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Dive UP! Pink Yankee Diver Mixed Media 20" X 30"
“Diver UP! Showdown"
Curated by: Frankie Velez

459 W 14th street
New York, NY 10014
November 21st, 2014 - December 8th, 2014
Opening: November 21st, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.straykatgallery.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
chelsea
EMAIL:  
kat@straykatgallery.com
PHONE:  
917.225.0608
OPEN HOURS:  
Open Daily. Noon - 7pm
TAGS:  
painting, figurative, modern, pop, surrealism, traditional, digital, graffiti/street-art, drawing, photography, mixed-media, installation
COST:  
Free

DESCRIPTION
Stray Kat Gallery & Victor Spinelli
Present
“Diver UP! Showdown"

Curated by Frankie Velez

Music provided by DJ Tuckahoe


On Friday November 21st Stray Kat Gallery is pleased to present the first edition of “Diver, UP! Showdown", a group exhibition comprised of the hottest artists of New York City's underground art movement. 
Handsome and commodious, the gallery space, formerly an old meat packing plant, provides a fresh newness to the prime image by Victor Spinelli. The “Showdown” artists present a mix of traditional and new media works featuring digital art techniques, painting, and collage.
Spinelli's "Diver UP" has a strong quality to it, like a logo. The perfectly formed female figure holding an elephantine helmet of a deep-sea diver represents the conflict between the viewer's understanding of today's pop-culture and the conundrum of logo-engagement. 

Logos have the ability to take hold in your mind in an involuntary way, breaching your self-conscious, rendering it changed forever. The Diver delivers a ready-made visual brand for each chosen artist, a brand that is unique and significant to the ever-loving fans of Spinelli's "Diver UP!" image. 


Spinelli began his artistic journey as a self-taught photographer, traveling the world to over 65 countries, camera in hand. Out of an opportunity that literally fell from the sky, Spinelli discovered photography while piloting a hot-air balloon as a jumping platform for skydivers back in the early 90s. Serendipity on his side, he descended into a prison and took pictures of the prison warden posing with the “captured” hot-air balloon and has been growing with each move he makes.


The prominent 16 artists who will create a piece for the show are: Anders Malmberg, Carlos Pinto, Craig Anthony Miller, Col Wallnuts, Deadcell 84, DOPE, FUMERO, John Arthur Carr, Jill Folino, LightweightNYC, Nathaniel Galka,Raquel Echanique, Savior Elmundo, Sean Calen Blake, SIENIDE, SpazeCraft One and Tobias Batz.

DJ Tuckahoe Tucker Hill will be spinning solid gold beats that will stir your soul.


7-10pm
Stray Kat Gallery
450 W 14th Street, New York, New York, 10014

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