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02/14/2018

the legal battle for art preservation started in Ocotber 2013. the whitewashed occurred in November 2013. 21 artists have delt with deposition lawyers meeting and lot of difficult aspect of being in a lawsuit...
5 years later when a verdict is published, when monetary damages are published artists who were of the grid for years re appear...
Let's clarify the case presented 49 pieces of work 45 were awarded punitive damages, these 45 pieces where created by the 21 remaining artists in the case as of 2018.
the 21 artists all took the stand during trial , were prior to that deposed for hours by defense legal team.

the case was publicized and written about for 5 years. the sudden interest of some after the win is puzzling.

5 Pointz 24 months later, the after mathIt may appear almost trivial to reflect on the loss of the largest legal collect...
11/19/2015
43-01 21st Street - New Development

5 Pointz 24 months later, the after math

It may appear almost trivial to reflect on the loss of the largest legal collection of aerosol art in the world known as 5 Pointz, days after the tragic loss experienced in France and in Lebanon; yet in a true french way , standing up for art , freedom of speech, and life , I feel like sharing my thoughts on the aftermath of one of the most tragic art lost, very a propos !

On November 18th 2013 , non union workers were hired , gallons of white paint were purchased , sprayers were rented , and the unthinkable happened , 20 years of work was physically erased and murdered in a coat of cheap white paint.
I will not bore you with the details and an extremely painful narration of what happened the day after , because well there is this amazing thing called Google , and a quick read of the New York time or the Wall street journal amongst many can remind you of what happened.
I will nevertheless remind you of a question asked by a fan on a poster:
what was the point of spending an estimated $30 000 dollars in painting a building white, when it was scheduled and confirmed to be demolished as early as December 2013 ?
I will remind you of a simple math calculation post , again by a fan, reminding us that with such a large sum you could have fed a generous healthy and flavorful thanksgiving dinner for at least 6000 New Yorkers in need , but there I go again getting side tracked.
The final question I guess still remains, why o why , wouldn't the owner notify and grant artists the right to retrieve their art within a 90 days window, at their own expenses , as the law Vara provides for and recommends.
3 questions which will , I m afraid never be answered .

As I m sitting in front of my screen , typing away , and enjoying a delightful glass of red wine ( in a true french way) and holding in the tears from a way too emotional week end , I feel one of the legacy of 5 Pointz is to maybe share with artists and communities , the worth of public art , and yes the worth of aerosol art , graffiti, street art, mural-ism , whatever you decide to call it ..

So in the spirit of sharing , I am going to share with you a meeting which occurred month before we lost 5 Pointz.

In the spring on 2013, we were more than often surprised by the visit of the director of development of a large real estate group extremely present in Queens and in LIC. She would wander in the loading dock looking so out of place and start small conversation with Meres one and myself, after a few weeks, I guess she gained the courage to ask us to meet her "boss" , because he was influential and I quote " loved what we were doing at 5 Pointz, and saw its worth "(as opposed to our current landlord).

Fast forward to the day of the meeting .. sitting occurred in Shannon Pot , and Meres and myself saw this 30 to 40 something entering and heading towards us ! He starts talking to us and presenting his genius idea , and has "THE ANSWER" to all our problems :
He owns a beautiful old factory in Dutch Kills, with insane art deco details and he is I quote going to "give it to us to curate and adorn with graffiti and street art" , he even moves on to telling us about the boiler room of the building which will eventually become a resident lounge and is so cool , which we could paint as well .. Of course he doesn't have a budget to pay us or the artist (what a surprise) , but he can provide lift during the renovation. The time line for us to start would be fall 2013, because asbestos removal must happen first ...
Meres is sitting quietly taking it in , and my true self is bombarding him with questions:
*really you are sure you want to do this ?
*what if your tenant do not like the art ?
*you cant pay the artist so we will have true creative control correct ?

I go on to tell him it sounds awesome, we could call it the annex, an extension of 5 Pointz, and since I live on Thomson avenue and how dead it is at night walking towards Queens Plaza , how great it would be . I even start thinking of a map directing tourists and art lovers alike from 5 Pointz to the annex building and how great it would be for businesses such as Burger Garage and Dutch kills bar ... meanwhile Meres is sipping on his sprite quiet , appearing almost absent.

Meres finally lets go of his straw, directs his piercing black eyes to the "boss" or suit , and says :
"Listen I think this is a dope idea for LIC, and for aerosol art , and I have dedicated the past 10 years of my life to embellishing this community and hosting my fellow artist for free so no one could do it better , but .. what s the catch ?"
" You are just going to give a building ?"

And here it is :
"well there is only one condition , other , than you doing it for free , and take the walls as a token of my appreciation for the artwork, you need to let go of your current location for me to give you my building you need to let go of Jackson avenue"

We went back and forth with him and obviously explained how this would not happen, and try to understand what his motive was ..
Basically he explained to us that he saw the value of what we had done at 5 Pointz and he wanted to own the only building or properties with aerosol art in LIC and if we worked ( for free) with him we couldn't work on any other property other than buildings owned by his group.

We thanked him for his time , and as we all know this never happened or did it ?

September 2015 , Some of you may have seen street art popping up in LIC, specifically on a buidling / block located at 43-01 21st street

http://queensbeans.com/43-01-21st-street-new-development/

So here we are 2 years shy of the horrific whitewash , this building was purchased for over 43 millions by the Rockrose group.
starting in September artists have been called to come and paint FOR FREE , signed RELEASE GIVING UP THEIR RIGHT TO ART WORK, AND DONATED THEIR PAINT AND TIME , I believe buff and lift were provided woohoo ..
the entire project has been curated by a new "non for profit" .

So let me ask you this

* if Rockrose can afford 45 millions dollars for a property don't you think , they can afford to pay you for your work ? especially if they are going to photograph it and use it to make their block more valuable ?
*If a fellow artist calls you to paint , including us , make sure it s in a school a park a community oriented murals where your art is making a change , yet not being used as a free marketing tool
*Finally , before you paint a building do your homework and check it out , especially if most tenants today , are seeing their lease reduced, not renewed , their rent doubled .. which is what is happening at 43-01 21st street .
* When a so called curator asks you to contribute on a large scale project, asks the right questions ? is he being paid , why are you giving up your right to the artwork ? is the building going down anytime soon ? is it being renovated ?

Once we lost 5 Pointz and court procedure moved on, many said , no walls would be given,

WALLS ARE GIVEN BY LANDLORD EVERYDAY - FACT

CORPORATIONS AND BRANDS PAY FOR YOUR ART - FACT

GETTING PAID BY THE RIGHT CORPORATION ENABLES YOU TO GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY WHEN NEEDED BY PAINTING MURALS FOR FREE - FACT

We lost as a community , we lost as human beings, we lost as artists , on November 19th 2013. We gain knowledge momentum and confidence on what we do.
5 Pointz started as an organic project and became something bigger than life .
its legacy maybe for artists to be better armed and informed of what they are doing and for whom ..we know that this movement was valued since the landlord if nothing else tried to landmark the name and registered 5 Pointz real estate.

Meanwhile , as I am writing this , Jonathan Meres Cohen is in Texas with fellow CBS member Nathan Nordstrom , painting for an amazing non for profit Hops for Hope ..
You cant whitewash dedication , you cant whitewash passion ...

Finally ,

we were called by the curator ( a long time friend and fellow artist ) of this project in October, informing Meres and not wanting him to find out through social media what he was doing ... crickets ... It must be said that we love the human being and artist he is , but we totally disagree with how this project is being run.

The director of development is still thriving in LIC, her initials are PD

The Boss suit first name is Justin ( you can figure out the rest ), and I will tell you one thing Justin, there is nothing RIGHT OR JUST about what you are doing .

As a conclusion I will give a shout out to Gilf who wrapped 5 Pointz with the gentrification in progress banner in early 2014
stood last night in front of the Brooklyn Museum, protesting the real estate summit held there , #yousaygentrifywesayoccupy..
An artist who admitted , I hesitate to paint or create in my own neighborhood , because I easily become a tool of gentrification .

thank you for reading #keepthelightson ,
Marie .

The Wills Group, the original owner at the 43-01 21st Street property, was in contract in October 2014 with Rockrose Development to sell it the property.

09/28/2015

It was a true honor , yesterday, to attend the screening of the short film by Kevin Wood, 5 Pointz 5 Minutes. Kevin was the last person to walk 5 POintz a few days before the horrific whitewash. While the art can never be replaced, nor the spirit and feeling of the loading dock, Kevin Wood editing and soundtracks , can be seen as a poetic requiem , for what once was. We were humbled by the amount of questions and cannot ever thank Mr Wood enough for his bold move , of presenting this short !
we strongly encourage all to watch this shorthttp://www.footprint.tv/media/270534

wanna support the YMCA, you can now purchase the 6 pieces completed during the block party last saturday .. artwork by m...
07/29/2015
BiddingOwl - Long Island City YMCA Auction

wanna support the YMCA, you can now purchase the 6 pieces completed during the block party last saturday .. artwork by meresone, jerms, dermer, seetf,topaze and lexibella

join us this saturday for a taste of 5 pointzcreates !!
06/22/2015

join us this saturday for a taste of 5 pointzcreates !!

Tonight, 5 Pointz Fam , Dready Kruger, is finally dropping his new album, in Green Point .. Host of the 5 Pointz fest , ...
03/27/2015

Tonight, 5 Pointz Fam , Dready Kruger, is finally dropping his new album, in Green Point .. Host of the 5 Pointz fest , multi talented artist, dreadful lyricist , you do not want to miss true hip hop in action Coco 66. Be there , support , share

everyone who was a fan of 5 pointz..who painted there...who enjoyed our many free events..to all the mcs..djs..bboys..gr...
01/12/2015
Sign the petition: Stop G&M Realty from trademarking the name of 5 Pointz

everyone who was a fan of 5 pointz..who painted there...who enjoyed our many free events..to all the mcs..djs..bboys..grandparents..mothers..fathers..and kids..please help me to protest the former landlord of the building better known as 5 pointz. To add insult to injury he is trying to trademark the name 5 pointz under the real estate bracket so that he can name his 2 towers to be built on our grave site that very same name..if 5 pointz ever meant anything to u than please set aside 2 minutes of your day to make sure this doesnt happen..thank u

I just signed a petition to Midge Fae Butler, attorney at law and Jimmy Van Bramer, chair to the council's Cultural affairs: Prevent the Trademarking of the name 5 Pointz, owned by 5 Pointz a non for profit corp, by G&M Realty, real estate developer whose principal destroyed the art site and is now…

we were able to accumulate 1,000 in one day..please take a second to sign and share this if you havent already..i need e...
01/08/2015
Sign the petition: Stop G&M Realty from trademarking the name of 5 Pointz

we were able to accumulate 1,000 in one day..please take a second to sign and share this if you havent already..i need everyones help on this..thank u and stay warm all

I just signed a petition to Midge Fae Butler, attorney at law and Jimmy Van Bramer, chair to the council's Cultural affairs: Prevent the Trademarking of the name 5 Pointz, owned by 5 Pointz a non for profit corp, by G&M Realty, real estate developer whose principal destroyed the art site and is now…

F 5POINTZ MEANT SOMETHING TO YOU THEN PLEASE TAKE ONE MINUTE TO SIGN THIS AND SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE
01/07/2015
Sign the petition: Stop G&M Realty from trademarking the name of 5 Pointz

F 5POINTZ MEANT SOMETHING TO YOU THEN PLEASE TAKE ONE MINUTE TO SIGN THIS AND SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE

I just signed a petition to Midge Fae Butler, attorney at law and Jimmy Van Bramer, chair to the council's Cultural affairs: Prevent the Trademarking of the name 5 Pointz, owned by 5 Pointz a non for profit corp, by G&M Realty, real estate developer whose principal destroyed the art site and is now…

*@MERESONE MINI BULB CANVAS GIVEAWAY* HELLO 5 POINTZ FAM! The 5 Pointz staff were talking, and we bet that you all have ...
11/10/2014

*@MERESONE MINI BULB CANVAS GIVEAWAY* HELLO 5 POINTZ FAM! The 5 Pointz staff were talking, and we bet that you all have amazing pics of 5 Pointz before the building was whitewashed... We want to see them! Please post your favorite pictures of the building, favorite moments, bboys, etc... This starts today and goes until the event on the 18th. There may be one winner or up to 5 winners so get posting! When you post your pictures please include the following for your chance to win a @meresone original mini bulb canvas.

IMAGES MUST BE ON INSTAGRAM TO BE COUNTED!

1. For official entry please include #lightsshinethroughthewhitewash

2. Please tag and follow @meresone / @save5pointz

3. Please include the below info about the below event and spread the word.

Tuesday November 18th at 6:30pm meet at 45-17 Davis Street Long Island

The first 150 people get a free shirt!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there and sharing stories.

After fighting for 5 pointz, for so long we can relate to Richard s struggle. lic Needs arts and the secret theater is a...
08/29/2014
LIC’s Secret Theatre turns to fundraising campaign to survive

After fighting for 5 pointz, for so long we can relate to Richard s struggle. lic Needs arts and the secret theater is a much needed venue ... The soul of this community is threatened everyday ... We as 5 pointz are glad to humbly contribute to the fundraising campaign ...and everyone should! Why are city and state fundings not given to secret theater when millions are allocated to local chocolate factory and ps1 ? This question is yet to be answered , why is the politician honored by Richard Mazda during lic art open 2014 not helping this cluster of talent ? ..they are secret worthy of being kept and this is definitely one ! Keep the light on ...

Richard Mazda, founder of the Secret Theatre, located at 44-02 23rd St., has started an Indiegogo fundraising campaign after having to deal with financial difficulties starting in late 2012.

08/24/2014

5 pointz..the next chapter...coming soon

5 Pointz
05/29/2014

5 Pointz

in 2010 , Meres one gave an interview to a local filmmaker working on a documentary titled " long island city art community " ... he never heard of this project again ... until May 8th where we stumbled on the press release of a documentary named : 5 POINTZ A HISTORICAL JOURNEY , the title is a little misleading since , there were no contact nor interview after 2010. 5 POintz fam has not seen the footage, nor endorse this documentary. Meres one does not host the documentary he gave an interview and walked around the building.
none of the proceeds are going to 5 POintz nor to Jonathan Cohen ..
Please be aware that should you purchase this documentary , we are not endorsing , this product nor the content ...
thank you

in 2010 , Meres one gave an interview to a local filmmaker working on a documentary titled " long island city art commun...
05/29/2014

in 2010 , Meres one gave an interview to a local filmmaker working on a documentary titled " long island city art community " ... he never heard of this project again ... until May 8th where we stumbled on the press release of a documentary named : 5 POINTZ A HISTORICAL JOURNEY , the title is a little misleading since , there were no contact nor interview after 2010. 5 POintz fam has not seen the footage, nor endorse this documentary. Meres one does not host the documentary he gave an interview and walked around the building.
none of the proceeds are going to 5 POintz nor to Jonathan Cohen ..
Please be aware that should you purchase this documentary , we are not endorsing , this product nor the content ...
thank you

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8/24/13
Great Memories!! Thank You Jonathan Meres Cohen and Marie Cecile Flageul!! https://www.facebook.com/DJFormulaOne/videos/3117905478272319/