Posted on July 13, 2010
Lyons Weir Gallery
Mint & Serf
Special Graffiti Unit
Wednesday, July 28
6:00 – 10:00 pm
July 28– August 15
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 11-7, Sunday 12-6
Gallery Located: 175 Seventh Avenue on the NE corner of 20th and 7th Ave.
Contact: Michael Lyons Wier, Gallery@LyonsWierGallery.com
Mint&Serf SGU (Special Graffiti Unit) is an exhibition at Lyons Wier Gallery, curated by Derrick B. Harden, featuring new work by New York visual artists Mint&Serf. The exhibition pays homage to the longest running television program that defines New York City. Mint&Serf SGU is a multi-disciplinary exhibition incorporating painting, photography and video that is an interpretation of the artists’ personal encounters with the law in New York City and within their community.
Mint&Serf SGU (Special Graffiti Unit) cleverly captures Mint&Serf and company in their habitat by placing them in their own adapted version of Law & Order. By appropriating this iconic television drama, Mint&Serf: SGU turns photographed moments of vandalism, street-art and nightlife into a series of silk-screened vignettes. In Mint&Serf: SGU, the two artists portray themselves as part of the “Special Graffiti Unit,” an elite graffiti squad.
Most recently, Mint&Serf created and curated original artwork for the Ace Hotel in New York City. However, for the past ten years, Mint&Serf have been collaboratively producing artwork generating a vast range of large-scale murals, paintings, photographs, sculpture and street art throughout New York City and around the world. In 2005, as an extension to their art, they launched The Canal Chapter, a gallery platform for emerging artists, designers and musicians. In 2008, after the success of The Canal Chapter, they launched The Stanton Chapter, a street level art space in Lower East Side neighborhood of New York City. Mint&Serfhave exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. They have created commissioned work for the Ace Hotel, Nike, Marc Jacobs, Red Bull, Ogilvy&Mather, Adidas, Yahoo, Boost Mobile, PowerHouse Books among other clients.