Thursday, April 29, 2010
"Urban Decay" A Carnival of Custom Vinyl and Lowbrow Art
An exhibition presented by the Workhouse Arts Center and Spaghetti Project of Downtown Fredericksburg.
Drew Storm Graham
Gabriel Pons (Demonstrating)
Kenny Brown (Demonstrating)
Imani K. Brown (Demonstrating)
Jack Labadie (Demonstrating)
Jeremy Gann (Demonstrating)
Sean Donlon (Demonstrating)
James Walker (Demonstrating)
Jorge Guillen (Demonstrating)
Showcasing -- April 28th, 2010- May 9th, 2010
OPEN Reception Saturday May 1st from 7:00pm- 12:00am - with Refreshments Provided.
Location of reception:
9601 Ox Road
Lorton, VA 22079
Reception in Building W-16 Second Floor
Live Music Provided by:
What is Urban Decay?
Urban Decay is an exhibition that will feature 14 contemporary artists showcasing work in the form of skate decks, custom vinyl toys, sculpture, fine portraiture and beyond.
Five of these artists will be customizing vinyl art toys live at the event!
Urban Decay focuses on the aesthetic of urban low-brow art; an underground visual art movement that arose in the Los Angeles, California, area in the late 1970s. Lowbrow is a widespread populist art movement with origins in the underground comic world, punk music, hot-rod street culture, graffiti and other subcultures.
This type of art is also referred to as subculture art, pop- surrealism and often has an impish, sarcastic, and gleeful sense of humor attached to it.
So what is a Vinyl Art Toy?
Vinyl Art toys or “Designer toys” are terms used to describe toys and other collectibles that are produced in limited editions, (as few as 10 or as many as 2000 pieces) and created by artists and designers.
Designer toys are made of a variety of materials; ABS plastic and vinyl are most common, although wood, metal, and resin are occasionally used.
The term also encompasses plush, cloth and latex dolls. Creators of designer toys usually have backgrounds in graphic design, illustration or self-described low brow art.
Designer toys appeared in the 1990s by artist Michael Lau, who first created urban vinyl figures in Hong Kong, and are still in production today.