NoBigWordsHere is a suggestion as to how the viewer should digest the work. The viewer is asked not associate labels to it or even try to understand the creative interaction between the unpainted surface and the artist, but rather to let go and enjoy the ride. For his first solo exhibition, a Lower East Side native, BlusterOne, has committed to building this body of work without a premeditated regimented process, without a sketch or even a plan. Every piece begins as a leap of faith, from the free flowing orange background color washes to the crisp black gesso lines. An orgy landscape of unrecognizable human and letter forms. He adopts the vibrant black and orange color pallet as a personal homage to Keith Haring’s “Crack Is Wack” murals.
This evolving installation presents the viewer with visions of futuristic antiquities, where the artist creates sculptural versions of esoteric idolatry reminiscent of past civilizations, presented in an installation consisting of sculptural pieces combined with paintings and drawings. Through re-appropriating imagery from multiple cultures; the artist creates a new yet familiar version of religious iconography. Building on these themes of religion, Porkchop has created an installation that combines elements of design with sculpture and re-purposed found objects, giving the viewer the opportunity to experience the visuals of this quasi-religion..Through the repurposing of the found objects, the artist gives them a new narrative, with new identity and purpose, which is a practice that plays on themes of religious augmentation. The viewer is often left with a possible new mythology reminiscent of past doctrines. The 20 characters, which Porkchop has created, have become the constant and repeated motif that connects the works. The characters are present in all the works within the installation. They are of an imagined language that is visually similar to ancient texts. The centerpiece of the installation is entitled ”Zayamara”. She is a deity that is reminiscent of a “Naga”, which is a semi-divine deity that is half human and half cobra that protects the waterways, like lakes, rivers and seas. In Porkchop’s sculptural creations, you will find echos of ancient Egypt, while at the same time finding elements within the design that produces a futuristic feel.
212 Arts is pleased to present a new solo exhibition from NYC collage and street artist Libby Schoettle featuring her alter ego, PhoebeNewYork, on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 6:00-9:30 pm. Elisabeth Schoettle was named “1 of 10 Rising Street Artists Who Are Taking the Art Form Beyond Banksy” by Artnet News.
Her new exhibit entitled “Wall to Wall” will celebrate the always vulnerable, yet strong PhoebeNewYork, while laying bare how imperfect the life of a woman and an artist can be.
In this show, PhoebeNewYork is clearly conjured from an alchemy of the artist’s intimate introspections and public persona. Through her distinctively raw, cut-out forms PhoebeNewYork reveals so much about identity, woman-power, and rebellion.
PhoebeNewYork is a NYC street art mainstay: a character beloved for connecting with passersby and Instagram admirers as they relate to her experiences of feeling misunderstood, isolated, and underestimated.
212 Arts is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the work of prolific artist AM DeBrincat entitled “Delirious”. Originating in Brooklyn, AM has been gaining international notoriety with solo shows in Australia and Sweden. Her use of “lush” colors and flowery scenes in her mixed media works is reminiscent of Frida Kahlo and Picasso, who she says inspires her.
DeBrincat’s paintings depict “unique worlds where online and offline merge into each other” and create a new type of human. Sourcing her images from social media, AM transforms them through xerox print transfer onto canvas and brings them to life by combining acrylic and oil paint. She has been interviewed by ArtMaze Magazine, Klassik Magazine, and Expose Art Magazine amongst others and has had her work featured in over 50 exhibitions.
212 Arts is pleased to present a group exhibition of new works curated by Jay Shells. The exhibition will run from October 18 - October 31, 2018 with an opening reception October 18 from 6pm - 9:30pm. HIGH CONTRAST is a collection of works completely void of color. For most of these artists, color plays a vital role in their work. By removing color from their toolkit, the artists are forced to work with less, and to contribute to a cohesive symphony that will only become apparent when all of the works are brought together. A black and white exhibition has certainly been done before, but it’s this unique selection of artists showing together which makes this a truly disruptive and unique experience. The mediums used in this collection of work is as varied and diverse as the group of artists and their styles. They include painting, drawing, assemblage, sculpture, photography, printmaking and more.
Participating artists include: Thomas Allen, Mike 2ESAE Baca, Brad M. Bailey, Bill Barminski, Lexi Bella, Caroline Caldwell, Paul Cooley, Mason Eve, Nicolas Heller, Aymann Ismail, Russell King, Deanna Maffeo, Mauro C. Martinez, Danielle Mastrion, Mel One, Meres one, Miishab, Jenna Morello, MRS, NDA, Skip Class, Skirl, Stephen Palladino, Nicholas Papadakis, Rob TMO Plater, Emilio Ramos, Fernando Ski Romero, Anthony Santamaria, Jay Shells, Lauren Stender, Sean Sullivan, TTK and Yung Lenox.
212 Arts is pleased to present our three year anniversary exhibition. We’ve had an incredible year filled with dynamic shows, an outpouring of support, and talented artists. We feel the lineup that we have assembled is indicative of some of our accomplishments over the past year as well as the direction we strive to keep the gallery moving. As we look forward to our participation in Basel as well as a robust exhibition schedule, we would like to thank all of our advocates who have helped make this year the success that it was.
Featuring works by
WHAT THE HELL, CHRIS RWK, ARTHUR BROUTHERS, PIPSQUEAK WAS HERE, AHOL, OAK OAK, SPOK, OKUDA, ERMSY, ICON, PLASTIC JESUS, VYAL, DZIA, RUBIN 415, CES, IT’S A LIVING, PAUL RICHARD, GEORGE ROLLO, DMOTE, JILL RICCI, INDIE 184, DEE DEE WAS HERE, ANGELONCE, EMILIO RAMOS, JAY SHELLS, ZIMAD, STICKY MONGER, VERS 718, ANTOINE TAVA, ERIC INKALA, BNS, BURN 353, JOSEPH GRAZI, DENNIS MCNETT, ALICE MIZRACHI, DOT DOT DOT, TAI, LENNY ACHAN, DAMON JOHNSON, GUMSHOE, ADAM FUJITA, SEAN SULLIVAN, TRIKE, ZEVI G, QUEEN ANDREA, PHOEBE NEW YORK, NITE OWL, PRODUCER BDB, JENNA MORELLO, SKOTT MARSI, MIKE MOZART, TRACY PIPER, WIZARD SKULL, ZERO PRODUCTIVITY, EASY, TREYACES, KIRA LEE, TRAP IF, BEATRIZ WILLIAMS MORGAN FONTAINE, ALAN JEFFRY, AND MANY MORE
212 Arts is pleased to present Jenna Krypell’s first solo exhibition On the Grid. The exhibit explores her journey becoming a well known figure in the New York Street art community through sculptures and paintings. Krypell’s art embodies her unique style inspired by Frank Stella and Art Deco designs. This exhibition gives way to the artists’ interpretation of human movement by breaking the energy and tone of the piece into abstract shapes that emphasise the notion of being displaced when a person is viewed from an outsider’s eye. The reconstruction of the human condition through her work gives a beautiful look into the artist’s mind.
Krypell’s abstract style and emphasis on color and movement through linework seeks to allow each pieces’ audience a unique reconstruction of context in which each work is presented in. “In constructing these abstract forms, she evaluates life’s challenges and restrictions, therefore exploring the balance between choice and limitations. She impose clear restrictions on herself in the preliminary stages of her production using a grid, and synthesize her designs with materials such as MDF, hand dyed resins and paint.” Her work boldy displays the inevitability of change and how nothing is static.
Jenna has been interviewed by The New York Times, Vice News and Newsday. Her work has been displayed in multiple prestigious events and spaces such as Art Basel Miami 2017, Lululemon, Universal Music Group Grammys Party, Centre-fuge Public Art Project, Cycle 22, The World Trade Center, and other private events.
212 Arts is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Damon Johnson’s work entitled “Sneakerhead”. His new series seeks to explore the sneaker culture of the 80’s and 90’s as well as the paraphernalia that came with coming of age during that time. Johnson’s last solo exhibit focused on New York food staples as the epitome of his memories growing up. This series maintains these feelings of personal history and expounds on them from the perspective of how you view yourself and are similarly viewed by others. Johnson muses, “Growing up in New York you simply had to look fresh and clean. Whatever brand you rocked on your feet they needed to look right. Sneakers have always been an integral part of culture especially hip hop’s. You can tell a lot about a person by what’s on there feet, whether it be Jordan’s to a pair of black chucks.”
Johnson’s hyper realistic style and attention to detail seek to transcend the iconic nature of the shoes he depicts by paying homage to the meticulous craftsmanship and design behind them. The comic book backgrounds of his work are another nod to his New York upbringing, all originating from the St Marks comic book shop. From Jordan 5’s to Reebok pumps and Memorex cassettes to Street Fighter this exhibit is abound with nostalgic elements sure to connect with your childhood.
Damon has been commissioned by the likes of Webster Hall, Design Within Reach, The Surf Lodge in Montauk, and the U.S. OPEN in Queens. His creativity in and out of the gallery has earned him accolades in such publications as Forbes Magazine, Gotham Magazine, Radar, Zink, SOS, Hampton’s Magazine, The City Review, The Daily News, The New York Post, The New York Observer and The New York Times.
212 Arts is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Paul Richard’s work entitled “Negative Man”. The exhibit marks the first occasion that Paul’s vivid portraiture will be in dialogue with his street work. While his portraiture is elaborate and cerebral, his street art possesses a playful sense of spontaneity and quickness as he manages to capture the quintessential short-hand features of his subjects with nothing more than a dripped contour line of paint. Paul’s sidewalk drips have been captivating New Yorkers for over 25 years and have endured with lasting popularity. The recognizability of his work is a testament to Richard’s creativity in and out of the gallery and as such has earned him accolades in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Vogue, the Huffington Post, Architectural Digest, and Time Magazine. His collectors have come to include: Marc Jacobs, Beyonce, Jay-Z, John Varvatos, Justin Bieber, Elton John, Gerard Butler, and Christina Aguilera among many others. His work is also in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Art Boston and the Fisher-Landau Museum to name a few.
Curators Robert Aloia and Melissa McCaig-Welles are pleased to present Some Strange Reaction, a mixed media group exhibition featuring works by Agent X, Al Diaz, Alice Mizrachi, Alison Mosshart, Angela de Rosette, Anthony Castro, Brandon Isralsky, Cern, Chris Riggs, Chris RWK, Dave Ortiz, David Hollier, Dizmology, Dragon 76, Greg LaMarche (SPONE), Gustavo Casenave, Icy & Sot, Indie184, Ingrid Capozzoli Flinn, Jamie Martinez, Janette Beckman, Joe Blens, Johan Wahlstrom, John Arthur Carr, K.r.Kitsch, Kate Crosgrove, Lady K Fever, Lady Pink, Mike “2esae” Baca, Miranda Maxwell, N. Carlos J, Noxer, OWVBICS, Queen Andrea, Rodrigo Valles, Sean Taggart, Sonni, Tomas De Los Reyes, Vicky Barranguet and Zofia Bogusz.
More than 40 hand painted vinyl records and album covers painted by artists and musicians are for sale at this Valentine’s Day themed art show “Some Strange Reaction.” This year’s first edition of many to come, will fill the gallery’s walls, from top to bottom with love inspired record jackets with works both by hard core singers, classic composers and prolific street artists. Join us at the opening and purchase a classic for your loved one then meet us at the Valentine’s Day event to pick up your work, sip champagne and listen to your favorite classics.
212 Arts is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the works of Mr. Prvrt aka Justin Suarez. In his new series "Animalistic" he continues to explore the spirituality of the animal kingdom. His sharp, stenciled images on adorned, weathered surfaces create a unique representation of the universal connection between all living things.
Opening reception November 3rd 6-930PM
212 Arts is pleased to present Legends of Hip Hop, a collaboration between Janette Beckman and Gary Lichtenstein Editions. Janette is a pioneer in the world of visionary collaboration as is evident in her vast photographic portfolio of creative artists, most of whom are now legends in their respective industries. When Beckman chose silkscreen, another collaborative process, to produce her newest body of work, Gary Lichtenstein embraced the opportunity to provide an environment that would encourage her exploration.
Legends of Hip Hop offers a historic view of groundbreaking moments in time for a number of musicians and bands including, RUN DMC, LL Cool J, Salt-N-Pepa and Slick Rick. Beckman’s suite of prints is reminiscent of her classic photographs but entirely unique by virtue of the choices she has made in terms of color, saturation and texture. Each piece tells a story and Beckman’s interpretations are, in fact, found on many, in her own, unmistakable handwriting.
Beckman is “mashing it up,” as she likes to say – utilizing silkscreen to transform visual language and present it in a brand new way. The end result is an exhibition that is as storied as its creator.
212 Arts is pleased to present the debut solo exhibition of acclaimed stencil artist Lambros. His new series entitled Takeover, utilizes his groundbreaking multi-layer stencil technique to create larger than life figures dominating an urban landscape. The work pays homage to classic 20th century cinema like King Kong and Godzilla, while exemplifying a contemporary interpretation by intertwining dark humor and sexual undertones.