ONE9--art inspired by avant jazz, deep classical and bebop soul
- The New Style Art in the Age of ONE9
Four stories above a desolate DUMBO block not far from the Brooklyn
Bridge, artist One9 has founded a small sanctuary to create his bold
paintings."This might be the only building in the neighborhood that
hasn't been gentrified yet," he jokes, as a booming Marley Marl joint
screams from the Ipod system.
As one of the two artists displaying work in the upcoming exhibit
Dreams in Color (opening Wednesday, June 11 @ 155 Spring
Street/between Wooster and W. Broadway/4th floor), the Washington DC
native One9 is one of the most exciting young artists to emerge in
post-millennial New York City.
Coming out of the master-mix of classic and graffiti traditions, the
gifted painter continues to push himself one-step beyond when it comes
to style. "I'm as influenced by Leonardo da Vinci as I am by Futura
2000," says the 37-year-old of his innovative style. "Yet, being a
bomber when I was still a boy taught me how to breakdown artistic
barriers. There are no boundaries nor are there any limitations."