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Knockdown Center Presents: “Wastedland 2” (Queens, NY)

Posted on September 15, 2017

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Date(s) - 09/15/2017 - 09/16/2017
7:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Knockdown Center Presents: "Wastedland 2" (Queens, NY)

Read from the press release below:

“Wastedland 2” Immersive Art and Film Installation Ends Year-Long National Tour at Knockdown Center

Knockdown Center is pleased to present “Wastedland 2,” a nomadic site-specific, immersive film installation. Created by artist Andrew H. Shirley, along with the members of the notorious Brooklyn-based 907 graffiti crew, the installation’s environment uses the post-apocalyptic tableau from the film of the same name to allow the viewer to enter the psychology of the film’s narrative, redefining the way one traditionally engages with film and artwork. “Wastedland 2” poses questions of fate and the self, while exploring graffiti folklore through wordplay, sculpture, artifacts, and characters that appear in both the film and the installation. This special one-day event takes place Friday, September15, 2017 with an opening reception from 7:00pm – 12:00am, with screenings of the original film at 9:00pm and 11:00pm. Music performances will take place throughout the evening.

Artists in the exhibition include Adam VOID, Amy Smalls, CASH4, DARKCLOUDS, EKG, George Vidas, Greg Henderson, NOXER, RAMBO, Ryan C. Doyle, SMELLS, UFO 907, William Thomas Porter, WOLFTITS. Performances by DJ DIRTYFINGER, DJ DOG DICK, JACER RACER & THE UFHOES, KARMA KIDS, NINJASONIK, UNSTOPPABLE DEATH MACHINES and more.

Following its debut in a former car plant in Detroit last September, “Wastedland 2” has spent the past year touring across the U.S., in galleries, backyards, art and music festivals, under bridges and in freight train yards, mystical happenings in the desert amongst other locales. Each iteration has included artists and new material specific to each location. This event at Knockdown Center will be the culmination and a celebration of that national tour, mirroring the industrial nature of the very first show in Detroit and playing upon the former factory’s architectural character and location. 

“Wastedland 2” at Knockdown Center is made possible by support from Clocktower.

About Wastedland 2
“Wastedland 2” (30 min/ Color/ 2016) follows three solitary vandals (played by Wolftits, Avoid, and Smells) who cross paths while searching for the meaning of a trail of enigmatic artworks left behind by UFO 907, another nomadic artist. Roaming from one decaying zone to the next in a never-ending search for beer, weed and a wall to paint, the vandals form a pact with the rest of the surviving seekers (played by other recognized graffiti artists Rambo, Noxer, EKG, and others) to attain the answer to their unanimous question of their futility- “what’s the point?”

Watch the trailer here:

Knockdown Center

52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378.

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