- Steve Bigley
"It all came about through hip-hop -- hanging with the scene," Colorado Springs artist Sewn said of his entry into the world of graffiti art.
With fellow artist Jason Herzog, Sewn offered graffiti demos to Pueblo museum-goers last weekend at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center's Full Throttle Brush Bash, which kicked off the museum's summer exhibits.
"Graffiti done illegally is still looked down upon by older generations," Sewn conceded.
And he understands why.
"Taxpayers have to pay to clean it up."
Sewn, who's studying graphic design at Pikes Peak Community College, collaborates with other artists to produce the Springs' regular Nocturnal Mockery shows, which showcase local talent in rotating venues -- legally. The next show is scheduled to run in Colorado Springs from late August to early October.
Like many artists, Sewn doesn't commit himself to just one medium. He's been silkscreening T-shirts for some time -- "a powerful avenue for artists" -- and says his most creative endeavor thus far may be a series of eyeglasses he made from found "junk," like camera and microscope lenses. He considers graffiti art, which he says is defined differently depending on what circle you're in, to be a "good starting point" for young artists.
As Sewn very carefully detailed the canvas he worked on last weekend, notable graf writers and curious youngsters stopped by to peek at his "wild style" tag against a bright orange background.
"He's creative with materials," Springs native Herzog noted. "He can make anything into art."
-- Vanessa Martinez
Photo by Steve Bigley