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THE USUAL SUSPECTS : RISK x L.A.F.W. x LOREAL

LA FASHION WEEK and LOREAL have teamed up with iconic Los Angeles artist Risk to do a commemorative print for this years LA Fashion Week.

Prints are a variation of the artists iconic riskoleum image with famous quotes from iconic designers of the past. The can silhouette is filled in  with a variation the artists collateral damage series.

The prints are printed with archival pigment on 290gsm archival Coventry Rag acid free paper with a deckled edge.

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Artist: Risk
Title: The Usual Suspects L.A.F.W.
Size: 14×36
Edition: 25 pcs
Price: US 500.00

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Review: Top Mob at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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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 KellyRISKGraval‘s lush aerosol evocation of local sensuality.

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Risk, Shepard Fairey and More Cover an LA Public School in Street Art

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.

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