Dragon Life: A Solo Exhibition by See One
Born in New York City in 1980, See One has been fueled by creative curiosity joined with a big imagination ever since picking up a crayon. See One began illustrating as a young child inspired by his love for comic books, graffiti of the late 80’s and 90’s and Japanese animation.
Over the years, these interests have been honed to the adventures of a singular character, Miru. This little blue dragon has made appearances in the artist’s public work through wheat pastes, stickers, comics and murals. His toothy grin, red stripe, and tiny wings peek around New York City’s darkened corners, brightening the day for those who encounter this mischievous character.
In contrast to the pop-appeal of his animated representations lie the layered complexities of See One’s abstract style. In 2009 the artist created a style termed “Shards,” swirling, sharp shapes reminiscent of broken shards of glass. A style emerged that has come to represent New York’s brand of contemporary graffiti hybrid abstraction. Initially based on a simple concept, See One utilized the jagged lines of broken glass to build imagery that is layered with complexities. Layers of tags, collage and his signature shards, culminate to mirror the artist’s layered past.
Beginning today, September 18th, both of these styles will collide for the first time within See One’s 3rd solo exhibit, Dragon Life.