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Detail of a painting by Meres One

Detail of a painting by Meres One, who was curator and resident artist at 5 Pointz.

The iconic 5 Pointz building in Long Island City may have been painted over, but the artists can’t be silenced.  In the Whitewash show at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery, members of the graffiti collective have voiced their thoughts and feelings after discovering that the beloved art center had been suddenly whitewashed overnight.

“Whitewash, is an answer to the violent act of GM Realty. Overnight thousands of murals adorning the building known as 5 Pointz were destroyed,” said Whitewash curator Marie-Cecile Flaguel in a statement. “The exhibition enables the artists to express their true feelings and thought process since losing their work to a white layer of paint, and their home to the pressing demands of real estate development.”

The heartfelt and compelling show features the art work of nine graffiti/aerosol artists and two photographers.  It occupies two floors of the gallery, as well as a gift shop. Check out some images of the art from the exhibit below.

Painting by Zimad.

Painting by Zimad.

Painting by Zimad

Painting by Zimad.

Painting by See TF

Painting by See TF 

Paintings by Cortes

Paintings by Cortes

Painting by Just

Painting by Just One

Painting by Shiro

Painting by Shiro

Painting by See TF

Rachel Fawn Alban for Untapped CITIES_5 POINTZ_WHITEWASH SHOW (5)

Meres One

Whitewash opened Saturday, April 5 and runs through June 8. The Jeffrey Leder Gallery is located right around the corner from 5 Pointz.

Contributing Artists: Auks, Cortes, Hans Von Rittern, Jerms, Meres One, Orestes Gonzalez, Poem, Shiro, See TF, Topaz, Zimad.

The exhibition is the second to feature some of the artists from the 5Pointz community.  Some of the artists in “Whitewash,” were also exhibited this past winter at the Gold Coast Arts Center.

All photos of the artwork captured by the author, Rachel Fawn Alban. Get in touch with her on facebook.

1 Comment

  1. braindead says:

    I really did enjoy the art at 5 Pointz and was saddened to not have realized how close I lived to the location before it was whitewashed.

    You guys need to not exaggerate to such an extreme though when mentioning how many pieces of artwork were at the site.

    Here is your original quote to the Real Deal:

    “The artists claim that the site contains over 350 original works of graffiti art that warrant preserving and that their destruction would violate copyright law and the Visual Artists Rights Act”, according to Law360.

    You went from 350 to thousands. Be honest so people can take you seriously.

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