Hanksy Hosts Unauthorized ‘Surplus Candy’ Gallery Show at 324 E. 4th Street [PHOTOS]
The funhouse party of art and music (and sledge hammers) at 324 East Fourth Street last month (“324bashup”) was but a prelude. There would be more. A surplus, if you will.
An eleventh hour tweet from Hanksy Friday evening invited followers to this address for an unauthorized gallery show of his favorite street artists. The pun-master planned the one-night-only event, aptly naming it “Surplus Candy.” Of course, the location wasn’t blatantly revealed. You hadda work for it with some cryptic clues.
Nevertheless, dozens showed at the outset for an early peek before the onslaught of camera-wielding fans. The steady stream of art appreciators followed shortly thereafter, and reached critical mass just before the show ended at 10pm. An estimated 400 people attended in those two hours.
As for the art…
Forty-three artists (both renowned and unknown) spent the previous week coating every nook, cranny, and remaining appliance with both paint and paste. Some of the participants included: Hanksy, UR New York, Icy & Sot, Tone Tank, CB23, Gilf!, Elle, Moustache Man, and Magda Danysz.
This was our favorite piece, thrown up by Icy & Sot. Those are molotov coke-cocktails, which were lit on fire at one point:
As for the building itself, that demolition rumor we heard was just that. Apparently a buyer is lined up looking to create a single family residence. Probably not pleased by these kids and their pesky paint cans…
At the end of the day, though, Surplus Candy was a success by virtue of it happening in the first place. After all, the show was borderline-illegal.