"We Was Them Kids ...” @ HVW8 Gallery, Los AngelesJuxtapoz // Friday, 11 Nov 2011
A great group show, We Was Them Kids..., is opening at HVW8 Gallery tonight, November 11, in Los Angeles, featuring works from Geoff McFetridge, Kevin Lyons, Parra (former cover artist), Matt Irving, Winston Tseng, Yogi Proctor, Charles Munka, Brent Rollins, and Alvaro Ilizarbe. HVW8 curator Tyler Gibney pulls together some of the finest contemporary artist/designers to have exhibited at the HVW8 Gallery in recent years into one solid group outing.
Works range from Amsterdam resident Parra’s post-pop imagery of highly saturated colors, vibrant hand-drawn letters and worlds inhabited by hybrid, surreal characters to Geoff McFetridge’s communicative pieces in sculpture, drawing and design that echo with humor and insight. Yogi Proctor proliferates decoys. These works span a variety of mediums, appearances, and approaches, de-stablizing notions of “originality” and “artist” with wit and agility.
From Brooklyn, Kevin Lyons brings his sharp tongue together with sharpie, stepping away from his A-List clientele as Creative Director of the internationally known ad agency Anomoly, to have some fun with his madhouse of characters and type. Complex Magazine Art Director, Brent Rollins (best known for his Boyz In The Hood and Mo Better Blues logos as well as being one of the creators of Ego Trip) continues his visual relationship between design and music, while Miami’s Alvaro Ilizarbe’s work explores space, energy, and tension through hypnotizing large scale black and white patterns.
Winston Tseng and Matt Irving depart from their skateboard and design backgrounds with original work, and French born/Hong Kong resident Charles Munka (well known in Los Angeles for his work with Flying Lotus) brings his post graffiti stylings to round out this exhibition.
We Was Them Kids
November 11—December 20, 2011