DescriptionOn April 24, 2011, REVOK, one of LA's most notorious graffiti artists was falsely arrested to tarnish the image of MOCA's show 'Art in the Streets' about the 40 year evolution of graffiti. Revok, being one of the main artists displayed was a perfect target. LAPD put his bail at $320,000, which is more than a serial killer. Apparently, LAPD is more focused on art than rape and robbery nowadays.Revok's crew, AWK and MSK worked together to free Revok in a 'Free Revok' campaign selling T-shirts. In 1 month they were able to deposit the minimum to break out Revok.Revok has previously been arrested in Australia for graffiti. Some of his most famous bombing 'tags' were LA highway signs, a downtown slum building and various bridges over highways in LA.Besides tagging, he has developed his graffiti to numerous styles most writers cannot come close to.Each day the exhibition has been out, there have been lines to enter MOCA to see the exhibition. More than 20,000 people came in the first 10 days. Clearly, this is a popular and successful art form. The noriety of the show caused the Brooklyn museum to back out of their sponsorship; they claim they had 'no money', but with a minimum of (20,000 visitors x $20 = $40,000) is it really 'out of budget'?Another great observation is there is no graffiti in authoritarian systems such as in the former USSR, China or North Korea. There graffiti was severly charged with years or lifetime confinement. So graffiti in essence, is the true balance between police, property and artistic merit.Revok's website:revok1.com/
Shawn Shawn, San Francisco Member Since February 2008 Artist Statement CHILDHOOD: My earliest experiences were creating huge multi-room drawing shoot strategy games in 5th grade on graph paper and getting the game so popular it was banned in school. By Jr. High, I was stenciling all the 70s-80s bands, Led Zepellin, ACDC, Black Sabbath and popular arcade games lettering on my notebooks although I had not a dime to buy one album. Later we dove into Dungeons and Dragons, creating monster cave scenarios that lasted 2 hours minimum in high school until some kid committed suicide and my partner was forced to sell all his D&D books. In college I painted and drew and ended with a BA in History and Spanish with minors in Art History and Fine Art.
TRAVEL: Then I went to Poland, seeing the Berlin Wall fall behind the Iron Curtain. Studying abroad in Poland I was exposed to on the anti-communist, anti-fascist painting and theatre posters. Off to Spain to study Spanish in 1993-94, where I studied Spanish masters 1 year in the Prado Museum along with Spanish Islamic architecture also studied by M.C. Escher. One of my favorite pieces in the Prado is the Garden of Heavenly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch in demonic Flemish fashion capturing the madness of religious wars at the time. A close second is the Guernica by Picasso in the Modern Art Museum also in Madrid covering the first fascist bombing of a city with no military targets.
MY WORK: In my work I try to work with a craftsmanship discipline and remain fresh with various techniques. Recently, I developed my angularity style and am branching out into acrylic, which has its advantages and shortfalls to oil.