New Work and a New Format

  Untitled #18 South Side Chicago, IL , part of  Stranger Fruit  by Jon Henry. Photo by Luna Park.

Untitled #18 South Side Chicago, IL, part of Stranger Fruit by Jon Henry. Photo by Luna Park.

We're back, in a slightly new format! Art in Ad Placesis still installing new work, but we want to focus on working with people to install a series of work, rather than 2017's one-offs. We're excited to have found a way to continue Art in Ad Places without it taking over our lives.

We’re starting off this new format with 6 pieces by Jon Henry, from his Stranger Fruit series.

"This work, Stranger Fruit, is about the mother/son bond in the wake of the murders of African American men due to police violence. How can a mother protect her children when those who are sworn to protect are the ones committing the crimes? The mothers in these images have not lost their sons, but know the reality, that without addressing this epidemic, this could happen to them," says Jon Henry. "I'm participating in Art in Ad Places because art is for all, and should not be limited to the confines of a gallery. This is for the people, to absorb, to engage with, or be confronted by."

And now for the art:

  Untitled #15 South Side Chicago, IL , part of  Stranger Fruit  by Jon Henry. Photo by Luna Park

Untitled #15 South Side Chicago, IL, part of Stranger Fruit by Jon Henry. Photo by Luna Park

  Untitled #21 Berwyn, IL , part of  Stranger Fruit  by Jon Henry. Photo by Luna Park.

Untitled #21 Berwyn, IL, part of Stranger Fruit by Jon Henry. Photo by Luna Park.

  Untitled #24 Birmingham, AL , part of  Stranger Fruit  by Jon Henry. Photo by Luna Park.

Untitled #24 Birmingham, AL, part of Stranger Fruit by Jon Henry. Photo by Luna Park.

  Untitled #29, North Miami, FL , part of  Stranger Fruit  by Jon Henry. Photo by Luna Park.

Untitled #29, North Miami, FL, part of Stranger Fruit by Jon Henry. Photo by Luna Park.

  Untitled #19 Magnificent Mile, IL , part of  Stranger Fruit  by Jon Henry. Photo by Luna Park.

Untitled #19 Magnificent Mile, IL, part of Stranger Fruit by Jon Henry. Photo by Luna Park.

Subvert The City

 Jon Burgerman. Photo by Luna Park.

Jon Burgerman. Photo by Luna Park.

This weekend, anti-advertising activists around the world came together for the second annual Subvert The City, a weekend of action to reclaim public space organized by Subvertisers International. So, we thought we'd join in the fun with a series of installs.

 Special Patrol Group. Photo by Luna Park.

Special Patrol Group. Photo by Luna Park.

Our friends at Special Patrol Group sent us two designs. The READ ME poster pretty succinctly sums up SPG's position on outdoor advertising, and ours as well: Get rid of it. And their #Justice4Grenfell poster is a reminder that the UK government continues to neglect the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, and the response would likely be the same if a similar tragedy occurred in this country.

 Special Patrol Group. Photo by Luna Park.

Special Patrol Group. Photo by Luna Park.

We also had a few spare posters from last year, and this seemed like the perfect time to finally get those installed: One previously unused poster from Jon Burgerman (at the top of this post), and spare prints of posters by Jess X. Snow, Molly Crabapple, and Sheryo & The Yok.

  Our Ancestors Dreamed of Us  by Jess X. Snow, in collaboration with Jordan Alam. Photo by Luna Park.

Our Ancestors Dreamed of Us by Jess X. Snow, in collaboration with Jordan Alam. Photo by Luna Park.

 Molly Crabapple. Photo by Luna Park.

Molly Crabapple. Photo by Luna Park.

 Sheryo and The Yok. Photo by Luna Park.

Sheryo and The Yok. Photo by Luna Park.

PS, be on the lookout for more Art in Ad Places installations, with new work, soon.

Art in Ad Places at LUCAS LUCAS

 Photo by Luna Park.

Photo by Luna Park.

Thanks to everyone who came through the Art in Ad Places show at LUCAS LUCAS this past week. It closed last night, but the love that everyone who visited showed was amazing, and it was the perfect opportunity to exhibit Luna Park's photos and launch the Art in Ad Places book.

And thanks to André Smith for assistant curating and Jordan Seiler for loaning us a real New York City payphone!

Here are a few photos in case you couldn't stop by.

 Photo by Luna Park

Photo by Luna Park

 Photo by Luna Park.

Photo by Luna Park.

 Photo by Luna Park

Photo by Luna Park

Let's Celebrate: An Exhibition, A Book, and More

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And you thought Art in Ad Places was over! We still have a few surprises left.

On January 26th, find us at LUCAS LUCAS in Williamsburg for an Art in Ad Places exhibition, and the launch of a book celebrating all of our ad takeovers to date. We'll have photos from Luna Park, books, a special installation with the help of fellow ad takeover activist Jordan Seiler, and drinks from Ilegal Mezcal.

We open at 7pm. See you there.

And if you can't make it to the opening, the show will be open through February 3rd.