ABV and Greg Mike‘s crew has cemented themselves into the leaders of Atlanta’s contemporary art scene since the birth of Drink & Doodle back in 2011. Their methods and mediums may not be as clear cut as MODA, but the shear attention to detail and connection to the community sets them apart. From the first time you step foot inside the doors, you can pick up on this creative vibration that is permutating off the artists amid their process through the air and reverberating off the walls. Taking in all of the color and style into your visual spectrum is quite exhilarating whether it is your 1st or 40th visit because the lineup and art collections are constantly changing and reinventing themselves.
12 artists create new work from 7-10 that goes up for silent auction throughout the night. Free and Open to the Public!
Colin Sims (@colinsims)
Diego Penuela (@diegoillustration)
Janice Rago (@janiceragoart)
Michael Mauldin (@mauldin_art)
Ted Murphy “Spooky Toons” (@spookytoons)
Travis Smith (@13_robots)
Running into Wolf at Terminal West is how I originally heard about the art happenings going on at ABV. I had always seen and heard about Greg Mike’s works going on throughout the city, but Wolf notified me about all the other artists going through ABV from local to world renowned international.
To give you a little background, Wolfdog was born and raised by a pack of wild wolves in the deep forests of Madison, Wisconsin. After a 4 year trek south, Wolfdog ended up settling in the Old Fourth Ward district of Atlanta, GA. With a expertise in all art forms visual, Wolfdog spends his time creating new works that push the boundaries of all things creative. From Graphic Design to Fine Art, Wolfdog has worked with over 200+ brands on various projects. When he’s not in the cave, Wolfdog lends his creative claws to ABV’s design studio or heads out to collect new tattoos.
Another one of my favorite rising artists is Big Teeff who drew the new Wall Rat Crew shirt you can see below. I grabbed one and you can too if you visit the gallery in Studioplex off of Auburn Ave in person. If you would like to discover more work by Big Teeff check out his IG.
“A BETTER VIEW” Winter group exhibition at my gallery, ABV. 60 artists from around the world will be showing new work in ATLANTA, many who have never shown in this market. The Winter Collection .
Born and raised in Connecticut, childhood trips to NYC in the mid-’80s exposed Greg Mike to the creative potential of reinventing public spaces through art and design. Always obsessed with the boundless energy and crisp line work of iconic American mid-century cartoons, by his early teens Greg began using the walls of his native state to fuse these two passions together. Mixing the take-no-prisoners bombast of classic NYC street art with the eagle-eyed precision of mass market illustration and animation has been his goal from the beginning. Further inspired by his deep involvement with skate culture and his intersections with the fashion world, he has become known for pieces that incorporate vivid explosions of incandescent color filtered through a Surrealist Pop Art perspective. Populated by gleefully twisted characters, his world is unsettling, mischievous and uniquely captivating.
Currently based in Atlanta, GA, Greg Mike is the founder and creative director of ABV AGENCY / GALLERY, a multi-platform studio specializing in branding, apparel design and visual production. A hub for Atlanta innovators, ABV also functions as a gallery exhibiting artists from around the world, highlighting emerging talents alongside globally recognized names.
Here is a link to Greg Mike’s latest print:
Whether its street art around town or desinging badass music venues like Terminal West, ABV is your one stop shop. No job is too big or small – they have made logos for bands like Modern Measure and created installations for Global Brands including Heineken. Their ability to continually create fresh, powerful creative ventures while incorporating local artists is the backbone to their success. Click here for ABV’s website, check out this video recap, and go visit ABV at their next event!
Stay Funky my Friends,