‘Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories’ on view through Sept. 4th at C.A.V.E.

LUDO on the streets of LA as part of the 'LA Free Walls Project'

Street Art Saved My Life isn’t just street art in a gallery — Harrington and Rojo asked artists to play off of their street art to contribute fine art works that use a variety of mediums and work in the no-context space of a gallery. This yielded a surprisingly thoughtful and earnest outcome: in an artistic culture known for its focus on anarchic self-expression, it is surprising to see that so many pieces in the exhibit comment on serious social issues in an immediate way.” – LA Weekly

‎”In the spotlight created by MOCA’s ‘Art in the Streets’, many galleries have offered group shows in LA promoting different visions of what is purported to be ‘quality’ or even ‘the best’ street art. Unlike many pretenders that have come before it, ‘Street Art Saved My Life’ is the real deal and definitely worth a visit.” – DailyDujour.com

“The show is an interesting concept and definitely serves as one of the more thought out ones from recent memory. 39 (mostly NYC) artists have been selected by BSA for their consistent use of narratives in their work; artists who utilize the streets as a forum for their stories and storytelling are the focus. The inclusion of both established and emerging artists, along with the intriguing concept, make this more than your standard street art show and it looks to be a great alternative view of the scene.” – HiFructose.com

“The show was meant to display the current street art scene that’s taking place across New York and the surrounding areas. Although not all artists were born in that region, all of them have left their stamp on the East Coast street art scene one way or another and this exhibit was meant to show this in the best light possible. Although it can be difficult to feature a wide group of artists during one exhibit, the surrounding theme held the show in place. A great majority of the art focused on the New York experience but it also helped illuminate personal stories that touched more on the topic of family, friendships, and politics. Overall, the show featured a great collection of artists and various styles, so for anyone looking for a peek into the current street art movement happening in the East Coast, make sure you stop by before it closes on September 4th.” – ArrestedMotion.com

Check out LA Weekly’s coverage of the show and an interview with some of the featured artists here:
http://blogs.laweekly.com/stylecouncil/2011/08/street_art_saved_my_life_cave.php

Check out Brooklyn Street Art’s coverage of the show here:
www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/?p=23559

Check out Arrested Motion’s full coverage of the show here:
http://arrestedmotion.com/2011/08/openings-“street-art-saved-my-life”-c-a-v-e-gallery/

Catch BSA’s coverage of the artists at work around Venice and LA here:
www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/?p=23517

Some great pics of NohJColey and Hellbent at work in Venice also viewable here:
http://dailydujour.com/2011/08/11/nohjcoley-hellbent-in-venice/

Coverage from Platinum Cheese of the opening festivities here:
http://platinumcheese.com/2011/08/17/street-art-saved-my-life-c-a-v-e-gallery/

View our pics from the opening here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157627452275856/

Some amazing works are still available – view the show online here:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/2011/08/project2/works-street.php

‘Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories’

Curated by Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo, founders of Brooklyn Street Art
In collaboration with Thinkspace

On view through September 4th

C.A.V.E. Gallery
1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice
www.cavegallery.net

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