Whether it was inspired curation or an obvious choice, it’s pretty safe to say there is hardly a more appropriate candidate for inclusion in this show than designer/DJ Gerry Villareal. A part of the Hanzo Steel Crew – the DJ outfit that made those clever Kill Bill soundtrack remixes – and a former Bay Area club owner and DJ, one might charge that Villareal’s intimate familiarity with this project’s given medium could have given him an unfair advantage over the otherartists in the show.
His remarkably smooth shift from DJ to designer was marked by his creation of Kingsize, a clothing line devoted to DJ culture. A move to New York in 1996 for a job with design studio Baron & Baron completed the transition. He has since worked with clients that include Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, and Carolina Herrera; served as art director on Visionaire 41; designed several issues of V; and created the logo and titles for Larry Clark’s film Ken Park.
He is currently head designer at David Lipman advertising, where he puts his talent to good use on projects for David Yurman, I-D magazine, Burberry, and others.
When asked what inspired his simple yet effective comment on the present state of DJ culture, Villareal revealed that his inspiration came from a source far from the club scene. “I had lots of ideas initially, then a visit to the modern, minimalist museum Dia: Beacon crystallized what I wanted to do.”
Gerry Villareal is also known for the creation of Maceo Villareal, whose work [and inherited talent].