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A Public Mural Project, Walls for a Cause, Exhibition, Featuring original work by nine contemporary artists on large-scale murals throughout NYC

Orange Barrel Media In Partnership with We Buy Gold

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THERESA CHROMATI, Rested Erection, moment collision (she is watching and I am shifting) , 2020

 

Orange Barrel Media In Partnership with We Buy Gold Announce Walls for a Cause NYC

A Public Mural Project, Exhibition, and Benefit Art Sale Featuring original work by nine contemporary artists on large-scale murals throughout New York City and a corresponding online exhibition at We Buy Gold to support Project EATS

 

Orange Barrel Media (OBM), in partnership with gallery We Buy Gold, presents Walls for a Cause NYC,
a multi-site public art project and corresponding online exhibition featuring original paintings by nine
contemporary artists. The works will be displayed on OBM’s prominent and large-scale outdoor wall
spaces throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan and will be featured in an online exhibition by We Buy Gold
titled On the Other Side of Something. A percentage from the sale of each artwork will be donated to
Project EATS, a New York City-based non-profit community enterprise organization. Additionally, OBM is
donating space on two walls to Project EATS to further promote the organization’s work. The public
murals will be on view together beginning January 2021 and then displayed on a rotating basis
throughout the year. The We Buy Gold online exhibition will be available on the gallery’s website from
January 21 – March 24, 2021. The project is curated by Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels of We Buy Gold and
Diana Nawi for Orange Barrel Media.

The artists participating in this project are Felipe Baeza, María Berrío, Theresa Chromati, Ariel
Dannielle, Chioma Ebinama, Marcus Jahmal, Christopher Myers, Naudline Pierre, and Ilana Savdie. In
different ways they each consider the supernatural, surreal, and otherworldly possibilities of
representational painting. The artists use figuration and representation for a range of purposes, from
exploring history and the self to creating narrative and spiritual forms. The public art component of the
project seeks to “populate” the cityscape with larger-than-life figures and scenes, considering the role
that these bodies and ideas have in the public sphere.

“We Buy Gold has always been interested in thinking of space as a means to approach ideas and access.
At a time when ‘outside’ has taken on many new meanings, I’m particularly excited about this
collaboration and being able to present the works from On the Other Side of Something in spaces and at
scales where they will be experienced uniquely and more widely than we have been able to work
before,” said Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels of We Buy Gold.

A percentage of the artwork sales from On the Other Side of Something will be donated to support
Project EATS.

OBM has a longstanding commitment to developing media that supports community investment and
public art. With its latest project, OBM continues to expand its footprint to New York City.
“From the beginning, OBM has partnered with artists and institutions to present their work in a highly
visible and egalitarian way. This had taken on a new level of urgency even pre-COVID, as artists have
sought to engage with a broader and more diverse audience, and have realized the enormous impact
possible beyond a gallery’s walls. We’re excited to share the work of these nine extraordinary artists at
a monumental scale and to support food security in the city,” said Pete Scantland, CEO of Orange Barrel
Media.

Representing a breadth of approaches to painting the artists featured in Walls for a Cause NYC and On
the Other Side of Something include both leading contemporary artists and emerging voices: Felipe
Baeza, a painter and printmaker based in Brooklyn whose work focuses on the body in states of
transformation and within interstitial landscapes; Colombian-born visual artist María Berrío, whose
works reflect cross-cultural connections and personal histories; Guyanese American multimedia artist
Theresa Chromati; painter Ariel Dannielle, who creates large-scale portraits that depict the daily
experiences of Black women; Chioma Ebinama, a Nigerian-American artist interested in how animism,
mythology, and precolonial philosophies present a space to articulate a vision of freedom outside of
Western social and political paradigms; New York-based artist Marcus Jahmal, whose paintings
synthesize a range of inspirations and autobiography; Christopher Myers, a multimedia artist, author,
and playwright from New York City; Naudline Pierre, whose works are informed by narratives and are
laced with spiritual references and personal mythology; and Colombian New York-based painter Ilana
Savdie.

IMAGE GALLERY
High-resolution installation images, artists’ works, and artist bios are available here

Key Facts and Figures
Mural locations (on view beginning January 2021)
María Berrío – Brooklyn – Red Hook | Van Brunt St & Verona St
Ariel Dannielle – Brooklyn – Bed-Stuy | Bedford Ave & Atlantic Ave
Chioma Ebinama – Brooklyn – Bushwick | 60 Morgan Ave/Harrison Pl
Felipe Baeza – Brooklyn – Bushwick | Johnson Ave & Scott Ave
Ilana Savdie – Brooklyn | 78 Dobbin Street
Marcus Jahmal – Brooklyn – Bushwick | Bogart St & Cook St
Christoper Meyers – Brooklyn – Bushwick | Bogart St & Harrison Pl
Theresa Chromati – Manhattan – NOHO | 48 Great Jones St/Bowery
Naudline Pierre – Manhattan – Chelsea | 115 West 29th St
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ProjectEATS locations
Brooklyn – Sunset Park | 4th Ave & 39th St
Brooklyn – East Williamsburg | Meserole St & Waterbury St
On the Other Side of Something is accessible at webuygold.wtf, on view January 21 – March 24

ABOUT ORANGE BARREL MEDIA
Orange Barrel Media and sister company IKE Smart City, pioneer landmark media and smart city
technology to improve lives in cities. Since its founding in 2004, Orange Barrel Media has been
committed to a community-oriented model of media development and is now nationally recognized by
cities and real estate owners alike seeking to implement programs that add to the vibrancy and
character of urban places.  visit orangebarrelmedia.com and ikesmartcity.com

ABOUT WE BUY GOLD
We Buy Gold is a roving gallery presenting exhibitions, commissioned projects, and public
events. Founded in 2017, the inaugural exhibition was located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and has
since presented exhibitions and projects in Manhattan’s Chinatown & SoHo, Accra, Ghana, and the
Interweb. webuygold.wtf

ABOUT PROJECT EATS
Project EATS is a New York State non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to community-based
enterprise, food access & wellness via a network of small-plot, high-yield urban farms as well as health
and workforce development programs. PE farms are built on vacant/unused spaces, on
the rooftops of public and subsidized housing communities, in NYC Parks Department lots and at
community medical centers. ProjectEATS.org

 

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