Mandalas are geometric patterns, used in various religious and spiritual traditions, are thought to hold secrets to universal cosmic truths. A group of urban artists will strive to channel these universal truths by creating their own version of the mandala. Thumbprint Gallery will be hosting the upcoming art show “Starry Night: A Group Art Show Featuring Mandala Art” at BASIC on November 27. There will also be a Pop-Up Boutique and Fashion Show presented by VIXEN productions.

Exist1981 is a local underground artist, who started his education on the streets. His work is accessible and no matter the medium, the result is always a stunning, one of a kind work. Exist1981 incorporates complex layers, line-work and stenciling in his work. When asked about his current style, Exist1981 explains that “As I learn and change, my art evolves. The art I will create in the future will reflect my life experiences, musical influences and point of view for that place and time.” This constant change and variation creates a stimulating collection of artworks. He will also be featured in an upcoming solo show at Thumbprint Gallery starting on December 8.

Isaias Crow is an artist in San Diego that also has experience painting on the streets, as well as showing artwork in various galleries. After being introduced to graffiti, Crow obtained a BA in Media Arts and Animation from the Art Institute of San Diego. He is constantly drawing inspiration from people and their daily life. Crow specializes in public art and has created a multitude of eye-catching murals in the San Diego area. Crow’s artwork is filled with brilliant colors and shapes that attract the eye any passerby.

Along with the art exhibition, VIXEN Productions will entertain onlookers with a runway fashion show and pop-up boutique featuring local designers. VIXEN is known for organizing a variety of fashion, music and art events that capture the local unique artistic culture. They feature one-of-a-kind fashion vendors and a professionally produced fashion shows in various venues in the San Diego area.

Some of the other artists exhibiting include Ugo, Eric Wixon, Alli Bautista, Sophinie, Mr Benja, David Reyes, Hillary Young, Brian Dombrowsky, Autumn Rashak, Konstant Be, Annamarie Flores, and Sikstar. There will also be spirited live painting by True Delorenzo, David Goff and Sharif I. Carter. Live local DJs will provide the soundtrack for the evening. The opening starts at 7pm and runs until 12am on Tuesday November 27. Bar Basic is located at 410 Tenth Avenue in downtown, San Diego. There is no dress code and no cover. However, you must be at least 21 years old to attend.

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