The New York Times reported on the unseen exhibition of 103 street artists from around the world, The Underbelly Project, mounted artwork illegally in a long-abandoned New York City subway station this summer. The tonality of the exhibition review brings leverage to an informal art gesture that undermines the heavy hitting art world above ground. Writer Jasper Rees accentuates, “Known to its creators and participating artists as the Underbelly Project, the space, where all the show’s artworks remain, defies every norm of the gallery scene. Collectors can’t buy the art. The public can’t see it. And the only people with a chance of stumbling across it are the urban explorers who prowl the city’s hidden infrastructure or employees of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.” It is more than street art, but urban art installations, the street artists have become the curators and the station a gallery.
Lead by Workhorse and PAC, the two came conjured the Underbelly Project in 2008, “a few years after PAC first saw the old station, led to it from a functioning one by an urban explorer acquaintance.” Based on safety and station working schedules, each artist was given one visit with a specific allotment of time and materials.To see a video tour of the underground art project click the video.nytimes.com. To read the full review from the New York Times click Street Art Way Below The Street.