Street artist Joe Iurato creates unmistakable wooden figures, releases them into public spaces and leaves them to be discovered by the community. They're distinctive because of his unusual technique: he uses layers of hand-cut paper and spray paint to create dynamic 2D installations. The large or small figures can be found by lucky passersby in various locations, including his hometown of Jersey City. Depending on their whereabouts, pieces might only stay a few days, or sometimes just a few hours. In his artist statement, Iurato explains: “Like life itself, the nature of public art is one of transience. Each piece mirrors the unpredictability of existence and hopes to establish an intimate connection with the viewer in the here-and-now.” You can see more of what that means in the gallery above.
Iurato has recently been named co-curator of the just-announced Mana Graffiti Museum alongside fellow street-art veteran Logan Hicks. The museum, also located in Jersey City, will celebrate street art as fine art, a fitting post for Iurato. He also recently completed an installation of stencil portraits and action shots of notable NBA players for the Mana Contemporary cultural centre.The work was commissioned and the process documented by ESPN. You can see some of that documentary in the video below: