Fekner, John. Queensites. Bjärred, Sweden: Wedgepress & Cheese, 1982. First edition. Oblong 8vo, 45 pp.; profusely illus. with reproduced photographs of Fekner’s street art, signed and numbered (256/500) by the artist in pen with small hand-stenciled “DECAY,” light wear to orig. wrappers, forecorners sl. bumped; very good.
Fekner was among the first artists to receive a studio at P.S. 1 when it was converted from a public school in Queens to a multiuse artist space in the mid-1970s. Moved by his experience in the post-industrial community of Long Island City, he developed a highly political street art practice. His work called attention to social and economic injustice, and to Native American land dispossession. Fekner collaborated with local teenagers to realize his large-scale works in the night and came to call these stencil projects “Queensites.” Later, he was a member of the seminal group surrounding the FASHION MODA gallery in the Social Bronx, including artists Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, and Don Leicht. This book intersperses the artist’s texts with images of his iconic work.