Has Palm Springs become the new hot spot for street art? Well on September 28th the best of the best in the street art world are combining their talents for a great event called "The Fifth Element: The Golden Era of Street Art". The roster for this event is nothing short but lightning in a bottle with artists such as Curtis Kulig, David Flores, Gregory Siff and Annie Preece to name a few. But why Palm Springs you may ask? I decided to find out for myself by sitting down with co-curator Eddie Donaldson to get more information on this event and why people should really pay attention to the message these artists are trying to convey.
There are some heavy hitters in the street art community included in this event. How were you able to get these artists to commit to this project?
I’m not sure how I got so lucky. Maybe it was timing. Maybe summer is ending and everyone saw this as a chance for some fun in the sun. Either way I feel blessed to have been a part of this event with such a great group of artists.
There is a huge fan base and culture for street art in Los Angeles right now. Why was Palm Springs chosen as the event destination instead of the Los Angeles area?
I didn’t choose Palm Springs Palm Springs chose us. Dimitri Halkidis from Gallery 446 and I have been talking about bringing some street artists to Palm Springs for a few years now. I have a strong feeling we will be doing more shows in Palm Springs and Coachella Valley in the future. Might have something up our sleeves for Coachella weekend.
As a whole, what do these specific artists have to offer the people of Palm Springs? What kind of art can people expect?
We are bringing Palm Springs a big bag of tricks. These artists are all very different. There will be some real street graffiti hand styles to bright colored neon 'Love Me' signs. There will be healing mantras from Cryptik and we are even bringing an awesome painting of Mr Pro-Skate-O head. Also included will be lots of new original works and prints from a great group of artists including the newest addition to the line up the 13 year old Prince Of Street Art Skyler Grey.
The proceeds are going to an amazing cause. What can you share about BOO2bullying.org and what is the artist’s involvement in this issue?
Dimitri Halkidis from 446 is a founder of the Boo2bullying. It’s a fairly new organization but they are doing a lot of things to create awareness and raise funds. It seems that alot of issues surrounding bullying are surfacing all the time lately. It is a serious issue. We are just trying to do our part in helping raise awareness to the cause.
What kind of impression do you want this art event to leave on the people who attend?
We just want to make some new friends and hopefully fill some homes with color and inspiration. Art is meant to look pleasing but should also inspire people to be creative themselves. We all have an artist in us, we just need to tap in and create. This is why we are also holding a Street Art Work Shop at Gallery 446 on Sunday September 29th to help motivate people to find the artist inside themselves.
For More Information:
To RSVP: Eddie@GuerillaOne.com
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