Kan by The Mouarf

Kan / Da Mental Vaporz

Street Art, Graffiti

July 17, 2014

Kan is a French artist born in 1977 whose initiation to Graffiti came through boredom. Trapped in high school, the young artist was busier sketching in his school books and carving his name on his classroom tables than listening to his teachers.  Painting anonymously at night in search of his hometown’s best spots, Kan fell further down the Graffiti hole after a first trip to Paris, followed by another one to Los Angeles, both exposing him to the best of what their culture has to offer.

He moved to Paris and joined Bom.K and the Da Mental Vaporz crew in 2000. DMV “Da Mental Vaporz” consists of ten members: Bom.k, Blo, Brusk, Iso, Dran, Kan, Lek, Gris1, Jaw and Sowat. 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.

Combining his passion for computers, video and design to traditional graffiti techniques, Kan has distorted his name a thousand ways, from throw-ups to digitalized block letters to pixel art, halftone graffiti and dripping QR codes. At first glance, a series of dots hypnotise the viewers, suddenly connecting in their mind to form a portrait, a familiar figure that stares back them: Who’s watching who? With the DMV crew, they embarked in the production of large-scale murals internationally. Since then Kan has participated to many graffiti jams and steadily exhibited his work collectively and individually in galleries across the world, from Paris to London, New York and Melbourne.