Opening: Outside Inside exhibition presented by Alan Ket this Saturday
This Saturday in Sunset Park, Brooklyn (yes Sunset Park!) is the opening reception of my latest curatorial effort featuring some of the finest and most respected painters that cross over from the streets into the galleries.
People have always been prone to write in public areas to share information, jokes and more often than not their disgust for someone else. In the 1970s this changed when kids started to use spray paint to write their names in a highly stylized manner; the media labeled it graffiti but regardless of the mislabeling the kids and many others considered it art. Since then there has been generations of kids who have grown up and learned from those early street pioneers. Today, those working on the streets around the world are recognized as artists and many started out painting their names and their art in the streets illegally. Yet, as in most artists’ career trajectory, many now have studio practices and work on paper, canvas, film, etc. all in an effort to see their ideas last beyond the short lifespan that their street work might have.
OUTSIDE INSIDE is a group exhibition featuring the works of a cross section of artists whose work is informed by the streets and are actively working in the streets around the world. From the fantasy and folkloric style of the Chilean duo Aislap, the political messages that are prominent in artist KET’s paintings, the soft and romantic visions of flora, animals and women by Cern, to the dark side of humanity in the work of Ezo Wippler, Chilean artist Nelson Rivas presents paintings that grapple with the issue of immigration and what it means to cross borders, New Yorker Queen Andrea’s paintings explode with color and vibrancy in both her geometric and type driven paintings, Sofia Maldonado whose abstract paintings intertwine the natural world with urban landscapes, GHOST’s psychedelic bubble styles reminiscent of old school graffiti, Wane COD’s abstract paintings where letter forms are deconstructed and dissolve into colorful clouds and finally Prague based Jan Kalab presents new paintings created recently during his summer long residency in Brooklyn.