kalee jones w. + tammy brummell

Kalee Jones W.

march 14 // kalee jones w. + tammy brummell

We are pleased to have Kalee Jones W. and Tammy Brummell’s chromatic studies on our walls in time for spring. Kalee works spontaneously to capture the present moment unfolding. Through multiple layers of color, you can see the formations of anthropomorphic beings, animals and occasional text appear and dissolve into one another. Tammy’s latest series "Prison Girls" captures various females in vintage mugshots layered on a colorfully marbled background. She transforms these women with jewelry and flowers. The juxtaposition of the background and embellishment of the females characterizes the transformation of their souls.

Read more about the artists below.

Make sure to come out March 14th from 7-11pm for our opening of this show during LIVE on the Plaza.

You can RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Tammy Brummell

Artist Info

Kaylee Jones W.

What is your medium/process? Acrylic and graphite.  I pick a color and jump in.  The composition is built up in layers of mark making and color washes.  Each choice is a deliberate move towards overall balance and rooted in focused spontaneity.

Where are you from? Born in Texas, raised in Oklahoma, steeped in Colorado.  I currently reside in OKC.

How would you describe your latest body of work? Cool and moody.  Reminiscent of landscapes and weather.

What inspires you? Star dust and creation stories.

How did you get started? Crayons and markers.

What are your goals for the future? To stay centered and open; so that my work may authentically evolve.

Tammy Brummell

What is your medium/process? My medium is digital photo montage in which I apply paper, ink and paint to a giclee print.

Where are you from? Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work? My latest body of work “Prison Girls” was inspired by arrest photos of women from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. I transformed the photos into portraits of the women, kind of reinventing them. Vibrant liquefied marble back grounds represent the transformation of the past, while the women are mirrored and adorned with jewelry and flowers as part of their outward transformation. Their souls are bursting into thin air with enamel embellishment.

What inspires you? Life, art, granddaughters, old photos, new photos, people, nature, architecture, animals, wood, rocks, science, color, light, patterns, shapes, media, fashion, movies, music, the universe.

How did you get started? I studied design and photography at Oklahoma State University and have been a graphic designer in Oklahoma City for 20 years, focusing on magazine layout and design. I later developed my technique for creating digital photo montage art.

What are your goals for the future? Work more in mixed media, do more collaboration, work with wood. Explore video, sound and projection. Achieve more exposure on the web.

 

jason pawley & ross adams

Jason Pawley

feb 14th // jason pawley + ross adams

Say hello to our neighbors and artist friends Jason Pawley and Ross Adams. These native visionaries work tirelessly on their own art, are gainfully employed in the Plaza District AND run Tall Hill Creative; a gallery/studio space on NW 34th and Villa. Using spray paint, pens, watercolor and acrylic, their use of bright psychedelic colors create a complimentary body of work. In contrast, their subject matter is unique to their individual inspiration. Ross is inspired by punk subculture. Think album covers, zines, gig posters and punk fashion from the 80's. Jason draws inspiration from nature and his many adventures on the road. You can RSVP to the Facebook Event here and make sure to read the artist questions at the bottom of the post.

Ross Adams

This 2nd Friday falls on Valentines day, so expect the district to be full of the appropriate celebrations. In the shop, we are stocked full of new product for the holiday. Expect to see lots of handmade gifts and Valentine's cards in addition to new knits appropriate for this late chill. You can see some of the new products online or just come by the shop! Also be sure to see full list of Plaza District happenings for LOVE on the Plaza.

For those emerging and aspiring artists we have a group show taking place the first Sunday of March and are currently seeking entries. Details below:

DNA Galleries Animalistic

Artist Questions

Jason Pawley

Jason Pawley What is your medium/process? Acrylic, spray paint, paint pens....

Where are you from? Earth

How would you describe your latest body of work? What inspires you? It's kinda like daydreaming of my travels and places or things that make me happy... where the mountains meet the ocean on a gravel road..... that's my inspiration.

How did you get started? Skateboarding graphics.... that's what made me want to start drawing.

What are your goals for the future? To say hungry :)

Ross Adams

Ross Adams What is your medium/process? Lately I've been working in a lot of different mediums. For this show I have been working with: pens, pencils, colored pencils, acrylics, spray paint & water colors, all on bristol board. Not exactly sure how I would describe the process, It's just something I enjoy doing.

Where are you from? Oklahoma City, Oklahoma United States of America

How would you describe your latest body of work? #artorwhatever

What inspires you? Probably punk, as a soundtrack and as a subversive subculture.  It is something I have always been interested in.  Album art was the first visual art that peaked my interest. Artists like Raymond Pettibon, Winston Smith and Pushead were some of my first major influences. From there, fliers for punk shows and independent zines pushed my interest in the visual art of the subculture further.  Lately, I have also been inspired by the punk fashion that was displayed so prevelently in 80's punxploitation films like: Suburbia, Class of 1984, Repo Man etc.  I'm also inspired a lot by other visual artists.  Beyond that, I would say every moment that I am breathing I am being inspired to create.

How did you get started? When I was a kid I would always draw pictures for my grandmother, because she was a painter and I thought that was cool. She always encouraged me to keep drawing. And from there I guess never stopped. I only took sketchbooks to class in high school and college (which, I'm sure was not her intention). I really don't remember a time in my life when I wasn't making or breaking something. Art has just always been there.

What are your goals for the future? Survival.

 

Jake Beeson, Tanner Frady + Jay Hollopeter

jake beeson skeletor

jan 10th //  jake beeson, tanner frady + jay hollopeter

UPDATE SHOW EXTENDED  //  We have decided to extend this show into January! Be looking for our next new show in February.

Jake Beeson is a Tulsa based artist and designer who has mashed up some 80's and 90's pop cartoon imagery and blended it with his signature graffiti influenced technique. His new series includes the best of childhood cartoon nostalgia from Transformers to Ninja Turtles and Skeletor from He-Man.

tanner frady pink panther

Oklahoma City artist Tanner Frady, is pulling influence from a similar realm of animated nostalgia, and has focussed on some of his favorite classics like Pink Panther, Felix the Cat and Huckleberry Hound.

Jay Hollopeter A Rothian Kind of Day

Jay Hollopeter is an Enid based artist that has been a regular in the OKC art scene for the past 30 years. His colorfully animated characters are illustrated with the depth of lifelike shading and detail. Inspiration for his latest work will include everything from Luchadores to Rat Fink.

We appreciate your support!

mark gilmore dennis murphy neal robinson

mark gilmore

november 8th // mark gilmore, dennis murphy & neal robinson

For our 3rd show in 2 months we are excited to have a group of 3 artists who play with a contemporary vein of psychedelic influence.

Mark Gilmore is a long time Oklahoma City resident with a masters quality to his fantasy/surreal oil paintings. More information on the artist below.

Noble Oklahoma based artist and organic farmer Dennis Murphy brings an intense focus and vibrancy through his large studies of geometric patterns with a day-glo palette.

dennis murphy

Neal Robinson uses a mix of mediums to develop compositions which bring together line, shape and color. More information on the artist below.

neal robinson

artist questions

Mark Gilmore

What is your medium? Pigments with varnish on canvas or panel

Where are you from? My adult life has been in Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work? In reevaluating my motives for painting after a long hiatus, I wanted to find touchstones from the images & colors that drove my imagination and my earliest efforts at being a professional artist.

Expressing my own creativity during a time of social, musical & chemical experimentation, felt like the opening of the vast frontier to Lewis & Clark. The command was to go and see, to explore and report back what you find.

That concept still rings true for me.

What inspires you? Freedom, kittens, a child's laughter, and the Hellbound train carrying each of us to our certain death.

How did you get started? Painting signs for beer & pizza at a local juke joint.

What are your goals for the future? Paint and make things until I die.

Neal Robinson

What is your medium? I work in a variety of mediums.  Pen and Ink, acrylic, water color, screen printing and collage techniques.

Where are you from? Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work? My latest body of work is trying to find the balance between line, shape and color.  I try to create an organized chaos with my line work while still maintaining a fluidness that your eye can follow without being overwhelmed. Along with the color I also try and incorporate monochrome color and collage techniques that also work with the line work to create an overall harmony.

What inspires you? Architecture inspires me the most.  We are surrounded everyday by your basic shapes that make up the world we live in.  Squares, triangles, circles make up the fundamentals of our cities skeletal structure. So it’s almost necessary for me to try and show these basic shapes to the viewer in a new and visually exciting way.

How did you get started? I started early on as a compulsive doodler and just grew from that like most artists.  Even at an early age I’ve been interested in finding the infinite possibilities you can do with just a simple straight line, the most basic of marks.

What are your goals for the future? I plan to continue to explore line, color and perspective.  I really think the next step in my process is work more on an ambitious scale.  I hope to incorporate my art into wall murals in the near future.

Anniverskully

DNA Anniverskully

nov 2 // anniverskully - 5 years at dna galleries

Nov 2nd we are ECSTATIC to celebrate a crucial milestone for any business, 5 years of business! If you have followed us from the beginning, you know this all started as 300sqf of our home and grew to completely overtake the entire location at 1705B NW 16th St. In April this year we were blessed to acquire the larger space beside us and finally expand our gallery. Come celebrate with us!

Special offerings throughout the day:

  • 25 goodie bags for the first 25 customers
  • Cafe EVOKE will be offering free artisan coffee 11am-2pm
  • 10% storewide discount from 11am-12pm
  • Opening reception for group SKULL show featuring 50+ local artists goes from 7pm-11pm
  • Limited edition t-shirt for the opening (7-11pm) $15/shirt
  • Cash bar

We would not be here without the loyalty and support of our patrons. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your lives and reshaping downtown OKC.

RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

 

oaklahoma joey alvarez & dylan bradway

joey alvarez dylan bradway

october 11 // oaklahoma // joey alvarez + dylan bradway

DNA Galleries presents Oaklahoma: Oakland Meets Oklahoma featuring works by Joey Alvarez and our very own Dylan Bradway. This exhibit is an animated combination of styles utilizing a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, furniture and design.

Joey Alvarez is based out of Oakland, CA and creates most of his mixed media sculpture work from found objects in his neighborhood with inspiration from urban art. He has also developed a series of chair paintings are inspired by his passion for mid century modern furniture and design.

joey alvarez

Dylan Bradway has produced new works based off a series of recent sketches with emphasis on flowing lines and intermingled subjects. His work will also include a custom trike which includes a powerful sound system and plenty of style.

dylan bradway

We will also be featuring Blue Collar Built furniture, a joint venture between Joey Alvarez and Luke Austin of oakandwood.com. Blue Collar Built was established based on one simple idea, to find a balance between quality craftsmanship, materials, design and price. We are anxious to see the select okie centric furniture pieces they have made just for the show!

blue collar built

September 2013

september 13 // lindsay harkness, brooke rowlands + angela westerman

This Friday we are featuring 3 resident female artists who work in distinctly different styles and media. RSVP to the Facebook event here.

lindsay harkness

A lifelong resident of Oklahoma City. Her latest body of mixed media photography took 40 days of documenting the hands of 70+ Oklahomans. Her "exploration into individualism" characterizes a diverse cross section of residents in Oklahoma, each represented on 4"X4" canvas.

brooke rowlands

A native of New Jersey, but has resided in Oklahoma for the past 10 years. Her recent body of mixed media on monotype prints, explores memories of her grandmother and pressed flowers. Brooke states about her contemporary approach that "Taking the color out of the flower and moving it to the background, expresses my love for something deeper and less superficial"

angela westerman

A native of Salinas, California whose recent acrylic mixed media tells a story of mankind's "constant battle between nature and technology" This surreal blending of technological and natural textures are an articulate portrayal of the cyclic cleansing of light and dark.

august 2013

a vivid paradox

august 9 // a vivid paradox // amanda bradway + juuri

For August DNA Galleries presents A Vivid Paradox, this exhibit features a new body of work by local artists JUURI and Amanda Bradway. The artists have created an exhibit of enchantingly prismatic works including collaborative pieces specifically for the opening. This show is entitled 'A Vivid Paradox' due to the vibrant spectrum of colors that both artists utilize. The paradox is apparent through Amanda’s work with skulls and JUURIi’s somber, sad looking female subjects. Expect the color in which both JUURI’s girls and Amanda's skulls are wrapped to bring them all vividly to life. These works will be on display until Friday August 30. Check out and RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

http://vimeo.com/71157732

About JUURI & Amanda Bradway Japanese-American artist JUURI, creates colorful female figures using watercolor and colored pencil. JUURIi about this latest series: "Several of my works in this show will present opposing questions, such as 'Trash or Treasure?' 'Rotten or Redeemed?' 'Weak or Strong?' I wanted to capture both the turmoil and the beauty of finding the answers to all those questions about yourself. The style of these works is a little more stark than my previous work. I wanted to draw maximum impact to the figures and their questions this time, instead of the backgrounds. Several of the pieces feature gilded Japanese calligraphy. Ask me what they mean, and I'll teach you a little Japanese!"

Amanda Bradway, and owner at DNA Galleries, creates works with intricately cut and folded paper in a variety of colors and sheens. Combining these elements with skulls, she recreates elements of nature and reconstructs unworldly beings. Each piece in this new series draws on personal perspectives of the dichotomy of struggle versus surrender in a world where many truths operate simultaneously. These works ask the viewer to consider how we can all live with respect and awareness for others without sacrificing our own truth.

Conrad Crespin & Sean Lyman

everyday rituals conrad crespin Pause - Sean Lyman

july 12th // conrad crespin + sean lyman

For July we are excited to be featuring two national artists Conrad Crespin and Sean Lyman. Conrad is a resident of Portland, OR and has created a body of work which focuses on his interest in line, form and pattern with a very minimal color palette. In contrast Sean, who resides in Springfield, MO, explores the concept of masks as a transforming element on individuals in his realistic but dreamlike drawings. You can check out the Facebook event here. More information about the artists in the questionnaire section below.

Keep an eye out for our collaborative group art show with B-wap coming Sunday August 4th, featuring 25 local artists.

questions for conrad crespin

How would you describe your work? The work in this show explores my interest in pattern, form, and space. These pieces were originally inspired by fractals. With this work, I usually start with a basic form and build intuitively from that. I am extremely interest in process and how process informs or relates to the final visual outcome. As the artist, the process is just as important to me as the physical work.

What inspires you? So much inspires me, especially people. There are a lot of artists living today that are producing just spectacular work. I am especially inspired by those around me and the way in which others interpret the world. I think we all have little kernels of truth to share. Music is a huge inspiration as well.

My biggest inspiration is most definitely nature. There is so much beauty, mystery, and absurdity in the universe and that makes me happy.

How did you get started? I got started like most artsy kids with encouraging parents and an interest in making things. I was fortunate to meet certain people throughout my life who were there for me at pivotal times and encouraged artistic exploration.

Nowadays, it isn’t even a question. Why not make art?

What are your goals for the future? I am currently pursuing a degree in Graphic Design and building a career in the art/design realm. I really want to build something unique that contributes to the community and keeps me artistically, professionally, and financially satisfied. I know that is a tall order. But I am realistic about a lot of things and ultimately my needs are simple.

I want to keep making things until the day I die.  I want to collaborate. I want to grow and explore. I want to fall in love. I want a root beer float.

bombs away june 14th

bombs away art

june 14th // bombs away art

This month we are honored to team up with Bombs Away to host an art exhibit benefitting victims of the May tornadoes. Bombs Away is producing a limited edition print for the show as well as some older original works with 100% of proceeds to be donated to relief efforts.

In store we have new handmade and reconstructed clothing by Presley Poe & Out on a Limb clothing. Our clearance sale will end this Sunday so come grab some of our last sale items!

We will be finishing and auctioning off the collaborative  Adironagami chair by Larry Pickering out front this Friday as well. The silent auction will begin at 7:30pm and end at 10:30pm

Larry Pickering

 

instinctive turns jess and keegan

The Distant One By Jess and Keegan

may 10th // instinctive turns // jess & keegan

This Friday we are pleased to bring you a brand new series of works by local artists Jessica Beethe and Keegan O'Keefe. This collaborative duo has been world traveling for the past 5 years and we are ecstatic to have nailed them down for a show. Jess and Keegan will have 13 brand new pieces of art on display along with a raffle for 3, $200 limited-edition giclée Prints. Tickets for the raffle will be $5 and winners will be announced at 10pm the night of the event. You can preview 9 of the New works from their online gallery and learn more about the artists below...

http://jessandkeegan.com/gallery.html

The Infinite Push by Jess and Keegan

Artist Bio

Visual expression has been a part of our lives from a very young age. We both drew, collaged, sculpted and created things throughout our childhood and those habits have continued into our adult lives.

When the two of us first met, we began trading pieces and working over top of what the other was doing. This process began to slowly transform the way we saw and produced our work and began driving us to create more. As Our exchange continued and we found that when working together we produced better results than either of us was doing working alone.

Now, as a collaborative entity, we take turns swapping pieces and working over each other's additions to develop our style as a single entity. Our work is like a spontaneous dance - a fluid non-thinkingness. We accept and release with little to no planning. Our conclusions are always organic and unforced.

Our travels have taken us to all corners of the USA, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia.

At some point, we both graduated and aquired multi-diciplenary BFA's in Graphic Design, Illustration and Painting.

Currently, we live and work out of our studio in Oklahoma City, OK, USA.

-Jess M. Beethe & Keegan D. O'Keefe

 

Artistic Statement

For us, it is undeniable that human life is a collective effort of many parts and a vast sum of time, energy and connections.

Our work, however, is not about us, our ideals or our beliefs but is an assimilation and redistribution of the world and what it has to offer.

Using this idea, we combine our time and energy to craft original works on paper that directly reflect our surrounding environment and its cultural influences.

This art making process helps us fully appreciate where we are and what we are doing; ultimately giving us a tangible dialog with which to see the multifaceted ways our lives are connected to so much more than just ourselves.

 

Empty Pride By Jess and Keegan

How would you describe your work?

Tangible experience, captured action; Our work is a conversation between ourselves and the world we are surrounded by. In fewer words - it's filling time. (See also ARTISTIC STATEMENT below)

What inspires you?

New experiences, travel, humor, other artists & their art, conversations, clouds, rain on tin roofs, debate, animals, independent films, music, good food, sailing, scuba diving, adrenalin, running, yoga, coffee, flyers, flowers, magazines, thunder storms, old books, etchings and old illustrations, creeping vines, 1920's, 1800's, samurai, 1950's, 1980's, big hair, sunny window seats, short skirts, the internet, dry wit, social networks, octopi, great stories, skulls - particularly orbital bones and teeth, new drinks & dark beer, theology, philosophy, organization, minimization, bonsai trees, feng shui, karma, tides, chi, sharing, other languages & cultures, outer space, satire, nebulae, black holes, quantum foam jitters, construction, empty buildings, faded colors, abandoned cars, truth, moist dirt, baby grass, cities, public transit, crushed glass, road trips, using chopsticks, dreams, sentinel pine trees, staying up late, hieroglyphs, calligraphy, graffiti, art history, archeology, psychology, finding forgotten money in a pocket, anthropology, bridges, nowhere country, mountains, rivers, kayaking, mythology, rock climbing, friends, family & our ability to act - just to name a few :)

How did you get started?

I ate a crayon when I was 6 months old while Jess started drawing before she could walk. There was no other way to start, really, it's just what was supposed to happen. (See also BIO below)

What are your goals for the future?

Make make make, Do do do. Explore, travel, love, befriend, show show show.

dna grand opening

DNA grand opening

may 2nd // dna galleries grand opening

One year ago, we announced our move and began a huge remodel on the former mattress factory at 1709 NW 16th st.

Come celebrate our re-opening! During the day, the gallery will be hosting a catered coffee bar from 11-3 by Cafe Evoke, 10% off all retail merchandise storewide (excludes gallery art) and 50 grab bags of merchandise for the first customers who spend $10 or more.

At 7pm, the group art exhibit will kick off with a catered bar, DJ and live art and screen printing out front. Limited edition shirts will be available only during this event. The group show will feature "drop" shapes that mimic DNA's "Support Local Art' logo. Each piece was cut out of wood salvaged from our old location and given to 30 different local artists to customize.

april 12th // katie rake & eli scott

Holey Kids

april 12th // katie rake & eli scott

This month, we are ecstatic to show some brand new collaborative works by our old friends Katie and Eli! We are currently in our new space (1709 NW 16th St. west of the old place) which has an entire wall seperate from the retail to fill with their original watercolors, etchings & drawings. Limited edition copies of "The Holey Kids Revival" will be on hand for purchase as well.

We've added some incredible local artists to the shop this month as well, come see what's new!

Store

closed until april 1st

Moving Next Door

closed until april first // moving next door

As of today we are closing the doors at our current location and moving next door into the former mattress factory! It has been a life altering experience watching our dreams and the district come up from our former home/storefront since 2007. We will be re-opening April 1st at 11am for our regular hours and announcing our grand opening celebration directly after.

In the mean time you can visit our online shop

Bare with us as we make this exciting transition to a larger space with an actual gallery! Support Local Art.

New Store

 

moving next door sale & works by jack fowler

DNA Moving Sale

march 7th - moving sale & works by jack fowler

We are finally ready to close business at our current location and relocate next door! It's been 4 years of good friends, great memories, and big growth. Please join us this Friday as we have our final 2nd Friday in 1705B, featuring small works by local artist Jack Fowler and a tons of sale merchandise in the back.

Thank you for supporting us throughout the years, we look forward to seeing you at our new location starting April 1st!

jason pawley with john young feb 8th

Jason Pawley

february 8th - jason pawley

Friday February 8th we are so excited to share the works of Jason Pawley (your favorite Mule bartender and owner of Pines Primitive clothing) along with John Young, an emerging local artist.

Jason has been refining his signature style with bright layers of color and bold brush techniques. Pawley creates a brightness and depth which is true eye candy for the viewer. If you look closely, there are small hidden concepts and drawings enmeshed in most of his work that become part of the larger piece.

Jason Pawley

John Young is more of a new-comer on our radar. His work has a rough sketchbook quality to it. His recent series "Doodling & Noodling: biomorphic abstractions from the right side" requires you to engage up close to see the detail unfold.

We are also gearing up for Valentines Day in the shop with lots of new handmade apparel, gifts and accessories. All of our gifts for this holiday are made locally with love so give with meaning and Support your local artists!

John Young

 

 

alesa clymer & "driving against balance" by jamie pettis

new works by alesa clymer &"driving against balance" by jamie pettis january 11th

We will be featuring 2 incredibly talented ladies next Friday for the Plaza art walk. Alesa Clymer is a recent graduate of UCO whose humerous characterized illustrations reflect her geek pride. Jamie Pettis is an Oklahoma expat living in Arizona. She creates richly colored female figures that blend abstracted forms with the subjects features.

In the shop we have been working to refresh our products for the new year and upcoming move. We have a selection of shirts marked down for a limited time. Hope you enjoyed your friends and family, we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Please take a minute to read our artist questionnaires below.

Alesa Clymer

alesa clymer: artist questionnare

How would you describe your work? My work fits into the category of the Lowbrow art movement, or Pop Surrealism. I describe my work as illustrations that narrate my own satirical sense of humor and geek pride.

What inspires you? The inspirations that guide my work consist of dialogue with friends and family and the art that is found in comics and cartoons, computer and console games, and movies and tv series. I find humor in everything and I am easily inspired to create from common pleasures.

How did you get started? In elementary school, I caught on quick that other people enjoyed my stories and drawings and I began writing and illustrating my own short stories on scratch paper. I stuck with my interest in art throughout primary school and continued my education at the University of Central Oklahoma, obtaining a BFA. I still feel as though I am just getting started although I have been creating my entire life.

What are your goals for the future? The majority of graduates that get an art degree seem to stop creating once they are done getting their degree, or at least most of the ones that I know have done so. My goals are to never stop creating, and to continue sharing my work.

Jamie Pettis

jamie pettis: artist questionnare

How would you describe your work? My work is very rich in color. Color is like candy for my eyes, and when I'm creating one of my pieces I get to experience the pure pleasure of seeing that colored image in my head for days.  I love drawing/painting women, and in general, people. I love to capture expression, and after much diligence feel as though I've near mastered the difficult ability to capture eyes, noses, and mouths (ears, too). When drawing people I do not stop in realism. I add to those pieces with my own free, abstract expressions of color, and flowing lines and edges. I really have no plans when I create. It's all very retrospect. I find when I think too hard about 'making' something, I stand still.

What inspires you? I'm inspired by truth. Whenever asked to state one of those little quotations that describes me, I always respond with 'Sit in the truth'. However, I can't take credit for the quote; an old therapist of mine said it to me once. This last year I've made a lot of changes in my life towards my goals and wants. One thing that has become very apparent to me is that I must be exactly what it is I want to be in this life. For awhile I became caught up in what looks good for a career, and became driven by the fear of finances. With this came a lot of unhappiness and dissatisfaction because for me my dreams will never just go away. In turn, I had to get real with myself and take a leap of faith towards my own personal truth a big part of which has been a greater pursuance of my art. With this said, all of this has been a major driving force in my most recent work, and it has fueled me to only become even more honest with myself as a person. In turn, I am moved to pass it on to others through my work in hopes to inspire them to do the same in their own lives.

How did you get started? Growing up my dad use to take us to his art studio every Saturday in downtown Holdenville, Oklahoma, population around 5,700 (last time I checked). My dad was a lawyer, but also an artist. It was interesting because this art studio (which was built originally as an office in the early 1900's) looked just like a historic New York City loft. My dad would draw in rich oil pastels, and us kids would use whatever medium we could get our hands on and go at it. Interestingly enough, that set in motion the style in art that I would adapt later, and also my love for Manhattan. Coincidentally, Manhattan played a major in my style after spending a summer there doing  an internship for Marc Jacobs. I majored in fashion design in college, and the fashion rendering classes I took, as well as working for Marc Jacobs, had an underlying influence on my hand.

What are your goals for the future? My goals for the future? In the long term I want to be painting, making music, and acting full time. Someone told me once that I'm a 'triple threat' (I think that's what they called it). I want all 3 of these things very much (and I've been involved with all 3 of these things throughout my life), and can never decided to pursue only one. These goals have been the same ever since I can remember....In the short term, I would like to start showing my work in galleries in Los Angeles, as well as make an appearance in Juxtapoz magazine.

 

new works by jerrod smith

jerrod smith: november 9th

This month we are hosting local artist and Plaza business owner, Jerrod Smith. Jerrod runs the Society down the street and has done artistic illustration for places around town including Elemental, Cuppies & Joe, Groupfly and many more. He's bringing us prints of some of the originals just for the show!

As an added bonus we (AmandaDylan) are collaborating with Sean Vali on a new fresh piece. The “canvas” is the super cool and very modern new furniture creation of Larry Pickering called the Adironagami chair. It will be available for silent auction so be ready to bid! We will have a bid sheet on hand but we will also have a Facebook aspect to the silent auction coming soon!

sean vali

sean vali owl

sean vali: october 12th

Sean Vali is a hard guy to nail down for a show, but we caught him in between his travels to hang some new works in the shop. Sean likes to collaborate with other artists and is well known in the live art circuit. Just to change things up a bit, we will be collaborating on some live work with Sean out in front of the shop during his opening, more info below. The Plaza District is also teaming up with Fowler VW for a Plaza wide costume contest with Plaza gift cards as prizes! More information about other LIVE events and registration for the contest here: http://www.plazadistrict.org/category/live/

As an added bonus we (Amanda & Dylan) will be collaborating with Sean on a new fresh piece. The "canvas" is the super cool and very modern new furniture creation of Larry Pickering called the Adironagami chair. It will be available for silent auction. Below is the raw steel version.

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M Paul Kirby September 14th

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m.paul kirby: september 14th

This month we are please to feature busy local artist M. Paul Kirby. You may recognize the infamous "birdie" character he paints or cuts from wood. He has created a very special and exclusive $30 birdie series just for his show at DNA. These are especially targeted to you art collectors on a budget, so come snatch them up, only 30 will available!

Artist Q&A

How would you describe your work? The aesthetic of my work tends to lean towards the visionary and the otherworldly. It's unexpected dreamlike nature borrows from the surrealists while its allusion to the familiar could draw comparison to the lowbrow comic culture of the 1930's or the pop art movement of the 1960's. While it's impossible to escape all visual influences, I strive to create a world that is distinctly my own.

What inspires you? Thematically, I'm influenced primarily by my experiences throughout life, by my interactions with other people and by the environment in which we live. The themes within the artwork are delicately intertwined with memories from the past, emotions of the present, and the fears and hopes of the future.I strive to use my work not only as a cathartic tool for myself but as a way to communicate the indefinable feelings of being human. I never felt like it was my job as an artist to always make the viewer feel comfortable, but I do feel obligated to illicit within the viewer something visceral and unexplainable. What is beautiful to one viewer will be grotesque to another, but a very important aspect of being an artist, for me, is to initiate creative and progressive dialogue between different schools of thought. All of my work is an effort to grow and evolve, to rise from the ashes and begin anew, to progress to a higher level of thought, to disconnect and reorganize. Everything inspires me.

How did you get started? I initially used it as a means of self exploration and as a dissociative activity. I did it as a kid to sort of pass the time and take my mind on journeys because I was always a loner. I was totally the quiet weird kid in school much like I'm the quiet socially awkward adult now. I started getting more serious about it around 2004-2005. It got a lot more "professional" around 2007 when I started doing more touring and small exhibitions. Creativity and producing artwork are a lot different than doing exhibitions and shows. So while the essence of what I do has been there for a long time, the shows came much later in life. I've been so fortunate and honored that people relate to whatever that thing is that I do. Seeing the response is extremely humbling. Hearing other's explanations of my work are one of my favorite guilty pleasures in life. People have amazing imaginations and it's so cool when they take an image or an idea that you've made and run with it mentally! The fact that something as simple, in theory, as Bird can be a catalyst for creative dialogue is a gift I could never explain in words. People see the works and read the titles and then completely make up their own stories. They get tattoos, they do fan art, they write fiction, they relate to it in ways only known to them and it becomes a very intimate experience. Seeing all of it unfold sometimes brings me tears. The fact that I can somehow share in a moment with the viewer on that level is... magic. If I know one thing it's that nothing in life is guaranteed to last, so I'm sincerely thankful from the bottom of my heart for every moment.

What are your goals for the future? I hope to perfect the art of guacamole making. I've found that only the greatest of people make great guacamole. So, when I reach that peak I'll know I've truly become one with the totality of all things.