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The Devandalizing series repurposes stickers, graffiti tags, labels, and similar fragments of urban expression found on the streets of various cities around the world. These artifacts of urban life are then regrouped onto canvases in chaotic, semi-random, or well-defined (geometric) compositions, which reflect and illuminate contemporary culture.

All stickers collected from the streets of various cities like Detroit, Berlin, Las Vegas, Québec, Montréal, Palermo, Catania, Naples, Rome, Florence, Milan, Havana and, of course, New York. These are the original stickers, the "real thing,” not reproductions.

EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Acrylic on canvas
ÜBER-TAG I (Distorted)
2017
Acrylic on canvas
48" x 72", 122 x 182 cm

See also: THE Original
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Acrylic and signaling tape on canvas
ÜBER-TAG I (Badly Battered and Brooding, Coming Home from the Battlefield)
2017
Acrylic and signaling tape on canvas
48" x 72", 122 x 182 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on canvas
FOUR HAPPY URBAN SHAPES (All Together)
2017
Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on canvas

3 panels each 48” x 48”, 122 x 122 cm
12 panels each 20” x 20”, 50 x 50 cm

Arrangement variable

See also: FOUR HAPPY URBAN SHAPES explained
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Stickers and signaling tape from NY, acrylic paint on canvas
FOUR HAPPY URBAN SHAPES (Outlined)
2017
Stickers and signaling tape from NY, acrylic paint on canvas
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm

EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
BROADWAY BOOGIE WOOGIE (Tag Style)
2014 NYC
Triptych, each panel 48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm

Each panel in this triptych features parts of the same tag/sticker in the same position, and if you sandwiched all three panels, each tag/sticker would be complete again. The overlapped pieces of stickers from the middle panel, which would otherwise be hidden, can be seen on the left panel; the circular cutouts on the right panel.
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
LES NYC
2016 NYC
Triptych, each panel 20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

Each panel in this triptych features parts of the same tag/sticker in the same position, and if you sandwiched all three panels, each tag/sticker would be complete again. The overlapped pieces of stickers from the middle panel, which would otherwise be hidden, can be seen on the left panel; the circular cutouts on the right panel.

H. F.; Amsterdam
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Acrylic on canvas
OBEY LOVE ME SUPREME DISTORTION (Black)
2016
Acrylic on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Acrylic on canvas
OBEY LOVE ME SUPREME DISTORTION (Greys)
2016
Acrylic on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Acrylic on canvas
OBEY LOVE ME SUPREME DISTORTION (Colors)
2016
Acrylic on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Painting: Acrylic on canvas
SUPREME DISTORTION
2016
Painting: Acrylic on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Painting: Acrylic on canvas
OBEY DISTORTION
2016
Painting: Acrylic on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Painting: Acrylic on canvas
LOVE ME DISTORTION
2016
Painting: Acrylic on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
OBEY, SUPREME, LOVE ME
2016
Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
SUPREME
2016
Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
OBEY
2016
Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
LOVE ME
2016
Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
¥ ≠ $
2016, NYC
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) 48” x 48”, 122 x 122 cm
I LOVE NY
2017, NYC
48” x 48”, 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from Berlin, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
ASYL
2016
Stickers from Berlin, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
NO
2016, NYC
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
MULTI CITY - MULTI PANEL
2016
9 panels, each 30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

Arrangement variable, see thumbnails. The cities are: New York (3x), Las Vegas (1x), Palermo (1x), Berlin (4x). More coming soon!
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
10 CITIES
2016
10 panels, each 24" x 24", 61 x 61 cm

Cities, top row, left to right: Rome, Palermo, Naples, Milan, Las Vegas. Bottom row, left to right: New York (Manhattan Bridge), New York, Berlin (wall), Berlin (TV tower), Berlin (Brandenburg gate)
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
CURB YOUR DOGMA
2016, NYC
20" x 77", 51 x 196 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
vEVIL
2016, NYC
23" x 64", 58 x 163 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
SEXGOAT
2016, NYC
50" x 84", 128 x 214 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)

All 2016, NYC

These are best thought of as modules that can be placed in various dispositions.
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)

All 2016, NYC

These are best thought of as modules that can be placed in various dispositions.
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Sticker fragments and leftover tape on unstretched canvas
JUST DID IT
2016
Sticker fragments and leftover tape on unstretched canvas
18.5" x 78", 47 x 198 cm

S. H. & W. K., Berlin
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Sticker fragments on unstretched canvas
ZATO
2016
Sticker fragments on unstretched canvas
18.5" x 45", 47 x 115 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
LOVE ME, CHC & MAN
2016, NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
TAG RUNNER (G.one)
2016, NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
TAG RUNNER (Now & Then)
2106, NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
TAG RUNNER (Jel Amb)
2106, NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
TAG RUNNER (Fonse-RB)
2016, NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
TAG RUNNER (Smartz)
2016, NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
FOOL'S GOLD (blue on white)
2016, NYC
8" x 8", 20 x 20 cm

The mosaics of Pompeii, as seen in Egon’s Latin studies book, were obviously a big influence.

I. & K. M., Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
FOOL'S GOLD (yellow on black)
2016, NYC
8" x 8", 20 x 20 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
9 x FOOL'S GOLD (on white)
2016, NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
9 x FOOL'S GOLD (on black)
2016, NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

I. & K. M., Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
SHWICK
2016, NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

Shwick = Bushwick
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
DANGER
2016, NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

I. & K. M., Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
ADVNTRS
2016, NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
DANGER DANGER
2016, NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

I. & K. M., Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
DIRTY BK
2016, NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

A. & G. R.; Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
OBEY-CHC-LOVE ME-STP LANDSCAPE
2016, Frankfurt
16' x 47", 40 x 120 cm

An alternative title is "Drama & Détente"

K. & M. H., Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
4 x PINK ON PINK
2016, NYC
16" x 16", 40 x 40 cm

K. & M. H., Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
LÄDY
2016, NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
CK ANGELS NYC
2017, NYC
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
ONLY LOVE ME
2016
31.5" x 31.5", 80 x 80 cm

See also "ONLY" further down, from 2011. I just love the "love me" stickers...
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
SOHO PARTNERSHIP
2016, NYC
4 panels, each panel 20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

Arrangement variable. To see an example, click on the thumbnail above.
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
FUEGO
2016, NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

I. & K. M., Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
ÜBER-TAG II
2016
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

Same "class" of stickers as ÜEBER-TAG I (THE original), but in another "flavor"

T. S., Los Angeles


Definition of über:
- being a superlative example of its kind or class : super- übernerd
- to an extreme or excessive degree : super- übercool
(Merriam Webster dictionary)
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Sticker (my own production) on canvas
ÜBER-TAG I (Multiple)
2016, NYC
Sticker (my own production) on canvas
10" x 10", 25.5 x 25.5 cm

M. D., New York;
A. L., New York
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Acrylic on 4 pieces of raw canvas
ÜBER-TAG I (Painting)
2016
Acrylic on 4 pieces of raw canvas
71" x 70, 181 x 176 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Acrylic on canvas
ÜBER-TAG I (White Painting)
2016
Acrylic on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Acrylic on canvas
ÜBER-TAG I (Black Painting)
2016
Acrylic on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
ÜBER-TAG I (THE Original)
2015
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

I. & K. M., Frankfurt

See also: ÜBER-TAG I (Distorted)

EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
DJW4
2015 NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

P. B., Heidelberg
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
GREAT COMBOS I
2015 NYC
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm

GREAT COMBOS.... or little colorful islands in a drab sea... or something like that...
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
AVSP
2015 NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

A. M., London
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
OZ
2015 NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

B. H. and U. F., Heidelberg
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
RAT KING NYC
2015 NYC
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

S. J. D., Perth, Australia
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
OZ / RAT KING NYC OVERLAY

This is a digital collage of the previous "OZ" and "RAT KING NYC" paintings, demonstrating that one painting is a continuation of the other, similar to "BROADWAY BOOGIE WOOGIE "
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
GATES R' US
2014 - work in progress NYC
MULTI-TYCH, each panel 30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

The concept here is to give dignity to some of the most despised pieces of visual communication in NYC.
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
HOPE, ENTANGLED
2014 NYC
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
2MUCH
2014 NYC
Diptych, each panel 30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
MORALE, WELFARE AND RECREATION
2014 NYC
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
STAY CRISPY
2014 NYC
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
TAG RUNNER II (Tag Robot II)
2014 NYC
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
KNOW
2014 NYC

30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general) Stickers and tags on skateboard
SUPREME 2013 NYC
Stickers and tags on skateboard
31" x 8", 79 x 20 cm

Sold at auction in support of www.janwaar-castle.org

U. K., Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
LEBEN
2012 Berlin
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
INFINITY
2012 NYC
Diptych, 72" x 96", 182 x 244 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
TAG TARGET
2011 NYC
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm

P. B., Heidelberg
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
TAG SPIRAL
2011 NYC
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
TAG SUN
2011 NYC
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm

See also: TAG SUN
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
TAG RUNNER I (Tag Robot I)
2011 NYC
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
CHC
2012 NYC
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
12 OZ
2011 NYC
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

M. & S. H., New York
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
ONLY
2011 NYC
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

K. & I. M.; Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
PLANET TAG NYC
2011 NYC
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
GREY FIELDS
2011 NYC
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Devandalizing (in general)
OBEY
2011 NYC
48" x 72", 122 x 182 cm
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