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Throughout the month of May, the varied forms of street art come together under one roof at OneWay Gallery — separated by space but cohesive in spirit.
The shows, which occupy individual rooms in the large Boon Street gallery, feature work by Rhode Island-based artists MSG, Evoker, Reason, Etips and Ster.
“They’re different artists who obviously have their own voice,” says OneWay Gallery owner Stephen Cook. “But they all show so well together.”
The first space hosts “Born with an Overbite,” a collection of work by MSG, who spent the last year painting murals across New England with fellow artist, Evoker. MSG’s latest collection features new pieces that ring true to his signature style: acrylic illustrations on found wood of characters with something poignant to say.
Why “Born with an Overbite,” you ask? Simply put, MSG says, “Because I had one when I was a kid.”
The next room features work by painter and muralist Evoker, who will showcase a more visceral collection in his second solo show at OneWay. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last year, Evoker created punchy, upbeat character art to cope with his illness. That work inspired his latest collection, “Brave Faces.”
“It represents the brave faces we put on in the hope that things will turn out okay,” Evoker says. “In addition, I created these images to leave viewers with a good feeling, even though we are all faced with our own difficulties.”
Occupying the third space is OneWay mainstay, Reason, who presents “Copywrite Infringement,” a tongue-in-cheek nod to his stenciled portraits of prominent figures in popular culture. “Less is more, simple is complex. Maybe,” Reason says. “Either way, they’re just stencils, not statements.”
Etips and Ster, both veterans of the regional graffiti industry with roots in traditional and digital media, join forces for a two-man show, “One Shot,” an exploration of elaborate letterforms and stylistic movements.
“The term One Shot, originating from the graffiti world, refers to the final outer outline added to a masterpiece,” says Etips. “It is the finishing touch that brings it all together.”
The exhibition opens on May 7 and runs through June 5. The public is invited to a reception on May 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment. OneWay Gallery, 140 Boon St., Narragansett, 401-792-8800
1: “Rubin Hurricane Carter” by Reason.
2: “VielSter” by Ster.
3: “Mosaic” by Evoker.
4: “German Jedi” by Etips.