Ponder: In Sober SIlence & Solitude If We Dare
An Art Opening for Ponder aka Paws21
Come show love to our newest Artist in Residence, Ponder on March 25th as we open a collection of his works at Grassroots.
We have been blessed with another great mural as a part of our Grassroots Community Murals program, and are looking forward to sharing his collection.
To sum up his style, his previous collection has been more on the commercial end of the spectrum, but as this artist journeys into his own thought and creative process’, we get to see both styles come through the canvas, whether that be wood, brick or clothing.
March 25th 4-9pm
Grassroots Community Space
54 Coles St. Jersey City
Contact Chelo Mercado or Daniel Scala for more information
I was born Abdulalim Gonsalves but I am better known in the art world as Paws21 or simply just ‘Paws’. Im of puerto rican and Cape Verde descent and was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. My birth name is a Muslim name meaning Servant of the all wise and was given to me by my father after his conversion to Islam at 18. As for art then it played a very significant roll through out my entire life. As a child I would move alot between New Jersey, California and Cleveland and found comfort in it. It’s where I would ponder much of what i was experiencing and that would translate itself into dark and gothic style art. As a young teen, after moving back to New Jersey from Cleveland Ohio i was introduced to the world of graffiti. It was on 8th ave in paterson New Jersey where I acquired the name Paws. The number 21 comes from 21st avenue in Paterson N.J where many of the graff writers at that time would frequent. At 18 I became a father and moved my new family back to Cleveland Ohio with my mother (after losing my job) so that I could go to trade school.. Shortly after enrolling into school I broke my arm and was told that I would not be able to finish the school year and would have to return the following year. After a few weeks out of school I became so desperate to draw that I removed my cast weeks early in order to sketch. I took those sketches to a local airbrush shop (Graphix Point), told them my story and the owner (Shafeer) offered to train me and for that I am every grateful.
Lifes circumstances shaped and molded my styles. It was my history of dark gothic art as a child and graffiti as a teen that gave birth to my hybrid style of airbrushing as a young adult. This style found a comfortable home in the motorcycle world where i was often commissioned to release my thoughts in the form of art on people’s bikes. But my deepest and most intimate thoughts are rendered under the name ‘Ponder’. My works under the name ‘Ponder’ are very sacred to me. Unlike the custom and commercial world where i buld the name Paws21, Ponder is the pure uncensored unfiltered heart and mind of Paws. As of 3/1/17 When it’s signed ‘Paws21’ its custom or commercial. When it’s signed ‘Ponder?’ it’s personal…very personal.
Current Artist in Residence: Serringe … We will be sharing Serringe’s work up until the show, as we still have a few pieces of his left for sale as well. Thans again for the amazing collection and murals you have done for us 🙂