Beyond his individual work, artist Poesia has made a huge impact on the world of graffiti. As the founder of the site Graffuturism.com, the artist launched a movement that resulted in group shows everywhere from Los Angeles to Paris. In San Francisco, he recently curated the show A Major Minority, which showcased the work of more than 100 artists from more than 18 countries. In both his curatorial work and his style, the artist continues to inspire budding talents in the graffiti and street art spheres.
Poesia, Death of Marat, Mixed media collage, 7.5x9.5in.; Courtesy of the artist & Shooting Gallery
But at White Walls Gallery, the attention comes back to the unique work he creates himself. For “Reflexive,” the artist presents new work that include large-scale pieces, clearly showing the many styles that influence him. Not only does he find inspiration in street art and graffiit but also in classic painting, with many of his works feeling abstract and even Cubist in nature, while his Old Masters series makes direct references to Classical pieces. One piece cleverly bases its composition on “Death of Marat” by slicing the classical piece with geometric shapes. The harsh lines seem to place this classic painting into another time altogether. As with many of Poesia’s pieces, one must look for meaning in these strange shapes — or simply enjoy the composition that arises from them. The show is on until September 6th.
Poesia, Eve, Mixed media collage, 8.5x11in.; Courtesy of the artist & Shooting Gallery
Poesia, The Age of Bronze, Mixed media on reclaimed postcard, 4x6in.; Courtesy of the artist & Shooting Gallery
Poesia, Mary on the Rocks, Mixed media collage on photograph, 18x12in.; Courtesy of the artist & Shooting Gallery
Poesia, Untitled Study, Mixed media on paper, 8x8in.; Courtesy of the artist & Shooting Gallery
Poesia, Vulcan Presenting Venus with Arms, Mixed media on canvas, 96x54in.; Courtesy of the artist & Shooting Gallery
(Image on top: Poesia, Poesia Letter Study II, Mixed media on paper, 14x10in.; Courtesy of the artist & Shooting Gallery)
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