Y.Y.O.A. Young Yacht
Owners of America
Group Show featuring J. Nub, Black Krayon, Anibal Padrino, and Juan Doe
Curator Lynn del Sol

Run dates: March 1st- April 1st, 2005
Opening Reception:
Location: Union237
Directions: 237 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Creative Thriftshop and Philadelphia’s Union237 Gallery are delighted to present the first group show from the “Young Yacht Owners of America”. Y.Y.O.A is an experimental statement examining utopian fantasies and contemporary myth making.

They call themselves freedom-fighting artists who believe in “Yachtism”. Yachtism is described as a new political and social consciousness that uses the yacht as a vessel to transcend above the troubles of the world that in their view, is under assault by the present regime. In adjusting to a global environment replete with scandalous politics, poisoned apple pie, and sadness seeping through the pores of our everyday cosmos, the members of the Y.Y.O.A have begun a vóyage that extends past the flatness of the earths’ horizon of ignorant anchors. They are modern day Marco Polos; explorers of paint and desire, satirical sailors of the RGB spectrum. However, all are captains of their own ships.

Upon entering the gallery space the viewer will be met with an overwhelming seven foot long collaborative painting entitled, “Young Yacht Owners of America” that is intentionally made to seem as though at any moment it can break apart like a sinking ship and become five individual panels. Also laid about the first floor; a bounty of over a hundred works; traditional paint, digitally manipulated images, melted tin tiles, round canvases, and various discarded objects from the sea all will come together to capture the spirit of travel and freedom and toy with the myth of the upper-class leisure and “gentlemen”. As one finds their way to the lower level they will be submerged into the deep sea of paint, as all the walls will be covered by an installation mural, an underwater refugee void of any description.

This exhibition, larger than any one previously attempted by this group, will lay bare an uncompromising honestly for a new generation of sophisticated pirates and robin hoods everywhere.


about the artist: Upendo Tha Black Krayon has been blessed with the gift of creation, through the facets of art and design. Taking root in the graffiti art culture, Upendo transitioned his drawing skills and love of the household aisles at the supermarket into graphic design. Building a design foundation in the skateboarding industry, alongside his fine art exhibitions he has sustained himself by working in the commercial fashion industries.

about the artist: Graffiti Writer/ designer Ron Jnub, A.K.A. “The Nature Boy;” without effort combines his strong sense of self with basic elements of good design. His appeal is a result of well balanced; raw visuals, natural street sense, personal style and talent. Through his art he makes those who think they are in the know stop and question themselves.

about the artist:
Juan Doe an artist that strains the boundary between painting, propaganda, polemics, and philosophical discourse in art. He encapsulated a new age aesthetic through his command of the graphic process but with the masterful execution of a painter. His images are non-negotiable, they cannot be interpreted or postponed; they exist now, for the oxygen of the viewers eyes.

  Upendo, Tha Black Krayon, Roach Master, Anibal Padrino, Juan Doe, Ron Jnub, Young Yacht Owners of America, 2005, oil and enamel on board, 84x60in
Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop

Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop

Installation View: Y.Y.O.A. Young Young Yacht Owners of America, Union Gallery, Philiadephia 2005. Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop Installation View: Y.Y.O.A. Young Young Yacht Owners of America, Union Gallery, Philiadephia 2005. Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop Installation View: Y.Y.O.A. Young Young Yacht Owners of America, Union Gallery, Philiadephia 2005. Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop  
about the artist: Anibal Padrino Born in the Bronx, New York, in the early 1970s, Currently lives and works in Long Island City, at the now famous Crane Studios. After completing a half semester of academic art education at the School of Visual Arts he was voted “Most Valuable Painter,” May 10, 1991. He graduated with honorary masters degree in ironic bachelor of fine arts and entertainment, 1999.

about the curator: Lynn del Sol Born and raised in New York, Lynn del Sol currently lives and works in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In late 2003 she left the commercial art world and set to create a vehicle for expletory artists to exhibit their works to the public by founding {CTS} creative thriftshop, a young art company that represents international emerging and under-represented artists.

about the gallery: A large gallery, Union 237 strives to mix the familiar with the unfamiliar. Exhibiting a diverse collection of innovative modern, fine and urban art, the gallery provides a venue for budding as well as accomplished artists. It is one of the newest, hippest, and most refreshing art galleries in Old City Philadelphia that incorporates creative visual productions with a similar flavor of music to compliment the artwork.