Shebeen Chic Commissions Centre-fuge to Decorate Its East Houston Plywood

Posted on: April 7th, 2014 at 6:03 am by
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The forthcoming Shebeen Chic is tapping into the local street art movement to help create a larger splash for its eventual opening at 159 East Houston. Its plywood shed will host murals for the next six to eight weeks, courtesy of a collaboration with the Centre-fuge public art project. First up is artist Ben Angotti.

Angotti spent much of the weekend spray-painting this colorful portrait of siren actress Brigitte Bardot. As with most commissioned work these days, the site drew hefty crowds and cameras, all to the soundtrack of boisterous brunchers at Macondo next door.

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Centre-fuge co-founder Jonathan Neville tells us that the owner of the forthcoming Shebeen Chic approached shortly after cycle 12 commenced. As part of the arrangement, Neville is curating artists to decorate the shed until its removal. Apparently the bar preferred to have some colorful murals to grace the shed during buildout, rather than the usual accumulation of bills and tags.

As previously reported, Shebeen Chic is a new endeavor by James Morrissey. He hopes to create the feel of an Irish rural country home in the 1940s by serving raditional foods like Shepherd’s Pie, beef stews, and fish and chips, all alongside “creative” events like poetry readings.

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