What a show and what an adventure! This video almost didn't happen and it's a good thing my homie Yosiell Lorenzo aka Project Detonate ( projectdetonate.com) was with me, because Aldrich wouldn't allow video or pictures to be taken unless a person was present in the shot! I was able to sneak a few shots in without Yosiell in frame. Thanks so much man for the help!
check out the write up from Aldrich below on the exhibit and a brief run down on KAWS' career!
June 27, 2010, to January 2, 2010
This first solo museum exhibition of the work of Brooklyn-based artist and designer Brian Donnelly, a.k.a. KAWS, includes his most recent paintings, sculptures, and drawings, as well as a survey of his iconic street art, apparel, product and graphic designs.
KAWS's first aesthetic influences came from skateboarding, as did his familiarity with New York City. Around 1991, he started marking his name in different areas of New Jersey and Manhattan. By the time he finished high school, he was mostly focused on graffiti and started intervening on advertising billboards. While exploring new strategies and locations for his work, he obtained a tool for opening bus shelter advertisement boxes. This allowed KAWS to seize the posters, integrate his work, and then replace them. He added an inflated skull with crossed bones and X-ed-out eyes; sometimes the skull was part of a serpentine-looking body that wrapped around the models, a blend that was humorous and daring. Word got around, and when it came to the point where the posters were pulled down and collected almost as soon as KAWS had replaced them, he decided to move on. Next he channeled his creativity into his studio practice, as well as products he developed and distributed on his own and in his boutique in Tokyo, OriginalFake, in partnership with Medicom Toy. ( excerpt from Aldrich's website aldrichart.org/exhibitions/kaws.php)
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Video - OsiRisORion
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