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Outside/In @ LeBasse Projects

Assuming you haven't been living in a cave you've probably noticed Los Angeles is in the midst of a major street art resurgence, and on April 23rd LeBasse Projects introduced us to a few representatives of the next generation. Outside/In featured new works by Herakut, Case, Alexandros Vasmoulakis, SharkToof, and Bumblebee. What sets these five artists apart from the majority of their contemporaries (and predecessors) is that their work is equally as powerful in the context of the streets as in an indoor setting.    The German painting duo, Herakut, presented three new paintings indicative of their extreme contrasting styles (Akut's spray paint photorealism and Hera's rough imaginative illustrations with can and pencil) along with a new sculpture equally as somber. Also working in spray paint photorealism, German artist Case explored the vital relationship between the hunter and the hunted in his new works. The whimsical imagery created by Alexandros Vasmoulakis is widely known on the streets of Greece, and his larger than life stylish poses were easily relayed by his two pieces for the show. Los Angeles based SharkToof graced viewers with a huge 8'x8' piece created entirely by spray paint, which showcased his powerful and colorful imagery. And last but not least, Los Angeles artist Bumblebee continued his exploration of decay by presenting one of the evening's highlights: Meant to Bee. Meant to Bee makes great use of a telephone kiosk and serves as a direct lineage to Duchamp's Readymades (which elevated ordinary objects to works of art).     The exhibition is running in conjunction with the Portsmouth Museum of Art in New Hampshire where the artists will showcase a separate series of paintings and will be traveling to paint a selection of walls throughout the city.   

 

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