DT500 MAG IS A POST-CONCEPTUAL PUBLIC PORTRAITURE
A project founded and run by artists
ARTHUR SOPIN AND ANDREAS ROD
Anno 02.2013 NYC
This exhibition represents the collective image of a protagonist who is an indeterminate and unclear character. However, it would be strange to demand clarity from people at a time like ours, there is one thing that is certain: our hero is a strange individual and an eccentric figure. Some may deem that the strangeness and eccentricity are more likely to harm than deserve attention in a world of people who are desperately striving to identify particularities whilst searching for some common sense in the general muddle. A new question arises: eccentricity is detached and isolated, isn’t it? If you do not agree with this and think ‘No it is not’ or ‘Not always ‘, here begins our inspirational moment. Not only is the eccentric figure ‘Not always’ or ‘ No it is not’ related to the particularity and isolation, but on the contrary, it so happens that the eccentric one, perhaps, carries a core of the whole existence at some points, but the rest of the people, by some other kind of strangeness, at times are breaking away from it.
Downtown 500 Magazine is about the intimate stories of uncertain and eccentric individuals who celebrate the collective inventiveness and freedom that the seemingly simple act of being different provides. The project is a historical and creative context for the experience of eccentricity and the great notion of the future where self-expression and free will is not just celebrated but actively encouraged.
DOWNTOWN 500 MAGAZINE IS FIRSTLY INSPIRED BY THE VILLAGE EYE A FANZINE AND THE FREE CREATIVES IN NEW YORK CITY IN THE EARLY 80’S. THE CREW OF YOUNG THEN: JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT, LOU REED, PATTI SMITH, GREER LANKTON, JOSEPH NECHVATAL, ANDY WARHOL, MADONNA, JIM RADAKOVICH, NAN GOLDIN, DAVID WOJNAROWICZ, MARIPOL, CLAYTON PATTERSON, JAMES ROMBERGER AMONG OTHERS. THESE ART BRUTIES CALLED THEMSELVES #DOWNTOWN500NEWYORK
DOWNTOWN 500 MAGAZINE IS A FINALIST OF
DYSPLA INTERNATIONAL MOVING IMAGE FESTIVAL BY DYSLEXIC AND NEURODIVERGENT STORY WRITERS 2018