The Hamilton Fish Park Branch of the NYPL is delighted to present Staying Alive 2: A Cru of Characters, a captivating selection of artwork by three talented urban artists of diverse backgrounds and ages.
Growing up in New York City in the 80’s when graffiti ruled the subways, David Alicea aka LETHAL cites among his influences Tracy 168, Flint 707, and Zephyr. His comic-style, graffiti-infused illustrations present a dynamic “cru of characters” in blazing colors and bold strokes.
Based in Bushwick, 16-year-old Moriah Ressler grew up in a family of artists. Her father, Robert Ressler, is an award-winning sculptor. Moriah’s earliest art-related memory involves illustrating her mother’s poetry. With a sophisticated flair for the weird, Moriah currently fashions surreal images on a variety of surfaces ranging from stickers to handcrafted paper. Though cartoonish and whimsical in style, her illustrations, often juxtaposed with words, exude an unsettling, ominous tone.
Representing the Bronx is 25-year-old Twelph. A self-taught artist, Twelph has called this mecca of graffiti home since he was four years old. On stickers, on canvas and on a variety of found material, Twelph crafts playful characters charged with urban energy. Twelph is also beginning to make his mark on walls at 5Pointz in Long Island City and at Da Bakery in the South Bronx. With Sen2 as his primary mentor, Twelph cites Daim, Can2, Meres and Kofie as influences.
A reception for the artists, along with performances by the Lethal Weaponz Crew and Nelson “Chief” Seda, will be held on Thursday, February 4th from 5-7pm.
For further information, contact the exhibit's coordinator, Lois Stavsky @ 917.562.8468.