The bright pink and neon green-painted wheat paste collages and sculptures of street artist Judith Supine are well known to street art aficionados, but Supine’s work has also infiltrated the galleries. Using his mother’s name as his artist persona, Judith had kept his face hidden and true identity a secret until last week, when a Video shot by Animal NY went viral on Arrested Motion and other various art blogs, in which Judith, who is an extremely handsome man, gave a candid and liberally swear word-peppered interview about his life and art.
All this was in anticipation of last Saturday’s opening of Supine’s latest exhibit, Golden Child, at Mecka Gallery, located way the hell out in an industrial area of Brooklyn, where Manhattanites fear to tread.
At this event, it was promised, the mysterious Judith Supine would openly show his face in public for the first time. Despite monsoon-esque weather conditions and travel directions that necessitated the use of a map, Geoffrey and I put on our Big Girl Panties and headed out.
Judith creates his art starting with images culled from discarded magazines, which he then pieces together to create what I call “familiar mutants”: creatures that are part human and part inanimate objects. Undeniably the focal point of the evening, the imposing Twins sculpture in the photo above hangs from a ceiling beam in the center of the Mecka Gallery space with the remainder of the Golden Child exhibit hidden in a tiny back room (the doorway to which can also be seen in the above photo) that we originally mistook for a store room or “back stage” area before summoning the nads to finally check it out. Here’s what we found inside.
Judith seems to favor integrating images of cigarettes and alcohol into his works. Discuss.
This Limited Edition Print of the same Image seen on the gallery door was On Sale for $150 at the opening.
Geoffrey mentioned he thought somebody told him Judith’s real name might be “Brent” or something, but who knows.
Likewise, no one seems to be able to confirm whether Golden Child was a one-night-only affair or if the art is on display at Mecka for a few weeks, and you won’t find out by looking at their Website. It’s worth checking out though, if you’re up for an adventure!
Mecka Gallery is located at 65 Meadow Street between Bogart St. and Morgan Ave. in Brooklyn, NY 11206.