Contact: Kiko Thomas
3503 W. Pico Los Angeles, CA 90019
Ryan Graeff – Restitution Press
Curator: Kiko Thomas
Artist: Ryan Graeff
Music: Y-Phase, Big Bruther, DJ Disintegrate and Willem Broad
May 22nd – June 21st 2009
Opening reception: May 22nd from 7 to 11 pm
Free Admission, Open Bar
COMA alternative space is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by artist Ryan Graeff.
In 2005 Ryan Graeff created Restitution Press. Since then he has produced some of the most iconic underground Los Angeles art this decade. Pasting the streets from Los Angeles to New York Ryan Graeff has created a unique and expressive way to communicate his messages. With his studio located in downtown Los Angeles Graeff has access to all parts of the city for his work. Inspired by American Painters such as the Clayton Brothers, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol, Graeff uses action painting techniques brilliant color broad confident brush strokes and screen printing to achieve grown breaking style unique and originality. The Restitution Press is Ryan Graeff's design and zine producing company and to this date has produced 15 volumes. Graeff has had many successful gallery shows at local galleries such as Pasadena's Mendenhall/Sobeski gallery with R. Crumb. With many people imitating Graeff's moves he has stayed beyond the cutting edge of fine art and remains a pure innovative artist. You can see some of his work at www.therestitutionpress.com and throughout the greater Los Angeles area. His next project will be a three part book about South, West, and East LA. All artwork, prints, zines, and apparel prints are here for only a limited amount of time and will be available at the opening.
There will also be a music collaboration from Y-Phase, Big Bruther, DJ Disintegrate and Willem Broad. These groups will join together to bring outstanding mixes, live instrument, and homegrown electronic music to the masses. Merging their experiences and styles from opposite coasts and other countries, Big Bruther is all about giving you endless reasons to dance and appreciate the evolution of hybrid electronic music genres. When you see Big Bruther you can expect to hear remixes, house classics, funky minimalist rarities, break beats, and down tempo treasures, with a soulful presentation.
COMA is an exhibition space and performance venue dedicated to the collaboration of cutting edge, experimental art and music combined with projects that focus on installation, video, new media, and performance art. For further information and to schedule a visit call 323-652-0596
COMA is located in Korea Town at 3503 W. Pico, Los Angeles, CA 90019, Phone 323-652-0596, Gallery hours are by appointment only (Saturday is best). For detailed information, please call.