Dash Snow once said, “Iâ€™m not a businessman. [But] my business used to be and still is thievery, to some extent. I came across a camera, which I thieved when I was 16 and started taking pictures.” And he certainly took a lot of pictures, but Snow was also a prolific vandal, a model, and a multifaceted contemporary artist. It’s almost impossible to fully encapsulate his capacity for creativity, but below is a sampling of the late artist’s eclectic body of work.
Photo by Dante Ross
Writing SACE with his IRAK graffiti crew, Snow bombed walls and rooftops, most heavily in lower Manhattan where many of his tags and throwups are still seen.
Shooting photos with a camera â€œmade of wood, palm leaves and cocaine,â€ Snow gained wider spread notoriety for his Polaroid photos riddled with sex, drugs, and violence, supposedly his only memory of the night.
In 2006, those provocative Polaroids found their way into the Whitney Biennial, where there were shown alongside his installation â€œEat Shit and Die”: a mirrored record ringed with a line of cocaine and a $1 bill.
Snow continued creating and exhibiting collaged works throughout his career, including â€œFuck the Police,â€ a semen covered collection of Post headlines on NYPD violence.
The artist also continued favoring the Post, smearing patriotic colored glitter and semen on a cover trumping the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
For one of his biggest exhibitions, â€œNest,â€ Snow collaborated with fellow artist and friend Dan Colen to turn Jeffrey Deitchâ€™s gallery into a giant hamster nest, shredding thousands of phone books and splattering the walls to recreate their past drug-fueled hotel room decorating.
Snowâ€™s characteristically explicit images of late were recently gifted to the Brooklyn Museum which planned to show them as part of an exhibition of contemporary works this fall.