Afrology opens on Friday, February 22nd, 2008, 6pm-Midnight. The exhibit debuts seventeen variations of the 1970’s hairstyle, the “Afro”, that illustrate humorous and serious messages about being an African American within the United States and in New York City. As an additional treat, Top will be joined by photographer Jamel Shabazz for this event where both artists will collaborate on one canvas. It will be an exclusive piece and one of the most expensive at the exhibit.
James Top is a fantastic New York City train muralist who has converted his massive art pieces onto canvas for prestigious exhibits all over the world. Today, he is teaching a very controversial graffiti class at Hostos College in the Bronx. Although James is currently the subject of a county-wide debate on teaching “illegal” art, he is successfully pushing forward on executing his first solo exhibit in New York City.
Afrology will also serve as an example to young aspiring artists, proving that graffiti art can be legal, well-received and above all, respected.
Essex Street Gallery
27 1/2 Essex St.
New York, NY 10002