Street Artist called The Post Man is delivering celebrities to the
city’s streets lately, usually with a cityscape inside of them. The
campaign of high saturation portraits are part of one that is often in
street art practice: parading, adoring, exulting our pop culture icons,
alive or dead. They somehow represent the culture, these reoccurring
personas, these musicians, poets, actors, – they have superseded their
categories and become part of our common dreams.
Marilyn, Elvis, Amy, Jimi, Nile Rodgers, Philip Seymour Hoffman (as Truman Capote): some of these are part of a golden circle of intermittent images that year after year we all circulate, share, wear, frame, hang on a wall, send in the mail. This time The Post Man is bringing them directly to the streets for your entertainment.
With much respect to the Jazz Age and the musical heritage of New York that still boasts a huge number of jazz musicians, events and venues, artist Sir Shadow plays alongside the aerosol tags with his one-liners in the East Village. Using a technique known to many a graffiti writer, the artist makes the piece without lifting his marker off the wall until he has finished it.
It is a welcome and melodious play of the line when you happen upon something new, something unexpected like this on the street, and unusual to find a small series of pieces all at once. The musicians who Sir Shadow depicts are jamming out or performing solo, providing the score and the mood, taking the stage or setting it, working in a sort of collaborative balance with the graffiti writer, the tagger; both styles proudly their own, a street combo without beef and in harmony.