Dabs Myla are a pair of Australian artists who are equally fluent on the street and in the studio... in fact, their paintings are often a delightful commentary on their street work. Their sense of humor, wry cultural observations and technical precision are a real pleasure to observe. Their huge mural installations are truly worth coming out for – they spent two weeks painting the multi-room mural that graced their "Golden Age" show at New Puppy Gallery last month.
"Attack at 2861 West Sunset"
"Brooklyn Telecom Pop"
"4 Wheels to Nowhere"
A few great examples of their work are still up at Thinkspace for a few more days this week, where you can also pick up this charming 11x36" print that celebrates and pokes fun at their new home – Hollywood. Each print is unique, as they've painted a unique character into each one of them, and they're only $125.
thanks amanda. how and nosm's piece looks good. full of details that warrant some good close ups.
how is the d&m piece looking in context with it's neighbour? i love their style, but would be interested to see how these two look together.
what is this freewalls thing that lahoda is involved with? i have a natural disposition to mistrust anything his name is associated with...
Despite what the L.A.P.D. and the collector base likes to whisper about Daniel Lahoda, he is, if nothing else, a tireless advocate and facilitator of graffiti and street art. Frankly, I've never met an artist who has anything bad to say about him, and until I do, I'm keeping an open mind. Given what he does, do you think maybe the L.A.P.D. might have an ulterior motive for besmirching his reputation?
L.A. Freewalls is an ongoing project through which Daniel has been inviting artists to paint huge murals on buildings in the slowly revitalizing warehouse district of downtown Los Angeles. In the past year and a half, he's facilitated murals by Saber, D-Face, Roa, JR, Shepard Fairey, Kofie One, Kid Zoom, Dabs Myla, Craola, Herakut, Aiko, Insa and others. Daniel produces the murals from start to finish, maintaining community relations with a host of downtown property owners, providing the artists with lifts, tools and paint out of his own pocket, and staying on-site with the artists throughout the installation to deal with any issues or troublemakers and document the process. On top of that, he's actually a pretty nice guy. And even if he's done things in the past that he might regret, people do change. So I would advise anyone who doesn't have a personal beef with him to take what others say about him with a grain of salt. If he's such a bad guy, why isn't he behind bars? Because on any given day, he's right out there in the open, with a camera on his shoulder, documenting some street artist getting up on a wall that Daniel negotiated access to. And if you read that L.A.P.D. notice carefully, it actually says that he's not wanted by the police, but they'd love it if you'd snitch on him so they can nail him on something.
I will try to take a picture of the integrated mural tonight when I go down. Problem is, it's so big I don't really have a lens wide enough to take it in! But I'll figure something out.
Post by thinkspace on Apr 13, 2011 17:10:54 GMT -8
I have to agree with Amanda - he's doing a ton of good for the streets of LA and not getting much in return. Those that know him know the LAPD put pressure on him with that BS posted about the web in order to try and get him to give up some video footage he had of some of LA's finest at work. He's on their list and constantly make his life hard.
Freewalls has been going for a couple years now and just about every major wall active in LA he has had a hand in. Folks like Shepard and English continue to work with him, so that says something I think.
Just posted a little writeup at Erratic Phenomena on Dabs Myla, for anyone who's interested in finding out how the dynamic duo from Down Under got here. Also, check out this video of them painting their sexy-adorable mural on the back of Known Gallery.