PhoebeNewYork: OFF THE WALLS
OFF THE WALLS
199 Water Street, New York
March 6th-April 6th, 2020
Mon-Fri: 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-7pm
Libby Schoettle is a NYC artist originally from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She attended Gettysburg College, Philadelphia University and graduated with honors from Hunter College.
The artist and her artwork have been featured in publications such as Teen Vogue, Glamour Italia, Glamour Espana, Teeth, Citizen Brooklyn, and IL Fotografo.
Libby’s art is unique because it features her alter ego: “PhoebeNewYork.” Phoebe’s dark and funny explorations into love and life reveal Libby’s own vulnerability, raw emotions, and witty observations.
Phoebe first came to life in collages created with found objects, including vintage photographs, magazine pages, clothing, as well as old books, record covers, and the occasional iconic pop art element. The artist is drawn to materials that have been owned and handled by others, materials that have been touched over time and that will remain intact over time (or not). As a perfectionist, Libby uses her art to fight against her own flaws, and to find beauty in the mistaken. She often chooses to make her collages from materials that “have lived an imperfect life,” as evidenced by wrinkles, bumps, spots and tears. She uses archival glue and mattes to attach her works.
PhoebeNewYork is making an impression as a street artist in New York City, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Sydney, Barcelona and beyond. Phoebe-on-the-street is unique and feminine; she provides a fresh voice to those looking for or accidentally stumbling across her art.
Through Phoebe, Libby’s art aims to forge connections and evoke emotions among people on city streets, including with the artist herself.
Libby’s street art is made of hand-cut Xerox copies for her smaller art pieces and professional prints of her larger art pieces (which can range up to six feet). She then wheatpastes either late at night or early in the morning.
Some Phoebe pastes have experienced lifetimes as short as a day (before being covered up, ripped down, or stolen), others continue to thrive in ever-changing cityscapes for years. Libby believes there is truth and beauty in observing how her alter ego (and everything) is changing, decaying, and eroding over time.
Together, Libby and Phoebe are the subjects of a modern-style docuseries that will provide a one-of-a-kind perspective on the quintessential artist’s experience. The docuseries is being produced by Canobie Films and is scheduled for release in 2020.
Libby is also an aspiring author and is currently writing her first memoir-based novel depicting her life as an artist.