Bold Notion is a study in transformation.
Conceived as a series, Bold Notion embraces and embodies the dynamic nature of CORE:—our space, our community, and our culture—and the artists who inspire us. Modern, playful, and inventive, Bold Notion redefines the club experience.
RICHARD COLMAN, ARTIST
San Francisco based artist, Richard Colman is known for blending figurative imagery and bold geometry within his artwork. A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Colman has exhibited his work worldwide, showing in Los Angeles, Denmark, New York, Paris, Japan and Copenhagen. His work explores a variety of mediums from canvas to sculpture, also having spent a considerable amount of his early years in graffiti while he continues to paint murals.
Colman is known for typically using symmetrical compositions to further explore themes of human sexuality, societal hierarchies, life and death. Intricate compositions conceived in vivid color palettes showcase abstracted female figures joined in surreal, geometric arrangements that allow little room for void space. Fluctuating between figuration and abstraction, Colman illustrates dark themes and narratives utilizing bright and vibrant colors.
ROGER GASTMAN, CURATOR
Roger Gastman is a collector, curator, graffiti historian and urban anthropologist. He started writing graffiti as a teenager in Bethesda, Maryland, and later parlayed his love for it into a legitimate career, becoming a trusted mediator between the underground art scenes and mainstream culture. He founded and co-published Swindle magazine as well as many highly sought- after art books. As the founder and creative director of RRE, he has transformed graffiti and street artists into internationally recognized stars.
Gastman has been involved in critically acclaimed documentaries: Infamy, Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop (which earned an Academy Award nomination for best documentary), The Legend of COOL “DISCO” DAN, and the upcoming WALL WRITERS. He co-authored The History of American Graffiti, co-curated the groundbreaking MoCA Los Angeles’ Art in the Streets exhibit, and curated PUMP ME UP: D.C. subculture of the 1980s at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Gastman remains a maverick in brand consulting and works tirelessly to cement art and graffiti into the contemporary landscape.