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Monday, June 14, 2010

*RECAP* Ekundayo’s "Joy Today Jeopardy Tomorrow" @ Thinkspace

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Our schedule was packed for this past weeked and first on our "to do" list was Dayo's show. The Nasty crew made it out to Ekundayo's "Joy Today, Jeopardy Tomorrow" show at Thinkspace Gallery, Friday night. Unlike most of our La La Land trips, this wasn't a turn around trip. So we had some extra time to check things out and not be so much of a rush...anyways, enjoy!

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[Press] Ekundayo (Dayo) was born in Honolulu, Hi, in 1983 where he lived with his mother and father until the age of five when his mohter and father could no longer get along. Ekundayo's father snuck him of the state withour his mother's knowledge, and for seven years Ekundayo and his father moved from place to place living a life on the run.  Meanwhile in her desperate need to find her son, Ekundayo's mother helped start Hawaii's first clearing house for missing children. The life on the run ended in 1994 when his father moved to California with Ekundayo's sister becuase his father was dying from cancer. In early 1995, Ekundayo's father passed away from lung cancer; Ekundayo was eleven...
 Ekundayo lived with his sister, brother in-law, four nieces and his sister's mother in a small three-bedroom and one-bath house in Pacoima, Ca. It was in this house at the age of 13 that Ekindayo discovered his love for art. After being involved in school fights, stealing and hanging with the wrong people, he was suspended from school. One day while in the garage, he found on of his uncle's black books. This uncle wrote for a graff crew in LA called CHB. This book completely changed Ekundayo's life. He became obsessed with drawing and copied very single page in that little book. Meanwhile, the Dept of Justice had located Ekundayo at his sister's home and returned home to the custody of his mother. Ekundayo went back to Hawaii to live with his mother. His drive to create didn't stop, and the encouragement from his family only fueled that ambition. Shortly after graduating high school, Ekundayo moved back with his sister and brother in-law in much more spacious accommodations. He attended Pierce College in Winetka, Ca, where he practiced his craft and worked on his portfolio until 2003 when he was accepted into Art Center College of Art and Design on a scholarship.
Although the teachers he studied under and the friends he met while going to Art Center were priceless to his development, Ekundayo dropped out after completing his foundation courses in order to create his own path in the fine art world. He combines both subversive graffiti aesthetics in combination with art historical erudition using acrylic, gouache, watercolor, ink and various carving techniques. Ekundayo's work expresses the struggle of life and how those struggles and burdens can either inspire us to change in a constructive way or weigh us down by our own inability to change.
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Brett Armory
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[Press] Brett Amory was born June 25th, 1975 in Portsmouth, Virginia. His father, Harry Amory, was a mechanic at a shipyard and his mother, Sally Roebuck, a nurse. When he was 21, Amory moved to San Francisco to study motion pictures at the Academy of Arts. Soon after enrolling in school, Amory took his first drawing class and was introduced to his passion for the arts. Around the time Amory celebrated his 24th birthday he tried his hand in painting. in 2002, Brett switched his major to fine art and started his current body of work called "Waiting". This series of paintings explores the anticipation of the next moment.
 Amory graduated from the Academy of Arts in 2005 and has shown his work all over the country. In 2006 Amory along with five other artist (Mars-1, David Choong Lee, Damon Soule, Nome Edona, Oliver Vernon) published a book called "Convergence" and had book signings in New York, Los Angeles and at the SFMOMA in San Francisco.
Amory currently works as a graphic designer at an environmental company in San Francisco and continues to show his work in galleries across the country.
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