Posted in BlogApril 25, 2013
‘Between The Lines’ is an exhibition at the Fabian Castanier Gallery (CA) showcasing the work of three talented graffiti artists – Alex DEFER Kizu (Los Angeles), Mist (France) and Smash137 (Switzerland).
The exhibition reflects the continuing evolution of graffiti artists around the world. Each of the them has developed work that maintains their graffiti roots and at the same time pushes towards a more abstract format.
All being inspired by the written letter, the work on display shows a transformation from the artists individual typographical prowess to an indepth contemporary abstraction, making a bridge between the two that really works.
The exhibition is being shown at the Fabian Castanier Gallery until 28th April.
Between the Lines: The artists
Alex DEFER Kizu is one of the founding members of graffiti crews K2S and STN. His typical style of painting consists of large murals that combine gestural brush strokes and a clear focus on the written letter. His murals are multi – layered, applied in a rhythmical fashion.
Defer says “My work represents many layers of the human existence brought forth by the many layers of under painting that is exhibited in my work. I also utilize many forms of text – and that pay homage to the graffiti that I was exposed to as a youth growing up in LA. The text is painted in gestural strokes and is expressed as “spiritual language”
Mist started graffiti writing along the railroads of the Reginal Express Rail in France. He became recognised for his individual style – colourful, wild and energetic. He has progressively moved towards sculpture and canvas works, and now is considered to be amongst the top five artists producing vinyl toys worldwide, alongside Kaws and Futura. Mist sells these here.
Smash137 started out spraying walls at the tender age of 11 in 1990. His distinctive style soon developed within the street art community and Smash137 became a influential member of the street art movement, painting in cities all over the world. In 1997 the Museum of Fine Arts in his hometown of Basel in Switzerland recognised his work and invited him to show his work there. He now works in his studio, where the walls are his canvas.
Left to right: Smash137, Defer and Mist
Artwork by Smash 137
Artwork by Alex DEFER Kizu
Artwork by Mist