Thursday, April 29, 2010

Icelandic volcano can't stop this 'Eurotrash' show

Some Euro ash nearly spoiled “Eurotrash.”

With artists unable to fly in from Europe thanks to a certain volcanic eruption, the opening of the latest show at Brooklynite Gallery was up in the air — until the Bedford-Stuyvesant space rescheduled its opening night party for May 8.

The exhibition features two of the most influential international street artists working today: Norwegian stencil artist Dolk and Polish muralist M-City.

Find a mostly monochromatic piece with one color statement — often a yellow banana in a nod to Andy Warhol — and it’s likely a piece by Dolk. Of late, the artist has incorporated another yellow symbol into his work; in the striking “Tweety-Halo,” a young woman with a halo has her hands clasped in prayer while a trio of Tweety Birds circle her as if ripped from a Looney Tunes cartoon.

M-City also works mostly in grayscale, leaving his sprawling murals of smoke-stack factories, steam ships and city blocks on public spaces across the globe.

For “Eurotrash,” they’re compressed to a canvas, such as in “Cactus Factory,” comprised of an imposing cactus with arms that morph into smoke stacks, spewing ash into the sky. How fitting.

“Eurotrash” at Brooklynite Gallery [334 Malcolm X. Blvd. between Decatur and Bainbridge streets in Bedford-Stuyvesant, (347) 405-5976], May 8-May 29, with an opening reception from 7-10 pm. For info, visit


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