RAMELLZEE - THE EQUATION, The Letter Racers
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A fabulous installation of Ramellzee’s Letter Racer sculptures, each representing a letter of the alphabet mounted on a skateboard, opened at The Suzanne Geiss Company gallery on 76 Grand Street last night. The opening turned into a nostalgic 80’s reunion with many of Ramellzee’s contemporaries, some of whom flew in for the occasion including Patti Astor from LA and Kool Koor from Brussels. Henry Chalfant, Fab 5 Freddy, Lee, Jane Dixon & Charlie Ahearn, Mare139, Jason, Riff, Revolt, Sharp and Bill Blast and many more were in the house as well as Ram’s lovely wife Carmela.
From the Coolhunting website: Created over the course of 14 years, “The Letter Racers” sculptures are on view in NYC for the first time. They represent the artist’s manifestos “Iconoclast Panzerism” and “Gothic Futurism,” two works written in Rammellzee’s idiosyncratic language. The written and visual works explore the slavery and corruption of language and its liberation through the artist’s own work.
The complex theory behind “The Letter Racers” has to do with the freedom of language from its historical fetters. As Rammellzee writes, “In the 14th century the monks ornamented and illustrated the manuscripts of letters. In the 21st and 22nd century the letters of the alphabet through competition are now armamented for letter racing and galactic battles. This was made possible by a secret equation know as THE RAMMELLZEE.”
This is the first time these sculptures have been shown in NYC . The exhibit will be up until April 21.
© Martha Cooper & 12ozProphet - Friday March 09, 2012