Through Sunday, June 8th: Artists React to Whitewashing of 5 Pointz in ‘Whitewash’ Exhibition

    Date: 04/05/2014 - 06/08/2014

    Time: All Day

    Location: Jeffrey Leder Gallery (2137 45th Rd., Queens)

    Price: Free

    April 5 - June 8, 2014 The Jeffrey Leder Gallery will open with a unique exhibition featuring 9 Graffiti Artists and 2 photographers. These artists have created art that explores their strong reactions to 5 Pointz being whitewashed overnight. The Jeffrey Leder Gallery is proud to present this expansive and provacative exhibit: “Whitewash.” The exhibit will occupy 2 floors of the gallery. We are located in LIC, New York City: 8 minutes from Mahattan, around the corner from MoMA PS1 Museum, 2 blocks from the Sculpture Center and 6 Blocks from the Noguchi Museum. Contributing Artists: Auks, Cortes, Hans Von Rittern, Jerms, Just One, Meres One, Orestes Gonzalez, Poem, Shiro, See TF, Topaz, Zimad “Whitewash, is an answer to the violent act of G&M realty on November 19th, 2013 in Long Island City Queens. Overnight thousands of murals adorning the building known as 5 Pointz were destroyed. It‘s a story of pain, sadness, and anger at times and reflection - An epic of an art community and its home coming apart under the pressure of economical trends and waves of gentrification. Bringing together a cluster of resident graffiti artists and two Queens photographers, the exhibition enables the artists to express their true feelings and thought process since loosing their work to a white layer of paint, and their home to the pressing demands of real estate development. For the first time since the whitewash we will witness how affected this collective is by being eclipsed from their 11 years home. The artists in Whitewash share a medium known as graffiti or aerosol art, and all contributed multiple murals at 5 Pointz. Their raw feelings will emerge from the work on view, coupled with a renewed belief in art as a healing tool through their favored medium of communication. Starting with the violent images of the once colorful building, turned white, the show itself and its creative process serves as catharsis for the artists, and as a crucial push to move forward. Different views and emotions emerge from the works on view, leading to renewed belief in art as a tool for mythmaking. The works in Whitewash aspire to such : Laying feelings on canvas, and letting go of the pain, the show brings together artworks that can be interpreted as confession, lessons, or reflection but also aspirations and hopes. Whitewash is an obvious requiem for 5 Pointz the building but also maybe the beginning of a rebirth of 5 Pointz the community and its true core: the people.“ More info

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