Group Material

Taller Latino Americano Gallery and the IRT subway line

I’ve always thought that one of the main motives of the graffiti writer is the desire to personalize the urban environment, to rebel against the corporate nature of written language in public space. Few of the words that cover cities refer directly to the people that inhabit them: signs carry the names of corporations, name products, give orders, but rarely say anything about people. Signs do not say “José Torres lives here.” Signs saying “Fred loves Marie” are usually illegal. Signs tell us that the city belongs to the corporation.

Group Material has taken the graffiti writer’s struggle for a human environment to another stage. This group of artists put art on the subway, not by the illegal decoration of their interiors and exteriors, but by purchasing space on the poster area that lines every car. The show included work by 103 artists or teams of artists, each producing a design or designs

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