Ad Hoc Art’s Evolution

oOo  Ad Hoc Art {AHA} started as an art gallery, community space, and creative fulcrum.  It has evolved into a social think tank using art, collaboration, and community to creatively address various obstacles of today’s challenged times as well as foster much needed social change.

Dedicated to showing work that is often marginalized by the larger New York art scene, AHA highlights the areas of street art, pop surrealism, lowbrow, illustration, comic book, tattoo, and printmaking, as well as the larger and extensive history of underground art, activism, and graffiti.  It is a vehicle for artists who are passionate, committed to their craft, and challenging the boundaries of a “Fine Art” isolated from society at large.

Some of Ad Hoc Art’s 2009 featured artists included Armsrock, Morning Breath, Crash, Cycle, Daze, Imminent Disaster, Know Hope, Hiro Kurata, Gilbet Oh, Chris Stain, TheDirtyFabulous, & Joe Vaux.

Ad Hoc Art resulted as one of the primary efforts of Peripheral Media Projects {PMP}, an art, design, & print studio and creative think tank, founded in 2002/3.  From September 2005-January 2010, AHA & PMP were bosom buddies located next door to one another, off the Morgan Avenue “L” train, in an area zoned the “East Williamsburg Industrial Park.”  Amongst concrete factories, lumber yards, metal recyclers, and waves of creative-types looking for relatively affordable live/work spaces, the two entities blazed a salient trail as they ushered street art, consciousness, and activism to the forefront of the art world.

2010 had AHA & PMP focus their efforts developing their ecologically-driven art, education, and creative residency center in Vermont, currently and continually underway.  The center’s location is not only the Buxton’s family homestead dating to the 1700’s; as well it was also home and studio to one of the most important figures in modern printmaking, Harry Shokler.  Working there for more than 40 years, Shokler pioneered a new art form, serigraphy, which married screen printing’s industrial commercial rigor with the infinite creativity of the art & the human spirit.  We are greatly pleasured and honored to be carrying on his trail blazing footsteps.

Be it NYC, Vermont, or somewhere else on planet Earth, Ad Hoc Art continues to showcase public projects, artists and movements worth keeping an eye on.  Mailing address can be found in our “Contact Us” section.  This website and our emails are the best way to hear about the updates. oOo

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