Fellow Agents of Change Remi Rough previews his upcoming works for How to use color to manipulate people. Remi has challenged the idea time and again about the function of color and form in painting and now sculpture works. If you carefully study the projection of his works over the past ten years or so there is a history of constructing and deconstructing planes forms and gestures, these where memory movements built upon the rigors of his style writing practice when he was younger.
Disassociating from ones past is not an easy feat for post graffiti painters, Remi has given it respectable distance and embraced the new challenges of being a contemporary painter. I found that his new work still adheres to the quickness and dynamics of our modern times, the expressive confidence of a style writer on the go, his colors satisfy our obsession with the brash and reckless.
Preview night 22nd June, 2012 - 6.30pm
Unit44 Hoults Yard, Walker Rd, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 2HL.
Almost a year after we first showed with Remi Rough we invite him back to unveil his only UK solo show of 2012.
It’s been an incredibly busy twelve months for the London based artist and it’s been a pleasure to witness new objectives and ideas formulate for his upcoming show.
We also receive Remi on the back of possibly the most visually significant project in our nations capital transforming a Boutique, London hotel into a stunning canvas with four of his fellow Agents of Change.
A little background -
There are few artists whose recent works could be described as “painting visual haikus” without the reader needing to roll their eyes, but Remi Rough is one of them. South London born and bred, Remi has been breaking boundaries for over 27 years. Transcending the traditional and somewhat idealised vision of a graffiti writer, he is passionate and unforgiving in his creative progression.
He moved from the streets to the galleries with his debut art show in 1989 and has since gone on to exhibit in London, Paris, Perth, Tokyo, Santander, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Berlin, Ibiza and more cities dotted around the globe. He also took part in New York’s Underbelly Project in 2010. As Arrested Motion wrote: “Remi is that rare breed of artist whose work you can equally enjoy in an outdoor setting and also in a gallery/home without it feeling awkward and out of context.”
His work has also appeared in countless books and was featured in the award winning ‘Ghost Village Project’. Remi was invited to speak in front of a sell-out auditorium at the Tate Modern, as part of its Street Art exhibition in 2008 and in 2009 he published his first book “Lost Colours and Alibis”.
His most recent works are a big departure from his earlier graffiti paintings. The sculptural work is reminiscent of Serra, his lines and forced shapes brought to life as 3D objects in both wood and clay. ascending to a third dimension seems almost obvious with Remi’s work. Whilst Remi’s new paintings are more referential to his earlier work from 5 years ago, using bitumen and matt emulsion and still maintaining a tight narrative of tension which is a constant in his work.
These are abstract works, yet they are firmly rooted in reality.