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This one has been here a while. If you look closely you’ll see that it’s one of Meres’ pieces.
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I met this gentleman when I was visiting 5 Pointz one day with my best friend. I revisited the same spot a week later and his piece has disappeared. =/ ‘Tis the life of a 5 Pointz artist.
Graffiti is “the biggest art movement the world has ever seen.” – Lady Pink, Graffiti is Legal Documentary. Found probably in every part of the world, it’s great to have such a large and free establishment that artists have access to. 5 Pointz is the “largest aerosol art exhibit space in the United States.”
The powerful thing about 5 pointz is that people from all over the world come to express themselves. One afternoon I was wandering around the area I found Pim making his mark on 5 Pointz, he was from Germany and was really exited to make it onto the wall. Next post I’ll share some photos from Pim’s experience. I’ll also raise a controversial question I hope you’ll weigh in on.
Check out this video until then:
It might not be your community but if you understand the essence of graffiti art, you should probably support by at least signing the petition. The great thing about 5 Pointz is that it brings people of varying skills and walks of life. The great concept of the space is that pieces are constantly rotating. The images located in less visible areas rotate on a more regular basis since that space is usually reserved for beginner artists while more visible areas are given to more experienced artists. Artists usually request space by contacting the curator and providing examples of their work and sketches. Unfortunately, they aren’t accepting new submissions for this season until final conclusions are made about the ground it sits upon.
Here’s where I’m going to climb onto my soapbox .. * clomp clomp clop, shuffle papers, ahem * Honestly, I think 5 Pointz sealed my love of graffiti culture. A respected institution where artists can legally practice their craft, 5 Pointz carries years of history along it’s walls. To knock it down for the purpose of creating more dwellings in an already congested city is disrespectful. Reducing the building to anything less than it already is will be removing a legal and constructive opportunity for artists in the city. More likely than not, the city will pay the consequences by seeing a rise in illegal taggings. Please keep 5 POINTZ!
How can you help save 5 Pointz? For one, blog about it. After you reblog my post, go one step further and sign a petition!
I realized that I referenced 5 Pointz in my earlier post about Graffiti Alley in Central Square but I hadn’t shared my experience at 5 Pointz in Long Island City, Queens. I stumbled upon (no relations to the website, happened naturally) this living gallery space while out on a trip to the P.S. 1 Museum when I saw a few artists leaving their signature pieces on the wall. I must say, I respect this space because they take graffiti seriously. 5 Pointz really considers the talent of the artist that use the walls as their gallery space. Unfortunately, 5 Pointz was to be torn down or will be torn down in the near future. It’s more important now than any other time to share this space with more people. Get down there and check it out! Over this week I’ll be posting different photos I took at the Pointz. Keep in mind these photos were taken about a year ago in July 2010.