Jay Bordeaux is an artist from Richmond, VA. Some of Bordeaux signature looks for his projects include having bold neon hues and utilizing different widths of pens, sharpies, paintbrushes, pencils, and other mediums to make line work stand out. He is having an upcoming art show on June 4th at Fresh Richmond on 213 East Broad Street from 6-10 pm. I decided to talk to the man with several murals in Richmond about the Indigo art show and what's going to go down.
Guevara: It's your first art solo show since 2016. How would you say that you prepared differently this go around compared to the last time you prepared a solo art show?
Bordeaux: In 2016, my first show Jade was put together in only 3 weeks. There was an artist who originally had the first Friday spot who dropped out. I had literally just talked to the gallery owner and she gave me the green light if I could put a show together at that time frame. I accepted and brought the Jade series that I was maybe two pieces into at the moment and started to prepare the story and true inspiration behind it. I was younger and it was my first showing. So I hardly knew what I was doing but it all came together. I had help from my friends and my ex-girlfriend and with their help, I was able to put together one of the most amazing art shows.
Guevara: Describe what the people attending can experience looking at the Indigo collection. What influenced this art show?
Bordeaux: Indigo was birthed in 2020. It represents my process of therapy, meditation, and reclaiming the mindset I had always been searching for in the previous years. My life since I had become an artist had been filled with roller coasters of emotions. From reaching highs at my younger age and them being matched with even greater lows and traumas. Grief and trauma engulfed my younger art life and I had become increasingly depressed. I put myself in a personal process of creating and manifesting the mind I wanted, the peace I deserved. Indigo still has hints of my last series, Magenta in the color scheme. That’s because Indigo represents my emergence from the waters that held me. Similar to my heavy inspiration for this series which was Picasso’s Blue Period in his early life. The figures are all-powerful in their poses. Godlike. The color that surrounds them also represents what held us all back for an entire year. Meeting our reflections in the water a year after we have survived a pandemic.
Bordeaux: I have been collaborating with the Uncap and Capsoul Brand for the past two years. We have put events together before and it was just a matter of time before our collaboration had reached a beer collab. Rusty was brought in through Uncap and it’s my first time meeting him and his brand. Rusty's impressive products and the passion he puts into creating them made it an absolute no-brainer for me. I’m so blessed to be able to have people who would even give me the chance to do a show, let alone a collab. So shout out to them and Neil from Fresh.
Guevara: Indigo only has two performers for the event. What made you choose them and how would they reflect the concept of Indigo?
Bordeaux: Skinnyy Hendrixx is family and so is Jay Guevara. The idea came from after the two of them did their collaboration for Skinnyy’s new album, Smooth League Villain dropping May 21st. I had to see their powerful stage presence matched with my art in the background. We really hope everyone can come out next First Friday (June 4th). Tickets are $15. They include the beer tasting and free print. Then everybody can meet us on the street for the performances by Skinnyy and Jay Guevara.
Indigo tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indigo-tickets-153895105403
Written by: Jay Guevara. @justinhisprime on all social media.