Nimonroe

If you live or spend any time on the lower east side you’ve probably seen my favorite new piece of street art. This is among the most brilliant pieces of camp I’ve ever seen. There’s so much to unravel in this work. As you can see, its a re-imagining of Andy Warhol’s famous Marilyn portrait print but with an image of an older Leonard Nimoy as Spock swapped in for Monroe’s face. The mashup of dichotomies is impressive: semitic/blonde, age/youth, masculine/feminine, geeky/sexy, “logical”/emotional. Warhol’s co-opting of commercial art being co-opted for street art, all wrapped up in 1960’s and some serious drag. Perfect.

Nimonroe