Sat. Nov. 10, 7 p.m.-midnight
$10 (cash only)
10 Storehouse Row, Old Navy Yard
After moving from Brooklyn to Charleston in 2005, Gustavo Serrano created a little mecca of New York fashion with his funky Upper King Street boutique, b’zar, which he runs with his wife Andrea. Now, Serrano, teaming up with ART Magazine‘s Olivia Pool, hopes to bring a taste of the Big Apple art scene to the Holy City.
Inspired by popular art parties in New York like P.S.1/MOMA’s annual Warm Up event, the pair has put together an event, called Kulture Klash, that highlights and celebrates creative diversity.
“The artists don’t fit in your traditional Charleston Lowcountry style,” Pool says. “Most of them are younger artists who don’t have high-end reputations.”
These more “underground” artists include plenty of hip names like Black Cart-owner and painter Julio Cotto, graphic artist Johnny Pundt, graffiti artist Ishmael, photographer Walter Pinkney, and Nathan Durfee with his dream-like cartoonish paintings.
Not every contributor falls into this young, up-and-comers category. The show features a few more established artists, though you won’t find any marshscapes among their works. French-born Bea Aaronson, a multimedia artist and professor at the College of Charleston, is involved in the show, as is surrealist painter Peter Scala. Fred Jamar, a native Belgian featured on the cover of City Paper‘s 2005 Fall Arts Guide, presents his colorful landscape paintings with distinctive deep-blue skies and his “bubble trees.”
West Coast artists add to the clash, including Kevin Taylor, a Charleston native now making his name in San Francisco. Los Angeles-based Max Grundy is showing a propaganda-style Sept. 11 tribute piece. And New York transplant Scott Debus, who helped organize the event, will contribute some of his works as well.
Besides the traditional art exhibits, Kulture Klash features interactive performances, including a graffiti battle, live screen printing by Pundt, and live painting by Debus and David Hale, an Asheville artist. Pinkney will host an interactive photo booth. Live art is slated to start at various times throughout the evening.
Plenty more artists are involved in Kulture Klash, and what brings them together, according to Pool, is an attempt “to redefine what is beautiful.”
In line with the New York street vibe, music is an integral part of the event, with a battle between DJ Kurfu and DJ Krugrrr. The Arthur Brothers will wrap it up with a high-energy blend of house/electro music while break-dancers will add their own flair.
“Coming from New York, music is big,” Serrano says. “The DJs will definitely keep the energy going.”
Experimental dance company ARC, comprised of three CofC students, will also perform.
The recently renovated, eco-friendly building at 10 Storehouse Row may turn out to be the perfect venue.
“We really want to bring people up to that north area,” Pool says. “There are just really interesting things up at the old Navy Yard, and a lot of people haven’t even been up there.”
Serrano particularly values the site’s modern, industrial feel.
To keep the crowd fueled, local businesses will hawk their goods: Coast Brewery, Crompton and Kennedy wine, Soul Vegetarian South, the Daily Dose, and the Dollar Dog Guy, as well as the not-so-local but much-appreciated Red Bull.
Whether you see it as a culture clash, culture hash, or a fun blend of innovative artists, the event promises to be an exciting party for art lovers.
“There are a lot of people who are hungry for things you see in larger cities,” Pool says. “We feel like there needs to be more focus on the underground art culture that’s taking place here.”