PONSHOP is excited to be one of the sponsors in this year's Urban Decay 5 event at The Fridge (516 8th Street SE Washington, DC) Saturday, June 7 from 7-11pm. Urban Decay 5 is a celebration of lowbrow art and culture featuring work from contemporary graffiti and street artists as well as tattoo and custom vinyl toy artists. Saturday's opening reception includes live painting demonstrations from five participating artists. Urban Decay 5 runs through June 29, 2014.
Urban Decay 5 features the work of: Carlos Aguilar, Javier Padilla, Ashley Chiang, Gregg Deal, Jeremy Gann, Aaron Wilder, HKS181, Gabriel Pons, Damon Farkas, Michael Owen, Richard Raboteau, Matt Corrado, James Walker, Asad ULTRA Walker, Jack Labadie, Sylvia Ortiz, Hamilton Glass, Kevin Rodrigue, Jamaal LamaaJ, Drew Storm Graham, Steve Strawn, Superwaxx, DeeTen, Paula Ibey, Wes Roos, Brendan Tierney, James Fuller, Ben Larsen, Conrad Coe, Joseph Regan, and Bengi Baker.
Gabriel Pons of PONSHOP partnered with the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center for a three-day summer art camp from July 15-17, 2013. The theme of the camp was "Art Outside the Box". Students were instructed to draw upon the city's rich history and built environment to create a collaborative mixed media mural to be installed on the William Street facade of the museum. Throughout the three days, Pons gave the students a background of the history of graffiti and street art and coupled their activities to "interrogate" the cityscape of Fredericksburg. What is the message of the signage that we view in the streets day to day? How can students express themselves using only text or only imagery? How can we reinterpret historic themes in a new way? Below is a chronology of the workshop sessions. Students used wheat paste to collage imagery and maps relating to the city of Fredericksburg on six wooden panels. They were encouraged to explore writing their names using different styles and methods. Pons gave students a tutorial on how to design, cut, and spray various stencils and students then collectively painted the six panels using spray paint, acrylic paint and stencils. The completed panels were installed in the existing window wells of the museum. Thanks to Janelle Kennedy, interns Caroline Fogg and Dani Payne, and the staff of the Fredericksburg Area Museum for contributing to the success of this workshop. Special shout outs to our campers for the week. They're excitement and genuine enthusiasm made the project worth while. Good Job Students!
We are excited to announce that Urban Decay will be entering its fourth year of exhibition at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. Urban Decay 4 celebrates low brow and contemporary art and music. Emerging talents are showcased alongside accomplished artists with a special focus on the Vinyl toy scene. PONSHOP will be one of the sponsors in this 2-month long exhibit and we look forward to celebrating with you all during the opening event on Saturday, June 8 from 7-11pm.
Urban Decay 4 also has a call for artists for customized vinyl toy submissions. Entries are due May 25-26, 2013. Click Here for a complete prospectus.
Gabriel Pons will be one of the many featured artists on exhibit and will take part in a panel discussion with Kenny Wells and Jack Labadie about the influence of Hip-Hop music on contemporary art (Sat. June 8 at 5pm). The grounds of the Workhouse will also be the site of a day-long mural demonstration by HKS181, Kevin Rodrigue, and Jeremy Gann.
Thanks to Deb Yarrington and her crew at Urban Art Syndicate for curating and coordinating this year's show.
Urban Decay 4 will include the work of: Carlos Aguilar, Kevin Bednarz, Kenny Brown, Bryan A. Collins, Matt Corrado, Gregg Deal, ElStabo, James Fuller, Jeremy Gann, Drew Storm Graham, Kevin Gosselin, HKS181, Bill Hewitt, Tim Knouff, Jack Labadie, Justin Lipuma, Kevin Murphy, Sylvia Ortiz, Scott Olive, Michael Owen, Gabriel Pons, RSIN, JC Rivera,, Kevin Rodrigue, David Ten, James Walker and Asad ULTRA Walker.
Performances during the opening reception include: Thrive, Kenny Wells, Expansion Radio and Lightspeed Rescue
Click Here to view the history of the Urban Decay exhibition series via the PONSHOP Blog.
httpv://youtu.be/0sA_ed9UYlc Below are more pics from the 2011 G40 Uncapped Live Show organized by Art Whino, Brightest Young Things, and Vitamin Water. We took the whole family up to the exhibit to take a look. Thanks to microWave Project for inviting me to participate in this event and big ups to girlsrockdc.org for hosting a great music workshop that afternoon (see above video of Diego on the mic).