If you haven’t noticed, we love to pair up a print release with an artist’s most recent event. In this case, FEL3000FT, a long-standing legend of the Detroit graffiti scene will be exhibiting a wide array of his works at 323East Gallery just outside of Detroit, Michigan. Below we’ve included some info about the exhibit and artist from 323East. Check Fermi Fields, the image below that drops on August 16th – edition of 30.
About the Exhibition
The artist’s reception will take place on Saturday, August 13th. FEL3000FT’s Rise of the Basement Dweller is truly an accurate and appropriate name for this exhibition. After decades of standing in the shadows, ducking cops, mentoring other writers, and being viewed by society as an outcast, FEL3000FT fully emerges to be recognized for his talent. What you and others will see covers the whole gamut of an amazing career – and will also (we hope) prompt a greater degree of interest in other individuals who still wait patiently to be acknowledged for what they’ve done and continue to do on the streets and in alleys for all of us to view.
About the artist
Early beginners and late arrivals are found in every arts community across the globe. The Detroit graffiti legend FEL3000FT, however, is that intriguing rarity – a gifted individual whose past works and ongoing projects put him comfortably in both categories.The early beginner part is obvious. A Detroit native who fell in with several talented taggers from NYC before entering his teens, he quickly became an apprentice without a master – a young wunderkind enthralled by the colorful and powerful possibilities of urban murals. His education followed the usual pattern: a great deal of trial and error, learning the techniques of those who came before, immersing himself in comic books and graphic novels, and (of course) surviving the inevitable and intrusive concern of adult authority figures who didn’t always share in his youthful enthusiasm.
As for being a late arrival … permit us a moment to clarify that observation. FEL is, in truth, an honored and acknowledged member of Detroit’s tight-knit tribe of urban street artists. Indeed, he’s already been accorded mentor status by an appreciative number of young peers following his example. He has also channeled his abilities into quite a few successful and notable commercial avenues. Sirius Satellite has benefited from his gifts and he contributed a noteworthy piece to the city during Detroit’s Tricentennial Celebration back in 2001.
In the early 90’s, several graffiti writers found refuge in what is now a bike path and green space – a location that we in Detroit have come to know as the Dequindre Cut. Back when this was a desolate and abandoned rail yard, Dibs and others started an open gallery where those chased away by society could be safe and would have a chance to hone their skills. FEL (along with AJ Fosik and others) spent weeks working on production murals charged with new characters and new forms of calligraphy; a very positive step forward for all concerned – and one that was happily copied in other cities.
What we therefore consider “belated” in this instance is not his arrival on the scene, but the formal recognition of his talent – and that particular observation, of course, could be applied to scores of other artists. Like many members of his generation (he is close to 40 now), FEL was reconciled to the ephemeral nature of his works. Hard as it is to imagine today, there really was a pre-Juxtapoz period when no one predicted or dared hope that the bold lines found on factory walls, abandoned buildings, and railroad cars would glow in the critical respect and attention they enjoy now. But like many another creative spirits before and after him, FEL kept on working and did not hesitate to explore other creative avenues that complemented the visions that possessed him.