Street Artist Chris RWK (@RobotsWillKill) painted this version of his signature Robot character on the Eldridge Street side of The Ridge Hotel. The bright red heart he’s holding has a gift tag attached that says “From New York.” Sweet. This mural is part of what is officially called The Ridge Wall; a series individual mural vignettes by a variety of popular street artists that wraps the building’s facade from Houston Steet around the corner to Eldridge. Sponsored by the hotel and 212 Arts Gallery, which represents the participating artists, the Robot with a Heart went up in October of 2018.
Low Brow Artique is clean and bright storefront Paint and Art Supply retail outlet in Bushwick Brooklyn that also hosts a small gallery space. We visited Low Brow for the first this past Saturday for the opening reception of You & Me, a group art exhibit which presents collaborative works created from the combined stylistic elements of two popular street / graffiti artists.
Inspired by the stylistic changes that occur when two artists create work together, You & Me brings together duos that can naturally be seen in the streets of New York as well as a few who have come together specifically for the show. By coming together to create one piece, the artists also provide a unique experience to those who take notice of their work in the streets.
Featured artist pairings are:
Cash4 & Smells, Chris & Veng (RWK), EKG & Dark Clouds, Matt Siren & Fenix, OCMC & This Is Awkward, Royce Bannon & Russell King, and Veng & Sofia Maldonado
My favorite pieces in the show were the two large wood mounted pieces by Cash4 & Smells, the Chris (RWK) & Veng piece and the Royce Bannon & Russell King pieces – though I have seen Russell King’s street sign paintings all over the streets and in private collections and I did not personally think his work was enhanced by this collaboration. I prefer my Russell King unadorned, I guess.
As an insight to where Low Brow is coming from with this exhibit, they offer these thoughts on the collaborations between Cash4 and Smells.
“While the direct influence the two artists have on one another may not be as apparent as it is with others in the show, it is the cohesive vision that Cash4 and Smells display that makes them memorable. In addition to this vision, their roller tags can be seen from most above ground trains while their stickers, tags, and characters permeate every space within reach of the ground. With their carefully designed fonts and strong presence, Cash4 and Smells are a definitive partnership in New York City.’
You & Me will be on exhibit until September 1st, 2012 at Low Brow Artique, located at 143 Central Ave (Corner of Willoughby) in Bushwick Brooklyn, NY. Phone 718-366-8181 for hours, train directions and more information.