Saturday, May 14, 2011

"New Young City"

Exploring the Chelsea Gallery District with a friend from LA this week, we were both equally impressed with the art we found on the street as what we were seeing in the galleries. I walked by a motorcycle/auto-mechanic shop that had a number of paintings, including some very provocative ones, hanging throughout the garage. 
"Hey, this is Chelsea afterall!", the bearded proprietor declared. "And if you think this is racy, you should check out the gallery across the street," he added, referring to the Robert Maplethorp exhibit at the Sean Kelly Gallery.
We did.
Then we stumbled upon this mural in front of another auto-repair shop, "New Young City", which I later discovered is the work of Jordan Betten, who has a studio just around the corner from where I live in NY.

(For more of his work check out

This particular wall hosts a constantly changing roster of artists. Here is a shot I did during the winter right after a snow storm, of the same wall.

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