Armory Show, Pier 94, New York
Deitch Projects presented ESPO Bakery, a special project with Steve Powers (ESPO) at the Armory Show. The artist created an art installation in the form of a bakery that sold ESPO-designed cookies and cakes. The baked goods could be collected as art multiples or enjoyed on the spot. The project was in the tradition of Deitch Projects’ special installations at the Armory Fair.
Steve Powers had been painting graffiti that looks like advertising since the early 90’s, building the ESPO brand into a durable commodity. He attended the University of the Arts for two years, and with the fall tuition for what would have been his junior year, started On The Go Magazine. OTG proved to be an influential and successful magazine, growing to 18 issues with a circulation of 50,000 copies distributed internationally. Powers was able to parlay his reputation as a journalist into The Art Of Getting Over, a book that was published by St. Martin’s Press in 1999.
In his 2004 solo exhibition, My List of Demands, the artist created paintings based on the visual marginalia of the world: T-shirt graphics, cartoons, religious tracts, advertising illustration, and graffiti. Powers used these base elements of visual communication to depict the issues at the core of the human experience: love, hate, desire, insecurity, jealousy, frustration and revelation. Powers likened what he does to emotional cave painting, visually summing up humanity and relaying the summation in easy-to-grasp, easy-to-recall pictures.
Powers had been included in several group exhibitions at Deitch Projects, including Street Market in 2000, a show in which he joined forces with Todd James and Barry McGee to recreate their version of an urban street inside Deitch Projects's 18 Wooster Street Gallery. James and Powers spent several months scouring the streets for discarded signs and storefronts, reassembling the debris into a startling fusion of urban reality and urban fantasy. His work was also included in the group exhibition Session the Bowl, in 2001. Stephen Powers is a West Philadelphia native who had lived and worked in Manhattan for the past ten years.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
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New York, NY 10013
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The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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