Celebrate Labor Day art-fully in LIC!
by Francie Scanlon
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Standing in front of The Joker, MERES, the Master, depicted with his “master piece” on the ground floor entrance of the industrial warehouse which contains both the 5 Pointz Gallery. (Photo by Abedin Korcaj)
Standing in front of The Joker, MERES, the Master, depicted with his “master piece” on the ground floor entrance of the industrial warehouse which contains both the 5 Pointz Gallery. (Photo by Abedin Korcaj)
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Whatever you do this weekend, make certain that it includes a ride on the #7 train and a hop-off at 45th Road/Courthouse Square.

Catch a Summer finale at MoMA PS1 [22-25 Jackson Avenue @ 46th Avenue] - one of the largest and oldest organizations in the United States solely devoted to contemporary art [www.MoMAPS1.org]. On Saturday, September 4, at 3 p.m. experience a performance by Andrew Lampert as part of the "Greater New York Cinema" series, which runs through October 17.

Join in the celebration of a “wrap” to "Warm Up" - an interdisciplinary showcase of interactions between musicians and artists - highlighting a mix of experimental music, live bands, performances, and DJs!

Now enjoying it's 13th year, Warm Up this season coincides with the annual Young Architects Program and merges with a new courtyard installation, "Pole Dance", created by the architectural firm Solid Objectives - Idenburg Liu (SO - IL).

On Saturday starting at 2 p.m. at the Session supported by Sydie Lansing, Holy Ghost!/DFA Records will perform live; along with a House of House/Whatever We Want (DJ set), and an appearance by DJ Mehdi.

A stroll through Greater New York's "Rotating Gallery" series is definitely on-tap. See, before it closes on September 5, "The Comfort of Strangers" (borrowing from a novel by British author Ian McEwan) - the third iteration of MoMA PS1's "Rotating Gallery", which is presently comprised of works by four artists living and working in New York.

Each work is decidedly mysterious, magical, mythical and ever-so-modern. Yet Judith Bernstein's large-scale charcoal drawings (Five Panel Vertical, 1973) is the stand-out, erect as timeless watchmen safeguarding the integrity of the artists' collective.

Before hitting the pavement, kick a few bouncing balls with colour and dash, enjoy the sand, soak in the soft terra firma and then head over one block to Davis Street, featuring the Shamrock Bar & Grill on the corner.

The Local Project [45-10 Davis Street] is finalizing on Saturday [Noon to 6 p.m.] - "Twelve Lives in Queens County" - curated by Paul Lambermont who received a grant from Queens Council on the Arts to shepherd this homage to the County in which he resides and within which the dozen artists have dared to find dazzling spaces, shapes, and surprises by turns serendipitous as much satisfying.

"Twelve Lives in Queens County" manifests the lives, the lore, and the longings of millions therein. Joyously reflected in its takeaway Collaborative Zine, the cover depicts "The Hellgate Bridge", designed by Gustav Lindenthal - one of the 20th Century's most innovative and illustrious immigrants and New York City's First Head of the Department of Bridges, who built artful monuments that endure.

A couple of foot-steps beyond is 5 Pointz, a space that is as happening as any corner of Long Island City.

MERES says: "I am". And is he ever! Many would say he is 5 Pointz. But he's too wise, too humble. Born in The Bronx, and reared in Bayside, MERES is amongst other things living his hobby - 'tagging'.

Of course, MERES is a nick-name. And it is as enigmatic as the man himself. There can be no doubt however that MERES, who studied at F.I.T., is a tag master. An exponent of Aerosol Art, MERES explains its various styles. At the most rudimentary street-level is the “tag”; “throw-up” (or “bubble” letters) is a step-up; then there is “block letters”; higher still is what's known as a “piece”; and finally there is the ultimate: “wild style” (or “master piece”0.

The 5 Pointz Gallery at 45-46 Davis Street is open on Saturdays, from 4 to 8 p.m. However, the public is invited to “write” from Noon to 7 p.m. every Saturday, and during the week, by appointment [www.5ptz.com].

En route to Long Island City, between Hunters Point and 45th Road/Courthouse Square - be sure to look out from the #7 train to see the latest installation at 5 Pointz: New Zealand's own - OD - has written a 40-foot high homage mural to Biggie Smalls, R.I.P. entitled “Biggie Rises.”
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