New York: Bulletspace, etc. 1991. First Edition/Limited Edition. Created at Bullet Space (an anarchist squatter community since 1982), the project brought together The Lower East Side Workshop, Black Cat Printshop, Cooper Union, and the Brandywine Workshop. Funded by Art Matters, Artist Space, Northstar Fund, Andy Warhol Foundation. The project is comprised of 32 silkscreened posters [on Mohawk vellum paper], all signed by the artists: Paul Castrucci; John Fekner; Stash Two; Tom McGliynn & Emily Carter; Day Gleeson & Dennis Tomas; Nadia Coen; Anton Von Dalen; Juan Sanchez; Martin Wong; Miguel Pinero & Andrew Castrucci; Betzaida Concepcion; Seth Tobocman; Sabrina Jones; Red Rodriquez; Marguerite Van Cooke & James Romberger; Neighborhood News; David Wojnarowicz; Lee Quinones & Eduardo Galleano; Lady Pink; Sebastian Schroeder; Missing Foundation; Salter Sipser; Bruce Witsiepe; Will Sales; Vincent Galgliostro & Avram Finkelstein; Eric Drooker. "This project is a collection of images and texts concerning the broad and essential issue of housing on the Lower East Side [of Manhattan]." It presents a series of posters created to bring attention to New York City's campaign of condemning entire blocks of decent low-income housing in order to demolish them and build more taxable high-rise housing. It is a document of an impressive and provocative public art project featuring some of the most well-known artists of this activist art movement centering on housing, economics, healthcare, gay and lesbian and other civil rights...and of the American art world of the time. Many of the artists have become well-known in recent years, with their works represented in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of the City of New York, El Museo del Barrio, the Brooklyn Museum, etc. Several artist included have emerged as major figures in the Graffiti Art Movement. Several are now faculty at prestigious colleges.
Each of the posters was printed in an edition of approximately 300, half formed the core of this book series, the rest were posted in the neighborhood. These posters catalyzed and sometimes escalated the intensity of the dialog around the ongoing issues of gentrification, conservation, urban development and social justice that is the bedrock of the Lower East Side experience. Beyond that, culturally the posters embody a 20th Century movement where artists combined innovative materials, design and aesthetics with radical and populist politics that had a great impact on the art world of New York and beyond. The unusual, heavy, lead-covered binding was designed to convey the feeling of oppression.
This remarkable 'installation piece' contextualizes the work as a whole, with some slides showing the creation process and the vast majority showing the various pieces as they were posted around the community. In the edition of 10, 9 are housed in facsimiles of the lightbox that created most of the art of the project, and one is housed in the orginal box. Fine. No DJ, as Issued. Bright and unmarred. Approximately 450 slides arranged in a lightbox of the same dimensions as that which printed the posters for this project. Appox 3x5'. Color slides. Limited numbered edition, this being ___ of 10. Item #7697