Last night on 11.11.11 the street artist Gregory Siff had an opening for some of his new works at the historic La Founderie in Echo Park, Los Angeles. After walking around the gallery for only 5 minutes I was already amazed with the guys style and humor. To give a brief summary of the themes that run throughout much of what he paints- first off, he clearly has a casual relationship with boxes(no pun intended) as these little squares run consistently in many of his works. Secondly, Gregory has an incredible wit, poignant yet unassuming, simple yet highly entertaining and extremely passionate. Whether is was the differently labeled stickers of which I obtained one- my personal favorite- “I’ve Made Mistakes, But I’ve Also Made People Smile Too”- or the way in which he takes a simplistic face and adjusts it only slightly to re-create it into a “new person”, overall he is clearly very talented and got a great outlook on life! To quote the man himself, “You will lose and lose, don’t stop, one day you will win.”- Gregory Siff. The quote is something everyone can believe and I think on a very personal level, as soon as you can admit it to yourself- the point is you have already won.
One other thing I’d like to say about street art and Siffs style especially is the value of impulsiveness and having no regrets. It’s clear when you look at his work, as is true with many other street artists, that as they create something its about being confident in the concept and not worrying about the small details, ie. paint dripping, an imperfect line drawn, instead the point is to communicate a near compulsive artistic expression with decisions on how to move forward for each work constantly changing while never looking back.
So I was fascinated by this piece in particular from the moment I saw it. Obviously, on a literal level there is no greater joy than the man’s birth of his son so to consider it a “win” is to put it lightly. But anyways, aside from the unbelievable and beautiful honesty of the piece, while I was looking at it, this kid comes up to me and says, “do you like it?” “I go, ya I love it.” he says, “well the baby, thats me.” We ended up talking for a while about how he knew Siff and loved art and I just thought it was a really cool little aside.
Here’s a quick interview on the guy which more than anything just shows his passion for art and the way he thinks.
If you want to check out his site for updates on what G has been doing click here: Gregory Siff has a heart.