Recap: Bates and Bjorndahl “Appreciation for Letters” at L’Issue Gallery in Paris
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Check out this recap courtesy of Bates of his latest exhibition Appreciation for Letters, featuring both his work and Bjorndahl. The show was held at the L’Issue Gallery in Paris and will run for the next month.
Bates and Niels Bjorndahl first met in 1984 when the graffiti scene was still in its infancy in Denmark. They became fast friends and ran together through 1986 when Bjorndahl was forced to put an end to his graffiti career due to numerous run-ins with the local authorities. Bjorndahl then changed his focus to abstract art while Bates continued on with graffiti.
In 2009 the two met again and started exchanging ideas and creative inputs. In the fall of 2011 they decided to begin working on some canvases together, merging abstract art and graffiti in a new style. The result became a number of pieces where the artists experiment with different color dogmas and unusual types of canvases. Scroll down to check out a recap of the opening and some of their collaborative works…