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"Always Something" - Aaron De La Cruz

December 04, 2015

PF-5 HEX recently teamed up with Minneapolis-based contemporary art space Public Functionary to bring one of our favorite artists,  Aaron De La Cruz, to the Midwest for a solo exhibition of his work. The San Francisco painter, known for his pattern-driven, maze-like creations debuted a new body of work featuring pieces on canvas and paper, 3D works made of wood and mirror and an exclusive line of limited-edition wallpapers. During his week in Minneapolis, Aaron managed to paint a mural, visit notable local landmarks and celebrate his exhibit with hundreds of Twin Cities art lovers. Documentation of the installation of the Aaron De La Cruz: Always Something exhibit was provided by the gallery, and even included a few cameos by HEX products, which Aaron rocked on his trip to Minneapolis! hex2-mural-web That's one great looking backpack PF-2 To keep the work safer during transit from San Fran to MPLS, canvases and works on paper were shipped unframed and un-stretched. Throughout the week Public Functionary's staff worked up to 17 hour days preparing the gallery, stretching huge pieces and meticulously framing, while Aaron created a large-scale mural and put finishing touches on other pieces. aaron-1-web Aaron doing work hex-7-web aaron-2-web Tools Of The Trade aaron-painting-web The "Always Something" exhibit was a large-scale production that saw the artist's signature patterns and stark color palettes displayed floor to ceiling (quite literally) in the 2200 sq foot art gallery space. In collaboration with Public Functionary and Area Environments, Aaron has created a limited-edition line of wallpapers that are currently on view in the gallery and will be available for purchase in early 2016 under the PFxAE Exhibition Collection. ADLC2 Opening Night ADLC9 ADLC10 Another Next-Level Piece From Aaron ADLC17 PF-13 The Place Was Packed PF-20 ADLC20 ADLC31 Although the winter season in Minneapolis was quickly approaching, Aaron managed to get out and see a number of beautiful outdoor sights in the Twin Cities. The history of Gold Medal Flour and the Minnesota mill industry is still celebrated on the banks of the Mississippi River, where old factory ruins have been transformed into a museum and historical landmark, just adjacent to the historic Stone Arch Bridge and the world-renowned Guthrie Theater (Fun Fact: Minneapolis is second only to NYC for the city with the most theater seats per capita). hex-4 hex-1 hex-2 Minnesota's Native American heritage is honored at Minnehaha Falls and neighboring Lake Hiawatha, inspired by the tragic story of the hero Hiawatha who fell in love with Minnehaha, a woman who later dies during a severe winter. hex-5 So, in the end we really enjoyed working with Aaron and Public Functionary on this project.  The show was great, the art was amazing (as usual from Aaron), and the scenery wasn't too shabby either. ADLC_1

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