myplasticheart presents Metal and Fur, featuring the work of artists ChrisRWK and Philip Lumbang where the melding of their unique styles bring together an east coast meets west coast collaboration. Both share similar influences ingrained in a common graphic/illustrative style that is most notably demonstrated in many of the murals and walls both have adorned over the years in the streets of NY to LA. Philip whose iconic Awesome Bear character is often seen on walls and abandoned lots in downtown Los Angeles helps to spread Phil’s message of fun and happiness along the way. Chris started doing graffiti as a kid growing up in Staten Island and has evolved his ominous character Robots Will Kill. The two artists bring their collective influences to the table where they explore the dichotomy as well as parallels in their work with solo pieces as well as fully collaborative works. Through this joint endeavor you will see a growth in their visual verbiage and a willingness to come out of their comfort zones.
“When I was asked about doing a two man show at myplasticheart I was excited. I’ve always loved showing at MPH and the crowd. When they mentioned having the other person be from the West Coast and mentioned Philip I was definitely amped. I’ve always loved his work and felt it would be a great pairing. We both have a quirky sensibility to our work that I feel appeals to a wide audience.” – ChrisRWK
“I remember our first conversation about the show we had a few months back; I told [Chris] ‘I want to try something different’ and at the time I had no idea what that meant. Over the course of the next 3 months I continued to push myself to paint everyday looking for something new. I finally found what I was looking for, taking all my strengths and overcoming weaknesses I have created some of the best paintings I have ever done. These paintings tell the story of my transition to becoming more of a painter with a new focus on narrative.
This show serves as an introduction to a new style that is pretty much untested. I want to keep pushing myself and the work I create while still keeping the same message of peace, love and happiness.” – Philip Lumbang
Opening reception on Saturday August 8th 2015 7-10pm. Exhibition runs through Sept 6th 2015.
They will be giving away limited edition ChrisRWK x Philip Lumbang totebags to the first 25 attendees who ask for it. The rest will be available for purchase at the opening.
They will also be one of the featured exhibitions at this year’s LoMan Arts Festival in celebration of street and mural art. Learn more about it at www.lomanartfest.org
Metal and Fur
New works by Philip Lumbang and ChrisRWK
Opening Reception Saturday, August 8th 2015 7-10pm
Exhibition runs through Sept 6th 2015
Join the Preview List – http://eepurl.com/ba9hl1
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