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POP International Galleries Presents
“We’ve Got Your Back Girl”
A Group Exhibition Of Street & Urban Artists
Speaking Out Against
Domestic Violence And Violence Against Women”
New York, NY February 18, 2015 -- On Saturday, March 14 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, POP International Galleries 473 West Broadway will celebrate Women with a collection of renowned Urban and Street Artists honoring the art and work of Brazilian Street Artist Panmela Castro. The show will run through April 10th, 2015.
Comprised of numerous mixed media artworks by UR New York, Joe Iurato, Chris Stain, DOM Pattinson and Bradley Theodore, these men will stand up in support of the important work that Panmela Castro fearlessly creates and promotes in the favela’s of Rio De Janeiro, and around the world.
“POP International Galleries is humbled to present this important show,” said Jeff Jaffe, owner of POP International Galleries. “This is a moment where men can stand up and proudly proclaim that REAL MEN ARE FEMINISTS!”
Panmela Castro was a 25-year-old graffiti artist in Brazil using the streets of Rio de Janeiro as her canvas, when she realized she could turn her artwork into a radical public forum for change. She works with young people and created a foundation called Rede Nami, an urban art network of female urban artists that addresses gender inequality through public art and graffiti. Rede Nami will benefit from a share of the profits of the sale from “We’ve Got Your Back Girl”.
UR New York’s mission as a collective is to create an urban-industrial aesthetic by combining graffiti, photography, screen-printing and graphic design. They seek to inspire respect and tolerance through their creative endeavors, but especially hope that they can reach the youth of the world, so that that they are encouraged to make good choices, stay in school, attain their creative dreams and to hopefully “pick up where we leave off”.
Chris Stain was raised in Baltimore, but his interest in art began with NYC subway graffiti in the mid 1980’s. Having learned printmaking methods in high school, he eventually shifted his technique toward stenciling. Adapting images from photographs and working with spray paint, stencils, and paper to create interior/exterior works, he conveys an authentic contemporary document that illustrates the triumph of the human spirit as experienced by those in under represented urban and rural environments.
Joe Iurato uses layers of hand cut paper and spray paint to create texture and form - a modern adaptation of an old-fashioned printing process. His art is nothing more than the deep exploration and documentation of personal and urban experiences. The site-specific placements of his pieces often utilize the inner-city environment to complete their narratives
DOM Pattinson’s influences are two-fold. Having spent time as a student in the Soviet Union immersed in the propaganda art of Russia and then Northern Ireland, where he witnessed young Sinn Fein activism expressed with politically motivated public displays – street art in its most raw form – laid the foundation for what he makes today. Seeing the irony in watching his daughters grow from sweetness into women-hood, through emotional trauma, and not being able to control it, also plays a pivotal role in his work.
Bradley Theodore is recognized for (among other things) a SoHo-based mural featuring the faces of the lovely Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld, rendered as if dressed up for Día de Muertos. In vibrant colors, Theodore mixes and matches key elements of art and fashion, plastering his power clashing hybrids around the city streets. He renders skeletal dopplegangers of Grace Coddington, Coco Chanel, Kate Moss and the almighty Frida Kahlo in his works, turning style deities into undead fashionistas.
ABOUT POP INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES
POP International Galleries is comprised of two unique art galleries in New York City, with its flagship gallery located on West Broadway in the heart of SoHo and a Midtown location In the Citigroup Building on East 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue. Founded in 1997 by Jeff Jaffe, POP International Galleries specializes in Pop Art, Street and Urban Art, sculpture, photography, and art that is derived from, or influenced by popular culture. With an impressive roster of highly regarded artists, both emerging and famed, Pop International Galleries is a great source for all collectors and art admirers. POP also believes that an educational component is vital to collectors and the community at large. Events at the gallery often include guest lectures and discussions, screenings and slide shows as well as charitable tie-ins, making POP International Galleries very much a part of the community at large. For more information visit www.popinternational.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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