The New BLK and Sweatshop Gallery present: Cey Adams: Brand New
Cey Adams is a renowned hip hop graphic design pioneer, old school NYC graffiti writer, and former Def Jam creative director. As an essential follow up to his 2014 Bemis residency, Cey returns for a one-month showing of work at The New BLK Gallery and a fresh look into Omaha culture.
Live music by M34N STR33T, begins at 10pm
Drinks sponsored by Brickway Brewery and Distillery
Show curated by Kim Darling
Dojorok on the decks, 7-10pm
Adams, a New York City native, emerged from the downtown graffiti movement to exhibit alongside fellow artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. He appeared in the historic 1982 PBS documentary Style Wars which tracks subway graffiti in New York. As the Creative Director of hip hop mogul Russell Simmons' Def Jam Recordings, he co-founded the Drawing Board, the label's in-house visual design firm, where he created visual identities, album covers, logos, and advertising campaigns for Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., Maroon 5, and Jay-Z.
Adams' work involves dismantling various imagery and paper elements to build multiple layers of color, texture, shadow, and light. Cey draws inspiration from 60's pop art, sign painting, comic books, and popular culture. His work focuses on themes including pop culture, race and gender relations, cultural and community issues.