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.

Source: juxtapoz.com

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September 22 2011 . 06:54am

Statement from the Artist:


End Mural Moratorium. Art Is Not A Crime…

The reason I hired five jet planes to sky write over City Hall and downtown Los Angeles is to bring awareness to how ridiculous a moratorium on public art is.

The city states that all public murals are signage, effectively banning art from the walls of Los Angeles. And it is removed at the taxpayers’ expense. Money is given to private graffiti removal companies, who have broken onto private property to paint murals beige. The owners of small businesses where murals have been painted have been harassed and threatened with fines if they do not remove the artwork. Police officers raid homes and places of work, intimidating artists and building owners. During this time of economic crisis, “mural signs” are an easy target for the city to extract money. This moratorium is a clear violation of the first amendment right to free speech and enforcement for these unreasonable laws is a complete waste of taxpayer funds.

To put things in perspective I recently visited the beautiful set of murals inside the Terminal Annex Building on Alameda. This mural was painted in 1941-44 and was funded by the “Works Progress Administration” (WPA). Murals are just a part of the legacy of a national program that put the country to work during the Great Depression.

Fast-forward to the Great Recession, taxpayer money is now used to obliterate all traces of the artwork my generation have created. I believe this is city-funded censorship pushed by lawmakers with personal vendettas. Potential jail time is more probable for us than the opportunity of creating an artistic legacy for the next generation. In a city that used to proudly call itself the “Mural Capitol Of The World,” the officials who enforce this ban should be ashamed to call themselves “Angelinos.”

Art Is Not A Crime… End Mural Moratorium.


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September 03 2010 . 06:50pm

Available at: Juxtapoz.com

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TSL x KG has our own blog on Juxtapoz.com

August 18 2009 . 02:31pm

A few months back our good friend Katie Zuppann invited us to have our own blog on Juxtapoz.com. First they gave us our own issue, then throw us a bunch of parties and now this. Thanks JUXTAPOZ!

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Upper Playground & Juxtapoz Magazine U.S. Tour video

June 15 2009 . 07:43pm

In 2008, Juxtapoz Magazine and Upper Playground asked David Choe, Alex Pardee, Saber & Retna to paint their way across the United States. Traveling the country from Washington D.C. to the Bay Area with spray cans in their hands and cameras following, they bombed, brushed, and painted, leaving a swath of color and creativity in their wake. This short documentary piece, set to the music of Cutsoquick, captures the artists as they hit the streets collaborating on huge pieces and connecting with fans and admirers of their art from all walks of life.

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