nov 12 // cody rains, eleazar velazquez + chandler watson
As we head into the last couple months of the year we have a couple a great shows still to come. For November we have a 3 man show with artists Cody Rains, Eleazar Velazquez and Chandler Watson. All the artist have distinct styles which set them apart, but a vibrancy and creativity which is seen in all the work creates a common feeling among the works.
Read more about the artist below.
Join us Thursday November 12th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza.
Artist Preview Reception: November 12th // 6pm-9pm LIVE On The Plaza Opening: November 13th // 7pm-11pm Exhibit Runs November 12th – December 5th
What is your medium/process? My medium for this body of work is a mixed medium of spray paint, acrylic, and oil. My Process typically starts with some abstract, emotionally driven mark making. I then work back from there to a more conceptual stage of creating a portrait in layers on top of those markings. I typically finish with another round of abstract mark making on top of the portrait.
Where are you from? I was born in Phoenix, Arizona. I’ve lived in the Oklahoma City metro since 1996.
How would you describe your latest body of work? This body of work aims to encapsulate an emotion or feeling at a specific and defining moment along the journey of life. So these pieces are all intersecting points between two moments in time. A moment captured on canvas and the moment the piece of art is viewed and received. Each time these pieces are viewed the “life experience” of the viewer is uniquely their own, producing a one-of-a-kind reaction to the piece. Sometimes the intersection of those two moments will be powerfully inexplicable, sometimes not. For me it was.
What inspires you? I’m inspired by the human experience and the way that life can be shaped, altered, and redirected by different experiences and relationships.
How did you get started? I was scribbling and drawing from out of the womb. I started painting in high school and developed a senior portfolio with a concentration in cityscapes. I stopped painting altogether from the year 2007 to the year 2013 while I focused all of my creative energy toward graphic design. In 2013ish I rediscovered painting in an entirely new light and have been experimenting and re-developing my craft ever since.
What are your goals for the future? I have many. Career-wise I hope to continue supporting myself or even thriving through unique, creative, and inspiring endeavors.
What advice do you have for other artists? I don’t know if I’m qualified to give advice. If anyone has any advice for me, I’d love to listen.
Where are you from? Eleazar is an Oklahoma native living in Dallas, TX. Born in Cuidad Guzman, Jalisco, Mexico and raised in Oklahoma City.
How would you describe your latest body of work? My work explores the relationship between multiculturalism and geometric shapes. With influences as diverse as Kahlo and Picasso, new combinations are manufactured from both simple and complex discourse. Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by the traditional understanding of the moment. What starts out as vision soon becomes manipulated into a tragedy of emotion, leaving only a sense of dread and the dawn of a new order. As wavering phenomena become distorted through emergent and critical practice, the viewer is left with an insight into the limits of our future.
How did you get started? I've has been drawing since the time a Crayola was placed in my hand. I remember vividly drawing and doodling on walls just like the great artist of the twenty first century. I attended Millwood High School where my passion for creativity blossomed in art class. My admiration for Frida’s bright colored paintings and Diego Rivera’s murals brought huge influence in my work today.
What advice do you have for other artists? Accept your many identities. Be fearless no matter how hard the journey is, it is the most rewarding.
What is your medium/process? Wooden panels with charcoal, pastels, acrylic paint and spray paint, sometimes I use paint pens as well.
Where are you from? I was born in Florida but I live in Oklahoma city, been here for awhile
How would you describe your latest body of work? I would describe my latest work as psychedelic flowy stuff with hidden faces... so pretty much the stuff in my head.
What inspires you? Life inspires me, or the voices in my head
How did you get started? I stared a year ago to help deal with the nervous energy I had, before I would get on stage to tell jokes and it turned into what I do now.
What are your goals for the future? Future goals are to tour as a comedian and share my art in as many galleries as possible and possibly do a massive mural in a city outside of the United States.
What advice do you have for other artists? Live Free and do what you want.