Saturday, August 11, 2012

Five Found Pieces by Stefan Eins

For the August 10th Artwalk through August 12th, Flint Public Art Project presents five found pieces by Stefan Eins, a visiting artist-in-residence in the city through August 21st as a part of the FPAP program.

Stefan Eins is the founder of the legendary New York City alternative space Fashion Moda, which became a stomping ground for Bronx-based artists, graffiti-writers, DJs, rappers, and beat-boys, who mixed with emerging conceptual artists from the downtown scene just starting to gain recognition. Crash, Daze, Fab Five Freddy, John Ahearn, Jenny Holzer, Kiki Smith, and Keith Haring were among the artists who showed in the gallery. It was the space that launched hip hop into the downtown scene and made graffiti a recognized form in the art world. Shows from Fashion Moda traveled across the country, activating collaborative projects with communities in the Midwest, and participated in major exhibitions in Europe. Eins’ work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world including Documenta 7 and the Neuberger Museum.

For the Artwalk, Eins is displaying images relating to his ongoing investigations of found formations in urban space, including "Tree," "Kearsley Street," "MCC FabLab," "1421 Illinois," and "Soldier." The works are inspired by objects identified during his first week visiting sites and meeting with collaborators. Large format limited edition prints are exhibited in the windows of the Gazall Lewis & Associates offices on the corner of First St. and Saginaw, and on the unoccupied building at the corner of Second St. and Saginaw. The artist will be present in downtown Flint during the Artwalk and Dropfest to meet participants and discuss the work.