Wednesday, January 22, 2014

"Fourgive, 4Get - But Don't!" - CASH4 Exhibits Inside & Out at Wallplay

If you want an array of edgy, interesting and crazy colorful art to brighten up your winter snow days, head over to Wallplay Gallery for Cassius Fouler (Cash4)  "FOURGIVE, 4GET" debut solo exhibition. The gallery is located at 118 Orchard St. on the lower east side.  
If you are only half awake while walking or riding anywhere around NYC, Brooklyn (mainly the JMZ line) or even Queens nears Queensboro Plaza, you've seen the name "Cash4" up high on the buildings as a pun on generic graffiti.  Fouler believes society’s collective belief and trust in a currency that is not currently backed by gold amuses the self-described starving artist, who finds humor in tagging the word CASH. 

Curated by Huey Crowley and Laura O’Reilly, Fouler’s recent installation can be seen at/on Wallplay’s art billboards feature his signature 8-bit style lettering with the words FOURGIVE and 4GET (on Orchard Street and Delancey Street.  The phrase BUT DON’T is revealed after hours on the rolldown gates between the two billboards, completing the phrase. Ten of Fouler’s paintings and over seventy five works on paper are featured in the the street level gallery space, while a video installation corresponding with the billboards loops on Wallplay’s 12 digital screens.  See a few examples below, it will brighten your day while making you think.
Fouler has gained notoriety for his use of the paint roller within the graffiti community, including attention from law officials. The artist’s use of this tool and incorporation of sign painting technique make his CASH4 tag highly distinguishable.  His tag has become ubiquitous in New York and has made its way to Japan.
Fouler is a prolific painter and his work has been shown in several galleries in New York City. He has also produced a mural on the first floor on the Museum of Sex in Los Angeles and a sculpture for the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Visit: &