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El Sol 25 Mashes Figures on Street Poster Exhibition in The LES

Posted on October 29, 2018

New York Street Artist EL SOL 25 has again delivered a campaign of quality adult illegal Street Art in the city after touring recently through Montreal and the French Quarter in New Orleans. The life-size collaged figures this time are printed and pasted without trimming to the figure, possibly a more slap-dash approach than the past – and definitely quicker.

El Sol 25. Freeman Alley, NYC. (photos © Jaime Rojo)

A full collection of them also appeared in one location last month in Tribeca as an open-air exhibition of his work on the walls of the Freeman Alley in The LES of Manhattan. A dead end for pedestrians, the short narrow street takes you instantly back to an earlier New York to see these chaotic charlatans, bare breasted bobs, their limbs and eras arranged dyslexically, impossibly, charmingly. On this “magnet wall” for vandals this is one of the few spots still left in Manhattan where the artistically inclined come to experiment and leave a mark – a gallery, if you will.

Maybe you already knew this, but it only occurred to us during this exhibition and surfing through his ever-entertaining Instagram page that El Sol must be a Kiss fan – or he has been pilfering a stack of Hit Parade or Circus magazines from 1974. Of course the maligned/praised glam/heavy rockers wouldn’t mind putting on a bit of rouge or silver lame, so EL SOL is working with kindred spirits when mashing eras and genres and roles and gender roles.

El Sol 25. Freeman Alley, NYC. (photos © Jaime Rojo)

It’s a mangled fashion show for Spring/Summer 2019: Here’s Peter Criss with a Hawaiian Lei around his neck, partially obscuring a Suicidal Tendencies sleeveless T, an undersized fishing cap perched pill-box style on his head, Paul Stanley’s head on an illustrated hockey player torso and bare legged loincloth, and Ace Frehley finishes off the presentation with his piece de resistance of a extended butterfly wings and bold geometric V-neck over a full white fur collared buttery yellow lounging robe over full legged slacks. You don’t get to say “slacks” enough these days. No sign of Gene Simmons, but he is always around the corner, sticking his tongue out, no doubt.

Actually this is all perfect timing as KISS has just announced its “End of the Road Tour” today. Announcing their retirement sounds a little premature considering they are only in their mid-late sixties and the Rolling Stones are still touring regularly while in their nineties, if we’re not mistaken.

Anyway, enjoy this new show in NYC by one of its most imaginative Street Art/graffiti talents.

El Sol 25. Freeman Alley, NYC. (photos © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25. Freeman Alley, NYC. (photos © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25. Freeman Alley, NYC. (photos © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25. Freeman Alley, NYC. (photos © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25. Freeman Alley, NYC. (photos © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25. Freeman Alley, NYC. (photos © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25. Freeman Alley, NYC. (photos © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25. Freeman Alley, NYC. (photos © Jaime Rojo)

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