Elephant Room is proud to present “Custom Culture”, an exhibition of new works by 3 dynamic, emerging artists. SentRock, Sam Kirk & Tubs were chosen to exhibit at the SCOPE Miami Beach Art Fair in December 2014 after being selected as winners from Red Bull Curates: Canvas Cooler Project in Chicago. This connection is what brought about the conversation of the 3 artists exhibiting together and the cultural inspiration in all of their works is a visually engaging common element that solidifies the grouping.
An opening reception will be held at Elephant Room on Friday, April 3rd from 6 to 9pm. The gallery is located in the Wabash Arts Corridor of the South Loop at 704 S Wabash Ave. The exhibition runs through May 9th with open hours on Saturdays, 11am to 5pm or by appointment.
Joseph Perez, aka SentRock, was born and raised in Phoenix , AZ. After being exposed to art in a school mural program, Perez has since then been fascinated with the power of art. Graffiti writing became his first artistic voice and form of expression. Quickly learning and growing, SentRock has turned his graffiti into inspiring street art murals and has channeled that energy into his studio work. Currently based in Chicago, working as a teaching artist and full-time artist, his biggest challenge is to be able to inspire his community through his visual creations.
About Sam Kirk
Sam Kirk, a U.S. based multidisciplinary artist with studios in Chicago and Brooklyn, explores culture, identity and urban politics through her art. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, in a mixed race family, she has always been fascinated with community and culture. Taking experiences from her own upbringing and merging them with insights obtained during travel, her work is known for its vibrant color palette, whimsical characters and, profound stories laced with optimism.
“Tubs” is a Chicago artist, born and raised. Working in the mediums of spray-paint, acrylic, oils and inks, he has no formal artistic training. He comes from a family of artists who have greatly influenced his work and has taken his love of graffiti and lettering into the studio to develop his artistic practice over the past 15 years. “Tubs” creates work that combines classic portraiture, calligraphy and graffiti styling influenced by typography in order to introduce viewers to a “calligraffiti” style of work.