"Tic-Tac-Toe Paskettios" ©2011 Joseph Meloy
"Being in the 90s on the Lower East Side, I always had my eye on something in the street. I was 16, 17, doing my thing, and graffiti or posters or even just the natural habitat of life in the street would catch my eye," explains Meloy (cue soundtrack to the movie The Wackness.) Amidst the angst teens growing up in NYC's odd transition from 80s grittiness to 90s sanitation, Meloy was still attracted to the dopeness.
"Back then," he says, "I didn't exactly know the meaning of everything I saw, I just knew I wanted something to do with it. I didn't just want to collect these posters, stickers, and shit, I wanted to make them."
|Vandal Expressionist, Joseph Meloy, photo courtesy of www.thelodownny.com|
"Cosmo" ©2011 Joseph Meloy
|"Untitled (Gorilla Face)" ©2011 Joseph Meloy|
|"Invasion" ©2011 Joseph Meloy|
He's one of those dudes that takes his shit really seriously in an earnest more than hispster kind of way. He's even got a manifesto: i.e.
Vandal Expressionism is intrigued by toying with sense of scale.
"My paintings are only so big because my apartment is only so big. I need space. I could make my paintings huge if I had more space."
Vandal Expressionism lets the seams show.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 8-11 PM
Le Salon D'Art 90 Stanton Street, NYC
|Art and paraphernalia for sale. 10% of proceeds from art sale directly benefits Japanese Tsunami Relief Fund.|