On Friday night, Redux Contemporary Art Center hosted a technicolor opening for their much-anticipated exhibit featuring works by James Marshall, aka Dalek. More specifically, the show featured a completely redone gallery — the artist was given the extensive white walls and floors of the space to use as his canvas. As the place filled up, I headed upstairs to get some crowd shots and ran right into Mr. Marshall himself. He was sitting alone in the dark with a beer, escaping the hype downstairs for awhile. And after working 16 hour-days for a week straight then answering to the largest crowd Redux has seen for an opening yet, I couldn’t blame him. On view until March 7, Broken, Beaten & Buried, is the result of a collaborative effort of the artist and a group of 10 local artists under his direction. Hundreds of people, young and old, pushed past each other to mingle, get a drink, and take a look at some of the brilliantly colored panels and designs that now engulf the entire gallery space. From ceiling to floor, the installation creates a kind of hypnotic arrest of neon turquoise, pink, and yellow with floors painted black to reflect it. Dalek’s earlier work is known internationally as graffiti-based and gained recognition after the development of his signature Space Monkey figure as a tool of expression. In addition to the awesome transformation of Redux’s gallery space, there was some great people watching, old school hip hop spun by multiple DJs, good catered food, and a very eclectic mix of facial hair. If you missed the opening, think about heading over to Redux for the experience. —Hadley Lyman
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