This title offers a faux-anthropological investigation of extraterrestrial phenomenon as documented by UFO, one of the most elusive graffiti writers. Beneath the dark highway overpasses of Brooklyn, within the forbidden rail yards of Queens and along the rooftops and stairwells of Manhattan, four urban explorers record and decode the work of one of New York City's most vilified and elusive graffiti artists: UFO. U.F.O. is a wild goose chase, after a figurehead of underground art that appears only in the form of his spray-painted avatars. "U.F.O." connects the contemporary markings of one underground artist, known only as UFO, to a far greater creative tradition, linking his artwork to an expressive history of communication, sublime and supernatural, dating back some 10,000 years. In its obsessive, often frantic, accumulation of theory and fact, belief, and evidence, "U.F.O." passes through our collective understanding of graffiti into a place where our most common expectations of art and experience collide with the deepest unanswered mysteries of our human history. Begun in 2004 as a treatment for a feature film, "U.F.O." has become the first major book for the art collective Combustive Motor Corporation. It documents UFO's artwork around New York City for over three years, and its members describe themselves as having a "second nature" for finding his often hidden symbols.
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