Anonymity, peculiarity and obscurity aptly describe Nolenz Volenz. Heralded by the press for his creative, postmodern music (West End Angels and The Selfish Saints LP, 2011), Nolenz continues to fly under the radar as a faceless entity; churning out original, hand-drawn pop art collage pieces which live on a variety of surfaces.
From birch wood boxes to Munny dolls (a blank vinyl figure with movable joints manufactured by the American company- Kidrobot and popularized by graffiti artists to display their works), Nolenz blends his unique style using nothing more than India ink (a simple black ink once widely used for writing and printing and now more commonly used for drawing, especially when inking comic books). The pieces in this show are made up of dense rhythmic patterns, that play with positive and negative space. Whimsical and beautiful, this art is equally approachable and mysterious.
The art of Nolenz Volenz was first brought to BLAST’s attention by Chris Milnes, lead singer/founder of NJ hardcore pioneers, Muckypup. Milnes is honored to be serving as guest curator of this show.
“Rare is finding an artist that writes, records, mixes and put out his own complete underground records. More rare is finding that there is also a hidden trove of complex original artwork that goes hand-in-hand with the music. Until now this music and artwork has been a secret kept by Nolenz, and seen by no one. Join me in this discovery.”
lead singer of Muckypup and Guest Curator
The Nolenz Volenz Show will run from July 21 through August 31, 2012.