KMNDZ did the logo and painted up the show room of GAS a couple years ago (aka Galpin Auto Sports in the San Fernando Valley where the show ‘Pimp My Ride’ is filmed)… this association led the Galpin family to invite Johnny to come on out and paint a mural during an event they had this past weekend. Johnny brought along Ekundayo and together the pair unleashed the above sick tribute to Rat Fink (measuring 8′ x 4′).
The event was a wild night that saw the boys hanging out and getting advice from Robert Williams (pictured above with the duo), Camp Freddy rockin’ the stage with Ozzy on vocals as they painted, and a bunch of very expensive cars on display including the debut of a couple new cars from car customizer to the stars George Barris.
Red Forest is up through Halloween… don’t miss your chance to view this amazing exhibit in person!
“Judging from the crowd that showed up for the opening, KMNDZ & Ekundayo careers are going in an opposite direction when compared to the stock market right now. Entering the gallery was like entering into their own little post-nuclear apocalyptic world.” – Arrested Motion
“The work from both artists is extremely good – each artist has a strong vision and the excellence in execution to draw viewers in completely and totally. Perhaps more importantly, both artists manage to mix the visual sugar with a sense of contextual depth that elevates the work beyond mere eye candy. Some onlookers proclaimed the show, “the best of the year”. That’s arguable but it’s safe to say this is one of the highlight shows of the year and should definitely put people on notice about both Ekundayo and KMNDZ. If you’re not watching both of these young artists, you need to start – now.” – Daily DuJour
Arrested Motion coverage here: http://arrestedmotion.com/2008/10/openings-kmndz-ekundayo-thinkspace/#more-1611
Daily DuJour coverage here:http://dailydujour.com/2008/10/11/seen-ekundayo-and-kmndz-red-forest/
The evening’s artists (l-r): Jeaneen Carlino, Ekundayo, Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez, and Michael Alvarez
Watch for more news to be posted over the coming month…
KMNDZ and Ekundayo have been living at the gallery pretty much since Sunday afternoon and are down there pulling an all-nighter again tonight. Transforming the gallery from the ground up, so much going on… below is a candid shot of Johnny and Jeaneen both putting the finishing touches on a piece from earlier this evening…
Meanwhile, upfront in the entry area, Ekundayo is busy laying down the foundation for what will be an absolutely awe inspiring mural to great our patrons as they enter the gallery…