1. WORKSPACE WEEK: Chris Kelly on his journey through Tampa, rebuilding his career, living inspired, and Workspace’s first anniversary

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    All photos by Keith Burnson

    We’ve spent a few days this week profiling some of the awesome faces you’ll see at the one-year anniversary for Workspace. At the center of it all will be Chris Kelly, a REAX alum who has come through for the bay area in a big way.

    WORKSPACE WEEK INTERVIEWS
    ANDREW WATSON | JOEL DAVIS 

    SUB AP! RECOMMENDS: BOXED at WORKSPACE 1 YEAR ANNY

    A chat with Kelly will find him heaping loads of praise on everyone else that’s supported, helped, and inspired him along the way. We got him to open up a little about the last year, tell us about all the changes he’s been through, and how it feels to his mark slowly infiltrate some of the things we all love about Tampa.

    Have a read below and see some pictures from tomorrows show which opens at 6 p.m. Workspace is located at 4501 N. Florida Ave in Seminole Heights.

    SubAp! I know you’ve got the Joshua T. Pearson show coming up, but you’re also getting ready for a pretty big BOXED show coming up. How’s it feel to see the response from all the artists and unpack their contributions. How are you going to show it all?

    Yup, we’re pretty pumped to be working with Josh, he’s a great artist and will have a solid show. After his show, the BOXED show is up and that’s our one-year anniversary show. We’ve got 40 different artists contributing to BOXED. Twenty of them are in-state artists and the other 20 are out-of-state artists. We’ve got some heavy hitters in that show and I couldn’t be more happy to bring their art to the Bay area.

    It’s been pretty awesome to work with everyone so far, but not everyone I approached wanted to do the show. It’s a lot to ask someone to make something unique, pack and ship it out, and hope to sell it. We’ll show it all in our small gallery. 40 different pieces sounds like a lot, but each artist received a 13”x13” box we made at Built. I’ve gotten two pieces back so far… It’s unreal opening a package from Ed Templeton to be honest. That’s some childhood hero stuff right there!

    Saw that Trinity did the shirt printing, but is that your design?

    Yeah, we worked with Trinity Graphics out of St. Pete on our latest t-shirts. Scooter over at Trinity is a great guy and he works with me pretty closely. I did the designs for both shirts. We have a USPS knock-off graphic which was used on the packaging for the BOXED show. All of the out-of-state artists received their boxes in a unique screen printed box. The other t-shirt design was based off of a type glyph I found. I believe it was a no piracy icon of sorts.. I made some changes to it and threw it on a shirt!

    Your design is actually in a lot of places around this city, what’s it feel like to see it about whether it’s a logo or past art?

    Well, as a designer and artist I love seeing my work in public spaces. It’s fun for me, but it’s also how I make a living. I got started designing with publications. Through that medium, my work was instantly transformed into this public “thing” that I had never thought about before.

    To see others interact with your work is pretty rad. It’s fun to watch people look at something you’ve done and have a connection with it. Whether it’s a skateboard, beer bottle, or logo, I just like working with good people who are doing good things. When that’s the case, the work comes out good and people tend to enjoy it.

    You left the Skatepark Of Tampa, and forged out on your own a while back. What’s the new independence been like, and what are some of the growing pains you’ve experienced as far as Workspace goes?

    Man, I made a a lot of changes between 2012-2013. I left two different jobs working for some great companies. It’s hard making those decisions. I knew once I was going to try it on my own, it would be a re-build year.

    The same time I left SPoT, my Mom almost died and that put a lot in perspective for me. I guess it just came time to do something and see where it went… It’s been one year now completely solo and I couldn’t be happier. Don’t get me wrong, there’s days where I’m like “Shit, am I going to get more work?” but for the most part, things keeps working out so I’m just rolling with it and trying new things.

    What is your proudest moment in the gallery’s short existence?

    That’s tough one, but I’d have to say just earning the trust from fellow artists. I respect a lot of people I’ve been able to work with, and to gain their mutual respect is about it for me. I just like working with good people and creating some cool experiences. I’ve been able to do that and that makes me pretty proud.

    What went into your decision to open in Seminole Heights, and how do you feel about that choice now?

    Andrew Watson from Built had the space open and was willing to work with me. I knew it would be cool to show art in a small space, inside a super unique environment. At the Built warehouse, you can see a full show in the gallery and then check out what Built is working on. There’s not a lot of places like that, but we offer that and try to make it a good time. I love the entire area from Seminole Heights to Ybor, it all has the same feel for me, but I like living in Seminole Heights… and working here too. This neighborhood is full of great people!

    Photo by Amy Martz

    Lastly, who are some of your favorite artists that we might not know about?

    Thomas Campbell has definitely made a big impression on me. His surf films opened up doors in my mind, I was able to see how you can apply your work to many different mediums and I think he does an amazing job at that. Sadly, he didn’t reply to my invitation to BOXED, ha!

    Tampa’s own Theo Wujcik is a favorite for sure. He was a good man and an amazing artist.

    Carby Tuckwell, a designed/ artist out of Australia constantly blows my mind with his creativity. Caleb Everitt is also up there, he does some amazing design work that I think is super clean…

    I could go on and on…

     

  2. LISTEN: MERCHANDISE RELEASE A NEW SONG, “FIGURED OUT”
    Here’s the artwork for 
    Merchandise's upcoming Record Store Day split LP. Learn more and hear a new song from the Tampa-based outfit by visiting the SITE.

     

  3. GIVEAWAY: TWO TICKETS TO SEE THE CASKET GIRLS HEADLINE GRAVEFACE ROADSHOW ON MARCH 19!
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Go win yo’ ass some tickets. Details at the SITE.

     

  4. LISTEN: DONOR - ACHE THROUGH MY BONES EP

    Because who doesn’t wanna get in the pool with these hunks? Listen here.

     

  5.  INTERVIEW: ERIC TURNER OF HISTORY BIKE TAMPA
    History Bike Tampa turns one tomorrow and celebrates with a tour of Seminole Heights! Read our interview with HBT founder Eric Turner and get details on the ride at the SITE.

    Photos by: Nicole Kibert

     

  6. As if you needed another reason to go see the Best Friends show at Workspace…

    tampaworkspace:

    Yup, @mrcoryrobinson show is the same day as Gasparilla! Good thing @cigarcitybrewing came through with a few cases of their delicious Invasion Pale Ale! These will be cold on the 25th! (at Workspace)

     

  7. SERIOUSLY: Merchandise + 4AD. Limited edition vinyl on the way. Very cool to see talented people getting the recognition they deserve. Watch an edit of the track then get more info on the vinyl, etc. at the SITE.

     
     

  8. SERIOUSLY: Roadkill Ghost Choir, who have just announced a Jan. 17 appearance on Late Show with David Letterman.  Details at the SITE.

     

  9. We’ve professed our crush on Max Norton of Booker & Norton before, but a whole slew of the damn internets apparently has it for the bearded bombshell too.

    beardsftw:

    eekproductions submitted:

    Max Norton lives in New Orleans. He drums for Benjamin Booker.

    [[ Follow BeardsFTW! ]]

    (Source: beardsftw)

     

  10. LISTEN: YOU BLEW IT!S SOPHOMORE LP, KEEP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING
    (Photos by: Nicole Kibert ©)

    We’re currently bouncing around to the new You Blew It! record.  You should join us. Check it out and see more pics from their set at SubAp!’s two-year anniversary party at the SITE.

     

  11. epoxyspace:

    The creators of EPOXY Space presents to you ‘HAPTICS’; an interactive nail art installation inviting the participants to touch, smell and see six nail sets. Artists include; Erin Beyer, Ann Cox, Katie Magruder and Sarah Valdez.

    Do this before our three year anniversary party!

     

  12. That’s a real nice list. Like real nice.  

    saturdayasylum:

    Our Top Ten Releases of 2013:

    Savages - Silence Yourself

    Kurt Vile - Wakin On A Pretty Daze

    Merchandise - Totale Nite

    Permanent Makeup - The Void…It Creeps

    Arcade Fire - Reflektor

    Milk Music - Cruise Your Illusion 

    Iceage - You’re Nothing

    Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold

    Wavves - Afraid Of Heights

    Washed Out - Paracosm

     

  13. LOOK: BLUD DMND AT TURBO TUESDAY 12.10.13
    Photos by Brian Mahar ©

    Look at a few photos from BLUD DMND at Turbo Tuesday at Fubar, then see more at the SITE.

     

  14. LOOK: SET AND SETTING + JENSEN SERF CO. + WOLF-FACE + COSM AT OCTAVE 12.13.13
    Photos by Brian Mahar ©

    Wolf-Face, Jensen Serf Company, and Cosm all played Octave to help set and setting record a new LP. Have a look at more photos from the show at the SITE.

     

  15. LOOK: DANGERUSS AT FUBAR 12.14.13
    Photos by Brian Mahar ©

    Dangeruss recently came through Fubar Downtown, have a look at more of Brian Mahar’s photos at the SITE.