Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins drew a large crowd for last night’s opening of his ‘The Pearl Thief’ solo @ Gallery 1988 Los Angeles. Many sat or stood gazing at the massive show titled centerpiece (96″ x 72″) for minutes on end, absorbing the unfolding story (spread across time) and appreciating the work that went into this piece which took roughly 6 months to complete.
The show centers around the Pearl Thief, a diminutive, stealthy character who is not to be taken lightly. He steals the dreams and thoughts of all manner of creatures – represented visually by spheres or ‘pearls’ often seen in a transparent capsule within their heads. Minion or mastermind? The answer lies in the detailed brushstrokes. This latest work expands Simkins’ long-running narrative in perhaps the most focused chapter yet.
Gallery 1988 and Craola added a fun and innovative wrinkle to the opening with an interactive game. Each painting had a number below it which corresponded with a letter position in the piece’s title. The challenge was to unscramble the letters to reveal the location of a band of pearls. While many groups worked furiously taking notes along the way, the talented and savvy crew from 42 Entertainment lead by Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez and Mike Borys solved the puzzle and claimed the rich booty — an original 5×5″ Craola painting.
The Pearl Thief runs through November 22nd Consult the official preview page for artwork availability.
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