Scion Presents: Rendition - Opening June 9th
Los Angeles, CA -- Scion celebrates cutting edge art with the opening of a new show, Rendition, in its 4,500 square foot Installation L.A. Gallery. Curated by Eyeone, (Seeking Heaven Crew and Second to None), Rendition features artists Asylm, Cab, Jorger, Kozem, Klee, Luna, Mear, Panic, Passenger, Patrick Martinez, Skypager, Vyal, and Yem.
Eyeone began painting with aerosol during a boring summer break between grades 10 and 11 in high school. He forms part of the Seeking Heaven and Second to None street art crews. His work has been featured in diverse publications, notably the books "Graffiti World," "Graffiti L.A.," "Big Time Magazine," and "Rime," among others. He has exhibited extensively in the U.S. and is currently featured in an exhibition representing Los
Angeles in France. Born in Mexico City, Eyeone was raised and is based in Los Angeles. He holds a MFA degree in Design | Media Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Involved in the street art movement since 1989, Asylm began his quest to develop a recognizable street art style on the walls of the Los Angeles River. Asylm actively transfers the value of art as a mentor in community organizations such as the Los Angeles Conservation Corps' Clean & Green program and Artcorps L.A. Asylm works with students to create colorful murals that can be seen throughout 20 schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Cab is regarded by many as one of L.A.'s most prolific street artists. Hailing from East Los Angeles, his work has traveled the states and the globe. He has been featured in countless publications, including "Lost," "The History of Los Angeles Graffiti Art," and "Graffiti L.A."
Cache has turned the streets of his native Los Angeles into a vibrant outdoor gallery. His walls prominently featuring his trademark chicken characters can be seen throughout the city.
Seeing the graffiti in his East L.A. neighborhood inspired Jorger to pursue art from a very young age. This pursuit has led him to develop his visual style in diverse media, from skateboard graphics and apparel to painting and 3D modeling.
Klee's painting adventures began in 1992 in Guadalajara, Mexico and continue in L.A. to this day. Armed with spray paint, oil paint, acrylics, or sometimes a screen and a squeegee, he has worked on numerous surfaces including walls, trains, bridges, canvases, wood panels, metal plates, and other found objects. He considers his mission in life to speak and act against injustice through his art and to always find a way to exist despite all challenges. It's in his blood.
Kozem is a highly active exponent of a new generation of urban artists. He lives in East Los Angeles.
Born in Mexico, Distrito Federal and raised in Los Angeles, Luna first became drawn to street art in junior high. "Something about it appealed to me, and I guess you can say I've been hooked ever since. In high school a friend of mine 'borrowed' Subway Art from the library for me and I loved it so much, it never went back. Since then I've experimented with spray-paint and other fun marking tools, but mostly I've spent my time documenting things- much of it graffiti - throughout L.A. (and wherever else I find myself) on good old-fashioned film. Every once in a while, I'll pick up a can or two for mural projects and other such shenanigans. My eye is very drawn to walls, bridges, trains, buildings, and the paint found on these surfaces: hidden treasures in the midst of grotesquely large, obnoxious, and visually polluting advertisements plastered all over the city."
Educated on the streets of Los Angeles, Mear is a self-taught painter, designer and sculptor with a professional art career that spans over fifteen years. The artist's philosophy is clear in his name, which is an acronym meaning Manifest Energy And Radiate. His art is a passionate attempt to speak a higher form of language, encouraging people to raise their social and political consciousness and become involved in their own lives through creativity. Mear has achieved legendary status among the urban street art circle and has been recognized as an international art sensation. His raw, vibrant style catches the eye with its colorful intricacy and ensnares the mind with its deep, intriguing messages.
Panic is recognized by the Los Angeles street art community as a style innovator and influence on countless practitioners of the art. Most recently, he was a consultant on the monumental "Graffiti L.A." book project. He is a member of the Seeking Heaven crew based in North East Los Angeles.
Since the vivid days of Patrick Martinez's childhood he was drawing or scribbling on something. In his teenage years he was introduced to Hip Hop culture and exclusively to one of its elements, street art. Hip Hop has influenced his art ever since he understood what it was about. He uses subject matter such as everyday people that aren't usually painted into the limelight and elements of the city that would be thought of as objects we take for granted. He keeps a steady career doing illustrations and design for clients such as ADIDAS, RIME, FRANK 151, NIKE, UPPER PLAYGROUND, SOUL ASSASINS, and STONES THROW. Patrick holds a degree in illustration from Art Center College of Design.
A native Angeleno, Passenger currently makes Long Beach his base of operations. He is a photographer and printmaker who documents everything from daily life to the underground punk scene.
Skypager's work is a highly developed craft merging elements of typography, punk rock, skating, street art, and all the other syndromes of a city such as Los Angeles. His clients include NIKE, STUSSY, and X-LARGE. He is a member of seminal L.A. skate crew Shred Team and all-Cali graffiti crew Lords.
YEM is an acronym for Y x ENERGY = MOTION. Once known as Krenz, he is reminded of this equation every time he inks his name. With roots back to the L.A. Bomb Squad, K2S, and the mastermind of AMseven, he has nothing to prove. Transferring himself to France in the early 90s, he wrote his way around Europe. Stamping his mark one ink stain at a time, his name is synonymous with substance. His works strive for meaning and awareness; insight is etched into each piece. Now back in Los Angeles, he continues the development of this high-risk craft, working against the ink of night.
Vyal is currently living in Los Angeles. He is constantly booked for live street art and mural work. His technique and imaginative iconography grace the walls of many communities throughout the city. He will be speaking on street art at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in L.A. this spring.
Sheak has been dj'ing in unique fashion throughout L.A., including stints at the Beauty Bar, Le Deux, Vermont, Barcade, and Monroe's.
An Echo Park local, Dr. Jules is premiering his documentary on L.A. street art at the Battle of the Year Festival in Montpellier, France.
Rendition refers to an interpretation of culture in Los Angeles, translated by the artists and presented in a visual form. For some of the artists in this exhibition, rendition alludes to the fact that some of their creative work, as in the case of street art, is often rendered, made to disappear, its whereabouts unknown. For others, rendition is literal: the rendering of an image fed by the experience of living in this city.
The opening reception takes place June 9, 7:00 - 10:00 P.M. at the Scion Installation LA Gallery, 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, CA 90232. The show will remain up through June 30.
Written by DJ Z on May 30, 2007
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