Pop-culture artist Keith Haring touched many lives before he died from AIDS-related complications in 1990. Based in New York, he produced 50 public artworks in the 1980s, many of which carried social messages. A Haring-inspired exhibit is currently on view at Clash, a consignment shop on East Fifth Street in Dayton.
The “Art Salvo” show is also carrying a social message, one that says care for those who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. All proceeds from the show, which includes a silent auction, will benefit the AIDS Resource Center in Columbus, also known as ARC Ohio.
Artist and shop manager Matt Freeman created a series of six works resembling spilled red and black paint from upside-down cans on stylized metal frames. The silver cans are covered with Haring-like jagged line patterns.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Keith Haring. A lot of people know his name but not his work, and this will educate people about him in a positive way,” said Freeman.
“The subject matter, HIV, can be kind of dark. His art was bright and positive, so there is hope in the visual aspects of the show.”
Besides Freeman, other Dayton artists who are showing works in this exhibit include Amy Kollar Anderson, Jesy Anderson, Josh Baskin, Stephanie Benton, Mike Betts, Erica Blackstock, Etch, Ellen Bukvic, Kokeshi Clan, Liz Dearth, Cherry Fullam, Craig Galentine, Charlie Gast, Jason Goad, Mike Guidone, KAG, John Knabe, Crystal Leisure, Lissa Lush, Tracy McElfresh, Chyanne Moore, Robert Nickell, Skull 13, Simeon Oyeyemi, Robert Parkey III, Lisa Patrick-Wright, Kevin Pittman, Adam Redding, Heather Lea Reid, Jeff Richards, Ben Riddlebarger, Billy Rodgers, Gretta Smak, Adam Vicarel, Matt Warvel and Chad Wells.
“What’s really great about this exhibit is someone as young as 17-year-old KAG, can present his artwork alongside an established artist like Amy Kollar Anderson,” said Freeman.
Blackstock created an installation piece that features the bust of a woman that is unzipped to reveal a quote by Haring: “Meaning is established through the intervals, the in-between spaces that both separate and link words.” Guidone is presenting “Blu Haring,” a painting with a disembodied Haring head floating in moving figures.
“What we did was put a call out to artists, and 36 artists sent us 57 pieces. They are taking their own style of art and combining it with elements of Keith Haring’s artwork,” said Freeman.
Other artists’ works include: beautiful glass vessels by Redding, Dearth’s clay heart that lights up within, Baskin’s untitled red and black abstract self-portrait, and two framed saws that spell out “Ignorance is Fear,” and “Silence is Death” by Vicarel.
Clash’s regular consignment hours are noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. People can come to Clash and sign up for the silent auction, which is this Friday during the finale party, which runs from 5 to 11 p.m.
Zombie Dogz and Baked Cupcakes will be served at the finale party, with live music by “Infidel-icious” & Special Guests.
Clash opened two years ago this August, and their first location was on Third Street. This past August they moved to Fifth Street.
“Basically we are a shop that sells a lot of local artwork, vintage, modern and used clothing, and handmade items. Over 230 people consign here, and the majority are local artists,” said owner Mary Burnside of Dayton. “We try to keep everything local.”
HOW TO GO
What: “Art Salvo,” a silent auction and show inspired by Keith Haring
Where: Clash consignment, 521 E. Fifth St., Dayton
When: Continues through Friday
Finale party: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday
More info: www.ClashDayton.com or (937) 241-9434