Martha Cooper is OG and is lookin’ to teach you a history lesson. She’s been photographing creative kids in action on city streets since the mid-1970s. In Street Shots, opening January 16th at Subliminal Projects, her photos reveal the imaginative children of pre-renewal New York City as they mined the abandoned lots of the city to create toys from trash. Cooper, renowned for her graffiti and hip-hop pictures, brings those classic images together with ones depicting inner-city kids building forts from scrap, catching flies in cola bottles, and racing homemade go-karts – all without adult supervision. The opening of Street Shots also marks several debuts: Coopers's new book, Going Postal, a collection of photos of postal labels bearing street art; her image collaboration with Shepard Fairey, available as a screen-print poster; and her own Obey line, with photos printed on clothing, bags, and skateboards. All will be available for purchase at Subliminal Projects, along with Cooper's other books, including Subway Art, Hip Hop Files, Street Play, We B*Girlz, and Tag Town. Way to go Martha! You are the hippest grandma I know!
Martha Cost: Free Dates and hours: Tues–Fri: 1pm–6pm Sat: noon–5pm Opening Reception January 16th @ 8pm-11pm Subliminal Projects Gallery website 1331 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 213.213.0078 [email protected]