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Cutting up good art

Hurley hosts a gigantic mural work from artist Dalek, which was divided up and sold.

August 05, 2010|By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com
  • Bob Hurley, far right, chats with pro surfers Yadin Nicole and Adrian Buchan during Dalek's Chaos on the Edge of Reason show at SPACE gallery.
Bob Hurley, far right, chats with pro surfers Yadin Nicole… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

COSTA MESA — James Marshall, known better as the artist "Dalek," unveiled his 8-foot-tall, 37-foot-long continuous mural to the public Wednesday night at Hurley's )( Space gallery.

Hundreds of people stopped by the room, staring at the piece, which spanned two walls.

Buyers, who could purchase a slice of the painting by the square foot, used a Plexiglas square to decide which part would be their future painting. The audience stared as men in white Hurley lab coats had the difficult task of cutting out pieces of the mural.

Fans came from Orange County and beyond to see Dalek's newest endeavor.

David Wright, 28, of Seal Beach, heard about the show through art blogs and was excited about the purchase of a 4-foot-by-4-foot section of the mural.

"Blues, reds, greens, yellows … it has everything I need," said Wright. "It has the ray at the top, color spectrum and the black door to infinity on the left."

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Wright, who has a background in printmaking, appreciated Dalek's mural in a special way.

"When you lay down a nice clean line and peel it clean, there is an element of hard work and craftsmanship that isn't around anymore," he said.

Josh Knight, a Long Beach resident, is an artist known for installation work. He found himself reveling at the floor-to-ceiling piece.

"I get tons of inspiration," he said.

Fascinated by the artist's idea to chop the painting up, Knight wondered what they would do with the extra pieces. Knight couldn't have been happier about his cutout.

"Nothing encompassed what I consider a Dalek painting to be more than that piece right there," he said.

Knight was the fourth person to cut out a piece of the mural, behind Bob Hurley, founder of Costa Mesa-based Hurley, a Hurley employee and Sean Penn.

The Academy Award winner attended the event and was supposed to show up at the cutting and pose for photographers, but reportedly ducked out early and headed home.

Penn had been invited because of his connection to the nonprofit, Waves for Water, which is present at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach (Hurley is a co-sponsor). The "Milk" star managed to pick out a piece of the mural before he left.

The mural was a group effort by Dalek and a team of six at Hurley.

Dalek numbered paint cans and put the corresponding number in the area, making the mural a group endeavor. The drawing took place over four days, and it took another seven to paint.

How did Dalek feel about seeing his mural being cut?

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