OH the COLOR!
If you see a C215 stencil on the street, it’s usually one color. For this show he says that he wanted to use the opportunity that being inside a safe space affords – namely time to develop the piece, to add dimension through color. The Junk Store is eclectic in it’s variety, and has a sense of playfulness, despite some of the unvarnished subject matter.
Some of these items you’ll find in a junk store, but he has completely converted them; a puzzle, a chair, a medicine cabinet, a suitcase, a gas station sign, each is retained and transformed. The sage depictions of people and animals in his portraiture style, the complexity of the urban street scenes, at once gloomy in content and somehow glib in coloring…it’s all quite thoughtful. And the employing of stencil work, you may even call it masterful.