As we have noted on the site a few weeks back, NYC standard and graffiti legend FUTURA opened a new show, Future Shock, his first in his native city in over 12 years. Curated by Nemo Librizzi and located at 560 Washington Street, Ivory Serra went to the opening for Juxtapoz to see the huge crowds and FUTURA himself.
About the show:
With his new series of work, the evolution of FUTURA’s language is illuminated. Using large scale wooden boards and canvases, he applies layers of both acrylic and spray paint, creating dynamic abstract compositions. Though avoiding the inclusion of literal objects, singular images repeat throughout the work – such as a reappearing long grouping of gridded, perpendicular lines – a subtle nod to architecture. This approach, while referencing traditional abstraction, harkens back inversely to FUTURA’s beginnings using the city as a moving canvas.
All photography by Ivory Serra for Juxtapoz. Stay tuned for more about FUTURA in the December issue of Juxtapoz.