July, 2012

REVOK / Gilgamesh video by Noah Banks

July 21 2012 . 01:38am

Known Gallery is pleased to present Gilgamesh, a new body of work by REVOK opening on Saturday July 28 and on view through August 11.  This exhibition will mark REVOK’s second show with the gallery.

With Gilgamesh, the artist has refined his technique of cutting up and reassembling found objects that once had a life of their own. All materials are scavenged from abandoned homes, churches, businesses and buildings in Detroit, Michigan, the city where REVOK has taken refuge.  The artist extracts the beauty in urban decay, from dilapidated buildings and rubble of the past.  An integral part of the process of acquiring his materials is exploring the neighborhoods, going into abandoned buildings, investigating forgotten places and sometimes in the course, encountering the people who once lived there.  The artworks are then named after the street addresses from which he excavates his materials, leaving the stories embedded in the assemblage.

A modern approach to Americana, REVOK creates geometric collages from these recovered relics, forming patterns, shapes and textures that are a direct result of years of wear and tear.  REVOK finds inspiration in what others’ might deem as useless.   As a fearless graffiti artist who has largely mapped and plotted the world, he turned his focus to the ruins of the Motor City, a vacant playground of beautiful architecture. REVOK’s experiences as a graffiti artist have fostered an appreciation for the things that surround us everyday, but for most, would go unnoticed.

“I’ve always struggled with permanence.  Out of twenty-two years as a graffiti writer, from my entire body of work, less than 1% exists, and the permanence of graffiti, particularly in Los Angeles, is more temporary than most places in the world.  It has always been one of the main motivations of graffiti writers to create work that’s going to last.  We want to create work that’s going to live for a long time.”

REVOK recently shared his artistic ambitions on a larger scale by creating the Detroit Beautification Project, inviting 25 artists from around the world to revive the forsaken city and provide encouragement for the community.

Garnering inspiration from the four thousand year old poem, the Epic of Gilgamesh, which recounts the Sumerian king’s quest for eternal life, REVOK has resurrected a city’s past using its disregarded remains. The flotsam and jetsam have now become memorialized artifacts through REVOK’s meticulously crafted handwork, giving new meaning and immortality to what were once ordinary objects.

REVOK constantly struggles to overcome the connotations associated with the type of artist he is, which in the past, has been met with overwhelming opposition and with the intent to eradicate his life’s work. REVOK’s work reflects not only his story as an artist, but also the story of a civilization and its people.

REVOK was born in Riverside, CA in 1977.  By the age of thirteen, he was writing graffiti as a novice, which eventually developed into a somewhat notorious career as a world- renowned graffiti artist. REVOK has participated in major exhibitions including Art in the Streets, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (2011), Street Cred, The Pasadena Museum of California Art (2011) along with a sold out show at Vicious Gallery, Hamburg, Germany (2011) Perseverance, Known Gallery (2011) and group exhibitions THESE Friends, THIS Gallery (2011), City of Fire, Arrested Motion/Stephen Webster Gallery (2012), Streets of the World, Opera Gallery, New York (2012), Hookers, Corey Helford Gallery, (2012).

Show opens July 28, 2012 | 8-11 pm
Show runs July 28 – August 11, 2012

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036


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Aaron Rose’s Fire Sale video and closing day event Saturday July 21, 2012

July 21 2012 . 01:23am

Almost a month ago, a very good friend to so many people, Andreas Trolf was in a very serious motorbike accident.
While we are grateful daily that we still have him in our lives, after three weeks in hospital, countless surgeries and a long road ahead to recover, his medical costs are huge.

The woman who hit Andreas was both unlicensed and uninsured which leaves the financial burden on Andreas.

As a small gesture to try and help in this awful situation, Aaron Rose’s Fire Sale, currently up at Known Gallery will donate 100% of proceeds on Saturday July 21 to Andreas’ recovery fund.

It is the final day of the sale and there are still countless bargains to be had. None of the items will be priced, rather it will be a donation system, with each person donating whatever they wish to the fund in exchange for their purchases.

Prizm Pictures in association with Known Gallery & Aaron Rose of Alleged Press
Shot and Edited by Matthew Childs
Additional Photography by Jose Rojas
Canon 5dMk2 + Canon 60D
Zeiss Contax AEG 25mm, 50mm, 85mm
Canon L Series 17 – 40mm

Bibio – Lover’s Carvings
The Drums – Days
Delicate Steve – Love

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July 19 2012 . 07:58am

Opens: July 28, 2012 | 8-11pm
Runs: July 28 – August 11, 2012

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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RETNA billboards around Los Angeles

July 18 2012 . 08:00pm

Find out more at: DigitalRetna.com / Photos: SunnyPhono.com

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Aaron Rose’s FIRE SALE | 50% off starting NOW!

July 18 2012 . 01:36am

Starting NOW!! 50% off Fire Sale at Known Gallery. New arrivals. Everything must go!!!!

Ends July 21, 2012

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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