PEOPLE: KidSuper Actualizes his Dream of Flying through Art
Colm Dillane, known to many as KidSuper (@kidsuper), celebrated his debut solo exhibition on February 17th at Gallery 151.
The exhibition titled, “Flying Machine,” focuses on Dillane’s first-ever series of large scale oil paintings. His paintings display a strong post-impressionist influence. The curator of the art exhibit, Laura O’Reilly (@wallplayground) compares his aesthetics to those of late 19th century masters, Toulouse Lautrec and James Ensor, and views in his work “an innate desire to belong within the lineage of Western art history.” True to his multi-medium artistic nature, “Flying Machine” also displays Dillane’s clay animations, sculptures, fashion designs, and even his personal to-do lists, which are framed and show the visionary steps it took for Dillane to get to this new artistic phase in his life.
Though the main attraction are the oil paintings, I was more enthralled with Dillane’s model-replica of his creative hub in Brookln, KidSuper. He built a doll-house of KidSuper using cardboard, aluminum, soda cans, and colorful cutouts to represent the creative space he created for himself and others. The details are funny, humbling and true to nature. The name KidSuper represents Dillane’s Super Hero imagination. For those who do not know, KidSuper is a hybrid art brand with a storefront and studio in Williamsburg. Colm Dillane created KidSuper in response to New York City and the challenges it poses for young artists. He reflects that “new” New York City is harder for artists than “old” New York City was. Today, KidSuper is a collaborative, open creative space for “new and old friends to come through.” The group, KidSuper, is made up of DJs, singers, designers, producers, stylists, models.
“Flying Machine” is inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s flying machine which was never realized. Just like Da Vinci, Dillane believes there is potential in failure. He is more concerned with the creative process, and how each new artistic endeavor expands his artistic limits, mind and capacity. A very cool part of the exhibit is a 3-D PhotoBooth. In accordance with the belief in flying, Dillane partnered up with Beheld3d (@beheld3d) to transport his guests to another world. Throughout the duration of the exhibit, visitors will be able to take photos in the 3-D photobooth by Beheld3d, have their image converted into a 3-D avatar, and then transport themselves into a different dimension by customizing their background to one of Dillane’s oil paintings.
We highly encourage you to check out this art exhibit which will be free to view at Gallery 151 until Thursday, March 8th, 2018. Gallery 151 is open Monday through Saturday from 11am – 6pm and is located at 245 West 14th St, New York, NY 10011. If you are able to go, definitely check out the doll-house like replica of KidSuper and also use the photo booth!