DMV “Da Mental Vaporz” is a French graffiti crew consisting of Bom.K, Blo, Brusk, Dran, Gris1, Iso, Jaw, Kan, Sowat & Lek created in 1999 by Bom.k and Iso within the Paris suburbs. Soon joined by Kan, they stood out by making huge murals in sordid lands within the southern suburbs, showcasing different subjects from traditional graffiti (previously confined to either block letters or cartoon characters and bubbles).
The works of these artists can speak for themselves independently, differentiating from each other mostly in medium as in style and technique that which as soon as they are shown in a common context, creates an extraordinarily interesting and thrilling relationship. As can be deduced from the name “Da Mental Vaporz”, which, translated, means “The Vapors of the Psyche” it is for the artists a matter of concern to make the observer aware of the abyss of the personal psyche. This is translated by each individual member of the collective in their own way and leads to a multifaceted wealth of style, which, collectively, puts its mark on the important tides of the art of the 20th century. Observing the walls created by DMV in an urban setting, everything is offered to the beholder, from old school Graffiti to Pop Art and all the way to Surrealism, abstract Expressionism, Cubism and pore Abstraction. As different as these styles seem, the artists are, nevertheless, able, in their commonly created works, to bring together a harmonious symbiosis, which, although marked by tension, remains balanced. Their preferred media are spray cans, acrylic, mixed media. The artists also attempt to bring to life installations that are created in the urban environment (where they create most of their art) into a gallery framework.
Thus, their artworks can span over tens of meters high and wide, depicting monstrous characters, madness and the imminent end of times. In the 2000s, Jaw from the south of France joined the collective with his crazy contorted characters and wild style letters. Gris1 came to strengthen the crew with his expertise in old school graffiti codes and vectorial madness. Brusk from Lyon, vandal master with “3D honour” followed shortly and added Dran’s touch of cynicism and childlike characters to the collective. Eventually in 2008 Sowat successfully managed to join the team with his throw-ups and calligraffiti… discreetly integrating Blo and his dislocated dolls to darken the whole scenery.
Da Mental Vaporz surprises by its creativity and combination of styles. Internationally known for its large scale spectacular murals, the DMV crew successfully manages to maintain the aesthetical unity of the group while strengthening their own individualities.
|2014||The Wall||BC Gallery, Berlin||Solo|
|2011||The DMV's Show||Espace GHP,Toulouse, France||Solo|