Roger Gastman and Jonathan LeVine | Cruel Summer video

August 13 2014 . 12:52am


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Closing Reception | Cept / Thank You X / Remio / Duel

August 07 2013 . 10:13pm


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Opening Reception Photos | Cept and Thank You X | “Mind in Transit”

August 01 2013 . 10:52pm

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Cept interview with Roger Gastman from Juxtapoz Magazine

July 27 2013 . 05:32am


This Saturday, July 27, former Juxtapoz featured artist, Mike Ballard aka CEPT, will open a new solo show, Mind In Transit, at Known Gallery in Los Angeles. We had good friend Roger Gastman interview and say a few kind words about the UK-based CEPT, who will be celebrating his very first United States exhibition.
I’ve known CEPT since I was a teenager. I slept on his floor in London and painted graffiti with him – hell he introduced me to EINE. My Girlfriend at the time was real pissed at me because I went to see him and do vandalism instead of go to prom with her. Oh well. I was a fan of CEPT’s graffiti and have become a fan of his art. I am happy to help him debut his work in Los Angeles this weekend at Known Gallery. Come check it out! —Roger Gastman

RG: First off, I want to make sure people reading this know your history – you didn’t just get into graffiti and art last year because it was trendy right?

I’ve been writing since 1986, after seeing Subway Art. I became obsessed and just wrote and wrote, traveled, met a lot of good people, and just kept painting, trying to get better and do more. I had was already into drawing…but graffiti changed everything,

RG:You have been making a living as an artist now for several years in the UK – what made you decide to take on America?

I’ve been wanting to do a show here for a while, and have been doing a lot of shows in in the UK, so it was just a matter of timing, and getting some new work together. Of course it’s good to take your work to new audiences. I wanted to come here and let people know how I do, and to see the new progression in my work. I never want to stand still for too long, I’m always thinking to push my stuff forward and try and take it next level. And LA is a super fresh place, and Known Gallery is a great space also, so I’m stoked to be showing here.

RG: Seems like you have been enjoying LA a lot so far? What are a few of your best experiences to date?

Yeah LA is off the hook, it’s been 16 years since I was here last. The best time back then was getting to paint Motor yard with AWR. Now this time round, it’s just the whole LA vibe, everyone seems more chilled and happy, the weather is great, and those Californian girls… wow, The Beach Boys weren’t lying bout that.

RG: You work in several different mediums – and for this show made some kick ass pieces from many. What did you make and why?

I’d been working a lot lately on new oil paintings in London and really wanted to show them, so I brought them with me and some new collages and prints. I brought these works with me as I think it showcases the range of styles that I’m working with. It shows where my work is heading to, definitely more oil paintings and figurative stuff, I have a long way to go with them, but I’m happy with the way things are progressing. It’s at the other end of the scale from painting graffiti, in terms of time, mixing, fades etc, a new discipline. I wanna’ learn new stuff.

RG: You have a series of 20 screen prints, all different colors – of some hippie yoga thing. I have gotten past that and think it’s pretty good looking. Have you turned into a hippie?

Haha, you like that one right. No I’m not a hippie, I do yoga, but that doesn’t make me a hippy. It’s good for you, keeps you strong, in shape and flexible. These prints are a brand new set I made for LA, they’re like some tripped out psychedelic poster. I love the image, I just remixed it with some funk.

RG: Why should people come out and see the show and just not watch it on Instagram?

People should take there heads out of there fucking phones and live life properly, not through pixels, come and see the work in the flesh and up close. Instagram is never going to do any paintings justice, and Known Gallery is a huge space so you have to see the work laid out and in context. You can’t feel the vibe through your phone.

The exhibition runs through August 10, 2013. Mind In Transit Featuring CEPT & THANK YOU X opens this Saturday July 27, at Known Gallery. Hours are 8-11pm. REMIO and DUEL are in the project rooms. Be there.


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CEPT and THANK YOU X | MIND IN TRANSIT | Opening reception: July 27, 2013 | 8 to 11p

July 26 2013 . 11:58pm


Opening reception: July 27, 2013 | 8 – 11p
Show runs: July 27 – August 10, 2013

Known Gallery / Main Room
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Los Angeles – Known Gallery is proud to present MIND IN TRANSIT, an exhibit of new solo work by London born graffiti artist/painter CEPT and Los Angeles native street artist/painter THANK YOU X. In the project room, world famous graffiti artist REMIO will exhibit a new series of canvas paintings.

This is first U.S. exhibit for British artist CEPT. A legend of the London graffiti scene since his youth, over the last 20 years CEPT has expanded to mural painting, collage artwork and incredible immersive large-scale multimedia installations. His artwork has exhibited all over the globe and this new series is the beginning of the next evolution in his gallery work, incorporating figurative elements and art history into abstract painting. Very inspired by the arrangement and collation of sampled music, CEPT paints the way he listens to music, allowing the variety and remixing of sounds to open him up to constructing something new. His paintings combine rich colors and romantic images of yesterday with slick pop iconography of today. Mixing the old and the new influences the visual worlds of his art, a future primitive.

THANK YOU X became well known on the streets of Los Angeles a few years ago, largely in part to his large Warhol wheat paste.  Signing THANK YOU X underneath in a gesture of anonymous gratitude for Warhol’s aesthetic of rebellious integrity, the name accidentally became the artist’s identity. Still very inspired by the pop tropes and bright colors of that NYC art scene, THANK YOU X will show new large-scale paintings featuring the canon of iconic imagery he respects. A dark background with pastel and near-fluorescent color combination, topped with a thick resin surface creates the slick glossy pop paintings that THANK YOU X both enjoys himself and continues to involve in his personal visual narrative.

The project room will feature REMIO, a renowned graffiti artist originally from Norway. His infamous tags and throw-ups can be found all over the world, led with his trademark anthropomorphic, angular, and true character in all senses of the word, “R.” He is a founding member of the Vancouver crew VTS and also part of Twist’s DFW/THR, and Os Gemeos’ VLOK. REMIO comes from a special lineage of hard-hitting all-out graffiti artists, with a very old school ethic of getting up everywhere, but he has recently shown work inside galleries in San Francisco, Paris and Venice, Italy. This new exhibit features canvas paintings with his strong graphic lexicon of characters, symbols and shapes amongst a bright colorful background of patterns, while keeping his distinct and brilliant style of line and fluid form intact. The paintings are consistent with the genuine spirit of his graffiti, retaining his unique faces and playful mood, while living inside the very specific form of the canvas.


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