“Raised” Is an Outdoor Basketball Gallery in NYC
On Thursday February 12 you can check out Raised, an outdoor gallery show presented by NY Basketball Club on West 4th Street in NYC.
The show pays tribute to basketball and the city where it was raised. It will feature artwork from Bobbito Garcia, NY Sunshine, Kevin Couliau, Adam Lister, Jon Lopez, and Justin Leonard.
NY Basketball Club is a New York-based collective dedicated to celebrating basketball. It was started by Justin Leonard after he noticed a lack of organization within basketball culture and set out to fix it.
“I think New York City is the most important city globally to the sport of basketball,” he tells us. “We’re looking to be the glue that brings people together and creates a better product from game performance to the culture of basketball beyond the court including art.”
The club offers free training, leagues, and events for people of all ages with the goal of pushing the game forward in NYC. He started formulating the idea for a gallery show after fellow artist and famous basketball fan Bobbito Garcia told him, “The game of basketball was born in Springfield and raised in New York.”
Leonard couldn’t get the quote out of his head. “I knew I wanted to build a larger platform to showcase that, to celebrate the game of basketball and how rooted it is in New York City,” he says.
Raised will be the first annual exhibition for the collective, which they’re planning on doing once a year. “It’s going to be a great show, an eclectic mix of fine art, photography, and installations,” he tells us.
“It’s not your traditional gallery show. It’s open-air, outdoors. We built the gallery walls using chain link fences where the work will be displayed,” he says. “All the work has been heavily influenced by basketball or by New York.”
Just like the NY Basketball Club the show was made to be accessible to everyone. “All the art will be for sale at affordable prices. We want as many people as possible to be able to purchase the work.”
You can see Raised for one day only at The Cage at West 4th street in NYC on Thursday February 12 from 11AM-7PM.
The NY Basketball Club is calling for submissions for their next mixed-media collaboration so if you’re interested in contributing to one of their upcoming projects or if you just want to get in the game head over to their site to get started.