About the Exhibition
Dan Witz (b.1957, Chicago, IL), working with the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side, uses an exterior wall of their playhouse to install Sticks—seven large paintings that make the wall look as though it is pierced with giant sharpened sticks. This temporary installation, according to Witz, symbolically protects the neighborhood from the commercial billboard advertisements seen so often on the city's public walls. With Sticks, Witz creates a dialogue about the encroaching commercialism on seemingly all of New York's architecture. Created in the tradition of trompe-l'oeil murals, Witz considers Sticks to be a type of "home-grown defense" for his neighborhood.