Respect Your Universe collaborates with world renowned artists
(VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA), OCTOBER 30, 2017 – RYU Apparel Inc. (TSX VENTURE: RYU.V; Frankfurt Stock Exchange: RYA) creators of urban athletic apparel, are pleased to present world-renowned artists, Jason Dussault and Raphael Mazzucco, in a collaborative effort titled, “No Home”. This blend of photography, paint, and mosaic tile work, embellished with a descriptive narrative crafted by celebrated poet, Prevail of Swollen Members, ushers in a powerful pictorial of a dystopian future. The thematic tone of the show reveals humanities deepest fears, and yet at the same time, highlights our collective strength and determination to survive.
“No Home” will be held on November 23 at the Chali Rosso Art Gallery at 549 Howe Street in Vancouver.
As a creative extension of Jason’s unique applications and garment work, a one of a kind collection between himself and RYU will debut one week later, November 28, at the company’s marquee downtown destination, located on Thurlow Street in Vancouver. These dynamic pieces are geared and designed to excite, elevating the wearer through a distinctive process focused on challenging classic concepts.
“When I was conceptualizing the message for ‘No Home’, I came to realize that it would be best presented alongside strong writing in the form of a short story” says Jason Dussault. “I turned to my longtime friend and partner, Prevail, to scribe some words to help guide the direction of the show. As a person of compassion and an artist of honesty, I am constantly challenged with the current state of affairs that we, as the human race, are faced with. When I came to Prevail for his help on ‘No Home’, I explained my concept and he instantly saw my greater vision. We have been working together on projects since the early 2000's. We have collaborated on everything from design, with my original custom clothing company Dussault, to my first gallery showing at the Hoerle Guggenheim in New York, where I was honored to be debuted alongside the legendary Retna.”
“Last year I was blessed to also have my works displayed in London at the Maddox Gallery, one of Mayfair’s premiere destinations for collectors around the globe. I was truly inspired when my mosaic and multimedia pieces were well received, and I was able to sell the entire collection to influencers from around the art world. As an artist I am constantly trying to challenge my understanding of different disciplines. For the first time, I have created jewelry, tools and costumes which have added to the profound medium of photography to my work. By including resin, ceramic and paint to my original images, I feel that I have broken new ground, and thus, have forged a new respect to the applications of art.”
About Jason Dussault
Represented by Hoerle-Guggenheim Contemporary Art Gallery in NYC and Maddox Gallery in Mayfair, London. Recent FC Barcelona commission to create a mosaic artwork of their coat of arms, where it was presented at the Rainbow Room in NYC and hand signed by all the soccer players. This was then put up for a Charity auction.
Last Solo show in NYC was a sellout, hosted by the late Glenn O’Brian editor of interview Mag and Warhol factory member.
Invited to do an Artist in residency for one month during the summer, at Ruschmeyer’s Hotel in Montauk, Long Island, NY. Jason worked at creating a series of vintage mosaic surfboards. Each work was created outdoors where hotel guests could interact with the artist and learn about the process. Each work was proudly presented at the end of the week.
Other achievements include:
- Invited to host an artist workshop and talk at the Soho House NYC.
- Rogers production of Reality TV show Dussault Inc
- Created the Iconic Dussault Hoodies
- Gene Simmons partnership
- Indy Car collaboration
As co-founder of Canadian rap group Swollen Members, Prevail has received 5 Juno awards, numerous Much Music Awards, and has sold nearly a million records worldwide over a career spanning two decades. Most recently, his wordsmithing has afforded him rare opportunities in the form of being a Ted X Vancouver presenter, an ambassador for the charitable organization Music Heals and creative speaking engagements with Finger Food Studios, and many others.
About Raphael Mazzucco
As a Canadian born fashion, art, and music photographer, Raphael has achieved an artist’s dream. He is inarguably one of the most important and influential photographers of our time. Having been featured in campaigns for Calvin Klein, Sports Illustrated, Victoria’s Secret, and Guess, his work is profound. A cameo on the famous show Entourage, also saw Raphael playing himself, conducting a portrait shot of the lead character for a book produced by Sean Puffy Combs and the legendary Jimmy Iovine. His works can be seen the world over and the clientele who have privately commissioned him for pieces are the crème de la crème of the collectors’ art world.