POSE and KC ORTIZ RECAP PHOTOS | Carlos Gonzalez

November 23 2011 . 07:25pm

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ARTINFO cover story | Once Street-Art Rivals, Now Gallery Stars: POSE and KC Ortiz Explain Their Joint L.A. Show

November 22 2011 . 06:52pm

 

Once Street-Art Rivals, Now Gallery Stars: POSE and KC Ortiz Explain Their Joint L.A. Show

by Roger Gastman

They began on the streets as graffiti rivals, but today are the best of friends. There’s no doubting that POSE and KC Ortiz make a unique pair.

POSE is the ambassador of Chicago’s urban scene, revered for his signature collage style that combines pop culture, graffiti, fairy tales, and hand-painted signage into a vibrant neon palette. KC is an ex-graffiti artist and now an award-winning photojournalist who travels to places such as West Papua and Burma, gaining the trust of the local people and bringing their pictures and stories to a global audience.

Together, POSE and KC’s work reflects the Chicago art scene and the world beyond, and is displayed side-by-side in the just-opened exhibition, “White Wash.” POSE’s work for the show takes on Chicago’s strict buff policy, while KC’s work shedds light on suppressed peoples and cultures. The exhibition opened at Los Angeles’s Known Gallery on November 19 and runs through December 10.  

Roger Gastman is a curator and author specializing in the history of graffiti and street art. Most recently he is the co-author, with Caleb Neeson, of ‘The History of American Graffiti’ (Harper Design, 2010), and co-curator of ‘Art in the Streets’ at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

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POSE and KC ORTIZ opening photos | BIRDMAN

November 22 2011 . 06:29pm

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POSE private opening photos | Dailydujour.com

November 21 2011 . 10:26pm

Chicago artists Pose and KC Ortiz opened ‘White Wash’ on Thursday for a private preview ahead of Saturday’s public opening at Known Gallery. Pose dropped a new collection of work evoking the fleeting nature of street art at the hands of those looking to erase and silence it. His painted montage pieces on panel and shadowbox style acrylic sheets revive fond memories of writing, growing up with pop culture icons, and raising hell. While the crisp, flawless lines on the acrylic pieces might lead one to think ’silkscreen’, they are in fact hand-painted in reverse fashion — similar to sign-painting a storefront window. The acrylic pieces stand out amongst a strong body of new work. In addition to the solo pieces, Pose collaborated with Revok on one of his wood assemblages.

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KC ORTIZ private opening photos | Dailydujour.com

November 21 2011 . 10:16pm

On Thursday evening, Photographer KC Ortiz opened ‘White Wash’ along with Pose for a private viewing ahead of Saturday’s public opening at Known Gallery. Ortiz continues to document the plight of minority groups who face violent subjugation. The new striking work was shot in West Papua and Burma. Ortiz also collaborated with Retna on a piece featuring the street artist’s signature lettering over a fierce photograph of a tribal warrior.

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