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Apex "Warp & Weft" @ Subliminal Projects, LA

Juxtapoz // Friday, 07 Mar 2014
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SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is proud to present an exhibition of new work by San Francisco based street artist Apex (aka Ricardo Richey). The works in Warp & Weft are a fresh twist on his 2011 Indigo series, which was originally inspired by Apex’s personal love for jeans and his desire to use denim as a fine art surface in a way that incorporated his street art roots.

After experimenting with a variety of denim types, weight, and colors, Apex developed a method for stretching denim over wood panel in place of ordinary canvas. Through trial and error, and with the help of friends specializing in the denim industry, he found ways to make his colorful, multilayered patterns stick to the surface.

His choice in material makes a direct reference to the self-painted denim jackets many inner city tag artists wore in the 1980s as a way to represent their crew. The contrast between the vibrant, geometric graphics of Apex’s signature painting style against the texture and weight of the Indigo dyed denim results in a unique and fashionable marriage between fine art, street art, and the history of graffiti writing and tagging. Warp & Weft will be Apex’s first solo show in Los Angeles.

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