Inner State Gallery Presents Spoiled Rotten By David Meggs Hooke – An Entirely New Body Of Work From The Prolific Australian Artist

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Opening to the public Friday, September 19th from 6-10pm, Inner State Gallery is proud to welcome Australian artist David “MEGGS” Hooke for his solo exhibition Spoiled Rotten. The exhibition of over 40 new paintings and multiples explores the wondrous decay of social morality stemming from modern society’s obsession with pop culture and overindulgent materialism, and continues MEGGS’ perpetual fascination with dualism and finding beauty in tragedy.

The city of Detroit plays a major influence in MEGGS’ philosophy behind Spoiled Rotten, as he created an entirely new body of work during his five-week residency at Inner State Gallery and 1xRUN. The exhibition highlights Detroit as an inspirational juxtaposition of a spoiled past and its position as a new canvas for growth and rebirth. MEGGS’ use of deteriorating signage and locally sourced materials from the city’s abandoned and forgotten places emphasizes the revival of social pillars such as community and the idea that destruction and decay breed new beginnings.

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“Detroit is a city of duality more so than many other cities I have been to. I sought to incorporate this by using objects and surfaces that imply decay, in what I consider to be a beautiful way. Old wooden materials and signs with layers of paint tell a story of their own. Although the colors and textures are aesthetically beautiful, I think it’s about giving these materials a new life, a second purpose,” MEGGS said while working in the Inner State Gallery loft.

The genesis of Spoiled Rotten lies in MEGGS’ painting entitled ‘Life’s Ups and Downs,’ which features a split image of the inflated iconic yellow happy face balloon juxtaposed with its discarded, decaying, and deflated other half.

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“This concept started when I saw a deflated happy face balloon, which is an image I’ve been obsessed with lately. The ‘happy’ balloon is a classic icon that depicts playfulness, optimism, and the idea of, “Have a nice day!” Yet, the balloon is also a very disposable item and has a limited life span. It deflates. I think this is something that people can identify with and it ties into that idea of duality in Detroit,” Meggs said.

The exhibition also marks the debut of a new sculptural collaboration between MEGGS and artist Rafael Batista of Brooklyn, New York. Batista, who hand-sculpted each piece, gives new life to MEGGS’ happy face balloon images, taking them from canvas to 3D collectors’ items.

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, MEGGS has proven to be one of the most progressive street and fine artists with countless murals and gallery shows worldwide. MEGGS’ massive large scale murals throughout the globe have made him a must see artist at mural festivals like POW! WOW!, Forest For The Trees, and Sea Walls. Taking this same tireless work ethic to fine art gallery shows with creative and immersive installations at California’s White Walls and Thinkspace galleries, MEGGS’ Spoiled Rotten will be sure to impress.

Please join us from 6-10pm on September 19th for an artist welcoming reception and opening night celebration.

To Join The Advanced Collector Preview Email jesse@Innerstategallery.com

Inner State Gallery
1410 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48207
313-744-6505

Hours: Thursday – Saturday 11am – 4pm
Additional Hours Available by Appointment

About MEGGS: David “MEGGS” Hooke is one of Australia’s most progressive and committed street and fine artists. MEGGS is recognized for his unique, expressive, and energetic style with references to pop-culture, the natural world, and socio-cultural issues. His technical use of color and movement combines clean, bold, illustrative elements with intuitive, textural, and free flowing design. By constantly searching for the harmony between form, abstraction, order, and chaos, MEGGS pours his all-or-nothing personality into every inch of his work. His life manifesto is that the ‘journey is the reward’ and his work reflects his eternal search for balance. MEGGS’ emphasis on constant growth and passion for travel is demonstrated by his continual exploration of artistic techniques and mediums.

Adapting his street art and graffiti to fine art has granted MEGGS extensive opportunities to travel, professionally exhibit his work, and participate in mural festivals around the globe. His street art and gallery works are recognized nationally and internationally in cities such as Melbourne, Sydney, London, San Francisco, Paris, Tokyo, Hawai‘i, Mexico, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. MEGGS’ art works are included in the permanent paper collections of the National Gallery of Australia and the Victoria & Albert Museum of London.

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 and the gallery’s publishing company 1xRUN.

More information can be found at:
http://www.innerstategallery.com
http://www.1xrun.com
http://www.houseofmeggs.com

Marco Mazzoni Makes His 1xRUN Debut With Pietas

1xRUN Thru Interview
Pietas by Marco Mazzoni

1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece, is the original piece sold?
Marco Mazzoni:  The original has been sold. It was the main work of my recent solo exhibition White Days with Galleri Benoni in Copenhagen.

1xRun: When was the piece drawn and created?  
Marco Mazzoni:  January 2014.

1xRun: Was this piece part of a recent series that you had?
Marco Mazzoni:  This piece was borne from my “Mystical”  series, a body of work that speak about the topic of women with knowledge of plants and medicine. This work is dedicated to the father of my friend, who died during the time when I was drawing this piece.

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Marco Mazzoni:  This is my first print with 1xRun!

1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?  
Marco Mazzoni: The idea came from a strange time,  I turned to the churches of Milan to try to understand the aesthetics of suffering that only Renaissance Art was capable of giving without disturbance.

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1xRun: How long did the piece take? 
Marco Mazzoni:  2 months.

1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Marco Mazzoni: This is the largest piece I have ever made. I also used the whole body.

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1xRUN: What materials were used to create this piece?
Marco Mazzoni: Colored pencils on fine art paper.  I used Faber Castell Polychromos pencils on Fabrian Schedario paper.

1xRun: Why should people buy this piece?
Marco Mazzoni: Because it speaks about life. The life of a father of one of my best friends. It explains the moment when a child takes the place of a father in the cycle of life.

1xRun: Describe this print in one gut reaction word.
Marco Mazzoni:  Mankind.

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1xRun:  When did you first start making art? What was your first piece? 
Marco Mazzoni:  The first drawing I created when I was 6 years old in my father’s office, on the back of the photocopy he worked with. The first piece I created was the cover of a punk band of a friend: The Angry Beavers. 

1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?
Marco Mazzoni: Goya, Ribera and a lot of contemporary artists.

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1xRun: What artists inspire you now?
Marco Mazzoni: In this moment, Goya. I’m studying all his darker works.

1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work?
Marco Mazzoni:  I listen to a lot of music while I work. Some examples are Scarling, Jack Off Jill, Babes in Toyland, and Now Now.

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1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?
Marco Mazzoni:  My teenage dream was to make the cover of an album of Korn but these days my dream is to make the cover of the Babes In Toyland album reunion.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?
Marco Mazzoni:  I think William Burroughs, I would love to see how he would cut (and reconstitute) my work.

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1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought?
Marco Mazzoni:  I don’t have my first piece, I gave my mother all of my works. I have a very small studio and home, and I use all the walls for books and CDs.

1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Marco Mazzoni: A t-shirt of Tara McPherson.

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1xRun: Any big shows or events coming up that you’d like to share?
Marco Mazzoni: My solo show Immue will be coming up this November in Los Angeles with Thinkspace.

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1xRun: Where can we find you?
Marco Mazzoni:  FacebookTumblrInstagram @marcomazzoniart

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Ales Bask Hostomsky Returns To Detroit With Location Location Location Over 200 Pieces Of New Artwork From The Czech-Born Artist

Czech-Born Vandal Bask Returns To Detroit For Solo Exhibition At Inner State Gallery
“Location, Location, Location” Features An Entirely New Body Of Work & Massive Installation

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Opening Friday August 22nd at 7pm, Inner State Gallery welcomes Czech-born artist Ales “Bask” Hostomsky as he returns to Detroit for his first solo exhibition in over 2 years. An entirely new body of work “Location, Location, Location” showcases Bask’s blend of graffiti, punk and DIY styles into his latest exploration of Detroit’s unique textures and vast urban landscape. Known for his massive murals across the globe, over the top gallery installations and tireless work ethic, Bask’s latest solo exhibition is his most ambitious to date. Created over countless late nights and early mornings over the summer Bask has assembled nearly 300 pieces of original artwork for Location, Location, Location. Read on for more as we caught up with Bask as he put the final touches on “Location, Location, Location” to talk about the show and what else Bask has been up to this year…Read on for more with Bask…

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 1xRun: Tell us a bit about this latest body of work? Is there a theme throughout?
Bask: The inspiration behind the work I made for this show was Detroit’s strengths, struggles, and landscape. I took the opportunity to move to Detroit fourteen years ago, but for a number a reasons beyond my control, my stay lasted only 4 years. However that was long enough for the city to have a profound impact on my work as well as my consciousness towards social and political issues. And even though I haven’t called Detroit home in 9 years, the impression it stamped on me is something I hope I never lose. And it was this appreciation for the influence that DETROIT has had on me, that inspired the work I made for the show.

bask-313-1xrun-6401xRun: You’ve got 10 different hand-painted multiples, tell us a bit about those pieces…
Bask: I wanted to do something special for the run that was going to coincide with the show. So the idea came to mind to not just offer a hand embellished print, but to actually make a series of pieces in sets that were all hand painted. No stencils or silkscreens, I wanted to offer actually painted pieces that are affordable to anyone who wants one. But as excited as I was about this idea, I then had to figure out how to make this happen within a reasonable time frame. Not to mention, coming up with 10 images that I would be able to duplicate almost identically 20 times over. Then the idea of bring back some of the faces that have appeared in past works. Characters that Detroit inspired me to create. So the end result is I made 200, 12″x 12″ paintings. Each painted on a custom panel off set panel that when hung, makes the piece appear to be floating. There are 10 different designs and 20 versions of each one. And though each image within its set is the same, each one is ultimately slightly different from the next. I have to add that this has been one of the most labor intensive projects I’ve taken on. There are over 500 hours in these between myself and my assistant. Each panel was painstaking worked over. Even though each piece was just one of two hundred, it was my focus to make sure that it looked as though it was the only one.

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1xRun: What would you say sets this current body of work from your past works?
Bask: My style is always in motion and I am constantly experimenting in the studio. What sets these works apart from the last show I did in Detroit is that there is a meticulous complexity in how the layers of images within each piece fit together.

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1xRun: What would you say ties these works to your past works?
Bask: The link between every series of new work from all the ones that preceded it is the medium, which is always on panels and most that are discarded debris, and the social political observation that is always at the core of almost every piece I make.

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1xRun: You lived in Detroit previously, can you tell us a bit about what your time here was like ?
Bask: Yes, I lived in Detroit from 2000 till 2004. This was a profound experience in my life. Aside from my early years living in the Czech Rep, the only place I’ve lived was Florida. I mean, I traveled around the world and throughout the states but never really knew what it was like living someplace as an adult besides Florida. This was also the time I was starting to approach galleries and start to approach me making art as a career. Galleries in Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago and even Toronto were particularly receptive as was the general public. At the time I was also in a long distance relationship with a girl that was living in Detroit so all the signs were there to move and soak up all that Detroit wants to give me. The relationship with the girl didn’t last but my connection with the city did.

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1xRun: Aside from living here, what were some of the reasons you wanted to do this show specifically in Detroit?
Bask: The esthetic of my work is similar to the Detroit landscape. The re-purposed nature of my art plays off of panels, wood, signs, that once were proudly displayed. But over the years they stopped serving their intended purpose and thrown out. That is until I come across it, drag it back to my studio, where hopefully I’ll be able breath a second life into the object. This is how I see Detroit and all the people that are fighting tooth and nail to pull the city back to the greatness it once represented.

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1xRun: You’re constantly traveling and staying busy what have you been up to this summer?
Bask: This summer has been a nonstop marathon of incredible projects. I did a show in Denver at Blackbook Gallery and I had the opportunity to do a number of large and creatively gratifying private commissions. Most notably the work I did and continue to do for, #3 of theTampa Bay Rays, Evan Longoria. Red Bull had initially brought us together for a mural project in Tampa but that turned out to be just the beginning. I followed up by making a ten and a half long piece for his home and began working on another piece that is still in the works. I was very impressed with Evan’s genuine interest and appreciation for, not just my art, but the art-world. He’s a young guy, a star MLB player and most people wouldn’t expect the arts to be as much of a passion and priority as they are to him.

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1xRun: Anything else about the show that you want to touch on that we didn’t address?
Bask: I just want to take a moment to express my appreciation and respect for what 1xRUN has done for artists and collectors alike. We’ve been working together for a few years and I love the diversity of projects and releases we’ve done together. And I can’t thank enough to the friends, fans, and collectors for making it possible for us to keep this going.

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With that said, as a small token of my appreciation, I want to let everyone know that on August 22nd, the day of the 1xRUN release and the opening of my show at Inner State Gallery, I will included a hand embellished, signed/numbered exhibit catalog with every order made that day. The catalog measures 6″x 9″ and opens up to a 12″x 18″ poster.

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So, thank you, 1xRUN and thank you, to all the amazing people out there for supporting our creative adventures.

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1xRun: Where else can people find you?
Bask: WebsiteFacebook + Twitter + Tumblr + Flickr + Intagram @knownasbask

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Cyrcle Returns With Totym

1xRun Thru Interview
Totym by Cyrcle

1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece, is the original still for sale?
Cyrcle:  This is the last piece of the OVERTHRONE! theme. This was a digitally created design paying homage to pre-computer, traditional graphic design. The concept is rooted in breaking down mythologies, and overthrowing power.

1xRun: When was the piece drawn and created?
Cyrcle: The piece was created during our recent travels to Europe, specifically in Vienna, Austria 2014.

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1xRun: Anything immediate you would like us to highlight?
Cyrcle: We are pleased with marriage of concept and composition as well as the color theory/balance.

1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Cyrcle: We wanted to create the final piece of art for the OVERTHRONE! campaign, ending with this print. The design suggests the infinite nature of mythologies of the mind and the power they wield.

1xRun: How long did the piece take?
Cyrcle: That’s a secret.

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1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Cyrcle: It is the final piece of the OVERTHRONE! concept.

1xRun: Why should people buy this print?
Cyrcle: Because it is the OVERTHRONE! finale piece of art.

1xRun: Describe the piece in one gut reaction word.
Cyrcle: Myths-understood.

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1xRun: When did you first start making art? What was your first piece?
Cyrcle: Since we were kids however Cyrcle was established in 2010.
Davey: My first piece for sale was in San Francisco…it was a painting of a young man on the BART train, part of a series of portraits.
Rabi: My first piece was a drawing of the Ninja Turtles.

1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?
Davey:
I moved to SF when I was 18 and loved seeing TWIST (Barry McGee) and David Choe all over the city. I also was inspired by bigger names such as John Baldessari and Barbara Kruger.
Rabi: Swoon.

1xRun: What artists inspire you now?
Cyrcle:
Rick Owens, the designers in cupertino, Woodkid and Faile.

1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what?
Cyrcle:
Stromae, Simon & Garfunkle, COZZ dreams & awkward white girls such as Iggy Azalea and Meghan Trainor… I’m all about that bass no treble.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why? Any deceased artists?
Cyrcle: Jeff Koons so we can kill him and hijack his minions and foundry. For the latter it would be Alexander McQueen because duh.

1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?
Cyrcle: $600 pair of shoes at Lane Crawford, Hong Kong.

1xRun: Any big shows or events coming up that you’d like to share?
Cyrcle: MythsUnderstood, BLACKCYRCLE and Scramble for Power.

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1xRun: Where else can people find you?
Cyrcle:  WebsiteFacebookInstagram @cyrcle  – Twitter @_cyrcle –

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Chris Saunders Returns With White Owlage

1xRun Thru Interview
White Owlage by Chris Saunders

1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece, is the original still for sale?
Chris Saunders: I am excited to be offering this through 1xRun because it symbolizes so much change and evolution in my life. Rarely do I feel content when I walk away from a piece of art I create, this one to me feels balanced and represents where I am in my life with my artwork. I have this design done as a laser etching as well.

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1xRun: Was this piece part of a recent theme, series or show that you had? If so how did it fit into that given grouping?
Chris Saunders: This piece is part of a series of animals I have been working on for a while now. It was originally part of a larger totem piece with a Bengal tiger, but after creating the piece I realized the animals were powerful enough to live in their own space so I broke the piece up into the individual animals.

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1xRun: When was the piece created and with what materials?
Chris Saunders: It was created in May of 2012. This edition is screen printed on black matte paper and printed with gold/silver metallic and spot varnished with glossy black. The original was a drawing that I did in my sketchbook., from there I used that as a reference to create a vector illustration.

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1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Chris Saunders: A lot my artwork is loaded with symbolism and sacred geometry. I was getting lots of visions about owls and symbols of wisdom. One night I set out for a hike up in the mountains and at the trail head saw the silhouette of a very large owl. It looked like a statue as the moonlight highlighted it’s massive body. When I got closer to it, it stretched out it’s long wings and I stood there frozen taking in the moment of seeing this powerful bird rise above me. I couldn’t make out a lot of the detail but could feel it’s strong presence. I felt very inspired to recreate that moment.

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1xRun: How long did the piece take?
Chris Saunders: The piece took about one month to create.

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1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Chris Saunders: The piece is a one of kind screen print that captures the original piece of art beautifully.

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1xRun: Why should people buy this print?
Chris Saunders: The delicate fine detail is captured beautifully with the printing process and really came out quite beautiful.

1xRun: Describe this piece in one gut reaction word.
Chris Saunders: Powerful.

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1xRun: When did you first start making art? What was your first piece?
Chris Saunders: I first started making art when I was 2 years old. My first piece was for a contest in my hometown to draw a picture of Fiskes General Store. Fiskes General Store was a store in my town that had all sorts of cool toys, art supplies and lots of candy. I worked for weeks on the drawing and made it so perfect. The night before the contest my little brother took the drawing and drew a bunch of ghosts and weird animals in the front windows. I was so mad I almost killed him. My mom worked for hours to erase all the ghosts etc and she turned it in on time and I ended up winning the contest.

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1xRun: What artists inspired you early on? What artists inspire you now?
Chris Saunders: Early on Wayne White, Shel Silverstein, Dr Suess, Roald Dahl and Vernon Courtland Johnson. As for now, Salvador Dali, James Jean, Warhol, Cryptik, Retna, Aya Kato, Aaron Horkey, Hans Haveron, John Park and James Turrell are all continually inspiring for me.

1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what?
Chris Saunders: I do listen to music. Lots of classic rock like Hendrix, Zeppelin and Floyd. Love the Chili Peppers, The Talking Heads, Radiohead, and The Clash. Also really into Major Lazer at the moment as well.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why? Any deceased artists?
Chris Saunders: I would love to collab with Bjork because she is always doing insanely creative things. For the latter, I’d love to collab with Dali for his use of symbolism and because he seemed like a fun dude to hang out with.

1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it? The last?
Chris Saunders: First piece of art I bought was by Hans Haveron. The last was a piece from John Park.

1xRun: Where else can people find you?
Chris Saunders: FacebookInstagram @chrissaundersart

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