Re:Public – Gas Masks, Israel & Human Rights: An Interview with Street Artist Mike Marcus

The latest installment of my New York street art column, Re:Public, is up and live on the bodacious ArtCal Zine. It is an interview with street talent Mike Marcus who is doing some amazing stuff, most notably his mannequins with gas masks that have popped up all around London and, most recently (i.e. November), New York.

Here’s a snippet of the interview:

HV: When I first saw the mannequin/gas mask image I didn’t really know what to make of it. It was both absurd but beautiful. What were you trying to convey?

MM: When I moved to London I started putting stuff up on the street and realized that the rules were very different from Tel Aviv. I decided that I needed a project which would allow me to understand these new rules. I had recently taken this photograph, just for play really and decided that it would make a pretty iconic street image. I started off pasting it mainly to learn the rhythm of the street and as i put more and more up I started to realize (like is often the case) the subconscious dialogue which is conveyed by the project.

Check out the whole thing here.

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