October 17th - November 6th
Activating N Street NoMa with 3 Muralists painting in Unconventional Space
Art Whino teams up with The JBG Companies for the creation of the N Street Mural Project within the NoMa neighborhood. The projects mission is to activate a block on N Street using Murals as the primary vehicle for activation.
JBG, known for its place-making expertise, was inspired by the place-making efforts of the NoMa BID, led by Robin Eve Jasper, wanted to respond to her desire to activate and improve spaces prior to their redevelopment. JBG was also inspired by the DC Arts and Humanities project, 5x5, a temporary art project that is currently in place throughout the city.
Art Whino with its arsenal of artists carefully chose three distinct artists with a shared style of geometry as their form of expression. The decision of using muralists with more geometrical styles was in response to the location of the murals which are more unconventional rather than flat continuous surfaces. The three locations are all within a block of each other so that the viewer can walk and experience all three awe inspiring locations. Each location is unique from the two-story courtyard feeling near Rubin’s murals, to the three-sided, four-story building wrap of Kyle Hughes Odgers, to the mammoth eight-story, two-sided mural. One of these activations would change a community but to have three along a block will surely change N Street and NoMa to an art lover’s destination.
Momo - 51 N Street NE
Kyle Hughes-Odgers - 1300 1st Street NE
Rubin - 33 New York Avenue NE (visible from N St, across from 51 N street)
About Art Whino Gallery
Art Whino is a DC based art gallery whose mission is to bring together the pioneers and freshest talent from around the world. With over 1200 artists in the Art Whino arsenal, ranging from California to New York, Germany to Japan and beyond, Art Whino has become an all encompassing force in the art world. Exhibitions cover the whole spectrum of new art forms ranging from exposing emerging stencil and wheat pasting artists to showcasing the most skilled leaders of many different genres.
Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md., The JBG Companies is a private real estate investment firm that develops, owns and manages office, residential, hotel and retail properties. The company has more than $10 billion in assets under management and development in the Washington, DC area. Since 1960, JBG has been active in the areas where it invests, striving to positively impact local communities. JBG believes that each development we undertake should enrich a community. We are dedicated to developing active, sustainable communities, advancing affordable housing and promoting public art. For more information, please visit www.JBG.com or find us on Twitter @TheJBGCompanies and Facebook
About N St NoMa
JBG’s N Street NoMa master-development will encompasses the majority of two full city blocks bounded by North Capitol Street to the west, First Street, NE to the east, New York Avenue to the north, Patterson Street to the south and bisected by N Street, NE. Upon full build-out, N Street NoMa will include approximately 1.8 million square feet of total density, including a 200-key Hyatt Place hotel (now open), 580 residential units, over one million square feet of class-A office space and up to 100,000 square feet of retail.
Kyle Hughes Odgers - Australia
Momo - New Orleans
In 2008 Rojo published his first monograph “3AM-6AM”, in 2012 Studio Cromie published his second, “In 74 Pieces”. In 2013 he worked with Re+Public Lab to develop a fully Augmented Reality mural in St Louis, May Gallery hosted his immersive installation show “Butt Joints” in New Orleans, Studio Cromie produced a Caribbean painting tour and exhibition in Southern Italy, and the New York DOT commissioned a 200 foot long mural between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
Rubin - New York
Rubin has put his trademark on concrete and brick all over the world, from Finland to Thailand, from Denmark to Miami Art Basel. His canvas/print works have been shown in Stockholm, Reykjavik, Montreal and at the Fountain Art Fair at the legendary Lexington Armory in New York. He’s collaborated with MTV, Heineken, GAP among others and his work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Vice Magazine, Brooklyn Street Art, ArtSlant and Graffuturism to name a few. In the spring of 2014 Rubin did a collaboration with the Scandinavian design house COMMON.
Rubin’s complex abstract geometrical pieces – rooted in traditional wild style but with muted color palettes and Scandinavianly clean lines – have earned the artist his own signature style. Rubin is also known for adapting to the urban landscape by incorporating what’s already there.
Rubin resides in Brooklyn NYC but he’s just as home in the wilderness of Lapland, where he spends the summers with his wife in a log house among reindeer and underneath the midnight sun. Born a creative soul, he explains why graffiti became his mission:
“Something happens when I press the cap and draw the first line of a piece. The expectation that takes hold of me is so strong that everything else around me ceases to exist.”