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Exhibition


REVIVE


Featuring   Martin Whatson

29 Sep, 2017 to 08 Oct, 2017

RexRomae Gallery will hold a pop-up exhibition in Los Angeles showcasing brand new artworks of Norwegian stencil artist, Martin Whatson. The ephemeral exhibition will be on display from the 29th of September through the 8th of October.

“REVIVE” is a new series of work by Martin Whatson, a major name in the international street art scene, to be shown for the first time in Los Angeles.

Martin Whatson’s work is instantly recognisable. Working primarily as a stencil artist over the past ten years, Whatson uses explosive colour against greyscale backgrounds to challenge ideas of perception, possibility and imagination in the urban environment. His pieces appear in London, Paris, New-York, Las Vegas, Miami, Tokyo…

“REVIVE” is curated by Rom Levy and supported by LeBasse Projects. The exhibition marks a new phase in the artist’s creative direction. Found objects are reworked and repurposed to draw into question the individual status and collective value assigned to ‘raw materials’. Furniture and vintage photographs sourced by Whatson from flea markets and auctions are ‘vandalized’ with graffiti. Black and white cameo portraits of Victoriana-era women are given spray painted masks in full colour. This technique allows the found object to be decontextualised, by dismantling, obscuring and

performing its original meaning – particularly the photograph. The spray can becomes a mode of theoretical obfuscation, warping the distance between centuries, and bringing to mind the work of surrealist artists such as Rene Magritte.

Throughout his career Martin Whatson has examined the nature of contrasts. This new body of work sees the prominent street artist call into question the expectations of urban art, by uprooting the medium from its urban context. Playing with ideas of vandalization, urban art in “REVIVE” is a way to deconstruct the past and articulate the contrast between a commercially produced item and the memory it contains.

The exhibition's location 328 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401

For further information on the exhibition and to receive the artworks price list Please contact us at: revive@rexromae.com.

 

SHOW PRINT RELEASES

4 prints, each from an edition of 35 will be released on the opening night, a total of 100 prints available. Stricly one per person.

An additional FREE mini-print will be raflled to everyone registering during the opening. A total of 30 FREE mini-prints by Martin Whatson will be available.


Exhibition Dates

29 Sep — 08 Oct, 2017

Exhibition Place

328 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles - 12PM - 6PM