Feature: Dabs Myla in Conversation with KofieJuxtapoz // Monday, 13 Aug 2012
Dabs Myla's big Marvelous Expeditions show is coming up on September 1st at Thinkspace. The duo have put together a fun 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 speak with former Jux featured artist, Augustine Kofie.
This special exhibit will featured 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.
Last time you traveled? To where?
June of 2002 I flew out to Eindhoven, The Netherlands to paint a large scale mural with a number of other artists. that also coincided with the Step in the Arena graffiti jam.
Favorite country / city you've visited? Place you most want to visit?
My family never traveled out of the country when I was young, so the majority of my trips abroad happened during my adult life. By far my favorite trips were to the island of Japan starting in 2001. I've been there about 10 times within a decade doing live painting, some murals and handling business with a distribution for my T-shirt project Draftsmen. Each trip was a new experience and was the first time I felt that pursuing this move toward making a living from art was making sense.
I do have a residency coming up this fall in Cape Town, South Africa that I'm extremely excited about. That's a trip that I had no idea would ever manifest, so I'm very grateful for that opportunity.
Planes, Trains or Automobiles?
Window seat or isle? Chicken or Fish?
'm 6' 2" and a bit claustrophobic, so the rear/isle seats are preferred.. Hopefully with no one in the middle seat.
What is your favorite road trip song / artist or album?
DJ Shadow/ Endtroducing/ 1996
Weather Report/ Sweetnighter/ 1973
Anything from the Bruton Music Library
What fuels you to keep creating?
People born with the water in Scorpio are very determined. It's a natural drive. Love what you do, do what you love.
Please describe your dream project if time and money were not issues.
Curated murals to update the Los Angeles freeway systems and freeway underpass walls.
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..
I'm starting to pack lighter for trips, especially since I tend to bring more back home then I take with me. I do like to bring a few Pilot Percision V5 pens, a Cachet 10 × 8 in. short side bound sketchbook and a few small vintage RapidDesign templates for sketching.
Least favorite part of making art? And your favorite part...
Favorite part of making art is the process of making art. My least favorite part of making art are due dates and revisions.
If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be?
Antonio St Elia
Ever picked up a hitch hiker?... Have you ever been a hitchhiker?
No and No
Something you wish you would have known 5 years ago?
Dabs Myla & Friends
Opening Reception: Sat, Sept. 1st 5-9PM
On view Sept. 1st through Sept. 22nd at Thinkspace
Culver City, California