12oz Exclusive Interview: Caleb Neelon Pt 1 - Painting Outside and In
This article was posted by Daniel Feral 2 years, 1 week, 6 days, 19 hours, 50 minutes ago.
With all these influences swirling through his life, its no surprise that as a graffiti writer he couldn’t commit to the typical graffiti dogma many writers feel they have to adhere to. So we find a well-rounded and eclectic body of work on and off the streets. What he has done on the streets can also be seen on his canvases and in his installations. Again to quote from his monograph: “I am attracted to indoor spaces in the same way that I am attracted to outdoor ones. Installations make it possible to really wrap a viewer up and let them settle into a space in a way that people can’t outdoors. When I walk into a space and I see every surface and space done up, it feels good. So I try to keep the installations I do a real walk-in experience.”
Currently he has an exhibition called Victory Garden of his recent paintings, which are on display in the Center for the Arts at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts from January 20 through March 16th. The show was hung and the doors opened mid-January, but they decided to save the festivities for Tuesday, March 6th, which will coincide with the unveiling of his installation and a lecture he will be giving. The installation is being painted and built on site during his residency at the College from February 27th through March 6th.
If you are near the Boston area in the next two weeks, definitely drop by to be immersed in the unique world of Caleb Neelon. If not, check out the works from the show and more on his website and Facebook page. They really are Books of Awesome too!
This is the first installment of a two-part interview. The second installment will cover his work as an author for 12ozProphet and many books on graffiti, including The History of American Graffiti, Art in the Streets, and Delusional: The Story of the Jonathan Levine Gallery. Information was gathered from a two-hour phone interview and also from Caleb Neelon’s Book of Awesome published by Gingko Press in 2008.
- Caleb Neelon,
- Daniel Feral,
- The History of American Graffiti,
- Delusional: The Story of the Jonathan Levine Gallery,
- Allen Benedikt,
- 12ozProphet Magazine,
- Sao Paulo,
- Herbert Baglione,
- Cost and Revs,
- revs cost,
- Revs and Cost,
- Cost KRT,
- Caleb Neelon's Book of Awesome,
- Steve Espo Powers,
- Brown University,
- Rhode Island,
- New York University,
- Street Art,
- John Fekner,
© Daniel Feral & 12ozProphet - Saturday February 25, 2012 at 01:00 PM