Angeles, California, LA Contemporary is thrilled to present “LA Style III”, a
group exhibition featuring 5 street artists’ works with dynamic transformation
of wall writing vocabulary. Alex Kizu (Defer) and Hashim Thomas return for
their 3rd round for “LA Style” with a new body of work and Chase and
Joe X2 were added in LA Style II last year. It is the first debut show for
Jorge Oswaldo at LA Contemporary.
III” not only expands on the traditional tagging materials and wall writing
styles, but also reflects a new wave of visual expressions in LA street
artists’ point of view. Exploring
experimental practices with various mediums on the subject of, “Wall Writing”.
Hashim Thomas both use spray paint and stencils. Hashim also uses acrylic and
paint markers as his tools to express the variation of his personal feelings
into the subtle realm. Furthermore, Chase and Hashim often use icons in their
work such as pop icons and role models in the society as the symbols of
awareness; Ghandi, Jimi Hendrix, geezers’ eyes, etc. Recently, Chase gave a
lecture at University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. In addition, he painted the
mural in front of a live audience at the Time Warner Center located at Columbus
Circle at NYC that was moved to Grand Central Station. Currently, he is working
on a new mural project in Amsterdam, Holland.
(a.k.a. Defer) is one of pioneers of the LA Graffiti movement who also started K2S, one of LA’s most respected
crews. Defer is known for his precise and unique styles of lettering with
visual ideas. His inspiration is drawn from his deep connection with LA
history, thus his subject matters capture the pulse of the city. His style is
both natural and supernatural. In addition, Defer’s work conveys strongly
positive massage to the community and for the future generation of youth.
Oswaldo was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the US in 1981. His artistic
talent has been incorporated with graphic design. In early 2008, he partnered
with Skinit, Sprint, T-Mobile, Alltel, HP, and BestBuySkins to distribute his
designs on self- adhesive 3M Skinit skins for technology products. His cluster
formations reflect an LA lifestyle, one that is lacking in depth, sugary,
shiny, congested, vain and consistently demanding more visual attention.