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ICY Signs + Steve Powers "Perfection is Standard, Mistakes Cost Extra" @ Joshua Liner Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013

If you have read Juxtapoz in print or online over the past few years, you know we have great affection with sign painitng. Seeing that we have headquarters in San Francisco and a Brooklyn outpost, we have been surrounded by great artists bringing back the tradition of sign painting, with none more strong than Steve "ESPO" Powers and the ICY Signs Shop in Brooklyn. This Thursday, Ocober 24, Joshua Liner Gallery will open an exhibition of works from the ICY Signs crew, entitled "Perfection is Standard, Mistakes Cost Extra." 

The exhibition will feature the works of Justin Green, Matt Wright, Stephen Powers, Lew Blum, Dan Murphy, Alexis Ross, Sean Barton, and Mike Lee. As Liner Gallery notes, and maybe you will remember some of this work, "This group of sign painters and artists have previously set up shop at the Coney Island boardwalk, on the streets of Johannesburg, and in the parking lot of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, among other likely and unlikely locations around the world. Joshua Liner Gallery is now hosting the most recent iteration of the shop for its return to Manhattan."

ICY Signs will convert the gallery into a workspace, hanging sign benches, setting up paint tables, and filling the walls with signs, as well as their own work, which draws on the vocabulary of traditional sign painting. During the course of the show, the space will accrue paint splatters, palleting marks, full ashtrays, empty pizza boxes and other detritus of the working process—hallmarks of a proper sign shop. The Chelsea shop will be an active workspace, with the ICY mechanics creating works in real time in the weeks following the opening.

At its current location, 72 Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn, the ICY shop produces signs for local businesses and serves as an open studio where passersby are invited to enter and witness the painting process first-hand. Beginning on October 24th, the opening of ICY Signs Chelsea will increase the reach of the ICY project, bringing hand-painted signage to a new neighborhood with the input and blessing of local residents.

ICY Signs + Steve Powers
October 24—November 16, 2013
Joshua Liner Gallery, NYC



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