Since the mid ‘80s, the mysterious VF or VF er or Veefer or VFR or VFresh has left his mark on the Big Apple, first as a writer who frequented the City Hall layups to having a tag or throw up in pretty much every nook and cranny of the city. If your don’t know what a tag or a throw up is then you might be reading the wrong blog post. But there are a lot of folks who do, and so globally, VFresh is recognized as a man who is on the move with a can of Rusto in his hand. On Friday, April 5th, the (graffiti) writer in question is having an opening. Go support him and spend some money. The dude is like a Delta bluesman. He was out there putting it all on the line in an effort to express himself and keep the culture popping like Crisco oil in the projects.
MA: You’ve kept it real in the streets for a lot of years…
VFR: Yes, I was all city when I was 14years old.
MA: OK, well now you’re transitioning your legacy into the galleries. What are your thoughts on that transition?
VFR: I have been in the galleries for a minute. But one way or another, I knew society would eventually latch on to the art. And that is the whole purpose of VFRESH Pieces of History from the Future. A show like this was intended to bridge the gap for the hardcore fanatics who appreciate the real. I set aside some avant-garde pieces just for this purpose; this way the work finds its way, right into the hands of true New Yorkers. A show like this will not be repeated. I guess you can think of it as a VFRESH IPO, Wall Street style.
MA: How does your approach to the “art world” differ from the world of street bombing?
VFR: It’s the same approach–win and then win again.
MA: How would you describe your gallery work?
VFR: I don’t describe my work. The artwork describes itself.
MA: Who are some of your artistic influences, both inside and outside of graf?
VFR: I answered that, in the very first published issue of Mass Appeal Vol. 1, issue #1.
MA: What do you think of the current state of street bombing in New York City?
VFR: It is as elegant as an elephant seal.
MA: OK…What’s next for VFR?
VFR: Well it’s a rap for the Veefer / VFR we all grew up with. _ Discontinued. GAME OVER. Only (Imperial) VFRESH is current. Effective July 4, 2013 VFRESHXR15 / VFRXR15 will be the new flagship = premium / upgrade. THAT IS THE FUTURE….
Friday, April 5th, 2013. All day show – reception from 6pm – 8:00pm.
103 Allen St
New York, NY 10002