Shines In Hoboken
For Palisades Park resident Andrew Andres (@dru_chainzzz), art is more than a hobby. It’s an agent for change, a way to cultivate positivity in a time when it’s sorely needed. “My art aims to be a catalyst for perspective, personal development and self-reflection,” he says, “to challenge people to seek the gold in their lives.”
Andrew’s latest show, The Art of Gold, brightened up an overcast Saturday afternoon in autumn at the nearly year-old Greyscale Studios (@grayscale.studios) in Hoboken on Jackson Street was buzzing with activity. Andres collaborated with Paulo Salud (@paulosalud), Grayscale Studios owner and photographer, and North Bergen native, BRBN (@iambrbn), to organize a charity event to benefit victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, featuring his own art for his It’s All Gold Project and original music from Puerto Rican Artist, BRBN, alongside several other talented R&B and hip-hop artists.
To raise funds for Puerto Rico, the event featured food from Sal’s Pizzeria, La Isla, and Red, White, and Pasta and an open bar from Ding’s Auto Repair Center. BRBN, DJ Rob Cast (@djrobcast),Ray Bentley (@raybentleynj), Jen Denali (@jenniferdenali), J DENS (@j_dens), Pearl Gates (@itspearlgates), Jay Watts (@imjaywatts), Ramee (@rameeyac), Justin Love (@officialjustinlove), and Av Da Vinci (@avdavinci) all performed with Suaso (@_suaso_) emceeing. Interviewer Raphael Pacheco (@rpacheco_24) alongside videographer Eslam Negm (@enneggg) reported on the event.
The Art of Gold show at Grayscale Studios featured three series: “The 24-hour Diet”; “Heart of Gold”; “Abstract Gold”. All of Andres’ mixed-media work utilizes the unique mediums of wax and resin. His staple aesthetic of a gold wax drip encased in resin creates a beautiful, intriguing effect of depth, texture, and gloss. The “Abstract Gold” series features large canvases layering emphatic streaks of color. Andres says, “each individual streak represents part of you – but seeing all of it together on one canvas reminds us to zoom out and accept every part of ourselves.”