"SLOW DANCE AND THE DAYLIGHT" BY PAUL WACKERS AT THE JAMES HOTEL NYC

On January 22nd, 2015 Grey Area was pleased to unveil a new public art project in collaboration with the The James New York, "Slow Dance and The Daylight," an original mural by Brooklyn based artist Paul Wackers. Nearly 100ft, this beautiful mural by Paul Wackers spans nearly the entire 6th Avenue façade of the hotel, bringing bold color and plant life to a formerly grey concrete cityscape. 

"I wanted to work with the shape of the wall to create a narrative within the piece itself—the same way I would over many pieces within a solo show of my paintings. I was able to create a story with this piece by using compositional elements and recurring motifs: a cabinet with familiar but intangible objects, plants, pots and vaguely historical imagery. It incorporates many of the objects and shapes which I see as characters that can interact in different ways through use of color, line and juxtaposition. This installation depicts the version of a passage of time. The first object has a sense of potential energy and growth. As you make your way through the mural, you see a human manipulation of this energy in conflict and in conjunction with the natural, and end with the hopeful balance of the two," says Wackers.

Paul Wackers makes works based on the familiar, which in the bustling city can often be hard to find--and sheds new light on everyday objects. Born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1978, Wackers graduated with his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, and with his BFA from Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC.