One of the most fascinating artists to come out of the hip-hop and graffiti movements in the 1980s, as well as the highlight of MOCA's 2011 Art In the Streets and our issue done in conjunction was the late Rammellzee, a true visual and musical pioneer. Starting March 9, the artist's The Letter Racers sculptures will be on view in NYC for the first time. The Suzanne Geiss Company will exhibit the works, representing the artist's manifestos "Iconoclast Panzerism" and "Gothic Futurism," and as Cool Hunting notes, two works written in Rammellzee's idiosyncratic language.
As Geiss Company notes, with a header from the artist himself:
“In the 14th Century the monks ornamented and illustrated the manuscripts of letters. In the 21st and 22nd century the letters of the alphabet through competition are now armamented for letter racing and galactic battles. This was made possible by a secret equation know as THE RAMMELLZEE.”
Suspended in the interstice between the metaphysical and the material, the 52 Letter Racers displayed in this show are poised to activate and attack. Constructed from urban detritus - Canal Street perfume caps, spray can triggers, and king’s crown air fresheners - they are objects of human experience refracted and reconfigured to create a revised language of urban existence.
The exhibition coincides with the installation of RAMMELLZEE’s third set of Letter Racers at The Museum of Modern Art as part of the Print/Out exhibition on view from February 19th through May 14th, 2012.