The ever-changing arena of contemporary art presents endless challenges for those who find themselves caught in its currents. From white cube gallery exhibits to brick wall paste-ups and graffiti, the push and pull of what is important, relevant, or dismissible can be both distracting and empowering.
As an examination of how today’s painters negotiate the influence of those who have come before them, navigate the trends of those creating around them, and collaborate with other artists towards a common goal, the concept of Paint it Now was born. The challenge of the exhibit is to investigate how each artist channels these weighted stimuli into their own visual world, and then into a shared visual world. The goal of the show is to reveal what it means for each artist to Paint it Now.
Fusing individual exhibition with a giant collaborative painting installation, Paint it Now serves as an exercise in communication and restriction while highlighting the immediacy of the present. The site-specific main attraction of the show, painted solely in opaque black paint directly on the white wall surfaces of the gallery, bombards the viewer with a visually graphic and completely unified collaboration. By presenting basic parameters which control paint color, painting surface, and project timeframe, the curators unify not only the work of participating artists, but the artists themselves.
After two successful undertakings in Boston at The Distillery Gallery (2008 & 2010), Paint It Now makes its NYC debut in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood in May of 2011. The show’s curators, Thomas Buildmore and Scott Chasse, both contributing artists, have partnered with Fowler Arts Collective and will draw upon the immense pool of local talent for the core of the exhibit. While the show aims to be Brooklyn-centric, artists from Philadelphia and Boston are to be included as well.
Please join us at Fowler Arts Collective on Friday, May 27th from 7-10pm to experience this unique exhibition in person. The opportunity to view Paint it Now is as immediate as the exhibit’s premise. When the show ends, the walls return to white.
There will also be an exhibition reception during this summer’s Northside Open Studios in conjunction with the L Magazine’s Northside Festival. Join us Friday, June 17th from 8-11pm to view the gallery installation as well as visit the artist studios at Fowler.
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