It was back in early 2007 when I first laid eyes on Leon Reid IV (aka Darius Jones of Darius and Downey). He was giving a talk on on street art at The Pure Project and I was greatly impressed by the lengths that this unassuming guy wearing a cardigan and a bow tie was going to in order to bring his unique combination of humor, wit and artistic talent to the public. The idea that someone would have the audacity to dress up like a contractor and install his work in broad daylight was pretty crazy to me, but that was exactly what he was doing. Four years later, Reid is no longer busy outsmarting police but instead has a steady output of legal and commissioned public works as well as his first solo show “A Decade of Public Art” opening at Pandemic Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Saturday night.
The show is a real insight into the artist’s process, exhibiting many of his sketches, models, and photographs dating back to his graffiti days as VERBS and of his installations from around the world. And be sure to look up before entering the gallery – otherwise you might miss his site specific installation for Pandemic Gallery!
Leon Reid IV: A Decade Of Public Art
Photography, sculpture and drawings exhibiting the span of Leon Reid IV’s public artwork, 2000- present.
Sat. April 16 – Sun. May 8, 2011
Sat. April 16, 2011 7-11pm
37 Broadway b/w Kent and Wythe
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Sat. & Sun. 12-7pm
or by appointment
L train to Bedford ave, J train to Marcy ave, or Q59 bus to Broadway/Wythe