For the last 40 years, New York City has been Janz’s canvas. His iconic Bisoman and Chorus Singers are cut and painted, into corporate advertising posters, illegally posted on the street. Janz’s outdoor work is a study in transience, as it typically gets pasted over with the next advertisement poster.
The bottom image is Janz in 1980, at the Berlin wall. Berlin was a divided city, barricaded, scarred and the air was full of tension. Janz ran up to the wall and drew an image of a tight fist, with charcoal. The following day sleet and snow had washed away most of the charcoal. Janz redrew the fist with the fingers slightly opened. He then returned for the next 20 days, to animate the fist slowly opening. On the last day, his hand was fully open as an image of hope and relaxation of tension.
Janz was awarded the Vision Festival lifetime achievement award in 2014.