New Works by SP.One. A series of collages and a site-specific wall painting. The exhibition exemplifies the artist's continuing involvement with diverse media linked by a singular idea: to bridge the distinctions and blur the boundaries between 'high' and 'low art'.
New Works by SP.ONE
McCaig-Welles Gallery and Sierra Nevada are pleased to present 'Simple Pleasures', an exhibition of new works by New York artist, SP.ONE.
'Simple Pleasures' is comprised of a series of collages and a site-specific wall painting. The exhibition exemplifies the artist's continuing involvement with diverse media linked by a singular idea: to bridge the distinctions and blur the boundaries between 'high' and 'low art'.
'Simple Pleasures' draws on the artist's experience as a New York City graffiti writer over the last twenty years and merges this aesthetic with a fine art sensibility and application.
The artist borrows from the modernist practice of incorporating found materials into works of art but brings a fresh, new perspective. Collages containing numerous custom letters are cut from scavenged papers to spell out multiple versions of SP.ONE. Other collages combine a variety of commercially printed materials to form new meanings and associations. They also contain subtle references to graffiti iconography and 'the street'.
The collages challenge and move beyond conventional stereotypes about graffiti by embracing a new medium and technique. The works play with a profusion of font styles, word fragments and multiple layers to simulate the energy, movement and immediacy of contemporary life. This energy is also evident in the wall painting through its imposing scale, color composition and overlapping of letter-forms. All of the artworks play with the relationship between 'high' and 'low' art and explore the ever changing and interactive dialogue between street, fine, and commercial arts.
McCaig-Welles Gallery is now located at 129 Roebling Street between Metropolitan and N. 5th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Reception: Friday, October 3, 2003 6-10pm
MCCAIG-WELLES 129 Roebling Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
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