Hanksy Brings ‘Market Surplus’ of 10 Artists to Paint Vacant Essex Market Warehouse
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
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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
Opening party: Friday June 23rd 7-11pm
Party is open to the public with $10 suggested donation to LES Girls Club
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.