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Darius + Downey, We’re On It

Jen Bekman Gallery
6 Spring Street, between Elizabeth St. and Bowery, 212-219-0166
East Village / Lower East Side
September 7 - October 22, 2005
Reception: Wednesday, September 7, 6 - 8 PM
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We’re On It, the debut solo show of the street art team Darius + Downey, include site-specific sculpture by Darius Jones and Brad Downey, as well as video and photographic documentation of scores of installations completed in public spaces in the United States and across Europe.

A screening of the film Public Discourse, directed by Brad Downey, with a panel discussion to follow, will be presented by jen bekman at the Pioneer Theater on 3rd Street and Avenue B on Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m.

We’re On It uses humor to underscore institutional regulation of public behavior and to provoke awareness of how this control affects the evaluation of art, self, and social status. Subtle, comic and often provocative, Darius + Downey surprise their viewers with their reactions to how property, space and personal experience overlap in an era of privatization. Using found and forgotten remnants of urban architecture, Darius + Downey reinvent public objects and reinsert them into the every-day landscape. Street signs, cement bricks and public telephones in unexpected places are manipulated to create personal relationships with each other and with passersby. These temporary disruptions — persisting as little as minutes and as long as months — toy with interrelations between individuals as they inhabit public and private space.
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