Darius X Studio Holiday Pop-Up Shop Dec. 10 & 11 10am-7pm

Give the Gift of Fine Art

Hello everyone!
I'm excited to host the first ever pop-up shop at Darius X Studio.  I'll be featuring some fantastic artists with a wide array of mediums along with my own artworks.  I will have for sale most of the framed pieces from my exhibit A Boy Named Soo as well as several Artist Proofs and some Art Prints.  

Dec. 10th and 11th, 10am-7pm
@ Darius X Studio
3320 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(accessible via the Beacon Hill Light Rail station, buses #36, and #107)

In addition to supporting your favorite artists, there will be a bake sale to fundraise for a dear friend and her children navigating domestic violence. Please bring cash to support the bake sale!
For more information, or to donate directly, check out: Together We Form A Strong Circle.

Darius X

- Studio is ground level. However, space is tight.
- Studio is not fragrance free - hosted out of a commercial letterpress shop.

Come out to support local artists!  It will be fun.

Drying Threads by Carina del Rosario  cadelrosario.com

Drying Threads by Carina del Rosario cadelrosario.com

P*SSY.clamorous by Shamika Rivera  shamikalovesink.com

P*SSY.clamorous by Shamika Rivera shamikalovesink.com

Oil Painting by Suzanne Poag  suzannepoag.com

Oil Painting by Suzanne Poag suzannepoag.com

Resin art by James Lawrence Ardeña  jamesardena.com

Resin art by James Lawrence Ardeña jamesardena.com

Linoleum Block Prints by James Keum  Half of all sales by James Keum will go towards  Together We Form A Strong Circle

Linoleum Block Prints by James Keum Half of all sales by James Keum will go towards Together We Form A Strong Circle

Starting Something New: Studio Opening Sat. July 30, 10-10pm

Darius X Studio Open Tour
Saturday July 30 10am-10pm
3320 Beacon Ave S, Seattle WA 98144

I am very excited to announce that I have a storefront studio in Beacon Hill.  This could have only happened with the help from my friend Maura Shapley of Day Moon Press, who is kindly leasing 200 sq. ft for my new project.  And when I say project, I really mean side project.  As I continue to work full time, I will have very sporadic and non-regular hours at Darius X Studio.  This coming Saturday will be a special event.  If you are not able to come to the opening and would like a studio tour, please contact me and we can make arrangements. Moving forward I plan to spend most Wed and Thurs working in the studio.

Hope to see you then!

Accessibility Info: The front door is ground level and wheelchair accessible. This is not a scent-free space as there are oil based toxic chemicals used in the letterpress shop. I don't nor do the occupants of the building wear scented perfumes. There's lead type everywhere, so if you end up touching lead (but please don't) then definitely don't stick your fingers in your mouth. It ain't finger-licking good.

A Boy Named Soo opens 1st Thursday, February 4, 6:00-8:00

A Boy Named Soo
February 4 – 25, 2016
Gallery 4Culture
101 Prefontaine Pl S
Seattle, WA 98104

In A Boy Named Soo, Darius X shares his personal story as a transgender Korean adoptee raised in the Pacific Northwest.  This collection includes work from 2004 to the present.

Driven by a yearning to find his place within the Asian American and Queer communities, Darius uses the bold and direct medium of linoleum block printing to explore complex themes: how intersections of identities shape our cultural notions of race, gender and family. Using the multi-step process of carving and printing by hand, he constructs his own mythology about who he is, where he came from, and where he belongs.

“The intention that I set for each work is to allow the image to take on a life of it’s own. The overall idea can come to me pretty quickly. The sketch often starts with an old family photo and then sometimes I’ll digitally modify the components. This is when I feel the most in control of the piece. Arranging and rearranging the composition gives me a grounding place to start. The transformation happens when I am tracing the image to the block, meticulously carving it, applying the ink and finally imprinting the paper on to the block. I use the inking brayer like a paintbrush. Inking the block with big swooping motions or with delicate touches allows me a direct connection to the image before the ink touches the pristine paper. I use a Japanese style baren to give the variable strokes and then I'll finish with a clean brayer to apply a vigorous amount of pressure. The tactile act of applying pressure with hand held tools facilitates a physical and meditative release.”

A Boy Named Soo showcases Darius’ progression from simple self portraits to more intricate use of repetitive images, expanded color palettes and enhanced scale. K77-1383’s muted backdrop establishes a melancholy tone while The Fleet, part of a suite of vibrantly colored large scale prints evokes the colors of a Korean hanbok, a traditional ceremonial dress. The four color multi-block print, Self-Made Man, is a tongue in cheek yet intimate look into the artist’s weekly ritual.