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SLOW JAMS: An interview with DYoungV

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Recently the loin had an opportunity to catch up with DYoungV about his upcoming show.

THE LOIN: What’s behind the title of your upcoming show, ‘SLOW JAMS’?

DYoungV: It’s my sarcastic personality, primarily. I like finding and creating contradiction in things. A “slow jam” is a term for music that holds R&B or Soul influences. This music is soft sounding, laced with highly romantic and emotional lyrics. This type of music, despite how good it is, resembles nothing in my personality or work. I was listening to Hardcore Punk the whole time I was creating this show, which you can see it in the work. Also, when someone familiar with my personality and outlook on things hears the words ‘slow jams’ come out of my mouth, it strikes a bit of humor….
However, there is a dual meaning in this title. The pieces I am exhibiting are 19×24 inch drawings created entirely with Micron 08 pens. These pens are generally meant for creating smaller, highly-detailed works. Yes, my work is detailed, but also requires a lot of fill-ins that this pen is not generally used for. Every single pen stroke is visible, so the viewer knows it took a long time to create every individual piece. I like the repetition, time consumption, and look that works like these allow. It’s like painting your apartment with a hand brush instead of a roller–lots of time to think. And though I have a process down and an idea of what each piece will look like, the result is not immediate. It takes a while to get there, hence the title ‘SLOW JAMS’.

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TL: After several years of residing and being active in San Francisco, you recently moved to East Oakland. How has the move affected your work?

DYV: After moving to East Oakland recently, I was extremely curious to see what changes would occur in my work as an artist. What I have learned through both moving to California from the East Coast and traveling throughout the world, is that each new experience results in drastic changes to the way I go about doing art. There is something about a drastic change in routine, scenery, and lifestyle that causes my art to adapt to new environments.
Although East Oakland is only a short train ride from San Francisco, it is an entirely different environment. I now live in a warehouse instead of a small apartment, the weather is warmer, I wake up in an industrial area instead of a dense, urban environment. It takes much more planning to get food and supplies, I commute instead of walk everywhere, and I spend much more time alone then I did before. The communities here are mainly working class Black and Latino families, as opposed to San Francisco’s Asian and predominantly-white, transient populations of San Francisco. The move has done a lot to change my perspective on both my life and my history in the San Francisco area.
Once I moved from SF, I found it easier to get ideas out that I’d conceived of earlier in the year, when I was abroad. Since my first weeks in Oakland, I have noticed changes in the scale of my work, color pallette, and nature of concepts. Having access to larger walls to work on, I spent my first few months working on large-scale, hand-painted gallery and street pieces. Those pieces are an extension of what I was working on previously in SF, but far more detailed, larger, muted in color palette, and representative of recent travels.
As refreshing as the new context is, I’m still needing to be more mobile so that I can create while not in the studio. Being mobile has helped me to go back to older styles that I had been wanting to reintegrate into my work, like doing Micron pen drawings with no references, just working off the top of my head. Since I moved out of SF, I’ve done a lot more drawing at cafes, and socializing while working. Most of the work created for this show was drawn at cafes or delis all over the Bay. I was working out of the studio so much, I bought a specialized art backpack that holds my drawing pad and supplies perfectly–almost as though it was made specifically for me!

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TL: In recent years you’ve been focused on doing both illicit street art projects overseas, along with commissioned murals in the US and abroad, as opposed to gallery projects. What prompted to to create a new body of work to exhibit in a gallery setting?

DYV: I suppose I got frustrated at the amount of work I had put into previous exhibitions, both on the larger installation scale and smaller intimate gallery settings. In either case, I rarely made my money back and was forced to deal with less than honest or inexperienced people. I realized that most gallery owners and staff don’t play the long game. They are in it for a few years, then cut out to pursue something else. Most artists pursue art because it’s in their blood. Really, it’s far more of a lifestyle than a career. Although I’ve had some great experiences and relationships with gallery owners and curators, I don’t expect the majority of them to pursue their interests with the same passion and zeal that I have. So as a result, my relationships with them are generally very short lived and disposable, with few exceptions. It can be extremely difficult to work with people like this, but I do sometimes like working with the exceptions.
As a result of my frustrations with the gallery settings, my emphasis became doing illicit street art. I could travel wherever I wanted, create what I chose, and put it out in the public eye without restriction. Of course, there are the authorities, angry locals, weather concerns, and all the usual concerns of breaking the law, but you’re doing your work on your own terms. The risk is worth the reward. I found that the cost of creating a new body of street art–buying a round trip plane ticket to almost anywhere on the planet, renting a hotel room, and bombing for one month (the same time a gallery show stays up)–was less cost (and stress) for me than putting on a gallery installation. Granted, I travel on the cheap and my installations can be pretty elaborate.
As far as doing large scale commissioned murals are concerned, I’ll take any chance to go big and get paid for it…this art game ain’t cheap!!!!
My reason for doing the current show is to set a deadline. I desperately wanted to experiment in this newer style that is a sort of continuation of a style I’d abandoned several years ago. The only people who knew of this style were locals I’d known years before I even entered the ‘art scene’. I’ll being showing new versions of that work to some of those very same people. The deadline (September 1st, 2016) will force me to continue with this style while expanding on it. Though I appreciate all the benefits of not having deadlines and leaving yourself to experiment, I needed to get my ass in gear and move this body of work forward into the public eye. Partially for myself, partially to show people that I have an entirely different side to me then what they are used to seeing.

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TL: What is the biggest difference between this new body of work and your past works?

DYV: The most noticeable difference between this current body of work and what I was working on before is the subject matter. I feel that what I have been doing lately is far less cerebral, and more intuitive. I am simply drawing whatever I’m presently thinking, with very little planning. It’s a more accurate way to express my imagination, with far less filtering of it.

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TL: Do you ever plan on moving back to SF?

DYV: I’d like to, eventually. I do enjoy the space and solitude I am offered in East Oakland, but SF (the TL especially) is where my heart is. So long as there is a Hemlock Tavern, I’ll always be tempted to make my way back…

 

D Young V ‘ Slow Jams’
Installation and solo exhibition of new work
Micron 08 pen on Strathmore Bristol paper, 19 x 24 in.

Thursday, September, 1st
6-10pm

the loin
914 Larkin
SF, CA 94109

DYoungV

Natural Oddities Featuring Megan Lees, Liane Carter, Ashlyn Grantham

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Natural Oddities
A trio exhibition featuring work by Megan Lees, Liane Carter, and Ashlyn Grantham.

Come one, come all for a rare glimpse into a realm of arcane realities, winsome grotesqueries, and elegant mysteries. Come and bear witness to this compendium of curiosities, trapped as if in amber and on display for your viewing pleasure.

Thursday, August, 4th
6-11pm
at the loin
914 Larkin
SF, CA

Megan Lees
www.meganlees.com

Liane Carter
www.lcarterdesigns.com

Ashlyn Grantham
www.instagram.com/ashlyntoashes/

1/2 Dozen Heads Group Opening and Live Art Show

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Art opening and live art exhibition featuring: Arf, Kenya Scott, Breath From Above, El Maldido, Edo Escobedo, Emeral Jade

Emeral Jade:
“Recreating the world as I see it…blooming unexpected, unpredictable color and variation brought to consistency with intricate replications that solidify the color and flow.”

Instagram: Emeraljaded

Leslie Doom:
“Grime and lines. Always pure, never cut.”

Instagram: LESLIEDOOM

Kenya Scott:
“Kenya is a big goofball who wants to change the world. He loves cartoons, comic books and graffiti and it’s reflected in his style. Making art keeps him sane. See also: burritos and sex.”

Edo Escobedo:
“Conceptually driven mix media massacre”

Website:edoescobedo.com

El Maldito:
“A multi-medium artist currently residing in Oakland, Ca. Originally from Southern California’s desert area, El Maldito brings a series of illustrated characters titled: “Quates”(Twins) that express the inner calamity of two Mestizo(Mixed) twins of European and Indigenous identities. For more art by EL MALDITO visit facebook.com/juegomalditoria

ARF
“Scratching primal urges while still trying to maintain humanity, a dog frantically chasing it’s own tail only to bite itself in the ass.”

Instagram: bark_like_a_dawg

Sponsored by Blick Art Supplies

Weird Shrine at The Loin

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Next up at the loin is WEIRD SHRINE, a group show from the SF art collective. Show opens May 5 and will be up all month.

Weird Shrine is a gathering of local SF artists grooving through mindscapes of the strange, the askew and the kooky.

Members include loin stalwarts Joe Holmes and Chris Conroy, as well as new faces Alex Miller, Laura Dalzell, and Leah Berman.

Featuring tunes from Valencia St. legends the KENTUCKY FRIED GORILLA KNUCKLES, street performing pioneers of the movement known as “AQUADUB.”

Here’s some instagram action from featured artists:
mandiblejunker
strangealchemist
laur_tist
healing.power.of.art
greenbarf

Sea Change – Cody Miles Solo Exhibition at the loin

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Up next at the loin we have “Sea Change” a solo show by Cody Miles. Opening night is April 14th. Sea Change will be up through the 1st week of May.

San Francisco based artist Cody Miles shares a collection of ink and graphite drawings. Using a graphic illustrative approach, much of the work is focused on the natural beauty found in death and the transient qualities of the natural world.

We’ve previously hosted Cody’s work at various group shows and at “Indelible”, a trio show, which also featured work by Patrick Mathews and Bagger43. We honestly can’t say enough nice things about this guy!

Cody miles is an artist based in San Francisco. Working as a commercial illustrator for games and entertainment, his personal work draws inspiration from classical motifs and lowbrow art, with an emphasis on bold design in ink and graphite.

VD in the TL, 2nd Annual Group Art Show

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2nd annual VD in the loin Group Art Show

Featuring new work by:
Chris Farris
Breana Canton
Tom Jugo
Stefanie Ohara
Jennifer Phan
Mandy Tripp
Ashlyn Grantham
Liane Carter
Aaron Lawrence
Carol Croroniti
Lizzy Layne
Danya Aletebi
Fabio Benedetto
Jabal Miki
Nicole Roehrig
Jason O’Hara
Cody Miles
Patrick Mathews
Chris Conroy
John Vochatzer
Simone DaSilva
Heriberto Martinez
James Pawlish
Sigur Sprang
Matt Bourne
Lauren Smith Tyrell
+ More!