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Artwork by Frank Boccio/Photo courtesy of ART BreakOUT
ART BreakOUT presents fi rst ever exhibition ‘Unbound:
Authentic Visions and Voices’ in Long Island City
BY ANGÉLICA ACEVEDO
globe, including Brazil, Colombia, El
Salvador, Armenia, Greece, Argentina,
Artwork by Paula Brooks/Photo courtesy
ART BreakOUT, a platform for artists
the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico,
of ART BreakOUT
who work independently outside of the
Guyana and Iran.
Th ere are many Queens-based artists
mainstream Western art establishment, is
Th e artwork, which was carefully curated
featured in “Unbound” as well, such as
bringing its fi rst-ever exhibition to Long
by artist and activist Bonnie Astor
Issa Ibrahim, Susan Spangenberg, John
and ART BreakOUT’s spokesperson Lois
Tursi, Frank Boccio, Peter Stefanides and
“Unbound: Authentic Visions and
Stavsky, will refl ect a variety of personal
Moriah Ressler. Th ey each bring their
Voices” will be on display at 2020 Th e
and collective themes, such as identity,
own fl avor to the exhibit, with Ibrahim
Local NYC on 1302 44th Ave. from Jan.
trauma, loss, dislocation, hope, healing,
and Spangenberg’s hauntingly ominous
9 through Feb. 27. Th e exhibition will
resilience and resistance.
mixed-media work or Ressler’s meticulously
feature works of art in a wide range of
Each artist featured in the exhibit is
craft ed, hand-cut masks.
styles, techniques and media by more
“unbound,” as ART BreakOUT puts it,
Stavsky, who is best known for her popular
than two dozen artists from across the
from the conventions of the art establishment.
urban art blog Street Art NYC, said
she was able to connect with some of the
artists thanks to the Living Museum on
the grounds of the Creedmoor Psychiatric
Institute in Queens Village.
“It’s been a wonderful experience working
with all these artists who are out of
the radar,” Stavsky said. “Th ey’re extremely
talented and deserve attention. I’m
happy to have a chance to show their
work and am so glad that Local NYC is
ART BreakOUT will host a reception
that’s open to the public on Jan. 9 from 6
to 9 p.m. at Th e Local NYC.