Hanksy Brings ‘Market Surplus’ of 10 Artists to Paint Vacant Essex Market Warehouse

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 at 10:00 am by

Street artist Hanksy this week continues the tradition of hosting art shows in buildings doomed for demolition. With the Lowline Lab months in the grave, he’s gathered a gaggle of creative friends for a group exhibition inside the vacant Essex Street Market building at 140 Essex.

The show – dubbed “Market Surplus” (get it?) – is an intermediary step before the structure is completely erased from the block for Essex Crossing. Think of it as an “everything must go” vibe. Ten murals by nine artists in a space ready for razing.

The artwork runs the gammut, with overt nods to the neighborhood. For instance, the two-story portrait of the Luis Meats proprietors at Essex Market.

It’s also a springboard of sorts for Hanksy, who is showcasing the gradual pivot to a new creative direction, shunning the puns of yore for very different output.

Market Surplus launches with a party tonight and goes through the weekend

The official media advisory:

A short-lived exhibition that brings the typically permanent world of large scale mural art inside, Market Surplus allows a historic Lower East Side building to exit in vibrant style. NYC-based artist Hanksy, with assistance from Essex Crossing, have brought together a group of artists to each create immense paintings with subtle or overt nods to the culture-heavy LES. The exhibition will be open to the public for a few short hours before the soon-to-be razed building, along with the art-filled interior, will be gone forever.

140 Essex St
June 23rd-25th
Opening party: Friday June 23rd 7-11pm
Party is open to the public with $10 suggested donation to LES Girls Club
All Ages
Saturday/Sunday 12-6pm FREE
Sponsored by Essex Crossing



As reported on Tuesday, demolition of this 77-year-old warehouse is imminent. Permits are in place for both the dismantling and redevelopment of so-called Site 8. The new development planned for the parcel is earmarked exclusively for seniors. It’ll rise roughly eight stories (128 feet) and boast 92 studio apartments across 46,078 square-feet that are 100% “affordable.” Residents will have access to a second-floor residential terrace, laundry room, and eighth-floor library. There is also 9,645 square-feet of ground-level retail.

The Department of Buildings approved the plans on June 14, according to public records.

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