Last Chance: Home For The Holidays at Klughaus Gallery New York

By - Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Don’t miss your last chance to see Home for the Holidays, the inaugural exhibition at Klughaus Gallery in Lower Manhattan, which is open through Saturday December 31st, 2011. The visionaries behind Klughaus transformed a dingy garage under the Manhattan Bridge into a white wall gallery across the street from a skatepark, down the block from a bodega, and not much else. The gallery at 47 Monroe Street is off the beaten path and is a gem in the neighborhood on the fringe of the Lower East Side and Chinatown. The curators of Home for the Holidays primarily selected artists with graffiti backgrounds, but made great effort not to host a “graffiti” exhibition. The result is an exhibition that is surprisingly clean and diverse featuring some of our favorite artists including 12ozProphet bloggers Greg Lamarche, Grotesk, and Gorey, in addition to other heavy hitters like Faust, Katsu, and Veefer. One of Greg Lamarche’s works reads “Vandal at Heart” in his unique style of typographic design made from cut paper collage. Other contributions from Lamarche read “Never a Dull Moment” and “All Bullshit All the Time.” Another text based work in the show is by Faust, who in his elegant calligraphic hand wrote “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home”, a quote from the choreographer Twyla Tharp. Faust also lent a hand to Grotesk, catching a tag in memory of his fallen partner Sure which leads to a series of small charming sculptures and figurines that all refer to New York street life. Two of the sculptures, measuring no more than a foot in height, depict characters in classic old school Polo like a P wing sweater and a 1992 Stadium hat. One of the strongest and most unexpected contributions to the show is a framed section of a storefront roll-down gate tagged by Veefer. This work has the feeling as if it’s an excerpt from the street brought into the gallery. Other more directly graffiti-based works include canvases by Toper and Fuzz One, who’s latest book is also available for sale in the gallery. And Moody flips graffiti on canvas in a comedic way, as one the paintings is framed with tinsel, perfect for the holiday season. Seb Gorey’s skilled hand is exhibited in six drawings of amalgamated cities and urban spaces. Vor138’s watercolor and ink work on paper illustrated monkey’s balanced atop a graphic diamond with his signature number, 138, in a variety of styles. Mr. Kiji’s graphic painting is executed with precision drawing inspiration from his vector-based computer illustrations. Jasper Patch’s painting is a larger than life, photo-realistic depiction of a friend of his who is also a prolific graffiti artist. Jasper honed his skills painting building-sized billboards making this impressive large painting one of his smaller piece. Other works in Home for the Holidays includes figurative works by Michael Alan, a photograph by Tom Gould, and a mirror by Katsu with vinyl letters adhered to it that read “You Are A Toy.” Klughaus is located at 47 Monroe Street in Chinatown on the block of the Manhattan Bridge skate park.

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