Derek Hess Returns To Detroit For His First Solo Show In Over 10 Years!

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New Work from Derek Hess Opens March 21st
Join Us For Hess’ First Detroit Solo Exhibition In Over 10 Years!

Opening March 21st from 7-10pm, Inner State Gallery is proud to showcase new work from acclaimed artist Derek Hess. “Critical Infrastructure Against External Threats” is a continuing examination of Hess’ evolving body of work that explores his use of line and form to create a sense of emotion and depth.


For more information contact gallery director Jesse Cory at or call 313-744-6505.

The exhibition will feature new work highlighting Hess’ recent reclaiming of long lost vinyl album covers, 8-tracks and Playboy magazines, all alongside his signature pen and ink pieces. The show will be Hess’ first Detroit solo show since 2002.



Throughout the last 25 years, Hess has created hundreds of rock posters and album covers for bands ranging the spectrum of rock music from Pink Floyd, Iggy Pop, Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails to Pantera, Clutch, Deftones and countless others. Solidifying his place in rock music history Hess’ work has joined permanent collections at the Louvre in Paris as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Musee de la Publicite at the Palais du Louvre called his work “…a remarkable series of posters” and the European journal of poster art, called his work “the most highly sought after concert posters in the world”.



hess2Although much of Hess’ work is primarily executed with pen and ink, his strong technical skills and compassionate feel of his craft have continued to set him apart from his contemporaries.  His continually changing work in screen printing has crossed genres and developed a unique and recognizable style that has in turn built a fanatical base throughout the world, with many of his fans showcasing his artwork on their body as well as their wall.


Hess’ work is known for it’s humor and irony that often depicts dynamic figure drawing and angelic characters in adverse situations. Though his creative career grew largely out of his ability to express the emotion in the indie, hardcore, and hard rock scenes of the mid-1990s, his work now has grown into a standalone career with a full length documentary in the works and Hess’ own apparel company, Strhess Clothing.


Recently, Hess has turned his obsessive concentration on the human form to a vast series of grease pencil nudes on retro Playboy covers from the 60’s and 70’s – the very same issues Hess first discovered as a fourth grader in his father’s closet. The nostalgia brought back by the taboo material of Hess’ childhood made the project even more fun for the artist.


Drawing loose and fast, Hess was able to capture the vibrant feeling of the figure. In 2013 the limited edition book “He Ain’t No Vargas” was released. The book has drawings spanning Hess’ earliest experimentation with Playboy covers in 2010 all the way into his most recent works done in August, 2013.

“Vargas” refers to the artist Alberto Vargas, who was responsible for the pin-up nudes in Playboy for decades, and the book title is a tongue-in-cheek shot at Hess and his ability to draw. Hugh Hefner gave his personal blessing, perhaps giving the book the highest praise one can receive from Playboy magazine, and the book also contains a foreword written by current Playboy Executive Editior Jason Buhrmester.  A limited quantity of “He Ain’t No Vargas” will be available at Critical Infrastructure Against External Threads at Inner State.

For more information contact gallery director Jesse Cory at or call 313-744-6505.


About Inner State:
Inner State Gallery is Detroit’s premier art gallery for both established and emerging artists, both locally and internationally. Located in Eastern Market, the 1800 square foot gallery is home to two exhibition spaces, an artist live/work space, as well as a retail boutique for the gallery’s online counterpart 1xRUN.

Gallery Hours
Thursday – Saturday 11am – 4pm
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Denial Returns With New None Dollar Hand-Painted Multiples Available April 15th

1xRUN Thru Interview
None Dollar by Denial

1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece?
Denial: I have been playing with stencils of money for the last 4-5 years and I thought it would be interesting to play with the actual shape of the money as well as subvert the literal content.


1xRun: Was this piece part of a recent theme?
Denial: I guess it would fall into my collection of money I have painted in the past.


1xRUN: What materials were used to create this piece with?
Denial: It consists of 13 stencils spray painted on wood panel. Each has a unique background and slight variations to it. These pieces have also been distressed by hand and coated with a urethane finish.


1xRun: When was the piece created?
Denial: I originally drew this piece about 2 years ago.


1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Denial: I really believe along with a lot of other people that the treasury is corrupt and it’s a rigged game that people can’t win…I could go on and on about this, but basically I want to show money in a different shape to present the idea of alternative forms of capitalism.


1xRun: How long did this piece take?
Denial: The original drawing was done over a few weeks to get all the calligraphy and bridging right for the stencils. To make the 50 paintings took me and an assistant about 2 weeks.


1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Denial:  Square Money.

1xRun: Why should people buy this piece?
Denial:  The original calligraphy and stylization of the bill is absolutely beautiful and I worked really hard to appropriate some of those elements into stencil form.


1xRun: Describe this piece in one gut reaction word.
Denial: Money!


1xRun: You’ve been traveling like a madman the last few months, bring us up to speed on what you’ve been up to?
Denial: Yeah, I got to Australia for a few months and got to paint in Melbourne and Sydney. It was really rad and I look forward to getting back there next winter for another stint. Made some new friends and even linked up with Mr. Brainwash while down there haha. Heading to Chicago next week for a show at Vertical Gallery. Still working on my “Free For All Walls” project and I am looking forward to the artists coming into town this summer!


1xRun: What were some of your biggest takeaways from your recent travel?
Denial: It was pretty sweet to hang out with Ben Frost and his friends down under. Such good peeps, they really made the trip for me and the place is absolutely beautiful! I guess it was nice to escape the polar vortex for a few months too.


1xRun: Now that you’re back and settled in, what are your plans the next 2-3 months here as 2014 gets underway?
Denial: As I said I am in a group show at Vertical Gallery in Chicago and talking to a few galleries in LA and Europe about possible solo shows. I might be doing a 3 day pop up in Toronto in the next few months as well. Other than that just painting everyday again. Ben Frost and I are still working on our “Denialex” collabs and we are gonna put up a website soon.


1xRun: Any artists that you’ve really been inspired by lately to push yourself?
Denial: Bask is really doing big things and I am loving watching his endeavors, guy is so talented and he is one of the only artists I look at his stuff and get jealous. So awesome.


1xRun: Any big events or shows that you have coming up?
Denial: No, this year I am really trying to just leave it up in the air and not plan too much stuff. Been going full steam for a good 5 years, need to chill a little haha, but I always say that and then get right back into it anyways. So we’ll see I guess!

1xRun: Where else can people find you?
Denial: WebsiteFacebookInstagram@denialart# – Twitter@denial519


Luke Chueh Returns With Boba

1xRUN Thru Interview
Boba by Luke Chueh

1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece, is the original still for sale?
Luke Chueh:
The idea for this painting has been in my head for years now. I love puns and incorporating them into my paintings is one of my favorite things to do. I was basically waiting for the perfect show to feature the work, and they came around when Corey Helford Gallery had their “Pop-Eyeconic” group show.


I think this painting is especially poignant for me because it incorporates so many different aspects of my being. Star Wars if undeniably a big part of who I am. And like most kids my age, Boba Fett was a personal favorite. Boba Tea (or Bubble Tea) is something I can also be easily associate with through my Asian ethnicity. And the hoodie is my favorite article of clothing.  The painting was sold at the show, and though I still have the original sketches and stuff around, I don’t usually sell them unless there’s an occasion, like a book release or something of the sort.

1xRUN: When was this piece created and with what materials?
Luke Chueh: Boba was created over the course of a week using my usual materials acrylic paint on wood panel earlier in 2014.


1xRun: What is unique about this piece? ​
Luke Chueh:  Boba is pretty unique for me because it does’t feature any of my usual characters, though it has an unmistakeable “Luke Chueh” quality about it.

1xRun: Why should people buy this print?​
Luke Chueh:  If you’re a Star Wars fan, or a fan of Asian snacks/beverages, or you’re just a fan of Luke Chueh, then this is the print for you.


1xRun: Describe this piece in one gut reaction word. ​
Luke Chueh: BOBA!!!


1xRun: You have been doing quite a bit of traveling recently, where have you gone recently and what have you been up to?Luke Chueh:   I’ve had the great fortune of traveling to Japan, England, Singapore, China, and across the United States. Most of these trips have been for shows or conventions. It’s been an amazing time and I hope more opportunities to travel come around soon.

1xRun: Any big shows or events that you’ve had this year that you’d like to highlight?
Luke Chueh:   This April, Pretty In Plastic and I are releasing the edition version of our sculpture, “Jack”. This May I’ve got a show with Scott Tolleson at Clutter Gallery in upstate New York. This summer Munky King and I are planning on releasing our next toy, “Bitch” along with the “4ft Possessed” statue, and this October Corey Helford will be hosting my next solo show “Heavenly Dogs”.


1xRun: Are there any new artists that you really have been liking as of late?
Luke Chueh: I’m always doing my best to follow the careers of my friends and colleagues, but as far as something “new”, I’m afraid I can’t say there is anyone specific that comes to mind.

1xRun: Any new music you’ve been listening to lately?
Luke Chueh:  Urghh… I wish there was new music in my life. I’m stuck in an NPR news loop.

1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?​
Luke Chueh:  It’s been a while since I bought anything. I think the last piece of art I paid cash for was a drawing by Miss Van.


1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?​
Luke Chueh:   WebsiteBlogTwitter + Instagram @lukechueh


Anthony Hurd Debuts With Shedding Vessel

1xRUN Thru Interview
Shedding Vessel by Anthony Hurd

1xRun: Tell us a bit about this piece, was it part of a recent series of work, theme or show?
Anthony Hurd: This original painting was in the Beyond Eden “Wild at Heart II” with Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles and the piece is currently available through ThinkSpace. Shedding Vessel is part of a series of work I’ve had going on, a specific body that’s been developing for a while. Partially based on various cultural cues, I’m fascinated with animal totems and what meaning is placed on the individual creatures that are represented in multiple cultures around the world. In addition to that, it’s combined with its interaction with our environment. This piece in particular is about the final moment of a soul’s physical journey on this earth and how I’d like to imagine it’s energy being recycled back into the world around it at it’s departure.




1xRUN: What materials were used to create this piece?
Anthony Hurd: This piece was created using acrylic paints on a cradled birch wood panel.


1xRun: When was the piece created?
Anthony Hurd: This was finished in February of 2013.


1xRun: Tell us a bit about how the idea and execution came about.
Anthony Hurd: My process is pretty organic.  I generally only plan out a very rough visual idea and let the rest of it all take shape on the canvas. I define the rough composition and then allow the rest to just flow as I make my way across the board.


1xRun: How long did the piece take?
Anthony Hurd: This took about 4 months to complete, but I worked on and completed many smaller pieces in the process of it’s execution. This was my largest piece to date, so it was a little daunting.


1xRun: What do you feel is unique about this piece?
Anthony Hurd: It feels good. There is something about the visual message of this piece to me that is comforting. It helps explain that nothing is truly ever gone or wasted, leaving our physical form isn’t the end, it’s just new beginning.


1xRun: Why should people buy this print?
Anthony Hurd: Because they truly feel drawn to it. Because they love it and for no other reason.


1xRun: Describe the piece in one gut reaction word.
Anthony Hurd: Powerful.


1xRun: When did you first start making art? What was your first piece?
Anthony Hurd: I started as a young kid, I remember coloring with my mom when I was very little and never stopped from there on. When I was about 22 years old life took over and I lost touch with the paintbrush. I didn’t start painting again for almost 10 years. A friend was getting married and I wanted to gift them something special and original, made by hand. That was my first painting is over 10 years. After that I slowly started working on new pieces, not dedicating the time to it that needed to be. It wasn’t until just about 3 years ago now that I started really working daily on my work an pursuing it as an actual career direction.  My first actual painting was a self portrait when I was 16. It was 4 x 4 feet, oil on canvas. It was a rather strange process but a piece I’ll never forget.


1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?
Anthony Hurd: Early on it was all about skateboarding graphics and album covers, but in high school I discovered Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. They were my first major inspirations.


1xRun: What artists inspire you now?
Anthony Hurd:  Oh a bit of everything.. I have a much more wider range of taste than when I was younger. I am hugely inspired by nature photography and people who are out there living their lives in nature. There are a lot of contemporary and classic artists who are always opening my eyes to new ideas. The list is ultimately endless in terms of inspiration because it could literally come from anywhere.


1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what?
Anthony Hurd: I like a lot of different types of music, but when it comes to painting I tend to listen to something I can sing along with. Primary artists I listen to while painting are Father John Misty, Dawes, Ron Sexsmith, Nathaniel Rateliff and Sondre Lerche.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?
Anthony Hurd: ugh… James Jean, he makes me cry.


1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?
Anthony Hurd:  Egon Schiele, I am still to this day obsessed with his esthetic and style.


1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?
Anthony Hurd: A small piece of art from Jeff Soto in 2004. I do still have it and still love it.


1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Anthony Hurd:  My third piece from Robert Hardgrave. Forever a fan.


1xRun: Where else can people find you?
Anthony Hurd:  WebsiteInstgram@anthonyhurd# - FacebookTwitter@anthonyhurd


Sket One Returns With Our Father Star Wars Themed Prayer Candles + Limited Edition Print

1xRUN Thru Interview
Our Father by Sket One

1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece, is the original still for sale?
Sket One: I will be selling 25 Black Limited Edition Resin Sculptures – Size: 16” W x 25” H x 8” D Weight: 10lbs later in the year on my website.


1xRun: Was this piece part of a recent  theme, series or show that you had?
Sket One: This piece is the start of a bigger series that I will be doing, straying away from my normal custom toy venue to focus on more of a higher artistic road.


1xRUN: What materials were used create to original sculpture with?
Sket One: Sculpted, kit bashed and arranged…total mix media.

1xRun: When was the piece created?
Sket One: I started conception of the piece over 3 years ago, but needed the means and time to execute it.


1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Sket One: The commandment “Thou shall not worship false idols” was going to be a show title for me and still might. I have a whole gallery show dedicated to this concept and this piece is one of that show.


1xRun: How long did the piece take?
Sket One: Took about 6 months to pull everything together, but was in the works for 3 years.


1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Sket One: Jesus Darth Vader! Need I say more?


1xRun: Why should people buy these pieces and print?
Sket One: It’s Vader is all his glory.

1xRun: Describe the piece in one gut reaction word.
Sket One: Holy shit.


1xRun: Both of your releases thus far have been Star Wars themed, when did you first see any of the movies, and which is your favorite?
Sket One: I saw the movies when they were first released. I was 7 years old when Star Wars was released and I think within my age group Star Wars is a way of life, ingrained to say the least.


1xRun: What are your thoughts on the recent prequel?
Sket One: All things must grow, I don’t have to like everything, but there are some things I do like. The effects being one of them.

1xRun: Do you have high hopes for the upcoming incarnations of Star Wars or has the best of the series past?
Sket One: I am more excited for these releases than the previous. I am hoping they really deliver, though I can’t get my expectations to high. I think the original 3 will always be the TRUE movies.


1xRun: If you could be involved in the films what would you want to do?  Or would you prefer to keep it separate?
Sket One: I’d be happy with old actors being involved, old places and characters expanding on the original movies players rather then new people.

1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Sket One: Two originals from artist and friend Steven Lopez.


1xRun: Any big shows or events coming up that you’d like to share?
Sket One: Black Book Gallery In Denver Colorado is having a STAR WARS Themed show sponsored by Vans and Santa Cruz Skateboard June 6th 2014. I will have a full alter installed with lots of surprises.

1xRun: Where else can people find you?
Sket One: WebsiteInstagram@sketone – FacebookTwitter@sketone