Designer 'paints' digitally
Kirk Lazenby: Graphic designer, artist, business owner.
He's on the Boone Downtown Art Crawl with "Brik uh Brak," a show presented by his digital creative firm, Escape Artists.
With prints of his original work, the show promises to be a lively introduction into the world of Lazenby.
"It's really just kind of a surreal mix of different kinds of things," he said.
Think color, lots of it - smooth, bright, colorful pop art intertwined with Lazenby'e original cartoons. It's what Boccioni might have painted if he'd grown up in a comic book culture, a raw, modern take on futurism, but it's not actually paint at all.
"My personal passion is art," he said.
But this show is different from much of what people have come to expect from the Art Crawl.
"It's all about prints," Lazenby said. "You won't be able to tell they're prints by looking at them. They're pieces I've created from scratch digitally, but they look like painting."
And he knows digital. After all, his company prides itself of being able to reproduce artists' pieces on canvas. He's been in business about a year, and already the University of Memphis-educated artist is gaining headway in the High Country.
From Memphis to Raleigh to Boone.
"I've always been in love with Boone," he said. "It's been a place where we've always come as a family for vacation."
So he jumped at the chance to make it his home base. And he thinks his company offers the High Country something different: Passion.
"We really think that we're a good mesh of not just technical talent," he said, "but we fancy ourselves as artists. We feel like we bring that to the table in everything we do."
The 15 pieces on display Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. are "pretty out there," Lazenby said, but represent a lifelong passion.
"It is literally just a crazy mix of wild neon vibrant images and fun stuff to look at," he said.
The event happens just in time for the Downtown Boone Art Crawl at the GreenHouse, 164 S. Depot St., in Boone. Beer and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.