[dc-critmass-list] Borf Using Inside Voice - Art Show Two Weekends Only
adam at mintwood.com
Mon May 14 19:51:17 PDT 2007
The Consolation of Ruin
a spectacular display of banal art objects orchestrated by the delinquents
of the Borf Brigade.
TWO WEEKENDS ONLY!
Open Friday-Sunday, 5-10:00 p.m.
May 18th-20th & 25th-27th
Opening Reception: May 18th, 2007, 6-9:00 p.m.
Featuring DI SMK
At The Bobby Fisher Memorial Building
1644 North Capitol Street NW Washington D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - After a brief time-out, the Borf Brigade, is learning
to use their inside voice. Transforming a derelict and dilapidated music
hall in NW DC into the Institute for the Advanced Study of Delinquency and
the Arts, Borf's first show opens the last two weekends of May, featuring
pieces ranging from the first stencils ever cut to new explorations in
re-sculpting interior space. Maintaining a disregard for convention and
rules, Borf approaches fine art with a wit and spontaneity that has
carried the legacy of Bobby Fisher, whom the graffiti is a tribute to,
across borders worldwide. Resisting self-negation, the show places its
emphasis on the joy of discovery rather than any aesthetic of the streets.
Reflecting a personalized approach to education and experience that builds
from traditional graffiti and street art, the stencil and paint can have
been temporarily set aside for the brush and the canvas.
Creating many of their "banal objects" within the Memorial Building as
renovations took place, careful planning and an attention to space were
paid to create a striking and engaging space. The exhibit holds two floors
of pieces, some for sale which will act as a fundraiser to benefit the
District of Columbia's $12,000 extortion of ex-Borf participant John
Tsombikos who is banned from even possessing a pencil or glue stick in the
Borf graffiti, seen all over Washington, commonly associated with the work
of one artist is in actuality the work of The Borf Brigade, a tight-knit
group of vandals, visual artists, and juvenile delinquents of all styles,
shapes, and sizes. For the past three and a half years, DC has been
littered with the remnants of their adventurous nights and illegal
escapades, from highway overpasses to mundane and forgotten park benches.
Borf actively seeks to challenge the numerous forms of degradation and
exploitation existing both structurally and within the ebb and flow of
everyday life. Functionally, their graffiti serves as DIY grief therapy,
providing an exciting alternative to over-prescribed anti-depressants and
the abuse of continually being bored and ignored. Instead, property
destruction, proper construction, and dialog function in chaotic harmony,
essential to the project's growth process. At its root, Borf is both a
consolation and painful reminder of one of the 30,000 Americans between
the ages of fifteen and twenty-four who will take their own lives every
year. In this reality, the problem of the youth within modern capitalism
is part of the total crisis of this society. It is just that youth feels
the crisis most acutely.
A sneak peak at the show!
For more information contact: chuckburgundy at gmail.com
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