CURATED BY ALICE MIZRACHI
Fat Free Art Gallery and Street Art Direct are pleased to present Fem•is•in: Women Reimagine the Future, a group show and the debut exhibition at the gallery of artists: Alice Mizrachi, Diana McClure, gilf!, Jane Dickson, Janette Beckman, Lady Pink, Martha Cooper, SWOON, and Queen Andrea. Fem•is•in features some of the world’s top artists and photographers working at the intersections of graffiti, street art, photography, and fine art.
Fem•is•in celebrates the mystery of embodied life on earth and our quest to align with the flow of the universe. The exhibition title references the currently popular wave of woman-led activism, as well as women who have been steadily claiming their own ground for centuries, sometimes alone and sometimes collectively. The artists in this exhibition have each forged their own unique path. Whether in the studio, or in the streets, these artists have re-imagined a way of being and are living it.
Organized by Alice Mizrachi, the exhibition’s curatorial statement notes what a potential shared manifesto for this group of artists, at this moment in time, might look like:
Unafraid of their senses, they’ve consciously made their way in the world trusting their inner voice and used the power of reflection to create spaces and objects that translate, empower and uplift our universal life force energy. A collection of paintings, photography, collage, and typography; this exhibition looks forward toward universal well-being and embracing the magic of the everyday; alchemizing hardship, laughter and stillness into joy.
Alice Mizrachi is a New York based interdisciplinary artist and educator working in the mediums of painting, murals and installation. Her work explores the interconnectedness of individuals and community through the dual lens of compassion and empathy. Her work has been featured in the book, Outdoor Gallery: New York City, and in exhibitions at the Museum of the City of New York, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the United Nations and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington DC. She has been commissioned as a mural artist for projects in Amsterdam, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and across the United States.
Diana McClure is a writer, photographer and cultural producer based in New York City. Her photographs and mixed media work have been featured in a variety of places, including The Philadelphia African American Museum, Causey Contemporary Gallery, The Los Angeles Times, NYMAG.com, and the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. She has written about art and culture for the NYTimes.com, The Brooklyn Rail, Art in America, Art Asia Pacific, and The International Review of African American Art among others.
Gilf! is a Brooklyn based street and activist artist, who garnered national media attention when she installed a large-scale banner resembling police caution tape that read ‘GENTRIFICATION IN PROGRESS’ at the former graffiti mecca 5 Pointz in Queens, New York. She has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the US and abroad including shows at Jim Kempner Fine Art inNew York, Seyhoun Gallery in Tehran, Iran, and Known Gallery in Los Angeles. Through her participatory performance events, murals, noncomissioned street work, gallery installations, and curatorial projects she engages a dialog around mindful and constructive social change.
Jane Dickson has been exhibiting her paintings, drawings, and prints in museums and galleries domestically and internationally for two decades. She frequently works with unusual surfaces such as Astroturf, sandpaper, vinyl, or carpet to exploit the implicit references and the textural possibilities these materials offer. Solo exhibitions of her work have been shown at The Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, Creative Time, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Major museums including The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Karamay Museum in Xin Jiang, China, and most recently the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian own her artworks. In 2008 she completed a mosaic for MTA in the 42nd street station. Her work is also represented in corporate collections such as Microsoft Corporation, The 3M Corporate Collection, and The Paine Weber Collection. Her images have appeared extensively in books and periodicals.
Janette Beckman a native of London and based in New York City since 1982, began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands from The Clash to Boy George as well as three Police album covers. In the US she was drawn to the underground hip-hop scene and photographed pioneers such as Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt’n’Pepa, Grandmaster Flash, and Big Daddy Kane. Beckman has published four books: ‘Rap, Portraits & Lyrics of a Generation of Black Rockers’, ‘Made In The UK The Music of Attitude 1977-1983’, ‘The Breaks, Stylin’ and Profilin’ 1982-1990′ and ‘El Hoyo Maravilla’. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum and the Museum of the City of New York, Janette lives and works in New York City and she is the New York editor for the British style magazine ‘Jocks&Nerds’.”
Lady Aiko was born in Tokyo/ Japan. Since the middle of the 1990s she lives and works in New York City. Influenced by her cultural background and her life in the USA, AIKO connects contemporary American art movements like Pop Art and Graffiti with traditional Japanese art and esthetics. Her murals narrate playfully the femininity, sexuality and beauty of human life – narratives of women. Beyond that, her work unites western and eastern culture within the contemporary art scene AIKO is among the most important artists of the new century.
Lady Pink (born Sandra Fabara) is a New York based painter, muralist and graffiti artist and educator. Born in Ambato, Ecuador, Lady Pink painted subway trains from the years 1979-1985. In 1980, she was included in the landmark New York show “GAS: Graffiti Art Success” at Fashion Moda, which traveled in a modified form downtown to the New Museum of Contemporary Art. In 1982, she had a starring role in the iconic film “Wild Style”, a portrayal of NYC underground culture, particularly hip-hop and graffiti that cemented her status as a female pioneer. Lady Pink’s work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the Groningen Museum of Holland. She also shares her 30 years of experience with teens by holding mural workshops and actively lecturing to college students throughout the world.
Martha Cooper is a documentary photographer best known for her photos of New York City’s early hip-hop and graffiti scene. In 1980, she left her job as a staff photographer for the New York Post to dedicate herself to shooting what is now one of the most highly regarded bodies of work capturing the culture’s emergence. Her classic book Subway Art, a collaboration with Henry Chalfant, has sold hundreds of thousands of copies since it was published in 1984 and is credited with spreading graffiti around the world. Cooper has steadfastly continued to document urban art, as it shifted from an underground subculture to a globally celebrated art form. Her work has been published extensively in books, newspapers and magazines and exhibited widely internationally. She is based in New York City but travels worldwide.
Queen Andrea (born Andrea von Bujdoss) is a NYC-based fine artist, graffiti artist, typographer and graphic designer. A die-hard native New Yorker raised in downtown Manhattan, Andrea has been deeply inspired by the urban landscape from an early age. Her style is consistently marked by a bold use of color, design and advanced typography. As a young teen part of a newer generation of early 1990’s graffiti writers, she befriended some of the most prolific old school subway graffiti writers and diligently taught herself the complicated art form of graffiti by consistently practicing her letters and eventually developing her own unique style. She earned a BFA in Graphic Design and began a successful career, working for worldwide brands who appreciate her versatile and passionate knowledge of typography, branding and visual communication. Her work has directly impacted graffiti, street wear and urban culture. She was selected by the City of New York for two major public mural commissions in 2015 and 2016. Andrea has spent nearly 20 years perfecting her graffiti and typography skill set and she is now one of a small handful of notable female graffiti artists in the world.
Swoon (born Caledonia Dance Curry) is a mixed media artist, originally known for her street art, who specializes in life-size wheat paste prints and paper cutouts of human figures. She started to gain recognition for her street art around 1999 and large-scale installations soon thereafter; in 2005, she was the subject of an eponymous solo exhibition mounted by now-mentor Jeffrey Deitch. Swoon has since been featured in major museums including a 2014 solo show, Submerged Motherlands, at the Brooklyn Museum. In 2015, Curry founded a non-profit organization, The Heliotrope Foundation to further her community-based projects in Haiti, New Orleans and North Braddock, Pennsylvania.
FAT FREE ART: A STREET ART friendly space on the corner of Allen& Delancey in the heart of the LOWER EAST SIDE of New York City. Like the GRITTY STREETS of NYC, WE DO NOT feature traditional white gallery walls. NOT linen white, off-white, bright white, historic white, egg white or Snow White…ART IS SHOWCASED on surfaces made of brick, cement, wood, plexi & metal. 950 square feet of 12 foot EXTERIOR walls INSIDE. The same outdoor canvases that STREET ARTISTS have been TAGGING since the beginning of tagging.