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Lonny Wood (aka Phase 2)
Graffiti Train, PHASE 2

circa 1980

About the Item

Artist: PHASE 2 (1955-2019) Title: Graffiti Train Year: circa 1980 Medium: Aerosol paint and collage on plastic model train Size: 4.5 x 20.5 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: Unsigned, as issued Provenance: Christie's, New York, Pop Culture, 23 June 2009, Lot 87; acquired from the above by the present owner. PHASE 2 (1955-2019), born, Lonny Wood, was an American aerosol paint artist based in New York City. Mostly active in the 1970s, Phase 2 is generally credited with originating the "bubble letter" style of aerosol writing, also known as "softies". In late 1972, Phase 2 first used an early version of the "bubble letter" or "softie", a style of writing which would become extremely influential and is considered a "giant leap" in the art form. The puffed-out, marshmallow-like letters drawn by Phase 2 were soon copied by other artists who added their own variations. Phase 2 quickly embellished on his original form, creating and naming dozens of varieties of softies, such as "phasemagorical phantastic" (bubble letters with stars), "bubble cloud", and "bubble drip". He described the thrill of tagging subway cars as "impact expressionalism". He is also credited with having pioneered the use of arrows in graffiti writing around this same time. Hip-hop journalist Jeff Chang has noted that Phase 2's canvasses from 1973 have "been widely recognized as defining the early genre." Over time Phase's work become more complex, moving away from the simple tags of the early 1970s to "hieroglyphical calligraphic abstraction." In 1975, he joined the newly created United Graffiti Artists, a professional aerosol writer collective that began to attract media attention. He was featured in an essay on graffiti art by Richard Goldstein, which appeared in New York magazine
  • Creator:
    Lonny Wood (aka Phase 2) (American)
  • Creation Year:
    circa 1980
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 4.5 in (11.43 cm)Width: 20.5 in (52.07 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    Fairfield, CT
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU1342113993542
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