‘Vesti La Giubba: A Clown is a Man’

The art show by SlaughterDK stunned Union City

SlaughterDK, an up-and-coming North Hudson artist also known as Kevin Diaz, returned to Greenhive Atelier for another solo exhibition. Born in North Bergen, raised in Guttenberg, and now with his own studio space in Union City, Diaz held another art show at Greenhive at 102 45th Street.

The pop-up art show took place on June 17 and 18, entitled “Vesti La Giubba: A Clown is a Man.” The multimedia art display is inspired by the opera entitled “Pagliacci.”

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“’Vesti La Giubba’ is a presentation inspired by ‘Pagliacci,’ an Italian opera that originates the sad-clown paradox,” Diaz said. “Clowns wear a painted face to entertain, and similarly, we as humans have to put on a certain face or ‘costume’ to hide our true emotions for the greater good of the audience.”

The clown theme ties in with SlaughterDK’s persona. And the art show also touches on mental health awareness, an important topic in today’s climate and during LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

‘”This presentation was a mix of new and old work that’s meant to bring awareness to mental health in the LGBTQ+ community. A lot of times, us as gay/queer people grow up hiding from ourselves, angry or resentful that we get treated differently. My art and my clown exemplify the mask most members of the LGBTQ+ community live with in their early life, and the one I wore for 18 years.”

Many of SlaughterDK’s newest abstract pieces were on display, intriguing attendees.

On display was dozens of new pieces. Works of art straight from the mind of SlaughterDK adorned the walls of Greenhive. The artist was present to show off the works, dressed to the nines as killer clown.

Many new works by SlaughterDK hung in Greenhive amid old works, creating a perfect blend for the composition of the show.

SlaughterDK also collaborated with Cielo Mystic Metaphysical and Crystal Shop at 321 48th Street in Union City. Together, they created a signature scent for the show.

The first 25 people to attend the show got free samples of the special fragrance.

Meanwhile, “Pagliacci” played on a project on the wall of the gallery. The screening of the opera the exhibit was inspired by tied a nice ribbon around the art show, brining everything together.

Clowns, particularly sad or killer clowns, are a common motif in SlaughterDK’s work.

 

All art was for sale, and donations at the door were accepted. According to Diaz, a portion of the proceeds from all sales will be donated to The Trevor Project, a foundation geared towards providing mental health resources to the LGBTQ+ community. 

“Ten percent of all sales will be donated to the Trevor Project,” Diaz said.

While all the art was on sale, a number of prints were as well.

Being a member of the LGBTQ+ community himself, Diaz said it was important for him to do something during Pride Month this June. 

“This topic is super important to me during Pride Month, and I think we shouldn’t be afraid to open the dialogue of mental heath with each other,” Diaz said. “Check on your friends. Tell people you love them. And let people live.”

Part of SlaughterDK’s art is being a clown, and a sad and killer clown at that.

For more information on SlaughterDK, go to slaughterdkart.com or his instagram at @slaughterdkart. 

SlaughterDK is happy to have the support of his father, who made an appearance at the June 17 show.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com. 

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