Feature: Dabs Myla In Conversation with Meggs

August 22, 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 Meggs.


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?

I'm travelling in the US at the moment (July/August 2012), from SF to LA to HI.


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

Its a hard one to narrow down, but I'm enjoying exploring more of the US at the moment.

Favourite cities to date would prob be SF, Hong Kong, Honolulu, New York & Barcelona.

Right now I'd love to explore various cities in South America, starting with Mexico.


Planes, Trains or Automobiles?

I like the freedom of a car, but i usually travel a distance so planes i guess.


Window seat or isle? Chicken or Fish?

Short flight - window, long flight - isle, always chicken.



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

Depends on the location, but I'd say the Rolling Stones Greatest Hits works on most occasions.


What fuels you to keep creating?

The drive to keep growing and improving what I do and myself in general as well as the excitement of new experiences, opportunities and new friends. The journey is the reward!



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

I think it would be amazing to convert an entire neighborhood/town/area/city into one huge public art piece - cover everything in artwork and help facilitate cheap creative spaces for artists to work without the pressures of rising rent and policing. And using this to pool artist resources to help involve kids and the underpriveleged.


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 small plastic medallion of Saint Christopher (patron saint of travel) that a friend gave me and it stays permanently in the pocket of my backpack. I'm not religious but i kinda like having it there.


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

Least favourite is the pressure of selling work, of having financing encroach on the process of creativity.

Favourite part is creating a new piece, exploring a new idea, and the satisfaction of completing an exhibition or project.

And of course being able to travel, meet and work with fellow artists and friends along the way.



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

I'd love to explore installation and sculpture a lot further, so right now Ai Weiwei would be amazing to collaborate with.


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?

That American girls love an Aussie accent!