Joe Iurato – Wooden Street Art

New Jersey-based artist Joe Iurato unites old-fashioned printing processes with contemporary street art style for his series of urban wooden interventions. The miniature figures he intricately carves range from guitar players to breakdancers, each subtly added to a city landscape and interacting within the scene.

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Site-specific placements of the pieces often use the surrounding environment to complete their narratives — a puddle acts as the pool of water for which a man in a small wooden boat solemnly sits; explorers with suitcases and backpacks walk along a railroad line; a young boy scribbles the words ‘small world’ onto the edge of a sidewalk.

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Each stenciled composition comprises spray paint and a wooden cut-out, creating texture and form for each painted personality. The ongoing series, which has seen interventions blend into New York City streets and seaside landscapes, seeks to tell a story of each character’s everyday life in their surrounding environment, narrating a small piece of urban existence.

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