Archive for February, 2008

Evan Hecox at Design Within Reach Feb. 29

Denver based artist Evan Hecox returns to Dallas on February 29 for the release of the Limited Edition boxed set of his book Urban Abstract by Bee Lee Gee Press.

The event is at the Design Within Reach studio at 4525 McKinney Ave, Ste. 103 from 6-9PM. Don’t miss your chance to meet Evan and get your copy and have it personalized. Complimentary beverages will be served throughout the evening.

About the Box Set
The limited edition of Urban Abstract features an exclusive hand printed dust jacket. The books are signed in an edition of 50 and bear an emboss stamp. A set of 8×10 in. prints will accompany the book all of which are housed in an exquisite handmade solid wood box with a line drawing of the book’s cover laser etched onto its lid (see above image).

About the Artist
Evan Hecox is an artist and graphic designer who has become known largely through the subculture of skateboarding, having produced hundreds of skateboard graphics since 1997. He has also emerged as a fine artist having shown work in galleries both in the United States and abroad, including solo shows in Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas and Tokyo, and group shows in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Paris and London. He creates drawings, paintings, and prints based upon his observations of environments, people, cars and signage. His works depict city scenes or isolated elements that are almost cinematic in their stark contrast and abstraction. Hecox is fascinated with the complexity of the urban landscape and people from the mundane surroundings that one would normally overlook. Like snapshots or filmstrips, his art captures the everyday existence of the average person as they traverse the detritus of the modern metropolis. His stylistic approach is based on the process of amplification as it affects form and color, breaking down the image, removing elements and emphasizing others. His interest in the urban landscape began during the time he lived in the Mission District of San Francisco and he has since drawn inspiration from many places where he has traveled. His work was included in the exhibition and book, Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, which documents 30 years worth of art, design, photography and culture surrounding the worlds of surfing, skateboarding, punk rock, hip-hop and graffiti.

Entry Level Art Collecting

The Public Trust is opening a new exhibition called Primer on March 8, 2008. It’s focus is on entry level art collecting. At the very least my hopes for this show is for it to act as a Public Service Announcement for the collecting of art.

In my 5 years of publishing art books and running a gallery, I have found that so many people express an interest in having art in their home but really don’t know where to start, or that in their experience the prices of work in a gallery has been really daunting.

Primer will feature originals and prints from emerging to mid-career artists, with no original piece in the show over $1,500. The Public Trust print collection ranges from $30 to $500. The opening reception will run from 6-9pm and the show is up till May 3, 2008.

Town2 Magazine’s First Issue on the Streets

Town2 Magazine is a 5.5″x5.5″ publication that has recently been released in Dallas. Unlike free distribution publications like Envy and Tribeza, who focus on Dallas as a whole, Town2 Mag’s focus is on the Main St. District, South Side, Deep Ellum, Victory Park, The West End and Expo Park. I am the art director and senior designer for this publication, and just going through the content list for the issue I discovered a lot of places in Dallas that I was completely unaware of. Some of them were so good that I have returned many times since my initial visit.

Tourists visiting the area can definitely pick it up at a concierge in any of the covered neighborhoods and get a local’s view of what there is to do in the city. If you are living here, looking to break out of your usual haunts this is a good place to start. It’s scheduled release is the last Thursday of every month, so keep your eyes peeled for this pocket guide to Dallas proper.

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