Interview: Sabio, Beau, Phil & JIM JOE Talk Tonight's "Quality Of Life" Group Show At Damon Dash's "Poppington" Art Gallery In NYC

Interview: Sabio, Beau, Phil & JIM JOE Talk Tonight's "Quality Of Life" Group Show At Damon Dash's "Poppington" Art Gallery In NYCKatsu, Jim Joe, Sabio, Pixote, Beau, Phil, and Womp

What about the rest of you?

Beau: Kind of the same like Sabio. A lot of mixed media.

Beau, 2002

What can we expect from tonight's show?

BeauAt the end of the day, this is going to be a dynamic art show that's going to have so many different but relevant styles. Especially for the ones who are known as "graffiti artist". A lot of people don't think of them as anything but graffiti artists and don't have a clue that they do more than graffiti. 

Are you cool with the streets moving into the gallery arena?

Sabio: I'm cool with any place to express myself. But I'm not cool with people bringing in their work from the street into a gallery setting. There's a thin line. What you do on the street should stay on the street but what you bring into a gallery or an art show should be something else. If I'm doing graffiti in a gallery, that doesn't make sense to me. Bombing is the street but when it comes to a gallery showcase it becomes fine art. 

Sabio, 2012

Do you guys feel the same way?

Phil: I don't know how to answer that question. 

It's rare to see a crew of artists who are this heavy in the street come to get together for one show. 

Beau: All these guys are relatively well known but you don't see other galleries hosting a show like this. With actual contemporary working artists here in NY. The Hole hosts a lot of good stuff but I think this is a good starting point. 

Sabio: All of us are heavily active in the game. A few nights might go by, but we're pretty much out on the street at least two to three times a week. We're highly active and I like that. We're showing our work in a gallery setting but we're also killing the streets right now. 

Jim Joe, 2012

* A statement provided by JIM JOE

HELLO 

A SHOW LIKE IS A SHOW IS LIKE THIS ONE WHICH IS ITS OWN THING
PEOPLE WITH PAST TIMES COMMON AND MAYBE NO ELSE
REASONS ARE SAME AS NO REASON
AND THIS
CONDO LOBBY
WITH PAINTS AND PICTURES
IS SPACE FOR NOW
WHICH GOT MADE BY MANS FURIOUS WORKING
ADDING AND NOT OVER NIGHT
WITH REGARD TO WALL AND STEP AND WINDOW
AND THEN STEPPED OUT
FOR GOOD.

THANK YOU

JJ 12

 

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