Words by Christopher Kevin Au //
It was back in April that he dropped the One Good Shirt Had Us All Fly album as one half of Inner-West rap mainstays Spit Syndicate, with a national tour and festival appearances following soon after. Now, his creative spirit continues to flourish down a different path, with his sophomore art exhibition ‘DOSED’ hitting Goodspace Gallery next Wednesday, December 13.
With his roots in graffiti, much of Mr. Nice’s work has been based in his distinct lettering, as seen in his debut ‘Many Hands’ exhibition last year. In DOSED, he puts a greater emphasis on the exploration of colour and light across a range of mediums, further broadening his artistic horizons. Ahead on the show, we chat to Jimmy about the relationship between music and art, his new works and his ‘Nobody Cares Work Harder’ mantra.
Read it all below, and head down to Goodspace Gallery next Wednesday. Facebook event details here:
Here’s a closer look behind some of the pieces in my upcoming show ‘DOSED’. A series of works across a range of mediums from hand made light boxes to canvas and paper works. The show opens Wednesday 13th of December @good.space 🌹Would love to see you there. ——————————————————————— Video by @billyzammit
‘Many Hands’ was a great exercise in figuring out a happy medium between exactly what I wanted to produce and what I thought people would want to see from me. It’s a similar process to putting together an album, in the way that you need to consider both the narrator and listener. This time around I wanted to widen the net of whom my work may appeal to.
Every album release forces you to streamline your process, figure out what works for you and what doesn’t more efficiently. For Spit Syndicate, honesty and conviction is a big part of what drives our songwriting, so I try to apply the same methods to my art. How can you extract the greatest amount of emotion out of a collection of words, then pair that with a visual.
My roots will always be heavily planted in graffiti, but my inspiration spans far greater than that. I don’t like to do the same thing twice.
In music we organise words and sounds to paint a certain colour or scene. With ‘Dosed’ I’ve tried to flip the process colour and imagery that screams out for words and evoke thought. Each verse has a colour, a distinct set of unique characteristics. And mine would be completely different to yours as a listener or viewer , that’s the magic of it. The DNA of emotion.
I appreciate a dedicated grind. Our whole crew go crazy hard at whatever it is we do, because no one gave us shit, you have to go get it. Too often we’re distracted by things that lack relevance, so sometimes you have to remind yourself that you need to aim higher and play smarter.
My thoughts on this situation is like this: Don’t blame any of your shortfalls on anyone else, people have made it out of far, far more dire circumstances. We got it real good in Sydney regardless.
Time with my beautiful lady.
Better music, better art. Syndicate season!