GOING POSTAL 2.20.09

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Going Postal
Book Launch and Sticker Exchange
February 20
Time: 7:30-10:30

AD HOC Gallery
49 Bogart Street
Brooklyn NY 11206
L Train to Morgan

Well-respected documentarian, photographer Martha Cooper has captured many a subculture in a time when few would actively explore the landscapes which included both graffiti and hip-hop. In her most recent project which began six years ago, her fascination with the use of postal/courier stickers as a form of communication has led to her latest publication, “Going Postal”. The book includes works predominately seen in New York and Philadelphia but also features other samples from Baltimore, San Francisco, Berlin, Tokyo and Amsterdam. The book published by Mark Batty will be available through their site with a retail price of $9.95 USD.

Postal stickers have long been a preferred substrate used by street artists to get up. Of course, because stickers from the US Postal Service, UPS, DHL and FedEx are so readily available, most of these stickers get lost in the fray, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

That’s where graffiti photography legend Martha Cooper comes in. Shooting the origins of hip-hop and graffiti cultures since the late 1970s in New York City, and later all over the world, Cooper’s well-trained eyes know how to recognize deft sticker art. Here then is a collection of more than 200 photographs of some of Cooper’s favorite handmade postal stickers from around the world, done by some of the scene’s better-known artists and the anonymous.

Cooper has compiled a collection of photographs shot in numerous cities, including New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tokyo, Berlin and Amsterdam, featuring postal-sticker art created by FAUST, STAIN, C.DAMAGE, GET2, COSBE and many more.

Going Postal documents how an old-school method has burgeoned into another rich facet of the world’s graffiti cultures.

PURCHASE: http://www.markbattypublisher.com/servlet/book_view?number=71

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