Feature: Dabs Myla in Conversation with Cat Cult

August 21, 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 speak with Cat Cult.


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?

Last time I traveled I went on tour to shoot photographs of RETOX. We went on a north west tour from LA to Seattle and back.


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

I haven't been out side of the United States to much. I go to San Diego regularly, I'd really like to go to Brazil.


Planes, Trains or Automobiles?



Window seat or isle? Chicken or Fish?

Window, but Amtrak has this area where you can get two sets of seats that face each other. That's really the best bet.

I'm about to eat Salmon right now.



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

Modest Mouse. This is a long drive for someone with nothing to think about.


What fuels you to keep creating?

Being able to share cool stuff with my friends.


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

Travel the world and paint giant cat heads on buildings.


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 always bring my Yashica T4.


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

My least favorite part of making art would have to be getting organized to start working on a piece.

I really like it when I'm midway through and I can see that it's gonna work out after all.



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

Probably Andy Warhol, I liked the way he went about things.


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

I'm not much for giving strangers rides. I stayed in Montauk for a couple weeks one summer and everyone hitch hiked all over town. I caught a ride a couple times.


Something you wish you would have known 5 years ago?

That occult pizza cat heads would be the wave of the future.





Dabs Myla & Friends

Marvelous Expeditions

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

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

Culver City, California