RIP NYC Pop-Up at 33 Canal Street

Posted on: September 6th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

That tiny corridor of Canal Street between Ludlow and Essex remains an old-school electronics alley currently amidst a transitional period.  It’s becoming ever the ghost town, constantly threatened by rising rents and the businesses that tend follow – the usual suspects of galleries, bars, and boutiques.  The Singh Brothers electronics and computer store at 33 Canal recently shuttered, and in its place, a pop-up “non-gallery” showroom.

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RIP NYC opened last week, a temporary retail-based art show that, in their own words, acts as a “complete twilight-zone version of a gallery that serves to not only scold pure commercialism in art but present itself in earnest fashion (a rarity these days).”  Andrew Birk, Solyi Suh, Robert W. DeBois are the three folks behind this new project, which operates from 3 pm to 3 am daily until Thursday.

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[Photo Credit: ArtCat]

In an email to us, the three artists collectively explained the concept in further detail:

We have taken over a space formerly occupied by an electronic store and have installed a show that functions as a fusion between Claus Oldenburg’s store, DJ Screw’s “House of Screw,” and Blockbuster Video. We have branded our work, made merchandise, make noise art daily, have rotating performances happening, and all the artists work here as sales clerks. Our intent is to use the space as a complete installation to issue a public statement on transparency and the ‘bottom line’ of the art world. In accordance with that, we also chose work that was as rough and pared-down as possible.

The closing party for RIP NYC is Thursday night at 8 pm; 33 Canal Street.

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