LUSH: “Shitty Drawings in New York City”
Lush, most frequently referred to as a “so-called” graffiti artist from Melbourne, put together a bunch of shitty drawings for the aptly-titled, “Shitty Drawings in New York City,” as hosted by Klughaus Gallery. The show saw its opening this past Saturday and was kind of like reading pages out of an enjoyably offensive book and getting caught stealing it.
The series of illustrative thoughts revolve around the graffiti world, with lots of interesting questions, accidental social commentary and disgruntled perspectives that are varying levels of exaggerated, humorous, crude and honest. The drawings are conversational in nature and because of this, it’s easy to get sucked in and read each one carefully.
Aside from the framed drawings the size of sketch book pages, the show also includes large-scale stills of naked women posing alongside his work and helping him create it.
During the opening of the show, Lush Skyped in to the gallery, wearing a bandana covering his face and situated in a bath tub (shower cap included), communicating live by way of gesturing and writing on a sketchpad. Below the TV screen was posted instructions to “talk shit” to Lush and tweets were flying. From both the content of the work to the commentary from attendees, nothing was sugarcoated. Lush: an example of a hate/love relationship.
This interactive element was an unexpected and hilarious addition to the show. Perfect, really.
Additionally, at the opening, the first 25 people received a free poster featuring work from the show, while the first 50 ambitious people with $15 in their pockets could purchase a limited-run photocopied collection of the work.
If I had stuck around the opening instead of jetting to 106 and Park to check out the Graffiti Hall of Fame’s latest layer, I’d have bore witness to the vandal that hit the gallery. You can check out some video of someone bombing the show here.
This is the third opening (in a row) where Lush’s show was been vandalized or had work stolen from it. Lush wrote on his tumblr after learning of the incident, “haters gonna hate.. three shows in a row of stolen and destroyed work on each of the opening nights. I’m flattered, I’m sure the next one someone will blow it up with a pipebomb or something.”
Lush wants people to react and that they did.
His drawings put me in his shoes for a second, as if I was a graffiti writer and could relate to and appreciate his shit-talking first hand. I think his work hits a necessary chord within the world of graffiti and art – someone has to be the asshole, right? – and in my mind, here, he’s welcomed.
The show runs through September 7th.
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New York, NY 10002