By Jenna Weis
In the more recent years, street art has become a widely appreciated style thanks to the artists who create it. What was once mostly seen as an act of vandalism, street art has been transformed into exceptionally crafted visual artwork that is easily accessible to anyone of any background. Artists like Reme Rowland (aka Reme 821) uses this tactic of displaying their work as a way to expose their art to the public, making the connection between artist and viewer a more stream lined transaction.
Rowland is a fellow Long Islander from Suffolk County who has been leaving his creative mark throughout the island at music studios, art studios, tattoo shops, and various other businesses as well as around the Bronx and Brooklyn area. A self-taught artist creating dynamically bold designs since the 80s, Rowland possesses immense confidence in his work and wanted to share what he can offer as a visual artist to the people.
“After many years of writing my name over & over I got bored with that” he says “and thought it was just getting selfish like it was just for me. So after painting in Brooklyn a few times & seeing people’s reactions to my art I wanted to paint for the streets, the people, the daily commuters that walk past art daily. They really appreciate it. It’s a great feeling to see them react to your art on a big scale”
Immensely energetic yet approachable artwork constructed with explosive shapes and loud colors, is described as “Geometric Funk” by Rowland who spent years developing his signature style. His fun and fresh abstract approach adds a new dimension to the already multi-faceted world of street art. An element of his work that can easily be traced back to Rowland is the frequent appearance of an animated hooded eye design. Its significance speaks to how Rowland sees art as something alive that also looks back to the viewer.
“The EYE design is basically a representation of how you are able to see Art & the world, through the Eye. So it’s called EYEF** … It’s the Art itself staring back at you.”
A formal introduction to the EYE and the Geometric Funk style of Reme Rowland will be taken place at SPARKBOOM’s “JINGLE BOOM: HOLIDAY BASH” on Saturday, December 20th at Huntington Arts Council’s Main Street Gallery located at 213 Main Street from 6-10PM. Rowland will be showcasing his work on a window display customized for the event to “introduce the Eye to new ‘Eyes’”. Enjoy amazing artwork, craft beer courtesy of Saint James Brewery, sweet treats from Stella Blue Bistro, Hint water, prize giveaways courtesy of Sip Tea Lounge, Lotus Vintage, Kilwins Huntington, and Escape Pod Comics, and live music and poetry.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.