Do the Right Thing
Peter Seay, Kevin McCoy, and friends
March 18 - April 16, 2011
Opening: March 18, 5:30pm - 10pm
In conjunction with the 2011 Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Conference, Los Caminos presents Do the Right Thing: Peter Seay, Kevin McCoy and Friends. Using printmaking as a springboard, Seay and McCoy borrow imagery from hip-hop, street, and skateboard culture, blurring the line between mocking and celebrating popular visual references. Do the Right Thing will also include prints by Sleepy Kitty and music by 18andCounting.
Peter Seay, also-know-as “Calc2,” produces a wide range of works, including paintings, drawings, photos, animations and music. Seay is one of the key contributors to several zines, such as Shit Yeah, Hell No, and most recently THE DFL. Though structured like magazines, each publication is treated as an art project, containing a distinct vision and voice. Shit Yeah and Hell No were distributed at random by contributors in a bi-fold photocopied format. THE DFL, however, is produced in a larger (12 x 12 in.) screenprinted format.
Kevin McCoy blends a multitude of interests in his work, such as mixed-media, printmaking, modern design, and furniture design. In addition to maintaining his own lifestyle brand, Kevin shares his artistic knowledge as a teacher at Craft Alliance. McCoy has exhibited in several galleries and special events, including: Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, St. Louis Fashion Week, and The Vaughn Cultural Center. His work can currently be seen in Print/Pull, a group exhibition that he organized at SPACE Architecture + Design in St. Louis.
Peter Seay and Kevin McCoy frequently collaborate with organizers of DIY blogs, zines, and art events, making it only fitting that they include Sleepy Kitty and 18andCounting in Do the Right Thing. Cherokee Street resident Sleepy Kitty is the graphic arts and music project of Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult. In addition to their artistic practice, Sleepy Kitty creates posters and screenprinted goods for bands, theater companies, and other cultural organizations. Stan Chisholm (a.k.a. 18andCounting) is an interdisciplinary artist from St. Louis who studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Known for his drawings, paintings and mixed-media installations, Chisholm also has a strong passion for music and regularly DJs at a variety of St. Louis hot spots, mixing his audio and visual art practices.
Do the Right Thing helps kickoff the Friday Evening Events on Cherokee Street, sponsored by the SGCI Conference. SGCI is the largest print organization in North America. Its conference is the biggest annual gathering focused on printmaking. Los Caminos is proud to be part of this citywide celebration of printmaking and thanks Schlafly for the complimentary refreshments it will provide to guests during the March 18th opening.
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Image Caption: Kevin McCoy, Hidden Truths, 2011, foam cut pills, 8 x 8 inches