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untitled image by BEAU (image courtesy of FAB Cafe)

untitled image by BEAU (image courtesy of FAB Cafe)

Ordo Ab Chao by BEAU, curated by Keith Schweitzer

March 14-April 30, 2012

FAB Cafe

75 East 4th Street

New York, New York

BEAU is an active graffiti artist from Connecticut who has inhabited the East Village for several years. His name frequently appears on doorways or brick walls in the Lower East Side in bold fonts. His signature is often accompanied by a Romanesque, anonymous portrait of a man’s face or a cheeky phrase. The current exhibition at FAB Cafe, part of the ArtUp! public art program, delves further into the depths of his sketchbooks. His work indoors is complimented by a mural upon the scaffolding outside the gallery itself, which weaves historical narratives into dense, graphic layers. BEAU testifies for his evolving education on the streets and invites his audience to investigate a more socially-conscious portion of his practice.

BEAU, scaffolding outside of FAB Cafe (image courtesy of FAB Cafe)

BEAU, scaffolding outside of FAB Cafe (image courtesy of FAB Cafe)

 

 

February 2010 poster, this side by Monika Zarzeczna

February 2010 poster, this side by Monika Zarzeczna

This is 2-UP: Collaborative Posters by Artists and Writers

March 7-April 25, 2012

Bowery Poetry Club

308 Bowery

New York, New York

Bowery Poetry Club is notorious for melting the barriers between word and art, whether it be through their spoken word performances, bookstore, cafe, or musical performances. The Elizabeth Murray Art Wall is the physical representation of the blurred lines that exist in the space. Exhibitions on the Wall are meant to be

February 2010 poster, this side by Nathan Lee

February 2010 poster, this side by Nathan Lee

“cross-disciplinary and often collaborative.” 2-UP’s posters are produced by a pair of artists and writers, with imagery on both sides from each respective portion of the pair. The collective generated a mosaic of posters from the last two years, including Monika Zarzeczna and Nathan Lee’s collaboration from February 2010. The posters share a common theme or undertone, yet forced the beholder to choose which side speaks most forcefully.

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About Lynn Maliszewski, Contributor-at-Large

Lynn Maliszewski is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She curated and composed work for ArtWrit, BOMB Magazine, HAHA Magazine, Hyperallergic, LatinLover, Modern Painters, No.3, Whitehot Magazine, and Whitewall. She is currently the Contributor-at-Large for ON-VERGE, an arts journalism blog sponsored by CUE Art Foundation, until 2013. She hosts her own blog, Contemporaneous Extension, as a compendium of aesthetic interests, archived exhibitions and artists, and uncensored inferences. She has contributed editorially to the College Art Association, the Bushwick Film Festival, Like the Spice Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art.
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