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Sharpie Show, Fort Wayne Edition

Joseph Siler, Garuda Variations, Sharpie

It’s hard to believe that Sharpie, once a simple labeling tool, now shows up as an art form in serious art galleries. One look at the work and it’s clear Sharpie markers have come a long way since their humble beginnings in 1964.  While Sharpie has proven itself “artist friendly” (so many colors and tip sizes!), the really great thing is that they are accessible to almost everyone given their modest price – about a buck a Sharpie.  Who needs expensive paints, pens and pencils when you can create amazing art with Sharpie markers?

Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana is hosting what I believe is only the second Sharpie Show to take place, the first attributed to Crewest Gallery in L.A. which we first wrote about here in 2009 (the show was repeated in 2010). Already the Fort Wayne edition is getting its share of attention. 

Here’s one excerpt from an article that appeared in the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel headlined, “Sharpie:  More Than Doodles”:
Who doesn’t love a Sharpie? Whether you’re labeling files, addressing a birthday card or doodling, the permanent markers available in a rainbow of colors are so much more fun than a basic ballpoint pen. With their various tips and myriad colors, Sharpies provide endless creative possibilities. The artists panel at Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery recognized this and put out a call for entries for an exhibit in which each piece has an element of Sharpie design. “There’s something fun about Sharpies,” said Artlink executive director Deb Washler. Although artists have been using markers for years – including brands other than Sharpie – “Sharpie kind of has its own culture,” she said.  “I like all the colors they come out with,” she added. Some people in the arts field now use Sharpies when taking notes, Washler said.  About 70 pieces will be in this show, which was an open call, meaning it’s not juried. “That’s how we meet new artists,” Washler said. 
The show runs through July 6. If you happen to be in the Fort Wayne area, be sure to check it out. Details and a sneak peak below:
Sharpie Show

What: Artwork created with Sharpie markers.  

Where: Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, 437 E. Berry St.  

When: Through July 6. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; noon-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.  

Admission: Suggested $2 donation.   

David Carpenter, Mummy, Sharpie

Jason Swicher, “SWPSH” Script, Sharpie

Patrick Gainer, User Friendly, Sharpie/silk-screen/wax

Suzanne Galazka, Pamela Robinson and Josef Zimmerman

Dennis Hettler, chaos flower, Sharpie markers/acrylic paint

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Sharpie Squad Guest Blogger: Man One

Today’s guest blogger is Man One!  A well known and extremely talented Sharpie artist, this squad member is excitedto announce his second Sharpie Show exhibition.  Last year’s turn out was incredible!  I have no doubt that The Sharpie Show II will be the talk of the town, not to mention a site to see!

Announcing “The Sharpie Show II” exhibition at Crewest

I would like to announce details for “The Sharpie Show II” coming this December 2010!

“The Sharpie Show II” will once again celebrate the individual talent of today’s most sought after underground artists, illustrators, designers, and tattoo artists alike.

The exhibition will open Saturday December 4th, 2010 and run until Sunday January 2nd, 2011 at Crewest in Los Angeles.

To facilitate my curating of the show, I have put together some guidelines if you are thinking of entering your work.

>>For “The Sharpie Show II” submission guidelines:  CLICK HERE

 Here is a quick re-cap of last year’s exhibit in case you weren’t aware of it…

As a long time fan of Sharpie markers, early last year (and before I was asked to be on the Sharpie Squad) I decided to curate an all Sharpie exhibit at my gallery, Crewest, in Downtown Los Angeles.  Since we represent some of the most talented street andurban artists from aroundthe world, I knew it would be a slam dunk exhibit since most of us started with Sharpie in one way or another.  

Crewestis definitely worth the wait!

The word of mouth about the exhibition andall the hype around the show was incredible.  Even though it was raining, there was a line around the block all night long! I knew at that point we had created something special.

Celebrities who were in the house, like George Clinton, joined in the festivities by doing some live painting in front of a packed house of fans.

George Clinton uncapping at Crewest

 

We received artist entries from all over the United States and including works from Belgium, Switzerland, Mexico and other countries as well.

Over 200 Sharpie entries were submitted including drawings on paper, wood, canvas, maps, toys, and even shower curtains!

Global Warming

Of course, aside from curating the exhibit, I also created some original Sharpie pieces just for this show including this print titled “Global Warning”

(Btw – still a few left on Crewest.com >  http://crewest.com/shop/prints_posters/prints_posters.html)

Look out for new Sharpie pieces I will be creating specifically for The Sharpie Show II exhibition as well. 

Hope you can make it out to the show. It’s gonna be classic!

Peace,

    Man One

    Artist/Crewest Gallery Director/Sharpie Squad Member

To view more photos from last year’s Sharpie Show click on the link below:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/crewestman/sets/72157612846199949/

More info:

www.ManOne.com

www.Crewest.com

* Follow Man One on Facebook www.Facebook.com/manone

 and on Twitter www.Twitter.com/crewest

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Sharpie Show rocks urban art in L.A.

By Mike Giant, a giant in urban art

You’ve got to hear about this AMAZING art show coming to L.A.   But first, we pause for a word from Judge Sharpie Susan of the People’s Court:

Graffiti has been around since the dawn of mankind.  Wikipedia describes it as “images or lettering scratched, scrawled, painted or marked in any manner on property… sometimes regarded as a form of  art and other times regarded as unsightly damage or unwanted.”  Well, before I let you in on one of the most exciting art projects to happen to L.A. – the world, for that matter — know that the graffiti I’m about to talk about is art and has nothing to do with anything harmful or illegal.  The gallery where the show is being held backs me up on this all the way.

By craola

 

Okay, back to our regularly scheduled program. 

Crewest gallery is the master behind the madness. The gallery, in a show curated by renown graffiti artist Man One, is presenting The Sharpie Show.  It’s a first-of-its kind round-up of graffiti artists who will show their Sharpie-created work.  It kicks off with an opening reception on February 7 from 6-9 p.m. at the gallery on Winston Street.  Here’s your invite:

Here’s a little background from Crewest:  In the Graffiti subculture, practitioners are known as “writers” because graffiti is about writing your name on as many surfaces as possible.
Although many writers elevate their art form to the level of creating huge and beautiful murals, they all began their journey as an artist by first learning to write and perfect their name.  The Sharpie marker is often the first tool a writer acquires in his lifelong journey to hone his craft and in becoming an artist.

By King157

The Sharpie Show will feature original pieces created using Sharpies by some of the best known graffiti artists in the country (and beyond). Aside from graffiti artists, work by tattoo artists and known illustrators Lalo Alcaraz and Overton Loyd will be on display. From stylized hand signatures, to throw ups, piecebooks, stickers, and any other possible object that can be marked upon, this exhibit will demonstrate the level of creativity that can be achieved between an artist and his/her most basic tool – The Sharpie.

Here’s a list and links to the participating artists, a plethora of serious talent now available for one-stop shopping right here on the Sharpie Blog. 

20MG
AFEXONE
AUKS ONE
BRANDED
BROOKS B. GOLDEN
CACHE
CATCULT
COPE2
DASH”2000″FIDEL
DEB (AUSTRAILIA)
DENZONE®
DRILONE
DYTCH66
EGR
ERIBERTO ORIOL
ERIK DEBAT “RISK”
ERICK SCARECROW
EVAN SKREDERSTU 
FLYCAT(ITALY)
GIMIKS
GREG “CRAOLA” SIMKINS
GWEN MERCADO ­REYES
INDIE 184
JAMES “CASPER” JANKOWIAK
JOSE REYES
KING157
LALO ALCARAZ
MAD
MANDOE MaK
MAN ONE
MARKA27
MAX NEUTRA
MOE RADKE
MR “PUPPET” 201
OVERTON LOYD
PEAP (NEW ZEALAND)
PHOENIXARTNOW
PHONETICONTROL
PROJECT RABBIT
RANDY KONO
RELAX
ROA (BELGIUM)
ROME (CHICAGO)
SERGIO D. ROBLETO
SHERM
SLOKE ONE
TRAVIS MOORE
THOR
VYAL
WANE ONE
ZEN ONE

Also want to give a shout out to DJ.Phyz Ed who will be responsible for the music vibe at the opening.

 

 
For more info, contact:  Luna George  .  818-235-4598  .  luna@crewest.com  .  213-627-8272