On February 11th, New York City based street artists H. Veng Smith and Chris Stain’s new three person show with Taka Sudo will open in LA’s CAVE Gallery. In preparation for the opening, I met with Veng to get a sneak preview of his new works for this show, as well as to find out exactly what is going on in the fantastical scenes depicted on his canvases:
“For my new work in Alternative Occupancy, I’m working with concepts of nature, abstract living spaces and the mix and match of people and animals. The techniques for my work are more classic then the ideas. The bottom layer is started in a rough opaque manner to build the shadows and lights. Each layer after this is more oily and thinner creating a subtle sense of depth. All my work is painted with oil paint.”
” ‘From the low to the high’ shows a man holding atop his head an animal from the waters to the sky,showing what one could consider the complex and sometimes strenuous relationship between man and nature.”
“‘The Hunter’s Patience shows a crane searching for food by fly fishing, adapting techniques from people showing the strength of nature to persevere. At the bottom I’m showing the same surreal suggestion with homes under the water where a new habitat for people could start”.
To see a preview of Chris Stain’s work, check out Brooklyn Street Art’s feature here.