August 28, 2019
Explore this new street art gallery through our digital map and share your experiences using #HudsonSquareCanvas!
Hudson Square has always been the neighborhood on the creating edge of innovation. The people who work here come for the creative energy, human-scale streets, expansive office-space, and the excitement of a community on the move – where an industrious past is the foundation for a bold stake in what’s to come. Hudson Square Canvas is a dynamic urban art gallery of large scale street art installations along Varick Street. In celebration of our 10 years as an organization, our gift to the neighborhood tells the story of Hudson Square’s evolution on the creating edge.
Hudson Square Canvas features original artworks from four contemporary artists, whose styles compliment Hudson Square’s values and identity. Artist Greg Lamarche draws inspiration from typography; his artwork on the side of 200 Varick Street conjures the neighborhood’s printing past in a fresh and bold way through his use of color and fonts. Brooklyn-based artist Hellbent delivers a stunning hand-painted mural on the façade of 131 Varick Street using his unique designs of interwoven color blocks and stenciled patterns drawn from classic fabric and wallpaper motifs. The work’s graphic design evokes the storytelling methods of our local media and ad agencies. The collaborative sculpture of Claudia Ravaschiere and Michael Moss uses 5,000 pieces of translucent acrylic on the fence of Freeman Plaza East, and creates a dynamic prism that echoes the architecture of our neighborhood’s expansive and sunlight buildings. And Katie Merz, known for her process of weaving personal site specific stories to create pictograms and hieroglyphs, uses 161 Varick and 181 Varick as her canvases for pieces that reflect both the history and present moment of the neighborhood.
We would like to thank Edison Properties, GFP Properties, The Marriot Hotel, and the Port Authority of NY+NJ for allowing the community to use their buildings as canvases, and to Sherwin Williams for donating supplies and paint for the program.
Look out for the blue squares on the street for your photo opps and share to social with #hudsonsquarecanvas!