Deep in the heart of East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, far from the bright lights of Manhattan, lies Tornado Things. Bred in the idea that art can be a support system for creatives, Tornado Things prides itself on being a platform for artists to break ground and challenge the norm. Nestled between the remnants of industry and warehouses alike, Tornado Things is a glimpse into the underground art scene of Brooklyn. Founded by Victoria Hurst, the Art Gallery and Boutique captures the essence of the local scene without beholding itself to any specific set of rules.
The painters on display share a commonality in their New York roots, as well as their surrealist style. The first artist and gallery founder, Victoria Hurst, wanted to create a space with an emphasis on supporting art culture as a collective. From her photographers, to the DJ’s that played her gallery, to the person writing this very article, Victoria Hurst believes in promoting the artists around her. This mindset is reflected in layout of her gallery, which offers her own clothing line to be sold right out of the boutique, as well as a space to watch her create her paintings live.
Victoria Hurst’s style consists of large-scale, surreal oil paintings. Victoria also focuses on storytelling through her work, attempting to build layers of depth in the paint and wax itself, using an impasto technique to draw the viewer in. She uses a bright color pallet to build intensity and create shocking ambiguity within her subjects and their environments. Her work interweaves themes of identity, memory and time and questions the everyday norm of society. Victoria’s art finds a way to straddle reality and dream state. She provides a window to her conscious and subconscious world; allowing her audience an opportunity to relate on a personal level. These three specific pieces tell their own specific story from events that occurred to Victoria in 2018, leaving her emotions behind in the oil and wax build up.
I plan to create a space that allows the viewer to step into my surreal world and be confronted by unusual subject matters and interesting characters that hold deeper meanings and connections to whats occurring around us everyday. I plan to have a room that is interactive and allows viewers to take part in the entire process from beginning to end. I plan on having paintings and installations throughout the space with live models and live painting to create a mystical unpredictable experience for anyone who attends tornadothings room. I have worked on music/fashion and art installations that focus on human interaction . I run similar events at my gallery in Brooklyn, ny.