01 06 THRU 02 24 07 | THE MARTINEZ GALLERY PRESENTS ROADSHOW: A TRAVELING GRAFFITI EXHIBIT
It’s been 39 years since graffiti culture first began appearing on the streets and subways of the city of New York, ushering in a new brand of art that would change the urban landscape – and also inciting a slew of negative associations. Those poised against graffiti’s survival, invoking alleged threats such as urban decay, instituted legal sanctions to prevent graff’s proliferation. Four decades later, however, the art is still here. Martinez Gallery is proud to bring together the new and the old in ROAD SHOW, a new exhibition featuring the work of the leading practitioners of graffiti art in a unique, mobile context.
This singular show brings the work of today’s local graffiti artists back to the streets, focusing attention on the neglected and impermanent role that the form has been relegated to by contemporary artistic culture. The exhibition is timed to coincide with the release of the book GRAFFITI NYC, and the participating artists, and their works, are drawn from its pages. ROAD SHOW will include photographs by aks, bruz, michael chan, coco 144, cost, dsense, jake dobkin, flint gennari, hugo, kez 5, Bill lyons, phil mansfield, nato, rate, robin x, todd seelie, set, and SKUF. These photographs highlight over 200 prolific artists whose work has been redefining the NYC landscape in the last 5 years. The artists’ work will be projected inside, as well as reproduced on the surface of, an expanded space extending from a U-Haul trailer. This icon of mobility will be the host to an equally iconic and mobile art form. ROAD SHOW will become a traveling exhibition, and it will make appearances – both scheduled and impromptu – throughout New York City and around the country.