Graffiti is an inescapable facet of urban life that can be annoying or inspiring. In the 1970s, New York City’s graffiti-covered subway cars seemed to signify a great city’s descent into blighted decrepitude, but that same milieu launched the careers of epochal artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and graffiti was considered a visual equivalent of hip-hop and punk music. Today Haring and Basquiat are dead, and glitz has replaced grime in Manhattan, even as graffiti lives on around the world as a democratizing force that sometimes lives up to its potential. Locally, Brandan Odums’ vast aerosol spectacles covering blighted housing complexes and huge warehouses are compelling evocations of black history painted with a narrative sense that borders on the biblical. But most graffiti here as elsewhere is more enigmatic, like so many aggressively cryptic squiggles glimpsed briefly in passing. This Top Mob show is a mostly local mash-up that amounts to an art historical survey of graffiti taggers dating back to the 1980s. Perhaps fittingly, it is exhibited in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s tunnel-like ground level annex, lending it an “underground” aura as physical as it is metaphorical. Here large numbers of small documentary photographs mingle with a series of street-art paintings in elaborate baroque frames, including some by familiar names such as Lionel Milton, a conjurer of stylized back-street romanticism who was originally known for lyrically edgy graffiti signed “Elleone.” Some have reacted to the befuddling complexity of 21st-century life by becoming agents of one-word branding. HARSH is both this local artist’s message and his signature, while “READ” appeared out of nowhere in 2006 with monosyllabic exhortations that have turned up everywhere ever since. Works that elaborate the idiom’s painterly potential include Go Fast, a pop aerosol expressionist canvas by Atlanta’s Dr. Dax, and King Cake and Sex (pictured), Los Angeles maestro Kelly “RISK” Graval‘s lush aerosol evocation of local sensuality.
Risk x Crave Online: Part 1
While attempting to do a top 5 graffiti spots in LA., I quickly realized that I have to consider a lot of factors: times, dates, impact, etc. So its now my top 10 graffiti endeavors in Los Angeles over the years….Read More Here.
From epic works like Risk’s mammoth wall of rainbow abstraction, to hidden gems like Woes’ panda mayhem tucked away by where the bad kids go to sneak their smokes; from towering pieces like James Bullough’s high diver visible from surrounding streets, to intimate, almost poetic works from Curiot and Jeff Soto in the main plaza areas, the weeklong installation unfolded in front of the students’ eyes like performance art. Female students as young as eight years old queued up to watch Allison “Hueman” Torneros work and get her autograph. The students saw themselves in her and you could see their horizons widening right in front of your face….Read More Here.
Kelly Graval, the multi-talented Fine Artist, Illustrator, and Graffiti artist known as RISK, has been synonymous with the Los Angeles art community for decades. With a career spanning 30 years, RISK has solidified his place in the history books as a world-renowned graffiti legend. He has come a long way since he pioneered the painting of freeway overpasses, signs and billboards, dubbed “heavens.” Although RISK loves aerosol art…..READ MORE HERE.
Did you make it out to the Bates show at Buckshot Gallery?
Check out the recap & images here!
Big Thanks to the Marriott Traveller for the Feature on Buckshot Gallery..
Legendary Artist Bates makes his first solo show appearance in the USA at Buckshot Gallery this Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 7pm – 10pm
Text #Bates to 462662 to receive your invite!
Released a new SEEN Print on the new Buckshot site.. Hand printed at the compound.. #goodtimes #postnobills