Looking At Street Art From A Different Perspective Through Julie Gray’s PLAYHAUS
When talking about street art, the thought of graffiti spray-painted onto walls of abandoned buildings often comes to mind. Aiming to break the standards of this form of art, visual artist Julie Gray decided to bring the art indoors and started her very own creative house named District One. She then launched a street art-inspired gallery PLAYHAUS located in the artsy EaDo (East Downtown) district of Houston, Texas.
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“I wanted to create an innovative company that highlighted art in a more cultured way and be able to help other people and companies expand their portfolios with curating events, spaces, and ideas and bringing them to life,” said Julie during an interview with #teamCLEO.
After years of travelling, Julie decided to move to Houston and the city soon became the inspiration that led to the birth of PLAYHAUS. “The culture, food and music have so much history behind them. I’ve always been unique in my own way; style, art and my entire vibe,” she said.
While Houston is well known for its Theatre District home to several world-class performing arts organisations and the Museum District that includes 19 different museums, PLAYHAUS injects a breath of fresh air into the city’s art scene. Its uniquely curated interactive installations embody Julie’s “unmatched and chill” style and portray how she has grown as an artist.
“I’ve always been driven by my own uniqueness and artistic abilities — creating a platform that others can experience and enjoy, allowing me to hear my guests,” said Julie.