Lowbrow Gallery Brooklyn – Brooklyn NYC

July 3, 2013 at 1:37 am

LOWBROW GALLERY BROOKLYN

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Lowbrow Gallery in Brooklyn is run and owned by Bishop 203 a graffiti artist turned street artist. I met him while in NYC, and I have to say he is a really cool guy who not only loves art, but does his part to help the art scene and his fellow artists. It’s always good when you see a person who is cool doing well, but things can always change in our up and down economy, so this is a person and a spot you should give some Neighborhood Love to and support, and if you are visiting NYC, you should put Lowbrow on your list of hot spots to check out! Enjoy.

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NH Love: Where did you grow up and what neighborhood do you represent?

Bishop 203 (owner of Lowbrow):   I grew up a Connecticut kid.  Mostly in the Bridgeport/Fairfield area. At 21 I broke out and lived up and down the east coast. I have been in NY for about a decade now, So Brooklyn is what I love and rep.

NH Love:  Tell us how you got started doing Graff,what were the influences for you in your early years?

Bishop 203 When I was in 7th grade a kid moved from L.A. He wrote FEAR. He showed me the ropes, and we became very good friends. About a year later he died so I kept going at that time in memory of him. I fell in love with GAZE’s work for sure! But my 203 crew and I influenced each other the most.

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NH Love: How do you seeing graffiti changed over the years in New York City and in your neighborhood in particular?

Bishop 203: Honestly, for about the last decade or so, I feel it died out a good bit, but over the last 4 years ago I think it has turned around again. It feels like more walls are coming up every day; fresh eye candy is around every corner.

NH Love: Where did your influences come from or how did you develop your own style?

Bishop 203: Freights.  The “highlight” of my lil career was when I was painting a lot of metal. I lived in an area with not a lot of graff. So what ever rolled through the yard was a HUGE influence. The trick was, after doing so many freights, going back to walls was tricky. I just spent the last 5 years not doing the bottom half of my letters. I kinda had to relearn how to write my name…

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NH Love:W hat is it that you want to do with your street art career, and do you ever think about where you are headed?

Bishop 203: My personal goals have changed since I have opened the shop. Before I was all about me, my art career, how I got up, how I would be seen. Now with my space, my concern is showing the up and coming generation. The cats that can’t get into the high-end gallery spaces. To be honest, it’s much more satisfying.

NH Love: How long has your store been opened and do you enjoy showing other artists work and how do you choose these artists?

Bishop 203 It’s been almost a year now; so I’m still a new fish at this. I LOVE showing other people’s works!!! I usually pick the artists myself, though I have guest curators who help a lot certain months. (Bomb Hanks) The art shows have been going great and are a ton of fun

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NH Love:I know New York there’s a lot of tension between Street Art and graffiti artists,but it seems like you’ve managed to strike a balance . Do you ever get flak from people?

Bishop 203: The balance was easier than expected. I have been writing for over 20 years now, and just got into the street art game about 5 years ago. I love the street art side of things because I look at the artists almost like the hippies of graffiti. No rules, no politics, no drama. On that side of things, it’s great. But I must say, at the same time, it has given me a new respect for the graff game. The rules and the discipline of this side of the fence are ones I feel most street artists have yet to learn.

NH Love: Let’s talk about Brooklyn a little. I know you have a lot of walls there how do you see the change over the years, Having seen it first hand do you feel it’s getting better or a lil out of whack?

Bishop 203: White people: We ruin everything. There are a ton of walls here. Every time is see a kid in tight leopard spandex I want to smack some one. The one thing I have realized after opening the store though, is that the only one who complains about gentrification is the ones doing it… A hipster will come in and be like, “Great, this place is gonna make my rent go up.” Meanwhile, the cats that have lived here their whole life come and tell me how happy they are that nice things are finally here. 10 years ago this place was HOOD. Now the families feel safer. So fuck it, I’d rather deal with a hipster than this hood being one of the murder capitals…

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NH Love:2013 is almost halfway over, what your plan for the second half of 2013?

Bishop 203:Honestly, just trying to get up as much as possible while the heat is here. Canvases for the winter; same’ same.

NH Love:Last let’s talk about Future what your plan for 2013 and beyond what you want to get accomplished?
And last feel free to give any shouts To anyone that you want.  keep in touch and I can’t wait to see where you’re headed!

Bishop 203: I feel great about having the gallery space booked well into 2014. I took this last year off from really doing any art. So I think the next year I will make up for some lost time.
SHOUTS:
Bisco Smith, Leias, Stark, Meres, Zimad, Sebs, Hoacs, NDA
You for making the rest of us look bad with your skills.
All of 203 & TD4 crew
and of course MOM!
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