‘The Perilous Fight’ is a series on display within the depths of the New York subway system showing work by artist Phil America. Through live subway tracks, at the end of abandoned tunnels, cold and far under the city, lies a ‘gallery’ space for no one. A ‘gallery’ space, in the dark, where it is unlikely to ever be seen by eyes that don’t specifically go looking for it.
Taking the subway uptown to the boogie-down Bronx, we hit up the TATS Cru boys to check out their studio. It’s in the middle of a community centre; pretty fittingly for one of the longest-standing crews in graffiti, who also give a lot back to the neighbourhood they grew up in. The rougher edges have worn down a little, but a few blocks the wrong way and you could still be in trouble. New York City’s quick to remind you when you’ve put a foot down wrong… We caught up with BIO, Nicer and BG183 for a history lesson and an insight into their New York ahead of their latest group show – Blood, Sweat and Tears – at Toy Tokyo Underground in New York.
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Bronx-born CRASH has been bombing subway cars since the 70s. His work is in the permanent collections of MOCA and The Brooklyn Museum of Art and has been featured in numerous publications.
UK-based Remi Rough grew up creating abstract murals in South London. He made his exhibition debut in 1989 and has since gone on to show work in London, Paris, Perth, Tokyo, Santander, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Berlin, Ibiza and more. One of his most notable New York street projects was his involvement in the Underbelly Project in 2010.
In 2010, a 30-year retrospective of CRASH’s drawings was Dorian Grey Gallery’s inaugural exhibition. In this reunion with the gallery, CRASH has collaborated with Remi Rough on a new series of exciting work representing the next stage in the evolution of graffiti and street art.
Flow – an Exhibition by Remi Rough & John ‘Crash’ Matos opens January 16 – February 23, 2014 – There will also be a brand new, limited edition collab print to accompany the show – Opening Reception: January 16th from 6-9PM – RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org