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.
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While some purists may argue that the actual streets provide all the gallery space that street art needs, one venue in the East Village, Dorian Grey Gallery has become the go-to space for formal exhibits by some of the most popular names in the movement.
Currently, Dorian Grey is hosting Street Artists Unite, an unprecedented set of collaborations featuring Hank O’Neal (aka XCIA)’s oversized photographs of classic street art compositions in collaboration with 13 artists including Army of One, AV ONE, BTA, COPE2, CRASH, ENX, Fumero, Kid Lew, Screwtape, SEE One, Chris Stain, Robots Will Kill and TMNK (The Me Nobody Knows). If you’re even a casual fan of street art you will recognize most of the iconic images in these works, many of which we saw plastered on mail boxes, fire hydrants and convenient doorways during our 10 minute walk to the gallery from East 14th Street!
This past Wednesday’s opening reception became quite the scene as fans and artists alike flooded the gallery and the sidewalks outside to socialize and enjoy a common interest. If you’ve not yet been to an exhibit at Dorian Grey, consider Street Artists Unite to be your open invitation to check it out.
Street Artists Unite will be on Exhibit through August 5th, 2012 at Dorian Grey Gallery, Located at 437 East 9th Street, just West of Avenue A, NYC. (NOTE: The Doran Grey Gallery Has Now Closed for Good.)