Miami's PO$HDOG Exhibiting in New York's New Museum Along With Scharf, Fairey
Miami artist PO$HDOG is an important member of the prolific and internationally recognized art and music group Metro Zu. He's also one of 14 artists showing at WAT-AAH!'s "Taking Back the Streets" -- a project created in tandem with First Lady Michelle Obama's Drink Up initiative. It opens to the public Thursday, February 20, at New York's New Museum.
The pieces in the campaign advertise H2O in ways youth cannot ignore in hopes of converting soda fiends to water lovers. In addition to PO$H, Kenny Scharf, Shepard Fairey, Shanell Martin, Swoon, and more have created original pieces that will pop up in street murals around the Big Apple and on limited edition WAT-AAH! bottles.
The NYC exhibit will stay open through March 1 and travel to Miami sometime this year. We spoke to PO$HDOG on this monumental experience, his style, and how he went from drawing on backpacks to having one of his pieces on a billboard in SoHo.
Cultist: Who is PO$HDOG?
PO$HDOG: Man, I'm just energetic and hella artsy and hella awake and enlightened. I draw, I paint, I make digital work, I take pictures. I just create, you know. I do everything.
How did you get involved with Taking Back the Streets?
My name got tossed up in their meeting, Metro Zu, and the whole youth thing we have going on. They really like our art, so...they're like "It's gonna be so amazing. This whole project, its bigger than me and it's bigger than all the artists. It's an art show in collaboration with the Drink Up foundation, and they're linking it to mad soft drinks and mad stuff they sell to kids in schools. They're about pushing good health. They're behind hydrating America. It's cool.
Your style is very distinctive. How did it develop?
By being myself. I could never want to copy somebody else and try to get away with it. I think that's really lame. I gotta just be myself and save the world. I can't be somebody else, because I want to know it came from me at the end of the day.
Is your work very different now than when you first started?
Yeah, my art has def changed a lot. I would say it's gotten cleaner. My style got better, cleaner. Everything I make now, it has a purpose; art with purpose. It's more conceptual now, just because I'm not a kid anymore making art and wanting to make something look cool. I'm making art now because I want to translate an image or a message and make it look good. It's definitely been a change in the past three or four years of my life.
How would you describe your art to a blind man?
I would describe it as fun, and futuristic, and scientific and very patterned out; raw and wet. Gooey, very cool. Just dope shit. I would just tell the blind man, "Man you know that feeling when you're about to go into heaven, the good heaven, the fun heaven," I would be like, "That's what my art looks like."