BEYOND THE STREETS on PAPER at SAC is an exhibit you won’t want to miss this month.
The SAC’s latest exhibition, BEYOND THE STREETS on PAPER, has made its mark and is one that's not to be missed. This cultural landmark has curated this exhibition out of an ardor for preserving East End culture while producing a stimulating and social environment.
“After not being able to celebrate the artists I love in person for well over a year it has been fantastic to bring old and new friends together with over 500 works, mostly all made exclusively for this show,” says Roger Gastman, Founder of BEYOND THE STREETS on PAPER. “The Southampton Arts Center is a historic building with such character and detail it creates an incredible juxtaposition with these works inspired by graffiti, street art, punk rock and a mark maker & rule breaker attitude.”
Revealing a series of artists who practiced or were inspired by graffiti, street art, hip-hop, punk rock, zines and underground art, this show displays both historical and contemporary works of the so-called rule breakers. Utilizing a variety of materials and surfaces, this exhibition captures the ever-evolving movement of the motif that continues to flourish as a form of cultural expression.
“The idea of the show was inspired by our re-entry into the world after lockdowns,” says Gastman. “We wanted to illuminate the incredible amount of artwork being made over the last 18 months or so in a way that fits the story that Beyond the Streets tells: which is how much graffiti culture and street art has permeated contemporary art, not only in aesthetic, but with the energy of coming into the art world from unique and different perspectives than previous generations. When we had this opportunity at Southampton Arts Center and then looked at the important new conversations happening in art, the first thing we thought of was how to create equal ground, like a democratic "rule" for the show, and paper made the most sense.” Through Aug. 28, 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton