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06 April 2011

ALL CITY

JACOB ABRAMSON & SUZETTE GUY, AMIR BARADARAN, JORDAN BETTEN,
DIZMOLOGY, JASON EPPINK, ISAAC FORTOUL, ELLIS G, GAIA,
JOSEPH WOLF GRAZI, AMIT GREENBERG, JUSTIN JAY, GREG LAMARCHE,
MÖSCO, MARISSA PATERNOSTER, NATHAN PICKETT, RICKY POWELL,
DARNELL SCOTT, JASON SHELOWITZ (jayshells), SMURFO, HECTOR RUIZ,
UR NEW YORK (SKI & 2ESAE), XAVIER VEAL

Curated by Anne Huntington & Natalie Trainor

Viewing: April 16 – 22, 2011 10am – 6pm
Location: 435 Broome Street, NYC
Reception: April 16, 6 to 9pm
RSVP: info@amhindustries.com

New York – April 2011

We are pleased to announce All City, a show that reflects on the layered graffiti scene from the 1970s and 1980s to today. Once a sub-culture, the graffiti scene is now an art movement. All City includes contemporary and urban art, photography, hip hop, components from BMX, skateboarding, and surf cultures that speak volumes to the street and art communities. All City brings a select group of artists from these worlds.

Going “all city” means tagging all over – the five boroughs. Getting your tag on each subway line and each division, defining an identity. Much has remained the same since the film Style Wars debuted in 1984, but much has changed. The April group show, All City, manifests the solid energy of the scene highlighting the growth and dynamism of the movement by showcasing works in various media, art from the streets and defined by the streets.

Whether artists are in the streets, in a gallery or institution, the works are contemporary art. Works included in All City range from graffiti and street design, illustrations, collages to interactive design. All forms present the visual vitality found in the street. The graffiti and street designs of Jordan Betten, Isaac Fortoul, Ellis G,Gaia, Greg Lamarche, Mösco, Nathan Pickett, Jason Shelowitz (jay shells), Smurfo, Hector Ruiz, and UR New York complement the detailed, mixed media illustrative works that these same artists create. The show includes the original punk rock fliers by Marissa Paternoster of the Screaming Females and photography by Ricky Powell, Justin Jay, Joseph Wolf Grazi, Darnell Scott and Xavier Veal that encapsulates the ancillary, but equally important, elements of the movement. Jason Eppink, of the Underbelly Project, brings forth video documentation of street and secret underground installations through socially conscious shorts. Amir Baradaran uses interactive design to bomb iconic art historical works including Leonardo da Vinci’s renowned Mona Lisa, while Jacob Abramson and Suzette Guy explore digital graffiti through an ephemeral lens. The artists cross boundaries, defying categorization.

Huntington and Trainor sourced art directly from the artists, working with them to develop the roster and ideas to survey the scene from various perspectives. The art illuminates the individual artists’ influence on the movement; a multi-layered philosophy that continues to develop through the last few decades from the beginnings and considers the influential value of all media in this broad, international and extremely specific and pointed world that is street art.

Further Information: info@amhindustries.com

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