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Last stop– Coney Island. On the edge of Brooklyn, and the outskirts of a city teeming with millions of struggles and victories, sits an eclectic amusement park for the ages and the perfect backdrop for the artist RAE and his newest venture, “The End Starts Now”. The pop-up art exhibition “The End Starts Now” runs from September 22 – October 13, 2018. Opening reception September 22, 6-10PM located at 1220 Surf Avenue, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11224. Thereafter, the exhibition hours are weekends through Oct. 13th from 1pm – 4pm or by appointment.
As a dedicated child of Brooklyn, RAE flashes back to the days when he would venture beyond the chaos and cluster of the high-rise project blocks into the salty-sweet air of Coney Island, a place for kids to have unabashed fun, sprinkled with elements of the bizarre, underground subcultures and seedy side streets rolled into one.
Colorful and precarious at the same time, RAE’s pop-infused paintings and found-object sculptures reflect the areas cultural juxtapositions. The vibrancy and childish lines that run throughout his work are reminiscent of the twists and turns of a ride on the Cyclone, while his characters and their cryptic expressions, always seeming to be up to something, peer at the viewer, never fully at ease but still at home in their surroundings. Made from cast-off materials he finds while drifting along the back streets and behind the amusement park rides, RAE’s sculptures combine visions of playfulness, sorrow and regret, bringing new life to the incidentals of the daily hustle in the form of these ‘trophies of the repurposed’.
Given the fact that thrills and surprises are native to the Coney Island experience, coupled by the belief that no RAE show would be complete without them, expect RAE to deliver installations and performances that will no doubt be ramped up on opening night.
“The End Starts Now” comes on the heels of last year’s “The RAE Show”, featured in The New York Times, in which RAE lived on display inside the storefront window of of an East Village space 24/7 for nearly a month. Now, overlooking the Wonder Wheel, perched high above Surf Avenue and inside the historic Herman Popper Building, RAE asks you to “Step right up!” and bare witness to Coney Island once she’s scrubbed of her seasonal sparkle, because the end is always a new beginning. For all RAE updates, follow the artist on Instagram @rae_bk