Kreemworks, "Werkaholic," closing today, I'm just catching up to talk about the previous long-term exhibit, "Monstro and the Kelp Kids." I urge you to use the rest of your Sunday afternoon to check out "Werkaholic" at the La Jolla location, as it's really a great show as well. Info is on the event page, or at www.thumbprintgallerysd.com.
For those of you not familiar, Monstrinho is a New York artist who is and should be known for his bright and colourful open-air and street murals. Reminiscent of children's books but with an adult flair, his works and shows often contain their own grouping of characters and stories. The Kelp Kids are no exception. In Monstrinho's own words, "The 'Kelp Kids' are a family of a diverse group of kids, that embrace each others differences and have a profound love for the sea and adventure. They possess characteristics and qualities that can be found within ourselves and others we have met and will meet on our separate life journeys, making it relative to both adults and children." Sounds great to me!
The colours and materials used are also childlike and whimsical in this series - most of the technique looks like watercolour, but upon closer inspection, it looks like special acrylics and inks that created this effect. Monstrinho says of his technique in this series, "This approach has been extremely liberating in that it has given me the opportunity to truly find beauty in imperfection. The pieces are loose, multi layered and have hidden messages and icons within." Both the technique and the message seem multi-layered and complex, however the pieces can be appreciated on simply an aesthetic level, and I think it would be likely that kids would like this show and hopefully be inspired by the bright colours and fun characters.
|My favourite piece at this show - rappin' kelp kid!|
"The Kelp Kids" apparently premiered in Miami, and we definitely have Thumbprint to thank for bringing this exhibit to San Diego. You can learn more about Monstrinho, check out some of his murals, and if you are interested in purchasing any of the pieces you see here, go to www.monstrinho.com. Prices are reasonable and vary based on the piece. I've got my eye on a couple myself. Enjoy the pics!
After the Kreemworks show closes today, the next event from Thumbprint will be a one-night group show called "Anarchy in Artistry" at Bar Basic in Downtown San Diego on Tuesday, 7/23 . It looks like a punk rock theme and will surely be great. Check out www.thumbprintgallerysd.com or the Facebook event page for info.