Mike Perry’s “Bountiful Boisterous Blooms.”

A rooftop mural at A/D/O.

Mike Perry’s  “Bountiful Boisterous Blooms” adorn the A/D/O rooftop and is reflected in “the periscope,” a large skylight with mirrored panes that makes the rooftop of A/D/O visible from within the building.

Painted over the course of eight days by Perry and a team of three artists, the site-specific installation is a colorful addition to the landscape of Greenpoint’s Industrial Business Zone.

Perry’s largest painting to date, “Bountiful Boisterous Blooms” spans a significant portion of the expansive A/D/O rooftop. To produce the piece, Perry and a team of artists first used paint rollers to lay down brilliantly colored, weatherproof swaths of white, turquoise, canary yellow, tangerine, crimson and forest green. Following behind with spray paint, Perry executed a daisy-like floral motif, which were later traced in black outdoor latex paint using a two-inch roller.

Perry cites his love of color and flowers, which he sees as a symbol of aspiration and growth, as the starting point for the painting. A combination of watercolor, illustration, collage, InDesign and on-site improvisation helped Perry arrive at the final design. Through its bold hues and playful aesthetic, the mural is true to the artist’s singular, illustrative style, bathing its audience in color and energy.

Mike Perry is an artist, animator, creative director, brand consultant, poet and designer. His work encompasses paintings, drawings, sculptures, art installations, books and murals. Perry’s recent animation projects including the acclaimed show openers for the Comedy Central program “Broad City,” now in its third season; advertising for Coca-Cola, Oreo and the Canadian cellphone company Koodo; as well as shorts for clients ranging from Herman Miller to GQ and RayBan. 

Perry has authored several books, including “My Mother Caught Me Doodling” (Mike Perry Studio, 2015), “Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011), “Over and Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008) and “Hand Job” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2006). 

His illustrations have been commissioned by publications including Playboy, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He recently executed his largest painting to date in partnership with A/D/O, a new creative space in Brooklyn dedicated to exploring the boundaries of design.

Photography by Haley Kattner Allen.

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