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Thrift Shop Vandals – an art show

Ten artists
transforming
thrift shop finds
into phenomenal beauty

Well, street art made from thrift shop finds is definitely something to talk about. An actual street art show in North Hollywood made from thrift shop treasures is definitely something to write about. We first heard about the Thrift Sop Vandals art show from our Twitter pal and artist Bobby Doran.

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Bobby Doran Thrift Shop Vandals promo piece

“I found the challenge to create something beautiful from another person’s cast offs or trash to be extremely interesting. To create something wanted from the unwanted, useful from the useless,” said Bobby Doran,” Thrift Shop Vandals artist. “It’s more than recycling or repurposing. I feel it takes that concept to another level. Elevating the mundane. The concept is limitless and there are so many ways you can go with it yet it is still constraining. I am very excited about this show. I grew up in North Hollywood and consider it my “home town.” Any chance to show my work in my home town is eagerly anticipated and much appreciated.” – Bobby Doran, artist

We got more information on the upcoming show from show producer and fellow artist Jonny “Surfcatz.”

What is Surfcatz Productions?

I’ve been creating art under the pseudonym, Surfcatz, for 16 years. I’ve studied at Otis Parsons, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Art Academy. However, about two years ago, I chose to take my own art interests to a new level. I decided to stop thinking about myself as an artist and started thinking about myself as an artist that is networked to multiple artists; Hence Surfcatz Productions. As private or commercial needs present themselves, SurfCatz Productions meets those needs by connecting the right artists with the right clients. So Surfcatz Productions is essentially the face to a network of artists. Many of the artists in the network are graffiti and street artists – if not in actuality, then in style. Additionally, there are music bands, actors and dancers in the mix as well. Producing art shows has been surprisingly gratifying because in the process, I’ve discovered that there’s so many great artists who are looking for opportunities to have their work shown and it’s a blessing to be able to provide that in association with Nelson Creative Spaces.

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Surfcatz artwork

How did you come up with the Thrift Shop Vandals idea?

The idea behind the Thrift Shop Vandals art show has two distinct origins. Firstly, evident throughout DIY home remodeling media as well as the Hipster esthetic is the cultural trend of repurposing. Secondly, thrift shops, it seems, are the dumping grounds and antidote to Amerikan consumerism. Need to make space for the crap you don’t want anymore? Dump your old crap behind the local thrift shop. Need more crap but can’t afford it? Shop at a thrift store – just don’t be seen shopping at a thrift store. There’s definitely a stigma attached to good will hunting. Yet, in the midst of all this, there emerges beatification. That discarded object or painting has hidden potential to be transformed into something transcendent. It’s a metaphor. There’s Hope for us all.

Thrift Shop Vandals and the concepts behind it have struck a cord long felt by other creative types. Nearly abandoned in the concept stage, word about the show got out and the artists featured in the show – Boo, Bobby Doran, Dookie, Fuxus, Kruel Cat, Lox Get Killed, Royol One, Vinny Raffa, and Virtual – all expressed great enthusiasm in participating. Many of the artists in the show have been involved in various art shows over the courses of their own careers. For Thrift Shop Vandals as a uniquely Surfcatz Production, the only return artists are Lox Get Killed and myself.

Thrift Shop Vandals will be hosted at Nelson Creative Spaces, North Hollywood. A free event, the public can expect edgier styled artwork for sale, D.J., the possibility of live music, and bar. Artists will have a vendor table with distinctive screen printed clothing and stickers for purchase. Those driving can expect to utilize nearby, street parking.

DETAILS:

Thrift Shop Vandals will be hosted at Nelson Creative Spaces, North Hollywood. A free event, the public can expect edgier styled artwork for sale, D.J., the possibility of live music, and bar. Artists will have a vendor table with distinctive screen printed clothing and stickers for purchase. Those driving can expect to utilize nearby, street parking.

WHERE: Nelson Creative Spaces
13143 Saticoy St., Ste 1B
North Hollywood, CA 91605
WHEN: Saturday, November 14. 6:30 – 9:30PM
ARTISTS: Boo, Bobby Doran, Dookie, Fuxus, Kruelcat, LoxGetKilled, Royolone, Surfkatz, Vinny Raffa, Virtual
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Thrift Shop Vandals

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lisa BIANCONI

Author: lisa BIANCONI

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