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
310-860-6263

 

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F**k The Buff / Creativity Is King video

March 02 2012 . 09:13pm

The “Buff” exists in every city, it is the eradication of Graffiti from our environment. The “Buff” is the brown roller paint that mutes murals, it is the process of taking a dull color and censoring expression. Eavesdrop on the visual dialogue between the artist and his enviornment in this tumultuous and storied relationship.
-Featuring POSE, VIZIE and NEKST.
-Video in collaboration by WEARESUPERVISION & BankShot
-Narration by Charles Bukowski
-Music By the Count Five “Psychotic Reaction”

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Noah Banks | 1st To Do it chronicles

January 17 2012 . 08:11pm

1st To Do It chronicles some of the most innovative, daring and unknown maverick’s in the fields of art, music, sports and fashion. Through arduous research, spanning the stacks at toppled libraries to unearthed microfilm, these pioneers were the first people to do things that seem quite commonplace in today’s society. 1st To Do It is an ongoing series of short documentaries that sheds a much needed light on the people who made their mark first.

 

Larry Lovebone

It’s often disputed in the world of graffiti just who was the first writer to put their moniker up illegally. The vanguard of American graffiti artists, including REVOK, RIME and SABER contribute to the legend of Larry Lovebone, who many art historians have disregarded and omitted from the chronicles of style-writing due to his other cultural contributions during the sexual revolution in the 1960s. In his own words, Mr. Lovebone tells the tale of his infamous tag and its origins in his ability to bed copious amounts of women from every race, culture, creed and religion.

El Santo

El Santo harnessed the power bestowed upon him by a celestial body which gave him an unbelievable grappling ability in the ring, while sacrificing his own face to the delight and horror of lucha libre enthusiasts around the world. After enjoying a career that spanned decades, the tale turned tragic as El Santo died days after removing the mask that had cemented him as a wrestling legend.

GLC Shoes On A Wire

In cities across the world shoes swing haphazardly to the rhythms of culture happenings while on electrical lines. GLC takes the audience to church as he explains why he first threw a bevy of sneakers into the air. From Samba adidas to the Air Jordan IV, there’s a science behind the action of throwing shoes on a wire.

Eddie Klepp

Grab a handful of peanuts and Cracker Jacks as the tale of Eddie Klepp unfolds. Dubbed the first and only white ballplayer to grace the endless talent pool in the Negro Leagues, Klepp has long-since been forgotten because of his struggles with the sauce and the hurdles that come along with a life full of hard living.

1st To Do it chronicles by: NoahBanks

 

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Vizie, Steel and Omens run wild in the La Perla section of Old San Juan

November 17 2011 . 01:58am

Vizie, Steel and Omens, of MSK and Villains crew run wild in the La Perla section of Old San Juan in an LRG Artist Driven film shot by Noah Banks and KC Ortiz.

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REVOK | TRIUMPH & TRAGEDY video preview by Noah Banks

November 08 2011 . 04:52pm

Find out more at: Revok1.com / TheNoahBanks.com

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