Brooklyn, NY December 5, 2010 – I first met Kid Zoom a few years back through my friend Ron English. Here was this young graffiti/street artist from Perth, Australia with some crazy solid aerosol skills. There already was a buzz about him in the graff/street art community. With that being said…I had to go see for myself.
Back in December of 2010, I dropped by Australian aerosol artist Kid Zoom’s studio in Brooklyn as he prepared for his first U.S. solo show entitled “This City Will Eat Me Alive” with Opera Gallery in NYC. Upon walking in to the studio, I am bombarded by spraypaint fumes. He’s has rented a spacious studio that is crammed full of large canvases, cases of spraypaint, 2 couches. a stuffed 7ft bear and a stray kitten named “Trouble”. Every wall is covered in graffiti, paint or large-scale hanging art he’s created for this huge show.
Zoom has an ambitious plan and rigorous work ethic to create and fill the huge “pop-up” gallery space in the Meatpacking District that is to open in just a few short weeks. He’s fueled by booze, coffee, fast food and encouragement by numerous artist friends stopping by. He works through the nights, naps on his couch during the days then back to work. This show will feature some of his largest works to date. His style runs the gamut from photo-realistic portraits to frenetic, energy riddled applications.
Fast foward to opening night. Zoom barely achieved his goal for the amount of pieces he wanted to create to fill the space. The exhibition was packed from beginning to end by artists, collectors, graff writers, street artists, actors/actresses and models…where much of the show had sold. You can see my opening night pics here.
Zoom has been in countless shows and painting murals on the streets all over the world. More recently, he took a trip back home to Australia for his next project entitled “Home”…in which he recreated a full scale replica of his childhood home from scratch. Inside the home, there is a video of Zoom going buck wild on 3 Holden Commodores parked outside the home.
“I would drive around with friends in similar model cars with friends when I was younger, painting, getting in trouble and occasionally crashing them. The Holden Commodore is also a staple of the Australian suburbs, you’ll see one parked in the driveway of nearly every outer suburbs home in Australia. For me it is a symbol of suburban culture and under-ambition. The rejection of the suburbs and the desire to simultaneously destroy and create your own environment at the same time as enjoying its safety is the contradiction I’m reacting to. I think suburban angst led me to being an angry graffiti writer when i was 16, but with this installation I’ve been able to return home to create a more refined work using that same emotional catalyst and perspective from having somewhat escaped.”
More photos here.
Stay tuned for some sweet video footage from the project.
Kid Zoom is one of the more relentless young artists you’ll ever meet. He’s as grounded of a person as you will ever meet. Success hasn’t changed him one bit. Keeps your eyes and ears open for this amazing, young talent. He’s doing BIG things.
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