Identical twin artists How & Nosm are among ten artists commissioned in cities around the world to create original artwork for DKNY ARTWORKS. Each original work captures an artistic expression of the NYC skyline within the frame of a DKNY logo. The participating artists were asked to interpret New York City as they envision it and were selected based on their connection with the city in which their artwork will be featured. The billboard by How & Nosm, titled I JUST CALLED TO SAY can be found at the intersection of 7th Avenue and 48th Street in Times Square, NYC.
This special project incorporates art in public spaces and an available auction on Paddle8 with proceeds to benefit Free Arts NYC, a program which provides under-served children and families with educational arts and mentoring programs. Bidding will be available online to June 29th at 10pm EDT, with an auction event at The Montauk Beach House in Montauk, NY.
While Late Confessions, the new exhibit by identical twin graffiti artists How & Nosm, opened over two weeks ago, it took that long for us to make it to the exhibit due to NYC’s recent streak of inclement weather and circumstances beyond our control. We must “confess,” however, that it was worth the wait, because this “must see” show is nothing short of fantastic!
We have previously seen single works by How & Nosm (the pseudonyms of Raoul and Davide Perré) in group shows at venues such as Opera Gallery in Soho, or on the ever-rotating Houston Street at Bowery Mural, but this is our first exposure to a show of multiple works by these fabulously talented brothers. We admit we had no clue that they were capable of such depth and diversity, and this exhibit, which includes a few incidences of site-specific installation, had us oohing an aahing as we moved excitedly from room to room.
Born in Germany and raised in Spain, the brothers reveal different parts of their past in the art that was produced for this exhibition. In addition to using their signature color palette of red, grey and black, the twins have pushed their own boundaries with massive canvases and installations that show how dynamic they can be.
In a small shrine-like room close to the front of the gallery, you’ll find a series of “art books” painted specifically for this show. This display brought on the show’s ‘Wow Factor’ immediately.
Down the hall and around another corner, you may feel like you’ve stumbled into Alice’s storybook Wonderland.
There is a new discovery every way you look.
The detail of these works is phenomenal.
In yet another room of the gallery, you’ll find a massive sculpture of a Fish surrounded by suspended umbrellas and other whimsical details that help to further whatever narrative you are making up in your head.
Although it is still very early in the year, How & Nosm’s Late Confessions will surely rank among our Top Ten Exhibits for 2013! See it while you can!
Late Confessions runs through February 23rd, 2013 at Jonathan LeVine’s Pop Up Space, located at 557 W 23rd Street, New York City.