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.
The Illuminator calls the Guggenheim Museum a “1% Museum.” Another projected messages: “Art is not a Luxury.”
The spirit of Occupy Wall Street lives on as The Illuminator political art project roams New York City projecting guerrilla protest messages onto buildings. Using a plain white van equipped with audio and visual projection, as well as an info-shop and mini library, the group of eight artists display a Bat-signal spotlight with a location-specific message. In March, the above message was among those displayed on the 88th Street Guggenheim Museum as a protest to the Guggenheim Foundation’s treatment of migrant workers in Abu Dhabi, where their newest museum is currently being built. (more…)
If you love Queens, you’ll love this illustration project by artist Queens native Amol Sarva who is passionate about the borough. Q is for Queens is a book of drawings about the borough intended to share the culture of Queens with the next generation (and this one!) and his Kickstarter has gained substantial traction. It’s full of great architectural and art finds like the soon to be demolished 5 Pointz, Steinway Piano Factory, MoMA PS1, the vintage Coca-Cola sign at Long Island City, and the Silvercup Studios sign.
Meres One – one of the curators of 5 Pointz – admiring a photo by Jay Hirschfeld
Street art usually has a short shelf life. From the NYC Graffiti Free vans roaming the city, to the closing and whitewashing of 5 Pointz graffiti mecca late last year, and the destruction of Banksy’s work during his residency, NYC graffiti has been given a very “here one day, gone the next” time table. Nonetheless, the photographers of street art provide a historical documentation of the roots and evolution of graffiti and Hip Hop culture that began here in NYC.
The Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck, Long Island, with the support of the organizers of 5 Pointz curators Marie Cecil Flageul and Meres One, is currently hosting a photography exhibit curated by Jude Amsel, featuring the work of those keeping graffiti and urban culture alive in NYC. In addition to photos of 5 Pointz, included in the show are also photos with the theme of graffiti and Hip Hop culture from Berlin and other parts of the world