This past Friday, August 28th, the man behind iLTHY took a step back from the streetwear brand to put his personal artwork in the spotlight. The self-proclaimed art machine, Glen Infante, has truly lived up to the hype of that name over the past few years. From having his hands in some of the best paintings, graphic designs, illustrations, products, photographs, and more, Glen has been cranking out enough consistent material to be considered a machine for a while now.
If Glen Infante’s the machine, then the streets and pop culture are the factories he can be found in. He filled every (unsigned) wall inside of Cleveland’s RED Space gallery with new and old paintings. Many of his pieces reimagined our favorite artists, television characters, athletes, and even songs.
Once I made my way to the parking lot, I was greeted by Cleveland’s favorite taco spot, Fired Up. The moment that they opened, a line began to form and people began making their way back outside. Once inside, Glen had his signature snack waiting for his guests while they grabbed drinks and listened to music from DJ EV.
RED Space was the perfect location for the artist to hold his solo show. It allowed attendees to hang in the parking lot and write on walls, something that Glen Infante and his supporters probably know well, with his roots in streetwear.
Seeing all of Glen’s work in one big, well lit location gave me a new appreciation for his work. There are many details in his paintings that can only be admired in person. I overheard many conversations of people talking about his choice of subjects, use of colors, and consistency throughout the night. I guess I wasn’t the only one that got more than what I expected and that says a lot for an artist who is already considered one of the best around.
My favorite piece from the night was Glen’s beloved Kermit the Frog puppet. If you don’t know him, then you’re really missing out. Glen’s Snapchat is one of the most interesting, thanks to Kermit’s annoyingly funny antics.
If you missed this exhibition, you missed out.