If you happen to find yourself wandering around the Lower East Side in NYC, you might stumble upon a masked man living inside of a storefront apartment. No this isn't a late Halloween prank, this is the latest performance art edition from Brooklyn street artist RAE.
With a room larger than most NYC apartments, you'll be notice the random pieces of paper and artwork on the floor which are works done by RAE himself. One won't miss the TV which is letting RAE stay current with the events going on outside his protected storefront apartment.
RAE who is very secretive of his identity won't always be alone. In fact he has been visited by the legendary DJ Chuck Chillout who has come by to spin a few tracks and make this experience more interactive. There's an off chance that you might see some of RAE's friends in the room with him.
Don't worry if you can't stop by, the exhibition can be viewed 24/7 via live stream both inside the room and outside through November 22, 2017.
I had the pleasure of having a phone interview with RAE.
"Hi, this is RAE, sorry if I called too late" which was spoken calmly.
I was in a mix of shock and awe. I didn't know that this interview was still going to happen but I was excited nonetheless. Without much of a wait, I began to ask him a few questions.
How has the community influenced your work?
It has helped me get over some of my own phobias of having people watch me with my work while it happens. Sometimes that can be a little stressful because it's a process. It isn't always a straight line between that and performing since it's not something that I usually do. Those two things are feeding back into my work and the people, the motion of cars, and everything that's happening outside, I'm just bringing back into my work.
Why did you do the layout for the room the way it is?
I can't really explain necessarily why the layout is like that. But leading up to the project I kept visualizing. I knew where I wanted the bed, where I wanted the door, where I wanted a window, and how the space divided. It was visually pleasing for me. All of those things just kind of happened.
Unfortunately the call was dropped but RAE was able to call me back very soon and resumed our interview.
What advice would you have for any up and coming artist?
I would say keep pushing. If you have an idea, than find resources that you can tap into. Find good friends. Surround yourself with people that believe in what you're doing. Don't be afraid to ask for favors and keep pushing.
As a New York Native, do you feel that the art scene is still vibrant as it used to be?
It's New York City. There is always something happening. There is always something going on. I am just not the best person to answer that.
For more up-to-date info on RAE, follow his Instagram @rae_bk
Location: 130 Allen St
Date: Oct. 31st through November 22nd
All images: © Isaiah Carter