The definitive showcase of Graffiti and Street Art.
Come witness the evolution of an art form in 40,000 square feet of immersive exhibit and environment.
May 6 – July 6 2018 || 1667 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Original works from Shepard Fairey, Revok, Futura 2000, Retna, Lady Pink, Dash Snow, C.R. Stecyk Iii, Guerrilla Girls, Barry Mcgee, Chaz Bojórquez, Mister Cartoon, Lee Quiñones, Maripol, Faile, Swoon, Eddie Martinez, Invader, Seen, Risk, Kenny Scharf, Jenny Holzer, Haze, Felipe Pantone, André Saraiva, Gordon Matta-Clark, Stephen Powers, Todd James, Crash, Daze, Martha Cooper, Taki 183 Plus Dennis Hopper, Takashi Murakami, Mark Mothersbaugh & many more.
BEYOND THE STREETS (BTS) is the premier exhibition of graffiti, street art and beyond, celebrating the soaring heights to which the world’s most recognizable modern art movement has risen. BTS is a groundbreaking multimedia showcase of paintings, sculpture, photography, installations and more throughout 40,000+ sq ft of industrial indoor and outdoor space.
The exhibition opens to the public in Los Angeles on May 6, 2018.
BEYOND THE STREETS is curated by Roger Gastman. He is a graffiti historian, urban anthropologist and collector who Forbes says “has made a career of being the cultural connector between street artists and the art world.” BEYOND THE STREETS is Gastman’s dynamic follow-up to Art in the Streets, the U.S.’ first-ever graffiti and street art retrospective which broke MoCA Los Angeles’ attendance record with 220,000 visitors. Known for founding and co-publishing Swindle magazine with Shepard Fairey, Gastman co-authored The History of American Graffiti and co-produced the Oscar Award-nominated Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop.
Additional curation by Editor in Chief of Juxtapoz Magazine Evan Pricco, author and historian Caleb Neelon, and legendary NYC graffiti writer and historian David “Chino” Villorente. Adam Lerner, Director of the MCA Denver serves as a curatorial advisor. The exhibition is produced by Ian Mazie.
BEYOND THE STREETS focuses on artists with a documented history of mark making and rule breaking as well as a current, robust studio practice primarily derived from the graffiti and street art movements.
BEYOND THE STREETS is not intended to be an historical retrospective but rather an examination of cultural outlaws who embody the spirit of the graffiti and street art culture. The exhibition includes well known artists whose work is influenced or inspired by these risk takers and whose efforts have elevated the movement to new heights.
BEYOND THE STREETS features elaborate, immersive, site-specific installations, environments, and visual textures which include:
- Full-size, playable handball court complete with site-specific artwork by famed NYC artist Lee Quiñones drawing inspiration from his lion mural in 1982.
- FAILE’s Temple, is a highly interactive, life size construction of ceramic, steel, mosaics and prayer wheels that re-conceives historical references from sacred structures that invite play and contemplation from the audience.
- A historical recreation of the Venice Pavilion, the legendary graffiti and skate destination in Venice Beach. Developed in partnership with adidas Skateboarding, the fully skateable installation will feature graffiti from iconic writers from the Venice Beach community.
- An outdoor garden installation by Ron Finley, the LA-based artivist and community leader known for ‘gangsta gardening’ projects (deemed illegal by city officials) to bring food sources back to inner city communities.
- LA’s own MISTER CARTOON creates a cathedral like installation that reflects his relationship with religion; questioning the spiritual and religious iconography that is prevalent in Chicano art and creating a body of work that reflects his un-spiritual awakening. In Southern California, the home of the strip mall church, Cartoon notes: “If they can make a church so can I, mine is just non-dogmatic and showcases the artistic beauty of religion.”
- AIKO brings her take on sexuality, eroticism and female empowerment within a strip club styled room, inspired by Western red light districts and Japanese Shunga (16th century erotic art).
- HuskMitNavn’s drawing room is packed with art supplies, instructions and comfortable chairs, giving you an opportunity to rest your back and have a go at creating your own 3D paper drawing, HuskMitNavn style.
- John Ahearn’s life size “Swimmers” wall is like a vintage beach scene postcard. Racers jumping at the starting gun, their original figures have been installed on a wall in Caguas, Puerto Rico since 2004.
Beyond The Streets Site: beyondthestreets.com
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