ASKEW ONE and ELLIOT FRANCIS STEWART recap by Jon Lake

May 01 2014 . 07:24am

Photos by: Jon Lake

ASKEW ONE | DIASPORA
ELLIOT FRANCIS STEWART | KNEECAPS
Opening reception: April 19, 2014 | 8-11p
On view: April 19 – May 3, 2014

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com

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The making of ASKEW ONE | DIASPORA show captured by Jon Lake

April 18 2014 . 09:47pm

Photos by: Jon Lake

ASKEW ONE | DIASPORA
Opening reception: April 19, 2014 | 8-11p
On view: April 19 – May 3, 2014

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com

 

About Diaspora:

In Askew’s first Los Angeles solo exhibition, he continues to explore themes from last years Sydney show, ‘The Evolving Face’ – specifically the dynamics of cultural, ancestral and social identity in the greater Pacific region. This concept redefines itself as these communities disperse in places like the West Coast of the US, Australia and New Zealand. There is an omnipresent duality existing within Pacific communities – concepts of transience and migration but with strong specific cultural identities that flourish and maintain strength, often impacting and evolving wherever they gain a foothold. For this show ‘Stelly’ who is based in Sydney, Australia and is of Fijian descent is the face of this concept.

In the artists home base of Auckland, New Zealand, the city’s identity has been dramatically altered by Pacific migration over the past 3 decades. Auckland is arguably the current epicentre of the modern Pacific, this forces it’s people to reevaluate the way they identify themselves – even those of European or Asian descent. Feeling a disconnect from his various European ancestries, Askew One has mostly embraced this new sense of identity, yet still walks a fine line between immersion and the analytical view point of an outsider.

About ASKEW ONE:

ASKEW ONE is recognized worldwide for his unique approach to graffiti art and remains at the forefront of the international art scene through constantly exploring new and exciting styles in a world of imitators. With over 20 years of experience and the need to reach out to the world from his home in remote New Zealand, Askew is self-taught in graphic design, illustration, photography, publishing, directing and editing music videos and moving images.

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ASKEW ONE | DIASPORA opens April 19, 2014 at Known Gallery

April 10 2014 . 10:37pm

ASKEWInvite

ASKEW ONE | DIASPORA
Opening reception: April 19, 2014 | 8-11p
On view: April 19 – May 3, 2014

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com

 

About Diaspora:

In Askew’s first Los Angeles solo exhibition, he continues to explore themes from last years Sydney show, ‘The Evolving Face’ – specifically the dynamics of cultural, ancestral and social identity in the greater Pacific region. This concept redefines itself as these communities disperse in places like the West Coast of the US, Australia and New Zealand. There is an omnipresent duality existing within Pacific communities – concepts of transience and migration but with strong specific cultural identities that flourish and maintain strength, often impacting and evolving wherever they gain a foothold. For this show ‘Stelly’ who is based in Sydney, Australia and is of Fijian descent is the face of this concept.

In the artists home base of Auckland, New Zealand, the city’s identity has been dramatically altered by Pacific migration over the past 3 decades. Auckland is arguably the current epicentre of the modern Pacific, this forces it’s people to reevaluate the way they identify themselves – even those of European or Asian descent. Feeling a disconnect from his various European ancestries, Askew One has mostly embraced this new sense of identity, yet still walks a fine line between immersion and the analytical view point of an outsider.

About ASKEW ONE:

ASKEW ONE is recognized worldwide for his unique approach to graffiti art and remains at the forefront of the international art scene through constantly exploring new and exciting styles in a world of imitators. With over 20 years of experience and the need to reach out to the world from his home in remote New Zealand, Askew is self-taught in graphic design, illustration, photography, publishing, directing and editing music videos and moving images.

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Elliot Francis Stewart | KNEECAPS opens April 19, 2014 at Known Gallery

April 10 2014 . 10:33pm

deus

ELLIOT FRANCIS STEWART | KNEECAPS
Opening reception: April 19, 2014 | 8-11p
On view: April 19 – May 3, 2014

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com

Elliot Francis Stewart
Born in 1982, Elliot Francis Stewart is the third youngest of nine children and grew up in the Eastern Auckland suburb of Pakuranga. He spent his childhood engrossed in comic books and creating elaborately rendered drawings of galleons and scenes of war.

In 1996 his family relocated to the inner city neighborhood of Grey Lynn and he attended the now defunct Auckland Metropolitan College, an alternative school where he met his tight-knit crew of friends who became known as the RFC (Rat Fink Club) crew.

Initially garnering a reputation for his often-offbeat cartoon-based graffiti, Elliot aka Deus became part of TMD (The Most Dedicated) in 2001 and quickly established himself as the foremost talent in character based work in aerosol. Furthermore his early Auckland shows at The Gully Lounge in St Kevin’s Arcade and Disrupt Gallery, allowed him to showcase elaborate and influential illustrative works often created on found objects in common house paint and ballpoint pen.

Elliot currently lives in Auckland and works as an artist and freelance illustrator.

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ONE FIFTY | GARY SILIPA / ELLIOT FRANCIS STEWART / ASKEW ONE

September 04 2012 . 10:00pm

Top local artists (and members of world-renown graffiti crew TMD) Askew One, Elliot Francis Stewart (Deus) and Gary Silipa (Ryze) are holding a trio-exhibition that takes the ‘ONE FIFTY’ title to the extreme.

The exhibition theme runs exclusively around the number ONE FIFTY. There will be ONE FIFTY pieces of art exhibited; each piece will be ONE FIFTYmm x ONE FIFTYmm; each item costs ONE FIFTY dollars; doors open at ONE FIFTY pm on Saturday 15 September at ONE FIFTY four, Ponsonby Rd, Auckland; exhibition runs for ONE FIFTY minutes (end time 4.20pm); and only the first ONE FIFTY entrants will be allowed through the door! There will also be ONE FIFTY beers and ONE FIFTY glasses of wine for guests, plus ONE FIFTY mini chocolate cupcakes (available for ONE FIFTY [$1.50] each).

It’s a rare treat to have artists of this calibre exhibiting affordable works around such an exciting and novel concept. While ASKEW ONE multi-tasks in video making, publishing and graphic design, he’s always pushing the boundaries amongst his NZ contemporaries to strive for international-level recognition in graffiti, canvas painting and large-scale public murals.

For ELLIOT FRANCIS STEWART, this show marks the return of a true inner city icon. Having taken a hiatus from exhibiting a significant body of work for the past five years, Elliot is definitely one of the most talented illustrators in Grey Lynn – he may even be the best in the world.

GARY SILIPA is a fine example of an artist starting out in a conventional ‘University graduate/working class’ mold to please normal thinking society, to breaking free in 2011 and chasing a passion for better ‘self-complete’ living. Silipa’s work portrays life-stories, challenges and personal successes to keep him going and true to his path in life.

Wellington exhibition coming soon!

ONE FIFTY
GARY SILIPA / ELLIOT FRANCIS STEWART / ASKEW ONE
150 x 150mm x 150mm works for $150 showing for 150 minutes only
Entrance only available to the first 150 people. Cash & Carry.
SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2012
154 PONSONBY RD, AUCKLAND
DOORS OPEN 1:50PM

For media enquiries, please contact:
jane@frequencymedia.co.nz
PH: (09) 376 4548

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