This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 3 months, 3 weeks, 2 days, 15 hours, 47 minutes ago.
As the writers continue to push the boundaries of their imagination many, as you know, have taken to dedicating themselves to creating muralists. This new generation of muralists with roots in the graffiti world are an exciting and very active group spanning the entire globe. Many have already achieved worldwide recognition for their amazing work and their ability to span the globe sharing their talent. Artists like Blu, Os Gemeos, Nunca, Loomit, Aryz, and Retna all come to mind. In this vein I introduce you to the work of the Peruvian artist, Jade from the DA2C crew, from Lima. Jade’s murals reflect his travels and his experience as a working artist in the streets. His art part self-reflection, part social commentary, and all the while beautiful are an amazing addition to the Peruvian and Ecuadorian cities he has been so fortunate to have visited. Here are some of the works he has shared with me over the past year or so. Peace.
© Alan Ket & 12ozProphet - Saturday November 17, 2012
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 4 months, 1 Day, 22 hours, 2 minutes ago.
My newest book is out now: Hall Of Fame - New York City (On the Run books)
The birthplace of the style writing school of graffiti is New York City. This is the place where young writers first began to transform letters from simple tags on a wall to elaborate masterpieces of colorful and camoflauged letters embellished with characters that depicted friends and heroes alike. By the 1980s the artwork was quickly destroyed by authorities and the artists seeking to preserve some of their works took hold of schoolyards around the city to paint grander works. It was a no-nonsense approach to save their art form and spread their fame to the local kids. The most famous of these schoolyards is located in East Harlem on 106th street and Park Avenue and it became known as the Hall of Fame. At first the Hall of Fame was established to bring together the best artists in the city and have them paint in the same schoolyard supplanting the number 5 train as the showcase place for the best graffiti art in New York. Over the years as the word spread artists from around the city would sneak in and leave their work at night in this unsanctioned museum. From Skeme, Dez, and Daze in the early 1980s to Vulcan, Jon One, and Dome in the late 1980s to Part, Ezo, and TDS rejuvenating the schoolyard with style in the 1990s to TC5 (West, Dash, Psycho, Wane, Cope2, etc.), TDS (Flite, Part, Noc167, Serve, T-Kid170), TATS (Bio, BG183, Nicer, How, Nosm, Sen2) crews tight productions in the 2000s to the writers that travel to New York to paint there today this book documents the exciting art work that was created in a small obscure school in Harlem that became known as the legendary Hall of Fame. Join me on this artistic retrospective of the famous and important New York landmark.
Buy it now before they are all gone.
Here’s a preview:
© Alan Ket & 12ozProphet - Thursday November 08, 2012
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 4 months, 1 week, 2 days, 1 hour, 12 minutes ago.
Egs been busy with work and getting his show ready at Shoe´s Unruly Gallery in Amsterdam. It should be killer. If you are out there check it. Here’s a sneak preview below. And if you don’t know his work do a quick online search. He’s been doing burners for years.
© Alan Ket & 12ozProphet - Thursday November 01, 2012
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 4 months, 1 week, 4 days, 6 hours, 44 minutes ago.
Jon One’s first solo show in the US will be this week in Los Angeles. Come out, celebrate, and buy 2 paintings.
Opening Reception will be Saturday, November 3rd, 7-10pm.
A Special Preview will take place on November 1st, 7-9pm.
Both are open to the public.
An online catalog will be available November 1st.
JonOne will be in Los Angeles prior to the Opening Reception. To schedule an interview or for other press inquiries please contact the gallery.
Fabien Castanier Gallery is proud to present A Beautiful Madness, the first solo exhibition in the USA by JonOne. Though raised in New York, JonOne has lived in Paris since the mid 1980’s where he has established himself as an artist, building a career that has spanned over 20 years.
From his early days as a youth, tagging the streets of Harlem, JonOne has always emphasized a painterly approach, bringing brushes instead of spray cans to tag subway trains. Drawing from the energy and freedom of painting in an urban landscape, he translates his roots as a graffiti artist into paintings that are a completely unique form of abstract expressionism. Akin to Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, JonOne’s pieces exhibit an enormous sense of movement and color. His compositions combine freestyle, precise strokes, repetition and texture for a uniquely balanced yet dynamic visual experience.
© Alan Ket & 12ozProphet - Tuesday October 30, 2012
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 6 months, 2 weeks, 8 hours, 31 minutes ago.
The transformation of 14th street and the Chelsea neighborhood as a result of the creation of the Highline park is truly amazing. The dead train tracks turned park has brought with it hotels, condos, fancy shops, tourists, and even some new art. The design of the park itself is quite beautiful and a small oasis amongst this large city but on a recent trip I took in more than just the park but also the surrounding graffiti some which has survived many years and the new clean up of the area. Here are a few images from my walk.
© Alan Ket & 12ozProphet - Monday August 27, 2012
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 6 months, 2 weeks, 4 days, 12 hours, 1 minute ago.
Yesterday Bruz, Sin, Skinz, Noc167, and I completed a rooftop on the 7 line in Queens that is inspired by the oil spills that big oil companies have been responsible for. We decided to address this issue on this wall since it it so visible and we hope that people get the message. The continued pollution of our oceans and our lands at the hands of these corporations that reap billions in profits annually is reprehensible and criminal.
This month there was an oil spill in Nigeria thanks to Exxon Mobil (again).
It’s been 2 years since the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the devastation is still evident in the death of sea life. http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0424-hance_deepwater_mutations.html
Today, our government is pushing for Arctic drilling which could have a devastating effect to that regions wildlife and people. To date, the technology does not exist to clean up a potential oil spill and the cleanup itself is damaging to the planet. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090316101430.htm
To read more on oil spills: http://oilspills.org/
To get involved in the fight to protect our planet check out these organizations:
© Alan Ket & 12ozProphet - Thursday August 23, 2012
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 6 months, 3 weeks, 3 days, 8 hours, 6 minutes ago.
Ripo has been traveling around the world creating amazing works in the public for some years now (check Terror’s post). His murals are amazing and his gallery work is on another level as well. He is a sophisticated letter man. He recently opened his latest solo show:
“Signs, Fines, & Cheap Wines”
The installation includes 15 new works on paper and 10 new assemblage paintings as well as
over 130 plaster tiles based on the street tiles found throughout Barcelona.
The show will be on view through Sept. 1st, 2012 at
White Walls Gallery
835 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA
Below are a few of the works from the show. You can see more at:
© Alan Ket & 12ozProphet - Friday August 17, 2012
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 7 months, 1 Day, 16 hours, 13 minutes ago.
Here are a few more images from the 1980s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
© Alan Ket & 12ozProphet - Thursday August 09, 2012
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 7 months, 2 days, 15 hours, 25 minutes ago.
Mick La Rock aka Mickey TFP from Holland has been putting in work for over 25 years and is ever flipping her styles. Most recently she has started working in the studio and turning out some futuristic minimalistic 3-D funk. Check out her new exhibit this month at:
2011 RE Haarlem
For more photos please visit http://www.micklarock.com
© Alan Ket & 12ozProphet - Thursday August 09, 2012
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 7 months, 3 days, 16 hours, 37 minutes ago.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn today is fully gentrified and totally changed from the neighborhood that I once called home. Growing up as a kid in Williamsburg and Bushwick (two neighborhoods in Brooklyn) was colorful for many reasons - the people, the sounds, and of course the walls. There was lots of crime and lots of tags and other art on the walls everywhere, it made quite an impression on me so much that I ended up wanting to do the same. In the 1980s ATOM aka ATOMIC LOC was the undisputed king of the walls with pieces while OE3 had the gates and everything else saturated with his tags and throw ups. Bushwick was different and was where you saw writers from the WR and BSK crews up. Anyway, I thought I would share some pictures of those days - the 80s and early 90s.
© Alan Ket & 12ozProphet - Tuesday August 07, 2012
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 7 months, 2 weeks, 1 Day, 48 minutes ago.
Entes and Pesimo are two writers from Lima, Peru whose work I particularly enjoy seeing. They have been traveling a bit lately and getting more recognition for their style and work ethic. About a year or so ago I painted with Pesimo in my hood on the wall that is now causing such uproar. It was a much tamer theme but fierce nonetheless. Below is a recent video of some art they created in Argentina.
Entes y Pésimo / Street Art - Subtitled from Pura Vida TV on Vimeo.
Jade, Ket, and Pesimo, Inwood, NYC, 2010.
© Alan Ket & 12ozProphet - Friday July 27, 2012
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 7 months, 2 weeks, 4 days, 18 hours, 7 minutes ago.
Last week I got together with Noxer and Tres to paint a wall uptown in Inwood that I paint occasionally with friends. Every year or so however I decided to turn it into more of a protest wall and collaborate with friends to share a message that I feel is pertinent and that the community should think about. In the past they have mostly been focused on the wars that the US has been involved in but this time I wanted to point out that the war isn’t always abroad but its also actually here.
Today I received a call from the business where this is painted telling me that the police showed up and asked them to please have the painting removed. Go figure. Let’s see what happens tomorrow when I approach the local precinct for an explanation and a reversal of opinion.
And here I am thinking I would add some more names to the top (FBI, CIA, etc.)
© Alan Ket & 12ozProphet - Monday July 23, 2012