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Artist Elliott Arkin’s Highly-Anticipated Mobile Art Laboratory at Half Gallery

Mister ArtSee Rendering – Credit: Dario Nunez-Ameni - the model will be unveiled Sept.10th, 2009

New York, NY – The Art-Z group, founded by artist Elliott Arkin, announced today the exhibition of a scale-model Mister ArtSee, a vintage ice-cream truck completely transformed into a wondrous mobile arts laboratory that can travel city streets and will host a wide array of engaging projects including installations, sound-pieces, performances, presentations, visual art and videos. The exhibition debuts on September 10th at Half Gallery during the New York Fall art preview and runs through September 17th.

A first-of-its-kind experimental platform in both form and content, Mister ArtSee was conceived by Elliott Arkin, and designed by Atelier DNA, a New York City architecture and technology studio headed by architect Dario Nunez-Ameni. A work of art as well as a space for art, Mister ArtSee has been developed to maximize versatility, accessibility and expandability as a self-sufficient, multipurpose art-mobile, whose possibilities are limited only by the imagination of its participants.

“Like a Swiss-army knife, Mister ArtSee will be equipped with numerous extensions—a platform stage, video projectors, a podium—with the ability to fold out and open up to facilitate such projects,” said artist Elliott Arkin. “The design seeks to achieve maximum versatility and world class artistry to fulfill our mission of bringing information and contemporary art to the areas it visits, especially neighborhoods, schools, playgrounds, parks and public spaces not typically served by traditional art institutions.”

In addition to Half Gallery founders James Frey, Bill Powers and Andy Spade, who represent Arkin, Mister ArtSee’s Board of Advisors include: the prominent Dutch art collectors Ben and Coco Van Meerondonk; Museum Magazine’s creator Larry Warsh; New York Cares founder Noah Gotbaum; architect Dario Nunez-Ameni and artists Marc Lafia, Kiki Seror and Renee Cox. The group has received several grants including $50,000 from the Annenberg Foundation, as well as a The Brooklyn Arts Council re-grant from the New York State Council on the Arts

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