BLURRING THE LINES at CHG opening photos | Kohshin Finley

May 02 2011 . 04:17pm


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April 29 2011 . 03:01pm

featuring: FREEDOM, CRASH & RISK | curator Roger Gastman

Opening: 7-10pm

Chris Pape / FREEDOM
Born in 1960, Chris Pape began painting trains as a teenager in New York, and in 1979, he adopted his world-famous moniker FREEDOM. Pape began exhibiting in galleries in the early 80s showing with CRASH, Jean Michel Basquiat, FUTURA and others. In 1989, with the emergence of the “Mole People”, he chose to abandon his gallery career and focus on painting and drawing the homeless known as the Freedom Tunnel series.  In 1996 the tunnel was closed off and the artist painted his final work titled “Buy American”. Considered by many to be the leading archivist of the New York subway graffiti movement, Pape reemerged as an author and filmmaker, continuing to paint commissions based on the eclectic works in the Freedom Tunnel for collectors worldwide.

John Matos / CRASH
Growing up in the Bronx, John Matos began his career at the early age of 13. He was first noticed through his murals on subway cars and dilapidated buildings. As he got older, he transferred his art from the street to canvases and has exhibited his work in museums worldwide. In 1996 Matos painted a signature Stratocaster for musician Eric Clapton and gave it to the artist as a gift. Clapton used this guitar throughout his 2001 tour. In total Matos has created five guitars for Clapton and was commissioned by Fender Musical Instruments for 50 guitars he titled the “Crashocasters.” Today Matos is not only recognized as a fine artist, he is also regarded as a pioneer of the graffiti movement. Matos’ work is included in the collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn as well as private collections worldwide. For more information about the artist, please visit

Kelly Graval / RISK
In a career spanning 29 years, RISK has impacted the evolution of graffiti as an art form in Los Angeles and worldwide. RISK gained major notoriety for his unique style and pushed the limits of graffiti further than any writer in L.A. had before: He was one of the first writers in Southern California to paint freight trains, and he pioneered writing on “heavens,” or freeway overpasses. At the peak of his career he took graffiti from the streets and into the gallery with the launch of the Third Rail series of art shows, and later parlayed the name into the first authentic line of graffiti inspired clothing. RISK has continued to work on numerous Hollywood projects for movie and music video sets, including the film Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and videos for The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ice Cube, Bad Religion and Michael Jackson. Today, RISK is still involved with graffiti, surrounding himself with writers and supporting them in their art, and exhibiting at galleries and museums worldwide. For more information about the artist, please visit

Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

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MOCA x Levi’s | Art in the Streets

April 20 2011 . 04:09pm

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Small Gift prints available | Roger Gastman

January 25 2011 . 10:56pm

Roger Gastman just released these prints from the Small Gift Miami feature artists: POSE, Anthony Lister, Spotlight Tattoo and CRASH.

Purchase yours here: Graff Supply

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Sanrio 50th Anniversary – Art Basel, Miami

December 01 2010 . 01:15pm

Sanrio Inc. continues their 50th Anniversary celebration with their debut during world-renowned Art Basel-Miami 2010. Artists have long been inspired by Sanrio characters, led by the beloved iconic Hello Kitty®, and now art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to pay homage with this 4-day tribute designed for Sanrio fans of all ages. Small Gift Miami will open to the public on Thursday, December 2 and runs through Sunday, December 5, 2010.  
Over 100,000 people have visited the 10-day Small Gift Los Angeles event, and a similar crowd is expected as Sanrio brings a variety of medium to life during Art Basel. Small Gift Miami will inhabit an 8,000-square foot custom designed space in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District, and the Small Gift mobile pop up shop, which has been bringing the celebration to fans in cities across the country since October 23, will also make an appearance at Small Gift Miami.
Highlights of Small Gift Miami will include:
Art Exhibition – curated by Roger Gastman and Zio Fulcher of R. Rock Enterprises, this group exhibition is the cornerstone of Small Gift Miami. Fifty internationally-recognized artists were selected to create original works of art in their signature medium, showcasing their favorite Sanrio characters. Shepard Fairey, Niagara, Jason Alper, Adam Wallacavage, Mark Mothersbaugh, Richard Colman, Mike Shinoda and Seonna Hong are just a few of the artists whose work will be on display, in addition to a selection of limited-edition prints. All artwork will be for sale; with a portion of the proceeds going to Hands On Miami. Hands On Miami is a non-profit, volunteer based organization that brings hands-on community support to individuals & families throughout Miami-Dade County.
Wall Murals – Small Gift Miami will showcase three stunning 35-foot wall installations created by artists CRASH, POSE and Anthony Lister. Also on view will be a 35-foot visual timeline of the history of Sanrio.
Live Tattoos – a tattoo shop will be set up at the event featuring artists Charlie Roberts and Grant Cobb from iconic L.A. tattoo studio, Spotlight Tattoos. Charlie and Grant have developed over 50 custom tattoos featuring Sanrio icons Hello Kitty®, Badtz- Maru®, My Melody®, Kuromi®, Tuxedo Sam™ and many others. Guests can select their art & receive a FREE sitting with these artists!
Inspired by many of the elements that have made Small Gift Los Angeles a breakout success, Small Gift Miami will dazzle fans with an assortment of new features such as the Sanrio Sweet Counter, selling Hello Kitty/Sanrio candy, custom neon installations of favorite Sanrio characters, framed vintage Sanrio ephemera, live magic tricks by the house magician, beats by DJ Elle, and photo set ups, featuring character mascots Hello Kitty, Chococat®, Keroppi, My Melody and Badtz-Maru.
Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase specially created and selected commemorative products in the Small Gift Miami pop-up shop. Sanrio’s 50th Anniversary marks the first time that many of the characters have appeared together. There are a variety of must-have, collectible pieces including iPhone and laptop cases, tote bags, t-shirts, tin lunch boxes, bobbleheads, plush, a commemorative 50th Anniversary book and much, much more.

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