STREET SHOTS Photographs by Martha Cooper
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 8-11PM
EXHIBITION DATES: JANUARY 16TH – FEBRUARY 13TH, 2008
SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS GALLERY
1331 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Martha Cooper had been photographing creative kids in action on city streets since the mid-1970s. In Street Shots, opening January 16th at Subliminal Projects, her photos reveal the imaginative children of pre-renewal New York City as they mined the abandoned lots of the city to create toys from trash. Cooper, renowned for her graffiti and hip-hop pictures, brings those classic images together with ones depicting inner-city kids building forts from scrap, catching flies in cola bottles, and racing homemade go-karts – all without adult supervision.
The opening of Street Shots also marks several debuts: Coopers’s new book, Going Postal, a collection of photos of postal labels bearing street art; her image collaboration with Shepard Fairey, available as a screen-print poster; and her own Obey line, with photos printed on clothing, bags, and skateboards. All will be available for purchase at Subliminal Projects, along with Cooper’s other books, including Subway Art, Hip Hop Files, Street Play, We B*Girlz, and Tag Town.
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