PUSH IT - Group Show @ Art Now NY

I will have several paintings available at this show (including the featured painting on the invitation): PushIt_ArtNOWNY **************************** PUSH IT Thursday, April 3, 2014 6-9pm

ArtNowNY presents: "PUSH IT"

Curated by Melissa McCaig-­Welles

With new work by: AIKO, Alice Mizrachi, Alison Mosshart, Amanda Reilly, Christina Neener, ELLE, GILF, INDIE 184, Katrina Del Mar, LADY PINK, Laura Mylott Manning, Maya Hayuk, Mia Tyler, Monique Mantell, QUEEN ANDREA, SHERYO, Sophie Alexia de Lobtienere, Sofia Bachvarova, SWOON, Tracy Piper, VEXTA Opening Reception: April 3rd, 2014 | 6-­9 PM Exhibition Dates: April 3rd-­26th, 2014

After Party featuring DJ set by Alison Mosshart of The Kills: 11pm, April 3rd | at The Electric Room at Dream Downtown | RSVP: info@aopublic.com

March 18, 2014 (New York, NY):

ArtNowNY is pleased to present Push It, a group exhibition featuring 21 New York and California based artists. The show of 42 works in mixed-­media, painting and photography highlights a bold urban aesthetic from a group of emerging and established artists, some of whom combine Street Art with their existing studio practices.

The gallery will host a reception for the artists on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 from 6 to 9 PM, at ArtNowNY (548 W 28th Street 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001).

An after party will be hosted at 11pm by Nur Khan and ArtNowNY and featuring a DJ set by Alison Mosshart (The Kills) at The Electric Room at Dream Downtown (355 W 16th Street). RSVP essential by April 2nd: info@aopublic.com

Push It seeks to further a conversation on how the contemporary art sub-­genre, Street Art, is influencing fine art studio practice. Viewed as a signature movement of artists immersed in subversive or Low Brow culture, Street Art is increasingly making its way into fine art practice. Identified as art that is eye-­catching or confrontational, Street Art is considered any work placed in a public venue in the form of wheat pasted graphics, wall stencils, paintings, object interventions or 3-­dimensional installations.

This aesthetic is reimagined in the work of Maya Hayuk, a New York based mid-­career artist who was recently commissioned to create a mural for the infamous Bowery wall in NYC. Established artists like SWOON, reimagine the Street Art aesthetic, offering sophisticated commentary on economic and environmental issues through work that includes intricately cut wheat paste stencils, floating sculptures and installations made of scavenged, found and low-­fi materials. Other veterans of the Street Art scene, like LADY PINK and GILF, use their work to advance and promote social and political examination.

Push It is a show meant to survey the current influence of the Street Art movement on the contemporary art world outside of the archaic and rigid binaries of high and low art and artist stereotypes and in keeping with the fluid, transdisciplinary approach of many artists working today. ###