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Stefan Eins

Fashion Moda

Stefan Eins, who founded the South Bronx gallery Fashion Moda in 1978 and was the director there until last year, returned recently as an exhibiting artist. This show displayed the fruits of his absence, an artistic hybrid that crosses urban graffiti with conceptualism. His mingling of contrasting styles and esthetic concerns in these works produces not a pluralistic potpourri but instead a fruitful crossbreeding of disparate traditions. Eins’ spray paintings on discarded boards are steeped in an urban primitivism redolent of much of the art associated with Fashion Moda, as well as of the ghetto where the gallery is located; installed as an ensemble, they were particularly responsive to their environment. In his use of trash-heap materials and the deliberately casual, almost random distribuition of paint, Eins seems to offer up the rubble of urban decay for its own inherent beauty, in a

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