Graffiti Workshops: Saturday, July 29th, 2-5pm.
Graffiti Alphabet with artist Michela Martello - 5 years and up.
The Art of Stickering with artist Josephine Barreiro - 9 years and up.
Pen+Brush, 29 East 22nd Street
As part of our Graffiti Summer Vacation we will hold a series of writing and graffiti workshops. Join us for two workshops: Artist Michela Martello will teach a workshop for kids on the graffiti alphabet. Artist Josephine Barreiro will lead a workshop, also for kids, which focuses on creating street art through the quiet magic of sticker art; handmade slaps and postals. Both artists currently have murals on view in our space.
Martello’s interactive mural Graffiti Goddesses is and has become a compelling site for communal expression and inspiration. The artist has several mural commissions around New York and New Jersey and counts street art as one of the defining influences over her work. Pen + Brush welcomes her blend of strength and softness, of domesticity and demolition, into the public realm, where the art takes a stand against the anxieties of 2017 and affirms women’s power in the face of current political and social devaluing of women as artists and people. Graffiti Goddesses will remain on view throughout the Graffiti Summer Vacation. The ongoing additions of words and art from the public have turned this mural into a vibrant, evolving public art project that serves as proof of the power engagement through art and words that will now spread throughout our entire space with this summer exhibit.
Barreiro's mural, Alone, features one of her black and white paintings in which a distorted figure morphs into an expressive street art abstraction. The artist hails from Newark; NJ and cites graffiti, specifically that of the urban center, as the groundwork for her gestural and energetic technique and also as the inspiration for her work. Her deep-seated love for graffiti art and abstract expressionism gives way to a body of work that is laced with anger, spontaneous energy, and personal as well as cultural memory. Barreiro's works were previously exhibited at Pen and Brush; she created a live painting during the exhibition and she was also featured in our NYC-ARTS segment last year.