RISK | Beautifully Destroys home in Santa Monica

April 03 2012 . 07:20pm

Los Angeles graffiti legend and fine artist RISK has been commissioned to paint a 4,700 square‐foot dream home designed and built by Santa Monica developer Adam Corlin. “Painting the house is a great experience,” RISK says. “I stripped down my graffiti to its most abstract form, with splashes of color and washes, and am applying it to a four‐story canvas.” Corlin and RISK first met in 2011 when they teamed up for “Oceans at Risk,” a project that raised money and awareness for the Heal the Bay Foundation. Since then, Corlin has become an avid collector of RISK’s work as well as an integral part of “Team Risk.” Most recently, RISK and Corlin collaborated on “Beautifully Destroyed,” a series of murals across the United States, including a mural in Miami’s skid row and a mural in Los Angeles for the Freewalls Project. Since the completion of these murals, RISK has been asked to complete additional murals throughout the United States, Europe and South Africa. “Painting the house is an extension of the ‘Beautifully Destroyed’ project,” RISK explains. In addition to the exterior of the house, RISK is designing and painting a water feature as well as various interior rooms.

Corlin has also teamed up with Roger Gastman—co‐curator of the Art in the Streets exhibition at MOCA—to present a one night, invite‐only solo show with RISK. An undisclosed buyer has already expressed interest in purchasing the multi‐million dollar home as well as all of RISK’s work that will appear in the show. “The city tried to fine me $65,000 last time I commissioned RISK,” Corlin says. “I was outraged. They said if I wanted to make a public statement, I should have painted my house instead of constructing an integrated scaffolding for the artwork. He thought he was being clever, I took it to heart and painted my house.”

The house will be unveiled in May, in conjunction with RISK’s solo show.


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