As DRUGS Crew moves off of the streets and into the gallery the work will explore the aesthetic of graffiti as a failed state run by the "Graffiti Police" as well as playing with the history of Graffiti and Street Art in galleries. DRUGS Crew is most present in the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and New York. A large scale installation of their work was featured in "Art in the Streets" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in 2011. Outside the collective of DRUGS Crew, each member has been featured in art exhibitions around the world under a variety of names.
The installation will feature work by Teen Witch, the San Francisco Photographer whose work mirrors the ideals of DRUGS Crew as well documents the activities of their contemporaries. Loose snapshots detail the swirling world of creativity that surrounds her. Her images celebrate a family of artists, musicians, vandals and whoever else happens to be hanging around.
This exhibition is dedicated to the late Charlie Marks who was a beloved friend to the artists and New Image Art. He was a greatly talented artist and inspiration whose involvement in our lives made this show possible. The installation will include artworks by Charlie as well as pieces that allow New Image and DRUGS Crew to honor their amazing artist and friend.
Opening reception Saturday, December 17, 2011 6-9pm
Presented with very special thanks to our generous sponsors, HEX and Media Temple.