Friday, June 25, 2010

Heroin Stamp Project

Discarded, empty heroin packets each stamped with their own “brand” identity, were collected from the streets of New York over the course of five years by a group called the Social Art Collective. More than one hundred different brands are represented in a show at White Box Gallery. The New York Times has a good article about the project here, and the following is from the gallery:
The exhibition is comprised of large-scale prints depicting these seductive, yet sinister symbols in startling detail. Blown up to monumental proportions, these images become confrontational, insinuating the complex
 nature of drug use, from the market dynamics of suppliers and dealers, to the motivation and histories behind individual users.

Kind of takes ephemera to a whole new level--can't wait to see it. White Box is at 329 Broome Street (at the Bowery) in NYC, and the show is only up through June 29.

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