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F.A.T. Gold, the retrospective celebrating art/hacker/open-source activist collective Free Art and Technology (F.A.T.) Lab, has been open for about 20 minutes at Eyebeam, and they’re already pissing people off. The snafu occurred this afternoon, when graffiti artist Katsu started spraying gold paint all over the facade of Eyebeam with this trademark fire extinguisher. Naturally, he only had so much control over where the paint went in the wind tunnel of Chelsea, which meant that gold kinda sorta went everywhere.
Next thing you know, someone from Paula Cooper Gallery — which is located at 534 West 21st Street; Eyebeam is at 540 — came out to see what the hell was going on. A discussion ensued, as you can see in the video below:
Hyperallergic also heard firsthand from an eyewitness who prefers to remain anonymous:
I saw this guy in a mask pull out a fire extinguisher and suddenly the building was covered in paint. A bunch of paint got on the neighboring gallery, Paula Cooper, and someone from their building came out immediately, like, ‘What the fuck?’ This is only the first day of F.A.T. GOLD at Eyebeam, what’re they going to do the rest of the week?
A good question, indeed. Turf war?! No but seriously, lighten up Paula Cooper!! Chelsea may have lots of money, but it could definitely use a little more bling.