GR Gallery is pleased to present “Spaced out”, a mesmerizing double-solo show featuring legendary street artists James Marshall (aka Dalek) and Buff Monster, unite together in the same exhibition for the first time. The show will reveal 16 fresh artworks including paintings, editions and installations, expressly created for this occurrence and designed to throw the visitor into a psychedelic cosmos defined by mysterious characters and mazy colorful shapes.
“Spaced out” aims to investigate and juxtapose the latest artistic output of two, internationally known and brilliant whizzes, who not only share an affinity for Street Art and New Pop Culture, but are also deeply connected through a witty and cutting edged visual aesthetic. Through the invention of odd and intriguing characters, that by now become popular icons of the contemporary urban imagery, and the use of colorful and distinguished shapes, they are creating a stylish visionary world as a medium to depict today’s society, bringing to the next level the concept of Street Culture. Marshall’s alter ego is the Space Monkey, a character through which he expresses his emotions and ideas, interpreting his concept of a human being lost in a growing sea of technology and convenience. While Buff’s delivers his vision of the world through captivating, typographic and apparently happy characters living in bubbly landscapes, which delights us with their playful imagination and creative energy.
The artists have known each other for long time and reciprocally appreciated each other’s creations but they never had the chance to exhibit together until now. For their first collaborative show they chose NYC and, more specifically, the Bowery, an iconic spot for exploring the boundaries of Street Art and to get engaged in a conversation that leads to the creation of a new urban spirit.
For this groovy new project, they are preparing an astonishing design planning, uncovering an unanticipated visual layout that will reinvent completely the art gallery space and will strongly disorient and surprise the viewer, hurling him into a funky and profound dimension.
“Spaced Out” will start its exhibition itinerary by displaying couple of unavoidable models of Buff Monster’s and Dalek’s supreme creations, to quickly move towards a new and more unusual body of artworks, appositely conceived to match each other’s style and the slant of the show.
In addition to the reported plan, the artists will work in symbiosis to produce a collaborative mural on the walls inside GR gallery, manufactured in association specifically for this event.
Buff Monster is a New York City street artist who uses bright colors, bold lines and funny characters to make the world a better place. He names heavy metal music, ice cream, pop art, Japanese culture and graffiti as major influences. For over 15 years, he’s painted murals and exhibited in art galleries and museums all over the world, and is included in Banksy’s Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. He’s worked with some of the most recognizable brands, such as Disney, Converse, Hello Kitty, Samsung, Nike and Coca- Cola.
James Marshall aka Dalek merging animation, Japanese pop art, and an urban aesthetic, is best known for his Space Monkey character -which became Dalek’s alter ego, a medium through which he expressed his emotions, ideas and concerns- until 2007, when he began working in a purely abstract style. Marshall has always been engaged in skateboard and graffiti subcultures and cites his assistantship in the studio of artist Takashi Murakami as a major influence. He has participated in numerous shows throughout the world and has worked for companies including Nike, Hurley, American Express, Microsoft, and Instagram.