MCLA Gallery 51: Quantum Spectrum
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Beginning Thursday, Sept. 30, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Gallery 51 presents "Quantum Spectrum," a group exhibition of artwork with roots in graffiti or non-permission art.
From prosthetic masks to vending machines, fabric creations to books and installations, this show runs the gamut. Curated by Brooklyn, N.Y., artist John Breiner, the exhibit will kick off with an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Breiner's foundation in art making comes from his teenage years, which were spent painting on walls that weren't his and for an audience he rarely saw, as he participated in a practice that rides the line somewhere between illicit and legitimate art form.
For "Quantum Spectrum," Breiner gathered work by artists with a similar background to his own. However, rather than dislocating graffiti from its intended location, he sought out works made for the gallery which were created with the same passion as work made in train yards, derelict buildings and freeway structures. The art works utilize skills, aesthetics and ideas that were formed in the raw, free environment of the urban wilderness.
"I have no interest in showing what normally you have to hop a fence to get under and over pass to see 10 times the size with 1000 times the power. ... To me, graffiti cannot be in a gallery," Breiner explained. "Graffiti artists see and live life in an extremely different way than most. I'm interested in showing the art that results out of that, and leaving graffiti where it belongs."
"Quantum Spectrum," on exhibit through Oct. 24, features work by JBreiner, Rich Browd, Andreis Mikael Costa, DahOne, Dizmology (Miguel Ovalle), J.Elias, Hellbent, Taras Hrabowsky, Coby Kennedy, Mr Kiji, Rich McIsaac, and One9. [more pictures]
MCLA Gallery 51 is at 51 Main St. in North Adams and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 413-664-8718, or go to www.mcla.edu/Gallery51 .