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Off The Wall


In recent years there has been an increasing interest in a viral form of art that is marking urban settings, and has developed a flourishing subculture all its own. On Saturday, April 26, from 12-4pm, Empress Contemporary presents Off The Wall, featuring renowned street artists Chor Boogie, Mike “Bam” Tyau, APEX, and Codak. Watch these internationally acclaimed artists create artwork live on constructed walls in the middle of ArtWalk 2014. That evening from 7-11pm, an exclusive reception will take place in the Gaslamp at the Empress Contemporary loft located in the Broker’s Building Gallery. Meet and mingle with artists amid hosted food and cocktails. Tickets to the reception are $20, which can be applied to your art purchase. (619.895.3027, www.empresscontemporary.com)



About the featured artists:

Originally from San Diego, the artist known as Chor Boogie currently resides in San Francisco but is an internationally known artist and has traveled extensively to exhibit his work around the world. His drive and his passion fueled his study from Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Rembrandt to more modern artists like Klimt, Van Gogh, and Dali, combining a street culture of modern day spray paint “mentors” such as Phase2 and Vulcan which, in turn, helped guide his lifestyle into a life itself.


Mike Bam has been writing with spraycans and creating aerosol art since 1983. Born and raised in Hawaii, Bam’s current work reflects his heritage. He aims to put the many cultural flavors in his murals. His art is a Hawaiian mixed-plate with all the cultural island flavors, but updated with a modern hip-hop twist.


A young, San Francisco-based artist, APEX has quickly made a name for himself in the world of street art, in both the Bay Area and abroad. Having coined the term “Super Burner,” his pieces are most commonly huge, multilayered productions, packed with patterns and a vivid array of colors. When one thinks “graffiti writer,” San Francisco’s own APEX might not be the first thing that comes to mind. His letters are so beautifully crafted and styled that it is tough to see it as a form of graffiti.


Codak’s work is defined by an acute sense of how to utilize space and composition in an organic fashion while maintaining a constructed approach with a mixed media base. He employs the subtle use of color intermixed with line work and creates harmonious clashes with graphic design and street art.




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