“UP ON THE ROOF” is a show that positions graffiti as fine art that should be embraced, not, as one Brazilian judge recently declared – “visual pollution” that should be erased.
The show features three local, award winning artists/photographers – Kat O’Neill, Ann Brandeis and Guy Pierno with their respective interpretations of the roof gallery, as well as their take on the controversy over whether graffiti is art or vandalism.
On View @ The WHITE ROOM Gallery, 2415 Main Street, Bridgehampton from March 31 to April 24
The story behind the show:
Vinny Pacifico, a graffiti collector for over twenty years, invited artists from around the world to put their mark on his roof in the Hunts Point meatpacking district of the Bronx. Then his roof flooded and he had to start over.
That’s where The White Room Gallery and three of its artists come in, to document a perrishable art. On a cold day last November, CES and YES2, two internationally renowned graffiti artists, agreed to show us how it’s done with each picking a respective piece of the roof as a canvas. It required a bit less adrenaline than working on a subway car in the middle of the night but as CES said, “It took twenty years to make it look this easy.”
CES AND YES2, will create new pieces during the reception.
Though their styles are quite different, both bring an amazing vibrancy to their creations. There will also be a video of the graffiti on the roof with CES and YES2 bringing concrete to life.
It is not a show to be missed!!!!