The last month has seen lots of new activity by old favorites. New wheatpastes have gone up in Brooklyn: Swoon and Over Under in Red Hook, ECB in Bushwick and Judith Supine in Williamsburg.
This Saturday, November 19th, join Pandemic Gallery in welcoming some of my favorite artists for the opening of “Paperboys” featuring Labrona (Montreal), OverUnder (Reno), and ND’A (Brooklyn). Based on my preview of their work last night, this show is shaping up in a way that will please their current fans as well as winning them over some new ones.
Each artist is known for their free and spontaneous styles when painting outdoors, where you may wander upon ND’A’s large, cartoonish murals in Bushwick or catch one of Labrona’s Mona Lisa-esque portraits and OverUnder’s birds as they fly by you on the side of a Trans American freight. Yet it is when these friends put their paint to paper & canvas that they have the luxury of time to fully develop and explore the themes and influences that have launched their work to international notoriety. For Paperboys, Labrona experiments with new spray painting techniques and layering to achieve looks that transmute between impressionistic, almost abstract forms to his colorfully combined take on surreal realism. In OverUnder’s gouache on butcher paper paintings, he invites the viewer on a tour of his favorite painting spots as he re-visits & re-creates a year spent in almost perpetual motion. ND’A works with bold black lines and sloppy, joyful fills to playfully analyze and critique his transition from street artist into a gallery ready painter. Though their mediums, styles and influences may differ, this trio of artists is brought together by an enduring love for creating art for art’s sake that has propelled them into a shared lifestyle of artistic freedom, transcending the limitations of lives more ordinary.
featuring the artwork of:
OVERUNDER / LABRONA / ND’A
Opening Reception: Saturday, Nov. 19th 7-11pm
show runs through Sun. Dec. 11th
37 Broadway (between Wythe and Kent)
Brooklyn, NY 11211