We stopped by Extra Place yesterday, where a group of artists is giving the sterile alley behind what used to be CBGB’s some much-needed creative energy. We met the co-curator, Keith Schweitzer, at East Broadway gallery Allegra LaViola several months ago. Moving several blocks north, he’s teamed up with FABnyc for the latest in a series of temporary installations called “ArtUp.”
The artists – Abe Lincoln Jr., Jon Burgerman, and Ellis Gallagher – are reclaiming “the concrete pavement as their blank canvas.” EV Grieve had photos from Extra Place last week, shot soon after Abe Lincoln Jr. completed his tribute to the “birth place of punk.” Yesterday Burgerman was working on his contribution, a more expansive version of a project he completed for Crest Fest in Brooklyn earlier this year.
The exhibition has its formal opening Saturday at 2 p.m., at Oaxaca, in the alley off of East 1st Street between Bowery and 2nd Avenue. FAB’s Art Up Program is supported by Avalon Bay Communities (yes, really!)