Holding a “secret” event is a cheap, perhaps even the cheapest, ploy thrown out to mimic authenticity. But I do understand why, especially in a city like New York, the quickest way to get asses on the seats is to tell them they’re not invited.
As a non-invitee, here I am attempting to break and enter the post-mortem of Surplus Candy – an art show, and sort of jam sesh for vandals, held in an abandoned and condemned apartment building in the East Village.
The event started with an obscure invite on Twitter from Hansky (the host, an artist named after Tom Hanks): "this show is about those who make up the nyc street art scene, not those who sit atop it. #surpluscandy" followed by an insta-tweet with a clue to the location: "8-10pm tonight is the Surplus Candy walk thru. Located in the Alphabet City brownstone where @cernesto and @el_cekis
painted a colorful mural in 2005. See you there!"
Then the savvy among us enjoyed various temporary works, most by renowned artists, and each facing imminent destruction:
All images via TheDustyRebel.
Surplus Candy was over before it started, and this was just the point. It's in these moments of no consequence, that spontaneity and creativity meet to spray paint. Though there are many pictures of the night of Surplus Candy, I’ll never be inside. But, knowing the story and seeing the tip of the iceberg, I'm happy to be in the dark on this one.
Correction: A video of the artists doing their work was released this week.
by MIA SCHMIDT