Graffiti-inspired art on display

SARANAC LAKE – It isn’t too late to see BluSeed Studios artist in residence Bryan Osborn’s show, “Finding My Name.”

The opening reception for the exhibit was Friday, Feb. 28, but it will be up through April 5. Also in display is work by artists Alex Giroux from Saranac Lake and Ben Erb from Plattsburgh. Osborn and Erb also collaborated to create a spray-paint mural on the back wall of the gallery space.

The artwork is a mix of colorful imagery that envelops the eclectic influence of graffiti, experimental and counter-culture art.

“A lot of the work is just experimental,” Osborn said. “I definitely dabble in graffiti and hip-hop music, but one thing I try to remind people is that graffiti and street art is not just a hip-hop thing anymore. It’s definitely available to anyone: your hipsters, your punk kids and things like that.”

The Plattsburgh native said the graffiti on the trains that regularly cruise through his hometown caught his eye when he was 15. Ever since then he’s found inspiration on city walls and bridges in places like Montreal.

Osborn doesn’t stick to the painting on the walls, though. His work strays from mainstream graffiti art and includes stenciling of public figures like Scarlett Johansson and President Barack Obama, and an experimental kind of process that can utilize spray paint mixed with acrylic, lacquer and clear-coat-type mediums.

“It’s more about the symbolism that’s in it to me,” Osborn said. “For me there’s quick symbolism that you walk by every day, around the corner where your car is parked. Those things have always hit home for me. That’s what I was trying to do, to depict things that remind me things, like when I lived in Brooklyn from 2005 to 2008.”

That symbolism brings a lot of emotion to Osborn’s work. Besides drawing on tangible memory triggers, he also pulls inspiration from life.

“My main thing was trying to do something that I like seeing, but in a way that expressed what had happened or occurred,” Osborn said. “Most don’t think of graffiti art as emotional, but it can be.”

Osborn said he doesn’t like to dwell on some of the more negative life events that inspired his work, and added that that’s a good thing. Making art has helped him realize that.

“I’m just really flattered that can be irrelevant at this point, because it really doesn’t have anything to do with who I am now,” Osborn. “I always kind of thought it did, but now I don’t need to bring it up anymore.”

BluSeed gallery hours are from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, or by appointment.

BluSeed Studios offers artists in residence the opportunity to experience an alternative work space in order to procure their aesthetic and move their ideas forward. For more information on the program, contact BluSeed Studios at, email or call 518-891-3799.

Contact Shaun Kittle at 518-891-2600 ext. 25 or