Feature: Dabs Myla in Conversation with Aaron de la Cruz

August 16, 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, they talk to Aaron De La Cruz.


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.



Last time you traveled? To where?

The last place that I traveled was to Los Angeles for my show at Known Gallery. LA and Hawaii have been the two places I have frequented a lot the past two years.


Favorite country / city you've visited? Place you most want to visit?

I have been fortunate enough to travel all around but I would have to say the place that sticks out the most and I always say I want to return to is Oaxaca, Mexico. While walking through the town at night people opened their houses up as places to eat and it felt so comforting. Just imagine sitting down with a family eating that you have never meet? I have meet many nice people (Hawaii tops them all as far as numbers go) but opening up your house to strangers and actually eating and engaging with me was amazing to me.

A place that I want to visit most would have to be Chiapas, Mexico I have herd that the jungles and runis in that part of Mexico are a must see.


Planes, Trains or Automobiles?

Well up until I found out about a little blue friend called Xanax I would have said strictly automobiles and hell no to planes. I have actually grown somewhat used to flying (short distances) as it saves me time but when its a long distance trip I have no choice but to fly. But having a road trip with a friend or two is the best. I hate driving (me being the driver) for more then two hours. I havent tried trains but that would be pretty cool I assume.


Window seat or isle? Chicken or Fish?

Window and make sure you pee before sitting down that way you never have to get up. Chicken.


What is your favorite road trip song / artist or album?

Any (oldies to funk) artist from the 50's-80's does it for me.


What fuels you to keep creating?

What fules me to continue to create is trying to find a function for my work within different public settings. I understand that art causes people to react in one way or another but I really want to engage with the viewer on a more personal level (as im sure many artist do). I guess its like making a friend, the more you engage and lern about the person the more you want to hang out with them. I want my work to hang out with more people then just on a wall in a house, I want to have a block party with my work.



Please describe your dream project if time and money were not issues.

Custom designed homes. I would like to create everything from the architecture of the landscaping to the interiors of the kitchen cabinets. I grew up helping my dad add rooms to the house we lived in so being able to customize your living space was something I thought was cool.


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 have a necklace that I wear for good luck most of the time. I travel pretty light just my sketchbook, a few sharpies, ink and brush. I hate loosing things when I travel and really hate to buy something over just because I lost it.


Least favorite part of making art? And your favorite part...

My least favorite part of making art would be waiting for things to dry. My favorite part of making art is receiving fan mail and people telling me that my work inspires them to keep creating.


If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be?

The answer to this question always changes for me but right now I would have to say Charles and Ray Eames. I would really like to know how they managed to establish such a great design house and stay in the grey area in terms of a high and low brow market.


Ever picked up a hitch hiker?... Have you ever been a hitchhiker?

No, but my parents have picked up hitch hikers a few times and have some great stories to go with it. One time my buddy and I picked up two girls from a club and had them lay down in the bed of a truck (I have no idea what we were thinking we were only 16 at the time). I have never been a hitch hiker.


Something you wish you would have known 5 years ago?

The one thing I wish I would have known five years ago are all the people I know now. Meeting people and making friends along the way has been the biggest asset to my career as an artist. Growing up my Dad always called me a social butterfly and now I know why.


Dabs Myla & Friends

Marvelous Expeditions

Opening Reception: Sat, Sept. 1st 5-9PM

On view Sept. 1st through Sept. 22nd at Thinkspace

Culver City, California