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JOHN FEKNER (US)

JOHN FEKNER (US) was 'anonymously known' in the 1970's for several hundred environmentally conceptual works consisting of words, symbols, and dates spray painted throughout the five boroughs of New York. These “Warning Signs” pointed out hazards and dangerous conditions that overtook New York City and its environment in the 70's. The project expanded in 1977 where Fekner created “Word-Signs." Through hand cut cardboard stencils and spray paint he began a crusade that was tirelessly concerned with environmental and social issues.

Starting in the industrial streets of Queens and the East River bridges and continuing to the South Bronx in 1980. His “messages” brought awareness to areas that were in desperate need of attention, whether through demolition or repairs. His “labeling” of these structures brought emphasis to the problems, where the objective was a shout to the authorities, agencies, and local communities to, above all, take action. 

Web : www.johnfekner.com

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