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February 27, 2014

BluSeed goes street

'Finding My Name' opens Friday in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — In the BluSeed Studio exhibition “Finding My Name,” artist Bryan Osborn segues back to art after a long hiatus.

The exhibition features his off-the-street-and-into-the-gallery works as well as those of friends Ben Erb of Plattsburgh and Alex Giroux of Saranac Lake.

“None of them are tags or graffiti work, although we have a mural in the show we’re trying to finish up,” Osborn said.

He is the artist in residence at BluSeed, and the artist reception and opening is 5 p.m. Friday.

PATH TOWARD MUSIC

A 2002 graduate of Plattsburgh High School, Osborn studied audio production and photography at SUNY Plattsburgh (Don Osborn, sculptor professor emeritus, is his father) briefly before he was pulled into a musical direction and worked on the hip-hop scene for a decade.

“I was younger at the time,” he said. “It was easier. I worked plenty of real jobs, as well.

“My whole thing is, I left that situation. I went to New York City in 2005. After that time period, I went to school, the Institute of Audio Research.”

Osborn received a degree in audio engineering in 2006. He worked two years for Treehouse Studios in Long Island before relocating to Kansas to produce, engineer and mix records for various artists.

MONTREAL GRAFFITI ART

His interest in graffiti arose from frequent forays to Montreal.

“Up there, it’s pretty influential, not really any territory graffiti going on,” Osborn said. “The crews are competitive. Writers up there were C-lock, Sake, Castro — not that I knew any of these guys. I used to hang out at a shop out there and get the low down on what they were doing.

“If you were looking for that kind of thing, the HYH Crew, Hold Your Head Crew. That’s early influences for sure.

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