Lo and behold! Four provocative West Coast street artists, ABCNT, Cryptik, Nomadé, and Eddie Colla (an EK favorite among our staff, previously featured back in August 2010), are overrunning the New Puppy Gallery (Los Angeles, California, USA) from April 16 – May 1, 2011, with an exclusive Public Preview Saturday, April 9 on NELA Gallery Night! This is a show not to be missed!
The group show, entitled “SNIFFIN’ GLUE,” is a manifestation of the street art revolution that’s not to be ignored. The themes of the four artists’ work span from protest and peace to individualism and power.
ABCNT is the political establishment demolisher. Born and raised in Los Angeles, this Iranian-American street artist, graphic designer, filmmaker and DJ creates work rooted in politics and activism. A member of the Hit+Run crew, his enigmatic trademark design features the upper body of a man in a business suit dripping in black paint and wearing a bandit mask.
Cryptik is the spiritual master. An Echo Park-based artist, his Mandala-inspired work is careful, studied and specific. Once you get over the beauty of it, Cryptic slips us a soulful gut- punch with a Blow Pop surprise ending that will give you a crooked smile.
Nomadé, says Steven Harrington of Brooklyn Street Art, ―is the result of four chain-mailed street art troops in the army of the creative spirit, marching through the detritus of this crumbling modern Rome with battle skills in photography, illustration, painting, and design. Hearty Nomadé rises from allegory, ceremony, aerosol and testosterone; a soldier of the people looking for adventure, valiant battle, and a realm to lord over. Cocking his helmet turned paintbrush, he peers confidently forward with formidable spear in hand as he commands a team of racing stallions with vigor, nobility, and acuity.
Eddie Colla captures the consciousness of the individual and our relationship to the growing environmental challenges to conformity. Eddie is an artist for whom the simple act of categorization quickly becomes a Herculean task. One might not call him a ―street artist‖, though his art was recently featured in Steve Rotman’s San Francisco Street Art. Yet you’d be reluctant to call him a ―gallery artist‖, though his fine art was displayed at MoveOn.org’s ―Manifest Hope Art Gallery‖. Eddie will probably never admit to being a photojournalist, but The New York Times would disagree. And he’s averse to labeling himself a commercial photographer, even though Rasco, Casual, Dan the Automator, DJ Keoki and the Hieroglyphics crew have album and magazine covers that say otherwise. In the end, Colla is one of those artists whose raw talent oozes across media.
About New Puppy Gallery (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Opened in 2009, New Puppy Gallery sits just north of Chinatown and east of the Los Angeles River, the vertex of a collection of Northeast galleries exhibiting some of Los Angeles’ most interesting art. Each month, New Puppy participates in the Northeast Los Angeles Arts Organization (NELA) Second Saturday Gallery Night, which LA Weekly called the ―Best New Art Walk‖ in 2010. The gallery has held shows for LA Weekly illustrator J.T. Steiny, the Australian duo Dabs and Myla and hosted the first L.A. solo show for Belgian street artist ROA, featured in MOCA’s April 2011 show Art in the Streets. Past collaborators include Thinkspace Art Gallery, drkrm gallery, and Otis College of Art and Design. The mural on the side of the building is a work by ROA about the cycle of life.
New Puppy Gallery
2808 Elm Street, Unit 1
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Public Preview on NELA Gallery Night
April 9, 2011
7:00PM – 11:00PM
April 16 – May 1, 2011
Show opens at 7:00PM – midnight
Gallery hours for April 21 – May 1, 2011
Thursdays: 12 pm – 8 pm
Fridays: 12 pm – 6 pm
Saturdays: 12 pm – 6 pm
Sundays: 12 pm – 6 pm
Also available for private appointments (please call).