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24:7 Art Exhibition showcased local talent

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After nearly 24 hours of printing T-shirts at the event, Barnes is holding on strong.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – On July 24 and 25 the Paseo Arts District hosted 24:7 Art Exhibition with seven visual artists, performers, culinary artists and comedians throughout a 24-hour time span at the Project Box Gallery and AKA Gallery.

"The 24:7 Art Exhibition is about the importance of art in all aspects of daily life," said Randall Barnes, visual artist at the 24:7 Art Exhibition.

Artists showcased their work in the Project Box Gallery. During their time at the event, artists also conducted demos and workshops for attendees. In addition to art, the AKA Gallery hosted performers, musicians and comedic acts throughout the day.

Barnes stayed at the AKA Gallery for the entire 24 hours screen printing his designs onto T-shirts. Through the aid of the community, he was able to help the environment and his pocket book by printing his designs on donated items.

"There were probably 150 to 175 T-shirts donated plus 30 hoodies," Barnes said. His upcycled T-shirts sold for $7.24 a piece.

"All the screens I designed myself," he said. "This is my first time screen printing actually on a consistent basis. I maybe had 20 to 30 minutes of experience before, and now I have 24 hours."

He drew inspiration from many different aspects of his life to create the designs and his 'Embrace the Buff' design highlights some of the other artwork he creates.

"I make artwork about a group of Kung Fu graffiti removers," he said. "They're like these Kung Fu heroes that are taking back the town, painting it back up. So I make art about graffiti removal and how graffiti painters, whether they are tagging or doing a piece or it's gang related, are really just creating a space for graffiti removers to paint. And in exchange graffiti removers are creating a place for them to paint. So there's this reciprocal relationship between the two where they each need each other to paint."

The relationship between Hip-Hop and Kung Fu inspires much of Barnes' artwork. (Mary Belle Zook / Red Dirt Report)

One of his other designs, 'We Art Community,' showcased his relationship within the art community of Oklahoma City.

"Community engagement and being active in my art community and the greater community overall is pretty important to my art practice. That's why I have that one," Barnes said.

His third design was his personal Red Press logo.

"Red Press is my personal printing services," he said. "I have a couple more printing presses. One is a cast iron book binding press, and the other is a repurposed antique washer ringer that I added some wood flooring and built up some stability for it, so I use that to print as well."

The 24:7 Art Exhibition was a great event for attendees, with much to do and experience, and provided local artists and performers a venue to showcase their work. If interested in more information about Randall Barnes and access to more of his artwork, go to

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