After a mind-boggling group spectacle with Dabs&Myla and other artists named Touchy Subjects, a group of graffiti artists and friends, who have been collaborating successfully for years, is taking the exhibiting experience both Further and Farther than expected at The Seventh Letter Flagship Store and Gallery. In an exhibition entitled exactly Further/Farther, Pose, KC Ortiz, Vizie and Omens are showing their latest work together, highlighting the similarities in thought and differences in visual execution, while keeping the entire installation connected through collaborative spirit. The body of work is created for the group show, envisioned to be displayed together, while disclosing some of the main influences the group has absorbed, from psychedelic imagery, to pop culture and art, design, notions of youth and contemplation, to religious content in the form of buddhist prayer flags. In this recap, we deliver the opening night photographs from The Seventh Letter, attempting to paint a little bit of the atmosphere at the gallery on November 8.
Imagined as a joint installation, Further/Farther show actually represents an environmental experience, but it keeps the individuality of each artwork intact. Spirit of the collective runs throughout the show, without endangering a single piece, while respective styles of Pose, Vizie, Omens and KC Ortiz remain readable and recognizable. Colors and daring symbolism is a common trait, where the most profound messages are contained in the most shallow-seeming carrier images. Thought-provoking and refreshingly unconventional, the show by the four artist reflects their illegal street practice, adapting them excellently to a gallery space.
The work brought by Vizie, Pose, KC Ortiz and Omens is connected almost on a subconscious level, as the four creatives have known each other for years, always admiring and influencing one another, sometimes even unwillingly. Characteristics chosen to tie the show together visually are seen in the use of fluorescent coloring, which glows in the dark, providing the entire installation with an ethereal, nocturnal trait of a party setting, without actually being one. Various influences have inspired the works on Further/Farther, all coming from personal observations of the artists. Whether it’s a technical and medium experimentation by Omens, or reflective installation by Pose ignited by remembrance of all the psycho-active substances taken and the emotional experiences that came from those moments. Their inspirations can even come from the material itself, the paint, the empty canvas, gesture or spontaneous marks.
The bursting creativity from each of the group members does not seem to be ending, as the pieces shown at The Seventh Letter a great amount of youthfulness and energy, expanding the graffiti experience and adjusting it adequately to the ongoing currents of the art world.
Further/Farther is currently on view at The Seventh Letter Gallery in Los Angeles, remaining open through November 22, 2014.
Check out the recent POSE artistic endeavor at the Library Street Collective in Detroit, or watch a clip shot and edited by KC Ortiz. Almost a year ago, Vizie took part at the Wall to Wall project by Converse and Juxtapoz.
All photos courtesy of The Seventh Letter.
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