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Above at The Quin Hotel. Curated by DK Johnston. (Manhattan, NYC)

Posted on July 14, 2016

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Date(s) - 07/14/2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Above at The Quin Hotel. Curated by DK Johnston. (Manhattan, NYC)



Read from the press release below:

Solo Exhibition by Tavar Zawacki, aka ABOVE

Curated by DK Johnston Opens July 14 at the Quin

International street artist Tavar Zawacki, best known to his fans as ABOVE, brings his signature style to the global street art series at the Quin hotel on July 14th with a solo exhibition curated by DK Johnston. The Quin, located at the corner of 57th Street and Sixth Avenue, is New York’s quintessential luxury lifestyle hotel and hosts the acclaimed Quin Arts program. The ABOVE exhibition will be on view from July 14 through mid-August in the hotel’s lobby level.

Tavar Zawacki was born in California in 1981 and now makes his home in Berlin. He has been creating public art since 1995, when he first began tagging “ABOVE” graffiti on freight trains. At the age of 19, ABOVE moved to Paris, where he started painting his trademark arrow icon pointing ‘above’. Over the past 17 years he has painted artworks in the streets of over 100 cities in 60 different countries around the world. During this period, the artist has become known for several distinct styles of street art, including multi-layer, full color social and political stencils, large text-based painted murals and colorful abstract arrow compositions. ABOVE’s stencil and text-based artworks usually have a strong message or awareness about social, political, or international current events, while his abstract works are a visual language of shape, color, and form.

Quin Arts curator DK Johnston commented, “ABOVE has separated from many of his peers in the street art community with a move from figurative expression to geometric abstraction. He’s really one of the only artists in the street art movement speaking with this style of voice.” “What’s more,” Johnston said, referencing the artist’s signature arrow, “he’s always thinking upwards, with an optimism and enthusiasm that resonates.”

ABOVE’s solo exhibition at the Quin will feature 36 works of handmade sculptural relief, using acrylic and resin on wood. The artist is also planning to inaugurate a graffiti courtyard within the hotel during his residency, calling to mind his large-scale outdoor works. On July 14th ABOVE will attend an invitation-only artist salon at the Quin for hotel guests and friends of the Quin Arts program.


The Quin Hotel:

101 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

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