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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Nice video of RISK and RETNA painting Heal The Bay mural by Kohshfin

September 12 2011 . 07:10pm

In June 2011, after purchasing the property located at 825 Berkeley Street, with his partner, Adam Corlin wanted to bring awareness to the impacts that are occurring in the world’s oceans. After much thought, Adam decided that installing a public art display would be a great way to impact the greater community by bringing the vision of Restoring and Protecting the World’s Oceans. In doing so, Adam Corlin contacted his friends at Heal the Bay and outlined his thoughts and ideas for the project, which would ultimately become, Oceans @ Risk.

Once Heal the Bay was on board, Adam set out to find the artist to complete the project. Through a mutual friend, Randy Wild, Adam was introduced to Kelly “RISK” Graval, who agreed to join in the project. Adam approached “Risk” after reading a disturbing interview about “Risk” and fellow artists facing resistance from city officials, to paint legally in Los Angeles. When Adam approached Risk about painting his home to make a statement, he was shocked when Risk replied “that’s cool but let’s do something for the greater good.” So the two formed the AT RISK foundation and committed to make a difference.

Since 1985 Heal The Bay is committed to protect Southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay. Our rivers, beaches, and beautiful oceans are at risk. We are proud to bring light to this subject and make a substantial contribution via this Mural. All three of us are committed to helping Heal The Bay meet this incredible challenge.

We hope this mural makes you stop, look, listen and react.

Shot by: Erasto Reyes + Kohshin Finley
Edited by: Kohshin Finley
Music by: Nickodemus-Endangered Species

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