Recap: JonOne "The City Breathes" at Galerie Rabouan Moussion in Paris

By - Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

JonOne’s latest exhibition, “The City Breathes” at Galerie Rabouan Moussion in Paris, is quite a departure from what we’ve come to expect. In this show JonOne delves further into sculpture than ever before. Born and bred in Harlem, JonOne and his crew 156 made a name for themselves painting trains in the 80’s. What really set JonOne apart were his elaborate pieces that abstracted his letters past the point other writers were willing to go. JonOne came to Paris in 1987 and was a great catalyst in the growth of graffiti culture in the city. 156 crew spread throughout Europe and JonOne began exploring a career in the fine art world, which has flourished ever since. More often than not, JonOne’s work is 2-dimensional, usually painting or drawing. In recent years, his studio practice primarily consisted of abstract works that were created by writing his tag over and over and over. This new series of works recall the cold steel and abstract designs from his days of painting trains. They also bring to mind the work of Mare139 who primarily works in abstract metal sculptures, of a similar scale, imspired by his graffiti roots. It is always exciting to see someone take a risk and step out of their comfort zone to continue to explore their creativity. Scroll through the images below to check out the new works created by JonOne.

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