3RD ETHOS Gallery is proud to present The Grit & The Glam, a dual art exhibit show by Lexi Bella and Danielle Mastrion. The exhibit features new original artworks from two of New York’s most esteemed street artists. Longtime friends and colleagues, Lexi and Danielle met years ago at an art battle. While they have worked together in the past, this is their first joint gallery show.
The Grit & The Glam // The Grit & The Glam is an exploration of juxtapositions and integrations; between urban and natural, decay and revival, abstraction and realism. The artists translate onto the canvas the grit and glamour of their experiences and of the city that is their canvas. Building off one another’s strengths, Lexi and Danielle navigate layers of meaning within their art and their individual styles that contrast and complement one another.
The Grit // Taking on the “Grit” portion of the exhibition, Danielle Mastrion continues the exploration of her “Relic” series – a 4-year body of work documenting & preserving the disappearing cityscape of NYC. Her “relics” are defunct objects on the street: phone booths, coin parking meters, out of use ATMs, water towers, old storefronts & signs, classic NYC institutions that are no-more. With this series, Danielle juxtaposes the bright, floral elements with broken down layers, much like the layers of NYC. All over the city we see old vs new; faded vs bright; nature overgrowing abandoned things. The continuous growth of a city despite the old, abandoned, forgotten parts – these elements of NYC have inspired this body of work.
The Glam // Lexi Bella presents “More Than Meets The Eye”, a series of bold colorful paintings of abstract words in aerosol layers, under the surface of smoothy blended expressions and faces. These images explore her experience as a woman especially in NYC, and the pressure to wear a fierce mask. The abstract graff background suggests layers of complexity and emotions that lies just beneath the surface, that is “More Than Meets The Eye”.
Lexi Bella / Raised in New Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia, Bella earned her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2006. She moved to Brooklyn that same year, and has been New York based ever since. In 2012, she was crowned Art Battles World Champion in Paris. In 2014, she won a competitive grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to paint her Lower East Side Heroines Project. Additionally, She’s been featured in prominent street art festivals such as Upfest in the U.K., Colorado Crush in Denver, and most recently Pow Wow Worcester in Massachusetts. Her street art murals can be found in cities across the globe. For more information, visit her website LexiBella.com
Danielle Mastrion / Mastrion is a Brooklyn-born, New York City based painter and muralist. She earned her BFA from the Parsons School of Design. Trained in oils, in 2012 Mastrion took her talents to aerosol and has painted murals both locally and internationally. Her global resume includes Upfest in England and the Akumal Arts Festival in Mexico. Mastrion received widespread acclaim for her mural series in her home neighborhood of Coney Island. Much of Mastrion work focuses on themes of social justice, particularly women’s rights & youth education. For more information, visit her website DanielleMastrion.com