A tribute to the 80s golden age of street-culture in the US, JPS Art Gallery revived the scene of a New York City subway station with works of graffiti legend Cope2 and two rising stars of the Hong Kong contemporary art scene, Afa Annfa and Chino Lam.
This revival is a celebration of the importance of street art and its legacy. Inspired by the concept of the cinematic classics, Somewhere in Time (1980), the exhibition sets the scene for meditation, allowing the audience to travel back in time. The modern subway doors are the portal of time that brings the audience back to the late 80s, a time when Cope2 and his crew were bombing the subway carriages and stations with their distinctive tags and graffiti, a time when street art was booming in the city.
The seven large-scale collaborative murals set in the station symbolizes the unity of the two generations. Afa and Chino reimagine this epoch in history and view it in the light of today's context, the shift in time and environment represents the rapid development of street art and the popularization of the subculture.
Known for painting his signature bubble tags, Cope2 is one of the most iconic artists in the street of New York. The exhibition also features the enigmatic works of Afa Annfa and Chino Lam. Both artists' oeuvre is influenced by popular and street culture, they challenge the canonical art historical codes and conventions with their cross medium as well as discipline works. The collaboration captures the pinnacle point of the graffiti boom and is a homage to the rebellious spirit of street art and its inherent defiant attitude. By bringing artists of the different generations in concert, it is a salutation to history while breathing new life into the art form.