ABOUT THE ARTIST: Jeremy Novy’s unique brand of street art is ripe with thoughtful social examinations. Novy has combated a homophobic lack of representation with a celebration of gay iconography, bringing joviality and warmth to disused urban spaces. With a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, he curated the first major exhibition of its kind, “A History of Queer Street Art,” premiered in San Francisco in 2011 and later toured to Pop Up Gallery in Los Angeles and Yale University.
Since graduating from Pecks School of the Arts, Novy’s art has been met with acclaim across the country. His work has benefited non-profit foundations, advocacy organizations, and community service programs and has been featured in numerous films, books, publications, and collections public and private. His stencil work is cogent in its messaging and remarkably complex for its compositional simplicity—like the koi fish of his most-established series which, floating beneath the surface of concrete, refer to anti-authoritarian coded symbols in Chinese art under communism. His pioneering images of drag queens, physique pictorials, and pornography bring to life the multiplicity of modern identity, reminding us that the we, each of us, must walk the streets of our cities in collective solidarity. (Excerpt from Artsy)
Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a stencil artist? Do you like sharp things and spray paint? Do you feel the need to reject societal norms and make art that everyone will see?
THIS is your chance to learn from a nationally recognized stencil artist, Jeremy Novy!
Stenciling is a tool used by activist groups and governments throughout history. Recently, it is considered an inexpensive tool by media and advertising firms that has a huge visual impact on the global community.
This (Make & Take) Stencil Workshop with Jeremy Novy will give you a brief (yet insightful) history of stenciling and other revolutionary acts of street art as seen in ancient and contemporary art. You will also gain a basic understanding of how to design, cut, and spray your very own stencil―which you will make and take home that day!
Class size is limited to 15 students.
Supplies are included in ticket purchase (via Eventbrite).
ABOUT THE MURAL: "The stenciled koi come from the my three months traveling China while studying ancient and contemporary art. During the cultural revolution the Chinese had to literally destroy the past to make way for the new, according to the Communist government takeover. The Chinese devised a plan to hire the meaning of Chinese lucky numbers. Depicted here is Chinese lucky number three, depicting the three stages of life; birth, marriage and death. You can find the koi stenciled on the streets in many cities across North American and may even have them in the city you are visiting from. In that case I hope you find them as a welcoming sign from both the W Westwood and LA."
- Jeremy Novy