KRUSH | LAndmarked featured in Huffington Post

April 29 2014 . 09:03pm

LAndmarked: A Nostalgic view of Los Angeles
By: Rodrigo Ribera D’Ebre

 

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This past Saturday at The Seventh Letter Gallery, Paul “Krush,” Meraz, a member of world-renowned graffiti crews MSK and AWR, and art collective The Seventh Letter, launched an exhibition of historical landmarks throughout the city of Los Angeles. Like the rest of us who drive all over the city and county like drifters going nowhere and somewhere simultaneously, we often neglect places of significance. However, as Krush began to take more notice of signage and typography of very specific places based on rendezvous points or frequency, he soon realized a sense of loss for the 20th century that is now becoming a fading memory. In today’s highly digitized world where the latest smart phone is replaced months later by a newer, better, or more efficient product, we often romanticize an era where life seemed easier and more slow-placed. Some of the signs can’t ever be replicated, although many locations try to architecturally create a throwback vintage sign for aesthetic purposes, because of their art-deco or streamline moderne fashion, such as the fonts and bright vivid colors that were era-specific. But, as you continue to drive around Los Angeles and pay closer attention, you too might notice the distant memory and affinity for a place you probably didn’t know existed.

In LAndmarked, the exhibition covers a specific spectrum and palette which creates a cohesive façade. These colors are radiant and soothing, and can even represent a climatic warmth of the Los Angeles topography. The volition of colors are meant to compliment the color scheme of the landmarks where the backdrops maintain wide brush strokes and proportional lines that give it depth and texture. These artistic choices are subtleties, which is metaphoric for life’s subtleties in general. Some of the landmarks include: Sam’s Hof Brau, Cole’s, Hop Louie, and Felix Chevrolet. If you grew up in Los Angeles, these are places you might have always remembered or visited yourselves, but in the ever-changing landscape of the metropolis, these places could be gone tomorrow and most wouldn’t notice. It is Krush’s dedication to landmark preservation, something he learned to appreciate from studying graphic design, drawing, typography and graffiti that inspired this exhibition.

His artistic career dates back to the mid 80s at the heyday of graffiti, commuting between Orange County and the San Fernando Valley. This was a time when crew members pushed each other competitively to bring out the best in skill and creativity, something that led to graphic design and an idea that still resonates today. LAndmarked is the beginning of a series of paintings that will capture the nostalgic essence of historical Los Angeles through the perspective of this young artist who maintains a strong connection to the cityscape via signage. The show runs from April 26th – May 10th, 2014 at the Seventh Letter Gallery where other exhibition pieces are available such as t-shirts, prints, and glassware. Don’t forget to get out there and always support your local artists that work feverishly to provide us with different ways of looking at the ecology of our environment.

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Celebrating 100 years of Leica Innovation | Thursday, April 24th 2014

April 24 2014 . 08:36pm

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Launch Event Party / Celebrating 100 years of Leica Innovation
Thursday, April 24th 2014 | 7-10 PM

Leica Store Los Angeles
8783 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048

Leica Chairman Andreas Kauffman will be present
to debut the new generation of Leica.

DJ Shepard Fairey

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Instagram powered photo booth
MakerBot innovation Station

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KILLSPENCER exclusive collaboration
Additional work form Van Styles, Craig Semetko, Stash

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Exclusive t-shirts with The Seventh Letter + V/SUALS

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@LeicaCraft @Leica_Camera @theseventhletter @mr_stash @van_styles @morgometry @obeygiant @instagram @makerbot @killspencer

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DA MENTAL VAPORZ | The Wall at BC GALLERY in Berlin, Germany

April 24 2014 . 08:05pm

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DA MENTAL VAPORZ | The Wall

BC Gallery | Libauerstr 14, 10245 Berlin
Opening Saturday April 26th at 6 pm
Exhibition runs from April 26th until May 31st

Suben Art Management is proud to announce its latest collaboration with BC Gallery:

From April 26th to May 31st the well known French street-art collective “Da Mental Vaporz” will hold an exhibition in Berlin under the title “The Wall” which is to be seen at the two gallery spaces of BC Gallery.

Matching the title of the show the crew will also design a large scale mural painting next to the S-Bahn station Warschauerstraße, which is going to complete the show by overlooking the whole area. Through this mural design the spectator will have to opportunity to discover the core of the matter of what distinguishes the individual members of the crew as an organic unity.

As all of them have already created their very own sophisticated styles which work perfectly well independently, what connects the artists does not lie directly in the content or style they create but more in the fact that they find ways to bring all those diverse parts together, in a balanced tension and create something completely new. Their preferred medium for that fusion is mural painting which makes clear that the title of their upcoming exhibition“The Wall” is not just a hint at the vast mural design which will be part of the show, but also displays the deeper meaning of what really holds the artists together.

About the Collective

The France based artist collective, DMV “Da Mental Vaporz” consists of ten members: Bom.k, Blo, Brusk, Iso, Dran, Kan, Lek, Gris1, Jaw and Sowat. The works of these artists can speak for themselves independently, differentiating from each other mostly in medium as in style and technique that which as soon as they are shown in a common context, creates an extraordinarily interesting and thrilling relationship. As can be deduced from the name “Da Mental Vaporz”, which, translated, means “The Vapors of the Psyche” it is for the artists a matter of concern to make the observer aware of the abyss of the personal psyche. This is translated by each individual member of the collective in their own way and leads to a multifaceted wealth of style, which, collectively, puts its mark on the important tides of the art of the 20th century. During a visit to a DMV show or by observing the walls created by them in an urban setting, everything is offered to the beholder, from old school Graffiti to Pop Art and all the way to Surrealism, abstract Expressionism, Cubism and pore Abstraction. As different as these styles seem, the artists are, nevertheless, able, in their commonly created works, to bring together a harmonious symbiosis, which, although marked by tension, remains balanced. Their preferred media are spray cans, acrylic, mixed media. The artists also attempt to bring to life installations that are created in the urban environment (where they create most of their art) into a gallery framework.

About the Show

The title of the show “The Wall” explains in one word the most passionate part of most urban contemporary artist today. The public wall space has been a platform to all different kinds of art forms for decades now. From Harring and Basquiat to Banksy and Kaws, thanks to diversity and quality the “Graffiti” or “Mural” art form has well established itself in the contemporary art scene. For the DMV big murals are a way to express their collective creativity and have enough room for each artist to bring in his personal style without getting cramped or overloaded.

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BLADE | KING OF GRAF solo exhibition in Rome opens May 8th

April 24 2014 . 07:08pm

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Galleria Varsi celebrates its first birthday by inviting BLADE, renowned artist and one of the most legendary figures of New York City Writing. This will be BLADE’s first show in Italy and he will open with a solo exhibition, KING OF GRAF, curated by Marta Gargiulo.

The exhibition will concentrate on the evolution of lettering that has characterized BLADE’s work from the ‘70s to today. The spectators will feel they are entering in a NYC subway station, in which train wagons scroll before their eyes, each one interpreted differently by BLADE.

BLADE is the precursor of one of the main urban cultural trends deriving from the underground movement, and is amongst the first artists to have realized that true art must be shared and that the places where it is created must be accessible to all; this is why city walls and subway cars become the blank canvases for his art.

To become popular in the ‘80s you had to choose extreme methods, and BLADE went underground in subway deposits, illegally painting up to 5000 trains. In this manner he became known and recognizable by fans of this artistic and other genres. His strong presence in several subway lines made him a protagonist of one of the most important moments in the history of Writing: the release in 1984 of the book Subway Art, authors Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, a faithful exploration of the evolution and diffusion of urban art.

Today BLADE is present in temples of contemporary art, such as MOCA, and his paintings have been acquired in important collections such as the Palais de Tokyo, a fact which confirms and underlines the importance of the artistic message of Writing in contemporary society.

Writing has maintained its artistic relevance for over forty years, because it mirrors the dynamism and fast pace of our daily lives.

BLADE:

Steven Ogburn was born in New York City in 1957. He grew up in the Bronx where in the ‘70s he began to create graffiti with the name BLADE. His art strongly contributed to the birth of the Writing cultural movement, which in time became a fundamental part of the history of contemporary art.

Between 1972 and 1984 BLADE painted over 5000 trains, that carried his name and style throughout NYC, earning him the title of The King of Graf. His crew was the famous TC5, an acronym for “The Crazy 5”, that operated mainly on subway lines 2 and 5 through neighbourhoods such as the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Central Park.

In 1981 he took part to the exhibit BLADE New York / New Wave at the PS1 Gallery in NYC, which at the time was not the current contemporary art museum, but an occupied and self-managed space. The event went down in history thanks to the participation of major artists of contemporary art, such as JM Basquiat, Keith Haring, Dondi, Seen, Lee Quinones, and many others. Subsequently BLADE also did a show at the Fun Gallery in Manhattan.

In 1984, BLADE was one of the main protagonists of Subway Art, a famous art catalogue, now a cult text on the origins of Writing, whose two authors are the renowned photojournalists Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, that faithfully explored in detail the new heroes of Street Art, precursors of a revolutionary cultural movement.

From the late ‘90s, BLADE fully entered the international museum circuits from New York to Australia, California, France, Denmark, and The Netherlands.

In 2011 BLADE participated to the exhibition Art In The Streets, which was held at the MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles).

BLADE | KING OF GRAF
May 8 – June 26, 2014

GALLERIA VARSI
Via di San Salvatore in Campo 51 00186, Roma
06 68309410
info@galleriavarsi.it

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#LEICA100 at The Seventh Letter Flagship Store and Gallery

April 24 2014 . 11:51am

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LEICA | Celebrating 100 Years of Innovation
One night only | Friday, April 25, 2014 | 7-10pm

The Seventh Letter
Flagship Store and Gallery
346 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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