ADAA: THE ART SHOW
March 4-8, 2015
P.P.O.W will install a solo booth of rarely seen, graphite nightscapes by Anton van Dalen created during the 1970s and 80s. The gallery will also present the artist’s signature stencils, dioramas, miniature cut-outs and sculptures that capture the history of the East Village through van Dalen’s unique perspective as a resident of that neighborhood for over four decades. Van Dalen, who grew up in Holland, was captivated by the vibrancy, violence and cultural diversity of his neighborhood. As a child Van Dalen was influenced by the European Masters from Rembrandt to Van Gogh, as well as contemporary artists like Saul Steinberg, who took as subject matter their quotidian surroundings. Drawing on their practice as a source of inspiration, Van Dalen took to the streets, documenting the people and landscapes that surrounded him, creating a body of work that reads as a social and cultural documentation of one of New York’s most dynamic neighborhoods. This booth, complimented by a one person show of current work at P.P.O.W, acts as a retrospective of sorts for the East Village and, on a larger level, serve as a reflection on the changing nature of inner city life.