Graffiti Artists Paint Mural to Promote First New York Gallery Show
LOWER EAST SIDE — Move over Popeye, there’s a new mural on Houston Street.
A pair of Midwest-based graffiti artists announced their visit to New York by painting a mural on the famed wall at East Houston Street and the Bowery, in advance of their exhibition at a Chelsea gallery.
The mural — a rainbow-hued explosion of images ranging from King Kong eating an NYPD patrol car to a flamingo smoking a cigarette — replaces one that went up this spring of the famous cartoon sailor by Bronx-born artist Crash.
The two artists behind the mural, Pose (Jordan Nickel) of Chicago and Revok (Jason Williams) of Detroit, belong to an art collective called The Seventh Letter and a graffiti group known as the Mad Society Kings (MSK).
The mural contains tributes to other graffiti artists, including Nekst, a member of MSK that passed away earlier this year.
Pose and Revok’s mural, which they finished on June 24, previews their show "Uphill Both Ways" at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, located at 529 W. 20th St.
The exhibition, “relates to the battles Pose and Revok have faced personally with legal persecution and loss, as well as general themes of the human struggle on a macro level, one of the common threads in their bodies of work,” according to the gallery's website.
The show launched on Saturday and runs through July 27.