"'Tis said, that some have died for love..." - William Wordsworth
Since the beginning of time, individuals have martyred themselves in the name of love: Antony and Cleopatra; Heloise and Abelard; who could forget Romeo and Juliet? The Blue Dozen Collective, a crew of street artists, graphic designers, painters, printmakers, tattoo artists and installation artists, will put imagery to this masochistic tendency with "It's Because I Love You," a collaborative exhibition opening at East End Studio Gallery on Friday, August 17 .
"The exhibition is about the things people do to each other in the name of love," said Bryan Cope, curator of the exhibit and co-creator of Blue Dozen Collective.
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Also, added Cope, the exhibit will explore "the different manifestations that struggle can have in your life."
"Struggle is a constant in life, yet the rationalizations for reaction to struggle vary. The Blue Dozen Collective uses this as an impetus for creating paintings and installations full of observational narrative," reads a press release for the upcoming show. "The artists' range of talent and style offer a diversity of perspectives to the exhibition..."Its Because I Love You" debuts their first holistic approach to sending a message with their artwork in a truly collaborative way."
Since The Blue Dozen Collective is made up of different kinds of artists, it only makes sense that the exhibition will showcase variant mediums. The artworks will "range from abstract to illustration" and "not anything in the world of realism," Cope said. This will include his own stencil-based street art, to which he ascribes the philosophy, "Paint as many walls as you can."
"It's Because I Love You" will run through August 31 at East End Studio Gallery. There will be a closing reception that day from 6 to 11 p.m.