Whitewashed Artists at Jeffrey Leder Gallery
Earlier this year, the owner of the 5Pointz building and site destroyed the work of dozens of graffiti artists by covering the walls with white paint. This was the final step in clearing the site of the artists for a planned real estate development project.
Beginning this Saturday, April 5, the artists whose work was destroyed will be part of an exhibition at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery in Long Island City.
Jeffrey Leder Gallery is excited to present Whitewash, an exhibit featuring 12 artists that worked on or photographed the 5Pointz walls for many years. They have created artworks that explore their reactions to having their and others’ art painted over – Whitewashed.
The gallery is located on 45th Road, in Long Island City, just steps from the 5Pointz site. The opening is on April 5, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Because it’s not a school night, I recommend making your own after-party at the Shannon Pot, a bar that relocated down the street to make room for this same development at the 5Pointz site.
I always thought 5Pointz was kind of cheesy…I was not all that sad when this happened. I think it would be better if they’d preserved a few walls and turned the site into a park, or renovated the existing building (it had been condemned for years, and a stairwell COLLAPSED ON SOMEONE when it was last in use). Having a massive building just for rats to live in and a small group of friends to paint is about as useless as a glass highrise for the public.