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The Future Is Now

The Highline Loft, New York

The exhibition brings together a curated selection of prolific street and urban contemporary artists and musicians.

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We are pleased to present “The Future Is Now” at The Highline Loft, NYC’s renowned gallery located on The Highland Park in Chelsea, NYC.

This unique Invitational brings together a curated selection of prolific street and urban contemporary artists and musicians for a weekend of cutting edge art, music, technology and performance. The Future Is Now serves as the blueprint for the 21st Century’s Multimedia art experience.

Please join us while we make history together.

Roster of Artists:

Jordan Betten, John Breiner, Ross Brodar, Allison Buxton, Garrison Buxton, John Arthur Carr, Cern, Deedee Cheriel, Chip Love, Steve Cogle, Joseph Conrad- Ferm, COPE2, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Cycle, CYRCLE, Dalek, Adam Dare, Katrina Del Mar, ELLE DEAD SEX, Brian Ermanski, John FeknerEric Foss, Mike Fitzsimmons, Ellis Gallagher, Mike Giant, Maya Hayuk, Hellbent, David Hochbaum, David Hollier, Michael Holman, Ben Horton, Kimyon Huggins, INDIE 184 , Ian Kuali, Dave Kinsey, Koralie, Kool Kid Kreyola, Nick Kuszyk, Greg LaMarche, Craig LaRotonda, Don Leicht, Chip Love, Adam Ludwig, Joe Lurato, Tara McPherson, Alice Mizrachi, Billy Mode, Morning Breath, NDA, NOBODY, OLEK, David Ortiz, William Quigley, Leon Reid, Skewville, Specter , Beau Stanton, Chris Stain, Swoon, Nick Taylor, Thundercut, , Chris Uphues, Michel Bellici, Andrea Von Bujdoss, Kennedy Yanko, Deborah Yoon

Special Musical Performances:


April 29th, 1979, Holman and Basquiat created the revolutionary sound/music/noise group, Gray. Gray's music can be heard on film soundtracks, such as: Basquiat, The Radiant Child, Downtown 81, Blank City and Downtown Calling. Today, original Gray member Nick Taylor and Holman make up the band. Other members of Gray have included, Vincent Gallo, Justin Thyme (aka Wayne Clifford), and Shannon Dawson.

Since re-uniting in 2010, Gray has performed live at the New Museum (New York City, July, 2011), Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C., March, 2012) and the Parrish Museum (Watermill, November, 2012).

Ralph McDaniels

McDaniels, who has family roots in Trinidad, invested his time and money into Video Music in 1983 when hip-hop was in commercial infancy. Exposure on McDaniels’ New York show greatly boosted the popularity — and music sales — of many now famous stars such asRun-D.M.C, Notorious BIG and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Video Music Box helped propel the genre from the streets of New York to the countless big-city boulevards, and back streets, all over world. McDaniels also used the show to spread messages of unity, non-violence, anti-drug abuse, anti-crime, political activism and self-respect to his predominately young viewing audience.Today, the show — which still features videos, on-location footage from nightspots and patrons’ animated “shout-outs” to family and friends — airs on NYC-TV Wednesdays at 11:30 p.m.

Todd Sines Live

From the flat fields of Ohio to the concrete jungle of New York, Todd Sines' environments; real and virtual, have served as inspiration for his unique, hybrid sound. His post punk, industrial, and hip-hop upbringings, filtered through an obsession with analogue and early digital technology, resulted in stripped down electronic funk; before minimal was mnml - it was just effective. Since his move to New York in 2003, he's worked with a variety of other artists, including !!!, Death in Vegas, Liquid Liquid's Sal Principato and Apollo Heights; he's remixed Alexander Robotnick, Paul Randolph, Robert Owens, Moonstarr, Adam Marshall, Lanoiraude and more. With his new material with Natacha Labelle on Frankie, he pushes the boundaries of house music, and with the resurrection of his .xtrak alias on YORE, his return to jackin' minimal funk reminds people of where it all started.


No Agenda, Ad Hoc Art and Melissa McCaig-Welles

No Agenda

Founded by Multimedia artist Kimyon Huggins, the concept of No Agenda was inspired by a culmination of his 18 years of experience in the art and music industries. Since his move to NYC in 1998, Huggins has produced countless events in NYC’s premier nightclubs and venues, pushing progressive music, art and performance to the forefront of New York City’s creative communities.

No Agenda champions creative expression and constant progression through art, music and technology.

No Agenda is a platform transcending the need to place artists in narrow classifications.

No Agenda champions expression for expression's sake.

Ad Hoc Art

Ad Hoc Art {AHA} began its dynamic existence as an art gallery, community space, and creative fulcrum in 2006. Since its grassroots beginnings, it has evolved into a dynamic design house and cultural think tank using art, collaboration, and consciousness to thoughtfully address the obstacles of today’s challenging times and fertilize the much needed social change.

Dedicated to showing work that is often marginalized by the traditional art scene, AHA highlights the areas of street art, pop surrealism, lowbrow, illustration, comic book, tattoo, and printmaking, as well as the larger and extensive history of underground art, activism, and graffiti. It is a vehicle for artists who are passionate, committed to their craft, and challenging the boundaries of a “Fine Art” isolated from society at large.

Ad Hoc Art resulted as one of the primary efforts of Peripheral Media Projects {PMP}, a graphic design & print studio. From September 2005-January 2010, AHA & PMP were bosom buddies located next door to one another off the Morgan Avenue “L” train in an area zoned the “East Williamsburg Industrial Park.” Amongst concrete factories, lumber yards, metal recyclers, and waves of creative-types looking for relatively affordable live/work spaces, the two entities blazed a salient trail as they ushered street art, consciousness, and activism to the forefront of the art world.

Melissa McCaig-Welles

Melissa McCaig-Welles is an independent curator and founder of McCaig-Welles Gallery, one of the first galleries to establish themselves in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

From March 2000 to present, McCaig-Welles focused on mid-career, cutting edge artists, exhibiting their works in solo and group shows and art fairs around the world: including New York City, Miami, Chicago, Zurich and Cologne, placing the gallery on the global map and contributing to a burgeoning art community.

McCaig-Welles is recognized for her curatorial endeavors discovering contemporary art talent and placing it at the forefront of her programs, presenting artists recognized as pioneers of the new contemporary art movements including: James DALEK Marshall, Doze Green, FAILE, Shepard Fairey, Maya Hayuk, Tristan Eaton, David Hochbaum, TRUSTOCORP, Andrew Schoultz„ Morning Breath, Greg Lamarche, SP ONE, FUTURA, among many others.

Reviews and articles of Melissa McCaig-Welles have been featured in The New York Times, The Economist, The NY Observer, San Francisco Chronicle, The National Public Radio, New York Press, Juxtapoz, The New York Post, NY Arts, Art and Antiques, ArtNet, The Village Voice, The Wooster Collective, The Columbia Spectator, Paper Magazine, Nylon, and others. Melissa was honored as head curator for several Pratt MFA exhibitions and is a founding member of Fountain Art Fair.

Melissa McCaig-Welles has recently been honored by The City of New York as an elected judge on the 2013 NYC Curates Panel of Judges. Mayor Bloomberg announced Curate NYC in 2009 as part of a suite of initiatives designed to strengthen the City’s cultural sector.

She is currently working with her roster of artists in independent curatorial exhibits and an art consultant in NYC.

Opening Reception: Thursday August 1st, 2013 4-11pm

The Highline Loft
508 W. 26th Street - New York, NY 10001
Friday August 2nd, 2013 10 am-11pm
Saturday August 3rd, 2013 10 am-11pm
Sunday August 4th, 2013 10 am-6pm

The Future Is Now
dal 31/7/2013 al 3/8/2013

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