Friday, February 19, 2010

More Is Revealed: When Aerosol Artforms Meet

"Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us."
~ Bruce Jackson

As I noted on Wednesday, the footpath of the Pulaski Bridge, which connects Greenpoint, Brooklyn to Hunter's Point, Queens, has become the personal gallery of an exceptionally talented graffiti artist. His stenciled works have everything that is missing from the creations of so many other aerosol artists — charm, movement, style, even an inherent backstory that makes you curious and leaves you yearning for more.

Last October I first wrote about the display and posted a group of photos I'd taken with my cell phone. By late November, when I last took photos, more characters had joined the party. I introduced some of them on Wednesday. Today, let's watch them interact.

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
~ Carl Gustav Jung

First, Green Girl bounces onto the bridge from the Brooklyn side and the adventure begins.

By and by, the artist drops in, spray paint in hand. What is curious here is that he seems to be climbing over the wall from the roadway — not recommended on the Pulaski Bridge.

Meanwhile, near the center of the bridge our original star, Red Boy, has also met some people and perhaps made a friend.

As I posted these this morning, I realized that we do not yet see Red Boy and Green Girl meet. Weather permitting, I'll walk the bridge this weekend to find out if things have changed.

"As Daddy said, life is 95 percent anticipation."
~ Gloria Swanson


  1. I am intrigued. Thanks for posting these series.

    Re the two kids, could the author be a different artist? They are so different in style. Have you seen the stylized kids anywhere else, sans the more realistic gray paintings? I love the gray figures very much.

    (I thought the graffiti artist was sitting on the wall of the walkway, rather than climbing over it.)

  2. To me, the styles are the same, and so are the ways the characters "move." You're in the neighborhood — take a look and see what you think.

    As for whether the artist is sitting or jumping down — that's what I meant about the images inviting you to create your own narrative.

    Thanks for commenting!

  3. "Well, duh!" she said, slapping her head as she realized that difference Helen had in mind was the one separating the style of the children from the style of the other illustrations (and not between Red Boy and Green Girl). Anyway, yes, I thought about that myself when I first saw the work. It could be a team. Over time I have come to think of it as one person, but of course it could be two.