"Outside, Inside" at Tabla Rasa

From August 16 through September 27, Tabla Rasa Gallery, at 224 48th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) in Sunset Park, will present Outside, Inside: a Detour from Graffiti and Street Art. 

The exhibit is free and open to the public. There will be an artists’ reception from 6 - 8:30 PM on Saturday, August 16. Call 718.833.9100 for summer viewing hours. The exhibit will continue through Saturday September 27, with a closing reception from 2:00 - 4:30 PM.

Curated by renowned artist/author /New York City hustler Alan Ket, the group show features works by a cross-section of contemporary artists working both in the studio and on the streets worldwide, including: Chilean duo Aislap; Cern One; GHOST; Jan Kalab; KET; Sofia Maldonado; Queen Andrea; Wane COD; and Ezo Wippler.

Curator/ multi-media artist Alan Ket launched Stress, a hip-hop magazine credited for breaking such artists as Jay-Z, Foxy Brown, Eminem, and Raekwon, among others. Stress spun off into a Spanish-language version called Hip Hop Nation. In 2001, Ket and Marc Ecko created men's fashion magazine Complex. In 2004, Ket re-joined Ecko to develop controversial video game Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure. Active as a graffiti artist, curator, photographer, historian and art advocate, Ket's love of graffiti has led to frequent conflicts with local law enforcement. Most recently, Ket has curated graffiti and street art-related exhibitions at Fondation Cartier in Paris, Brooklyn's PowerHouse Arena, 55DSL in New York City, The Hip Hop Theatre Festival at NYU, MOCA LA, the Miami Light Project, and Copenhagen's WeAreRelated. Ket has lectured in universities worldwide and authored more than a dozen books on graffiti, street art and tattoo art.

Graffiti is an ancient human practice. People have always used public spaces to share information, make jokes, and express their loves and hatreds. In the 1970s, when kids started spray painting their names in a stylized way, it was called graffiti, but considered by many to be art. Today, street artists, many of them who started out as name-painters, have studios, work in more permanent media and show in mainstream galleries.

For further information or for reproductions, contact Audrey Anastasi at audfa@aol.com or call / 917.880.8337.

Media inquiries: Alan Ket at ket@alanket.com / 646.696.1474.

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