathes her work and heightens the surreality of her subjects while the grain and grit of the photographs make them palpably real.

 

SHEPARD FAIREY - Los Angeles, CA

Shepard Fairey was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and received his BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. While at RISD, he created the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker that transformed into the OBEY GIANT art campaign. The OBEY GIANT imagery has changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. In 2009, Fairey’s portrait of Barack Obama was inducted into the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery as the official presidential portrait. Fairey has exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including: the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; and Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati. His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC.

 

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh - New York City, NY

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is a 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient, and the creator of Stop Telling Women to Smile, an international street art series that tackles gender based street harassment. The public art series can be found on walls across the globe, amassing international attention for tackling violence against women in public spaces. Tatyana has been profiled by the New York Times, NPR, and listed as one of Brooklyn’s most influential people by Brooklyn Magazine.

 
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John Fekner - New York City, NY

John Fekner is a street and multimedia artist, who has created hundreds of environmental, social, political and conceptual works consisting of stenciled words, symbols, dates and icons spray painted outdoors across the world. He has been painting words outdoors since 1968.

 

Jonathan Gardenhire - NEw York City, NY

Jonathan Gardenhire is an artist and community leader whose work explores representations of race, masculinity and sexuality, most often with an emphasis on black men. Using traditional methods of photography, such as studio portraiture, and more contemporary methods, such as appropriation, Gardenhire’s work traces a "mis-history" in an attempt to redefine and reclaim black identity through a variety of imagery to reshape perceptions of black humanity at large.

 
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Jeffrey Gibson - NEw York

Jeffrey Gibson grew up in major urban centers in the United States, Germany, Korea, England and elsewhere. He is also a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee. Gibson’s artwork intermingles elements of traditional Native American art with contemporary artistic references. Thus powwow regalia, 19th century parfleche containers, and drums are seamlessly merged with elements of Modernist geometric abstraction, Minimalism, and Pattern and Decoration.

 

Hugo Gyrl - New Orleans, LA

Hugo Gyrl is a street artist based in New Orleans. Their work references drag culture, feminism, horror and of course graffiti.

 

Sam Horine - NEw York City, NY

Sam Horine is a photographer and educator based in New York City. He's a regular explorer of forgotten, abandoned and under-appreciated places. He has contributed to publications including NY Magazine, Time Out New York, The Village Voice and Gothamist and spent time as an adjunct instructor at NYU.

 
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JIM HOUSER - Philadelphia, PA

Jim Houser was born in 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the city where he currently resides. He is a self-taught artist and an honorary founding member of the Philly-based artist collective Space1026. Houser’s installations create a mapping system, cataloguing his thinking. His work explores the cadence of speech, science and science fiction, sickness and disease, plants and animals, time travel, ghosts, the art of children and the gravity of fatherhood, codes and code breaking, music and music making.

 
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Jeremyville - New York, NY

Jeremyville is a New York based artist, product designer and author. His art is about simple, thought provoking messages told in an instantly recognizable style. Jeremyville draws daily in his sketchbook and shares his Community Service Announcements through his social media, with messages of environmental action, social change, inner growth and positive daily actions.

 

Jetsonorama - Navajo Nation

Jetsonorama is a photographer, public artist, activist and physician who has been working between Monument Valley and The Grand Canyon on the Navajo nation since 1987. There, he coordinates the Painted Desert Project – a community building exchange which manifests as a constellation of murals across the Navajo Nation painted by artists from all over the rez + the world. You can find his large scale photographs pasted on the roadside, on the sides of houses in the northern Arizona desert.

 

Mel Kadel - Los Angeles, CA

Mel Kadel grew up in the Pennsylvania suburbs and graduated with a B.F.A. from Moore College of Art & Design in 1997. From Philadelphia, she moved to New York City for a couple years, and then headed west to California. Mel has been living and working in Los Angeles for over a decade. With a technique some have called “drawing with an eyelash,” Kadel has created a visual narrative that communicates interconnectedness, balance, and our moments of strength.

 
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Kristen Liu-Wong - Los Angeles, CA

Kristen is a Los Angeles- based artist from San Francisco who studied Illustration at Pratt Institute.

 

Myles Loftin - New York City, NY

Myles Loftin's work focuses on capturing intimately unique moments. Myles loves to incorporate bright and vibrant color schemes in his work because of the way that they make an image stand out. Art is an important part of Myles' life and as a minority artist he wants to work to create opportunities for other minority artists to gain recognition and access in the art world through social activism and community outreach. Myles is currently at Parsons School of Design pursuing a BFA in photography.

 

Emily Lombardo - New York City, NY

Emily Lombardo received her BFA from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design and her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work has been shown and collected internationally. Lombardo applies her vast knowledge of sculpture and print across a wide range of conceptual projects. She engages with appropriative art practices as a mode of investigating personal and cultural identity.

 

 
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nOEL'LE lONGHAUL - Great Falls, MA

Noel'le Longhaul is a tattooer at Charon Art in Great Falls, MA. She is a self-taught ex-stick'n'poker focused on empathic collaborative image-building through ritual processes of embodiment support, and holds a BFA in Printmaking from RISD.

 

Tina Lugo - Portland, OR

Tina Lugo was born and raised in The Bronx, NY. She studied at the School of Visual Arts where she obtained her BFA and worked with fellow artist, Nicolas Touron. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she continues to make glass paintings in her Pacific Northwest studio.

 

Grace Miceli - Brooklyn, NY

Grace Miceli is a Brooklyn based freelance illustrator and curator. She runs the online exhibition space Art Baby Gallery and the clothing + accessory line Art Baby Girl.

 
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Michelle Angela Ortiz - Philadelphia, PA

Michelle Angela Ortiz is a visual artist, muralist, and community arts educator based in Philadelphia. She uses her art as a vehicle to represent people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. Her work tells stories using richly crafted and emotive imagery to claim and transform “blighted” spaces, producing visual affirmations that reveal the strength and spirit of the community. Ortiz has designed and created over 30 large-scale public works around the world.

 
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Pat Perry - Detroit, MI

Pat Perry is an artist from Michigan who writes and makes pictures through careful and cautious observation. He often works itinerantly, and lives in Detroit.

 
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Cheryl Pope - CHICAGO, IL

Cheryl Pope is a visual artist focused in sculpture, installation, and performance. Her work questions and responds to issues of identity as it relates to the individual and the community, specifically in regards to race, gender, class, history, power and place. Her practice emerges from the act and politics of listening.

 
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Tod Seelie - Los Angeles, CA

Seelie has photographed in over 25 countries on five different continents. His editorial and commercial photograph clients include TIME MagazineNew York MagazineRolling StoneJuxtapoz, Vans, and Vice, and his work has been exhibited at Mass MoCA and the Philadelphia Art Alliance. In 2013, Seelie published his first book of photography, BRIGHT NIGHTS: Photographs of Another New York, with Prestel Publishing. The book chronicles 15 years of living and shooting in NYC.

 

Jamel Shabazz - New York City, NY

 

Jamel Shabazz was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of fifteen, he picked up his first camera and started to document his peers. Inspired by photographers Leonard Freed, James Van Der Zee, and Gordon Parks, he was marveled with their documentation of the African American community. In 1980 as a concerned photographer with a clear vision he embarked on a mission to extensively document various aspects of life in New York City, from youth culture to a wide range of social conditions. Due to its spontaneity and uniqueness, the streets and subway system became backdrops for many of his photographs.

 
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Jess X. Snow - New York City, NY

Jess X. Snow is a queer Asian-American artist, filmmaker and poet. Through film, mural-making, poetry and youth art education, she is working toward a future where migrant and indigenous youth of color see themselves whole and heroic, on the big screen and the city walls & then grow up to create their own.

Jordan Alam - Seattle, WA

Jordan Alam is a writer, editor, doula, and social change educator based out of Seattle, Washington. A graduate of Barnard College in psychology and creative writing, she has gone on to pursue the dual careers of writing and direct services provision. She is deeply passionate about empowering marginalized communities through promoting under-heard voices and serving those who have limited access to resources.

 

 

Amy sol - Las Vegas, NV

Amy Sol spent her childhood years in Korea then moved to Las Vegas, NV where she currently lives and works. Though the style of her work is greatly influenced by a combination of manga, folk-art, vintage illustration and modern design, she remains a self taught artist. She has dedicated many years of her life mixing pigments and mediums to achieve a unique color palette of subtly muted tones. The artist works intuitively from the beginning to end of each piece, with the intent that each painting’s theme or message can be interpreted subjectively. Within these delicate works, you may often find whimsical landscapes populated with exotic plants, animal and females… Amongst the expressions of each character are notions of peaceful reflection and a sense of companionship.

 

A. W. Sommmers - Brooklyn, NY

A. W. Sommers is a Brooklyn-based art-worker. A self-taught artist, she graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a concentration in Early Modern England.

 
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Andrea Sonnenberg - Los Angeles, CA

Andrea Sonnenberg is 28 years young, currently living in Los Angeles, CA. She has shown at MOCA in Los Angeles, V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, and Ed. Varie in New York City.

 
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Hank Willis Thomas - New York City, NY

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist living and working in New York City. His work focuses on themes related to perspective identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. He often incorporates recognizable icons into his work, many from well-known advertising and branding campaigns.

For Freedoms - New York City, NY

As the first artist-run super PAC, For Freedoms uses art to inspire deeper political engagement for citizens who want to have a greater impact on the American political landscape.

 
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Nicomi Nix Turner - Oakland, CA

Nicomi Nix Turner is an artist based out of Northern California. Creating detailed illustrations that invoke a surreal understanding of the perfection in nature, her works delve into the occult and the connections between alchemy, mythology, decay and birth. Her hyper-detailed illustrations capture the coexistence of life and decay in a bouquet of fungi, personified insects, bones, flesh and fauna.

 

Adam Wallacavage - Philadelphia, PA

Adam Wallacavage was born in 1969. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he received a BFA in Photography in 1995. In 2001, Wallacavage taught himself the art of ornamental plastering and began making octopus shaped chandeliers. His chandeliers have been exhibited in galleries in São Paulo, Rome, London, Miami, Los Angeles, Vienna and New York. In 2012, Wallacavage had a solo exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance titled Shiny Monsters. Beyond making sculptural works, Wallacavage is also an accomplished photographer. In 2006, Gingko Press published Monster Size Monsters, a book documenting fifteen years of his photography.