New ASKEW print just released

June 07 2011 . 10:08pm

ABOUT:
This limited edition print features a selection of Askew’s favourite details from work painted during the 2010 – 2011 period. Take a closer look at the aspects of his pieces that resonate strongly with him, which best illustrates his current ideas and hints at where he is heading.

EDITION:
– limited number of 100
– editioned at the front bottom left and signed at the front bottom right of print

PAPER:
– PhotoRag
– 310 gsm
– landscape 18" x 24" (457.2mm x 609.6mm)

INKS: Epson Ultrachrome K3 (Pigment Ink)

OTHER:
– packaging cost included
– can take up to 7 business days to produce the work

Get yours at: store.askew1.com

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ASKEW x Known Gallery x 1xRUN | REVOK’s Legal Defense Fund

April 26 2011 . 09:48pm

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ASKEW, Known Gallery, and 1xRUN have teamed up to raise money for REVOK’s Legal Defense Fund

Today we’re releasing a print by ASKEW, and 100% of the proceeds will go to REVOK’s legal defense fund. In light of the recent arrest of REVOK, we’re releasing this print to help the cause. REVOK has been a big supporter of past 1xRUN releases and we’re down to do what we can to help.

"A few weeks ago I completed this painting for my good friend Revok. At the time it was purely a symbol of appreciation for the support and friendship he has shown me over the time I’ve known him. At the time I put this image up on the Internet I said that it’s one thing to meet an artist that you admire so much and they give you the time of day but for them to become such a loyal friend, so staunchly in your corner -that’s something I’m grateful for beyond words.

It saddens me that today I know my friend has been dragged into the system – a system that fears what he represents to others and as a result he is subject to being made an example of to deter others. In the midst of Los Angeles’ current climate, with a war waged on art in public space that is excessive to say the least I also feel that Revok has become a symbol for the city and law enforcements anger. The danger of this is the way it can skew the course of true justice and the basic right to a fair and objective treatment within the system.

Those that know the entire story know what I am talking about. The lengths that law enforcement, particularly the LA County Sheriffs Department have gone to harass Revok over the past 3 years. The amount of energy and resources that have gone into pursuing and convicting him could only be justified if what I am saying is correct. Revok has transcended beyond being just another person doing graffiti to become a leader and a major influence on writers the world over. There is significant power in that – he has become a symbol and the powers that be seek to destroy that.

My fears for my friend is that although he has been sentenced that it’s not over. Now that he is trapped within the system they could potentially seek to charge him with more – a fact alluded to in yesterday’s news reports. This is a tactic often employed by law enforcement – to make defending yourself a financially exhaustive scenario, not to mention with significant restrictions of communication being that he is already incarcerated. It is not cheap to defend yourself in the US legal system and with no means to earn money while locked up this a very real concern.

This is why today I’m appealing to Revok’s fans, friends and supporters to do what they can to help him out. The good people at 1XRun have offered to run an edition of this wall I painted as a quality Giclee print to help raise money for any costs related to supporting Revok in this crazy situation.

I thank you all in advance for your time and support. Let us as a community set a positive precedent and stand up for a person that has given so much influence to this art form." – ASKEW

All prints are Signed & Numbered by the Artist and come with a Certificate of Authenticity from 1xRUN.

About ASKEW

Askew One: Born 1979, Palmerston North, New Zealand Lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand

Askew One is a multi-disciplinary artist mostly renown for his graffiti art paintings. Widely regarded as one of the New Zealand graffiti scene’s driving forces he has managed to remain at the forefront of the movement whilst working tirelessly behind the scenes in a diverse array of projects.

A restless personality, a touch of ADD mixed with a childhood amidst the 80’s sugary-diets, TV parenting and general explosion of mass pop-culture shaped Askew during his formative years. His work draws greatly from New Zealand’s geographical isolation and it’s subsequent desire to feel inclusion through pop-cultural appropriation. He is particularly intrigued in how trends mutate and break beyond being a caricature of their source. He is currently focussed on helping re-define the New Zealand graffiti aesthetic along with his main contemporaries, members of TMD, RTR and GBAK crews. Steeped in the foundation and tradition of ‘NYC Subway’ influenced graffiti, Askew wishes to see writing thrive in New Zealand, evolve past mere imitation or what he terms ‘Karaoke Painting’.

Although working primarily in aerosol paint, Askew is versed in graphic design, illustration, photography, publishing, music and moving image. He also collated and co-authored a book about New Zealand graffiti, ‘In-Form’ which was a Montana Book Awards finalist in 2008

Find out more at: askew1.com

Get yours at: 1xrun.com/runs/freeREVOK

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THE MIAMI DREAM part 2 video

April 12 2011 . 02:30am

In December 2010, 15 members of TMD crew ventured from New Zealand and Australia to attend Art Basel in Miami. This 3 part video series offers a glimpse into TMD’s unique perspective and experiences during the event.

TMD’s travel was mostly self-funded but also made possible through support from those generous people that bought tickets or art work from ‘The Miami Dream’ exhibition and also those that gave their time and resources to help make it a reality. To the sponsors and supporters – we are truly grateful to everyone and the experience inspired and motivated us and further strengthened our dynamic as a family of artists.

Shot by Askew, Kost and Rimoni
Cut by Selina Miles

TMDCREW.com

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REVOK by ASKEW

April 04 2011 . 11:07pm

This is a piece I’ve worked on over the past 3 (maybe 4) weekends for my good friend Revok. I need to be honest – after the really killer pieces Berst pulled out for Revok last month I found myself motivated to bring my A-game and rock something super detailed too (feeling left out haha). I haven’t really painted many other peoples names during my time writing but this is actually the 3rd Revok piece I’ve done. When you meet an artist that you really admire and they give you the time of day – it’s truly humbling and inspiring thing. When that artist becomes a friend who time and time again goes out on a limb for you – sticks up for you and just seems to be staunchly in your corner – there’s no way to explain that feeling. I’ve never asked or expected that type of support from anyone – not even my crew. I’ve always allowed the people around me to be as neutral as they want when it comes to me because I am a fairly polarizing person and I know that about myself. This is the best way for me to express my gratitude – through a painting I had a lot of fun as well as challenges creating.

I’m not sure if people have noticed I have a particular style of shading that I have been doing for the last year or so – it generally involves using the Astro cap half pressure – creating a dissipated splatter, almost like a half tone effect when you look at it up close. It was a slow process but fulfilling for me when viewed up close. That’s the thing – it was completely redundant in a photo and was really becoming an exercise in absolute futility. Even still I was fixated with it as a technique and not ready to let it go. I was always a fast painter so people around me were getting vexed as to why I was becoming the slowest on the wall.

June last year Rime (the next person due a really nice piece I think!) randomly gave me a blaster cap to play around with. I put it in my jacket pocket and forgot about it completely until about a month ago. It was funny – I pulled it out at our studio and explained what it was, everyone gathered around marveling over it like it was the holy grail. We went outside and I did that ‘A’ you can see off to the side of my piece. We all got really excited – I did a second ‘A’. Berst told Snek to turn it into a ‘LA’ and he crossed the line too high, we all were giving him shit. I did some random splatter and then Berst was like “You could do that shading you’ve been doing with this”. It was a total lightening bolt moment.

So this Revok piece is almost completely shaded with a blaster cap. It’s the only one I know of here in NZ – it’s looking a little used and abused right now but I am addicted to this technique. It has so much substance, grit and texture. You can literally run your hand across this wall and feel the paint. I love it.

So yeah. I’ve uploaded this nice and big, download it and have a look up close at the details!

Askew1.com

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THE MIAMI DREAM part 1 video

March 26 2011 . 04:52am

In December 2010, 15 members of TMD crew ventured from New Zealand and Australia to attend Art Basel in Miami. This 3 part video series offers a glimpse into TMD’s unique perspective and experiences during the event.

TMD’s travel was mostly self-funded but also made possible through support from those generous people that bought tickets or art work from ‘The Miami Dream’ exhibition and also those that gave their time and resources to help make it a reality. To the sponsors and supporters – we are truly grateful to everyone and the experience inspired and motivated us and further strengthened our dynamic as a family of artists.

Shot by Askew, Kost and Rimoni
Cut by Selina Miles

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