The Gallery at 249 A: URBAN EDGE Opening Reception
Urban Edge is a collection of paintings, mixed media sculptures and photographs of graffiti through which the two artists conjure up thoughts and feelings about vandalism, superstition, street beat, death, surrealism, and neighborhood resistance to change. Kromer’s photographs portray the beauty, vulgarity and rawness not concerned with the comfort zone of others; roadside attractions which don’t need to be intellectualized. Lucia’s paintings and totem sculptures tell of a 45-year journey; a degenerated photobooth selfie, an assemblage of discarded objects, furniture found in the trash, cans, drift wood from the Fort Point Channel and more.
Steve Kromer is a member of the 249 A St. Cooperative. His work “Party of Three” was presented at the 40th anniversary group exhibition at Atlantic Wharf Gallery this past spring. He is a singer, songwriter and harmonica player. “Music has to have an edginess and irreverence to move me. I think that explains the attraction to street or graffiti art,” says Kromer, “Call it self-expression or illegal eye floaters, graffiti and street art are part of the urban backdrop in cities and towns everywhere; it’s got a good beat.”
Duane Lucia is a Boston artist, curator and documentary filmmaker. He is the co-founder of Gallery East, which since 1979 has been a platform for Boston’s avant-garde. “I like to take found objects that speak to me and work them into my mixed media sculptures and paintings; sometimes the found objects themselves are combined as poetic ready-mades.” says Lucia, “I don’t like to talk about the narrative or meaning of my work, I’ll leave that for the viewer and critics; I do love talking about the process and materials because that’s how culture evolves!”