KEMS Vision Quest

March 21 2017 . 01:29am

Vision Quest is the first instalment of an ongoing collaborative video series by American graffiti writer KEMS (@allchrome) and Los Angeles based photographer Kingston (@kingstonphoto). The series documents the search and activation of wasted spaces.

In the search for abandoned spots to explore and paint, KEMS discovered abandoned lines of trains out in the desert. Loading up with a stack of Lak Chrome spray paint and a large a-frame ladder, he trekked through the arid landscape to find a discontinued double-decker passenger train – potentially from the 60s or 70s. While the dates are uncertain, in tracing the history of the cars, they were used to convey people from Mexico to San Diego – at one point, this model was used in Chicago.

These adventures brought back the sense of discovery that graffiti originally gave him. In reflection, KEMS says that it seems people were at these locations one day and gone the next. Leaving him to question – “why did people abandon this place?”

Photos from these lurks will be featured in an upcoming zine and accompanied by a special edition Reload by Ironlak spray can. More details to be announced.


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New wall DZT X 123KLAN

July 15 2014 . 11:31pm

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New wall Downtown Los Angeles by DZT X 123KLAN “LA HAND” mascot wall by SLICK, SCIEN, KLOR, BRISK

and COOK

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TRAV, EWOK, PERSUE and KEM5 in San Diego, California

January 12 2013 . 10:46pm

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The Seventh Letter Crew at Soundset Festival, MN

May 25 2012 . 06:16am

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Bates and Niels Bjorndahl | Appreciation for letters in Paris

May 14 2012 . 08:33pm

Maquis-art Shop & Gallery and Maurice Grinbaum presents:
“Appreciation for letters” coming up next in Paris
By: Bates & Bjorndahl.

Here’s the story behind the upcoming exhibition:

Bates and Niels Bjorndahl first met in 1984 when the graffiti scene was still in its infancy in Denmark.
They became fast friends and ran together thru 1986 when Bjorndahl was forced to put an end to his
graffiti career due to numerous run-ins with the local authorities.
Bjorndahl then changed his focus to abstract art while Bates continued on with graffiti.

In 2009 the two met again and started exchanging ideas and creative inputs and in the fall of 2011 they
decided to try to work on some canvases together merging abstract art and graffiti in a new style. The
result became a number of pieces where the artists experiment with different color dogmas and unusual
types of canvases. The first selection will be showcased at the exhibition ‘Appreciation for Letters’ in Paris
in the spring of 2012 in collaboration with Maquis-Art. Among the experiments, one series very much defines
the show ‘Appreciation for Letters’, namely the ‘Typograffiti’ pieces where each canvas represents a specially
selected font, which has then been spray painted onto the canvases by hand without the use of stencils. This
intricate technique and focus on the very basics of letters defines some of the purest form of graffiti that exists:
Strong letter structures that move and bend with a good flow…

Official opening:
15 of May opens at: 11:00 o’clock

MAQUIS-ART Shop and Gallery
42, rue Quincampoix
75004 Paris
Métro chatelet
(entre Agnès B et le citadium beaubourg)

and also next door Gallery:
38 rue quincampoix
75004 Paris

Sponsor: Ironlak
Music: Diamond Messages – Liquid Summer
Video editing by: Wen cod 2012

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