It was very sad for us to see our 20th Anniversary show, "Art Truancy," come down from Jonathan LeVine Gallery a few weeks back. We had a blast! But good things come to an end, and in this case, another good thing is on the horizon at JLG. Famed and influential Bronx-graffiti staple CRASH is set to open "Broken English" at the gallery on June 26, 2014. In conjunction with the exhibition, CRASH has painted a mural with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC, located on Suffolk between Rivington and Stanton Streets, and will release a new screen print edition.
With four decades of experience in graffiti, CRASH is recognized as one of the first subway writers to begin painting on canvas and exhibiting in galleries. While his early work played a pivotal role in the development and elevation of graffiti as a movement, CRASH continues to contribute to the level of art historical significance it holds today.
Committed to the medium and technique that he refined while painting on the street, CRASH creates his works freehand, with brightly colored spray paint and tightly cropped compositions. Combining pop culture subject matter with abstraction, his fragmented comic-inspired imagery paired with text is reminiscent of the 1960s Pop Art movement.
Broken English will include a series of small works on paper and large canvases, some with integrated found materials such as neon advertising signage. The exhibition also incorporates a vintage 1975 Mini Cooper—this fully functional motor vehicle has been restored, detailed, customized and painted by the artist as a three-dimensional art object.
Crash: Broken English
June 26—July 26, 2014
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
557C West 23rd Street