Anyone who is familiar with the history of Cult Status knows Nate Vincent Szklarski. For those who don’t, here is a primer: CSG would not be in existence without him. I contacted Nate through MySpace in 2008 after researching MPLS street art and coming across the MPLS Deth Crew page. I had a little gallery in St. Louis Park and asked him to mount a show. Needless to say, we kept working together after that, and now, 5 years later almost to the day, Nate is ready for a solo show.
Ever the introvert, Nate’s work is very introspective and intimate. As an aspiring tattoo artist, he is heavily influenced by classic tattoo motifs, yet his recognizable style is all his own. Inspired from tattoo flash, his fine art work consists of ink and watercolor drawings on watercolor paper. Sometimes, he etches the paper with a tattoo machine. He uses his skill, precision and knowledge of tattoo art to inform his adroit command of his medium, watercolor being the most difficult of all painting mediums, in my opinion.
In his own words, “Some key points I want made is that the art created was fueled by drunkenness and sadness. It’s going to be a very personal show. Really depressing. I guess I am kind of wearing my heart on my sleeve for this one.” Nate is no stranger to heartbreak, and this series reveals an artist no longer struggling with technique, but with inner demons.
Join us for this very special opening reception Saturday, January 26th, 7:00-1:00.