Con Artist Collective to Celebrate the Art of Common Vermin with Upcoming Exhibit

Posted on: May 8th, 2014 at 6:13 am by
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That mattress on the street; that shirt hanging from the scaffolding; that used pair of shoes on the sidewalk. For many city denizens, one word comes to mind – bedbugs.

As cooped-up New Yorkers we’re groomed to both fear and loathe the bedbug. With good reason, obviously. Such a tiny insect causes jarring pain and misery, and puts a nice little dent in the wallet. The stigma notwithstanding, is there a certain art form to this particular vermin?

The Con Artist Collective seems to think so.

Its next exhibit at 119 Ludlow Street – “Buggin’ Out” – focuses on the “aquiline beauty of the insect from.” A group of artists will explore the “gloomy side of existence through a visual study of society’s lowest life forms.” Bedbugs, cockroaches, and other common vermin are the collective inspiration.

The two-week show features work by Sonja Lessley, Andrew Arnett, John Arzayus, and Sarah Wang. Kickoff is June 3, with art on display until June 18.

Speaking of art and vermin on the Lower East Side

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