Feature: Dabs Myla in Conversation with DscreetJuxtapoz // Thursday, 30 Aug 2012
Dabs Myla's big 'Marvelous Expeditions' show is coming up on Sat, Sept. 1st at Thinkspace. The duo have put together a fun lil' set of questions combining some of the favorite questions they've been asked over the past few years as well as a few show specific travel related questions to spice things up. Today, the conclude their series with Dscreet.
This special exhibit will feature over 20 new works from Dabs Myla, a huge installation with a very special guest artist helping out (details to follow) and a group show they have curated featuring 32 of their friends all creating works on 16x20 cradled wood panels provided by the duo and built by Craola's dad George Simkins.
Thinkspace is pleased to present the highly anticipated 'Marvelous Expeditions' by Dabs Myla and Friends. In the spirit of travel and all things wonderfully itinerant, acclaimed duo Dabs Myla will take over the gallery space and will feature new work and an installation alongside curated selections from 30 of their closest and most inspiring artist friends. The gallery will in effect become a locus of meeting and communal exchange, as artists from all over the world are brought together by Dabs Myla to share their experiences of traveling through its landscapes.
'Marvelous Expeditions' showcases the duo’s love of friends, collegiality, exchange, and the proliferation of vision and variety that thrives alongside constant movement and displacement. These are the exploratory impulses of travel that lead to constant revisions, reconstitutions, influences, and to the indelible encounters that change everything.
Featuring 16x20 works from:
123 Klan Aaron, De La Cruz, Askew, Augustine Kofie, Axis, Cat Cult, Dabs Myla, Dscreet, Dvate, EINE, Elliot Francis Stewart, Ephameron, Greg Lamarche, Honkey Kong (aka Adam Hathorn), Johnny 'KMNDZ' Rodriguez, KC Ortiz, KEM5, Logan Hicks, Luke Chueh, Mark Mulroney, Meggs, Misery, NEW2, Pose, Remi Rough, Revok, Rime, Stormie Mills, Tatiana Suarez, Tom Gerrard, Tristan Eaton, Witnes, The Yok.
Dscreet started painting graffiti a little over 20 years ago and is best known for his electrified owl image of which he has painted thousands all over the world. He has exhibited in New York, Paris, London, Melbourne, LA, Berlin and many others. Dscreet works in varied mediums across painting, sculpture, printmaking, installation and film, his prints are part of the official Victoria & Albert collection, his films are all over the www and his painting work is documented in many streetart and graffiti books, he doesnt know exactly which ones, theyre all awesome of course.
Last time you traveled? To where?
Last week, got the train to the English School of Falconry in Biggleswade, beautiful place with lots of owls and yes it really is called Biggleswade, so quaint.
Favorite country / city you've visited? Place you most want to visit?
I loved Buenos Aires and would like to check out more of Argentina, do some trekking and not just city slickin. 've always wanted to hike through the Himalayas.
Planes, Trains or Automobiles?
Window seat or isle? Chicken or Fish?
Window and chicken.
What is your favorite road trip song / artist or album?
The Doors "LA Woman", think its simply cus of the car sound at the beginning or maybe Steppenwolf "Born To Be Wild", they both rule.
What fuels you to keep creating?
Expression of freedom and sanity, if i dont create i go crazy, its a channeling of the soul into something that seems worthwhile to understand your place, keeps you a little grounded amongst the turmoil.
Please describe your dream project if time and money were not issues.
It would involve carving a sculpture out of a beachside white sandstone cliff and building a marble staircase to a viewing platform in the sea, then id set off the switch to the Tesla inspired sky drawings described in a few questions below.
Do you have a favorite item from your studio that you always make sure you take on a trip? For example... reference book, lucky balaclava, favorite brush etc..
A pencil and eraser, pretty wild and mystical I know haha.
Least favorite part of making art? And your favorite part...
Facebook, seems like a necessary evil these days, i just like making the stuff not dealing with all the other PR stuff around making it sustainable, but its a grand blessed occupation for a few lucky people so i shouldnt complain. Yea, favourite part is probably drawing up new ideas and wondering if they're possible, getting excited.
If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be?
Tesla, we'd make some lightning installations together, paint some big pictures in the sky, step up Walter De Marias game a little (if thats possible, De Maria's a legend). Have you heard about HAARP, i think they might have started on the same art/mind control trip.
Ever picked up a hitch hiker?... Have you ever been a hitchhiker?
Yeah, I was travelling with 2 hippie girls in a combi van and we picked up some redneck dudes who were wandering down a dirt track who took us back to their ranch in the middle of nowhere. The girls thought it was a good idea but when we got into their converted horse stables where they invited us to "party", i spotted a rifle, machete and crossbow next to their spring valley bong (only scumbags smoke out of a spring valley bong) and hustled us the fuck outta there and the rednecks got mad. The girls thought I was rude, but it really felt like the beginning of some messed up horror film we didnt want to star in.
Something you wish you would have known 5 years ago?
That I could live off and immerse myself in art, wouldve saved 5 years+ of wasting time with some other less fulfilling endeavours and being frustrated that those creative ideas had to wait on the backburner. Either way it was a learning experience.