BILLBOARD ART: SANTIAGO MOSTYN
On Wallplay’s Art Billboards Santiago Mostyn pairs his linguistic exploration of the phrase ‘I Need a Miracle’ with an image of Anthony Mulligan, a man Mostyn met on a trip through Trinidad.
Wallplay and 14×48.org have joined forces to feature artist and photographer Santiago Mostyn on Wallplay’s Art Billboards for a multi-media installation entitled Miracle Man / Istanbul Interviews. A portion of Wallplay’s ground-level concept space screens will feature Mostyn’s video piece titled May Day 2012 / May Day 2013 in conjunction with his Toco Man photograph on Delancey and the text-based I Need a Miracle on Orchard Street.
On Wallplay’s Art Billboards Santiago Mostyn pairs his linguistic exploration of the phrase ‘I Need a Miracle’ with an image of Anthony Mulligan, a man Mostyn met on a trip through Trinidad. A master of juxtaposition, Mostyn’s billboards are not as disparate as they appear. Both works deal with the insertion of written language in public space. Mostyn recalls his encounter, noting the words on Mulligan’s abode, “the slogans on the wall are his semi-literate attempt to highlight corruption in the local government. Mr. Mulligan told me he believed I had been sent by God to take his picture and share his plight with the rest of the world, so it seemed fitting to put him up on a billboard in New York City.” I Need a Miracle originates from a different chance encounter. “My relationship to it was seeing a gutter punk use it on a cardboard sign, asking for change,” he says. At the same time, the line is distinctly New York; the Big Apple is the “home of the catch phrase.”
Sourcing municipal security camera footage, May Day 2012 / May Day 2013 transforms viewers into voyeurs, watching the protests that led to the occupation of Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park in 2013. The scanning “portraits” capture the fissure of the everyday life as public space became fraught with tension. Wallplay’s screens magnify the frenetic effect of Mostyn’s split-screen format. May Day 2012 / May Day 2013 presents a 21st Century rendering of Monet’s The Rue Montorgueil, fit for the age of mass surveillance.
ABOUT SANTIAGO MOSTYN:
Santiago Mostyn (b. 1981, San Francisco) is an artist and photographer who makes prints, videos, and installations based on personal interactions with subcultural communities throughout the world. Mostyn is a graduate of Yale University and the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, studied at Staedelschule with Willem de Rooij, and has exhibited internationally at venues including Mass MoCA, Kunst-Werke Berlin, Art Basel Miami Beach and the Hasselblad Foundation.
14×48 repurposes vacant billboards as public art space in order to create more opportunities in public art for emerging artists, to challenge emerging artists to engage more with public art, and to enliven the vibrancy of our urban environment. 14×48.org