Always one of our favorite artists, Stephen “ESPO” Powers just opened a new solo show, There Are No Wrong Answers, at Gallery Target in Tokyo. The show features Brooklyn-based Powers’ signature text-based enamel paintings, silkscreens and sculptures.
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Building on the ﬁrst Love Letter project started in Ireland, Powers executed a mural project about the complexities and rewards of relationships titled A Love Letter for You. In Philadelphia, Stephen (call him ESPO) and his crew (call them ICY) painted more than 50 walls along the elevated train along Market Street in West Philly. The project, sponsored by a grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, and produced with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, has generated positive reviews from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Art in America The Love Letter project has now grown to more than ten cities spanning the globe from São Paulo to South Africa.
He has published 5 books including his newest publication compiling the last 6 years of global public art projects, A Love Letter to the City (Princeton Architectural Press 2014). He lives and works in New York City where he makes and sells art at his store, ESPO’s Art World in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill.
Powers’s work has been exhibited internationally, including Deitch Projects, New York; Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY; GALLERY TARGET, Tokyo; V1 Gallery, Copenhagen; The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Brooklyn Museum, New York, among others.