Deuce 7

Street artist Deuce 7—who declines to give his real name—came to New York for the first time in January, arriving with a backpack of spray cans he’d stolen from a Minnesota Home Depot. After three-and-a-half weeks’ work, the lanky 21-year-old went home a star, his work displayed in a SoHo gallery and selling for over $2,000. In “Pneumonia, Isolation, and Disorder” (through Aug. 2), his first show on the West Coast, you can see why. Deuce’s paintings sometimes look like Hindu gods, giant insects, or charmed snakes, often with Asian or Native American influences. “Some people say they see mosquitoes, or cats,” he told me recently, with his jeans, Converse sneakers, and backpack all flecked with paint. “My stuff needs to be all over New York, everyplace. Like on this street. Over there, underneath that scaffolding and shit.” In the three or four years he’s been painting the streets, Deuce has never been caught: “I’ve been arrested for other stuff, when I was younger, but not painting.” To travel between shows and new cities to paint, he explains, “I’ll be hopping trains around Minnesota as soon as I go back. I go overnight with a bag of paint and come home the next day. Paint a bunch of trains and come back.” BLVD Gallery, 2316 Second Ave., 448-8767, Free. 1–7 p.m. CAMILLE DODERO

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1 p.m. Starts: July 25. Continues through Aug. 2, 2008