Wanna Go To A Drive By Art Show?

Paintings by Darius Yektai, image by Bryan Derballa
Paintings by Darius Yektai

During the first weekend in May, the artist, Warren Neidich organized a drive by art show in Long Island. The event was planned in just a few weeks and advertised quickly with signs placed in neighborhoods. The art show featured work from 52 artists in the South Fork of Long Island.

Paintings by Eric Dever, image by Bryan Derballa
Paintings by Eric Dever

The point of the show, Neidich said, was to see “How do we show empathy and solidarity in this new age that is lacking in emotional solidarity?”

The artists displayed their art on porches, lawns, driveways, garage doors, the side walls of their homes, and along roadways. The art covered every medium, style, and scale. Some artist featured are prominent in the community and others are lesser known. All of the variety highlighted the point of the exhibit that if we look for it, there’s empathy and solidarity all around us.

Wood Cuts by Jeremy Dennis, image by Bryan Derballa
Wood Cuts by Jeremy Dennis

Most people drove, but some walked or road bikes. People were united in being out and looking at something other than a screen or things in their own homes.

All of the variety highlighted the point of the exhibit, that if we look for it, there’s empathy and solidarity all around us.

Neidich is more events like this one in other art communities around the world. Is there something you could to promote art and solidarity in your community?