Sidewalk Drawings “The City of Gears” and “The Rise of the Apple Trees” was a massive collection of “HEY APATHY!” works. By the summer of 2007 I had developed a powerful street art performance creating large 12 x 15 foot ink on paper murals every Saturday. The drawings depicted the city as a giant gear propelled by crowds of crazy citizens. Each painting approached the mythological landscape with a unique narrative introducing new heroes, villains, citizens and symbolic tribulations revolving around big city living. The live street paintings were generally drawn with large brushes and would take 3-6 hours to complete. 27 works were created throughout the summer of 2007, all of which where included in the Resistor Gallery Exhibition.
At the end of the summer I moved indoors to make 7 acrylic on canvas studio artworks. These drawings told the story of nature’s neglect amidst the mechanized metropolis. Enormous and fruitful apple tree’s could be scene growing in the city's skyline while smog producing transport trucks drove past them importing apple’s from foreign lands. These works ranged in size between 4 x 4 ft and 4.5 x 6 ft, and were all drawn with steel tip calligraphy quills.
The entire collection was displayed as an imaginary environment. The large sidewalk drawings were hung end to end from ceiling fixtures creating a 150 foot long panoramic corridor. The surreal hallway also included several spiraling metropolis gear drawings mounted to the floor. The overall effect of the installed street paintings was the construction of a cartoon landscape in which the audience could find themselves completely enveloped amidst life sized caricatures.
The acrylics on canvas studio artworks were displayed separately along the back wall of the large gallery space. These detailed studies were hung in a more traditional manor presenting a continuous narrative flow from one painting to the next. This pristine presentation featured 7 larger works and 15 poster sized canvas. The gallery also presented all of the original pages of the “HEY APATHY! BOOK 1” graphic novel. The gala opening party featured live painting and musical performances.
"The Seeing Tower" One of the seven detailed studio artworks. Acrylic Inks on Canvas 2007
Live painting performance at art Gallery
Large Drawing at Edward Day Gallery