Santa Monica resident Blase Dillingham opened Destroy
Rebuild Repeat Gallery in 2012. Raised in Santa Monica and Malibu, the artist
and new gallery owner returned to his roots to expose the street art scene to
his local community.
“I believe Santa Monica needed a new nontraditional
gallery,” said Dillingham. “We’re working with a new model…pop up shows lasting
one night… usually one a month.”
This young gallerist said he understands the plight of
“I want to see artists do well because I know how hard
they are working,” he said. “I want to offer a place where talented artists can
show their work in a gallery setting whether they have a following or not.”
Curator Chris Cane has organized an eclectic group show.
“Dillon is an artist that we are very excited to have in
the show,” Cane said. “He has created some striking images that have been seen
all over the city lately, and he has a style all his own. We’re bringing
together an amazing group of talented artists.”
Dillingham chimed in.
“Some are traditional street and graffiti artists who
are showing in galleries, and others are gallery artists, wanting to merge with
the street art movement,” he said. “Canvas Streets is a melding of the two
Dillingham continued, “Annie Preece has a rad story and
it comes through in her art.”
“Gregory Siff is also making a big name for himself
right now, exhibiting work that is both abstract and visceral. Brooke Harker’s
art is striking. It has an organized chaos to it that is very beautiful… especially
her street and urban scenes.”
Contemporary artist Brooke Harker paints in an outdoor
studio that affords her the opportunity to interact with locals.
Harker is currently working on her “Cityscapes” series
which features urban scenery.
Harker is a big supporter of the arts and often
purchases the work of other artists.
“Recently, I drove across town to see the work of Karen
Woods at the George Billis Gallery on the last day of her showing,” Harker
said. “She painted a series of street scenes through the view of her windshield
in the rain. I almost cried at how deeply one of the paintings touched me. I
stood there praying that I could one day have her painting.”
Harker admitted to looking forward to the event.
“I am very curious about the way other artists’ minds
work, how they see themselves, what they think when they wake up in the morning
and as they go through the process of making art,” Harker said. “Showing with
different artists gives me the opportunity to meet these people that I am so
curious about. I am excited to learn more about the street art movement.”
“Canvas Streets” will be open for one night, Saturday,
April 27 from 6-10 pm at Destroy Rebuild Repeat Gallery, also known as DRR
Gallery, located at 1515 4th Avenue, Santa Monica.
For more information, visit destroyrebuildrepeat.com.
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