Bowery Wall Unveils Mural By Logan Hicks

Standing on the corner of Houston Street at Bowery, the Bowery Mural, as it is known, has become to be considered the pinnacle of the street art world. Formerly used for advertising, the wall was made famous when Keith Haring created a massive neon mural on it in 1982 – securing its place in the art realm. Since 2008, the wall’s owners, Goldman Properties, have picked top tier artists from around the world to paint the Bowery Wall, for an outdoor exhibition that changes every four months. The wall’s latest chosen one, Logan Hicks, has battled Mother Nature to leave his mark. After relentless rain and blazing heat buckled the wall on July 25th, the artist set at it again last week, armed with a newly cut layer of stencils to add his legacy to the wall.

Based in Brooklyn, Logan Hicks became a notable stencil artist because of his extreme attention to detail. At times using ten or fifteen layers of stencil, Hicks has the innate ability to render photorealistic imagery with his masterful control of the spray can and understanding of color. His work is deeply personal and sourced from his original photographs, using desolate urban landscapes as a metaphor for the loneliness that can be felt living in a city packed with people invading personal space at every turn.

For the next four months, Hicks’ most personal piece to date will greet locals and New Yorkers in their daily meanderings to work, for a coffee run, or trekking across the city. 850 pounds of stencils and five layers at 70 by 20 feet, were slowly brought to life with gentle sprays in the 90 degree heat over the course of a week. “Story of My Life” features Hicks’ signature architecture, peppered with a hundred or so figures, modeled by people who have touched Hicks’ life during his ten years living in New York. Hicks’ mother, son, relatives, old friends, new friends, art dealers, artist collaborators, drinking buddies, neighbors and a few strangers gathered together on Soho’s Greene Street on a balmy Sunday in May, for a massive photo shoot they were told would one day become a “large mural.” Little did the participants know that their likenesses would be represented on New York’s most iconic street art wall.

“Bowery Wall is like the crown jewel of public art, so it’s impossible not to think about the support system I’ve had along the way. In the mural you will find an array of people from throughout my life – from good friends to family. I chose Soho because when I first started coming to New York, it was the mecca for art galleries, and showing your work there was the pinnacle of success. Who knew that years later, I’d have a show in Soho and be working with the Goldmans, who were the force behind the neighborhood’s revitalization.”
Hicks also chose Greene Street as the location for the photo shoot for a very person reason – to honor the late Tony Goldman, whose vision brought public art to Soho in the 1980s. His former office at 110 Greene Street, still occupied by his namesake company, is packed with art, and is flanked with a Ken Hiratsuka sculpture and the famous Francoise Schein’s subway map piece inlaid in the actual sidewalk outside.

Steeped with meaning, excruciating detail, and the perfect balance of color, Hicks’ “Story of My Life” will inevitably become known as the hottest place to take Instagram-worthy shots in New York this summer.

Words by Lori Zimmer