Trillionaire Art Show

According to a press release, “If you’ve read or know anything about Daniel Quinn and his book called Ishmael, then you have a leg up on the ideas and styles that motivate a very visible, elusive artist who goes by the same name — Ishmael. Ishmael is known and not known. His work is highly visible, but he himself is pretty much invisible. Up to now, he’s worked in the dark, alone, under the cover of darkness. Graffiti was his first discipline, the influences of which are apparent in every piece he makes. His new work is organic and haunting, referencing his rebellious creative history while dramatically signifying his shift toward fine art.”

Ishmael will be represented at the upcoming The Trillionaire Art Show/ Dance Party, to be held at MoDaddy’s (77A Biltmore Ave., Asheville) on Saturday, Oct. 23.

The exhibit showcases the work of six visionary artists from around the Southeast. “The show will feature the latest developments in the artist’s careers. Music and art will meld together for an unforgettable journey.”

Other artists represented include:
• El Kamino. According to Flatcolor Gallery, El Kamino is “an American painter hailing from the state of Virginia. Becoming involved with graffiti in the mid nineties, he has developed a signature style that has taken on many forms over the years. While maintaining a presence in the world of wall painting, he is a veteran of DIY art shows; displaying canvases in small towns across the south east. An avid fisherman, his gallery work focuses on the animals he encounters along the creeks and rivers he frequents.”

Ted Harper. Read about Asheville artist Harper’s work here. He has shown at PUSH gallery and his work can be found outside BoBo Gallery.

Anson Cyr. Google Charleston-based Cyr’s name and you find reports of arrests (“Christmas Day Vandal!”) as well as high praise. Read about Outer Space, the venue voted “best hipster hangout in Charleston,” which Cyr co-founded, here.

Nate Brown (his work is pictured above). “Some call it vandalizing and others call it art but for Nathan Brown, it’s a gift,” says AmpedUp Mag. “‘Graffiti Nerd’ turned artist and now a successful graphic designer has taken Nashville by storm.”

• Photographer Colby Rabon

Music provided by Jared Carman who will spin “an awesome set of Conscious Trap Rap, Hip-hop, dub step & soul.” 10 p.m., $2 suggested donation, ages 21+.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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