POSE interview on these-delights.com

November 19 2011 . 06:22pm

White Wash, a new exhibition by POSE and KC Ortiz, opens at Known Gallery on November 19. I caught up with POSE and asked him a few questions about the upcoming show, and in this interview, he discusses the buff, importance of human expression, his inspirations, new works and growth as an artist.

How did you come up with the title and theme for your show?
For me, White Wash pertains to both the physical act of painting over/covering up different forms of human expression like graffiti, and also the metaphorical side of censoring the human voice and the spirit of imagination. For better or worse, I feel my work comes out of a very American experience and whitewashing in all its definitions is a very historically loaded reference point.

Shortly after I began writing graffiti, Chicago took an extremely hard-line stance on its eradication, outlawing the sale and possession of spraypaint and implementing Mayor Daley’s Graffiti Blasters program. Ever since Mayor Daley started the initiative in 1993, they have notoriously painted out anything and everything resembling the slightest of human expression. (I have seen MDGB brown buff over trees, stop signs, legal community murals, etc.)

As a young child, graffiti opened my eyes to the world, empowered me and taught me everything I’ve ever needed to know about life. Riding the train and seeing all the cartoon characters, letters, shapes, colors and signage along the rooftops was not only electrifying and inspiring, but also inviting. It was inviting me to dive in and escape a harsh world, which didn’t seem to offer much. Without me being able to see other artists’ public acts of self-expression and accept their invitation, I don’t think I would be here and I certainly don’t think the world would be as interesting and rich.

This is why for this show, I decided to dig back into my fondest, most juvenile and pure memories—riding the train every day before the lines were buffed brown, exploring every nook and cranny of the city, and using everyday typography, cartoons, colors and designs to express myself and create a public identity within the architecture of the city.

As the years progress, everything is more tight, more P.C. and cleaned up quicker and with much more vigilance. So I felt that the time was right for me to investigate this with my paintings. If anything, recalling the time I had as a kid before my city’s vibrant youth culture was eradicated and drawing on it for inspiration is an incredibly rich process, and makes me thankful that no city official can eradicate my memories.

What inspired the new works?
Everyday lowbrow forms of self expression, i.e. carving your girlfriend’s name into a tree or bus stop, a little personal swing added to a hand-painted fast food sign, comics, clip art, gang cards, social club signs, patches, jackets, graffiti and the buff.

I was playing with the concept of eradicating graffiti, and my starting point for investigation was to sort of “reverse buff,” similar to Mickey Mouse’s magic brush, where if you took a roller or paintbrush to a wall, imagery would appear where you painted rather than disappear.

This is your second show at Known. How is this show different than your last?
I feel a lot more comfortable as a practicing studio artist now. And my paintings are coming from a stronger place conceptually. I feel like I have gotten to the root and soul of what I want to discuss and explore with my studio paintings.

Last year, I had an incredible experience preparing for Rumble, but it was much more of an experiment to see if I could produce studio paintings and get the same sort of energy and excitement as I do working on the street.

I was really exercising a lot of demons for the last show, training myself to calm down and let it all out in a different environment and seeing what I could do technically. I’m sure any graff writer with two decades in it that tries to move from a can and a city to tiny brush and a canvas will tell you that at first it feels like going from a diet of pure cocaine to decaf coffee. Now I am at a point where I am completely addicted to working in the studio and it feels like a natural transition when working outdoors or indoors.

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POSE & KC Ortiz | Whitewash Opening Reception 11-19-2011

November 17 2011 . 07:25pm

POSE & KC Ortiz | Whitewash

Opening Reception Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 8‑11pm
On View November 19 – December 10, 2011

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
T: 310-860-6263

On Saturday, November 19, graffiti artist POSE and photojournalist KC Ortiz will unveil Whitewash, their second exhibition at Known Gallery, and their most cohesive to date.

For POSE, Whitewash references society’s attempt to eradicate graffiti and stifle human expression. “Shortly after I started writing graffiti, Chicago took an extremely hard-line stance on its eradication, outlawing the sale of spraypaint and implementing Mayor Dayley’s Graffiti Blasters program,” POSE explains.

With this exhibition, POSE will recall a time before the buff. “I am digging into my fondest childhood memories of riding the train and seeing all the colors, letters and cartoon characters along the lines. Making these paintings has been an incredibly rich process, and it makes me thankful that no city official can eradicate my memories.”

POSE will show 15 new works in the main gallery. The work is rendered in his signature style—aggressive, hand-painted collages of pop-culture icons and ephemera—but feature deeper abstractions and new mediums. “I have six paintings on Plexiglass that were kind of an experiment,” POSE explains. “I wanted to be challenged by a new medium and process.”

For KC, Whitewash is about the people and places he photographs. “Much of the work I do covers those who have been ‘whitewashed,’ so to speak, by history and policy,” KC notes. “Specifically, the work I will be exhibiting is from West Papua and Burma. You won’t find either of those ‘nations’ on the map, as both have been essentially ‘whitewashed’ away. Burma has been renamed Myanmar by its ruling junta in order to establish the fantasy of a unified nation, and West Papua has been occupied by Indonesia since 1963 after a very controversial handover from the Dutch that was orchestrated by the United States.”

In the project room, KC will show 12 photographs of West Papua and Burma’s armed struggles. “The struggles are unified in their nature under the theme of resistance, the victimhood of whitewashing by the world at large, the beauty of their people, and the strength of the human spirit and dignity,” KC notes.

About the artists:

POSE
Hailing from The Windy City, POSE has made an indelible mark on a multitude of cities around the globe. Best known for his progressive letter style and technical precision, POSE is an influential contributor to the contemporary graffiti movement, and his work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and films. POSE grew up a half block from the CTA’s elevated train line, and started sneaking out to practice graffiti there in 1992. Coming of age during the golden era of Chicago graffiti, POSE put in endless work on the streets. His prolific output led him to become a local legend, and the city’s most internationally recognized graffiti artist. In addition to his achievements in graffiti, POSE set out to conquer every medium visual art has to offer—both on and off the streets. His artistic exploration led him to become a jack of all creative trades, with successful endeavors in the commercial and fine art worlds. POSE currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. He is a member of the acclaimed West Coast artist collective The Seventh Letter, as well as a founder of his own Chicago based design and art firm We Are Supervision. He has traveled internationally on his own and with The Seventh Letter, specifically to showcase his skills as one of the best graffiti artists out there. Almost two decades into his artistic career, POSE shows no signs of slowing down.

KC Ortiz
KC Ortiz is an award-winning, self taught photojournalist with a split base between his hometown of Chicago, Illinois and Western Thailand. Ortiz’s work focuses on the world’s forgotten and overlooked people and issues. He has covered conflict throughout Southeast Asia, focusing on the human suffering and the policies that enable conflict, as well as humanitarian issues throughout the world. The aim of his photography is to bring awareness to the masses of those that are suffering most, often times completely unseen by the majority. His work has appeared in A-Magasinet, Global Post, Juxtapoz, Newsweek, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications across the globe. Ortiz’s work has been exhibited in a number of museums and galleries including The Newseum, The Corcoran, The Frontline Club, Known Gallery, Rivera and Rivera Gallery, Guerrero Gallery, and others. In 2011, Ortiz’s work was recognized with a first place award from the prestigious Pictures of The Year International.

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POSE and KC ORTIZ | WHITE WASH at KNOWN GALLERY setup photos

November 16 2011 . 02:51am


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POSE & KC Ortiz | Whitewash

Opening Reception Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 8‑11pm
On View November 19 – December 10, 2011

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
T: 310-860-6263

On Saturday, November 19, graffiti artist POSE and photojournalist KC Ortiz will unveil Whitewash, their second exhibition at Known Gallery, and their most cohesive to date.

For POSE, Whitewash references society’s attempt to eradicate graffiti and stifle human expression. “Shortly after I started writing graffiti, Chicago took an extremely hard-line stance on its eradication, outlawing the sale of spraypaint and implementing Mayor Dayley’s Graffiti Blasters program,” POSE explains.

With this exhibition, POSE will recall a time before the buff. “I am digging into my fondest childhood memories of riding the train and seeing all the colors, letters and cartoon characters along the lines. Making these paintings has been an incredibly rich process, and it makes me thankful that no city official can eradicate my memories.”

POSE will show 15 new works in the main gallery. The work is rendered in his signature style—aggressive, hand-painted collages of pop-culture icons and ephemera—but feature deeper abstractions and new mediums. “I have six paintings on Plexiglass that were kind of an experiment,” POSE explains. “I wanted to be challenged by a new medium and process.”

For KC, Whitewash is about the people and places he photographs. “Much of the work I do covers those who have been ‘whitewashed,’ so to speak, by history and policy,” KC notes. “Specifically, the work I will be exhibiting is from West Papua and Burma. You won’t find either of those ‘nations’ on the map, as both have been essentially ‘whitewashed’ away. Burma has been renamed Myanmar by its ruling junta in order to establish the fantasy of a unified nation, and West Papua has been occupied by Indonesia since 1963 after a very controversial handover from the Dutch that was orchestrated by the United States.”

In the project room, KC will show 12 photographs of West Papua and Burma’s armed struggles. “The struggles are unified in their nature under the theme of resistance, the victimhood of whitewashing by the world at large, the beauty of their people, and the strength of the human spirit and dignity,” KC notes.

About the artists:

POSE
Hailing from The Windy City, POSE has made an indelible mark on a multitude of cities around the globe. Best known for his progressive letter style and technical precision, POSE is an influential contributor to the contemporary graffiti movement, and his work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and films. POSE grew up a half block from the CTA’s elevated train line, and started sneaking out to practice graffiti there in 1992. Coming of age during the golden era of Chicago graffiti, POSE put in endless work on the streets. His prolific output led him to become a local legend, and the city’s most internationally recognized graffiti artist. In addition to his achievements in graffiti, POSE set out to conquer every medium visual art has to offer—both on and off the streets. His artistic exploration led him to become a jack of all creative trades, with successful endeavors in the commercial and fine art worlds. POSE currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. He is a member of the acclaimed West Coast artist collective The Seventh Letter, as well as a founder of his own Chicago based design and art firm We Are Supervision. He has traveled internationally on his own and with The Seventh Letter, specifically to showcase his skills as one of the best graffiti artists out there. Almost two decades into his artistic career, POSE shows no signs of slowing down.

KC Ortiz
KC Ortiz is an award-winning, self taught photojournalist with a split base between his hometown of Chicago, Illinois and Western Thailand. Ortiz’s work focuses on the world’s forgotten and overlooked people and issues. He has covered conflict throughout Southeast Asia, focusing on the human suffering and the policies that enable conflict, as well as humanitarian issues throughout the world. The aim of his photography is to bring awareness to the masses of those that are suffering most, often times completely unseen by the majority. His work has appeared in A-Magasinet, Global Post, Juxtapoz, Newsweek, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications across the globe. Ortiz’s work has been exhibited in a number of museums and galleries including The Newseum, The Corcoran, The Frontline Club, Known Gallery, Rivera and Rivera Gallery, Guerrero Gallery, and others. In 2011, Ortiz’s work was recognized with a first place award from the prestigious Pictures of The Year International.

 

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KC ORTIZ | Los Salvajes Book

November 11 2011 . 03:06am


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Los Salvajes Book

Photojournalist KC Ortiz has a track record of going places where no one else would consider setting foot, allowing the images that he captures to tell stories of corruption, violence and despair in the third world. In the past, assignments have found him embedded with Hmong rebels in Laos as well as capturing West Papuan freedom-fighters as they die at the hand of Indonesian rule. His latest work, sponsored by the always inventive clothing brand, LRG, found Ortiz bounding around Puerto Rico with graffiti standouts Vizie, Steel and Omens, of Mad Society Kings and Villains crew infamy, as they painted in the dicey La Perla section of Old San Juan. The result of their travails has been nicely packaged in a limited-edition run of 50 books, each hand-signed by Ortiz, and dubbed Los Salvajes (The Wild Ones). This completely black and white run features Ortiz’s signature photographic sensibilities, combined with handpicked artists from LRG’s stable of artistic heavyweights. KC Ortiz’s work will next be seen in an exhibition setting as he shows 12 new photographs of the West Papuan and Burmese armed struggles at LA’s Known Gallery along side Chicago-based artist, Pose, and dubbed Whitewash. Their must-see works are unveiled November 19 and run through December 10.

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A brief preview of POSE’s upcoming show “Whitewash” on 11-19-2011 at Known Gallery

November 01 2011 . 07:06pm

A brief preview of POSE’s upcoming show “Whitewash” on November 19, 2011 at Known Gallery, Los Angeles.
Shot and edited by Noah Banks.

POSE & KC Ortiz | Whitewash

Opening Reception Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 8‑11pm
On View November 19 – December 10, 2011

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
T: 310-860-6263

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