Remembering Artist Dash Snow
This is the third episode of ‘The Artist Series With Gavin McInnes’ presented by the New York Art Department and Rooster/NY. In it, Gavin kicks off a three-part interview with Kathy Grayson, artist and founder of The Hole, a gallery in NYC focusing on contemporary avant-garde artists.
They talk about their mutual friend, the late artist Dash Snow who died of a heroin overdose in 2009. I had just started reading about Dash in 2008 or 2009. I loved his pieces. I had read that he came from a rich family and had runaway to live on the streets, do drugs, and take pictures of it all with his Polaroid camera. I don’t know how much of that was true, but I loved his work. They were raw and scrappy. He’d capture little moments of a dirty life. There was definitely a real darkness, but there were actually bits of lightness too. He seemed like he was having fun, enjoying himself—almost playful even. He’d make collages, and tear or mark up his photos. I think some were even stained with his semen.
I’m not sure why I was surprised by his death, but I was. I just read about it one day in the paper. He was done before I even got to really see much of his work. I never saw wnything in person. Just stuff online. Anyway, check out the video. Part two will be posted soon.
A quick interview with Dash from 2009 is after the jump.
“Maybe one day.”