The Great Outdoors

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Group Show
May 8 – July 24, 2010
Woodward Gallery

  • LA II
    Pegasus, 2010
    Oil and enamel marker
    on plastic sign
    46 ¼ in diameter
  • Darkcloud
    No Calm Only Storm, 2010
    Enamel on metal
    25 x 61 ½ in
  • El Celso
    Otto's Dream, 2010
    Spray enamel on canvas
    66 x 96 in
  • Michael De Feo
    Flower (orange), 2010
    Maps, blueprint paper and
    acrylic screenprint inks on canvas
    45 x 23 in
  • Lady Pink
    Queen Matilda, 2007
    Acrylic on canvas
    68 x 44 in
  • Stikman
    An Extensive Capriccio
    Landscape, 2010
    Foil on found wood
    36 x 12 in
  • RD
    Head Case, 2010
    Oil-based marker on
    hand-cut wood
    Framed: 43 x 37 in
  • Kenji Nakayama
    Concrete Jungle 4, 2010
    Enamel, spray paint with
    10 layer stencils on wood
    42 x 28 in

The great outdoors has long been a place of escape. The raw connection with nature and its elements has a certain allure. For street artists the great outdoors provides another dimension. These artists carry on the enlightened tradition of adapting their artwork to weather, people, space and situation. Some are early pioneers, decades before working in this setting was socially acknowledged as art. They have managed to risk the elements of extinction, theft, decay and urban renewal.

Woodward Gallery features the following celebrated, outdoor artists to respond to their personal environment: Royce Bannon, Darkcloud, Michael De Feo, El Celso, LA II, Kenji Nakayama, Neckface, Lady Pink, Matt Siren, Stikman, and Swoon.

These artists have proven the art of survival and have thrived in the urban environment. Their individual works have become indelible, iconic images for the public.

Since street art is exposed and unprotected from all the elements of the outdoors, this exhibition is a study of the inspirational effect and cultural exchange when extracted for further contemplation in an indoor-gallery setting.