Writing His Future

Vulcan, the erstwhile king of spray can art, wants to leave the streets behind without losing his soul

"Not to sound pretentious," says Doffing, unrolling a hot-pink, digital-lettered, unmounted canvas that Vulcan painted in the '80s, "but I think this will be hanging in a museum in my lifetime."

Vulcan isn't sure what kind of offers will come next, though he feels he could probably gain sustained financial success — maybe even move into his own place — if he could negotiate a major gallery show in Los Angeles. People like Keats and the Luggage Store's Smith say this goal is within reach, perhaps after a few more local shows.

For now, he's just trying to come to grips with the past few months as he begins to plan the near future. "I'd like to be able to create work, however that happens. If it's museums, it's museums; if it's a gallery, it's a gallery," Vulcan says. "I'm not sure where I'm going with this or what's going to happen or how it's going to happen. I'm thinking it's not going to be something I'm expecting. Because I didn't expect any of this."

The sun/fan image is a prominent motif in Vulcan's recent work.
Gabriela Hasbun
The sun/fan image is a prominent motif in Vulcan's recent work.
Vulcan often works on many paintings simultaneously, keeping them around his studio.
Gabriela Hasbun
Vulcan often works on many paintings simultaneously, keeping them around his studio.

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