My LES – Joseph Meloy

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What do you do?

I am an artist and an exotic dancer.  Actually I am not an exotic dancer, but I am an artist.  Really!  (Joseph currently has his first collection of work showing at Le Salon D’Art on Stanton Street – make sure to go by and check it out.)

How long have you lived on the LES?

I was born and raised in the LES (4th generation LES, no less!).  In recent years, I have split my residency between the LES and Downtown Brooklyn.

Vandal Expressionism Takes Over Le Salon D’Art

Exactly What The Hell is Vandal Expressionism?” the debut solo exhibition of NYC-based artist (and long-time Lower East Side resident) Joseph Meloy will open this Thursday at Le Salon d’Art (90 Stanton Street).  They’ll be celebrating with a reception from 7-10pm. So what the hell is it?  Mr. Meloy explains it as: A hieroglyphic graffiti-inflected take on the spirit of abstract expressionism, Vandal Expressionism is a veritable child of New York City, drawing as much from the Abstract Expressionists of the 1940’s and 50’s as from the hordes of graffiti taggers whose scribbles and scrawls wallpaper our streets.