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MCLA Gallery 51 To Open Grafitti-Based Exhibit

09/15/2010

 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 9 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 a shrunken-down version of what you would normally have to hop a fence over or under an overpass to see executed with 10 times the size and 1,000 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.  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 .

"Quantum Spectrum" opens along with a host of downtown activities as part of DownStreet Art Thursday.  There will be gallery exhibition openings, street musicians and specials at local businesses. The event is free and open to the public. Many of the participating artists will be in attendance. 

DownStreet Art is a project of MCLA's Berkshire Culture Resource Center, partnering with the City of North Adams, Develop North Adams, Orbitz Visual and Scarafoni Realty.  The program is made possible through lead sponsorship support provided by Greylock Federal Credit Union and Greylock Investment Group.  Additional support is provided by: Adams Co-Operative Bank, Berkshire Bank, Gramercy Bistro, The Hub Food and Spirit, Papyri Books, The Party Place, Petrino's Café, Supreme Pizza and Wings, Taylor's, TGL Photoworks, Doug Morin MD, The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA and the City of North Adams. 

The initiative was designed to revitalize downtown North Adams by identifying the City as a cultural haven. The program serves not only to increase MCLA's visibility, but to showcase what other local arts organizations have to offer. For more information about DownStreet Art and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, go to www.downstreetart.org and www.mcla.edu/bcrc .