From its start in a NE Portland backyard just 2 years ago the Vinyl Killers shows have developed into a widely recognized and well-respected name in the global street art scene and beyond. Artists from around the world continue to pick up on painting records and vinyl work is now a staple of many street art exhibitions. During the past year there has been several other vinyl shows held the U.K., Australia, and Denmark. In April the VK collective was invited to do an installation in the lobby at San Francisco's Hotel Des Arts. Klutch, the VK organizer, designed an entire room using his vinyl work and spray painted ornamentation that is a permanent installation at the hotel. As the medium of vinyl painting keeps growing Vinyl Killers has become its annual gathering of the tribes.
For Vinyl Killers 3 there will be two shows. The first show opening on October 27th at The Goodfoot will be an invitational group comprised of friends that Klutch has made during his exploits in street art. For this show all mediums will be accepted with the only criteria being that it is painted on a record. Visitors to the show can expect to see the limits of vinyl painting expanded as illustrators, designers, street artists, graffiti writers, and tattoo artists bring their perspective and talents into the fold.
The second show will held on November 3rd at Zeitgeist Gallery and will be an open call show of stenciled records. One of the great things about the previous shows has been that anyone could participate. All ages, styles, ideologies, and abilities are encouraged and keeping the show accessible, DIY, and sponsor free are important to keeping the shows original intent. In the age of 'rt rock stars' Vinyl Killers remains the sweaty all ages punk show of the scene with all the fun and excitement that entails.
The Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark, Portland, OR
Zeitgeist Gallery, 625 NW Everett, Portland, OR