It wasn’t so long ago that I pushed my art up a street in a cart, selling my original artwork on Prince Street along with the rest of what was then our new collective, SoSIC. I wasn’t alone, my brother in arts AVONE and I held the block down. The we were joined by SKI, and the 2ESAE. And we began to collectively make our voices heard. A Bunch of nobody’s with no formal art training. But We were determined and relentless.
Well our collective didnt last, they seldom do. Clashes, egos, misunderstandings led to an eventual break up, and the formation of Destroy Rebuild NYC. AVONE, 2ESAE and SKI were Destroy Rebuild and I was just some NOBODY trying to get in where he fit in. Destroy Rebuild broke up too, and the four became further fractured. 2ESAE and SKI became UR New York, AVONE was Destroy Rebuild, and TMNK aka Nobody was ART IS MY WEAPON. And while the four were no longer working together, you best believe they kept working, HAM (Hard as a Muthafkka!). And That hard work payed off, they four quickly made a name for themselves as infamous NYC Street Artist and Graffiti writers. And those with a eye for hot street art, began to quietly add their work to their collections – around the world.
Well, main street, and more importantly the Galleries and Dealers that occupy them are beginning to take ALL of them seriously. Lats year TMNK rocked Art Basel with his Nobody Gives A F#%K Solo show, and then followed with the MEGA Celebrity attended Pop Up Show Modern Urbanisms. Not to be out done, AVONE recently took over BAR89 with a massive 150 ft installation, and the Boys of UR New York recently did their own Solo thang at Art Basel 2012 sponsored by POP Gallery.
Well recently I checked my inbox and found an email from Cheryl Hazan Gallery in Tribecca. The gallerist inquired if i would be interested in working with them? “ARE YOU KIDDN ME?”!!! Man I rented a truck and took my best works over for her review, and was promptly notified of my inclusion in two upcoming group shows her Gallery was presenting. The First her 10th Annual RED Show December 16, 2011 and the other which no doubt will be a Street Art Block Buster entitled, THE WRINGS ON THE WALL scheduled for February (the latter is rumored to be a reunion of the four once collective members for the first time).= STAY Tuned! – TMNK