I am finally back from my hard-drive crash induced hiatus, and have so much to catch up on and share with you all. Warning: This is going to be a long post, but bear with me because the art is worth it!
A few weeks ago, I started to see a lot of my favorite street artists and muralists posting about their WIP (work-in-progress) at the 21st precinct police station. Instantly, I was intrigued.
Wait, what? An art show inside a police station? It's certainly not something you hear of every day, and it only gets cooler from here. The 21st precinct originally opened in 1863 in Gramercy, but has now seen its last days. The NYPD commissioned 50 international artists to decorate before the demolition, and the result was a beautiful yet ironic art mashup. The artists painted every inch of this place! Walls, ceiling, floors, the bathrooms and the stairwells. Welcome!
Each corner turned led to another dimension and another artists interpretation of the space. Between messages to the graffiti community and politically charged murals targeted at cops and corruption covering the walls, there was even more happiness and light-heartedness to surround it. This 5 story building was converted into an amazing collective of art from many different styles and personalities. Enjoy my highlights from the exhibition!
|Sheryo and the Yok|
@spacecandy & @_theyok
This last mural above has some advice I think all New Yorkers could use! How could you stay mad in a city like this, where there is so much fun and adventure surrounding us all...?
Upon leaving the 21st precinct, it finally dawned on me what was so cool about the whole thing. Really, it's that even the police have realized now that street art and graffiti don't have to be negative, gang-related, thuggish activities. Since 1863, graffiti has been illegal, but it has had an everlasting effect on the culture in New York City. Whether one particular painting is your personal style or not, the world we live in today is a much more tolerable one. Included within that level of tolerance is the booming love for the street artistry that is spreading across the world. It's the end of an era for the 21st precinct, but for the art community, it's just the beginning. Cheers to the next chapter! I love that I'm along for the ride. I'll leave you with a few favorites from the day, until next time...
And one last question, from the 21st precinct art show to you:
More coming soon! & thanks for reading, as always!