HVW8 Art Installation – Gene Pendon, Tyler Gibney and Dan Buller

1999 - 2008

HVW8 Art Installation
Live Performance Pieces from 1999 – 2008.

Ten years ago the original idea behind the a HVW8 composition/piece was to pay hommage to someone deserving in their field whether it was musically, such as Miles Davis, Donny Hathaway, Nina Simone, Augutus Pablo; politically, like Shirin Ebadi, Noam Chomsky, Romeo Dallaire; a tribute to other artists, like Malike Sibyde and Mies van der Rohe; or just persons deserving of being called ‘heavyweights‘, like Richard Pryor and David Suzuki. HVW8 would take the iconography and sample it like a jazz standard and freestyle around it, building something to call our own and proud to represent.

One of the principle artistic projects of Heavyweight Production House, the Heavyweight Art Installation is made up of Tyler Gibney, G Starship and Dan Bulller. The three artists work in collaboration, not unlike the dynamic that came from past mural jobs, graffiti exploits, art parties and comic jams, to create painted compositions live within club settings and before music audiences. Using the environment as inspiration, the painters instantlly blend ideas onto the canvas, sampled from a rolodex of sketchbook images, Polaroids, old photographs, pop iconography and brush techniques. With each painting taking about 3-4 hours to complete, the process is a challenge of graphic resourcefulness; the live aspect compresses the painting experience into spontaneous reactions to time, space and energy. The result is a document of the night, capturing the mood, sounds and electricity of these environments.

Heayvweight Art Installation has toured and exhibited internationally in venues in Japan, England, Holland, Brussels, Germany, Italy, Canada, USA, Puerto Rico. The HVW8 Art installation first debut was painting live at the 1999 Montreal Jazz Festival. Following that the collective have created live art across the world, participating in festivals such as the Coachella Festival in Indio, California, the Winter Music Conference in Miami, CMJ Festival in New York City, and the Candela Music and Arts Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The trio have performed their live art along sides cutting edge musicians, producers and DJ’s such as Jazzanova, Afrika Bambaataa, Gilles Peterson, Bugz In The Attic, the Herbaliser, Roots Manuva, Osunlade and Black Spade, Kid Koala, the Herbaliser, Masters at Work, United Future Organisation and theHerbaliser. HVW8 has exhibitions in galleries such as the Parco Gallery in Tokyo, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto, and the Liane and Danny Taran Gallery Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts in Montreal. Their work as been included in the private collections of Paul Allen, Marc Ecko, Kevin Garnett, Talib Kweli and Eric Belfour. The Hvw8 Art Installation has also been featured in such publications as Graffiti World, Scawl 2: More Dirt, and The Art of Rebellion 2: World of Urban Art Activism and artist film documentaries such as Next: A Primer on Urban Painting (Pablo Aravena/Agnes B. Love Streams) and The Run-Up (Upper Playground).

1998 Forming of the Heavyweight Production House (HVW8) in Montreal out of the collaborative efforts of Tyler Gibney and Gene Pendon.
1999 First debut of the HVW8 Art installation (Tyler Gibney, G Starship (Gene Pendon) and Dan Bulller) at the 1999 Montreal Jazz Festival.
2005 Establishing the HVW8 ART + DESIGN GALLERY in Los Angeles.
2009 Manifest Hope: DC, at Irivine Contemporary, Washington DC
2008 Manifest Hope, Denver
2008 Greatest Hits, Fifty 24SF Gallery, San Francisco
2005 Political Minded IV, Los Angeles
2004 Political Minded III, New York City
2004 Political Minded II, Montreal
2003 Political Minded, San Francisco
2002 Extension of the Spectacle, Albion Hotel, Miami FL, USA and San Juan Puerto Rico
2002 Installations: 1999-2001, Parco-Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2002 StreetWise One, Apart Gallery, London, UK
2001 Heavyweight Vs.the Barnstormers, Socité des arts technologiques, Montreal, QC, Canada
2001 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal/DJ Series, Montreal,Canada Performances with: DJ Smash, Jazzanova, Dzihan & Kamien, Gilb’r & I:Cube, Tiga, Shantel
2001 Declarations: International Art & Design Symposium, Socité des arts technologiques/ Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada
2001 Heavyweight Art Installation, Harbour front Centre – Gallery 2, Toronto, ON, Canada (solo)
2001 Boxed: Round 2, London Regional Art & Historical Museum, London, UK
2001 Boxed, Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB, Canada
2001 Yo Bro, Oboro Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada
2001 25 Artist, 25 years, Leaonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery/ Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada
2000 Phase One: 1999 North American Tour, Live Painting Series, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, ON, Canada
2000 Phase One: 1999 North American Tour, Live Painting Series, Liane and Danny Taran Gallery Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, Montreal, QC, Canada

Acrylic, and posca on Canvas.

Varying sizes (Square pieces are roughly 72″ by 72″)




300x300(4) 300x300(5)



300x300(11) 300x300(12)




HVW8 Art Installation, Juxtapoz cover, 2001.

HVW8 Art Installation interviewed in San Franciso, 2008 during the “Greatest Hits” exhibition.

HVW8 In Juxtapox, July 2008

Press and Published


Hoopla, Crispin, Porter and Bugusky, Miami, Fl. (2009)

Art for Obama, Abrams Image, NY (2009)

“Untitled” – Documents of Street Culture, Bread and Butter Barcelona/Streetwear Today, 2006

Art of Rebellion 2: World of Urban Art ActivismChristian Hundertmark (c100), 2006

Graffiti World,Nicholas Ganz, Tristan Manco. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. NYC, 2004

Wax Poetics, Issue 7, 2004

Proud 2be a Flyer,   Happy  Books s.r.l. Italy 2003

Jungle LP Show, Marbletron Inc., Japan 2003

Semi-permanent, Design is Kinky, Sydney, Australia 2003

Scrawl too: more dirt, Scrawl Collective, Booth-Clibborn Editions Limited, London UK 2001

Phase One: 1999 North American Tour, Live Painting Series Exhibition Catalogue

Heavyweight Art Installation/ Liane and Danny Taran Gallery Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, Montreal, 1999



Heavyweight, by Terence Dick, Canadian Art, Vol. 18, Number 1, 2001, pg. 91


INTERVIEWS (Film/Video/Radio)

The Run Up, UpperPlayground Productions, San Francisco, 2006

Next: A Primer on Urban Painting, Pablo Aravena, Love Streams (Agnes B) 2005

Obama Art – Montreal Connection, Home Run, CBC Radio One


More HVW8 Paintings HERE