On Friday, June 9th the revolutionary new National Institute of Urban Art will open its first exhibit featuring artworks by Swoon, Logan Hicks, Revok, Invader, Brian Adam Douglas (/ELBOW- TOE), Shepard Fairey, RETNA, and more. This exhibition, “Uncontainable: Urban Art from Vandalism to Movement”, opens from 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in partnership with the Thomas Center Galleries, 302 NE 6th Ave in Gainesville, FL. In addition to the dazzling large-scale woodcuts, screenprints, and canvas works on display the exhibition will also feature never-before-seen work by Michael Reeder and Juan Travieso.
With its roots in the anarchist vandalism “tags” in New York and Philly’s underground art scenes, urban art has evolved into a sophisticated movement. This meteoric rise is charted throughout the show, featuring simple tags largely by self-taught street artists seeking fame and exposure to the more complex stylings of artists working with wheatpaste and stencils to create more elaborate compositions. The show, curated by the Thomas Center Galleries’ Anne E. Gilroy, is made possible by loans from the collections of the National Institute’s Founder, Craig O’Neil, Charo O’Neil, Robert Meltser and Logan Hicks (“Bella Florchi”, Logan Hicks | Photo courtesy National Institute of Urban Art | work featured above).
On view through September 9, 2017, the exhibition is the first of the National Institute of Urban Art’s programming around the meteoric rise of street art as a global movement. As urban artists gain worldwide acclaim for their ground-breaking artistic practice, the Institute is conceived as the premier site for situating these artists within urbans arts’ commanding legacy, and is dedicated to providing exhibitions and programming for urban art enthusiasts.
The June 9th opening event features a screening of Saving Banksy, the 2017 Colin Day documentary featuring arguably the world’s most renowned urban artist, Banksy* (*the film is suited for adult audiences.). The Thomas Center galleries will also provide sign-up sheets for bus tours operating throughout the opening night, and all programming is free and open to the public. Don’t miss your chance to explore these formidable contemporary urban artists’ recent work brought together in a compelling and unique narrative!
Uncontainable: Urban Art from Vandalism to Movement
June 9, 2017 – September 9, 2017
302 NE 6th Avenue, Gainesville, FL
Audra Lambert is a freelance arts contributor and independent curator based in New York City. Her articles can be found in Whitehot Mag, Art Nerd NY, Artefuse, Examiner and more. The author focuses on participatory and public art projects with an emphasis on emerging and established female artists. She is co-founder of alt_break art fair, a nonprofit art fair fostering dialogue between community-based social justice nonprofits and the arts. Currently completing a Master’s thesis in Modern/Contemporary Art at City College of New York, her curated projects and ongoing coverage of interdisciplinary art projects can be found on ANTE. (www.antecedentprojects.com), an online art platform showcasing contemporary arts and culture, which may or may not be secretly run by llamas on Mars.