New SWOON Storytelling on Battered Brooklyn Walls

Like leaves scattered into the street by a gust of wind, new large wheat-pasted linotype prints have appeared across some fatigued facades in post-industrial Brooklyn this autumn. Hand cut and painstakingly spot colored, you may recognize a familiar face or two among them as these characters and their stories have appeared on walls previously, eventually faded, decayed, and dissipating, leaving no trace but possibly in your memory.

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Swoon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Swoon followers will recognize folks like Kathryn G, a neighbor of hers in Braddock, PA, as well as Edline, a girl she met in Haiti who participated in a community art program there. Brand new on the scene appears a portrait of George, whom Swoon says through social media is one of the guys she worked with in the Philadelphia Mural Arts Guild Program and with whom she bonded after sharing stories of their similar backgrounds. Whether you know these stories or not, the work stands on its own, until it disappears.

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Swoon. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon. A different version on the above piece on a corrugated fence. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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