They want to paint your walls.
By Katie Modras-Anible
Wall art can say a lot for a city’s culture and creativity. Public art that occupies active space, contributing to the environment in which it is affixed, can alter the entire feel of any outdoor or enclosed area. Walls, borders, defined boundaries; for Josh Flohre and Eric Patton of Color Logistiks Group, this city’s walls lay ready as open canvases begging to be filled.
Color Logistiks Group (CLG) specializes in doing custom wall art for the four walls of local businesses and groups. They use a multimedia approach, not limiting themselves to any set standard for tools or material. Using a mix of acrylic, aerosol, stencil work, cut paper appliqués and anything else that seems to strike them, they create truly unique wall pieces. CLG can do catered jobs to suit the specific needs of a client, but are very open to create customized walls, covering every aspect of design and execution.
Flohre and Patton both found their start in the art world, specifically wall art, early on through graffiti. This early influence laid foundation for their burgeoning paths to successful personal expression and experimental fine art. The graffiti culture gave way for many advantageous opportunities to create connections with other artists and to have access to like-minded progressive inspiration.
“I met this kid in high school who was doing graffiti and I immediately got really interested in it. That’s when I really started experimenting with aerosol work. Through that I just met more and more people,” Flohre explained about his own artistic roots.
Flohre began to specifically look up to several street artists, including Laws, a graffiti crew based out of San Antonio, Texas — a group of which he eventually became a member, furthering his circle of influence. He went on to do a collaborative wall piece for Clogged Caps 6, a large urban art event — this along with a recent appearance at the Merge art show in Austin.
Eric Patton, whose early influence mirrors that of his group mate, has also gone on to blend his own evolving graffiti style with a refined form of modern art using seemingly unlimited resources: paint, found objects, et al. He has gone on to show quite prominently in the last several years in both solo and collaborative endeavors. He has received esteem here in Dayton and also much attention in New York City.
“There was a point when I started getting into the fine art side of things and there was this transition that happened. Then it was just straight graffiti, but something else entirely. At that point the walls just became big murals,” said Flohre of the time his artistic inclinations began to blend and change. He went on to explain that it’s the whole sub-culture that has created the stage for this type of art form and business. Flohre now prepares for a three month run of his art on display in New York City starting in August.
Mindy and Austin, owners of Derailed, the eclectic hair salon in the Oregon District, know good art when they see it. Collectors of local art and appreciators of good wall art, they rightly commissioned the Color Logistiks Group to emblazoned the main wall in their salon. It is a perfect example of the exclusive ability that CLG has formed.
A large testament to the impact that these artists are already feeling is a wall piece in the works for Dayton marketing services agency, Penny, Ohlmann, Neiman, Inc. This top marketing agency recognizes the relevance. They will be working out a custom commemorative mural for the company that will sit facing Main Street downtown.
As Flohre returns to school seeking to further his education in art and design, he is enjoying getting to be what he is, a wall artist.
See Color Logistiks Group work at Derailed at 506 E. Fifth St. in Dayton. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and view artwork at Press Coffee at 257 Wayne Ave. in Dayton.
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