Painting the town! Artists cover Monster Island in farewell statement

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One of Williamsburg’s last do-it-yourself arts temples, Monster Island, is dissolving after seven years of throwing parties and hosting arts exhibitions. On Sunday, the collective’s artists got together to make one final public art statement.
A group of artists scaled the roof of Monster Island awaiting further directions
Artist Maya Hayuk shows everyone what to do — grab a can of paint and toss the contents down the side of the building!
For those watching from below, it got a little messy.

They’re going off island.

Williamsburg’s dying do-it-yourself arts scene lost its sanctuary this month when Monster Island announced it would close on Oct. 1 after its landlord did not renew its lease after seven years on River Street.

The two-story complex perched at the edge of the East River served as the home of an art collective, art studios, a screenprinting lab, the Mollusk Surf Shop, and countless parties, exhibition openings and concerts featuring some of the city’s most renowned indie rock bands.

To mourn their closing, artist Maya Hayuk and two dozen volunteers scaled the roof and dumped more than 60 cans of acrylic down the side of the building on Sunday afternoon — with permission of the building’s landlord.

Hayuk, who has supervised dozens of murals on the outside of Monster Island, has wanted to pour paint onto the building since she moved in seven years ago, but realized she needed a lot more help.

The result was a drippy cross between the scholarly drip work of Jackson Pollock and a Nickelodeon TV sliming.

”It felt like the simplest action that would be a proverbial curtain drawn over the project — enclosing it rather than seeing a wrecking ball go through,” said Hayuk. “It didn’t feel destructive to me — it felt like we had ownership over the outcome of the artwork we make.”

Hayuk is moving her studio off Manhattan Avenue in East Williamsburg while the group’s art collective, Secret Project Robot, will move to its new home on Melrose Street in Bushwick next month.

Here’s hoping that the opening party is a bit drier.

Updated 5:26 pm, July 9, 2018
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Chris from Williamsburg says:
Mollusk is a great shop... in case you are wondering they are moving to North 3rd and Wythe on October 1, which I guess is across the street.
Sept. 14, 2011, 11:59 am
margaux says:
Maya hayuk solo exhibition in Alice Gallery in Brussels , opening 19.09.2013
Sept. 5, 2013, 9:26 am

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