Street Artists, Thomas Guttuso (Spoon) and Ahmad Johnson Jr. (Wasabi) collaborate their known talents in works to their first exhibition showing, TIME CAPSULE. This showcase of their present works collides with Spoon & Wasabi’s signature art styles to create a realm of nostalgic diversion through their concept of wasabi characters and shape embodiments. This collaborative twist between emerging artists Spoon & Wasabi represents themselves as an intent force symbolizing freedom and resilience within the generational stress of the current world. The childlike play of our fondest memories is brought to life through this concept of time and invites the viewer to enjoy and reflect on the collective psyche.
Spoon & Wasabi naturally narrates a rework of 70s punk culture through a contemporary outlook on our favorite animated Disney and Cartoon Network characters through various uses of paint on canvas and wearable art. As they unite their unique street styles, it opens a new perspective on surreal abstractedness through these inspired animated shapes & characters.
Thomas Guttuso’s (Spoon) imaginative brilliance has been prominent throughout his years of creation, as he has a niche for experimenting within various paths of innovation. Spoon specifically caught the public eye in 2021 when he collaborated with notable artist DNTWATCHTV at the L.A.A.M.S gallery in Manhattan, where he displayed four handmade tufted rugs. Months later, he is found again in New York City showcasing his rugs and canvases in collaboration with high street wear brand – KSUBI. Spoon continues his graffiti designs throughout Buffalo, showcasing his freedom in movement by mastering several forms of visual mediums. In 2021 he showcased life-size sculptures at the local storeroom MetaGama, where he portrayed two distinct fictional characters. These punk symbols were designed into 3D novelties and hand-printed t-shirts as a collective showing. As Metagama soon changed its location, they took Spoons craft with them, inviting him to create a mural piece within the new storefront. The opportunity to commission mural art didn’t stop there, as the Springville Center Arts Center included him in creating the gigantic mural piece showcased at their annual Art Crawl. You can find Spoon’s signature styles through his hand tuft rugs, paintings, and street art!
The collision between these two contemporary artists invites new ideas of aptitude – all while expressing the youth pulling inspiration from the nostalgic grunge of the 70s.