Recap: Alex DEFER Kizu, Mist, & Smash137 “Between the Lines” at Fabien Castanier Gallery
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On March 30, Studio City’s Fabien Castanier Gallery brought together three established graff artists for a group exhibition titled “Between the Lines”. The show features work from Alex DEFER Kizu (Los Angeles), Mist (France) and Smash 137 (Switzerland).
Through the diversity of the artists, “Between the Lines” shows the continuous evolution of graffiti artists both domestically and internationally. Each artist has taken his art to a new level by transforming their typographical subjects into a complex work that balances between graff roots and contemporary abstraction.
For the show DEFER displayed his renowned use of complex letter forms and proved yet that he is just as comfortable with a paint brush as he is a spray can. He started out in the mid-1980s and is one of the founding members of K2S, STN .
Mist’s first brush with graffiti came in the late 1980s while he was a youth in Mountpellier, France. Initially, Mist was inspired by wild-style lettering but has since refined his style into a unique aesthetic that combines his graphical sensibilities with the bold use of color and letter forms common in graffiti. In addition to his work as a graff artist, Mist is lamented as one of the pioneers of art toys through his own label “Bonus Toyz” that he founded in 2001.
Like many graff artists, Smash137 was drawn to graffiti at a young age. It didn’t take long for people to recognize his rare gift of balancing vibrant colors with a keen knowledge of abstraction and calligraphy. His work has received attention from The Museum of Fine Arts in Switzerland and he has seen great success in his transition from the street to the studio.
Be sure to catch these talented individuals’ work. “Between the Lines” will remain on display until April 28, 2013.
Text: Keisha Raines