You recently worked collaboratively with Peat Wollaeger on an installation for an art exhibit sponsored by artdimensions. Can you tell us a bit about the site, the installation and working with Peat?
the site of the installation is the st. louis centre an old mall in downtown that has fallen to the waste side over the years of downtown st. louis losing and now regaining a positive vibe… artdimensions has a large formal gallery space for proper showing and during this event there were several other space artists revamped to their taste to sell and show off their work…working with peat is great… peat is my partner in crime in st. louis as far as street art and shows we take part in all over the world…
What is going on in the St. Louis scene art scene? How did you get involved with Lemp Art Stables and how do they fit into the art community there?
What is the general attitude towards graffiti/street art in St.
Louis? New York, along with some other cities, is facing a serious
crackdown on graffiti, is St. Louis experiencing the same?
its frowned upon… we held the largest graffiti competition wall in the nation and when the city got bombed up they started cracking down… but that was back in 96-98 the city has a small amount of graff heads but the diversity of work is lacking… but i think if would be great if there were more bill-post, stencil, and taggers out there… it would make my day doing any type of traveling…shit, i get geeked seeing big ass super-soaker tags…
How have you developed your style over the years? Who/what
inspired you to go out onto the streets?
Do you find yourself trying to “say more” with your work when it is in a gallery?
no i think that im trying to express the same type of message on the streets as in my gallery work…
The Woostercollective recently had tremendous feedback when they posted stories about the Playstation street art campaign. What was your reaction to the ads? Did any show up in St. Louis?
i understand doing corporate work, if you love your art and you love making it, thats all you wanna do, and if you can make money doing it more power to you…just make sure you dont have any issues with the company your working for…and i didn’t see any in st. louis…
What do you have lined up for this year?
Whose work should we be looking out for?
chris burch at giantkillerz.com another st. louisan
john lee at brokinengrish.com boy from the old schooll
Thanks go out to Justin for answering our questions!
Be sure to check out his site–www.studiotolentino.com
and click here to find out more about Art Dimensions.
Here is a link to Lo-Fi St. Louis, which has a great video that documents Justin and Peat’s collaborative show.