Indie184 (USA)

International Artist

Indie184 (USA)

International Artist

Indie184 originally intended to pursue a career in marketing, but dropped out of business school to teach herself graffiti painting and pursue her dream of being an artist. In 2013 she was commissioned by MAC Cosmetics to design a limited edition makeup purse, and her graffiti has earned a permanent place in the virtual landscape of the top-selling video game, Grand Theft Auto IV.
Indie 184 is known for her eye-catching pieces featuring the glamorous American film stars of yesteryear with a “happy and flamboyant” twist. While street art and old Hollywood seem like an odd combination, the timelessness of the starlets mean they always appear right at home.

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 Artist Biography

Indie 184 is known for her eye-catching pieces featuring the glamorous American film stars of yesteryear with a “happy and flamboyant” twist. While street art and old Hollywood seem an incongruous combination, the timeless countenance of the seductive starlets appear to be right at home – immersed in a colorful thicket of neon paint and bubble text.
Raised by a single mother of four in the ‘rougher’ parts of New York City, Indie 184 is a self-described, “non-conformist.” She originally intended to pursue a career in marketing, but dropped out of business school to teach herself graffiti painting and pursue her dream of being an artist.
Perhaps inspired by the lifelong presence of strength and support from her mother, Indie’s pieces transmit a distinctly feminist aura. In a 2012 interview with FatCap.com she stated, “The female icons I use(d) not only for the purpose of their stunning beauty, but also their story of how they came, conquered and rocked the world… I loved how they were small town girls, pursued their dreams, broke barriers and made it to worldwide legendary status, thinking BIG. I like that badass female touch to the pieces.”
Herself a mother of three, Indie proves to be living by that philosophy. In 2013 she was commissioned by MAC Cosmetics to design a limited edition makeup purse, and her graffiti has earned a permanent place in the virtual landscape of the top-selling video game, Grand Theft Auto IV. Her signature style has grown from covering street walls, to art gallery canvas, and now – apparel. Indie is the graphic designer for her own urban clothing label, Kweenz Destroy.”

ARTIST STATEMENT

My creative process usually starts by pouring out conflicting ideas or emotions using words, images and color. When I create a painting, it’s like a page of my personal diary – all the pieces are worlds of personal declarations. Constant use of word play, found scraps of paper, stencil, graffiti, graphics and photographs mixed with vivid colors. Layering and textures of paint and paper resonates the spirit and soul of the work. I use iconic female imagery provoking mood and expression embellished with dripping paint juxtaposed with words. The use of color is significantly important reflecting the energy of the painting. The composed painting reflects power, motivation and with an undeniable twist of feminism in my paintings.

EDUCATION

BARUCH COLLEGE – THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

EXBHITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

2017 ELEUTHERA, Galerie Francis Noël, Liège, Belgium2016 Artanoid Gallery, Paris FRANCE
2016 Station16 Gallery, Montreal CANADA
2015 PURE MAGIC, Lynch Tham Gallery, New York USA
2014 PARADISE, AZArt Gallery @ Chelsea 27, New York USA
2014 WILD AT HEART (part deux), Sergeant paper, Paris FRANCE
2013 PHENOMENON, Ugly Gallery, New Bedford USA
2013 FANTASY, TT-Underground Gallery, New York USA
2013 WILD AT HEART (part un) , Galerie MathGoth, ParisFRANCE
2012 GO HARD, Munky King Gallery, Los Angeles USA

Group Exhibitions

2017 Cox Crew, Cox Gallery, Bordeaux, France
2017 Ladies First, BSide Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2016 Repurpose, Wallplay, New York, NY
2016 HAPPY, Hosted by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace at Sofitel Gold Coast, Broadbeach AUSTRALIA
2016 20X16, CASS Contemporary Art Space & Studio, Tampa USA
2015 Corrosively Bright, CASS Contemporary Art Space & Studio, Tampa USA
2015 Summer Loving, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park USA
2015 Morceaux du rue, Galerie Wallworks, Paris FRANCE
2015 Glass, Cinder & Thorns III, Inner State Gallery, Detroit USA
2014 NY Meets MTL, Station16 Gallery, Montreal CANADA
2014 ARTmageddon, Vertical Gallery, Chicago USA
2014 15 Years Smiling With Friends (curated by PEZ Barcelona), London Westbank Gallery, London ENGLAND
2014 Emerging to established, Krause Gallery, New York USA
2014 PUSH IT, ARTNOW NY (Co-curated by McCaig-Welles Gallery), New York USA
2014 An Even Eleven, Shooting Gallery, San Francisco USA
2013 LO & BEHOLD, Kino Kino Gallery, Sandnes NORWAY
2013 URBAN ART BIENNIAL, Völklingen Ironworks, Saarbrücken GERMANY
2013 NO LIMITS, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, Hostos Community College, Bronx USA
2012 50 SHADES OF ART, 1004 Gallery, Miami (Wynwood) USA
2012 LEAVE THE BEEF AT THE BBQ, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco USA
2012 MY LITTLE PONY PROJECT, ToyArt Gallery, Los Angeles, (curated by Hasbro & SweetStreet) usa
2012 FIFTY FIFTY, Galerie MathGoth, Paris FRANCE
2012 RATHER UNIQUE, Woodward Gallery, New York USA
2011 SUBWAY MAPS, Galerie MathGoth, Paris FRANCE
2011 EL MUSEO’S BIENNAL: THE (S) FILES, El Museo Del Barrio, New York USA
2010 BURNING HEARTS (duel show with COPE 2), Galerie MathGoth, Paris FRANCE
2010 SWEET THINGS, Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles(Guest Curator) USA
2010 N’AP BOULE: A BENEFIT FOR THE PEOPLE OF HAITI, Anonymous Gallery, New York USA
2009 THE GENERATIONS, The Showroom Gallery, New York (Guest Curator) USA
2009 QUEENZ ARRIVE, McCaig Welles Gallery, Brooklyn (Guest Curator) USA
2009 NEW YORK EXPRESS TO BRISBANE, The Fort Arts Hub, Brisbane AUSTRALIA
2009 ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD, McCaig Welles Gallery, Brooklyn USA
2008 THE STYLE GOD, Artdrenaline Gallery, Den Haag THE NETHERLANDS
2008 COME CORRECT, The Showroom Gallery, New York (Guest Curator) USA
2008 MADE FROM LOVE, The Bronx Museum of Arts, Bronx USA
2007 NO COMPLY, The Federation Atrium Square, Sydney AUSTRALIA
2007 T&A: THE TRUTH OF ART AND ACTIVISM, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis USA
2006 GRAFFITI ART OVERDOSE, McCaig-Welles Gallery, Brooklyn USA
2006 HIT THE DECK, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles USA
2001 STREET DREAMS, A.I.R. Gallery, New York USA

LECTURES & PUBLIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

2012 Guest Lecturer, Street Art with Charlie Ahearn, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2012 Lecture. “The Essence of New York Graffiti and Street Art: The Tradition and Experience”, Warren County Community College, Washington, NJ
2011 Guest Lecturer, Street Art with Charlie Ahearn, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2010 Interview. “Culture”, FRANCE24, Paris, France
2009 Panel Discussion. “Graffiti of Northern Manhattan: From Street Art to Public Art”, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NOMA), New York, NY
2009 Interview, An All-Female Take on Graffiti“, WNYC/NPR, Brooklyn, NY

COMISSIONS

2013 M·A·C ILLUSTRATED. MAC Cosmetics
2010 WALT DISNEY PICTURES. Set Design, “Step Up 3D” Film
2008 ROCKSTAR GAMES. GRAND THEFT AUTO IV: LIBERTY CITY

SELECTIVE LIVE PAINTING

2013 La Tour Paris 13 Project, Paris, France
2012 THIS SIDE OF PARADISE, The Andrew Freedman Home, Bronx, NY (Curated by No Longer Empty)
2010 XPLOSIF HIP HOP FESTIVAL, Stavanger, Norway
2010 WILD STYLE REUNION, Baltimore, MD
2008 KINGS DESTROY, 33Third, Los Angeles, CA
2008 OUTLINE COLOURS FESTIVIAL, Łódź, Poland
2007 STREET ART FESTIVIAL, Bollate, Italy

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY:

2012 MOCA TV: The Global Contemporary Art Channel. “Art In The Streets: Swoon’s Konbit Shelter (Episode 7)”. Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Directed by Frederic King.
Interview. “News: This Side of Paradise”, BET.com. Directed by Anthony Santiago
2010 Interview. “VideoGraf 10”. Directed by Carl Weston
2009 Interview. “Video In My Back Yard: Indie 184”. Vimby.com. Directed by Anthony Santiago.
2008 “Bomb It”. Directed by Jon Reiss

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