After the neo-Nazi coffee shop (called simply The Bushwick Coffee Shop) was dealing with many divisive reactions to its politics, the owner, Aaron Aryan, a 36-year-old from Berlin, decided to offer an olive branch–crafted entirely out of Post-Its.
Aryan, who managed to lure a non-partisan group of coffee enjoyers into his business after re-opening with the name Coffee for Jews & Everyone Else, decided to further showcase his penchant for peace by creating an open forum for Post-It artists to display their work. Whether this “art” is drawn on the Post-It itself or fashioned into a unique shape out of a series of Post-Its depends on the artist.
Romy Michele, a seasoned Post-It creator, has been the most enthusiastic about advertising her skills to Bushwick coffee drinkers who would prefer to stare at their laptops without the bother of other visual distractions. One freelance art critic, Joe Naysayer, noted of the art, “It looks as though it was something that either came out of a pre-school or retirement home.” Whatever your own personal take is on Romy Michele’s permanent retrospective, you can express it via putting up Post-Its on the wall, pending Aryan accepts your submission, of course.
Written by Genna Rivieccio