During our studio visit with Kelly Towles, we recorded some questions and conversation about making it in DC and the unique nature of the city. Our buddy Mauricio put everything together into a quick introspective on Towles‘ thoughts about DC, his own style and projects in the future.
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A couple weeks ago we hit up Kelly Towles for a little studio visit and interview (still editing, soon to come). Hopefully we can start doing these with a little more frequency; seeing an artist’s workspace in general is always sick. You get a sense of placement and wonder at how stuff gets done, ideas get implemented and in this case, the sheer amount of cans this guy has got stockpiled.
Towles’ studio and pad is nestled among DC’s historic rowhouses a few blocks from Rhode Island Ave. and 1st St.
Kelly works heavily with a lot of found materials, and his small workspace/studio is crammed with salvaged wood, tools, doors, boxes, paint and even his own screen-printing set up. Now put all that in about a 12ft. x 12ft. space.
These old gloves are sick. While the area might seem cluttered at first glance, everything has its place, and instead of items being placed haphazardly, shelving, tables and self-built racks keeps everything organized.
Kelly manages several murals sponsored and paid for by the city. While keeping a mural up might be difficult, he told us he’s got the necessary cans earmarked three times over… and then some.
Keeping it old school… you just don’t see the Mac Pro under the table.
In a city like DC, space is definitely a commodity, especially when your working on the scale that Kelly has been for the past years. But this is what being on your grind is all about. There is a hardworking, blue-collar aesthetic to his work area, from the foamed floors to the projects that are strewn throughout the room. Drills, hammers, saws and just a huge variety of tools, brushes and pens keeps this guy truckin’.
Check out Kelly’s work at his website, and expect a new landing page dropping in the near, near future. In the meantime, we dig the perspective that this cat brings to a city that people seem hard-pressed to rep. Towles definitely kept it real with us in terms of talking about his own experiences and how such a transient city provides opportunities for art and culture to flourish.
Keeping watch. Kelly, thanks for the tour and the words. We’ll be putting up a short video soon on Kelly’s thoughts and experiences.
A wreck and two missed appointments later we’ve finally got some raw footage for a piece on Kelly Towles, local muralist, mixed media artist and an overall rad artist out of DC. Towles is responsible for numerous city-funded projects and gave us a little introspective on the DC environment for art production, and getting a name out.
Great conversation with a guy that not only knows what he’s doing, but is welcoming inspiration and collaborative action with open arms. A full write up coming soon (along with maybe a little video debut). In the meantime, meet Kobi and Mia Towles.
Previously: Ennui Digs: Kelly Towles’ Scout Mural
Last Sunday we met up with our buddy Mauricio and he pointed us at local artist Kelly Towles for a possible profile/interview. We managed to bump into Kelly walking down First or Second NW within the hour and after some information changing hands, we’re currently in the process of producing some video and an interview with the DC native.
We came by this mural today on 12th and W to take some shots, and if it wasn’t for bikes and no locks we would’ve just hopped the fence. Towles put this up as part of a city-sponsored mural project, and the first thing you notice is its size and span.
So Rad. The piece is entitled Scout, and represents the same attitude that Ennui tries to embody- never-ending curiosity and exploration. With that classic Towles character style, lush colors and a positive message, we’re definitely down with this kind of city beautification. Keep an eye out for a Kelly Towles interview real soon, in the meantime check out some of his work, a really crazy blend of different genres and styles and as Kelly has stated in the past, drawing from everything from anime to the BBC. We dig it, man.
Here’s part 2 of this week’s tags and art, centered around New York Ave.
This is barely scraping the surface of the graff and street art in this area. We’re going to do a little photolog soon that will focus on specific walls and how they change over time. The speed that pieces are put up and tags are thrown is only matched by the amount of buffing and painting over that happens in this area. As DC is slowly expanding outward, turning row houses into condominiums, graff territory is being slowly pushed further and further outward. This time, check out our Tumblr for additional images. Flickr or Tumblr, what do you guys think for these photologs in the future?