If you're in the LA area on Saturday I suggest checking this show out. Freedom customized some off our OBEY denim jackets and they will be in the show. Most importantly, I'll be DJing the event (I kid, I kid).
Corey Helford Gallery
â€œBlurring the Linesâ€
CRASH, FREEDOM and RISK
Curated by Roger Gastman
Opening Reception Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 7â€‘10pm
On View April 30 â€“ May 18, 2011
On April 30, Corey Helford Gallery is pleased to present â€œBlurring the Linesâ€. The galleryâ€™s first exhibition of graffiti art masters will showcase new works by CRASH, FREEDOM and RISK, curated by Roger Gastman, co-curator of MoCAâ€™s â€œArt in the Streetsâ€ and co-author of HarperCollins newly released book â€œThe History of American Graffitiâ€.
Bringing together three internationally-recognized graffiti artists who are concurrently featured in MoCAâ€™s â€œArt in the Streetsâ€, the first major US museum exhibition on the history of graffiti and street art, â€œBlurring the Linesâ€ is a dynamic intersection of legendary East and West coast writers, where the lines that divide urban art and the new contemporary fine art world converge.
Renowned New York graffiti artists CRASH and FREEDOM will take over the main floor with recent works inspired by their iconic imagery that was shown along alongside art luminaries Jean-Michel Basquiat, FUTURA, and Keith Haring during the 80s. A master at subway art, CRASH was also one in a handful of New York writers who painted murals on the streets during the early 80s while exhibiting at prestigious galleries worldwide. At the same time, FREEDOM moved into a larger space in Manhattan, an abandoned two mile stretch of tunnel designed by Robert Moses that would become the legendary Freedom Tunnel, launching a sixteen-year run of world-famous paintings and drawings.
For his first major gallery exhibition in almost twenty years, FREEDOM notes, â€œWhile CRASH and I have worked together over the years, this will be our first gallery exhibition together since 1987, which is exciting.â€
Upstairs in the loft, famed Los Angeles graffiti artist RISK, whose bus installation is prominently featured outside of â€œArt in the Streetsâ€ at The Geffen Contemporary at MoCA, will unveil â€œStyles for Milesâ€. Created on canvases constructed from vintage license plates, RISKâ€™s new works represent his graffiti career as whole, tying together elements from his origins writing on freeway overpasses to his commercial projects and gallery and museum exhibitions.
Open to the public, the reception for â€œBlurring the Linesâ€ will take place on Saturday, April 30 from 7 to 10pm, and the show will be on view until May 18, 2011.