Buckshot… Risk Opens a New Gallery in Santa Monica
The founders of the Los Angeles graffiti seen were on hand for an explosive opening at Buckshot gallery in Santa Monica. the new indoor outdoor gallery space featured amazing customized graffiti skulls by RISK, SEEN, Everlast from House of Pain, Kenny Scharf, SABER and many other contemporary masters. the works themselves were lively and well thought out, ranging from fun to metaphysical. The backyard of the gallery served as a party space with krinks, Black Books even Louis Vuitton bags being handed around for world famous taggers to decorate
At 2 a.m. security and bartenders were spent as the party goers refused to leave. word came down from Risky himself “he said keep it goin.” the phrase passed from Risk to the seven foot security guards to the bartenders in a what looked like a bizarre mix of an adult version of “telephone.” The bartenders collapsed upon hearing these words and simply put all the booze and drinks on the counter and stumbled back on to the bags of ice behind the bar.
The Los Angeles contemporary art scene and gallery scene is filled with crappy soullessness, and recycled conceptual artists who lack substance and unique style Risk’s new gallery is a breath of fresh air and his history as one of the founding fathers of the West Coast branch of America’s only recognized unique original art movement, lends credibility history liveliness and style to a pretentious Los Angeles art scene thirsting for substance.
Make sure to check out the Buckshot Gallery website for more from the new spot.
Words by Dan Plasma