Why so serious? There’s plenty of reason to be serious! While it’s been over a month and a half since Hurricane Sandy hit – one of the worst natural disasters to hit the Carribean and US Northeast Atlantic region over the last decades – the disastrous effects in the aftermath of Sandy can still be felt throughout New York. Many people are still without homes and basic resources for survival, so the need for assistance to rebuild the areas hurt the most is very much present. Photographer Adrian Mesko, who usually shoots for Vogue Australia and GQ Japan, volunteered last month to help disperse resources to Sandy victims and is now back on the scene and ready to help out in a sure-fire way. On Tuesday, December 18th 2012, Mesko will be holding an exhibition and benefit show at TDR Gallery NYC where he will sell some of his best photographs with 100% of the proceeds going directly to help Sandy victims in the Rockaways, a part of NYC’s Queens borough.
Sandy Actually Saves?
Sure Sandy caused a ton of chaos and destruction, but Mesko is ready to flip this realization upside down and instead bring positivity back into the picture with an exhibition title of “Sandy Saves.” Why not? “There is very little sign of Sandy in Manhattan which is one of the reasons I decided to do the exhibition. In addition to raising funds for people in need, it also raise consciousness to the Rockaways,” says Mesko as he describes why he felt an urgent need to get this fundraiser exhibition and benefit underway. It’s easy to forget the rest of the world, or even other parts of NYC, while living in the constant rush and fast-paced flow of Manhattan daily life.
Mesko is calling for the art community to get together and chip in for reconstruction efforts – the art community, which itself also felt the weight of Hurricane Sandy as many galleries were shut down in Chelsea and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of artwork was ruined. Speaking of the destruction in Chelsea, which cannot amount or compare to the destruction caused elsewhere, Mesko asserts “I did hear about [the destruction in Chelsea] from an artist who had a lot of work ruined in the downstairs storage of a gallery. However, a friend who works at the UN pointed out to me that with the Sandy effects in Haiti and the rest of Carribean, there was almost 0 awareness of what was going on down there. Especially in NYC. That’s just the nature of media.”
So, New Yorkers, why wait around? Join Mesko at his exhibition and benefit event in Manhattan’s Lower East Side on December 18th 2012 and see how you can get involved.
- TDR Gallery NYC “Sandy Saves” Exhibition and Fundraiser by Photographer Adrian Mesko. Opening reception December 18th 2012: 6pm-9pm. Exhibition is on view until December 23rd 2012.