MODE 2 behind the scenes at Le Fix
A show “New Drawings and Other Works” by European street art legend MODE 2 opened at Copenhagen’s Le-Fix Gallery. Entirely fresh and ever-provocative imagery of the one of the most influential walking legends of the Europe-based graffiti arena are available to the fans currently inhabiting Danish capital. Henrik Haven took some photos of the artist while working on the show and thus captured the magic going on behind the scenes of the Le-Fix Gallery.
MODE 2 – New Drawings and Other Works
Opening: Dec 6
Le Fix Gallery
Kronprinsengade 9B, 1114 Copenhagen, DK
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MODE 2 – Preparing at Le Fix
MODE 2 – Background
Born in the idyllic Mauritius, MODE 2 moved to London in 1976. As he was growing up in the Southeast part of the city, the Lewisham, he was open to the new culture and experiences overwhelming him at the time. Pop culture was one of the greatest sources of inspiration for the artist and all of his schooling came from the surrounding streets. Punk was blooming at the time, but the young artist thrived on ideas he drew from comics, science fiction, fantasy literature, fantasy role-playing, radio and TV. Since he was always drawing, all of these influences were visible in his work from an early age. At the beginning of the crazy 80-ties, MODE 2 started spending his time in Covent Garden, the main hip-hop scene hub of London, where he got involved with the influential graffiti artists of the time, becoming a part of a group and later forming a group of his own, making a name for himself in the world where name means everything. His whole world revolved around hip-hop.
Admittedly being on the right place at the right time, he frequently took trips to Paris and that got him into a young group of the initial generation of European graffiti artists that set the foundations of the craft for others to follow. MODE 2 was first acclaimed internationally with the publication of his Parisian piece on the cover of “Spraycan Art” in 1987. He never stopped being inspired by the hip-hop scene, not even today, when his work shifted to mostly commissions and gallery exhibits.
MODE 2 – Today
The imagery MODE 2 produces today is offbeat and intriguing, repeatedly depicting very graphic and sexually explicit details. Often excessively erotic in nature, the style of this street art legend discloses his obsession with female figure and the concept of the woman. His female nudes are massive in scale and volume, natural, almost rawing the feeling they exude and absolutely dominate. It may be interpreted as being on the very verge of pornography at times, but the artist deliberately derives from this idea. On the contrary, by shaping his full-fleshed women, MODE 2 is highlighting and questioning the omni-accepted idea of a woman as being inferior to a man in society and provoking the thought that this is not the just way. His desire is to ignite the debate between the sexes and to reestablish the balance between them by negating the self-imposed power role of a man. Drawings MODE 2 creates have much in common with his other works, as he remains faithful to the line. Although we may call it “graffiti”, he calls it “writing”, as the idea of the primordial tag shall always remain present in his works.