NEW YORK-MARCH 23: DAMON JOHNSON
Exhibition - The Beautiful Chaos: A Style Installation
on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at Gallery Bar
, 120 Orchard Street, New York City, NY. Artist management agency Blaise + Co. Contemporary Art
teamed up with street style site Swagger: New York
to host the March 23 opening of a highly-anticipated exhibition by artist Damon Johnson, The Beautiful Chaos: A Style Installation
. Combining street art with fashion, Johnson’s work
explored the fusion of these two underground disciplines. On view at the Lower East Side’s GALLERY BAR
at 120 Orchard Street from March 8-21, the installation announced itself in style with a culturally-stimulating soirée this evening. Further, according to Blaise + Co. Contemporary Art
: As a native New Yorker, Johnson’s work reflects the undying dynamism of his surroundings. Using found materials to paint small murals which he then bolted to the cityscape of downtown Manhattan, Johnson literally installed his artwork into the city before the term “street art” had been coined. Johnson creates his signature “urban surrealist” style by drawing inspiration from pulp novels, graffiti art, skateboard culture and comic books. For this exhibit, however, Johnson expertly incorporates distinctive snapshots of the everyday style icons featured on Swagger: New York. “Because I’ve been given the opportunity to adapt my technique to a material no other artist has ever worked with, this installation is a wonderfully unpredictable work in progress. It is definitely beautiful chaos. I’m thrilled that Blaise + Co.
and Swagger: New York discovered this incredible WALLS360 product,” said Damon Johnson
. “This project is the quintessential example of a collaborative effort between two stylish sub-cultures – emerging art, and underground fashion. We’re thrilled to promote Damon Johnson’s work by finding the perfect creative counterpart – in this case, the street-style fashion of Swagger: New York
,” says Blaise Niosi. PHOTO CREDIT:
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