Dailydujour had the pleasure of visiting Dabs Myla in their studio just as they were getting ready to shift to work in the project room @ thinkspace for the opening of Tokyo Deluxe this Friday, September 3rd 2010 (7-10 PM).
As you might guess by the title, the show is based on the urban landscape of Tokyo which Dabs Myla visited with research on their mind and cameras at the ready. While culling down the imagery to a select few for the new paintings was difficult, the duo remarked that they had a blast working on the show, more than ever before. Their vision of Japan as a land of wondrous pop culture and fantasy led to considerable creative freedom. From Godzilla (and his mate) making cameo appearances (naturally) to an old-man they observed solving Rubik’s cubes to their take on the pervasive culture of casual gaming (the… ‘claw’), the new work blends Dabs Myla’s signature detailed architecture with an infectious sense of joyful discovery.
As you’ll notice in the pics after the jump, the artist couple has been seemingly spending just as much time cutting out numerous cardboard shapes as they have been painting. Hell bent on asserting their mastery of the site specific installation, they are upping their game by mixing painted wall scenes with the painted cutouts including multi-layered elements as well as two-sided hanging pieces. One question that is often asked of artists is ‘how do you know when you’re done’ ? With respect to installation work, Dabs Myla’s answer is simple – work right up to the very last minute making as much as is humanly possible. That dedication sets them and their whimsical installations apart.