BY LUIS GRONDA
Eleven contemporary artists will have their work displayed at Aqueduct Racetrack beginning this weekend.
The first floor of the Ozone Park racetrack will be transformed into an art gallery called “Aqueduct Murals,” a horse-racing themed art show beginning on Nov. 23.
The artists, who come from as far away as South Africa, will decorate the racetrack’s walls three days prior to the show. The art will then be displayed with a grand opening beginning at noon that day and a reception that evening.
One local artist, Chris Stain, said he immediately thought of his grandfather when he was asked to contribute to the project. Stain, an art teacher at PS 49 in Middle Village, is one of the five local artists featured.
“I always heard [my grandfather] talk about the track and the horses, so there’s some sentimental value there for me and it’s a way to explore that more,” he said. “What sets street art apart from other forms is there are no rules to it. With other forms of art, you have to follow a certain structure. With street art, you can freestyle and there aren’t any limitations.”
Joe Iurato, the show’s curator, said the murals will showcase the beauty of street art.
“A piece might last an hour or a few years, but every artist accepts that it won’t last forever. An exhibition like this, where works of this scale are housed indoors, isn’t something you see happen very often,” he said. “In a sense, it preserves a small piece of New York culture that is otherwise constantly fleeting.”
The show is free and open to the public. Attendees can also meet the artists later that night at a reception which will begin at 6 p.m. For more information, log on to aqueductmurals.com or call (718) 641-4700.
Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @luisgronda.