Just a little over a month ago, our good friend Ken Harman at Spoke Art began to bring together an amazing lineup of street artists to the newly established Lopo Gallery (Space Gallery) location.  Enter the aptly titled “Urban Osmosis”, which exposes the work of some of the biggest names in the street art world today.

The amazing lineup of artists includes:  Sharktoof, Eddie Colla, Gats, Kelly Towles, D Young V – and rounding out the roster – San Francisco based legends Chor Boogie, Eon75, Sfaustina, Hugh Leeman and Zoltron have all created specific original fine art pieces for Urban Osmosis.

Each artist created works on 4’x4’ plywood panels in mediums varying from spray paint to wheatpaste to mixed media – this because most wheatpastes tend to be done on buildings under renovation and in areas of urban decay. The show brings a level of street presentation and reality to the gallery setting.

Sharktoof and Kelly Towles took their work to the outside of the building.  Sharktoof spray painted one of his infamous shark heads (for which he’s become quite known) on Hemlock Alley juxtaposed to the gallery space.  Next to the shark, D.C. talent Kelly Towles created a mural of the classic cartoon-like figures which he’s become well known for.

Inside Eddie Colla and D Young V put together an installation of reclaimed newspaper bins.  Colla’s classic Hong Kong inspired imagery decorated the back of the installation, as D Young V’s black and white future world characters adorned the walls.

East Bay street icon GATS brought painted versions of his street pieces to the show, as Towles turned the backroom into his “Porn Store.”

Closing night for Urban Osmosis is January 27th at 7pm.  Info here:  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=186013014760871


– Warholian

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