I have been to Arlene’s Grocery many times to see up-and-coming bands perform. This former bodega turned club, which opened in 1995, has a big following of music enthusiasts. This time, however, I was here for the opening of a group show featuring the work of Jay Riggio, Danielle Mastrion, Whisbe, Joseph Meloy, J.T. Liss, Paul Zepeda, Worm Carnevale, Cojo, Michael Serafino and Funqest.
In this group show, Cojo is showing 9 pieces on a grid style format of different characters painted in blue, black and grey acrylics which are custom framed in black lacquered mahogany. These are part of a larger show of 33 pieces from a series he did in 2001 for a solo show in Park Slope titled “Visualize 4 One Minute” which he calls “The Blue Show”. These animated paintings are based on fictional characters of people everyone knows from high school, showing those personality traits that make them memorable and stick with them for better or for worse.
Other notable works in the show include acrylic paintings of masked characters by Funquest, Whisbe’s trademarked jailed gummy bear and Joseph Meloy’s abstract vandalism works on paper. The group show is up until March 4th at Arlene’s Grocery located on 95 Stanton Street. They also have great bar specials that make the trip worthwhile.
Group show at Arlene’s Grocery: February 17 – March 4, 2015
95 Stanton street
Writing and photography by Jamie Martinez