Art Official Truth at Project One Gallery, SF
June 11th, 2011 by Jeffrey Pena
San Francisco, CA based aerosol artstar Chor Boogie has his curatorial debut with “Art Official Truth” a diverse group exhibition at Project One Gallery showcasing works from many disciplines including painting, sculpture and performance. “Art Official Truth” opens this Friday, June 17 at the unique San Francisco space, which hosts a fusion of art, music and entertainment.
Exhibiting artits are; Aaron Nagel, Decoy, Pablo Cristi, Ashley Zelinskie, Decoy, Kelly Allen, Shark Toof, Robert Burden, Crash, Vulcan, Apex, How & Nosm, Saratoga Sake, John Koleszar, Bast & Karen Light, Jeffrey Pena, Sarah Fisher, Alfred “Libre” Gutierrez, Dogadi, Laura Weyl, Robyn Twomey, Akira Beard, Jet Martinez, Yiying Lu, Chase Tafoya, Lucid Dawn, and Kelly Ording.
After the jump, some of the artists share thoughts on what style means to makers with stimulatingly diverse approaches.
Alfredo “Libre” Gutierrez (libregtz.carbonmade.com)
Style is a personal signature of artists, some are more influenced than others in representing those signatures and languages in art.
How & Nosm (www.howandnosm.com)
Back in 88′ when we started painting graffiti there where certain rules like no usage of stencils or tape or projectors. Even the letters had to have a specific style like simple or wildstlye. Then 3D letters came onto the scene and from there on the rules that used to apply started to fall apart. Style to us is the essence of what we do and who we are. You have found your own style when your work is recognizable without reading one’s signature.
Jet Martinez (www.jetromartinez.com)
For me, the only law of style is to act naturally. To do what the hand will do based on what your mind wants to see. An artist is at his/her best when they are no longer thinking and are just banking on their life experiences as a means to create. Style, for me, is the hand’s most sincere interpretation of what goes on inside the artist’s mind and heart.
Kelly Allen (www.kellyallen.com)
Go with your gut and do what feels good… Style is a person’s unique visual voice, like a fingerprint that encompasses all of the things you are drawn to.
Pablo Cristi (www.pablocristi.com )
Style can be a tricky thing…it can be a great strength, or a weakness that closes the infinite doors of possibility. Adopting a specific style can close doors of potential growth. I prefer to reflect on Bruce Lee’s words when considering this subject. “When one has reached maturity in the art, one will have a formless form. It is like ice dissolving in water. When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has not style, he can fit in with any style.”
Robert Burden (www.robertburden.net)
I’m not really sure what to say about ‘style’. On a personal level, nobody has ever accused me of having any, but in terms of my paintings, I guess it’s impossible for a contemporary representational painter to discuss style without first discussing influence and precedence. I know what looks good on an aesthetic level, and to me the word “good” just means “awe-inspiring”, but whatever ‘style’ I have is a direct result of the influence that other painters have had on me. I think I feel comfortable saying that painters like Will Cotton, Kehinde Wiley, Todd Schorr, Drew Struzan and Walton Ford (along with many others) have contributed to my style. To put it in a romantically pretentious way – my style is my voice, and my voice echoes the sounds of many other artists.
Chase Tafoya (www.chasetafoya.com)
As an artist, style to me is your visual signature. We are all inspired by a various array of elements, and it’s how we visually produce these inspirations that creates an artists style.
Style means to me that someone understands what they are conveying at all times. Style is something that you learn and study. An artist with good style in any area of art can blow the scale of their artwork up and know how to maintain a uniform look.
Akira Beard (www.akirabeard.com)
The laws of style… either one makes conscious effort to create it, or it’s the byproduct exposed in the results of ones process. Style to me is meaningless. I place priority on the content of the conversation, and not on the manner in what kind of tongue I speak with. Style then becomes matters of opinion on how I have just spoken.
Laura Weyl (www.metagasm.net)
I try as hard as I can not to cultivate any style. Honesty and rawness are my ‘style’ and I think that pinning oneself to a particular style can be limiting to an artist. I do what I like aesthetically and what I feel instinctively, and my artistic ADD finds me constantly reaching outside of concepts, imagery, and ‘styles’ I have already worked with. I strive to stay versatile and constantly evolving. Though my personality, lifestyle, and aesthetic preferences do become a style in their own right, I make a concerted effort to veer away from any perceivable patterns and keep a fresh perspective.
Saratoga Sake (thesaratogasake.blogspot.com)
I think style is more of a choice than a voice. Like choosing to do a painting resembling the Victorian era.
Sarah Fisher (www.bluelotusfilms.net)
The laws of style are completely subjective. Style means having enough self-confidence to express yourself with fullness and authenticity.
Anything goes if it comes from the heart, if it makes you forget yourself, if it saturates you and leaves room for the tiniest trace of aware observation. Style is just rhythm and grace.
Works must tap into the milk of lost archetypes, slow down time, dissolve the line between audience and artist, break the heart open, and question the tyranny of ordinary reality. Style is an artist’s original aesthetic frequency and rhythmic commitment.
Chor Boogie (www.chorboogie.com)
I am style… Style is a belief system on how far I want to take/give myself. It’s evolving.
Yiying Lu (www.yiyinglu.com)
Form follows fun and functionality.
Ashley Zelinskie (www.ashleyzelinskie.com)
I don’t have a personal style. My work is driven by concept so I let the idea chose the appropriate medium. Letting the work choose what it becomes is a freer form of working. For this reason I give myself a general title of artist as opposed to painter or sculptor.
Style is what makes you, you. It’s your creativity and character coming through in your life and work.
John Koleszar (www.koleszar.com)
To me, style is staying true to yourself. It’s your DNA coming through in art form. If you try and fake or imitate someone else’s style, your art will suffer.
Project One Gallery (www.p1sf.com)
251 Rhode Island between 15th & 16th
San Francisco, CA
Tags: Aaron Nagel, Akira Beard, Alfred "Libre" Gutierrez, and Kelly Ording, Apex, Ashley Zelinskie, Bast & Karen Light, Chase Tafoya, Crash, Decoy, Dogadi, How & Nosm, Jeffrey Pena, Jet Martinez, John Koleszar, Kelly Allen, Laura Weyl, Lucid Dawn, Pablo Cristi, Robert Burden, Robyn Twomey, Sarah Fisher, Saratoga Sake, Shark Toof, Vulcan, Yiying Lu