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Small World Street Art at R.Jampol Projects

Art fair craziness is over, and I missed the opening of a great show last night! Our friends at R. Jampol Projects just kicked off a great show with the amazing Gilf!, Joe Iurato, C215, Elbow-Toe and more. It’s up until April 6th!


Small World Street Art
Curated by Amy Young
Sunday, March 9, 2014 – Sunday, April 6, 2014

Artists include: Jilly Ballistic, C215, Cake, Clown Soldier, Elbow-Toe, Enzo and Nio, Gilf, Hellbent, Joe Iurato, Jaye Moon, Jay Shells, Shin Shin, and Wing

Opening Reception:
Sunday, March 9, 2014
6 pm – 9 pm

R.Jampol Project(s) will present a group exhibition of small-scale works of the street. The exhibition “Small World Street Art” will be on view from Sunday, March 9th – Sunday, April 6th, 2014. A reception for the artists will be held on Sunday, March 9th from 6-9pm.

The magnificent large scale street art and graffiti murals found all over the city – on the Bowery Wall, Welling Court, 5Pointz (R.I.P.), and at the Bushwick Collective – are inspiring. As a 2013 article on the Brooklyn Street Art website stated, “Getting up big is big right now. Making a splash with an ocean of pigments appears to be the norm rather than the exception in art in the streets at the moment – thanks to very organized festivals and welcoming real estate folks and an ever more appreciative appetite by the public.”

BUT, it is the small-scale works that pull the focus of curator, Amy Young. Finding these works in the margins of the larger works or on multi-mage street galleries, tucked into a nook or cranny, set on a shelf or window ledge, or subverting ads in our transit system, are, according to Art Critic Richard Leslie, “Ephemeral encounters with small curious objects gifted to the world. The spark of a moment that unfolds all too briefly, then the smile and maybe a single syllable utterance: the ineffable and inexpressible brought to you by the will-to-form and re-form in the midst of the urban hustle…is an integral part of the experience of New York, one all too often overlooked.” And, again as BSA expressed it: “We still remember the thrill of walking the desolate streets of Williamsburg, Bushwick, Red Hook and Greenpoint in the late 90s/early 2000s and discovering the “hidden” Street Art that suddenly surfaced without announcement. Amidst a sorry series of sadly deflated industrial sites…a certain intimacy.” These artists and works return to what has been lost in art; surprise, chance, enchantment and a desire to replace art as commodity through interactivity and community through tiny reliefs, temporary collages and paste up works, bolt-up signage, small sculptures and miniature spray-painted stencils.

An ironic measure of their success is that very few of these works are seen in real life because they are whisked away by collectors and cleaners or by the randomness of the elements that are a constituent part of their city lives. Joe Iurato, one of the artists in this exhibition, states, “The idea for these is never about their longevity. It’s about my interaction with the surroundings and accomplishing what it is I envision. Once that’s done, it’s out of my hands.” The works from a selection of artists were chosen from across the spacious and diverse but small interior worlds of Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and from the shared communication networks of Instagram and Twitter.

Curator Amy L. Young, an artist, is a lecturer of Art History at City College of New York. She was a director at Robert Miller Gallery, NY from 1998-2013.

Above image: Joe Iurato, Young Writer, 2013, Spray paint on wood, 14 x 9.5 inches. Seen here as public installation, NYC

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