4 Flavors Art Gallery will donate 10% of the proceeds of any sale on October 13 – at the opening reception for an exhibition featuring graffiti artist Sen2 Figueroa – to Montclair Local Nonprofit News.
The gallery will also ask for a suggested donation from the Montclair local at the door – a recommended “ticket” cost of $ 100 or $ 150. Donations to Montclair Local are tax deductible.
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“For nearly three decades, Sen2 has continually sought new ways to create meaningful graffiti works, whether in the outdoor space with its murals, or through canvases and prints,” the gallery said in an announcement from the reception.
The exhibition will be on view from October 15 to 31.
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It’s a bet that the newspaper’s founding editor and biggest donor, Heeten Choxi, and other supporters think is worth taking, because they believe the community gets better by being well informed.
For Montclair Local staff members, offers like this one from 4 Flavors – to support the information operation with a fundraiser – is a welcome sign that the hard work they do is important.
For three decades, Sen2 Figueroa, formerly Sandro Figueroa García (b.1969, Puerto Rico), sought new ways to create meaningful graffiti, whether in the outdoor space with his murals, or through canvases. and impressions.
“In the 1980s, Sen2’s fascination with graffiti, colors and letters took hold of his dreams,” 4 Flavors wrote in his announcement of the event. “He took his passion for graffiti, color and lettering to the streets of New York. There he began to cultivate his love for street art, creating graffiti murals and commercial works. It was at this point in his life that he met and joined the most famous graffiti team ever assembled in the world: Tats Cru.
Their joint work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian, Art Basel, the Boston Center for the Arts, several times in Europe and as part of the “Urban Art Biennial 2013” at the Rammelsberg Museum in Germany.
Sen2’s work has evolved to include mixed media works on paper and canvas, according to the gallery.
“He went from classic New York graffiti art to a combination of graphic lettering styles with 3D elements and abstract art techniques. All of Sen2’s pieces contain graffiti elements to reflect his artistic roots, as well as his sophisticated and ever-evolving style, ”says the ad. “His work creates an entertaining dialogue between color and movement. Sen2 blurs the lines between graffiti and fine art. Its magnificent chaos of modern and contemporary interpretations has created a signature style.
Sen2’s most recent work, Mecanico, Sen2 was influenced by the Bauhaus movement and the color theory of Joseph Albers. It focuses on “the evolution of graffiti towards a mechanical style” and “the crisp use of blurred lines with a bold use of color, and subtle blends collide intensely among a variation of textures,” according to the gallery.
4 Flavors is located at 204, avenue Bellevue in Montclair. The opening night reception starts at 6:00 p.m.
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