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Mana Urban Arts Project Presents:

Dan Witz: A Modest Sunday Morning

Curated by Stan Sudol and Christine Wagner

April 29–August 1, 2018
MUAP Gallery

A “modest” curation of works from Dan Witz’s larger street art series, “Early Sunday Morning,” Mana Urban Arts Project (MUAP) has brought the feel of the street inside for this mini-retrospective.

Evoking the phrase, “They’ll find you where I leave you,” A Modest Sunday Morning is a collection of the effect of debauchery launched twelve hours earlier. Drunken and used, humans lie framed behind city grates, like so many Neo-Christs placed behind a stone slab waiting for a merciful resurrection, spurred on by either an Angel of the Lord or a pissed-off transit cop.

Each vignette, placed in five different and progressively uncomfortable locations around the cavernous industrial gallery, garners a feel of the streets that Witz calls his “atelier.” Each piece is lit by the color of a hectic gotham—from the reds of seedy neon signs to the orange of sulfur street lights—the dim glow is there to replicate a passerby at dusk crossing a footbridge only to come upon one of Witz’s life-size grates and scream, “What the fuck is that?”

Witz’s real-life surrealism is a perfect primer for the new Mana Urban Arts Project Gallery, offering a far more innovative project arena than traditional walled gallery spaces. The MUAP Gallery provides street artists with a place to invert the industrial cityscape inward and create on a scale seldom contemplated.

To view this exhibition, please email: ssudol@manaurbanartsproject.com


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Installation view: Dan Witz: A Modest Sunday Morning, April 29–August 1, 2018, Mana Contemporary, NJ. Photo: Stan Sudol.