Last week for CRUSH Walls, there was an exhibit at PlatteForum at The Temple in RiNo called the "CrushStyle Art Exhibit." The gallery featured the work of different local and national artists who had participated in CRUSH in the past and were working on murals during the 2020 festival. Curator Jeff Russell reached out to So-Gnar’s Pat Milbery while working on the show and soon enough, a long-anticipated screenprint was in the works. Prints would be available at the gallery all week with a percentage of those sold going directly toward the programs at PlatteForum, which connects under-resourced youth with professional artists. Milbery worked with designer Andre Rodriguez and together they created ‘Synchronize.’
The print uses six different colors that make up a heart bordered by geometrics - a design the team at So-Gnar is familiar with. ‘Synchronize’ is much like the other works and murals Milbery has done but something about it stuck with me. I spend time around his art every single day and always I’m fascinated, but I held onto the feeling of ‘Synchronize’ more than anything else. I couldn’t tell you whether it was the novelty of having a piece of Milbery’s work as accessible home décor, the dedication to supporting youth artists or the love for our community the print represents so well. What I can tell you is that I walked out with a print of my own and couldn’t be more grateful for the joy I feel everytime I see it hanging on the wall.
Words by Madi Hand