[Many thanks to Teo Freytes for bringing this item to our attention.] The Thomas Center Galleries, in partnership with the National Institute of Urban Art, announce the opening of “UNCONTAINABLE | Urban Art from Vandalism to Movement,” on Friday, June 9, from 5:00pm until 8:30pm, at the Thomas Center Galleries (located at 302 NE 6th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida). This exhibition is curated by curated by Anne E. Gilroy and Craig O’Neil. See information below for related events such as a bus tour on the 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative and a screening of Saving Banksy. One of the new artists included in the exhibit is the Cuban muralist Juan Travieso.
Description: The exhibit features a collection of work of twenty-six globally recognized urban artists, some of which has never been exhibited previously, and will run from June 9 through September 9, 2017.
The roots of urban art can be traced to late 20th century graffiti – the stealth ‘writing’ and tagging on buildings and train cars documented in Philadelphia and New York. The early stage of the movement represented a kind of adolescent anarchy and was considered as blight and prosecuted as vandalism. Illegal graffiti nonetheless had its admirers – and a hierarchy of accomplishment elevated some of the “writers” as early heroes of the movement.
The artwork on exhibit in UNCONTAINABLE includes two collages by Brian Adam Douglas, a large-scale woodcut panel by Swoon, a rendition of the renowned Bowery Wall stencil piece by Logan Hicks, early silk screen work by Shepard Fairey, a large canvas by Axel Void, as well as work by Retna, Revok, Invader, Os Gemeos, Etam Cru, How, Nosm and others. Never-before-exhibited work by Michael Reeder and Juan Travieso will debut.
UNCONTAINABLE is curated by Anne E. Gilroy, Curator of the Thomas Center Galleries, and Craig O’Neil, founder of the National Institute for Urban Art (NIUA). In addition to the NIUA collection, work from the collections of Logan Hicks and Robert Meltser are featured. Both the Main and Mezzanine Galleries are part of the expansive exhibit. The work in UNCONTAINABLE shines a new light on Gainesville’s 352walls/Urban Art Initiative offering both history and context to the evolving downtown project. Select images from the exhibition may be viewed online at https://flic.kr/s/aHskVnsade .
Visitors to the opening reception may join a bus tour introduction to the 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative from 5:30-6:30pm. This tour of the urban art walls in and near downtown is free. Seating is limited; bus tour sign-up sheets will be available at the gallery starting at 5:00pm.
The opening event will also feature a free screening of Saving Banksy, the recently released 2017 documentary film about arguably the world’s most renowned urban artist and the issue of art-world profiteering. The film will begin at 7:00pm. Please note this film contains strong language and is recommended for adults only.b
For additional gallery information, please contact cultural affairs manager Russell Etling at 352-393-8532 or visit www.gvlculturalaffairs.org. For additional information about this exhibit, please contact the Thomas Center Galleries curator Anne E. Gilroy at artattheTom@gmail.com.
[Artwork above: “The Bold Marauder” by Michael Reeder, 2016]