The newest addition to Los Angeles’ thriving art scene, Buckshot Gallery opened its doors in October with its star studded inaugural exhibition “Noche de Calaveras.” Co-founder and graffiti icon turned gallery owner RISK partnered with Kevin Zinger and Ivory Daniels from The Regime as well as local entrepreneurs Howard and Bryan Spunt to create a space in which artists could have the freedom to show works outside of their norm. “Noche de Calaveras” featured work from over thirty five iconic graffiti writers and artists in the form of mixed media skulls, prints, photographs, videos, and books.
The attendance was overwhelming and among this thriving crowd of art lovers were many of the exhibiting artists, including Van Styles, Vyal, Seen, Sel, Shark Toof, attending to sign books, chat about their pieces and lives. The overarching concept to bring together a large group of talented street artists was linked together by the presence of molded skulls. Some, like Slick’s “Death of Innocence” were transformed into otherworldly characters, and others, like RISK’s “Collateral Damage” and “Rorschach” were more classically painted on with aerosols, car paint, and filigree flawlessly emphasizing an object we perceive as mundane. SEEN took over an entire wall with his pieces, making homages to his NYC punk days with “Uncle Frank,” “Punked,” and “Grampa,” while juxtaposing it with a more contemporary color palette in “Colorveras.”
Exhibiting artists at “Noche de Calaveras” include: Risk, Seen, Tristan Eaton, Nathan Ota, Estevan Oriol, Slick, Andrew Hem, David Flores, Everlast, Evidence, O.G. Abel, Phil Frost, Saber, Sonny Boy, Van Styles, Aaron Thomas, Ariel Gold, Vyal, Axis, Ernie Cefalu, Franco Vescovi, Ariel Gold, Cookie, Meggs, Shark Toof, Steven Lippman, and more.
Words: Sarah Croak