Cey Adams, a New York City native, emerged from the downtown graffiti movement to exhibit alongside fellow artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. He appeared in the historic 1982 PBS documentary Style Wars which tracks subway graffiti in New York. As the Creative Director of hip hop mogul Russell Simmons’ Def Jam Recordings, he co-founded the Drawing Board, the label’s in-house visual design firm, where he created visual identities, album covers, logos, and advertising campaigns for Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., Maroon 5, and Jay-Z. He exhibits, lectures and teaches art workshops at institutions including: MoMA, Walker Art Center, MoCA Los Angeles, Pratt Institute, Stamford University, Howard University, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, High Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Mount Royal University and The University of Winnipeg in Canada. He recently co-authored DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop, published by Harper-Collins; and designed Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label, published by Rizzoli. Cey's work explores the relationship between transformation and discovery. His practice involves dismantling various imagery and paper elements to build multiple layers of color, texture, shadow, and light. Cey draws inspiration from 60's pop art, sign painting, comic books, and popular culture. His work focuses on themes including pop culture, race and gender relations, cultural and community issues. 


Dee deLara is a dynamic force with an arsenal of creative skills, including: brand strategy, art direction, graphic design, art & photo curation, commercial direction and event production. Her resume includes positions as Vice President of Creative, Art Director and Designer at: Quixote Studios, Smashbox Studios, MCA Records & Def Jam Records.

Dee was the driving force behind Smashbox Studios' FACE OFF and Assistant Show competitions from 2005-2013. Dee has been a regular curator for those shows as well as for MOPLA (Month of Photography, Los Angeles). She holds a BFA from Art Center College of Design. 

While editing this show, Dee's goal was to select traffic stopping imagery that would keep daily commuters interested in having a second, third and fourth look. 


Special Thanks:

To all the amazing artists that submitted their work.  

Contributors: Debi Akin, Tad Akin, Lauri Burrier, Max Kerscher-Santelli, Jeremy Rall, Lana Rosen, Kristen Tolle-Billings, Eden Tyler.



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