While Votes Were Counted, Cash4 and SMELLS Hosted a Bowery Blowout

Posted on: November 10th, 2016 at 9:33 am by

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Neighborhood photographer Nick McManus sent us the following dispatch about the collaborative CASH4 SMELLS Mock the Vote event on the Bowery during Election night.

The appropriately timed CASH4 SMELLS Mock the Vote art exhibition was packed with many of LES’s artists and scenesters that wouldn’t have been watching the election anyway. The high point came early when Cash4, who ran around the show making announcements on a megaphone, proudly congratulated his guests on drinking the show’s 400 beers by 9:30pm.

While the exhibition featured Cash4 and SMELLS’ trademark graffiti paintings the real highlight was the countless signs adorning the long walls that mocked every aspect of this election and the whole election process. Of the dozen sales, the content was evenly split between the political and apolitical works.

After the tide of beer runs returned Cash4 got back on the megaphone and yelled that “we don’t need to buy the world Coke to get together, we just need you!” As this crowd that represented almost every race and creed that New York assembled in the name of art, the hoards that gathered uptown in the name of politics weren’t given the slightest thought. In a riff off Mad magazine’s Alfred E. Newman, “what they worry?”

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