From Street Art to New Media and Back, featuring:
Freedom for Lazy People!
Nuclear Fairy, IRLO, and Omar
While gentrification in New York and the politics of cleansing tend to erase legendary traces of graffiti that inspired artists all over the world, street art flourishes in Eastern European cities. Bucharest, Timisoara, Cluj, Arad are just some of the places where you can find works by Nuclear Fairy (Linda Barkasz), IRLO (Laurentiu Alexandrescu), and Omar (Marwan Anbaki). Their art, combining lowbrow esthetics, figurative graffiti and an unusual approach to text, gives life to grim walls and starts a dialogue with the medium, be it a phone booth, a billboard or a cardboard box. The artists, all in their early 20s, work both individually and collectively as Zacuska Senzual.
RCINY invited these artists for ten days in New York to leave their mark on the walls of the Romanian Gallery, to meet their peers and engage in collaborations. The evening is co-hosted by Wooster Collective, one the most prominent street art projects on the web. The exhibition runs through August 15.
The work of IRLO, Nuclear Fairy, and Omar, samples of which illustrated our monthly calendar, inspired Marina Draghici, a New York-based costume and stage designer, to invite them to create their own version of African musician Fela Kuti’s Shrine on the walls of the Off-Broadway theater where a groundbreaking musical about Kuti's life will open later this summer.
[Artwork by IRLO]
[Photo gallery by: Kosma Levente, Cristian Neagoe, Oana Radu]