MOM & POPism Installation in New York City
On Saturday we checked out the MOM & POPism installation on the rooftop of Gawker's HQ in New York. 16 graffiti artists were invited to do their work over life-size replicas of photographs from the "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York" exhibit at the Clic Bookstore & Gallery, the photographic survey by James and Karla Murray documenting disappearing mom-and-pop stores.
Said curator Billi Kid, "I think there's a loss of context when you see graffiti in a white cubicle. This is an attempt to bridge that gap and make the work a little more relevant in the way the public views it." Functioning as a sort of synthesis between street art and photography, in some ways it's one last chance for the artists to leave their mark on storefronts that are quickly vanishing. The only public viewing was this past Saturday, but additional exhibition viewings are available by appointment throughout August (send an email firstname.lastname@example.org).