The “Warning Signs” project focused on pointing out hazardous conditions in NYC in the 70s. The objective was to call attention to the accumulated squalor and were not intended to remain for a long period of time.

South Bronx

In August 1980, Don Leicht and John Fekner collaborated on a project located at the site of the People’s Convention held at Charlotte Street in the South Bronx... More Info

Urban Decay

Fekner’s first environmental projects include Decay and Decay and Abandoned on neglected properties in Queens. They also appear on the East River bridges that were in state of disrepair...
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Car, Trucks and Buses Decay

The Warning Signs project begins in northwestern Queens focusing on pointing out hazardous conditions that exist in those neighborhoods and later extends to the other boroughs...More Info

Gorman Park/Itchycoo Park

In 1968, Gorman Park is among the first locations in NYC to have street art. Fekner paints the words Itchyoo Park in large white letters on the front of the park house...More Info

Detective Show

The Detective Show exhibition is curated by Fekner from May 7-June 30, 1978. Artists were invited to create site-specific works throughout the playground...More Info

Random Dates

Fekner’s Random Dates was the first stencil series he does anonymously on the streets and highways of Queens, NY in the winter of 76-77...More Info

My AD is No AD

Fekner appropriates the front and back of billboards and highways signs as ‘alternative billboards’ with his subliminal messages.More Info


In 1981, Fekner began using stylized stencils of leaping deer that were painted outdoor as well as indoor installations.More Info

Toxic Junkie

Toxic Junkie was spray painted on a known drug den on 2nd Street between Avenue B&C, NYC for The Black and White Show at Kenkeleba Gallery Lorraine O'Grady, Curator... More Info

International Projects

In 1979, Fekner’s stencil work begins to appear outdoors in Sweden and continues in Germany, England and Canada.More Info

Wheels Over Indian Trails

The Highway Indian project stretches from one end of the Long Island Expressway to the other, beginning at the Queens Midtown Tunnel and ending in Manorville, NY...More Info

Native American Tribute

Fekner’s interest in his Queens environ leads him to investigate and research Native American territories, treaties and sacred grounds...More Info

Mortal Wound

Fekner stencils Mortal Wound as part of last minute efforts and community protest to save St. James Church from the wrecking ball in Newark, New Jersey...More Info


The NO TV/Read stencil project is Fekner’s first project in which he creates multiple versions in other media including video, music, painting and performance.More Info

The Remains of Industry

The Remains of Industry is painted at the abandoned Trunz Meat Factory in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with assistance from two brothers who were squatting in the building.More Info

Environmental Warnings

Fekner’s first environmental stencil project in 1977 entitled A Tribute To The Green Grass That Valiantly Grows Through This Asphalt is painted at Gorman Park.More Info

Icons and Symbols

In 1978, Fekner begins to add stylize form and shapes to his stencil letters with the addition of international signs, holiday icons, the red circle with a slash and other maintenance symbols.More Info

Fashion Moda Projects

After visiting Fashion Moda, a storefront for experimental art and cultural exchange in the South Bronx in 1979, Fekner begins an ongoing window project throughout the next year.More Info


The first collaboration begins in 1976 at P.S. 1 with Don Leicht and continued through the 80s with Crash, David Wojnarowicz, Sandra Seymour, Lady Pink, Peter Mönnig, Brian Albert and others...More Info

Indoor Installations

Invited by curators at contemporary art institutions and museums, Fekner installs temporary site-specific installations with sound and video components in one person and group exhibition settings.More Info