441 North Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
441 North Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Unequal Parts, 2015
21 color handpulled serigraph
22″ x 15″
Arches 88 French mould-made
100% cotton fiber paper 300gsm
$125.00 + s/h
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Born in Milwaukee, WI, painter Victor Reyes is inspired by the unspoken language of visual art. At a young age, Reyes found himself impressed by the ambiguity and mise-en-scène of the Coen brothers films, connecting with the atmospheric tension onscreen. He continued to grow aware of the art around him and became inspired by his mother’s taste for the decorative prints of Aubrey Beardsly and deeply stirred by the dark revealing world in Francis Bacon’s paintings.
Reyes is a thinking artist encouraged by his desire for life outside of the norm. After moving to Southern California in the early 1990’s, he discovered local graffiti on the walls of the city and was forever changed. The large urban masterpieces, bright colors, and typography activated REYES, now a painter with a graffiti name. The adventure making art on the streets became an exploration and daily exercise to draw, paint, and experiment. He saw through the class distinctions that dwell within the general population and how troubling and mundane that existence is.
After a move to San Francisco and years painting murals and engaging in personal art projects in the community, he started showing in the gallery. His pictoral sense and narrative conceptualization take form in a new repertoire, a language of painting he actually hopes does not have mass appeal though shown to the masses. A subtext to the city he inhabits, his work is a distinct voice within young American painting.
Reyes’ work has been commissioned by brands such as Louis Vuitton, Twitter, and Nike. In 2010, the San Francisco Chronicle featured a cover story about him called “Man of Letters on a Mission.” His paintings have been exhibited in Germany, Japan, Miami, New York and Los Angeles.
For Reyes, his work is simply the art of the unimplied.
On their travels across the North American continent, the Wolfbat tribe has made it’s way into the city of Shreveport. Several of the Wolfbat shamans, when entering the city, felt the residual presence of ancient gods. The greek god Pan, who was the god of rustic music, had been in the area drumming up the musical talents from blues musicians such as Leadbelly and later performers from the Louisiana Hayride. The Hindu goddess Rati had also been through Shreveport conjuring up human pleasures through Annie McCune and her notorious red light district. The ferryman, Charon had been shuttling these notable characters from the river Styx into the Red River through a dimensional rift that had opened many centuries ago where the Artspace on Texas St. now stands.
The walls of Artspace will be filled with carvings in honor of these Shreveport icons ands the gods who inspired them. The Wolfbat tribe will also be constructing a dimensional rift riding Riverboat that will open the Red River from a porthole in Artspace allowing the river to flow into the gallery and shower the space with the energy of these gods and icons.
World renowned Barcelona fine artist and contemporary muralist Aryz presents his first Los Angeles show, “PARAL•LEL.” Taking place on the 5th floor of an old building in Downtown LA’s Arts District, “PARAL•LEL” consists of a diverse divergent dynamism of work taking root with the mathematical notion in differential geometry where two parallel geodesic lines never meet in the same plane, but instead intersect at infinity.
The show is an ambitious though cogent collection of works housed in two separate rooms, each having their own line built to echo and challenge the dual constructs of the artistic space that Aryz’s work occupies. Exploring the inherent contradictions he faces straddling the duality of creating work both in public spaces and interior environments, the show will unveil two parallel spaces with mutually complementary collections of work set up to explore the ironic distinctions and similarities of its complex themes through a curvature of creation and a symbiotic symbolism. While one room will showcase a sparse, traditionally hung collection of classically created paintings, the other will comprise a high-energy onslaught of expressive contemporary works.
Aryz’s elaborate work incorporates both classical academic painting along with contemporary techniques and mediums, an almost contradictory set of skills wherein one traditionally requires a fast, deft and adroit movement and speed, with the other taking in a more subdued and muted response through a painstaking dedication of concentration and contrition of artist and canvas. Nevertheless, with his inimitable imagination and style, Aryz has firmly established himself in the field of fine art and contemporary muralism, producing large, grand-scale works several stories tall throughout the world. At just 26 years old, his public works showcase his distinctive and innovative techniques that express an enigmatic energy emblazoned on each and every wall or building he puts paint to.
Now, with his new show “PARAL•LEL,” Aryz has created an extensive body of indoor work for the first time, managing and molding the ferocity and fervor of his craft to the canvas and paper using every material he’s adept with. Aryz is creating work at an energized echelon that few artist rarely attain, works that possess a simultaneous depth and dignity along with a continuity of spirit and focus that will only get stronger and cement his role in becoming one of the most recognized and respected artists of his generation.