SW!PE Vol. 4 (National—USA)
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Swipe Magazine Event at the National Arts Club
SW!PE Magazine is pleased to announce an exhibition of thirty New York guard/artists at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, in the Trask Gallery.
An opening reception will be hosted by the Club on Wednesday, the 15th of May, 2013 from 6 to 8PM. The show will be located in the Trask Gallery and will run until May 30th.
Participating Artists: Marcello Accardo, Charles Andresen, Fabian Berenbaum, Christopher Boynton, Marisol Del Valle, Carlos Delgado, Mike Doscher, Jeff Elliott, Eugene Fiore, Kevin Franke, Zach Hewitt, Pete Hoffmeister and Jack Laughner, Christopher Hood, Ronald Huang, Sarah Hufford, Bonnie Laessig, Jackie Du, William Law, Douglas Madill, Jeff Martinez, Katya Meykson, Jose Muchaypina, Bernardo Navarro, Meghan Oare, Sandro Rodorigo, Louis Romero, Barry Steely, Andrew Taylor, Justin Torres, Michael Varley, Owen Weber, Ethan Weinheimer
We are grateful to the club for this incredible opportunity to show in their space. They asked us to mention that there is a dress code, so please dress in business attire—which means no jeans, t-shirts or sneakers.
SW!PE Magazine was initially conceived as a forum to feature artwork, poetry, literature and criticism from security guards at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art—since that is where we happened to work at the time. While we are not sanctioned or endorsed in any way by the Museum, we felt there was a need to offer an outlet for the creative potential for those with whom we shared a similar lifestyle.
Many of us work long hours in the galleries and have developed intimate and personal relationships with much of the artwork we have been entrusted to protect. We believe our unique position and understanding of our environment gives us an unequaled perspective on the creative process, while allowing us the opportunity to absorb influences not afforded other artists.
Since the project began, we have generated a great deal of interest in the press and were featured in or on, among others, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Leonard Lopate Show, Reuters and NY1. (Check out the Press section HERE)
Our two exhibitions at the 25 CPW Gallery on the Upper West Side in NYC and one at the Spattered Columns Gallery on Broadway in Soho, have also been featured on numerous blogs and have received much praise from those attending.
Our plans for the future include expanding the pool of talent to include guards from around the City of New York, to museums throughout the United States and eventually to include representatives from around the world. This is an ambitious goal, and we are well on our way, making connections along the way.
Throughout this journey we continue to meet like minded artists and a host of individuals who recognize the importance of our project to give a voice to an often overlooked segment of the art community.
Photos: CD Boynton