Off-beat Uptown art gallery, Cult Status, posted a sad announcement on their Facebook page today. Apparently uptight tenants who share the same building are "uncomfortable" with graffiti artist Deuce Seven's bright, swirly mural that covers the Cult Status facade, so much so that they've enlisted the landlord to have the mural painted over. How someone could NOT want to gaze upon the awesomeness of an acclaimed artist such as 27 is beyond us! In case you're not familiar, Deuce Seven (also know as 27) is a renowned local graf artist who has made quite a name for himself in the art world, with gallery shows at SooVAC, Fox Tax and others locally and nationally. After a short stint in NYC, the Village Voice wrote an article about him, suggesting that Deuce was "the new king of new york street art." Not too shabby.
The fact that this mural was commissioned (and legal) makes it that much more special and thoughtfully created. Definitely a piece of public art that would be a shame to cover up. But, private property is private property and the landlord is within his legal right. However, it's TOTALLY LAME.
The Cult Status peeps plan to create a documentary about "shitty" public art around town and also film the destruction of the awesome 27 mural. If you want to go angrily pump your fist over this travesty, keep your eyes peeled on Cult Status's Facebook page for time/date of the painting-over so you can go down and help them heckle their landlord and voice your outrage in the documentary.
Submitted by @letoilemagazine