Ilegal Mezcal aims to create a genuine, unique approach to their exhibitions by establishing a sense of community through the shared personal experience of art. This environment provides a platform for the art to speak for itself, and allows the artist to fully benefit from the profits of their work.
Ilegal's West Village home, the historic Perry Street Theatre, showed its last gallery exhibition in Fall 2018. The Ilegal Gallery series will find a new home in Brooklyn in 2019.
American Mandala by Don Patron
The posters and graffiti I chose to recapture and preserve for American Mandala are heavily altered cryptograms. They are the manifestation of the images drastic change from their original state of display due to Weather , Human interaction , and mechanical systems all collaborating within the art that is chosen for exhibition.
The Depth capacity of these displayed illusory forms are a reflection of society’s archetype and psyche. These images express the corresponding rhythm of structure, the commonality of mankind, and that which has the resilience to endure from that which fades in energy and passes.
The sacred still exists in the choreography of our city, upon its ever changing hieroglyphic surfaces, life in urban settings survives in the consistent movement of energy resurfacing as mandalas that will and will not be, a testament to our own shifting impermanence.
About The Artist
Patron is a self-taught art history enthusiast, focusing his studies at at very early age using a book given to him by his grandfather to understand and imitate each of the different art genres through the ages. Patron has translated his gifts to multiple areas of art, including fashion, photography, events and painting.
“Art should have an obligation to Humanity"
As a painter and artist, Patron’s mission is to bring more truths about the world that we live in to the community in a beautiful way. Patron has focused his humanitarian art efforts on wounded soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan, children living and dying with cancer and the struggles and beauty in the life of Washington DC’s homeless community.