Jef Aerosol’s “All Shook Up” was an NYC explosion of goodness. BIG projects ahead for 2010: West coast activities in April, Jazzfest in NoLA & 2 NYC public art projects in May, more very soon…



Press Release is below…

Jef’s show has been amazing.  Thank you for all that have come to see this collection of immense creativity.


With support from Brooklyn Street Art and Eastern District.

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All Shook Up: Jef Aerosol
January 29 – February 21, 2010
Opening Reception – Friday, January 29, 2010, 6-10pm
Gallery Hours: Thurs & Fri: 4pm-8pm; Sat & Sun: noon-8pm
Ad Hoc Art @ 43 Bogart Street/Eastern District, Brooklyn, New York 11206
(via subway take the “L” Train to the Morgan Avenue Station)

Ad Hoc Art presents international stencil master Jef Aerosol in New York City for “All Shook Up”, a stunning show of cultural icons by a Street Artist with 30 years in the game.  The show with Ad Hoc Art, a gallery widely regarded as one of Street Art’s polestars, features brand new stenciled works as well as the now-classic pieces that have made Jef Aerosol’s name itself iconic; on paper, wood, and found objects.
A true originator who helped spark what is now known as “Street Art” when he sprayed his first stencil series across the city of Tours, France one night in 1982, the self-taught Aerosol has continuously rocked the streets with his oversized portraits and helped define a new public art nomenclature with other French artists like Blek Le Rat, Miss Tic, and Speedy Graphito.
Steadily from the ’80s to the ’10s Aerosol has cut and sprayed stunning portraits of his heroes; cultural icons who stand undiminished by the hype. They connect directly with the masses and shake public opinion with humor and provocation; Strummer, Cash, Vicious, Hendrix, Bowie, Bardot, Cobain, Lennon, Smith, Jagger – all brainy agitators and vixens cut and sprayed in stark layers of black, grey and white. And each with Aerosol’s signature hot red arrows affixed nearby for exclamation.
In Street Art and in the gallery, Aerosol has not purely focused on those well-known personages. Among the faces you’ll find a number of self-portraits and portrayals of the more anonymous  among us such as those living and working in the streets.
Like the best photographers, Aerosol catches the instant of truth in his portraits, and reveals a universal humanity in each subject. “In my work I love to call up my feelings and emotions to honor these modern day heroes who have fed my life with their music, art and ideas. This new show is a powerful and vivid collection of these inspirations that I am really excited to bring to New York for the first time,” Jef Aerosol.
Three decades of getting up on walls in cities including Paris, London, Lisbon, Chicago, New York, Bejing, Venice, Amsterdam, Rome, Zurich, Berlin, Dublin, and Tokyo have given him all the “street cred” Jef Aerosol will ever need.  Sighted in numerous books and by authors like Tristan Manco (Stencil Graffiti, Street Logos), blogs like Wooster Collective and Brooklyn Street Art, and newspapers like The New York Times as one of the lynchpins in the stencil art movement that came to be called “street art”, Jef Aerosol’s work has become a perennial favorite of collectors. His work resides in hundreds of private collections, has exhibited in numerous galleries in Europe,
the U.S. and Australia (list below), and is regularly auctioned with Bonhams (London, New-York), Artcurial (Paris), Drouot (Paris), and Dreweats (London).
In 2007 Aerosol published a gallery of portraits in VIP Very Important Pochoirs (éditions Alternatives, Paris, 2007).  Galleries where the work of Jef Aerosol has been shown include: Galerie Brugier-Rigail (Paris), Galerie Raison d’Art (Lille), Signal Gallery (London), Zozimus Gallery (Dublin), Art Partner Galerie (Brussels), Galerie Anne Vignial (Paris), Galerie Storme (Lille), Galerie Onega (Paris), Carmichael Gallery (Los Angeles), ATM Gallery (Berlin), and Famous When Dead Gallery  (Melbourne).

Ad Hoc Art’s Closing Party TONIGHT, Wednesday, Jan 13th, 7-11pm!

That’s right peoples, we are throwing one last shindig in our 49 Bogart compound before moving out this Friday.

Again, the closing party is Wednesday, January 13th, from 7:00-11:00pm.

Come share space with the AHA community as we bid farewell to our 49 Bogart brick-and-mortar.  There will be smooth tunes from Ad Hoc’s favorite DJ’s {Sleptember and Painted}, libations, and wonderful camaraderie.  If you want to bring some food and bevvies, please do.  The more the merrier.

There will be some art nuggets, souvenirs, and AHA memorabilia to take away as well.

Thank you for such wonderful energy during our time here.  We look forward to more in the years to come.

Special Note:

As a fond farewell, in the Project Room, Ad Hoc highlights the moving photographic prints of Anne Arden McDonald, our friend responsible for our finding space at 49 Bogart.  Below is her text…
“Hello — I have been given the opportunity to set up an installation of giant photographs at Ad Hoc Gallery in Brooklyn from now until January 13th–
The photos are on my website, they are huge (50 inches. wide and 6-12 feet long), the images are process-oriented, unique prints on roll photo paper, and are all made without using a camera–the descriptions of how they are made are under them–the bodies are life-sized, it’s difficult to get a sense of them on the web–
The individual prints begin here–
They make an amazing impact in person–
They were exhibited in the Bratislava Month of Photography, but have not been shown here–
Please let me know if you would like to make an appointment with me to see them–
To get in, at any time, please call Anne at 917-821-0133
– Anne”

See you soon.  To keep in contact, email

Infinite thanks and blessings,

Ad Hoc Art

Happy 2010! Ad Hoc Art brings you M-City’s NYC debut just in time for the holidays. For the New Year, prepare for Jef Aerosol.

HOT OFF THE PRESS!  M-City Rocks New York!  So amazing…

Right Elephant

From Right


Regardless of what holiday, if any, you are celebrating, we can all rejoice in M-City’s gift to New York!  We couldn’t believe our eyes, but it was true…  M-City is an abominable force of love and creativity wrapped up in a smile!  Ad Hoc Art is thrilled to showcase Poland-based M-City’s American and New York City debut with an unbelievable wall mural. You can view this testament of awesomeness at 1108 30th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11102

– In January, Jef Aerosol!

BendJef Aerosol is one of the defining movers and shakers in the worlds of stencil and street.  After a solid string of art shows and activities, Ad Hoc Art is thrilled to bring him to New York City with a solo exhibit opening Friday, January 29th running until Sunday, February 21st, 2010.

The exhibition is located at 43 Bogart Street/ED, next door to Ad Hoc’s previous 49 Bogart Street location.

More details to come.

The Lowdown:

Jef Aerosol is a legend of the Street Art. He started stencilling in 1982 in France. With other French artists like Blek Le Rat and Miss Tic, he has pioneered a new way of artistic expression – breaking the limits of gallery spaces and canvas format. Streets have become a free and open exhibition arena. Artists connect directly with the masses and shape public opinion with humour and provocation.

Jef Aerosol initially explored ‘copy-art’ in the late 70s, i.e. creating collages and distortions of photos using all the possibilities of a photocopier. He gradually moved to stencils, influenced by ideas and atmospheres put forward by 70s-80s underground rock bands. Characters are the focal point of Jef Aerosol’s art. Whether they are cultural icons or anonymous people, their attitudes carry a genuine emotion, magnified by texture effects, contrasted colours and provoking wording. Jef Aerosol masters the use of stencil. Like the best photographers, he can catch the truth of an instant to reveal its universality.

Jef lives and works in Lille. His art and its messages get through to people in a unique way.  His work is in private collections around the world and can be seen on the walls of cities like Paris, London, Lisbon and Chicago, New York and Bejing.  He has been exhibited in numerous galleries and has participated to various art street festivals internationally.

“Jef Aerosol’s work is as eclectic as it is original and very personal. It makes me feel good…isn’t that what art is supposed to do.” Chris Wilson, Musician “Flamin’ Groovies”

On his work: “Depending on the stencil and where it is to be placed (in or outdoors) I usually use spray paint but sometime use sponge and brush. Some of my stencils are single layered, other have up to 4 layers. The outdoor ones tend to be life size but in my canvas work I favour close ups, along with colour and texture effects.  I have tried, with pictures and words to call forth memories, emotions, feelings, joy and sadness to honour those who have fed my life with their music, words, art works, movies, ideas and ideals.” – Jef Aerosol.